During the month of December, we set a goal to raise at least $15,000 for our Christmas offering to be distributed among four selected ministries: Intervarsity at SIUE, Sojourn Collegiate Ministry, Monterrey Christian Mission (Mexico), and an international missions partner that needs to remain confidential for security reasons (please contact the office with any questions). Any offering given beyond this goal will be distributed to Feed My Starving Children in support of our 2023 MobilePack event.
We are so excited to see how we can support these ministries as they continue living out God's call upon their lives! In 2021, our church was able to raise more than $35,000 through our Christmas offering, and we would love to be able to meet our goal for this year as well! You can give online by clicking the button below and selecting "Christmas Offering" on the dropdown menu, or give in-person during Sunday services through Dec. 25th.
Please see the videos below to learn more about how your giving can make a Kingdom impact this Christmas! Thank you so much for your incredible support!
Monterrey Christian Mission's Sandia Clinic is in one of the poorest regions of northern Mexico, where medical care is scarce to nonexistent. MCM has been very instrumental in contributing to the construction of Sandia Clinic during the past 2 years, but the interior of the clinic is the new emphasis, and the Pharmacy is the number one priority. $5,000 of this year's Christmas offering will be used to help: build a counter and door, build shelves and cabinets, purchase a small refrigerator, and stock up on a basic inventory of medications.
Every 3 years, InterVarsity hosts an International Missions Conference called URBANA during the dates between Christmas and New Years (December 28th-31st this year). It serves as a time for all IV students/staff across the USA and other countries, as well as other missions/ministries and Christians to gather and gain a bigger vision of the world and experience God’s heart for the nations. This year, a group of students from InterVarsity SIUE will be attending the URBANA Conference, but they need our help! Registration costs do not include housing for the students; $1,000 of this year's Christmas offering will go towards covering the cost of housing for our local college students to attend.
Sojourn Collegiate Ministry serves as a bridge from the campus to the church, building relationships with students on campus who are not following Jesus. Their goal is to reach all nine of the major college campuses in Rhode Island with an on-campus Intern. Currently, Interns are established at four campuses and support is still needed to partner with local churches in placing five more Interns. $4,000 of the Christmas offering will go towards expanding Sojourn's Internship program.
An international missions partner is having a preschool built for the neighborhood children that live around their campus. The preschool is an L-shaped, two-story building. Construction began in June of 2022 but was halted due to a lack of funds. The preschool will provide education for the children living in the neighborhood and also serve as a Christian witness to the neighbors. $5,000 of the Christmas offering will go toward resuming the construction of the preschool.