In Mark 16:15, what has become known as the Great Commission, Jesus plainly said, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." The good news Jesus instructed us to preach includes a message of "good deeds.” And so, in addition to telling the world Jesus is Savior and Lord, CCC is committed to breaking the chains of poverty, injustice, and human trafficking (the number one social issue of our day and a cause we are absolutely committed to fighting). Through a combined strategy of sharing the gospel, education, life skill training, and compassion, CCC is fully engaged in the Great Commission.
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)
Missionary: Abdu Murray
Abdu Murray is the North American Director and Senior Itinerant Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). RZIM’s mission is to “Help the thinker believe and the believer to think.” Abdu carries out this mission with RZIM by speaking at open forums, dialogues, and debates at universities, political arenas, and churches. Abdu lives in the Detroit, Michigan, area and attends Community Christian Church with his wife Nicole and their three children.
Alabaster Gift (TAG)
director: heidi wilt
The Alabaster Gift (TAG) is a faith based non-profit organization with a 501c3 status serving survivors of Human Trafficking. TAG was established in 2014, and opened a Drop-In-Center for survivors in 2016. Currently we serve women, 18 years and older.
TAG’s purpose is to raise awareness about Human Trafficking while offering support services to survivors of both sex and labor trafficking. TAG also offers Human Trafficking awareness education to middle school and high school students, colleges, medical facilities, communities, and churches.
The status of clientele varies from women who are still being trafficked, to those in recovery; all require a place of refuge and safety! TAG is touching and helping to change lives, working to build trustworthy relationships and draw them to Jesus where complete healing is found. Because of the level of trauma, manipulation and control that survivors deal with, we work at empowering all of our clients to make informed decisions/choices for themselves. We come alongside them to support their goals and victorious futures.
Services TAG offers: Sense of community in a non-judgmental, loving environment; Life skills classes; Case management (i.e. job readiness, housing assistance, connection to resources, transportation, expressive arts, and accountability). Basic needs: food (thanks to Community Christian Church’s Food Pantry), hygiene items, gift cards, bus fare, household items, clothing, etc. TAG also offers a survivor phone line, helping with daily triggers, crisis and encouragement. Recently, we began a housing voucher program with Detroit Housing Commission, offering 10 housing vouchers each year to our clients in five counties. Additionally, we are working to build an Ecommerce business, where survivors would create, crafts, jewelry, journals, etc. to sell. Learning a skill that can offer them income till they work through the stumbling blocks that keep them from good paying jobs.
Missionaries: Sam & Erin Oginsky
CCC is committed to breaking the chains of poverty, injustice, and false religion in Cambodia through a three-pronged strategy: outreach, education, and human trafficking prevention.
Our main goal in Cambodia is to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ. The main religion in Cambodia is Buddhism with three percent of the population claiming to be Christian. Only through the hope Christ offers can injustice like human trafficking, abuse, and exploitation be uprooted. Since 2013, when the Lord first gave CCC an open door into Cambodia, over 7,000 people have heard the good news of the gospel, and many in Takeo and Pursat have accepted Christ as Savior. Once the gospel is introduced, our strategy includes discipleship support and follow-up with local area pastors.
Education is the key to breaking the chains of poverty for current and future generations. With proper education, people have greater opportunities for success. Education provides needed skills leading to higher wages and economic growth. It also improves personal health and hygiene which helps to prevent disease. Mission 25 has recently completed a school and community center in the Pursat province. Also, as part of the education strategy, CCC is currently providing college dorms for at-risk students coming from the rural provinces to the capital city of Phnom Penh. By providing these dorms we give university students a safe place to live and learn. In the process, they all hear the gospel message!
3. HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION
Both labor and sex trafficking are massive issues in Cambodia. Exploitation and abuse run rampant throughout this country. In addition to sharing the Gospel, education on the prevention of human trafficking is given. Thus teaching people what they can do to protect their children from traffickers. This equips and empowers people in rural provinces to stop human trafficking before it occurs. CCC teams have also had the opportunity to share hope within the “red-light district” in Phnom Penh. Our prayer is we will be able to continue to work with these women, helping them find a path to freedom and integrate back into society.
Rhema Pharmacy and Medical Center
Missionary: Harry Gruits
Community Christian Church has partnered with the Rhema International Medical Center in Bocozelle, Haiti, (approximately 70 miles north of Port-au-Prince) providing food, water, medical supplies, health, and spiritual support to 50,000 people living in the Artibonite Valley. Free health exams are performed on all children up to the age of five; and all children receive free vaccinations for malaria, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever. Prenatal care is given to expecting mothers, and a well-equipped maternity ward provides safe and sanitary conditions for childbirth. The hospital pharmacy that we built in 2011 is fully functioning and serving the community! Looking ahead, we hope to offer community health education, discipleship, and short term mission projects.
Kingdom Kids Homes
Missionary: Kristie Chute
CCC has also partnered with Kingdom Kids Homes. Their mission is to rescue children who are orphaned and abandoned and to provide them with a safe place to call home. Their house in Haiti provides these children with a loving, family-like environment, clean water, three nutritious meals a day, a Christian education, medical care, and the opportunity to know Jesus Christ. By partnering with Kingdom Kids, our hope is to love and train these children to be disciples as well as teach them to do hands-on ministry. We want to raise up the next generation of leaders to bring positive change to their nation and to impact it for Jesus Christ.
House of Hope in Haiti (educational building and community center)
Missionaries: Rev. Lee Hyung Kuk and Family
In Thailand, Lahu is one of six main hill tribes located in the mountain areas. With a population of about 100,000, their primary means of livelihood is farming. Even though the Lahu are living in Thailand, they are isolated from Thailand. They do not have nationality, common language, or legal protection. They just go on living in the northern high mountains with their own tradition, culture, and language. Rev. Lee Hyung Kuk and his family have been working with the Lahu Tribe in Chiang Mai (the northern part of Thailand) for 15 years. Under this mission, there are three mission centers which care for and educate children of all ages. Rev. Lee has also established 21 churches in the mountain villages along with a Christian seminary.
Missionaries: Matt & Angela Catinella
Just like American youth, the young people living in Uganda are surrounded by negative and dangerous influences including alcohol and drug abuse, crime, and immorality. For many of these teens, their only life instruction and guidance comes from what they learn from their peers. Living Water Ministries reaches out to teenagers by connecting with them through the public school system, offering a written curriculum relevant to their age and culture. In addition, Living Water is involved in a youth leaders training program, specifically designed to raise up mentors who, in turn, instruct, teach, disciple, and counsel younger teens. Community Christian Church is a financial sponsor of Living Water, helping with mission support, curriculum costs, and youth leadership training manuals.
Key of Hope
Missionaries: Dan & Rachel Smither
Community Christian Church is a financial partner with Key of Hope, a ministry designed to reach thousands of impoverished children stricken with HIV and AIDS in the province of Durban, South Africa. Their goal is to empower these children with the love of God and transform them into ambassadors of change in their families, schools, and communities. They seek to accomplish this through long-term discipling relationships, ongoing household support, and provision for many daily necessities. Key of Hope desires to minister to the whole person whether it’s through providing meals, a pair of shoes, or spiritual discipleship. Their goal is to not only meet daily needs, but also disciple these children as Christian leaders and citizens.
Community Christian Church opened an orphanage that is now home to 50 young girls and a fresh water well that will service both our home and the surrounding slum in Guntur, India, in December of 2011! Through the Angel House program, our girls will now be provided with a safe Christian home environment. They also receive three nutritional meals a day, plenty of CLEAN drinking water, a comfortable bed to sleep in, recreational activities, school uniforms, comfortable shoes, and special gifts at Christmas. Additionally, our home is built on top of a private Christian school for the poor and is right next door to a Bible college, so they will all receive a quality education with an opportunity for further studies. To view photos of our Angel House Orphanage, Click Here.
missionary: Marian Paduret
This might come as a surprise to you, Romania is routinely listed as a top destination on world websites promoting sex tourism. As such, Romania is a destination country for sex trafficking with specific conditions of forced labor and child prostitution.
Being so committed to the cause of fighting human trafficking, Community Christian Church has endeavored to help finance and underwrite the “Stay Free” project in Bacau, Romania. Stay Free is a human sex trafficking prevention program endorsed by the Romanian government. With government approval, the Stay Free curriculum (written and taught by Pastor Marian Paduret) has been integrated into the Bacua public school system. Each year, 1,500 public school students between the ages of 12-16 participate in the program. Pastor Marian Paduret spearheads the project, educating students on sexual purity and human trafficking. He is also permitted to share principles from the Bible and present the gospel message to the public school students.
Stay Free also has future plans to build a transitional home for sex trafficking victims, girls who come out of the sex trades and need help navigating their way back into society. Teaching a life skill is a key element of success and is the best way to prevent re-entry into the sex trafficking world.