We believe that “missions” is not something you do, but is a way of life. “Missions” doesn’t start when you enter a foreign country, but should naturally happen where you are. So, in addition to our international ministries, we have a local ministry right here in Belton, Texas.
Partnering with local volunteers, mainly UMHB students, we go to two different low-income housing areas in Belton. During our weekly outreach, we play games and have a Bible study with the neighborhood kids.
We have one special event each month, such as Hope Play Days, Sleepovers, and Campouts. We also attend the annual Easter Pageant at UMHB, where they can see the story of Jesus with their own eyes.
We not only focus on playing, but on building relationships and meeting the families where they are. We believe that our ministry is not just with the children, but to the whole family. To implement this, we assist the parents with various needs for their families, such as school supplies, warm coats, Christmas gifts, and other needs as they arise.
As always, if we help meet physical needs, but don’t “share the Bread of Life,” Jesus, then all of our work is in vain. So we make sure the families know why we do what we do: to show the love and provision of Jesus in very tangible ways “to a starving world.”
Coats for Kids: For our “Coats for Kids” program, we ask donors to either purchase a new coat, gives funds for a coat, or to host a coat drive to collect new coats for us to distribute to the children. Once we receive the coats, we are able to have a fun evening event where the children and parents come and choose their very own brand new coat.
Christmas for Kids: For our “Christmas for Kids” program, we match our families with a donor who will provide each child with a gift, outfit, and Bible item. To keep our parents involved, they choose gifts for each of their children and once matched with a donor come to the Hope House to pick up their unwrapped gifts. Volunteers visit with them as the parents utilize our wrapping stations to get the gifts ready for Christmas morning.
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Hope House: Our Local Outreach program expanded with the addition of Hope House. We are excited to have Hope House to play and reach the children of Belton.