Five Golden Missions
Last night I had the opportunity to support Tiny Hands, a worldwide ministry, as I worked on finishing up my Christmas shopping. Since I grew up in Lincoln and have stayed in the area (other than my 4 years up north), I feel like I am fairly connected with some of the great opportunities that abound here in our big small town. Maybe you are already plugged into your church but are looking for other ways to serve. I thought I would tell you about some great ministries that are happening in our neighborhood.
TINY HANDS INTERNATIONAL (http://www.tinyhandsinternational.org/)
This ministry was co-started by one of my brother’s good friends and is headquartered in Lincoln. The primary work that they do is rescuing girls that have been sold or captured into the sex slave trade. Here is their opening statement from their website.
Tiny Hands is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the church in the developing world to help the poor overcome poverty and become lights of the world. We are committed to finding the greatest injustices in the world, and working towards relieving them however possible.
We are particularly called to orphans, street children, and the victims of the sex-trafficking industry. We want to find those who are already doing the work, who are called and faithful, and help them do it in greater ways and with more efficiency. We do it all in obedience to, and for the glory of Jesus Christ.
They will be having another boutique tomorrow at 56th & South St. from 10-1 in the Pizza Hut strip mall. They sell jewelry, bags, scarves and more, and many of the items have been made by the girls who have been rescued. This will benefit Tiny Hands and will greatly help the girls who live in Nepal, the main place they minister.
BACK TO THE BIBLE (www.backtothebible.org)
This ministry was started in Lincoln in the 1939 and has spread the Bible message throughout the world. This ministry also has a special place in my heart as my Dad has been a part of the board for many years. Our MOPS group took a tour there two summers in a row – if you have never been in the building that is located at 64th & Cornhusker, the trip is worth it! Back to the Bible has daily radio Bible studies, devotionals that can be e-mailed to you, videos and so very many resources to help you get to know the Bible and its God better. They also have started a new ministry.
GO TANDEM (formerly 411God) (https://gotandem.com/ /)
goTandem encourages spiritual growth through daily Bible engagement. Their goal is to interrupt your life with the Bible, to make you ponder how that should and could impact your life. You fill out an online personal profile, and they will send you passages or verses in the Bible. They can arrive via phone, cell, text or e-mail – you pick what is the most convenient to you. There are many options too – just have the daily verse read, interact with other Bible studiers through chat or in-depth studies to name a few. I finally signed up today and enjoyed reading a text and having a verse read to me around lunchtime.
CAMPUS LIFE (http://lincoln.yfc.net/)
Campus Life is a part of Youth for Christ. One of my dear friends from high school and her husband have been a part of this ministry for almost 20 years, and I have loved having a behind the scenes view of the impact that they have made. Campus Life goes into area middle schools and high schools and gets involved with students. They have small groups and after school clubs and outreach events. In the past 6 months, they have presented the gospel to more than 725 students! Amazing – praise be to God! There are many other great ministries that are making a difference in students’ lives in Lincoln: Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Campus Crusade for Christ and the Navigators, plus several other groups all make a difference in the lives of Lincoln students. So, if you are ready to interact with someone that is beyond a preschool level, one of these ministries could be for you!
CITY IMPACT (www.cityimpact.org)
I mentioned a little bit about City Impact in the December newsletter. You may already be familiar with this ministry through their Gifts of Love Christmas store that they have every year. But, they do SO much more: weekly Bible clubs, summer camp, Impact Reading Center and an Impact Leadership Center. Here is their philosophy (taken from their website).
City Impact believes that true transformation begins with a heart committed to God and a life committed to showing God’s love to the world. We strive every day to reveal God’s unconditional love to under-resourced families in Lincoln’s urban neighborhoods. Helping our youths and their families cultivate their God-given talents, we encourage and empower those we serve to transform their community from the inside out.
They are often needing volunteers to help make a difference in the lives of children. Please see the website for more information.
SO … Why did I name this post, “5 Golden Missions?” Well, while none of these organizations are perfect, they are comprised of flawed, redeemed people who want to make a difference for Christ. They want to help lead others to find the path to Jesus, so that they will too walk the golden streets of heaven some day. (Hey, the thought worked for me! :-))
P.S. If you are like me and unable to really serve at this time, each of these groups would always welcome another prayer warrior – probably the best way to make a difference anyway!