Reaching out to our community and our world
Below are just some of the primary missions that OPC supports. We believe in serving Jesus in His name by outreach to both our local community and the world. Click on the pictures below to link to each mission website.
David and Holly are a part of a Beta Community in San Diego where a team ministers from the unique posture of shared life, embedded in the neighborhood of Golden Hill. Beta Communities around the world pursue a clear missional vision within specific neighborhoods, striving to make disciples, develop missional leaders, and transform their cities.
Threshold Ministries International
Mission support for children at risk in northern China
Founded by Cindy Reynolds, Threshold literally began at OPC. Cindy went with her husband Dean to Linjiang City, Jilin province in northern China just yards from the border of North Korea. The Outreach Sponsorship Program provides food, clothing, education and hope for this severely depressed area. Sponsorship enables the children to remain in school and provides hope that with hard work, they too can graduate from high school and attend university. TMI Hope House cares for over 30 children full time. Learn more at tmihope.org.
Ministries to High School and Junior High Youth
Young Life has established ministries at both Pioneer Vallley and SMHS. They are now beginning a new outreach at Righetti High School. They already have an established Team Leader for RHS who is on campus meeting kids and teachers and she’s even an RHS alum! Their desire is for new ministries to not be “flashes in the pan,” but rather ones that have growth, depth and longevity. Please pray for this ministriy and challenge yourself to see how YOU can use your time, talents and treasure to help this amazing ministry to kids in the Santa Maria Valley.
Good Samaritan Shelter
Community Service in Santa Maria
Good Samaritan Shelter provides the community with many programs addressing homelessness as well as alcohol and substance abuse. They continually expand services to better assist those in need in our community. Check out their website @ www.goodsamshelter.net for more information about the programs offered.
College Ministry in San Luiso Obispo CA
Front Porch is a ministry that seeks to build authentic relationships with college students on the campuses of Cal Poly and Cuesta in San Luis Obispo, CA. We love Jesus, and we learn together what it means to follow him and share with others what that looks like. We love people without an agenda, believing that every person has something significant to contribute to the community. We believe that God is actively at work in the community around us and we look for creative ways of joining in that work.
Family Care Network
Caring for Children and Families
The Family Care Network is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit children and families services provider. Established in 1987 for the purpose of creating family-based treatment programs as an alternative to group home or institutional care for children and youth, the agency, accredited by the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, operates multiple programs designed to strengthen and preserve families and individuals.
Short Term Mission Projects
IMPACT stands for International Mission and Cross-Cultural training. It was started by the Santa Barbara Presbytery in 1993. Since then, over 400 people from 30 different churches including OPC have participated in cross cultural, short-term mission trips. Teams live and work along side new friends, experience the perspective of other cultures and share their stories of what it means to follow Christ. Those trained for 2 to 4 weeks build churches, homes, schools and community centers, teach the Bible and participate in neighborhood outreach. It is a chance to contribute loving service and share Jesus Christ as a team.
Provides Clean Water and Sanitation globally
mWASH is the tool Lifewater International uses to show the poor that the Church cares for them. The power of clean and safe water is truly unleashed when it is combined with adequate sanitation and hygiene practices. Lifewater has developed a missional approach to meet these urgent needs. We call this approach mWASH, which combines the best in water access, sanitation and hygiene. When combined, these elements are able to reduce the incidence of water-borne disease by at least 65%. Please pray for Lifewater and their mission, and pray about how YOU can become involved in this important ministry.
Christian Mission and Support
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Founded by William Booth in London, he began his ministry to the poor and homeless in 1852. Booth was reading a printer’s proof of the 1878 annual report when he noticed the statement “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” Crossing out the words “volunteer army,” he penned in “Salvation Army.” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army. Find out how you can help at salvationarmyusa.org.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Bringing the gospel to the world
Our focus this year is on Mark and Bonnie Lambert, Cameroon. Mark has served in administration in Cameroon for nearly 20 years. Bonnie has filled a variety of support roles in Cameroon since arriving in 1997. Their financial partnership has been good this past year but costs will be higher when they go on home assignment this summer and then both girls will be at Rain Forest International School when they return. This means they will need a higher level of financial partnership both in the US and before they are allowed to return to Cameroon. Please prayerfully consider investing in the Bible translation movement through the support of our ministry. Thank you!