Go and make disciples of all nations.... Matthew 28:19
Living Word Church is a place from which people reach out to the lost, the hurting, and the broken
with the good news of Jesus, our healer and miracle worker.
Over the years individuals, pairs, and groups from LWC have gone into 19 different countries on mission trips ranging from one week to a year in duration.One-time local projects have included the following:
Our present, extended overseas mission is to India
- Being a collection point for truckloads of food, medical supplies, clothing, and blankets which were sent to South Dakota Indians
- Collecting food and household items for hurricane victims in Honduras
- Providing books, tapes, and Christian literature for a church in Nigeria
- Translating brochures written by Pastor Gary into Greek and taking them to be distributed there
- Sending blankets to Sudan
- Purchasing rabbits, chickens, goats, and fruit trees through World Vision to provide stock for those in need in various countries
- Collecting shoe box gifts for Samaritan's Purse Christmas outreach to children overseas, our 2013, 2014, and 2015 Christmas projects.
We have a relationship with a ministry based in Chittoor, India. It operates a church, a series of orphanages, a home for destitute widows, and a Bible school; and it also takes evangelistic outreaches to villages. Our mission teams made two trips to help the Indian people build their church building, minister in the orphanages, and assist with the evangelistic outreaches. Living Word Church members provided funds for digging a 365' deep well to furnish water for the orphanage, and another time, funds were given to purchase two water buffaloes so the children would have a bountiful source of milk.
Then that ministry expressed a great need for a medical clinic. In response, the people of Living Word Church provided $13,000, the entire amount needed in their economy for the construction. In August 2004, a mission team from Living Word Church made a third trip to India to dedicate the facility which was soon to be operational. They also participated in ministry to orphanages and destitute widows and preached in nearby villages.
Living Word Church also sent a very generous offering to help with relief efforts after the destruction that resulted from a tsunami. We are currently providing monthly support for the entire staff of the clinic and are also supporting ten Indian orphans. Funds were also provided to help them buy a van for their medical outreach. As recently as October, 2014, in addition to our regular monthly giving to their mission, we collected $1,225 to send for emergency relief in areas where another storm left the people without food, water, or shelter. The India government does not let other forms of relief go into the Christian areas.
We are excited to be a part of what James speaks of in James 1:27, "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."Until recently, our mission outreach included Guatemala:
An initial team of eight people went to Guatemala in March, 2007. Another group of twelve were there in January of 2008. They took huge bags of donated medical supplies, clothing, tracts and Spanish Bibles as well as materials for vacation Bible school. Those with medical skills helped in a medical clinic, several conducted a VBS for over 60 children, and others did evangelistic outreach. Individuals from the church made frequent visits, always taking medical supplies. In 2010 they started a teen center to meet the great need of keeping young people off the street. Funds were sent monthly to help with the teen center until it closed due to lack of adequate funds and leadership there.
We hope the leaders of this outreach will be able to resume it in the future.
Closer to Home:
Before our then-empty building was developed, we supplied storage space for the Flinthills Breadbasket and also for household items of folks displaced by the big flood of 1993. In the past, we donated office space and utilities, first to Tractors for Our Daily Bread, then to the Food and Grain Bank of Heart to Heart Ministries. As a result, rebuilt Ford 8-N tractors have been given to mission ministries in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and the United States, and hundreds of tons of food have been shipped to places in need around the world.
We established a K-12 Christian School, developed and raised it up until it was released to be an independent community-wide ministry, now Flint Hills Christian School.
A six thousand square foot section of our building was used as a warehouse for Habitat for Humanity and is now being donated for their ReStore, where good used furniture, appliances, cabinets, doors and other construction materials, and miscellaneous household items are sold to help Habitat's ministry of constructing homes for people in need. ReStore is open Thursdays and Fridays as well as alternate Saturdays for selling and for receiving donations, and they will also to pick up large donations by appointment.
Men of the church minister twice a month at the Riley County Jail, and women of LWC participate in jail ministry through Aglow Lighthouse.
A member of LWC founded Life Choice Ministries, our local crisis pregnancy center. Over the years, all four directors of that independent ministry have been members of Living Word. We participate in their annual Walk for Life, send small monthly financial help and receive a special offering for Life Choice each year. We also give a modest donation each month to Shepherd's Crossing, an inter-church benevolence ministry.
We thank God for each of these various opportunities to "offer a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name" and for the opportunity to participate in His Kingdom work.