Our great joy is to be in relationship and support our Mission Partner locally, nationally, and globally to further the kingdom of God.
SAFE HOUSE FOR SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Casa of Hope’s vision is to have a safe place for women to recover, be healed, and be restored from sexual abuse so that they can re-enter into society and be the person they were meant to be.
The Casa of Hope is a Christian-based non-profit organization in our own city. www.casaofhope.org
SHORT-TERM MISSIONS with LONG-TERM PARTNERS
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.
LOCAL OUTREACH to Sr Highers, Jr Highers, and Teen Moms
Young Life is an international Christian non-profit organization that has established ministries in our city and valley. YL's goal is to reach students who don't go to church, especially the ones who would never go. 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.
COLLEGE OUTREACH & CHURCH PLANTING
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. Joel Drenckpohl and his team of leaders love Jesus, and enjoy learning together what it means to follow him so that they can share with others what that looks like. They love people without an agenda, believing that every person has something significant to contribute to the community. They believe that God is actively at work in the community around us and they look for creative ways of joining in that work. frontporchslo.org
EMERGENCY ON-GOING SUPPORT
We are pleased to partner with Samaritan’s Purse's efforts of providing emergency food and clean water for people in South Sudan who have been internally displaced by an ongoing conflict within the country, and we continue to provide emergency aid to refugees who have fled violence in the Nuba Mountains and other parts of Sudan. Additional projects include drilling wells to provide clean water, distributing food to fight hunger and malnutrition, providing medical care for the sick and suffering, and working through the local church to build up communities through education and biblical literacy.
BRINGING CLEAN WATER TO A THIRSTY WORLD
Lifewater is a first-class international organization that helps communities acquire and sustain the power of clean and safe water along with long-term training in sanitation and hygiene. This missional approach is designed to meet urgent needs with long-term partnership, and they see the incidence of water-borne disease reduced by at least 65%. Please pray for Lifewater and their mission, and pray about how YOU can become involved in this important ministry. www.lifewater.org
The Salvation Army 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.
BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD IN EVERY LANGUAGE
OPC has offered support to Mark and Bonnie Lambert who lived in Cameroon for over 20 years. Mark has served in administration Wycliffe's efforts and they are currently residing in Texas.
Please pray for them as they keep active in the Bible translation movement.
CareNet offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasound, parenting classes. and a baby store! We love to partner with organizations of compassion who are making an impact through love and support.
Care Net has been serving the community since 1990. Each year theysee over 400 clients and provide over two thousand services a year. No matter what situation a person finds themselves in, they are there to help in different ways. All of CareNet's services are free and confidential.
CHURCH PLANT in GOLETA, CA
Goodland Church exists to help people find a place of belonging in relationship with Jesus and in community with God’s people. By establishing missional communities throughout Santa Barbara and nurturing discipleship group, Goodland is aimed at seeing followers grow, seekers experience God, cynics welcomed, and the city transformed. Goodland is a church plant of our Mission Presbytery in ECO.
The mission of Care Corps is to recruit, train and mobilize teams to work with the local and national care givers. Our goal is to help facilitate & conduct therapy, lead group sessions, develop support groups and train local leaders for their ongoing care-giving work. Many of the victims of war and violence are children so Care Corps prepares teams to lead Children’s Trauma Care Programs.
Care Corps teams of young adults and professionals from faith organizations, non-profits and colleges are recruited and trained to serve in this program. The children’s program utilizes a curriculum that includes play therapy, art, music and both group and individual counseling for these traumatized children. The local care-givers work alongside our team of Care Corps trainers so they can learn how it can be an ongoing and sustainable service to their community. Care Corps comes alongside shattered people with proven care-giving and helps them begin to put their lives together after surviving the devastation of war, disaster and trauma.
Care Corps International is committed to helping heal children affected by trauma through following Jesus Christ’s example of practical compassionate care. Children are particularly vulnerable to great emotional and psychological damage in crisis situations such as disaster, conflict, and violence. By facilitating healing and reconciliation Care Corps strives to provide a substantial witness of the incarnational love of Christ.
It is our hope that through addressing the emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of children affected by trauma Christ’s redemptive love be witnessed and received. In this way children whose lives have been shattered and need spiritual, emotional, and psychological healing will receive the “cup of cold water” (Mt. 10:42) that comes through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Care Corps International works at the invitation of local churches, mission and relief agencies to bring programs and training designed to facilitate restorative therapy to the hurting children of the world. By combining basic trauma counseling with play and art therapy in the context of a safe and secure environment, our desire is to begin meeting the enormous needs of suffering children through practical and proven methods. Additionally, by following the principle given in II Timothy 2:2 we seek to train pastors, relief and mission workers, and lay-counselors to be better equipped servants of the Lord as they minister to hurting children.