MISSIONs: Local & Foreign
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 foreign 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.
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ALARA & RINGROAD SCHOOLS IN KENYA
For the first time in eleven years, Central was unable to take a mission trip to our homes and schools in Kenya. Instead, the money that funds our annual trips was used to provide additional food for the children and for elderly people and church members in the Nyalenda slum. The money was also used to construct three new homes to replace ones that were destroyed in the recent floods. We are hoping to travel to Kenya in 2021.
In addition to Snack Pak for kids and dozens of volunteer hours every month, Central supports our adopted school with money for educational tools and teacher appreciation. This school year, we are coordinating with new Bivins principal R.J. Soleyjacks to provide after-hours classes in dance, cooking, music, and other skills.
Our missionary in New York City is bringing people to Jesus and Christian community in very creative ways. Seth is using a music studio to reach a network of gang-affiliated young people and a clothing drive out of a local brewery to connect with community-minded adults. Most of the house churches in Seth’s group have been meeting digitally during the virus crisis, despite the fact many of the members have lost loved ones to Covid-19 and/or have lost their jobs. Seth is spending most of his time evangelizing his neighbors, wrestling with the logistics of planting new churches online, and providing one-on-one counseling and spiritual direction for existing church leaders.
Byron & Sandra Cana
We provide financial and spiritual support for Byron, Sandra, and their sons, Diego and Derek, as they lead the growing Suba Church of Christ in Bogota, Colombia. This evangelistic congregation is Zooming and YouTubing worship services and Bible studies to more than 130 of their members during the virus crisis. They’re also using digital technology to celebrate baptisms together! The church there is providing food and financial assistance to the many vulnerable families in their congregation who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.
Central Member Missions Trips
The Covid-19 pandemic upset our plans for foreign missions trips in 2020. If health conditions permit, we will take a trip to Kenya this summer. Central places a strong emphasis on sending our members abroad for foreign missions experiences and provides varying levels of financial assistance for those trips.
Clinica Ezell in Guatemala
Health Talents International is a Church of Christ medical evangelism organization that sponsors several clinics in Guatemala. This past year, Central funded the purchase of air filtration and purification units for the surgery and recovery areas. The needs for 2021 are being evaluated as the group plans to resume normal operations interrupted by Covid-19. Clinica Ezell is always eager to put Central’s medical and caregiving volunteers to work during any of the several medical missions trips they coordinate each year.
Central has recently paid for the total replacement of three sets of stairs at Gratitude House and contributed $20,000 toward the construction of a small residence to house the shelter manager at Downtown Women’s Center’s Abba House. Your Missions Month offering will continue to support DWC with table sponsorships and other fundraising expenses.
Great Cities Missions
For more than 40 years Central has partnered with GCM to train and support countless missionaries in churches across Latin America and in Spanish-speaking church plants in the U.S. In 2020, a new mission team began to work to reach 2nd generation Hispanics in Oklahoma City in partnership with local congregations in the greater OKC area. GCM teams also provided much needed food and medicine to church members and people in their communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In spite of the pandemic, GCM missionaries and national leaders also continued to preach and teach the Good News of Jesus.
In 2021, Central’s financial gift will help GCM recruit and train church-planters for Rio Bronco, Brazil and Mendoza, Argentina. New works are also scheduled to begin to reach Brazilians living in the greater Miami area as well as a new church planting team for Medellin, Colombia.
This crisis pregnancy center ministers in a variety of ways to approximately 13,000 clients per month. Volunteers from Central regularly help teach parenting classes, lead Bible studies, and organize and stock the HopeChoice benevolence room. In 2020, Central’s contribution paid for expanding the twice-yearly Lead On retreats for college-aged students. And we are committed to funding more formation retreats and sponsoring more fundraisers for HopeChoice’s great work.
Key to the Kingdom
Central’s support of Bret McCasland’s ministry provides resources for dozens of preachers and church leaders in India. This year, more than 6,000 Bibles and 9,000 Bible studies have been distributed, and 600 men and women have been baptized into Christ. During the coronavirus pandemic, requests for Bible studies in India have nearly doubled and Key to the Kingdom is also providing about 400 meals per month to those who have lost their jobs. Your generosity also funds meals and medical care for thirty elderly indigent Christians at the Hope Care Center.
Central has been fully supporting the work of Alaor and Miriam Leite with the Itaquera Church of Christ in Sao Paulo, Brazil since 1979. We are still committed to Miriam as she transitions to a new role after the death of Alaor in 2019. From a new home base in Oklahoma City, she is working with Itaquera digitally long-distance and with a couple of extended trips to Brazil each year.
Junior & Patricia Lira
We are beginning our 13th year of supporting the Liras as they minister with the Capital Church of Christ in Brasilia. They are establishing small groups throughout the city, reaching out to the community with church events in the neighborhoods and at the church building, and providing food and other necessities during the pandemic.
As a result of Central’s great generosity, Martha’s Home is able to pay a staff social worker, Kathryn O’ Day, to help more ladies get quicker access to more resources and into the next stages of their healing. In 2021, Central’s Missions money will continue to fund her salary and provide needed support for the core budget.
We want to send more of our college students to serve as missions interns both in foreign fields and in Amarillo. This past summer, Corbin Gray interned at The PARC and Elise Schaffer worked at HopeChoice. Central is committed to funding up to eight of these internships in 2021.
Tony & Shana Morrow
“Our House” provides a home, assistance with education, life skills training, and spiritual formation in Christ to graduate orphans in Pilipovichy, Ukraine. Almost all the 22 young men and women who call “Our House” their home are enrolled in some form of higher education and maintain part-time jobs. The Morrows are currently focused on developing the Seven Plots of Land and completing construction on six small houses that will be used as vacation rentals to help fund the growing ministry.
The Panhandle Adult Rebuilding Center provides Christian community for those experiencing homelessness in Amarillo. Central’s financial assistance in 2020 allowed The PARC to purchase some adjoining property to expand their facilities to meet the growing demand and hire a new staff person, Micah Enger. In 2021, Central will help fund the remodeling of the new building and support The PARC’s core budget.
Youth Mission Trips
Our students’ trips were all canceled this year because of the virus crisis. If it is safe and sensible to do so in 2021, they will work with those experiencing homelessness at Dry Bones in Denver. If conditions permit, they will also engage the Gospel with dozens of other youth groups through Arlington Work Camp.
VALERIE & David RICHARDSON
This year Central is supporting Valerie & David Richardson and their work at Contact Church of Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They are working with a couple of apartment complexes that funnel into the local school district--and are in close proximity to the church--to host an afterschool program. The goal is to give school kids of all ages a place to be when they are done with their virtual learning. They play games, do VBS songs, have crafts and lessons. In the afternoons, Valerie and David take food and diapers to neighborhood families and stay to study the Bible with them in their homes. They're also finding creative ways to do Youth Ministry during the pandemic, planning new curriculum for when classes start again and hosting "mini devos" on Instagram in the meantime.