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The Missions Team
Missions is serving our Lord by serving those in need through tangible expressions of acceptance, love and hope. "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others" 1 Peter 4:10. This can be done in a number of ways, such as by sharing His love with someone at work, volunteering your time with a local ministry, supporting others through prayer and finances, going into the missions field yourself or going on a mission trip. Yosemite Church Missions Ministry seeks to provide an opportunity for ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of the poor and less fortunate. If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved with this area of ministry please e-mail your questions to Polly Alterman.
Meeting: 2nd Sunday of each month in the El Capitan Multi-Purpose Room @ 12:30pm.
Mission Statement: Meeting the less fortunate and unreachable people where they are, local and global, and loving them to where Christ wants them to be.
Purpose Statement: To develop and implement a program of mission awareness that mobilizes Yosemite Church and its resources for maximum effective contribution to the Great Commision for Local and Global outreach. "...And when the Holy Spirit come upon you, you will receive the power and will tell people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" Acts 1:8.
Alpha Pregnancy Help Center of Merced
Alpha is a Christ-centered ministry committed to the belief that every human is valuable and that life begins at conception. They provide education, resources, and practical and spiritual support to women, men and teenagers facing issues related to relationships and pregnancy. To get involved, contact: (209) 383-4700
Merced County Jail Ministry
The Jail Ministry serves the Merced City Jail, Merced County Jail, and Merced Juvenile Hall. They supply 100 Bibles per month and serve 5,000 people per year through daily Bible studies, Church services, G.E.D. program, drug counseling and literacy assistance. By reducing recidivism rates we are helping to reduce crime rates. We are helping to make Merced County a better place to live. To get involved, contact: Chaplain James Sanders or Carol King or Debbie Newman, Merced County Jail Ministry, P.O. Box 1221, Merced CA 95340.
Salvation Army - Merced Chapter
If you have ever felt called to serve those in need, this may be your opportunity. We serve dinner every Saturday evening at the Salvation Army. If you are an individual or have a group that would like to serve, please contact: Jan Conas at (209) 384-0714 or email- JanConas@sbcglobal.net
Merced Rescue Mission
Originally set up as a feeding program, the Merced Rescue Mission has developed a multi-faceted approach to serving the needs of the homeless and indigent. Those who often enter our doors are destitute in both body and spirit. We offer them hope and renewal through the Word of God. Through love and caring we lead them to have order and discipline in their lives. We teach them in a daily work therapy session and focus their goals on realistic ways to be valuable members of society. To get involved, contact: Bruce Metcalf at (209) 722-9269.
Merced County Food Bank
Merced County Food Bank is a private, non-profit organization that grew out of a community collaboration to feed the hungry in the local area. There are more than 51,323 people living below the poverty level in Merced County, many of them children and seniors. Merced County Food Bank serves as a communal bridge between those in need of food and those who are willing to share what they have. To get involved, contact: Phyllis Legg and Israel Rodriguez at (209) 726-3663 or email email@example.com
Habitat For Humanity
Habitat For Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. They seek to eliminate poverty housing and homeless from the world and to make a decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. If you would like to help build a home for a needy family in Merced 2009, you can. To get involved, contact Eric Svenson and you will be added to the notification list of build days.
Merced Area Christian Counseling
Merced Area Christian Counseling is where quality Christian counseling takes place and where social, emotional and spiritual growth is encouraged. It is a place where someone cares enough to listen; a place where Christ’s love is shared and forgiveness in offered. Merced Area Christian Counseling offers the services of licensed counselors from multiple local areas churches who come together to serve those in need. To get involved, contact: Susan Baldasano at (209) 723-4357.
KAMB/Celebration Radio 101.5 FM
KAMB is a vibrant broadcast ministry that excels at partnering with the local churches of Central California in order to better serve them in their ministries of evangelism and discipleship. KAMB has a servant-hearted staff that is noted for their love of the Lord and creative on-air ministry. Our purpose is to challenge listeners to personally know and follow the Lord Jesus Christ through quality radio programming. To get involved, call (209) 723-1015.
Love INC – In the Name of Christ
Love INC's strategy is to help Christian churches in the Greater Merced Area show God’s love in practical and effective ways. Love INC. serves as a liaison among individuals, agencies and churches. It helps reduce necessary duplication of services and it works to generate previously untapped volunteer and material resources within the churches. It also enables caring Christians to come alongside those who have multiple needs and build relationships with them. Love INC shows the Love of Jesus Christ and brings help and hope to the poor and needy of our community. To get involved, contact: Love INC office (209) 383-7034 or (209) 383-1265.
World Vision – Child Sponsorship
World Vision helps transform the lives of children and families in need in the name of Christ. Yosemite Church has 300 plus sponsored children and we support a village in Zambia. To get involved or to sponsor a child, contact: Kerri Gibbons at (209) 628-8972
• Website: www.worldvision.org
Seeds International- Adopt a School/Trinidad
Seeds International is dedicated to the retention of new believers by the local church, both in North America and around the world. Our single purpose is to provide the necessary tools and training to aid in that goal. YC has adopted two schools; one in Trinidad and the other in Guatemala. To get involved, contact: Bridget Mitchell at (209) 723-4860.
• Website: www.seeds.org
Samaritan's Purse- Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan's Purse brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes and the Good News of God's love. This program provides an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in a simple, hands-on missions project with a global impact, while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ, God's greatest gift. Along with shoebox gifts, millions of children are given Gospel booklets in their own language. To get involved, contact: Sonia Willson at (209) 383-4115.
• Website: www.samaritan.org
Community Inland Fellowship. Orphanage in Kenya, Africa
Community Inland Fellowship is dedicated to introducing light to a generation that is in the dark. The poor, impoverished regions of Africa, especially East Africa, need the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ as well physical and social improvements. To get involved, contact Rev. Dr. Titus D.O Opunga at +254-729-691.
Gideons International's mission is to reach men and women with the good news of Jesus Christ. For over 100 years they have placed bibles in hotels and motels worldwide and over the years have increased their reach to include providing the scriptures to school children, military and emergency personnel, college students, medical personnel, and jail and prison inmates. To get involved, contact: Al Vienop at (209) 725-3138.
• Website: www.gideons.org
Missionaries We Support
Joannis and Evelyn Tangub, Philippines
Bible Believing Grace Baptist Temple
Joannis and Evelyn Tangub's ministries include local church, children's
feeding/Sunday School Bible outreach, Bible College, Church Planting.
They are our hosts on our annual missions trip to the Philippines.
For more, click here
Daniel and Abigail Jacobo, Honduras
Baptist International Missions Inc.
Daniel and Abigail Jacobo's mission is to start 100 churches, create a
children's ministry, build a Christian school and Bible college, and train
national pastors and missionaries.
JoJo and Heather DeGuzman, China
Campus Crusade For Christ
JoJo and Heather DeGuzman's mission is reaching and transforming cities,
that East Asia may become a sending based to the world. Their vision
is developing Spiritual multipliers for the young professionals.
Dave and Cincy Lux, Ghana, Africa
Dave and Cindy Lux serve with Wycliffe Bible Translator and SIL in
Cameroon, Africa where they are working with the Noni people to develop
their language into written form, promote literacy, and translate the New
Testament into the Noni language.
Steve and Carrie Wendel, Czech Republic
Association of Baptist for World Evangelism
Steve and Carrie Wendel are working in partnership with the Czech
Baptist Union to establish indigenous local churches in the region of
Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic. Their vision is to see local church
planting movement initiated throughout their region by the year 2020.
Jeremiah and Lori Kepner, USA
Campus Crusade for Christ, University of Arizona
Jeremiah and Lori Kepner's mission is turning lost students into Christ
centered laborers. Their desire is to build movements in every relational
pocket at Northern Arizona University so that every student has a chance
to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ from a friend. They do it by winning,
building, and sending students to reach their community, their campus
and the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Vance and Carol Nordman, CA. USA
Jesus Film Project, Campus Crusade for Christ
Vance and Carol Nordman give leadership to the People's Connection and
initiative of the Jesus Film Project. Already over 300,000 copies of the
Middle Eastern languages Jesus DVD have been given by partnering ministries
and churches to immigrants.
Jeff Miller, UC Merced, CA. USA
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Jeff Miller strives to build a diverse witnessing community of students
growing in their love for God. The students are encouraged to build their
fellowship on the foundation of thoughtful and relevant witness, intentional
discipleship, and opportunities to lead and serve.
Ed and Andrew Hultren, MO. USA
Rural Compassion is a national initiative supporting the world's poor; the most
undeserved and overlooked population in America. They develop a joint
action plan between the church and existing community services to address
Yosemite Church has been involved in several trips nationally and internationally. As God works among and through His people, these have been life changing experiences and catalysts for spiritual growth and development for everyone involved. As we work together as the body of Christ, blessings abound not only for those being served, but also for those serving. Through us, God has made a difference to thousands of people, not only physically but most important, spiritually. Yosemite Church has been a part of fulfilling the Great Commission, which is to go out and reach the world making disciples of all nations.
If you feel you are being called to serve in this way, contact Bridget Mitchell (click here to e-mail) to learn more about our future trips or how you can get involved. Visit our special events page to see upcoming mission trips.
Hear Testimonies of past Mission Trips:
Biloxi, MS - Katrina Rebuilding Effort Construction Trip. For more, click here
Philippines - Medical and Evangelistic Trip. For more, click here
World Vision Trip - Zambia, Africa