Local & global outreach

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Baskets of Hope 2017

Give hope this Thanksgiving holiday by providing some food to families with food insecurity.  Each year, we collect totes filled with items to make a Thanksgiving meal and give them to people in our community.  Volunteers fill, collect, and distribute these meal-filled totes to 1000 families.  We are incredibly grateful to each volunteer.

October 28-29: Pick up your tote during the services.
November 11-12: Return and distribution of totes.

Interested in volunteering?
Go to the link below to sign up for a time slot that works for you.
https://thecreekindy.wufoo.com/forms/baskets-of-hope-volunteer-opportunities/

Pray

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Colossians 4:2

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Partners

Please be in prayer for all of our partners, both local and global.  You can learn more about their current prayer requests and needs by going to their websites.

Current Trips

Kenya - September 29 - October 8, 2017
Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF)

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Serve

Serve locally with GO! and our partners

Learn more about all of our partners

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Other Local Serving Opportunities

POVERTY NEEDS

CHILDREN/YOUTH/SCHOOLS

CRISIS PREGNANCY

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

REFUGEES

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Our Philosophy

We partner with organizations that are based upon a model of community development and biblical discipleship. Initiatives and partnerships are targeted which empower people in hopes of creating sustainable methods to address their spiritual and physical needs. Opportunities to serve in local compassion initiatives and on short-term cross-cultural trips provide a catalyst for transforming the hearts, minds, and lives of Christ-followers. Our emphasis is on The Creek’s ability to develop lasting relationships with specific tribes, villages, and individuals.

Global Outreach (GO!) Core Beliefs

  • God loves every person and seeks to redeem those who are separated from Him.
  • God has commanded His followers to go into the entire world with a message of redemption; accompanied by acts of humility, compassion, and justice.
  • God has a special affection for the “least of these” and bringing hope to those who have been marginalized by poverty, war, and prejudice.

GO! Ministry Philosophy

  • Based upon a model of community development and biblical discipleship.
    • Initiatives and partnerships are targeted which empower people in hopes of creating sustainable methods to address their spiritual and physical needs.
    • Opportunities to serve in local compassion initiatives and on short-term cross-cultural trips provide a catalyst for transforming the hearts, minds, and lives of Christ-followers.
  • Our emphasis is on The Creek’s ability to develop lasting relationships with specific tribes, villages, and individuals in partner areas.

GO! Support Standards

With a mind to being strategic, influential, and impacting in alignment with our core beliefs and philosophies we financially partner with missionaries and/or organizations on the basis of the following criteria:

  • “Home-grown” missionaries from The Creek who are responding to God’s call to “Go” are given special consideration.
  • Organizations employing unique, effective, wholistic ministry models in strategic areas are targeted for future partnerships.
  • Opportunities for individual participation and/or short-term trips that foster long-term relationships are critical to our purposes.
  • Theological/doctrinal congruency with the Christian Church (Restoration Movement) is essential for the sake of planting churches in effected communities.

Reference material:

Toxic Charity, by Bob Lupton

When Helping Hurts by Corbett and Fikkert

Serving with Eyes Wide Open, by David Livermore

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FAQs

How do I choose where to volunteer?

We think people serve best when they can use their talents, skills and previous experiences. If you want to become a regular volunteer locally or travel on a mission trip, the first step is to pray and ask God for direction as you consider the available opportunities. Think about what you are passionate about. Is there a cause you feel strongly about? Is there a place you feel drawn to?  If you are traveling, do you need to travel during certain times of the year?  Will you be traveling with children? Once you have prayed about it and have answered some questions, you can consider which serving opportunity is right for you.  

How do I let someone know I am interested in volunteering? 

On our GO! Local tab, there are links to websites or email addresses for each serving opportunity. You are free to contact that organization directly for questions and set up serving times. On our GO! Trips tab, the entire list of trips is available. Once you have determined which trip to join, you can fill out an online application. 

What if I have questions about local organizations or mission trip? 

If you have questions about our serving partners, feel free to contact us.  

How will I know you recieved my trip application? 

You will receive a confirmation from that the form has been submitted. If you do not recieve that confirmation, contact chriscesnik@thecreek.org

Who is selected for trips? 

Some trips require a set of criteria for applicants, such as age requirements or types of skills. If there is such a requirement, it will be listed in the trip description. Preference will be given to Creek members. Each applicant will be contacted to talk about the trip and answer any questions.   

If I fill out an application, am I committing to the trip? How will I know when I am officially a member of the team?

No, you are not committed by submitting your application. After initial contact, a team leader will contact you and confirm your commitment. You will be asked to give 10% donation to your trip and your first team meeting will be scheduled.    

How can I afford to go on a trip? 

You and the rest of your team will fundraise for support from others. We have found that many people don’t have the time or ability to go on a short-term mission trip but have the desire to be involved in some way. We ask, therefore, that every person going on a trip raise his/her funds by writing letters to friends and family sharing the goal of the trip and the financial requirements to make the trip happen. Each year, hundreds of trip-goers raise thousands of dollars as their supporters generously join in the adventure of short-term mission trips.

If I decide I cannot go on the trip at a later date, will I get my money back?

No. All funds raised are considered donations to The Creek. They cannot be refunded to the donor or the participant.  

How can I donate to someone's trip? 

Click on the link to managed missions and put the trip name and participant name in the notes section. 

https://thecreek.managedmissions.com/MyTrip/TheCreekGO

My passport will expire soon or I don't have a passport?

Apply now for a passport if you don’t have one! If your passport will expire within 6 months of your trip, you must renew your passport. Most countries do not accept travelers who have less than 6 months on their passport.

After you receive your new passport number, update your profile on managed missions with that information. You will also need to send a copy of your passport to chriscesnik@thecreek.org 

As per new rules for international airline travel, we are required to obtain and send the expiration date of your passport for booking travel, so we will need that information as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have a non-U.S. passport, you are responsible for finding out if a visa is required for you to travel to a specific country. 

Can I travel to another destination or stay longer at my destination? 

For liability reasons and to promote team unity this is strongly discouraged. If there is a compelling reason, you must get prior approval from the Global Outreach Minister.  

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