Four Kansas anti-racism/pro-reciliation ministries will receive grants from the Reconciliation Special Offering received this Fall. Half of the funds received for this offering go to the general church while the other half stays in Kansas to fund ministry projects like these. The 2022 recipients are:
Pine Valley Church in Wichita who provides birthday backpacks to at-risk children in the Oaklawn, Cooper and Jefferson Elementary Schools. These children are from the poorest families in their community. They have requested $3,000.
“Peace Camp” sponsored by West Side Christian Church in Topeka serves elementary age children on July 11-15with a focus on understanding, celebrating, and living with diversity. They have requested $2,318.
The third request comes from Home Sweet Home, a homeless ministry in Independence. They are providing housing, counseling, budgeting, and job placement services. This effort involves FCC Independence as well as four other churches in Independence. They have requested $3,000.
North Heights Christian Church, in Wichita, seeks funding for their “Books for Prisoners” program. This helps provide resources to prisoners who are suffering from mental health issues and provides hope during their time of incarceration. Their program will provide carefully curated self-help books for inmates of the Butler and Sedgwick County jails. Especially for inmates in support groups, to help prepare inmates for a better life once out of jail. They have requested $1,000.
The committee has agreed to support these ministries, but it will take a combined effort of our whole church coming together to make this happen. It’s believed that with prayer and focus these ministries can be more fully realized.
Please pray for these causes and the efforts to reach out and really make a difference through Reconciliation Offerings in 2022.