Mission

Doing good for Christ's sake isn't just our history, it is also our ongoing commitment to our neighbors and communities. The Missions Resource Team and Emerging Generations are partnering to support our Community Care mission partners who work tirelessly to address various needs throughout the Twin Cities area. Below is a summary of each organization and how you can participate and pray for these organizations.

FreedomWorks - Helping ex-offenders transform their lives since the founding in 2004. The ministry is Christ-centered and provides affordable housing, mentors, life skills training and addiction recovery partners on the campus. FreedomWorks is able to walk with men and women residents as they learn to trust God through Bible study, personal accountability, service, and fellowship. They are developing a culinary arts curriculum to teach and mentor residents for jobs in the foodservice industry. To help their residents learn how to serve God and the community, FreedomWorks launched the “Bread of Life Food Pantry” on April 6, 2022.

Whittier Wildflowers Preschool - Accessing affordable, high-quality early childhood education is a significant problem and it disproportionally affects families of color. Whittier Wildflowers Preschool (WWP) in Minneapolis, provides innovative, affordable preschool education in a fun, faith-based environment where love & learning grow. WWP builds beloved community that bridges cultural and socio-economic boundaries.

Young Life Minneapolis - Introduces teens to Jesus Christ and helps them grow in their faith. They do that by seeking the lost, building genuine relationships with kids and caring for the least among us by showing up and walking with them through every avenue of life.

FreedomWorks and Young Life have been partners for many years and Whittier Wildflowers Preschool was selected as a partner through the Blessing Initiative in 2021.

To learn more about each organization, click the link(s) provided below. Also, watch for the upcoming Monday Meditations where Ron Dobies (FreedomWorks), Ann Hotz (Whittier Wildflowers Preschool) and Hope Ledeboer-Smith (Young Life) will share how they have been impacted by their involvement with the organization they represent.

Please consider supporting our Community Care Mission Partners in the following ways:

1) Participate - As part of the “Swing into Summer” event on May 18, there will be an opportunity to help with a service project for each partner. Please plan to attend this fun event and create something that will be greatly appreciated by our mission partners and the communities they serve.

  • Create artwork for FreedomWorks to hang on the wall in their new “Bread of Life Food Pantry”.
  • Make magnets for an end of the year gift for the children of Whittier Wildflowers Preschool.
  • Decorate and write in a card for Young Life leaders to give to high school kids while they’re at Young Life camp this summer.

2) Volunteering - On May 18, you will have the opportunity to sign up for volunteer opportunities with each of these mission partners to serve over the summer. If you aren’t able to attend the May 18 event but are interested in volunteering, send an email to Elaine Heltne, Missions Coordinator.

3) We also invite you to Pray for these organizations as they serve their communities.

FreedomWorks

  • The new “Bread of Life Food Pantry” needs distributors that will provide food on a regular basis.
  • The residents need prayer for healing and strength as they learn to trust God through developing new life skills and their personal growth.

Whittier Wildflowers Preschool (WWP)

  • They are thankful for God’s presence in the WWP community this school year: growing little learners with great love and building friendships and a sense of community amongst the families.
  • May the summer be a time of refreshment and renewal for their staff of eight: Alicia, Ann, Analia, Becky, Brooke, Laura, Mary, Tarah.
  • As they are enrolling for next school year, God bring together the children, families, staff, volunteers, and supporters that you are calling to be a part of WWP next school year.

Young Life Minneapolis

  • The Young Life kids as they will be in school until June 24th; for safety and success as they look for jobs, as they plan for college, and as they finish the school year. 
  • The Leaders as they take 50 kids to camp this summer. May the kids experience God like they never have before, and that they laugh and experience joy, and that they have a safe camp experience. 
  • For Hope and her leadership team as they raise money for the kids going to camp.
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