We believe that we have a responsibility to care about the world around us both globally and locally.
Global Impact represents our faith community’s commitment to impacting the world around us in order to draw people into relationship with Jesus. Our unique vision looks to partner with “missionaries” bringing that message to people living in an area known as the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window represents an area of the world with the highest concentration of people groups that have never heard about Jesus. However, we also partner with “missionaries” impacting areas all around the world.
Currently, we support over 60 missionary families around the world. But, we don’t just give money to missions or missionaries. Every missionary and missionary family we support becomes part of our church family. We commit to pray, encourage, and support them long term. While we have many new missionary families and enjoy adding new ones, several have been with us for over 30 years.
When asked about the greatest commandments Jesus replied, “Love the Lord you God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like the first, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” One way we strive love our neighbor, globally, comes by participating in Operation Christmas Child. OCC is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that provides Christmas gifts to millions of children around the world who may otherwise receive nothing. We also partner with Convoy of Hope to help in relief efforts world-wide. We have assisted in building churches, Bible schools, orphanages, and senior citizen homes. Our children and youth give to help provide equipment, books, and vehicles for our missionaries.
Our God revealed Himself as a missionary God, seeking Adam and Eve after they sinned and broke fellowship with Him. Missions is essential to God’s plan and purpose and Christianity is a part of that great plan. The Bible describes Jesus this way. “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save those who are lost.”
Local Impact represents our faith community’s commitment to impacting our neighbors and our community around us in order to draw people into relationship with Jesus. Our unique vision seeks to develop and partner with local ministries that meet people’s practical and spiritual needs. We also look for opportunities to get involved with our community through local events.
Currently, we run Elijah’s Pantry and partner with Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Store to help meet people’s physical needs. We started Elijah’s Pantry to provide food support for people in need locally and now other churches partner with us. Together with multiple local churches, we impact families across our community through Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Store, which is a local thrift store. We embrace these opportunities to build relationships with people and share God’s love with them.
We also value providing opportunities for residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilites to worship God. Just because they cannot attend a church doesn’t mean they have to give up spiritual community. Regularly, small groups of residents gather together at various facilites across Two harbors to sing songs and study the Bible.
Our mission to reach our community represents an important emphasis of our global mission. We believe that God wants us to impact people’s lives with His love everywhere, but He intentionally placed us near our neighbors and in our local community. Our mission starts locally and extends globally.
We need to be diligent in praying for and encouraging our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for our common faith in Jesus Christ.
Consider making the following commitments today:
- I will get information from the church regarding suffering Christians and write notes of encouragement to them.
- I will give a gift toward the purchase of Bibles where they might be most urgently needed to strengthen persecuted believers.
- I will inquire about the possibilities of sponsoring a pastor and his family in a persecuted region of the world.
- I will pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for their commitment to the Lord.
- I will pray for the Lord’s guidance concerning the possibility of going on a mission trip to some part of the world where my fellow believers are suffering for their faith.
- I will seek to learn more about what is going on globally in the Body of Christ.
Ways to pray:
- I Pray for Christians who are beaten and tortured, that they may be healed and forgive their tormentors (Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60).
- Pray for imprisoned Christians to be comforted by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 6:9-13).
- Pray for the provision of Bibles (Psalm 119:105-112).
- Pray for Christians who have lost homes, farms, water and income, that God will meet their every need and ease their anxiety (Matthew 6:31-34).
- Pray that Christians in persecuted countires will support each other and band together (1 Peter 4:7-11).
- Pray that God would rise up leaders in the persecuted church, that they might be courageous, wise and faithful to their God-given responsibilities (1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:1-10).