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
On this year’s trip to Kenya, 23 Central members — six for the first time! — provided VBS, handed out Bibles and backpacks, purchased uniforms for students, prayed with people in the Nyalenda slum who are HIV/AIDS positive, and held a basketball camp at Elaine Nesbitt High School.
What started ten years ago as a small ministry delivering Snack Paks to students has grown in to a full-blown mission partnership. Your generosity last year helped provide over 75 Snack Paks to Bivins students every week, Chromebooks for additional classrooms, school supplies, meals for teacher appreciation week, underwear for students, and meals for “Parenting Partner” classes. The plan for 2020 is to help upgrade PE equipment, provide eyeglasses to children who need them, buy books for concentrated reading groups, and purchase additional moveable furniture for a few classrooms. Last year, Bivins students scored higher on the standardized STAAR test than they ever have in the school's history and ranked among the highest performing elementary schools in the AISD. Bivins administrators and staff attribute the success in large part to our church's partnership with their school.
Our missionary in New York City has trained and sent a team of church planters to Philadelphia this year and welcomed a new teammate to join him in the Bronx. Several of the churches Seth leads in NYC have continued to grow — the one in the East Village just planted an additional church in Morristown, NJ and started a new Bible study in Brooklyn. Seth is working toward planting two new churches in Manhattan and the Bronx in 2020.
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 averaging 115 in Sunday attendance and almost that many in six home groups. They’re planning to add at least two more such groups in 2020. Central is planning a mission trip to Bogota this coming summer.
Central Member Missions Trips
We are committed to sending more of our people on foreign mission trips to bless others with the Good News and to be transformed themselves more into the image of Christ. Your contributions allowed us to help exactly 100 of our Central members participate in trips this past year.
Clinica Ezell in Guatemala
Health Talents International is a Church of Christ medical evangelism organization that sponsors several clinics in Guatemala. Central purchased a surgical camera, an operating room table, a video projector, and helped cover the salary of a young doctor last year. In 2020, your generous gifts will help fund the salary of a dentist and replace a dental chair. Clinica Ezell is always eager to put Central’s medical volunteers to work.
Central’s gifts are funding the counseling services for more than 30 women and meeting case management, transportation, and medical needs for all the families who live in these transitional apartments. We’ve recently paid for the total replacement of three sets of stairs at Gratitude House and are putting $20,000 toward the construction of a small residence to house the shelter manager at Downtown Women’s Center’s Abba House.
Great Cities Missions
For more than 40 years we have 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 2019, new church-planting teams were established in Artemisa, Cuba and Boa Vista, Brazil. The Connections renewal retreats provide increasing spiritual and emotional support for more than 100 missionaries each year. And in 2020, Central’s financial gift will help GCM recruit and train church-planters for Oklahoma City; Rio Bronco, Brazil; Mendoza, Argentina; and Medellin, Colombia.
This crisis pregnancy center ministers in a variety of ways to approximately 13,000 clients per month. Last year’s Missions Month funds were used to pay for mentoring programs that reach more than 25,000 students per month in Amarillo. And volunteers from Central are still organizing and stocking the HopeChoice benevolence room. In 2020, Central’s contribution will be focused on expanding the twice-yearly Lead On retreats for college-aged students.
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, sixty new elders were recognized in village churches, more than 6,300 Bibles were distributed, and 436 men and women were baptized into Christ. Your generosity also funds daily 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 last year. From a new home base in Oklahoma City, she will work with Itaquera digitally long-distance and with a couple of extended trips to Brazil each year.
Junior & Patricia Lira
We are beginning our 12th year of supporting the Liras as they minister with the Capital Church of Christ in Brasilia. The church there is in the middle of a “220 by 2020” campaign intended to increase growth in spirit and numbers. They are establishing ten small groups throughout the city, reaching out to the community with church events in the neighborhoods and at the church building, and sponsoring Let’s Start Talking classes and a marriage seminar. This past year, the Capital Church has identified three future elders who are preparing to lead. Junior and Patricia are also planning a trip to Amarillo in the summer of 2020.
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 addition, Central helped purchase a van to transport the women and children to appointments and to and from school. Your Missions Month giving will continue to fund Kathryn’s salary.
We want to send more of our college students to serve as missions interns both in foreign fields and in Amarillo. This past summer, Taylor Haynes interned at The PARC, Azelin Roberts at Gratitude House, and Carley Stanglin at HopeChoice. Central is committed to funding up to eight of these internships in 2020.
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. This past year, the first four students graduated with their Bachelor’s degrees. Central’s monetary gifts helped purchase a long list of electric and gas power tools used in the home improvement and building projects and the technical skills development for the young people. They also purchased a clothes dryer and a trailer. Next year, “Our House” will focus on developing the Seven Plots of Land, building a two-story house to rent as a source of income to help fund the growing ministry.
With Central’s financial assistance, The Panhandle Adult Rebuilding Center is now open five days a week and serving more than twice the number of homeless men and women as the year before. The PARC is in the process of expanding their property to meet the growing demand and hiring another staff person, Micah Enger. Central’s gift to The PARC in 2020 will help fund her salary.
Youth Mission Trips
Our students ministered with the Itaquera Church of Christ in Sao Paulo, Brazil this past summer and served our neighbors here in Amarillo during our annual MIA. Our youth will take two brand new mission trips in 2020: to minister to special needs children at Camp Blessing in Brenham, Texas and to engage the Gospel with dozens of other youth groups through Arlington Work Camp.