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Yesterday, I blogged about New Hope’s work in Omaha. The days before Transformation Church, and Urban Breakthrough Ministries.

The work of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship is phenomenal. Even greater is there work with the National Church Adopt A School Initiative!

Here’s a quick overview of the work:

The school needed support to curb gang violence
The school needed an opportunity to provide parents with job training
The school needed mentors
The school needed partners to assist in a number of areas

OCBF stepped up in many ways (and continues to). Sure, there is a separation of church and state. However, this doesn’t mean that there has to be a separation of good works from taking place.

Do you see how your church could partner with local schools?

I see a common thread among the ministries engaged in community work. They are being deliberate about meeting the needs of their target community. As miniscule as this may seem, it isn’t. Too often, groups try to aid challenge areas with what they think the solution, as opposed to learning what the needs are that will be more of help and not a hurdle.

On a side note, another key element is the historical reference of the National Adopt A School Initiative to the establishment of the White House Faith-based Community Initiative.

What steps are you willing to take to learn more about meeting the needs of schools in your area?

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Day 83 GOOD Everyday Washington

Can you believe it’s been 83 days going, and we’re still going strong? Our tour stops in Washington today. Something that I haven’t typically done is donate to churches. However, I felt compelled to sow in the ministry of Quest Church, specifically their community development fund.  The church is demonstrating GOOD in a phenomenal way.

Intro to Quest Foundations from Quest Church on Vimeo.

For more information visit http://www.seattlequest.org/foundations

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Day 57 Good Everyday Maryland

I don’t think I’ve seen anything like A Mission Of Mercy in Frederick, Maryland.

All I can say is wow!

I really like their unique perspective on prenatal care.

According to their site:

Located in Frederick Maryland out of the Frederick Church of the Brethren, Mission of Mercy has treated expectant mothers and children of all ages since its inception in 1994. To handle the increase in demand for prenatal care, and to address the lack of available services in Frederick County, Maryland, Mission of Mercy launched a Prenatal Care Pilot Project in 2001. This included the recruitment of an obstetrician and expansion of its prenatal services. In 2002, MOM expanded its services further by recruiting a volunteer nurse mid-wife, establishing a separate waiting and examination area, increasing the clinics days, and increasing the patient load.

Mothers participating in Mission of Mercy’s Prenatal Care Program receive:

  • A series of personal visits with a doctor and/or nurse mid-wife
  • Supply of daily multivitamins and other necessary prescription medications
  • Lab and diagnostic imaging services, such as fetal ultrasound and Doppler imaging
  • Prenatal blood work, urinalysis and cultures
  • Copy of complete medical records

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Charis Community Housing

In my former capacity here, my role was to develop partnerships with faith-based and non-profit organizations to assist schools with a number of projects. Since transitioning my thoughts about the value of faith-based organizations have strengthened greater. I have a strong belief that the church should impact our communities beyond the pulpit. Here is a perfect example from Buckhead Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Intersect Partner – Charis Community Housing from buckheadchurch on Vimeo.

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