Missions and Social Justice

Each year LFMC attenders give tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours to serve and love people in our community and around the world in practical ways.

LFMC Serving Here: Community Partners

LFMC partners with churches and organizations to share Christ’s love with our community by helping our neighbors in need. There are many different ways to get involved. Whether you love baking oatmeal cookies, meeting new people, working on a computer, talking on the phone or doing dishes, there’s a way you can use the strengths and resources God has given you to brighten someone else's day in Lawrence. As we reach out, we help our community know God better. As God makes our outreach possible, we get to know Him better.

Douglas County Young Life

http://douglascounty.younglife.org

The mission of Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Young Life works with teens and college students in Lawrence, building bridges of authentic relationships with them on their turf. They log many hours with students, listening, caring and sharing God's love.

LFMC partners financially with Young Life.  For more information about Douglas County Young Life or to learn about ways to get involved in this ministry, click here.

Family Promise of Lawrence

http://lawrencefamilypromise.org

The mission of Family Promise is "to transform the lives of homeless children and their families by providing safe shelter, food, counseling, and training in partnership with local communities of faith through hospitality and daily living support in a compassionate setting.  The program is designed to address the needs of families and equip them to move into permanent housing as quickly as possible."

Families that graduate from the main Family Promise program often move into one of several Family Promise transitional homes that are an intermediary step from homelessness to independent living.

Lawrence Free Methodist Church partners with Family Promise in two key ways.  We provide financial support for one of their transition homes. We also are a supporting congregation and assist First Southern Baptist Church during their weeks of hosting Family Promise guests in their church.

Once a quarter, LFMC Family Promise team members host and provide food for Family Promise guests two nights during the FSBC rotation.  Several weeks prior to our service opportunity, sign-up sheets are available in the church lobby to give people an opportunity to sign up to provide food, be a meal host or be an overnight host.

If you would like more information about our ministry with Family Promise or would like to be added to the email distribution list for our partnership with Family Promise so you can be notified and sign-up to help via email, please contact Dan Flynn, the LFMC Family Promise coordinator, at dflynn@deciphera.com.

For more information about Family Promise of Lawrence or to learn about other ways to get involved in this ministry, click here (http://lawrencefamilypromise.org/).

L.I.N.K. (Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen)

http://www.linklawrence.org

To the hungry, lonely, and discouraged, a hot meal served by friendly people can mean all the difference in the world. L.I.N.K., located in the basement of First Christian Church at 10th & Kentucky, provides lunch and a safe place to enjoy eating in the company of others four times a week.

LFMC provides the food and serves the meal four times a year -- the first Thursday of February, May, August and November. 

Several weeks prior to our service opportunity, sign-up sheets are available in the church lobby to give people an opportunity to sign up to provide, transport and/or serve food at L.I.N.K.

If you would like more information about L.I.N.K or would like to be added to the e-mail distribution list for our partnership with L.I.N.K so you can be notified and sign-up to help via email, please contact the church office at office@lfmchurch.org.

Heartland Community Health Center

http://heartlandhealth.org

Heartland Community Health Center’s mission is to transform the health and lives of those in need through the love of Jesus Christ.

Heartland's medical clinic offers quality, affordable primary care to all community members, regardless of income or insurance status, and is dedicated to practicing holistic, integrated health care - a health model that focuses on physical health as well as emotional, social, and spiritual health.

LFMC partners with HCHC by hosting an on-going food drive.  You can donate non-perishable items to HCHC by placing them in the grocery cart in the church lobby. 

For more information about Heartland Community Health Center or to learn about other ways to get involved in this ministry, click here (http://heartlandhealth.org/).

LFMC Serving There: Global Partners

Kids Alive

http://www.kidsalive.org

Kids Alive International reflects the love of Christ by rescuing orphans and vulnerable children, nurturing them with quality holistic care, and sharing with them the transforming power of Jesus Christ so they are enabled to give hope to others.

LFMC has been sending short-term missions teams on Kids Alive trips to the Dominican Republic, Peru and Haiti since 2005. Since 2012 the church has focused its attention on the Kids Alive ministry in Cap Haitian, Haiti, by sending one to three teams a year to help build homes for children and offer medical care.  Many LFMC attenders participate in the Kids Alive sponsorship program as well.

The next trips to Haiti will take place in late fall 2015 and/or winter 2016.  To be notified of details about upcoming trips, contact Carolyn Heacock at cheacock@lfmchurch.org.

LFMC Missions Trip Blog

Operation Christmas Child

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child

A small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, and plant new churches.  What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal.  Each fall, LFMC attenders have the opportunity to be a part of changing lives around the world through the power of giving simple gifts.

For more information about how to get involved in Operation Christmas Child at LFMC, contact Pastor Allie.

Roger and Vangie Stone

http://fmcusa.org/fmwm/missionaries/stone

Roger and Vangie are Free Methodists serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Philippines.  Roger trains and consults with local translation committees for the Ayta people groups. The Ayta people groups are believed to be the first inhabitants of the Philippines but the Scriptures haven't been available in their languages.  In 2010 the Stones began working with committees of mother tongue translators from three Ayta groups to translate the New Testament into their languages.  More than ten trainings workshops were held and now the committees continue on with their work while the Stones serve by coaching and consulting with them as they translate.

To learn more about Roger and Vangie's work or to donate toward their ministry, you can email Roger at Roger_Stone@sil.org.

Beth and Ricardo Gómez

http://fmcusa.org/fmwm/missionaries/gomez

Since January 2014, Ricardo and Beth, Free Methodist missionaries, have been serving Christ in Medellin, Columbia, through the nondenominational University and Biblical Seminary of Colombia, where Ricardo serves as a part-time, volunteer professor. This seminary trains leaders from many Latin American countries and the world.  Ricardo also continues to ministry to Free Methodist leaders as a part of the Latin American team through pastoral education. Beth provides technical support to both the seminary and the Latin American Area.  Together they continue to lead Alpha Marriage Courses.

To learn more about Ricardo and Beth's work or to donate toward their ministry, you can email them at gomezministry@gmail.com.

Mr. and Mrs. Creative Access

http://fmcusa.org/fmwm/missionaries/creative-access

Mr. and Mrs. Creative Access, along with their two young children, live in what the Free Methodist Church calls a “creative access country". Mr. Access works at a university and his wife teaches in an elementary school. In the past year, they have seen many opportunities to connect students with like-minded business professionals and are taking advantage of opportunities to show hospitality to many students and community members to build relationships. The government of the country in which they live is more restrictive now that it was several years ago but God is at work and people are finding hope.

 

Glenn Lorenz and family, Costa Rica

lorenzcostarica@gmail.com

Glen and Wendy Lorenz and their family will soon be headed to Costa Rica to begin training pastors there. You can follow them on Facebook, and you can support them via Free Methodist World Missions.