Mission and Outreach
LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY
One of our core values at Glenkirk is Create. Specifically, creating God’s kingdom on earth as we reach out to our local community through acts of service and Christian mission that are rooted in love for God and for others. God has uniquely gifted you and created you to serve others and to be a light of hope in our community. We would love to help you find the perfect opportunity to serve.
We strive to impact the lives of others with God’s love through local, national, and international efforts. We send missionaries and mission teams to Africa, the Middle East, South America, Central America, Native American reservations, Canada, Mexico, and more. These efforts are for the whole person in areas such as sharing the good news about Jesus and providing food, shelter, clothing, emotional support, counseling and medical care. We have trained counselors here locally who are equipped to meet with people seeking this emotional support, healing, guidance, and recovery.
WAYS TO HELP DURING COVID-19
We need help! Are you available to give 2-3 hours at any one of our 3 locations? With mandatory business closures, layoffs, and very little food on store shelves, people are depending on the services of Shepherd’s Pantry at an increasing rate. People need food.
Need for donations – While it is difficult for you to find food for you and your family, we are not asking for food donations at this time. We have been assured that we should have adequate food from Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. While the community is in this crisis mode, please DO NOT drop off clothing donations as we are closing that department temporarily. If you are able to provide financial support, this would be greatly appreciated since we are seeing an increase in our expenses related to transporting and packaging food. For more information on making a donation to Shepherd’s Pantry, please CLICK HERE.
If you have practical needs we can meet during this time, we are mobilizing our deacon ministry to this end. If you are need of assistance, please contact your deacon using your Glenkirk Church profile on Church Community Builder (CCB) or you can email us at email@example.com. Also, if you have specific prayer requests, you can submit them to this email address, and we will get them to our prayer team. We want to support you during this time in every way we can.
UPCOMING MISSION TRIPS
High School Mission Trip | August 2021
Each year, a group of students head to a select location for a week+ long mission trip. Feeling called and ready to join us on our next trip? Summer mission trips are open to students entering 8th grade – college freshman in the fall. This summer we are partnering with City Service Mission (CSM), an organization that seeks to help groups like ours experience the city we’re in, learn about the city, and help the city by integrating into various hands on service opportunities with God’s people who live there. Their mission is to provide an effective urban ministry experience that transforms lives, influences churches and communities, and honors Christ! ENGAGE will be joining CSM from August 8th-11th in Los Angeles for 4 days and 3 nights of hands on mission work in our own backyard. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECENT MISSION TRIPS
Birmingham, Alabama – A group of 50 students and leaders headed back to Birmingham, Alabama for a week of outreach. Students participated in building projects including 2 new home roofs, held a week long VBS at a local church, and helped citizens of the local community. See the recap video below:
Chinle, Arizona – Our Chinle Mission team headed to Chinle, Arizona as our annual mission trip to the Navajo reservation. This group of 50+ shares their experience below:
Grace Enriquez — Clerical Assistant
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Jenn DeGraw — Guest Relations & Pastoral Administration
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At Glenkirk our passion to make fully devoted followers of Jesus extends far beyond our campus. Please pray for the missionaries we support and consider ways to bless them as they work around the globe.
Brandon and Kendra Kerston, Christina Hack – Chi Alpha Campus Ministries
Chi Alpha disciples university students to fulfill their purpose in God’s global plan. Their mission is to reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-filled communities of prayer, worship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace, and the world. Glenkirk sponsors two of Chi Alpha’s campus ministry leaders: Brandon and Kendra Kerston, and Christina Hack.
Christina Hack, California – Chi Alpha
Brian and Anna Kleinsasser – YWAM
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international movement of Christians dedicated to presenting Jesus personally this this and future generations, mobilizing as many possible to help in this task, and training believers in their part of fulfilling the Great Commission. The heart of YWAM is to worship God, serve God’s global purposes, and champion young people to serve in His Kingdom. Glenkirk sponsors Brian and Anna Kleinsasser as YWAM missionaries
Bryant and Anne Wilhelmsen – Global Grace Fellowship
Global Grace Fellowship is a missionary sending agency that seeks to enable cross-cultural workers to carry out their distinct God-given vision to make reproducing disciples of Jesus among all peoples. For more than 85 years Global Grace has been sending missionaries, making disciples and sharing the love of Jesus in many ways, both spiritual and practical. Glenkirk sponsors Bryant and Anne Wilhelmsen as Global Grace Fellowship missionaries.
Juli McGowan – Living Room International, Kenya
Living Room International is a healthcare organization in Kenya. Living Room ministries provide dignity and quality of life to the people in Kenya affected by life-threatening illnesses through holistic care and education. Guided by the belief that every person is created in the image of God, Living Room’s work is much more than simply treating a disease. Their goal is to achieve the best quality of life for individuals and families facing advanced diseases. Glenkirk sponsors Juli McGowan as one of Living Room International’s hospice nurses.
Emre Uflazoglu – IFES
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students works in more than 170 countries to establish and support student-led indigenous Christian movements. IFES desires to see students built into communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel and impacting the university, the church and society for the glory of Christ. Their work supports student ministry in the following ways: pioneering, evangelism, engaging the university, developing leaders, strengthening national movements. Glenkirk sponsors Emre Uflazoglu as one of IFES student pastors.
Each year, we support our partners by joining them in their ministries, such as a VBS and Women’s Bible Study in Chinle, Arizona for the Navajo every July, then visiting them again at Christmas. We’ve been in partnership with Chinle for over 20 years and the stories of personal relationships that have been built are amazing.
Three Angels Children’s Relief – Haiti
Three Angels serves orphans and at-risk families in Haiti. Their goal is to help them escape poverty, encounter Jesus, and become part of a healthy home. Three Angels work side by side, hand in hand, with those that know and love Haiti. Their desire has always been to partner with the community they serve to share and experience the love of Christ in tangible ways.
GTi Hope’s mission is to bring hope to South Asia by training and equipping indigenous leaders. Their ministries include literacy programs, self-empowerment, schools, clean water wells, and village development. Through GTi Hope’s ministry, they help move people from oppression to a place of hope and a brighter future.
Believing that all children are created in God’s image, For His Children exists as a Christ-centered ministry to homeless children, providing care in a loving and supportive environment, striving to unite them with their biological or adoptive family, and advocating on their behalf to others. For His Children is a Christ-centered ministry providing quality care to vulnerable children in Ecuador who have experienced abandonment, abuse, or neglect.
PARS Theological Centre – Europe
Pars Theological Centre exists to equip and mobilize the Iranian church by training a new generation of servant leaders to lead the church and transform the Persian-speaking world for the glory of God. PARS seeks to equip their leaders through training, resourcing, empowering, and mobilizing.
African Enterprise– Central, Southern, Western Africa
African Enterprise seeks to evangelize the cities of Africa through word and deed in partnership with the Church. They focus their efforts on stratified evangelism and discipleship, leadership enhancement, youth empowerment, community transformation, and peace building and Reconciliation. They value the authority of Scripture, commitment, excellence, integrity and unity in order to be the most faithful and effective catalyst for holistic urban evangelism in Africa.
There are lots of ways to get involved in your local community including at our local partners.
Living Stones – Glendora
Living Stones Ministries is a Christian organization dedicated to equipping and uniting agencies and individuals to effectively communicate the message of hope, healing and redemption to individuals and families with issues of homosexuality.
Homework House – Azusa
Homework House partners with parents of Azusa students to provide the tools to thrive academically and socially. They serve low-income families with students from grades PK-12 attending Azusa Unified School District. Their vision is to see children, youth, and their families reach a future of fulfillment through specific building blocks.
Missio Church – Pasadena, ECO Church Plant
Missio Church desires to join God’s reconciling mission throughout Pasadena. This new church plants seeks to be a multicultural congregation of people who experience life together on mission in their neighborhoods, workplaces and campuses. They desire to equip people to be missionaries in their workplace, reach Caltech students and faculty, and train future church planters.
Perch Church – Glendale, ECO Church Plant
Perch Church is a new church cultivating a hospitable community in Glendale for wanderers, misfits, and curious. They accomplish this through following their four core values: biblical, relational, open-minded, and service orientated. Perch Church desires to be a church that is always desiring to love Jesus more and more.
Shepherd’s Pantry– Glendora
Shepherd’s Pantry is a local food bank that provides food items, counseling services, and other resources from a faith-based perspective to those in need. They seek to offer people dignity and independence with a faith-based initiative. They have pantries located in Glendora, Irwindale and Baldwin Park.
Chinle – Arizona
Chinle is a Navajo reservation located in north-eastern Arizona. Glenkirk has been involved with the Chinle community for several decades and takes annual mission teams to serve the Chinle community. On past trips, Glenkirk has hosted children’s VBS, Bible studies, and outreaches within the reservation.
Homeless Ministry – Glenkirk Campus
Glenkirk Church has partnered with the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless to house and feed approx. 200 men and women on our campus for about 15 days each January. Our Winter Shelter takes 50 volunteers daily, and lots of donated food and clothing, to make our guests comfortable.
Open Arms – Glenkirk Campus
Glenkirk Church has extended our outreach to serve those who are currently experiencing homelessness through a new ministry called “Open Arms.” In an effort to help local individuals and families, we are providing showers, breakfast, and sack lunches on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, from May – November. Facilities will be open from 9:00am-11:00am on these days.
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