Over and over in the Bible, we can see Jesus frequently use the same two simple words – COME and GO.
COME – hang out with Me, get to know Me, follow Me, love Me.
GO – take care of the least, look for the lost, share Me with others, show them My love.
These two simple words are at the heart of ekklesia.
We strive to be a missional community that comes together to grow in His love and then to show that love as we go. We believe that our God cares about the hungry in the world.
He cares for those hungry for food, hungry for shelter, hungry for peace, hungry for safety, hungry for justice, hungry for relationships, hungry for love, hungry for HIM.
We are bold in partnering with other ministries, denominations, and organizations believing that working in unity has greater results than going it alone. When we see God working in something, even if it’s not through a group of believers, we want to engage in what God is already doing and get our missional community involved. We believe that God works through many different people in many different ways.
The statistics are overwhelming and we see it on the news every night. There are a lot of people who need a lot of help. Whether it is across the street or across the ocean ekklesia goes.
JUMP IN AND HELP
HANDS & FEET SUNDAY
Every few weeks on a Sunday we don’t meet in the “normal” church way (remember it’s different around here) and instead we use this day as a church body to be the hands and feet of Jesus out in our community. This is a day we go out to the unchurched – as a church – and show them what it really looks like to be Jesus walking around in the flesh. Details will be posted on our calendar approximately 3 weeks before each HANDS & FEET SUNDAY.
CURBSIDE LEE POINTE
ekklesia partners with a ministry called Curbside in the Bowling Green community. Each Thursday evening we meet at the Lee Point Apt Complex to hang out with the kids, play some games, and share lots of hugs – all while learning about Jesus too. Fill out a volunteer form on the Curbside website and meet us for 1 ½ hours that will bless your socks off. Lee Point Apts, N Lee Street, Bowling Green KY 5:30 – 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. No skills or training needed.
FOOD FOR MANNA MART
Manna Mart is a food pantry through HOTEL, Inc. that serves our local community. The food pantry provides clients with enough food to sustain them 3 meals a day for 3 days. Over 5000 canned items and several hundred pounds of fresh meat and produce are distributed monthly. Pick up one of our handy tote bags and return it on the 2nd Sunday of each month. One of our volunteers will deliver the collected items. By simply adding 1 or 2 extra non-perishable items to your grocery cart each shopping trip you can make a difference!
Helping Others Through Extending Love In The Name Of Christ
Numerous individual serving opportunities are available in connection with HOTEL, Inc. from leading Bible studies, working in the community garden, teaching life skills, helping the homeless transition into self-sufficiency, and others. All wishing to serve in a relational role must complete training through HOTEL, Inc. (see their website for details). Group serving opportunities at HOTEL, Inc. for the Ekklesia community will be posted on our calendar.
Other local opportunities coming soon!
Going across the street, across the state, and across the world we are to care for the least and the lost. ekklesia invites you to check out the following organizations with your own prayer, research, and discernment and give as you feel the Lord directs. As mission work expands out from our community new opportunities to go will be listed here.
“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:35-40
Amazima Ministries was founded by Katie Davis in 2008. The organization feeds, educates, and encourages the orphaned, poor, and vulnerable in the country of Uganda while maintaining a support staff in Franklin, TN. In Luganda, the local language in Uganda, Amazima (ah-mah-zee-mah) means “truth.” Amazima Ministries desires to reveal the truth of God’s unconditional love through Jesus Christ to the people of Uganda.
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 1.3 million children in 26 countries.
Baptist Medical & Dental Mission International
More than Medicine, Baptist Medical & Dental Mission International is making life better for thousands in Honduras and Nicaragua because Jesus Christ calls us to serve the poor and give them hope in his name. With billions living in poverty, we can’t stand by and hope it will get better on its own. We Christians are called to serve personally or support those that do. BMDMI exists under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to evangelize the lost, disciple the saved, and minister to the needs of the poor.