Strategy to Reach our International Community
Jenks Snack Ministry
One of our newest local mission opportunities is with Jenks Intermediate school and Jenks Reading and Math & Science Academy during the summer. Our Pastor has established a partnership for our church family to provide snacks for Jenks after school tutoring program and summer academies with their English Language Learners (ELL) who are refugee and International students.
English Second Language (ESL) Ministry
Our newest local mission opportunity is with refugees and international members of our community. Our Pastor and church family has a heart for these wonderful individuals in our community who need to learn more about our city and our language.
The Ministry Center
The Ministry Center provides quality clothing, staple food items, vouchers for prescription medication, shower facilities, a bi-monthly medical clinic, Christian witness, guidance and prayer. An appointment is required for each client. No one is assisted until they have completed an intake interview with a volunteer staff member who evaluates their circumstances and shares with them the love of Jesus.
How can you help? Volunteers are needed to conduct intake interviews to determine each client family’s needs; prepare food sacks for clients; work with clients in the clothing room; participate in special projects such as building maintenance and painting, yard work or food drives.
Churches are needed to collect food on a regular basis for distribution; incorporate this ministry as a regular part of their church budget; become part of the ministry team.
Click here for our Ministry Center Fundraiser - Artwork.
Jenks CarePoint is a partnership between Jenks Public Schools, local Jenks businesses including First Oklahoma Bank and Yale Cleaners, First Baptist Jenks, and South Tulsa to provide for the needs in our Jenks community.
The mission of Jenks CarePoint is to serve the community by providing quality clothing to the students and families of Jenks Public schools, to identify and address additional areas of need within the community, and to share the love and hope that is found in Christ with all who come to CarePoint.
DaySpring Villa is Oklahoma’s first faith-based certified shelter for domestic violence victims and the first shelter of its kind in the state for adult survivors of human sexual trafficking. Their mission is to provide physical, emotional, Christ-like care to enable women and their children to live God-honoring lives.
Hope Pregnancy Center
The mission of Hope Pregnancy Ministries is to help young men and women have hope and choose life in the midst of an unplanned pregnancy. Hope Pregnancy Centers are mostly staffed by volunteers trained to offer support for women and men of all ages. Our desire is to encourage, to affirm dignity and self-worth, and to suggest positive options for individual situations and needs, without judgment or cost. The Tulsa center is located at 13012 E 21st Street.
Women in Recovery
Women in Recovery (WIR) is an intensive outpatient alternative for eligible women facing long prison sentences for non-violent, drug-related offenses. Operated in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, WIR works closely with the criminal justice system and various community partners to ensure program participants receive supervision, substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, workforce readiness training and family reunification services.
In early December South Tulsa helps make Christmas special for the children of these women. You may choose to shop for one child or a family (we are only shopping for the children). You will be provided a list that has the name, age, clothing sizes and toy requests. It has been suggested that each child receive at least one set of clothing, two if possible, maybe a pair of shoes or a coat and a toy. Shopping is completed the first week of December.
With over 200 children being cared for by these recovering women, transportation is key. The Women in Recovery ministry will accept any vehicle in any shape. You will receive contribution credit if you donate a vehicle. Contact Vernon Long at 918-622-1040 for more information.
The Refugee Sewing Enterprise (RiSE) gives local refugee women the opportunity to learn the skill of sewing, or improve her sewing skills through classes that meet once a week for two hours. The women learn through project-based guidance, targeting two skill levels of beginner and intermediate. The Artisan group (beginning Fall, 2018) gives advanced stitchers the opportunity to sell their products through the Rising Village online shop, or in local craft markets and in-home trunk shows. Integrated within the instruction is English-skills learning, relationship-building, and spiritual support for women who are from countries around the world. RiSE is a program of Rising Village Foundation.
We currently minister at two locations: David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center in Tulsa and Mabel Basset in McCloud. The Jail Ministry team leads large Bible studies, shares the Gospel, visits with inmates or lead small group Bible studies each week.
Missions on Our Doorstep
A summit was held at South Tulsa on March 27 for pastors and church leaders from all over the area to discuss how we love, serve, and minister to our immigrant and refugee neighbors. In addition, we hosted a series of videos and speakers in July 2018 on Sunday evenings.
Hannah's Hope is inspired by Hannah's longing and prayers for a child in 1 Samuel. The name Hannah's Hope reminds us of the hope we have through Christ even after the loss of a baby. Many times a neonatal loss is something that is suffered privately. We recognize that even in our secret hurts, there is power in allowing others to walk alongside us as encouragers and fellow sojourners. By placing Hope Boxes in the hands of grieving families, Hannah's Hope affirms that the life of each baby is worthy of remembrance and encourages families to work through their grief in a healthy way. Our Missions Committee has endorsed this local ministry and is encouraging our church family and friends to send these hope boxes to friends who have suffered this heart breaking loss.