MISSIONs: Local & GLobal
Through Central’s local mission partnerships, we are committing money, volunteers, time, and energy into what our Lord is doing right here in Amarillo. The Bible says we are created by God to do good works which he has prepared in advance for us to do. And those good works are all around us. We believe our local missions partnerships provide more opportunity for Christian ministry and more potential for God’s salvation.
As part of Central’s proud heritage of global missions, we provide financial and spiritual support to several church planters and missionaries around the globe. Our Lord calls us to proclaim the Good News of his Kingdom to all the world. And our partnerships with his servants in Latin America, Africa, India, and Eastern Europe allow us to participate in God’s Gospel work in faraway places.
How can I participate?
You have several options for how to give to missions at Central. You can give weekly to the missions fund, give a sum amount on Missions Sunday in October, or make a pledge to fulfill throughout the year. You can give digitally or in person. However you choose to give, our prayer is that God uses those funds to his glory throughout the world.
Pray with us throughout Missions Month using the Mission Highlight for each day. Follow the calendar here.
Your time and involvement are just as important as the money you can give. Contact us if you'd like to get involved.
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Central is supporting Matt Jones with Empower One. Through this ministry, Matt works with native preachers in Sudan and South Sudan to equip them to lead and spread the gospel there. Empower One equips local leaders to establish churches in order to reach the unreached in the hard places of Africa. It’s within this shared culture and language that the gospel is reaching people who never had the opportunity to choose Jesus.
Amarillo: Bivins ELementary
Central continued its partnership with Bivins Elementary School right here in our neighborhood. Funding this year provided teacher appreciation throughout the year, including support during the transition to a new principal; a program called WOWW (Windows on a Wider World) to give kids hands-on learning experiences through field trips; and Snack Paks packed and delivered for up to 110 kids each week. If you would like to support this school, there are always opportunities to volunteer as a lunch buddy, on the greeter committee, as a reading buddy, and more.
HopeChoice is one of our local missions that partners with 1000+ clients each month and provides services, including pregnancy care, educational classes, and post-abortion support. Your mission’s giving helped support retreats and provided operating funds. Over the years we have worked with HopeChoice, volunteers have taught parenting classes, led Bible studies, and organized the benevolence room. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.
Amarillo: Life Challenge
Our newest local mission partnership begins this year with Life Challenge of Amarillo. Life Challenge is a faith-based recovery program for men coming out of addiction. The program exists with the intent of rebuilding hope, renewing life, and restoring families through a 12-month commitment by participants. Life Challenge provides several vocational programs for their participants, one of which is Revivify Coffee, a mobile coffee shop. The students at Life Challenge roast, process, and package the coffee they sell. This and the other programs offered teach them new skills, expand their knowledge, and give them an opportunity to tell others about the hope and freedom they have after a life lived with addiction.
Central has partnered with Martha’s Home for many years, and that relationship continues. Based on the giving from last Missions Month, Martha’s Home received the salary for a case worker, repaved a driveway, and purchased much needed items for the houses on campus—two new refrigerators, three new stoves, a dishwasher, a commercial dryer, fifteen vinyl mattresses, and three metal bunk beds.
Growth is happening at The PARC (Panhandle Adult Rebuilding Center), and your giving has been a part of that. This year funds from Central provided the salary for a Fundraising and Development role and a Member Program Development position. Funds were also used to help purchase the adjacent parking lot for The PARC as it expands its space to serve more individuals on a daily basis.
In 2023, Central is partnering with a new mission work in Brazil. Under the supervision of Great Cities Missions, three families are currently training to begin this new mission in Boa Vista, Brazil. The target date to begin their work in the city is January 2023, and we are honored to prayerfully partner with them.
Colombia: Byron & Sandra Cana
Byron and Sandra Cana along with their sons Diego and Derek work with the church in the Suba neighborhood of Bogota, Colombia. The Cana’s are also working on a church plant in another suburb of Bogota for the coming year. They hope to foster leadership in their existing church and grow the new church plant through small group involvement and commitment.
Florida: Junior & Patricia Lira
We have supported Junior and Patricia Lira for many years, and after 13 years the project in Brasilia is completed. This year the Liras moved to Boca Raton, Florida to establish a church in the Portuguese-speaking community there. They are working with another couple, the Borbas, on this new project. We supported Junior and Patricia as they made the move from Brasilia and established a new home in the US. We will continue our support as the new work in Florida begins. In other good news, the Liras welcomed a new baby girl, Hannah Sophie, into their family on July 26th.
Guatemala: Health Talents International
The coming year (2023) will mark 50 years that Health Talents International has been serving the health, educational, and spiritual needs of people in Guatemala through Clinica Ezell, Clinica Caris, and multiple mobile clinics every week. Volunteers, medical professionals, students, and followers of Jesus are all blessed by joining the work God is doing through this place of healing and hope.
India: Key to the Kingdom
For many years, Bret McCasland has worked with “Key to the Kingdom” in India. Through this work, hundreds of preachers in India are forming disciples of Jesus from those who are being baptized. Over 900 bicycles and sewing machines have been distributed to the preachers and widows in the past 15 years, and one hundred hungry people are being fed on a daily basis.
Kenya: Alara & Ring Road
The partnership with the Alara and Ring Road schools in Kenya has brought many positive changes to the communities there. This year the funds you gave provided uniforms for the school kids, finished the building of the wall around the high school, provided food several times to the community in the Nyalenda slum, and provided personal items for the girls in the schools’ care. Our hope is to plan a short-term mission trip to Kenya in June 2023.
New York: Seth Bouchelle
Seth Bouchelle is our missionary in New York City, and Central continues to support his efforts there. By living in the city and engaging with his neighbors, Seth is building faith communities where he lives. To connect people to Christ, he works with home churches in the Bronx as well as training others for discipleship.
Ukraine: Tony & Shana Morrow
Our House in Pilipovichi is a work of God in central Ukraine to provide training and direction for young men and women. Tony, Shana and Elizabeth Morrow along with Bill Hayes have been invested in these young people for more than a decade. The support that usually would help with repairs or additions to Our House suddenly pivoted this year to provide food and shelter for the young adults and house parents fleeing the war. Tony has traveled to Ukraine a couple of times this year and continues to provide help to this group of young adults.
Great Cities Missions
Central has a long-standing relationship with Great Cities Missions that began over 40 years ago. GCM trains, sends, and supports over 100 missionaries throughout the Latin World. Missions funding from Central continues to provide annual support for their organization as God reaches more corners of the world through their work.
Central Member Trips
The past couple of years have required us to temporarily put overseas trips on hold. However, we are happy to announce preliminary plans to take short-term mission trips to both Kenya and Colombia in 2023.
Local Mission Internships
If you are a high school or college student, you have the opportunity to serve as a mission intern with one of our local partners. In the past, we have supported interns with both HopeChoice and The PARC. If you are interested in an internship with one of our local missions, please contact us.
Student Mission Trips
Funding received during Missions Month also benefits our Student Ministry participating in mission trips. Our students have the opportunity to serve and lead at Camp Blessing—a summer camp experience for students with special needs. Additionally, beginning in 2022, both middle school and high school teens participated in Students in Action. These three days here in Amarillo were dedicated to serving through the outreach ministries here at Central, with our local mission partners, and with other organizations in our community.