At East Aurora Wesleyan Church, we are committed to reaching outside the four walls of the church. We are passionate about the hurting, hungry and hopeless in our community. We are actively seeking to be involved in ways to serve others locally, regionally and globally. Throughout the year, we partner with local service organizations and foster opportunities for volunteers to participate in a variety of missions projects at home and abroad.
PAST and PRESENT COMMUNITY MISSIONS PROJECTS:
- Blankets – Gateway-Longview
- FISH – local food bank
- Support of Athletes in Action – Chaplain Fred Raines
- American Rescue Workers Mission – programs/served in soup lines
- Native American Ministries
- City Mission
- WNY Children’s Psychiatric Hospital
- Angel Tree – Children of Prisoners
- Hope Refugee Services, St. Luke’s (baby stuff), single moms at Christmas
PAST and PRESENT NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PROJECTS
- Water purification program
- Russia – Josh McDowell Ministry
- Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child: Shoebox Ministry
- Missionary Support
- Mission trips to China, Haiti, England, Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina)
- Mission trips to Thailand (Destiny Rescue), Oklahoma tornado rebuild trip
- Hephzibah Children’s Home – Denominationally sponsored
- Freedom Village – Fletcher Brothers – at-risk teens
We collect gift items all year long and typically have a Shoebox Packing Party sometime in late November. Come join the fun.
- Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
- School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
- Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
- Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
- A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
- Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
Operation Christmas Child “Good News, Great Joy”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, serves to proclaim the message that Jesus Christ came as the Christmas Child to bring eternal life to all. Their purpose is to spread the good news of the gospel to children all over the world through the simple gift of a shoebox.
East Aurora Wesleyan Church has partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to share that joy and to reach as many children for Christ as possible. It’s founder and director, Rev. Franklin Graham, says “The shoebox is the vehicle God has put into our hands to reach the little children of the world.”
Operation Christmas Child had its beginnings in 1993 and over the course of 11 years has delivered 113 million shoeboxes to children in 112 countries around the world. Todate, 1.1 million children have prayed to accept Jesus Christ through the follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey! How Amazing!
So how can I get involved here in East Aurora, New York? You can pack a shoebox!!
Packing a shoebox is simple! Start with a standard size shoebox and decide whether your gift will be for a boy or girl and the age category you prefer, 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Print a label to be taped onto your shoebox and mark the appropriate age category you have selected. Fill the box with items such as toys, craft items, clothing, shoes, hygiene items and coloring books, among many others that would be appropriate for the age you’ve chosen.
Finish the box with a letter or photo of your family! You can also include your address and some children may have the opportunity to write back. Most importantly, we ask that you would pray over the boxes that you pack, for the children that will receive them and that God would use that box to show His love and grace in a mighty way! We ask that you do not include used or damaged items, war related items, chocolate or food, liquids, lotions or medications, breakable items, snow globes or other glass containers.
Packing a shoebox is a simple way to get involved and a great way to give back to those that have so little!
Theresa and Lori’s trip to Thailand
Destiny Rescue is a Christ centered organization that rescues children out of sexual slavery. They restore their lives and prepare them for brand new futures. In October of 2013 we decided to travel to Thailand on a mission trip to see first hand how this organization works. What we found was absolutely incredible work driven by the Holy Spirit! Christians!
Destiny Rescue is dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
They help rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and are a voice for children that can’t speak up for themselves. They provide kids rescued from sexual exploitation a safe, loving home to grow up in, medical care, counseling, schooling, vocational training and all daily needs required to be integrated back into society successfully.
They also help protect vulnerable children from being trafficked. They offer them financial assistance, a good education, vocational training, and, in some instances, a place to live.
If you want to know more about this wonderful organization, check them out online and like them on Facebook.
www.destinyrescue.org/us/ (or just click the pic above)