Do you have a burden for the poor or others in the margins of society and want to get students involved?
Here’s a list of potential partners – it’s from World Magazine’s “Profiles in Effective Compassion” (’06 & ’07). These groups are offering tangible help, seeing long-term results, and “soaking every activity with the gospel.” Most are local, but some national or international – check out their websites.
- Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
- Jobs for Life, Raleigh, NC
- Rachel’s House, Columbus, OH
- CityTeam Ministries, Chester, PA
- Manoomin Project, Marquette, MI
- Earth Keeper Project, Livonia, MI
- Christian Women’s Job Corps, Nashville, TN
- (Google the Rest)
- A Hand Up for Women, Knoxville, TN
- Guiding Light Mission, Grand Rapids, MI
- Habitat for Humanity, Flint, MI
- Mission Solano, Fairfield, CA
- Urban Promise, Camden, NJ
- Truth Seekers, Memphis, TN
- A Way Out, Memphis, TN
- Crossroads Center Rescue Mission, Hastings, NE
- Citizens for Community Values, Memphis, TN
- Neighborhood Christian Center, Inc., Memphis, TN
- Mariner’s Church Lighthouse Community Center, Santa Ana, CA (50 programs focused on Minnie Street)
- St. Francis Center, Redwood, CA
- Mile High Ministries, Denver, CO
- Interfaith Housing Coalition, Dallas, TX
- Christian Women’s Job Corps of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN
- Victory Trade School, Springfield MO
- Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Little Rock, AR
- Happy Hands Education Center (Ministry to the deaf), Tulsa, OK
- Vision Youthz, San Francisco, CA
Look for service opportunities that:
- Connect students with people and where there’s potential for long-term relationships to develop
- Unbelievers can be invited to join you
- Students can be equipped to connect the story of Jesus with the stories of people they serve
These things lead to long-term solutions and impact, to transformed lives, and to people coming into the Kingdom.–Chip S.
Our Crossroads Ministry just opened up significant discussions with several growing movements among college students who want to make a difference in the AIDS pandemic. One movement that has partnered with World Vision and now IV is Acting on AIDS*. Our ministries at several locations have already helped start effective partnership with Acting on AIDS. Explore their website.
*Acting on AIDS is a program started by Christian college students to create awareness and promote activism on the global AIDS pandemic at colleges and universities across the nation. With the support of World Vision, Christian college students have formed a broad network of Acting on AIDS groups on college campuses that seeks to change hearts on campuses, create awareness in communities, and advocate for those affected by the global AIDS pandemic.
The Big Event is sweeping the nation. What if our local campus ministries took the lead in participating and organizing “The Big Event” at their campus?
On several campuses, The Big Event sends out volunteer teams of ten students. Auburn’s CM is sending out their students in groups of five to join up with five of their fellow students.
Many of us are wrestling with a new way of thinking. We’ve embraced in the past the fundraising maxim that “within 5 miles of every campus exist the financial resources to reach the campus with the Gospel.”
Marrty Dormish (Staff STINT–Barcelona) suggests reversing the thinking to help our college ministries think of ways to be a blessing, to extend the rule and reign of God on their campus and in their surrounding communities.
Marrty suggests that we start believing that “resources exist on every college campus to help transform, restore and heal the cities and towns in which these institutions of higher learning exist.”
If we see our ministries through a more “externally-focused” grid, we might see new ways of expanding the “passionate proclamation and compassionate demonstration” of the gospel both on the campus and in the surrounding community. For example, our campus movement could help mobilizing the campus and the resources of the campus to transform the slums nearby, to help care for those in need of social work, to build houses, to reclaim run-down property, to teach kids how to read, to help the uninsured get treatment…and on and on. Thanks Marrty.
Embedded in Brenda’s research about international orphan care partnerships/potential partnerships is a reference to Bethany Christian Services. Larry Stephens and Ruth Rhea within our campus ministry leadership have been in discussions with Bethany about summer project opportunties, etc.
One outcome from this emerging partnerships applies to our day to day work on campus. As we work to be a blessing at our particular campus and to care about the things that Jesus cares about, we often stand shoulder to shoulder with students who find themselves with an unexpected pregnancy and would like info on adoption opportunities.
Bethany has offered their help.
If you’d like to connect students with Bethany, contact Larry first at Larry.Stephens@uscm.org. He’ll help you get connect with the right folks at Bethany.
The work that needs to be done in many urban neighborhoods seems to be without end. It’s sometimes a question of “Where do we get started that’s going to make any difference?”
The key to working with an inner city neighborhood is to be helpful, but not to come across as patronizing. You’ll find it vital for your Campus Ministry leadership to work hand in hand with neighborhood leaders.
Plan projects with leaders whom residents look up to and you’ll change the perception of the project from a handout to a hand up. Why not invite some friends from the general campus to get their hands dirty with you?
Check out soulsurvivor.com for some inspiring stories of people who have done some great urban renewal projects. (Soul Survivor is a ministry in Great Britain.)