Don't Forget Home

Alice Bones

“ . . . and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8b). Jesus commissioned His disciples with these words just prior to His ascension. Witnessing begins at home and then spreads in ever-widening concentric circles to “the ends of the earth.” God has given the people of this church a heart for missions. He has allowed us to spread His truth to many countries of the world through our mission trips, missionary support and partnering in work being done in many areas. 

But God has also perfectly positioned our church to be a witness to those here in our own “Jerusalem.” The Ministry Center is one example of home missions. The Center is located in an impoverished area west of downtown Tulsa. There, we distribute food and clothing to individuals and families in need. The Center also hosts a bi-weekly medical clinic, as well as has a shower that can be utilized by our homeless clients. Most of the clients are generationally poor, that is, their parents and grandparents also lived in poverty. We continually seek God’s will and guidance as we share the truth of Jesus with all who come for assistance. Many times, our witness at the center is the only truth that our people hear. It amazes me how many individuals in our country have never heard the truth of Jesus and have never opened a Bible. 

Another opportunity for home missions is our new Jenks CarePoint. This Center will be open sometime in August and it is located close to 91st and Delaware. Because of its location, we believe the majority of the clientele will be immigrant and refugee families needing help, not only with clothing, but with navigating how to live and thrive in the United States. What an opportunity we have with this population to share the news of our Lord and Savior and demonstrate His love. 

If you would like more information about either center, or if you feel God leading you to help, you may contact me at alice@ministry-center.org, or Kara Lee at kara@jenkscarepoint.org.

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