Spotlight partner of the month – Christian Best Camps of Kenya
This month, the Mission Ministry welcome Erick Simba, founder of Christian Best Camps of Kenya (CBCK) in 2010 after serving in a Christian summer camp in America. The experience in the camp inspired Simba to adopt the camp model of raising young holistic Christian leaders through Mentorship and Discipleship programs. Christian Best Camps of Kenya provides an opportunity for urban youth to encounter Christ in a loving, fun filled and caring environment.
CBCK envisions Kenyan youth maturing into adulthood and reaching their full potential spiritually, mentally, physically, and professionally. CBCK provides an opportunity for urban youth to encounter Christ through its leadership and discipleship programs. Directors and staff support Kenyan youth as they mature into adulthood and reach their full potential spiritually, academically, physically and professionally.
In Christ and Culture on Nov. 21st Simba shared the latest project – a school of second chances! Many Kenyans leave school at a very early age for a variety of reasons, and now they can attend the Sunrise School to complete their education. Here is a recording of his November 21st presentation.
LIVE Sunday @10:10
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Bags of Love
VPC is a CARES Act partner with Food for Others and Capital Area Food Bank. Grocery bags provided by our congregation and other partner churches, combined with the CARES Act food, allows us to assist with groceries for over 400 families who are in need of additional food. Help is needed each month with provisions and to package and distribute the food each month. Please consider joining this momentous monthly effort!
Tutors needed! VPC mission-partner Belong! is seeking individuals willing to share 2 hours a week preparing and tutoring the same group of 2-3 elementary students. Training and tutoring resources provided. To volunteer, please complete the form below.
The impact of the COVID virus has been devastating for those who were already living in the margins. Many of our friends in Vienna and the surrounding areas experienced lost jobs or reduced wages, and in some cases, will be climbing out of increased debt for years to come. VPC became a CARES Act partner by signing agreements with Food for Others and Capital Area Food Bank. We’ve also asked the congregation to provide 150 – 200 substantial bags of groceries for satellite sites where we’ve discovered great need. We also have formed important relationships with other churches that have a similar desire to care for our brothers and sisters – Vienna Baptist, NewSong Church, Orchard Church and Grace Community. Together, we distribute over 17,000 pounds of food each month, providing for 450 families! Our partnership agreement runs through January of 2022! Please join this effort by signing up to supply groceries, unload and package the Bags of Love food, or help with the distributions. Sign up here.
Belong’s mission is to demonstrate God’s love in action by providing or facilitating access to services that empower and equip the underserved in our community through education, community engagement and other essential services.
Belong’s vision is a loving and inclusive community where all belong and have equal opportunities for social, spiritual, educational, and economic success.
Find your place in this effort to facilitate and inclusive community where all belong and have equal opportunity. https://www.belongvienna.org/
Until we can meet in person again, Days for Girls encourages tailors and those who perform tasks that don’t require sewing skills, to continue their efforts at home. This project includes cutting, sewing, and assembling sustainable feminine hygiene kits, which allow girls in impoverished areas to manage their monthly period for up to 3 years. Many of our mission partner have been the grateful recipients of these kits and they can truly change lives.
The mission of Homestretch is to empower homeless parents with children to attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency by giving them the skills, knowledge and hope they need to become productive participants in the community. VPC is a Sacred Homes partner, supporting an entire family’s needs each year. https://homestretchva.org/
Pray, serve and learn about the growing epidemic of human trafficking in Vienna and the greater NOVA area by joining the Realm Group, Fighting Human Trafficking. This bi-weekly group meets on 1st and 3rd Sundays following the 10:10 Adult Learning Communities, and is led by Dr. Megan Gerbracht. Dr. Gerbracht is a licensed clinical psychologist and volunteer with our mission partner, Reset180. To participate in the bi-weekly meetings click this Zoom link. For more information about the group and/or how you can fight human trafficking in Northern Virginia, contact Megan Gerbracht. You can directly support the clients’ needs by purchasing items on their Amazon Wish list. An updated list is available every month.
Langley serves adults with developmental differences, their families and our communities by providing quality, comprehensive residential and community support services. Many of our Friendship Class students live in these homes. Volunteers are welcome to assist with activities and projects with the clients. https://www.langleyresidential.org/
COVID restrictions have limited CHO’s operation, but they continue to provide emergency aid to those in need of rental assistance, food and clothing. When the pandemic is over, CHO will have several volunteer opportunities for individuals who are interested in making a difference by assisting with tasks that are essential to the community. CHO has current volunteer needs that you can help with!
The Lamb Center is a daytime drop‐in homeless shelter for individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Fairfax, Virginia. They provide breakfast, lunch, showers, laundry service, Bible studies, employment opportunities, housing and job counseling, AA meetings, a nurse practitioner clinic, a dental clinic, and much more. https://www.thelambcenter.org/
Dedicated to improving quality of life for seniors in Vienna and Oakton, through supportive programs and services, personal enrichment and volunteer engagement. The Shepherd Center provides friendly calls, rides for medical and personal appointments, enrichment activities, and companionship. https://www.scnova.org/
Cornerstone provides a Christ-centered, nurturing, and academically rigorous education to the children of Washington, D.C., equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become leaders who serve others in light of Christ and His Truth. https://www.cornerstone-schools.org/
For the past 6 years, VPC has provided shelter and meals for those experiencing homelessness in the cold months. Many hands were needed as we opened our doors to serve as a shelter for homeless men and women in our Northern Virginia. The sad reality is that COVID will deprive us of the opportunity to personally connect with our guests! However, we still have the opportunity to serve as Christ’s hands and feet by providing food for the 50 guests that we would have typically welcomed! Fairfax County will provide shelter, and churches are invited to help feed them. We’ve agreed to feed our friends December 27th through January 3rd. For the safety of our guests and volunteers, we’ll collect food at VPC to provide a continental breakfast and a bag lunch, we will ask for volunteers to order dinner through designated local restaurants. Help support our small Vienna businesses AND provide a meal for those experiencing homelessness during this very difficult time. Sign up to help. Contact Sue Hamblen.
Until the COVID restrictions required this support group to meet remotely, VPC provided dinner for survivors enrolled in the Break the Cycle recovery group facilitated by The Women’s Center. This simple act of hospitality has ensured that the victims feel loved and cared for as they strive for a better life! When they return to in person meetings, we’ll be there with our love offering of a healthy meal.
VPC member Todd Burger helps transform the lives of coaches and athletes with the powerful combination of sports and Christian faith. By sharing the Gospel with both coaches and athletes at huddles, camps, clinics, and fields of faith events, coaches and athletes become growing, authentic Christ-followers. https://www.fca.org/home
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at the University of Virginia is a body of college students earnestly following Jesus, who come together to worship our amazing God, to learn His Word and be discipled, to encourage one another and pray, and to have fun making friendships that will last a lifetime! Our partners, Erin and Blair both grew up at VPC https://www.xaatuva.com/
InterVarsity is a community from all parts of campus who ask the big questions together, read the Bible and talk about what it really means, and try to love our friends and other students as much as Jesus does. https://intervarsity.org/news/university-mary-washington
For over 100 years, Ligonier has welcomed hundreds of VPC youth and families as they provide people with reflective and recreational opportunities that will build faith in Christ, self-esteem and supportive relationships. Many VPC and other kids experienced seeds planted that later blossomed into adult followers of Christ! http://www.ligoniercamp.org/
Accion serves as the bridge from American Presbyterian Churches to Mexican villages and churches in the Yucatan. For over 30 years, teams of VPC volunteers have traveled to Mexico to help build churches, conduct Vacation Bible Schools, and to serve the physical and spiritual needs of the Mayan people. https://friendsofaccion.org/
VPC and First Baptist of Vienna felt compelled to address the dire needs of our Haitian Brothers and Sisters, and jointly established CCH. The enduring mission is to transform lives, one by one, through long term and community driven solutions in healthcare, education and community development. CCH staff and its many volunteers have been working and walking alongside Haitian partners for more than 25 years. https://www.cchaiti.org/
Oppressed by Communist tyranny, the underground Church in Eastern Europe endured hardship and persecution for four decades. Nevertheless, the followers of Christ remained steadfast and the Church grew. New Hope continues today to work with indigenous churches and local leaders to continue to establish and new followers of Jesus. https://www.ecmi-usa.org/new-hope-international
Founder Erick Simba attended a Christian summer camp as a young man. Profoundly impacted by the potential he saw for his country, he returned to Kenya to establish a program for the youth of the Kibera Slum in Nairobi. CBCK provides an opportunity for urban youth to encounter Christ through its leadership and discipleship programs. Through Partnership with VPC and other U.S. churches, CBCK operates a community center in the slum that improves the spiritual, emotional and practical lives of those living in the largest slum in the world. https://cbckenya.co.ke/
VPC has been blessed to partner with Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, to plant 3 churches in Urabá, the most rural of the IPC’s three presbyteries. About 80 percent of the presbytery’s church members are internally displaced persons, victims of Colombia’s armed conflict. VPC support has helped build these churches, provide for pastors’ salaries, install a community well, provide and plant a crop of trees to support pastors in their retirement, and provided Sunday school and worship materials. For more information: Dave Gifford Gifford.email@example.com
ProVision develops Servant Leaders for the very marginalized groups of people in South Africa by providing transformational mentoring, resource acquisition and management services, equipping these leaders to care for body, mind and spirit. Special focus is given to orphan care, feeding programs, educational and leadership development, farming projects, church construction, child and human trafficking, as well as psycho-social care in the wake of child abuse and the AIDS pandemic. https://www.provision.org.za/
WEC’s objectives are to share that good news around the world (Reaching People), help gather new believers into churches (Planting Churches), and help churches at home and abroad raise up more workers to fulfill God’s passion (Mobilizing for Missions). Keith and Marti Franchois equip young leaders to deploy to share the Gospel. https://wec-usa.org/
The objective of the Jesus Film Project is to share the gospel with people from every nation, every tribe, and in every language. More than 490 million people have come to know Jesus through watching the film. Executive Director Josh Newell oversees this massive global effort to share the. Gospel with 5 billion people by 2025! From cell phone apps to high def Blue-Ray film, there are creative ways to share the Jesus story around the globe. https://www.jesusfilm.org
Our partners who serve in the North African region seek to love Muslims with courage and honor. For security purposes, their names and location are not publicly shared. Through strategic team building and coaching our team has built a network of cross-cultural workers who seek to share Jesus, through health initiatives, church plants, and evangelistic opportunities to respectfully share the Gospel. As God’s people they are always looking out for new missional opportunities for God’s Kingdom growth among Muslim peoples. For additional info or to receive their newsletters, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
IFES Europe is a movement of students sharing and living out the good news of Jesus Christ. Locally. Nationally. Globally. General Secretary Samuil Petrovski leads the Serbian Team. Samuil’s team is dedicated to working with university students and faculty to create a network of Christian leaders throughout Europe. Samuil is also one of Serbia’s acknowledged leaders in fighting Human Trafficking and reaching out to immigrants in the region. https://ifesworld.org/en/region/europe/
Five Talents’ work around the world is inspired by the biblical Parable of the Talents and the call of Jesus to minister good news to the poor. Five Talents works closely with local churches to offer literacy and financial education, small group savings, business development, and spiritual formation to those living in extreme poverty. https://fivetalents.org/
Even though he grew up in Northern Virginia, Austin fell in love with the people of Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand as he served in a Christian School. Returning years later, he founded a missionary organization to care for those he encountered, including many displaced by war and unrest. Farthest Corners expresses God’s love in remote regions of Asia where persecution and suffering exist by providing humanitarian aid for the great spiritual, physical and educational needs of the people. http://farthestcorners.org/
Serving the Mission Field globally and state side, the Walkers are passionately committed to helping to share the Gospel and build-up the church, especially among the unreached peoples of the world. They currently serve in TAP’s home office which will effectively multiply their impact through more than 60 missionaries now serving with TAP. God-willing, dozens more in the future, as TAP continues to grow and send more workers into God’s harvest fields around the world. https://www.theantiochpartners.org/
Our Mission: Out of our zeal for the glory of Jesus Christ, we joyfully go out to share the good news of the Gospel with our neighbors and the nations.