Christmas Project 2017 – Compassion Goal

International Compassion:

$25,000 for Children’s Lifeline – Haiti

Children’s Lifeline is a non-profit agency that feels called by God to provide solid Biblical teachings, food, clothing, medical supplies, facilities for educational assistance for the underprivileged children and their families in underdeveloped areas in HAITI. The goal is to assist them in developing the skills and resources to provide all these things for themselves.

The Kids Against Hunger organization is working to significantly reduce hunger and malnutrition by feeding starving children throughout the world. Kids Against Hunger has been partnering with Children’s Lifeline for the past eight years to deliver meals to over 8,500 children in the Haitian villages. We are again partnering with Kids Against Hunger on Saturday, March 3, 2018 for another pack-a-thon! Mark your calendars.

Children’s Lifeline’s biggest focus this coming year will be on solar energy. They currently have solar panels at the Trade School and Warehouse and they have added four panels to the orphanage. They will now be focusing on putting solar panels in the upper and lower houses. They are very excited about the solar panel project, as it uses the resource of the sun, which is ultimately given to us by God.

The remaining funds will go to their Churches to help them with programs and items they need to help reach their two villages.

$14,000 for the Persecuted Church through Voice of the Martyrs

Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational, Christian organization dedicated to serving and assisting persecuted Christian families worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance.

$10,000 will be sent to Voice of the Martyrs to be used toward the purchase of Action and Outreach Pack items which will be used by pastors working in and with individuals in restricted and hostile nations.

$4,000 will be sent to Voice of the Martyrs toward the purchase of Bibles. Getting a Bible to every believer is a task that the global body of Christ can accomplish in our lifetime. VOM is committed to seeing it happen in countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. In recent years, VOM workers have distributed more than 1 million Bibles each year on the world’s most difficult and dangerous mission fields, and they are far from finished!

Visit their website and look for more details to come!

$10,000 for Island Nation – Cuba

These funds are used to support over 50 pastors and their families in the rural area around Camaguey. The pastors choose to spend all of their money on their ministries instead of themselves. We would like to be able to give every Pastor an additional $50 to bless them and their families with the basic necessities of life, as well as ministry needs in the Church as they arise. One exciting possibility includes bringing a Cuban Pastor and his wife here to visit and collaborate with River Oaks in Español.

 $2,500 for River Oaks Missionaries

  • Aaron and Elizabeth Badenhop with Cru, serving at Ohio State University ($625)
  • Doug & René Dyksen with Cru, serving at Indiana University ($625)
  • Emily Minnick-Jajcay, serving at New Life Centers in Chicago, IL ($625)
  • Sean Murphy, serving at Sunshine Gospel Ministries in Chicago, IL ($625)

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Local Compassion:

$25,000 for Faith Mission (

Faith Mission is a local ministry that provides meals and shelter for the poor and homeless needing mental, physical or spiritual care. These funds will be used to purchase a new box truck. The truck will be used daily Monday – Friday as they average around 25 stops a day. The box truck will help Faith Mission streamline the pickup schedule and have fewer vehicles on the road.

$10,000 for River District Campus in Elkhart

We plan to launch a church campus in the new River District in downtown Elkhart in January, 2019. These funds will be used to help with unknown, yet anticipated, start-up costs and ministry initiatives in the months leading up to the launch.

$4,500 for The Window (

The Window is a local ministry assisting the poor with food and clothing in the downtown Goshen area. These funds will be used to purchase a convection oven and warmer.

$3,000 for SPA Women’s Ministry Homes (

SPA (Spiritual & Personal Adjustments) is a local shelter for women who have experienced domestic violence, homelessness and poverty. These funds will be used toward new office furniture.

$2,500 for Reason Enough to Act (

RETA is a local ministry for pregnant women and their families. These funds will be used toward the purchase of medical cabinets.

$2,000 for The Crossing

The Crossing School of Business and Entrepreneurial is empowering struggling students to become contributing members of their communities through academics, job training and faith-based mentoring. These funds will be used toward student scholarships, purchasing materials for the Job Training Programs and marketing the student micro businesses.

$1,500 for Church Community Services (

CCS is a ministry assisting the poor throughout Elkhart County with food and subsidies for rent, utilities and prescriptions. These funds will be used toward their Emergency Financial services which offers emergency assistance for utilities, prescriptions, or other financial needs.

$1,000 for The HUGS Project

The HUGS Project of Elkhart County is a non-profit organization, which provides ‘cooling neck ties’ (HUGS) and care packages to soldiers serving our country. It is their mission is to place a HUG around the neck of every military person serving in the Middle East and let them know they are appreciated and not forgotten. These funds will be used toward the shipping costs of these care packages.

$500 for the ROCC Garden

The ROCC Garden club is a seasonal ministry designed to serve others by tending to a garden that will provide fresh produce to those in need or would otherwise be unable to afford it, as well as for the food pantry at Church Community Services. These funds will be used to purchase garden tools and equipment.

To learn a bit more about the agencies and groups listed above, visit our compassion pages.

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Thank you for your participation in this year’s Christmas Project!

May you be blessed as much as you are a blessing to others who need assistance, not only in matters of this life, but in living with God in the next!

All gifts received over the goal will go towards the start-up
costs for the River District Campus

Gifts will be accepted through January 15, 2018.