GINGER CREEK WORLD ENGAGEMENT 2022

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Jesus) Acts 1:8 NLT

After his resurrection, Jesus spoke his last words to his followers. He gave them God’s Plan for the world. So, it is a privilege for Christ-followers like us to be part of The Plan. We get to serve with Passion for God & Compassion for Others, whether locally or around the globe. The serving ministries listed below offer opportunities for Ginger Creekers to get involved in their own “Jerusalem”, whether they are here at home or abroa­­­d. If you are a visitor, a member, or fresh out of Growth Track, there’s a place for you to serve.

Together let’s see what God has in store for 2022 and beyond!

International Teams

PUERTO RICO

Outreach to Puerto Rico began in the winter of 2017 when God grabbed two men from GC to go help after Hurricane Maria hit the island. Since that first trip in January 2018, we have been back as a church five times. Our strongest connection is with Palmas Community Church in Humacao. Palmas Church has been reaching out into the surrounding communities, supporting churches ever since Maria devastated the island. We have partnered with them to help repair the buildings and homes in the area. Current needs are skilled and semi-skilled construction labor. Bilingual people are in need on our work crews, but not a mandatory skill. ~ LeaderPaul Hamaker

God’s Littlest Angels – Haiti

God’s Littlest Angels is a nonprofit organization serving the community of Fort Jacques, Haiti. GLA’s mission is to provide exceptional neonatal care and a safe haven to the smallest, sickest, and most vulnerable children of Haiti. We work in conjunction with Haitian social services (IBESR) offering long term residential care to children who are awaiting adoption. We also provide short term care to children and infants who are in need of medical assistance. These children return home to their families once stable and doing well. We are currently in the process of relocating our neonatal intensive care unit, with the hope to open this facility within the next month. GLA offers opportunities to partner with the work in Haiti through child sponsorship, education sponsorship, and NICU sponsorship. Due to the current political climate and insecurity of the country, all mission trips to Haiti are on hold at this time. Leader: Becky Leib

NICARAGUA

Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Since 2009, GC has established long-term partnerships with two churches in the capital city of Managua as they minister to their communities’ spiritual, physical, economic, and educational challenges. These two churches have finished a 5-year commitment with GC to develop their church and communities and become sustainable by reaching their God-given potential to THRIVE on all levels instead of just SURVIVE. Since 2015, a dedicated team of Ginger Creekers has regularly written to 26 children in the poorest-of-the-poor rural village of Las Mariitas, encouraging them and praying for them–plus, through generous giving of weekly tithes and offerings, GC has been able to financially sponsor these 26 kids through the FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY development program. This village of hard-working Nicaraguan families is on target to “graduate” from the FH development program in 2023 and become self-sustaining! To God be the glory! Leaders: Dock and Norma Caton

Local Teams

Administer Justice

Administer Justice is the largest faith-based legal aid organization in the country. It was founded and is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois.  It serves vulnerable people in local communities with the help of a lawyer and the hope of God’s love in the community of the Church.  Ginger Creek participates in doing justice for our church neighbors through a team of Ginger Creekers who volunteer in the Aurora Legal Clinic.  Anyone interested in doing justice can volunteer their time and spiritual gifts. Leader: Kevin Drendel

The Aurora Legal Clinic

The Aurora Legal Clinic currently operates out of the Aurora InterFaith Food Pantry on Jericho Road in Aurora on the first Saturday of every month. Ginger Creekers volunteer as attorneys, administrative helpers, client advocates, interpreters, and hospitality. We need prayer champions, community advocates and follow up specialists, as well as more people willing to help in the roles we currently have so we can serve more people. If we build our team up, we could even launch a second clinic in Aurora. The need is great. Many people in our community do not have the means to get legal help. They don’t know where to start or where to turn. Leader: Kevin Drendel

Hesed House

Hesed House is the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois.  Each day Hesed House is caring for families with children, and adults of all ages who require shelter.  Ginger Creek has been a partner with Hesed House for nearly 20 years working with them by providing meals on a monthly basis to nearly 200 guests.  Ginger Creek is often the first church called when needs arise at Hesed House as we have a great relationship.  Opportunities are available for Ginger Creek to serve the guests on the third Thursday of the month.  Please join us and let’s work to end homelessness one person or family at a time. Leaders: Brian & Tina Farbelow

Second Saturdays!

Second Saturday Serve began as a helping hand providing food to our community.  During the early part of the pandemic, Second Saturday Serve became a lot more meaningful.  In partnership with Hesed House, Ginger Creek began making homemade meals for those in the Hesed House (Lighthouse) program.  These were individual adults and families who were no longer guests at Hesed House, but had found housing in our community.  The ministry grew rapidly helping families with food they would likely not be able to afford.  On the Second Saturday of each month, volunteers gather in the lobby of Ginger Creek and pack food boxes for our community.  The food becomes a staple for the adults and families we are serving. The food boxes are then delivered twice a month to those we are serving.  This gives us the opportunity to establish a relationship, pray with them and for them, bring them the Gospel, and invite them to church.  Over the past two years Ginger Creek has fed more than 250 people throughout our community. Leaders: Brian & Tina Farbelow

Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children is an organization whose mission is to help families stay together by keeping children out of foster care. Volunteers come alongside families in crisis by opening up their homes to host the children while their parents get on their feet. Ginger Creek has a partnership with Safe Families and there are so many ways to become involved in this ministry. Volunteers are needed to provide resources such as meals, diapers, formula, car repairs, etc. Volunteers are also needed to provide transportation or babysitting and there’s always a need for more host families to provide temporary homes for these children. Join our ministry team as we strive to form a compassionate community for families facing crisis situations. Leader: Stephanie Booton

Garden Ministry

The Ginger Creek Garden Ministry was started in February 2020. Our mission is to GROW FOOD AND FEED PEOPLE by creating a serene environment for all volunteers to work in and blessing others with healthy food. Volunteers to work in the garden are so important. Without them the garden ministry would not work. Volunteers help tend to the garden, water, and at times support with supplies and funding. The rewards of harvesting the fruits of our labor is overwhelming as well as it is an environment where we enjoy each other’s company, share stories about Christ, spend time with our Lord, be in the Word together, and share the abundance that the Lord provides through our plants. As we all congregate in this environment and show love, the Lord blesses our garden every year. We have donated over 2300 pounds of food over two years to the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry in Aurora and 2nd Saturdays at Ginger Creek. The food pantry was founded in 1950. They have two locations that collectively gathered over 10,000 lbs. of produce from surrounding gardens and farms. Please join our garden ministry, as no experience is needed. We can feed more people, both physically and spiritually, with more hands in the garden. Leader: Michelle DeRaedt

GLORIFY Ministry

I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will GLORIFY your name forever. Psalm 86:12

Pizza with a Purpose 

GLORIFY was born in 2021 when we heard the call of God and He showed us a need in our community. The GLORIFY ministry team helps deliver pizzas to families in need, and without judgment or conditions. If you know of a family who is going through a difficult time, who is sick, having surgery or in the hospital, or busy running kids to doctors’ appointments or just tired, GLORIFY – Pizza with a Purpose will help alleviate the burden of having to cook lunch or dinner by providing pizza for the family.  We also provide Bible scripture t-shirts. We are excited and humbled with this opportunity to provide food to families during the time when it is most needed. Our God has called us to offer our lives in service to each other and the GLORIFY team has answered God’s calling to help in our communities. We invite you to join us. – Leaders: Frank and Dee Lishman 

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love (Galatians 5:13)

Veterans Outreach

Veterans Outreach of Illinois is a nonprofit with a mission to bring housing to homeless veterans by providing a community project of a Community House and Tiny Houses to allow a two-year time of job skills, social services, college classes, and much more to help our veterans get what they need to excel, enter the job force, and be given the chance they deserve for their service. We have many ways for volunteers to help — board positions, membership, making blankets for each veteran, painting embellishments to put in their rooms, event planning, grant writing, media marketing and much more. Leader: Jeannette Herbord

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