“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people……….” Galatians 6:9-10
Cory Williamson grew up in Paris, IL, he attended Lincoln Christian University, and has served as Youth Minister at Lake Ridge Christian Church. He is presently serving with Latin American Missions Association in Ica, Peru. The mission work there is focused on reaching the youth with the message of Christ before they learn the mystical faith of the native culture. As he shared with our Mission’s Ministry this past Sunday afternoon it was interesting to see in his slide show pictures of children receiving Operation Christmas Child boxes and his description of the impact that ministry has in his work. The Mission Ministry felt and believes that Cory and his wife, Angie are deserving of our partnership in the work in Peru.
IDES, the International Disaster Emergency Service of Noblesville, IN is involved in sharing the love of Christ around the world by meeting the physical needs of people. The needs may arise because of Disaster, Hunger, Community Development, or Medical Care. We have given to IDES over the years as they have ministered to people that are going through difficult circumstances mainly because of natural disasters. They meet these needs by working through Christian organizations and churches allowing the local Church to make the contacts with the people in the area in order to build relationships and opportunities to share Christ. The Mission Ministry believes our prayers and financial support to IDES will be a blessing to others around the world.
Food for Kids – A Backpack Program
This group of volunteers works to provide food for school age children so that they may have some food each weekend of the school year. This ministry is supported by the Paris community hoping to make a difference in the life of a young person.
Oblong Christian Children’s Home
When life gets hard for young people because their parents are not able to properly care for them for all kind of reasons, they need a place to go to receive the security they need. The Children’s home in Oblong, IL provides them a safe home where loving Christian parents provide for them all the needs that young people need to grow up and realize their potential. We have supported Oblong for a number of years because of their Christian values that they provide to those in need.
Sunday Ude Obeten
What a year for Sunday and his family. On the difficult side; one of his daughters was killed in a tragic accident and Sunday had to have one of his legs amputated after it became infected. On the joyous side, his two other daughters got married to two great young men who are active in the church. The work of the church has continued to grow. Ministers to train, medical needs to be meet, people to feed and concern over Muslim influence in the northern section of Nigeria occupy Sunday’s time. Even with the tragic things that occurred Sunday continued working. Souls are being won to Christianity which makes the effort worth everything.
Choices, Pregnancy & Health
Our local center is on the corner of Wood and High Streets in Paris is dedicated to helping men and women that find themselves facing the decisions of unplanned pregnancy. They minister to those that come to them by striving to teach them about God’s plan for them and their child. The ministry does not end with the birth of the child but families can have support with parenting classes and the opportunity for clothing and supplies to help them as they raise their child.
Lincoln Christian University
This institution of higher education was started to provide young people a Christ centered education and world-view to provide leaders for our churches and communities. They offer two year, four year, and seminar level training courses of study to help people prepare for their careers which the school prays will change the world for Christ.
This is the church camp that our young people go to each summer for the adventure and the opportunity to learn more about Christ. Located just outside Washington, IN the camp features modern facilities and great recreational experiences that help young people grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Faith in Action
The office of this ministry, that is located on Wood Street west of the square, helps people stay in their own homes by supplying a little help with the tasks of life. They are care givers, ramp builders, and drivers that provide transportation and encouragement to our neighbors in the Paris community.
Compassionate Food Pantry
This ministry helps those that are food insecure. People can come on Wednesdays to the warehouse on Cherry Point Road in Paris to get food that is donated and secured from the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.
Compassionate Clothing Closet
People that need help with their clothing needs can come to The Closet on Tuesdays to pick out clothes that they need for their family. They also provide blankets in the fall to help people prepare the winter months. They are located on Central Avenue in Paris across the street west of the Prospect Bank’s parking lot.
One of the tools that the devil uses to destroy lives is addiction. It may be drugs and alcohol, gambling, or other evils but whatever it is people need some place to go for help with their addiction. Life-Line helps men with drug and alcohol addiction. It is a resident program that introduces men to the healing power of Christ and His Word. They use several programs to prepare men to overcome and return to a productive life.
Ryan is living in the United Kingdom as of August 2021. He is still getting familiar with his community; looking and praying that God will lead him to where he will be most effective. He is meeting his neighbors and has begun planting the seeds of the gospel in their lives, hoping to disciple them as founding members of the work.
Missionary Assist Panama
David and Yvonne Oldenburg in Panama have had a busy year. They have built a couple of church buildings, dug wells, installed solar panels, and installed kitchens in church buildings so that the local churches can feed their communities. A house has been purchased for them to live in with storage in the rear to protect and store their tools and equipment. One of their current needs is a four wheel drive vehicle to help them carry out their work. A fund has been started to help with this purchase. They have secured a source to purchase Bibles to distribute to the people. All this gives them great satisfaction but the real reward is when they see people come into a relationship with Jesus Christ.