Below are the ministries currently supported by the College Church.
The Nairobi Great Commission School
The Nairobi Great Commission School is a team of Christians committed to promoting the Gospel through theological training programs. This school began in 1989 through the combined efforts of many Church of Christ missionaries and African church leaders. Our own Jim and Laura Reppart were instrumental in that early effort. The College Church of Christ has been a contributor to this work since its beginning. The $1800 per month supplied by our congregation will be used at the discretion of the Board of the NGCS to help provide a variety of day-to-day needs and services.
Brady and Stephanie Smith
Brady and Stephanie Smith have been working with the churches in French-Speaking Europe since 1985. Most of their ministry has been in Lausanne, Switzerland. They spend their time teaching, leading classes, small home groups and preaching. They also spend two action-packed weeks each summer with 120 children, ages 7-17 at camp. It is also Brady’s wish in 2014 to spend 15 days in Africa training church leaders and often spends a week in Ukraine each year with the church in Ternopil. They also serve as the “unofficial chaplains” at Pepperdine’s Lausanne Campus, as a temporary home for travelers, as teachers and spiritual coaches, as worship leaders in a nearby retirement home, as friendly neighbors in a changing neighborhood…..They say there are always things to do for the Kingdom of God if we just keep our eyes open.
The summer of 2014 will mark the 11th year that College Church has partnered with Yugo Ministries, not only build homes for families in Mexico that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford one but to also show these families unconditional love by being the hands and feet of Jesus. Over the years we have taken groups on short term mission trips that provide home construction as well as children’s and women’s ministry events for local churches near Ensenada, Mexico. Ground work is also being laid for a medical team to be a part of this ministry in 2015.
YouthReach International creates small Christian mentoring communities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus allowing orphaned children to observe, receive and participate in the love and hope of Jesus Christ. Within these communities, orphan and at-risk children grow spiritually, develop friendships with positive role models, and learn practical skills for success in life. A small group of College Church members travel in the summer each year to the Ukraine to work with the children in that area.
Grace Orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti has 25 children living in a small home with a church building used as a church and a school. Fresnan, Donna Davidson and a small group of friends support the orphanage. Donna, a nurse, met the caregiver when she volunteered in the tent hospital at the airport after the 2010 earthquake. The caregiver and young Pastor had just “inherited” a small orphanage from his father who had died. The children went from sleeping in one room on dirt floors and not attending school to a concrete block home with real beds and school every day since that meeting. They have one meal a day of rice and beans and they love to sing.