Beyond These Doors

This past year hasn’t been easy. But through it all God has been faithful, providing for us and our church in unexpected ways, including a balanced budget for the end of our fiscal year. As the Psalmist writes, we truly have much to be thankful for.

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:4–5)

 

Our annual Thanksgiving Offering has traditionally been a time when we ask our church family to give an extra gift to invest in our church home. But this year, given God’s great faithfulness to us throughout the challenges of 2020, it doesn’t seem right to focus our attention inward.

 

Our theme this year is Beyond These Doors. Because God has blessed us, we want to give out of that abundance to those who need it most.

This year, we’re turning the focus of our Thanksgiving Offering outward to bless six of our ministry partners that are doing incredible work beyond our church doors in our city and around the world. The writer of Hebrews put it this way,

 

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Hebrews 13:15–16)

 

Throughout November and December, we’re looking forward to sharing incredible stories about how these six ministries will use the funds raised through the Thanksgiving Offering to bless those in their care. This is an opportunity for us to show and share the love of Christ with “the least of these” in a year where the troubles have seemed overwhelming. Will you join us?

Every dollar given will go directly to these six ministries. As in years past, we’re praying for an additional $500,000 beyond our regular giving. Would you prayerfully consider how the Lord is leading you to participate in our Thanksgiving Offering this year?

Whether you give online or you use an offering envelope at one of our services, simply designate “Thanksgiving Offering” on your gift.

Our Ministry Partners

As Our Own provides a life-long family to the most vulnerable children in India: girls born in the red-light districts and high-risk slums. Why? To revolutionize the way the world cares for vulnerable children—caring for them as our own so that they may experience the love of a family and fulfill the sovereign purpose God has for their lives. Through a family-style care model, top-notch academic curriculum, college scholarships, and more, As Our Own empowers each girl to reach her full God-given potential.

 

Find more information about this ministry at asourown.org.

By The Hand Club For Kids (BTH) is a Christ-centered after-school program that takes kids by the hand and walks with them from kindergarten through college, loving and nurturing them—mind, body and soul. They currently serve nearly 1,600 kids in under-resourced neighborhoods, helping them have abundant life. With God’s transforming power and the many people who come alongside at different times and in different ways, BTH kids are making tremendous strides. They are succeeding in school—and life.

 

More information about this ministry can be found at bythehand.org.

Chicago Delivers is a partnership of local churches, organizations, and individuals working to help the vulnerable and needy in our city. Whether it’s grocery delivery, hot food drives, free COVID-19 testing, or Chromebooks to allow needy CPS students engage in remote learning, they seek to meet the current needs of under-resourced Chicago neighborhoods and communities.

 

Visit chicagodelivers.org to find out more.

The streets of Brazil are no place for a child, but millions of children call them home. Threatened by abuse and exploitation, these children find care at Hope Unlimited for Children. Since 1991, Hope’s award-winning residential care programs, including academic, vocational, and social training, have enabled thousands of Brazil’s children to break generational cycles of poverty and violence.

 

You can find more details about this ministry at hopeunlimited.org.

Kids Alive serves over 2,000 children in family-style residential homes, care centers, and schools in the Dominican Republic (DR). With ten locations spread across the country, Kids Alive DR is committed to breaking cycles of poverty and putting kids on the road to brighter futures. Every child served hears about the God of hope while receiving an education, nutrition, preventive medical care, and everything in between. Most recently, Kids Alive has begun a university scholarship program while also serving as a relief organization to the children and families during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

More details are available at kidsalive.org.

Naomi’s House is a comprehensive residential program offering hope and healing to victims of sex trafficking. It’s a safe place fostering healing and faith in Christ that leads to life-transformation. The program is faith-based, rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ; trauma-informed, integrated with expert therapists and staff; and committed to a woman’s full healing, believing she is the best advocate for her own care. Naomi’s House exists because every woman who has suffered from commercial sexual exploitation deserves a new start.

 

Visit naomishouse.org for more information.