In response to our Lord’s charge to "Go and make disciples of all nations" and to "Love your neighbor as yourself," we provide our congregation and community with opportunities to serve in humanitarian efforts and evangelistic outreach in local and world communities. Such work includes well-drilling in Central America, housing homeless families in our church, serving meals at shelters, and disaster relief. All ages have opportunities to participate in mission projects.
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? Romans 10:13-14 (NLT)
Thank you from the Maji Project in Ethiopia
We have heard from Caroline Kurtz that the Maji hospital solar power equipment has reached Ethiopia via the port in Djibouti. There have been a number of unexpected hoops to jump through to get the equipment into Ethiopia and ready for travel to Maji, and these are still being worked out. One hoop involved getting it out of the Djibouti port in time two weeks or facing a $20,000 fine! Thankfully (and somewhat miraculously, from Caroline’s report), that hurdle is being cleared today. Caroline sent this video to express her appreciation to SPC, and the Mission Team joins her in thanking you for this wonderful expression of God’s love!
Living Water Mission Trips, in conjunction with Living Water International, send SPC members to Central America to drill a well to provide a community with clean drinking water and to share the living water of Jesus Christ. Contact: Steve Sobolik, .
Steelbridge has been serving the homeless, hungry, and struggling for over 60 years. They are making big changes - besides changing their name from Steel Bridge to Steelbridge, they are modifying their facilities to begin long-term (12-28 month) rehabilitation and education of homeless men and women. Programs continue to include drug and alcohol recovery, job training, continuing education, and Biblical discipleship for men and women. SPC supports Steelbridge with an annual Blanket Drive, volunteering with meals, and with hands-on projects as needs arise--perhaps including painting and tile work on one of their construction projects. You may sign up to volunteer at: https://steelbridge.volunteerhub.com/events/index.
APH is a Christian ministry providing service and support to facilitate successful re-entry into society for women recently released from incarceration. Women are admitted who want to live transformed lives and break patterns of self-defeating or destructive behavior. APH combines caring and mentoring with educational content to improve life skills in a context of personal accountability. They provide structured and supportive workshops (parenting, financial planning, trauma healing, and more), one-on-one mentoring, and referrals and resources to help participants comply with probation/parole mandates. Teaching the Word of God and Christian morals and principles is an important part of APH's program
Hispano/Latino Christian ministry in the South Valley formed in 2014, a combined development of the Presbytery of Santa Fe and the Lutheran Synod of the Southwest. Pastor Guillermo Yela, a longtime SPC friend, started this church to bring Christ’s love through Word and deed to the long-time and recently-arrived residents of this part of Albuquerque. SPC supports the salary of Pastor Yela, English as Second Language Bible studies, and building projects to address congregational needs.
East Central Ministries is a community living out Jesus' values of justice and compassion with our marginalized neighbors in Albuquerque's International District. Outreach and service efforts include One Hope health clinic, Growing Awareness urban farm, The Common Good thrift/consignment store, after-school and summer youth programs, a community food co-op, and Casa Shalom housing co-op.
FPA shelters homeless families with minor children, housing and feeding them at participating churches and synagogues. FPA shelters four families at a time, providing beds, 3 meals a day, job search assistance, literacy training, and skills classes as well as assistance finding sustainable housing. FPA also has a literacy program, matching tutors with students needing assistance reaching their goals. FPA needs sufficient hosting congregations, support congregations, volunteers, and paid staff so that there will never be a waiting list for families that qualify for Family Promise services.
A strategic local ministry with global Impact,ISI Albuquerque exists to provide the opportunity for each of the nearly 2,000 international students and scholars at UNM to experience God's love through an American friend. ISI recruits, trains, and equips volunteers to reach out to the students by meeting their immediate needs and offering friendship. More than 500 new students will arrive this August from many countries. Contact SPC liaison Glenda Demmie (293.4534) to learn more about how you can join hands with ISI Albuquerque to "Reach the World... One Student at a Time."