Here at Faith, we place a high value on Local/Foreign Outreach. We take seriously the Great Commission, found in Matthew 28, to go out into the world bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ- the gospel of peace, hope, and reconciliation- to a world that is hurting. Historically, our church has always been known as a church of generosity, that lives and breathes Christ-centered outreach right here in the city of Anchorage, but also throughout Alaska, and into the far reaches of the world beyond. But, why does outreach matter so much to us? Because nothing matters more to God than people. We don’t sit idly by waiting for a hurting world to come to us- no way! We are a church that is engaged with people out there in the world, right where they’re at- bringing this gospel of hope along with us in all that we do. We are Champions of Hope! Our prayer is that you will jump on board and begin as an active participant in reaching the world for Jesus. We believe that God created each one of us for a purpose; a purpose that gets us up off of the church seat, and into the community- serving God by serving people. We have partnered with many groups and organizations that would love to have you join them in their outreach efforts! Here are some of them listed below. If one of them jumps out at you, contact them and see how you can jump in and start serving!
POOR BOX MINISTRY
In the auditorium, there is a collection box labeled 'Poor Box.' This box is a depository for funds which are dedicated to the poorest of the poor. These off-budget funds from contributors are designated for those who are "in the ditch" as in the Good Samaritan story (Luke 10:25-37) versus a recurring need or ongoing mission support.
For the poorest of the poor--the most destitute of the destitute (possibly life-threatening situations)
Does not represent a recurring event or need for ongoing support
Preference given to fatherless children and widows in distress (Jas 1:27)
Funds must be distributed by reliable, trustworthy partners in the field
The money is given in the name of Jesus Christ
KNOW SOMEONE WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM THIS MINISTRY?
Many of our members go on trips and have an unexpected encounter with the poorest of the poor that affects them deeply. If you were deeply touched by an individual situation of desperation and could not respond at the time, we may be able to help. This would be a specific situation where you have continued to feel burdened by the need and personally stayed in touch with the person or persons who continue to be familiar with the situation.
If this applies to you and you can share this burden with us, the following information is needed:
1. The story of your encounter and the story of the person in desperation (pictures, if possible).
2. Contact information for a trustworthy person who is able and willing to follow through with the help we can offer.
Let us know how to best help you help someone else. We are especially interested in widows and orphans without social safety nets who are suffering from their circumstances (Jas 1:27). We believe this prepares the hearts of adults for the Word and strengthens community relationships.