OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Thank You, Church Family! With your help, Fellowship Bible Church sent 406 Operation Christmas Child boxes filled with donations to needy children around the world! Thank you to Jerry & Traci Knutson for your leadership of this project!
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, whose mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. OCC ships these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
The Fellowship Benevolence Fund exists to provide for those in our church and surrounding community. Your financial donation to the Benevolence Fund will go to support these outreach initiatives. You can give online through CCB designating your contribution to “Benevolence”, or mail in a check made out to “FellowshIp Bible Church” marking “Benevolence” on the memo line. Any amount given is appreciated and all contributions are tax deductible. Currently, in response to the pandemic, we have prayerfully reached out to our local partners and are intentionally supporting these important opportunities, as well as responding to individual requests sent to our church’s H.E.L.P. Team:
Hunger Free MISD (Midway Independent School District) sends backpacks full of nutritional food home with food insecure students over weekends and holiday breaks throughout the school year. There are currently 150-170 families receiving food for their children for weekends. During this COVID-19 crisis, the Hunger Relief Fund is also providing 2 meals per day (breakfast and lunch), Monday-Friday, for any child in need, regardless of whether they are enrolled in a Midway school. The amount of $5.00 per day will feed a child two meals. Our support along with other community partners will position Hunger Free MISD to continue serving families while schools are closed.
Fellowship is working to provide meals for the 12 women and their children (5 toddlers and several babies) who currently live in the Care Net Guesthouse. A donation of $100 provides a meal for all the Guesthouse residents during the Shelter in Place order. We are also helping with hard to find supplies needed for the babies at the Guesthouse, including diapers, wipes and formula.
Care Net is in need of the following items:
- Diapers sizes 4/5/6
These supply donations can be dropped off at the Care Net location at 800 W. Waco Dr. Mon. thru Fri. from 8am to 5pm. Upon arrival the donator is to call Care Net's main number (254) 772-8270. One of the two employees will come outside to pick up the items.
You can make an impact locally by providing encouragement to a child through Fellowship’s mentoring program. Mentors are currently serving just down the street from the church at River Valley Intermediate School. Could you volunteer one hour per week to help encourage a child? For more information, email email@example.com.
Fellowship joins hundreds of believers from churches across the Waco area to provide hope, encouragement and crucial reading support to elementary school students in our city through on-campus book clubs.
Did you know that reading on grade level in 3rd grade makes someone up to eight times more likely to graduate from high school? With thirty minutes a week in a book club, you can change the trajectory of a child’s life!
- thirty minutes, once a week
- any weekday
- any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
For more information, email Esmeralda Hudson.
To sign up, provide your contact information here.
OUTREACH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Fellowship Bible Church is privileged to partner in ministry with Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas. Care Net serves new and expectant mothers and their children with support services, along with a 28 bed facility with extended stay accommodations for those facing homelessness. The primary services provided by Care Net are pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, case management, parenting and life-skills classes, baby/maternity supplies, and housing during and after pregnancy. Care Net services are free of charge, thanks to donations from the community. Care Net serves over 3,000 women a year, of all ages, races and of all socio-economic backgrounds. To find out more about opportunities to serve with Care Net, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission Waco provides Christian-based, holistic, relationship-based programs that empower the poor and marginalized. They seek to mobilize middle-class Americans to become more compassionately involved among the poor and seek ways to overcome the systemic issues of social injustice which oppress the poor and marginalized. Fellowship enjoys partnering with Mission Waco periodically to help serve those in need in the Waco area.