He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Jesus spoke these words to his disciples as his last instructions before ascending into heaven. We continue to follow this directive today as well. Because of God’s great love for us, we can’t help but want to share this good news with all the people of the world. The Bible also instructs us to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly” (Micah 6:8). So we are called to not only speak the good news, but to extend justice, mercy and compassion. We do this by sponsoring individuals, partnering with several excellent organizations and with our Covenant denomination.
Costa Rica Trip
Here’s another great opportunity to engage in Countryside’s worldwide missions. We’re planning a trip to Costa Rica this spring! We’ll be heading down to partner with Douglas and Karen Johnston, breaking ground on a new “Home of Hope” and other projects. Dates for the trip are June 22 – 29, 2018. More info and an informational meeting to follow. If you’re interested, contact Victor Polanco at email@example.com.
People We Sponsor:
The Johnston Family
Douglas and Karen Johnston and their two boys, Gabriel and Zachariah, have been located at the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) campus in San Jose, Costa Rica since 2007. They are working in a variety of areas, but always with their eyes toward the vision that God gave them- to mobilize, train and send out the next generation of missionaries, especially to people who have never had the opportunity to hear about Jesus. Keep up with the Johnstons here.
The Loos Family
Chris and Rebekah Loos are serving with Keynote – the music and creative arts ministry of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) which uses music, humor, short films, social media and life stories to clearly communicate the truth and hope of the gospel. While Chris does a lot of touring with the band Stone, home base is Noblesville, Indiana for Chris and Rebekah, and daughters Carina, Katie and Kendra. Follow their adventure here.
The Voland Family
Phillip and Stephanie Voland are working to plant a church in Pinneberg, Germany, a suburb about 15 miles northwest of Hamburg. Most Germans/Europeans believe that church is neither relevant nor useful in their contexts. The Volands are working to find ways of breaking down barriers and building bridges to model what the love of Christ is all about. Follow the Volands here.
David and Celia Stockamp
David is an Evangelical Covenant Project Missionary to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He travels to the DRC several times a year to teach and train pastors and leaders in the Covenant Church of Congo. Learn more about what our denomination is doing in the DRC here.
Organizations We Partner With:
Open Arms India
There are over 25 million orphans in India, and 5,000 children under age 5 die every day due to preventable causes. Open Arms India is dedicated to bringing hope to the hopeless in India with nine homes for orphans, six free schools, ministries to widows and single women, a hospital, church and over 200 clean-water wells. All is done in the name of Christ, and Open Arms India is also educating, training and sponsoring pastors. We partner with Open Arms India by sponsoring children and participating in mission trips. To learn more, visit their website here.
Africa New Life Ministries
Africa New Life was started by Rwandans for Rwandans. It exists to break the cycle of poverty in Rwanda by providing education, spiritual insight and basic necessities to poor children and families. Since 2001, Africa New Life has shared the gospel using two hands: the hand of compassion – helping to meet basic needs and give hope for the future to those living in poverty in Rwanda—and the hand of evangelism—sharing the freedom and hope found in Christ. We partner with Africa New Life by sponsoring children and participating in mission trips. To learn more, visit their website here.
Congo Clinic Initiative
We have joined with the Paul Carlson Partnership and the Evangelical Covenant Church to sponsor a medical clinic in Ngakpo, Congo. The Congolese village of Ngakpo is very remote- 270 miles to the nearest hospital, and has a population of 9,571. One out of every five people dies before the age of 5 in Congo – most of them from preventable causes. This clinic will provide the essential care and resources to begin reversing this trend, all in the name of Christ. You can find out more about the program here.
Covenant Kids Congo
The Evangelical Covenant Church and World Vision share a deep commitment to the people of Congo. The Covenant has been in the remote Equateur Province since 1937. Working alongside our Congolese friends, the work has grown to more than 1,800 churches, 5 hospitals, 90 medical clinics, a school system serving 60,000 students, and micro-enterprise projects. Joining with World Vision, this unprecedented partnership will provide a “journey of transformation,” in addition to the spiritual work carried out through the churches. This proven community development model for sustainable long-term solutions is built on World Vision’s 60 years of experience building a better world for children. Want to learn more or sponsor a child? Just click here.
Samaritan’s Purse/ Operation Christmas Child
Every year we pack shoe boxes with gifts that are sent to children around the world. These are children who would otherwise not have the joy of a present at Christmas, and they also get a chance to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ! A small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, and plant new churches. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. We love being a part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift! Discover all the different things Samaritan’s Purse is doing around the globe by clicking here.
Another opportunity we take advantage of at Christmas time is Angel Tree. It’s a way to impact families right here in our own back yard. Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship program that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. We purchase and deliver gifts to these vulnerable and hurting children, and bring joy to the families. We also have the opportunity to share with them the Gospel story, made so relevant at Christmas. To read more about the Angel Tree program and all the other great things going on at Prison Fellowship, Click here.