homelessness, Hunger and intentional encounters with the other
These three areas of focus are Bear Creek’s missional focus. We believe that we have the best news in the world and that we show it best when we match faith with action. Jesus came in person to give us the gift of God’s love. Following him, we show up in person to give loving gifts to real people; to people who are homeless, to those who are hungry, to the many who stand outside our normal community.
Bear Creek actively works to fight against hunger in our region. We have an ongoing partnership with HopeLink, holding ongoing food drives and helping to harvest fresh vegetables for their pantries.
Throughout the year we partner with Matthew House, providing Thanksgiving baskets and other help for the parents of the incarcerated.
Matthew House exists to support these families with a clothing closet, a food pantry, shelter in our three apartments, transportation to various prisons throughout the State, childcare and adult counseling. We are honored to partner with them.
intentional encounters with the other
Our world is quick to separate insiders and outsiders, but our Savior was even quicker to cross those invisible boundaries and reach out to were often looked down upon. Real love reaches out. That’s why Bear Creek intentionally works to build bridges.
One of the practical ways we do this is by working with our neighbors from other nations, such as Afghanistan. Along with providing some practical needs and real community, we teach English skills to Afghani women.
We also have an ongoing relationship with a village in Honduras. Every other year we send a team to work in a village. While there we lead a VBS (Bible Lessons and games for children) and engage in construction projects. This isn’t a short-term “drop-in” mission trip. This is an ongoing relationship where we work side-by-side with the community.
Our inclusion statement says: