The history behind Bridging Cultures and our work in Ecuador:
In 2009, a layperson from Central Christian Church happened to meet a tour guide while on a mission trip to Ecuador. This tour guide told her that if she really wanted to help where the need is greatest in Ecuador, she must go to the Chota Valley. She did and that initial providential meeting eventually led to eight Disciples ministers traveling to the Chota Valley in northeastern Ecuador in August of 2011. What they discovered there will be transformative, not only for the people of the Chota Valley, but also for all Disciples Congregations who join in this mission.
Bridging Cultures, Inc. is the new distinctly Disciples mission effort formed by these eight Disciples ministers who came to the conclusion that "having seen, we cannot unsee; having known, we cannot unknow."
New trips for the Summer of 2015 are forming now. If you would like more information on Bridging Cultures or Ecuador Mission Trips, please contact Danny Couch at CCC, 817-594-3053. Visit Bridging Cultures, Inc. website at www.bridgingculturesmission.org
Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough.
And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow?
That "teach a man to fish" philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires our work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all. (info from their website)
CCC chose Heifer International for their Christmas Project 2015 along with Bridging Cultures to help supply animals and education about their care and reproduction. To know more about this organization go to their website www.heifer.org
Another mission field was created by John Patty who responded to his broken heart at his last visit to the Philippines and saw streets covered with hungry, unsupervised children wearing nothing but shorts. John’s passion to serve has created a ministry that works with the Catholic Church in Manila to create a food line that feeds children rice, beans and chicken every day at noon. Money left over will go toward school supplies for the children. A monetary gift of support is all that is needed to keep this mission alive. $25 a month will feed a couple of children for a month. If you would like to participate in this, all that is required is mark your donation to “Feed the Kids."
From the Week of Compassion website ...
Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. We seek to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities.
Giving to Week of Compassion is an effective way for Disciples congregations, members and friends to channel their resources and concerns to the humanitarian needs of suffering people within the United States and in the world. Disciples bring hope to situations of natural disaster, war and famine, more efficiently than ever before thanks to the faithful gifts of local congregations. With your continued support, Week of Compassion will remain responsive to Christ's call to both short term relief and long term partnerships in order to empower our brothers and sisters around the world.
The emphasis on "Week" in our name indicates the fund's beginnings as a week-long effort to raise money for those in need. The first official collection under this name was made February 20 - 27, 1944, in conjunction with the annual Brotherhood Dinner, celebrated simultaneously by Disciples churches across the country. Decades later, Week of Compassion is still a week-long special offering season each February. Week of Compassion receives all of its funds from Disciples congregations and their members; it does not receive any funding from the Disciples Mission Fund. The important claim in the second word of our name, "Compassion," indicates Disciples' faithful belief that Jesus embodied and modeled for the Church how to love and care for all God's people and Creation through faithful, life-giving love in the face of suffering.
Includes information from the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child website ...
Each year we participate in Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is the shoebox ministry managed by Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has hand-delivered more than 69 million shoe box gifts to needy and hurting children around the world, in more than 100 countries on six continents. The program provides aid to victims of war, natural disaster, famine, disease and poverty.
In early November, empty shoeboxes will be made available for pickup at our church, usually in Cuppett Hall. The filled shoeboxes are to be returned in mid-November. Northside Baptist is the closest Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection center in our area and that's where the filled shoeboxes we receive are taken. They always need volunteers to help pack the huge crates with the donated boxes of goodies for the children. If you want to get involved in this ministry, please contact the office of CCC for more information.
Shoebox Gift Ideas
Following is a list of the types of items to include in the Christmas Child shoebox.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/