Nicaragua Mission Team From 2004-2018, FBC has sent 9 delegations to Nicaragua to serve with AMOS Hope and Health and ABC USA Missionaries Drs. David and Laura Parajón. Since 2008, FBC has supported a community clinic, a community health promoter, and medications for the small pharmacy for the health post. In 2009, FBC raised the funds to purchase 99 water filters, one for each household in La Pimienta, and delegations since then have focused on supervising the water filters, collecting children’s height, weight, and anemia status, and conducting a nutrition project to reduce malnutrition. More information can be found at http:/www.amoshealth.org. The most recent delegation traveled in February 2020.
STAR, which stands for Serving Those ARound Us, strives to be welcoming and inviting to our neighbors, many of whom are homeless. STAR provides a climate-controlled place for an average of 60 neighbors to gather for a light breakfast and fellowship each Monday and Friday morning, along with showers, bus passes, laundry cards, and personal hygiene items. About 25 dedicated volunteers have been involved for 5 years, serving more than 2,000 individuals.
Knit Wits started in 2012 for the purpose of knitting/crocheting items to give to charity, as well as for fellowship. Presently two groups convene – every Thursday morning and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings. Items are donated to the STAR ministry, A Family Place Relief Nursery, City Outreach, local hospitals and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are needed to knit or crochet even if attendance at a group meeting is not possible.
Sew & Sos quilting and sewing ministry completes about 50 ‘comfort’ quilts a year for both local and national distribution. More than a handful of congregation members currently volunteer, many who sew and/or finish quilts in their own home. They currently meet on Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9:30-noon.
Y.A.H.O.O (Yamhill Alliance Helping Others Out) is an annual Spring Break mission trip involving 5 or more area churches and has been coordinated by our own Georgine Benner. High school and college youth travel to Tecate, Mexico for a week to work on constructing houses or school rooms. Community members support the youth in their fundraising, such as purchasing shares, dinners-to-go, raffles, and working at odd jobs to help raise the money needed. After returning the youth and adults from FBC lead a worship service to share their experiences.
Safe Families for Children The vision of Safe Families for Children is to create a world where children are safe and families transformed through compassionate communities. Its mission is to host vulnerable children and create extended family–like supports for families experiencing need or crisis. Rooted in commitments to radical hospitality and disruptive generosity, Safe Families for Children is a volunteer-driven, professionally-supported movement with Circles of Support in local churches. To learn more, visit www.safe-families.org, and let us know if you’d like to play a role in FBC’s Circle of Support!
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