|Our Missions Ministry's Mission
"Equipping others to be the hands and feet of Christ by using their gifts, time, talents and resources to reach out and serve others within our church family, in our local community, in our state, in our nation, and in our world."
Living Faith will become a church filled with mission-oriented disciples who comfortably share Christ's love with others and help bring them to the knowledge and saving grace of Jesus Christ through connection and service with people in our community, state, nation and world.
What Needs to Be Done?
Jesus calls us to serve others and be His hands and feet in the world. There are many opportunities to serve the Lord. It might be preparing a meal for a neighbor or someone recovering from surgery; visiting a homebound member; helping church members; cleaning the church; doing yard work or light maintenance; driving someone to appointments and errands; volunteering at Together, Inc., Lydia House, Open Door Mission or another organization to serve those in our community; going on a mission trip; and many other opportunities.
Contact Living Faith's mission team for more ideas about ways that you can serve. Team members are: Janet Seelhoff, chair; Hugo and Judy Flores, Lynn Hizer, Terry Unterseher, Blake Vardaman.
Living Faith sponsored three families during the holidays. We are a church that helps feed and clothe those who are in need of special assistance.
Red Bird Mission Work Camp ~ Beverly, KY
June 17 – 24, 2017
A team of 3 adults and 7 youth traveled to Red Bird Mission. Projects included painting a bathroom, cleaning family home and replacing 1/2 house roof. The team explored Cumberland Fall State Park, Col Saunders original - Kentucky Fried Chicken Store and the wonder of the Appalachian Mountains.
View of Red Bird work camp ~ looking at Cardinal House & Work Barn.
Winding road in Kentucky mountains ~ work truck leading the way.
Work team from Living Faith & Trinity United Methodist Church's. Work in sun and rain to replace 1/2 of a roof. Hard working days.
Living Faith members organized, hung and shelved clothing and hygiene items at the Open Door Mission.
Thank you to everyone who sponsored Millard Public Schools families through Project Wee Care.
Living Faith members recently participated in Mission Sunday. They prepared and served a meal at Open Door Mission; assembled 237 school supply kits for Lydia House, Red Bird Mission and North Omaha students; donated boxes of kleenex to Sherman Elementary School; made bracelets to help share the word of God with students in Japan; and made more than 60 cards for nursing home residents.
Habitat for Humanity
We had two crews working on it, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We worked on putting up siding, caulking doors and windows, building stairs, providing food and drink to workers. Several people were able to share a message God’s love with others while they were working on the project, including a few men from a work-release program.
Living Faith's Church work day, volunteers will help remodel a home and donate food for breakfast & lunch. The next work day will be in the summer of 2018. Stay tuned for details.
Living Faith is involved with Habitat for Humanity through the Ecumenical Labor Force (ELF). For the past three years, the group has helped with remodeling homes. Homeowners are required to spend 400-500 hours working on building or remodeling their home. Volunteers are needed to help build or remodel a Habitat home in the Omaha community during a weekend in the late spring or early summer. Food and monetary donations are also needed. For more information, please contact Dave and Pat Cotton
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Anyone who knits or crochets, or would like to learn, is invited to participate in the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Prayer shawls are created with loving hands and warm hearts. They are available to give to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or others you know who are in need of prayer or encouragement; individuals experiencing the loss of a loved one; new mothers; people who are ill or recovering from illness; or individuals who are going through medical procedures. Before placing the prayer shawls in the prayer room, members of the congregation lay hands on the prayer shawls and pray over them. For more information about this ministry, please contact Marilyn Brown.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
We partner with the American Red Cross to host blood drives. The next blood drive is Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. And the spring Blood Drive & Health Fair will be Saturday, April 14th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sign up in the lobby or register online at www.redcrossblood.org (use sponsor code 0092714)
Smiles and Blessings Homebound Ministry
Volunteers are needed to visit, send cards and serve communion once a month to our homebound members.
Living Faith Missionaries in Japan
Adeng preached n both worship services on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Living Faith members celebrated the Chen's missionary service and hosted a one-year-old birthday party with potluck for Julie!
Annie & Adeng are our missionaries serving in Japan. Their ministries include Bible studies, worship and sharing their faith with students. Please keep them in your prayers. If you would like to make a donation to support their ministries and missions in Japan, please contact our church at email@example.com.
Annie is now teaching English in the Japanese Public Elementary Schools.
2017 2nd quarter update from Annie Chen (Annie and Adeng), our church’s missionaries based in Kofu, Japan
Past 3 months: A group of new foreign students arrived at the end of March, and several of them have been regular TGIF attendees, and some have come to church. Every week at TGIF we share biblical truths and principles with the students. Some of the students seem very open to the messages. Adeng has taken the students on several outings, including “Cherry blossom viewing” (a Japanese tradition in the spring), and mountain climbing. Next weekend we are taking a small group of people to Tokyo for a Christian Chinese conference.
We traveled to Shizuoka end of April, and Adeng shared the gospel with 6 people at a Chinese company (our Christian Chinese friend owns the company). The next day, Adeng preached in a Japanese church (in Japanese, of course!). We took the power bracelets you sent to us last fall, and the children made them for all the church members.
Today we gave two tracts to our Japanese neighbors, and prayed for their son, who will have knee surgery next week. This was a huge step, as we’ve not shared anything deep about The Lord with them. We hope this will be the open door to many opportunities to share.
Kofu New Life International Church:
Adeng serves as assistant pastor/missionary at Kofu New Life International Church. Annie serves as the Sunday school manager. Their church hosts several Japanese Bible studies as well as a Chinese church service. A Christian international elementary school is also provided in the church.
Diaspora Chinese Ministry:
Since 2012, Annie and Adeng's church has sent out at least 15 Chinese Christians (who became Christians in Yamanashi). They are now in other cities in Japan or China. Annie and Adeng keep in touch with them through phone and internet, continuing to encourage them and helping them to commit to a local church in their area.
TGIF (Outreach Ministry)
Thank God It’s Friday hasn’t missed a beat! The Lord continues to bring new non-Christian friends for Annie and Adeng to care for. Every Friday, they provide free food for them; teaching them worship songs, having games and discussions; and having a Bible Time to share a short message. Through this bridge, some have already started visiting their church.
International Student bazaar:
Annie and Adeng have a student bazaar in their yard twice a year (spring and autumn) and invite Chinese students who have recently arrived in Japan to study. They sell everything for 1 yen (less than 1 cent, American dollars) or just for free. This is a way to begin reaching out and sharing the gospel with the students.