Each Easter, The Moody Church partners with another ministry to serve those in need. We call this the Redemption Project. Since 2008, we’ve raised nearly $400,000 to serve people both at home in Chicago and abroad. We do this not only as an expression of gratitude to our Heavenly Father who has redeemed us through His Son, Jesus, but also as an expression of His love to those we have the opportunity to serve. Since 2008, we have partnered with Safe Families, Caris, By The Hand Club For Kids, As Our Own, the Devon Oasis, and more!
2018 Redemption Project: George Manierre Elementary
Over the years, our annual Redemption Project has helped vulnerable children here in Chicago and around the world. We’ve ministered to orphan girls in India (2012), Yazidi children in Iraq (2015), and needy families in Africa (2017), among many others. In fact, since we began the Redemption Project in 2008, we’ve raised over $400,000 for these visions.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Redemption Project, we’re carrying on D.L. Moody’s legacy of ministering to local children right in our own neighborhood. George Manierre Elementary School in Old Town has nearly 400 students in pre-K through 8th grade, 99% of whom are classified as low-income.
Be praying about what God would have you do to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). Let’s reach out to our neighbors with the redeeming and redemptive love of Jesus.
How You Can Help
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (Jeremiah 29:7)
For the last few years, we have partnered with Manierre Elementary, an under-resourced school nearby in Old Town, to minister to the children and their families. We know that when students are proud of their school environment, they thrive — so our goal for this year’s Redemption Project is to help revitalize the interior of the school. There are three ways you can help.
Give Financially: Designate “Redemption Project” on your offering envelope or online donation (member or guest). The money we raise will go towards purchasing renovation supplies to improve the visual impact of the school and prizes that motivate attendance and achievement.
Volunteer in Service: On Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15, we’ll be engaged in painting and cleanup projects around the school. You can sign up using the online form below, or stop by the table in the Extended Lobby following Easter Sunday service.
Prize Donations with TMC Kids: The school provides students with incentives to maintain good attendance by offering a “rewards program.” TMC Kids is organizing a toy drive in which our children and families can participate. Manierre needs elementary-age toys for boys and girls in two different price ranges: small toys under $10, and larger toys under $25. No toy weapons (guns, swords, bows/arrows, etc.) Drop-off locations will be on the 2nd floor of the church on Sunday morning, April 15 and Wednesday evening, April 18.
History of the Redemption Project
MARCH 2008 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
This Resurrection Season, we have the privilege of partnering with the ministry of Charasia in providing a Home for children at risk in Western India. By God’s strength and grace we can bring children out of the Red Light District and into a safe and loving Home where they can grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This Sunday (Palm Sunday, 16 March) and the next (Resurrection Sunday, 23 March), we will be distributing 11×17 sheets out of which you can construct homes to remind you to pray for these children at risk. Along with these sheets will be an offering envelope. The Moody Church Missions Committee will be matching all gifts received up to $100,000.
Your generosity will provide food, shelter, and clothing for these orphans right now, and will also be used toward the designing of a new orphanage where 150 children can grow up experiencing the love of Christ.
APRIL 2009 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
By The Hand Club needs your help.
Give 150 inner-city kids eight life-changing days of Christ-centered excitement at summer camp. Scholarships are $300 per child. To support this effort, make checks payable to “The Moody Church” and please note “Redemption Project” on your check and/or offering envelope.
You can also give a child a Camp Care Pack with basic supplies they will need while at camp. By The Hand Club will provide an empty Camp Care Pack along with a shopping list, which you can then fill with drugstore items for about $25 per child. To get your Camp Care Pack, visit the tables in the east and west lobbies today.
APRIL 2010 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
Twenty-five years ago, four women from The Moody Church started Caris – a ministry that supports women facing unplanned pregnancies. Through free services, including counseling, accurate information, and ongoing relationships, Caris provides emotional support and practical resources so that each woman can be empowered to continue her pregnancy.
Bring Hope to a New Mom
…by filling a special Caris tote bag as part of our Redemption Project this year. Together, our partnership will make a difference as we impact the lives of many women and children in the city!
MARCH 2011 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
In response to Jesus’ sacrifice to redeem lost men and women, every spring The Moody Church initiates a Redemption Project. This year, our project is again connected with Hope for Kids, a TMC ministry that cares for vulnerable children in Chicago and overseas through seven ministry partners.
Safe Families is a Hope for Kids ministry partner in Chicago that provides temporary, loving homes for children whose parent(s) are unable to take care of them. The approved Safe Families often receive a child with very little notice. This year, we are filling bags with items such as diapers, clothes and formula, to help the Safe Families during the first 24 hours as they get settled with the baby or child for whom they are caring.
MARCH 2012 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
This Easter season, The Moody Church’s annual Redemption Project benefits As Our Own. Based in India, As Our Own rescues girls from certain enslavement and exploitation—adopting them into their family for life.
Pray for As Our Own at a special prayer meeting on Wednesday April 11, 6:45–8:15pm, in room 108. Use prayer requests on the Redemption Project handouts to continue praying.
Give a one-time gift to cover a child’s education, clothing, housing, or extra-curricular activities for one month. Gift amounts are listed on the Redemption Project handouts. Mark “Redemption Project” on your regular offering envelope.
Redeem a life by committing to care for God’s children through As Our Own. Visit the As Our Own kiosk for more information.
APRIL 2013 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
As we celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection each Easter Season, the people of The Moody Church extend our worship into service with our annual Redemption Project. We remember how God redeemed our lives, and we celebrate His transforming work by loving others.
This year’s Redemption Project will care for children at risk through our Hope For Kids ministry. Here’s how you can help!
Pray for a Chicago child currently in foster care. Pick up a prayer card with a specific child’s information on it and a prayer bracelet to remind you to pray at the Hope For Kids kiosk.
Give to The Moody Church’s new adoption fund. $45,000 will partially cover the costs of bringing five children home to our congregation this year. You may mark “Adoption Fund” on your offering envelope.
Join the community already caring for children at The Moody Church. At the Hope for Kids kiosk you can learn how to start the adoptive or foster care process, sign up to volunteer with ministries serving children at risk, or find out how to support others who are already doing these things.
MARCH 2014 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
Give the New Testament to Arabic-speaking people in Lebanon and Western Europe by participating in this year’s Redemption Project: Giving the Word.
– Your gift of $100 will provide 36 New Testaments
– Your gift of $50 will provide 16 New Testaments
– Your gift of $20 will provide 4 New Testaments
APRIL 2015 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
Each Easter season, we seek to put God’s redeeming love on display through our annual Redemption Project. This year’s Project demonstrates God’s love to Yazidi children in Northern Iraq, where a Christian organization has started a school in one refugee camp.
The Yazidis, one of Iraq’s oldest minority communities, have been targeted by ISIS. Hundreds of thousands of Yazidis now reside in refugee camps. The children in these camps, having lost families, homes, and any semblance of security or stability, have also been without any educational facilities for nearly a year.
As these precious children return to school, we can help show them Christ’s love by providing them with school supplies. $33 pays for a backpack filled with supplies. Stop by the Redemption Project kiosk for more info, to donate, or to pick up a Prayer Card.
APRIL 2016 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
Jesus taught us to love our neighbors, and showed us that our “neighbor” can be anyone who needs our help. This year for our annual Redemption Project we’re showing this love to our neighbors by coming alongside refugee families in the Chicago area.
Chicago is a “hub” for the placement of many refugee families fleeing natural disasters, war, or genocide. Many arrive in Chicago with no resources and no money. In that situation, the blessing of a new baby becomes fraught with insecurity when the family doesn’t have the resources to care for the child.
The Moody Church is pleased to partner with the Devon Oasis Center to provide these essential supplies—including strollers, car seats, diapers, onesies, and more—that will help parents with newborn babies.
APRIL 2017 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
This year, for our annual Redemption Project, we are partnering with Call of Hope for the Goat Project. The Goat Project provides female goats to needy Christian families in Ghana and Nigeria. The goats’ offspring can be sold at market, providing funds for school fees and other necessary items for the children’s education.
Since the Goat Project’s inception, over 10,000 goats have been provided to vulnerable children and their families. As neighboring Muslims witnessed the success of the project, they began asking for goats as well. Call of Hope then began including Muslim children in the program, which offered the unique opportunity to share the love and gospel of Jesus Christ. The love of God is a foreign concept to most Muslims, so showing them love in this material way is a powerful witness for Jesus.
It costs just $60 to give a goat to a needy family. Our goal is to raise $18,000, providing goats to 300 families. Your gift will mightily bless a poor family in West Africa and build a bridge to reaching Muslims with the gospel!