At the heart of LakeRidge UMC’s mission is “impacting our world” – and we know this means both near and far. That’s why our church supports a number of domestic and international missions. Read about them below.
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Change for Children
Change for Children- Ministry feeding middle school children in Lubbock, Frenship and Cooper school districts. Lubbock County statistics show that % of children are at risk of going to be hungry and 56 % of Lubbock middle school students rely on subsidized meal programs. LakeRidge currently delivers average of 300 bags of food to 15 area middle schools each Friday to be sent home with kids who might not eat from time they go home Friday until they return on Monday morning. We have hundreds of volunteers, who serve as school liaisons, shop for food, bag food or deliver food bags on Friday to the schools to send home with children for the weekend. Area middle schools receive meals, hygiene bags, school supplies and even clothing needs through the Change for Children program.
Transforming our nation as we raise up a generation that fears God and loves their fellow human beings. Taking in orphans to join orphanages and schools to change their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually. Missionary: Freddy Tuyizere.
Four Corners Native American Ministry has been a ministry served by LakeRidge UMC since 1997. This ministry serves 20 + churches on the Navajo reservation which is home to over 250,000 Native Americans in Shiprock, N.M. The average family income is $7,000 a year. LRUMC teams travel to Shiprock at least twice a year to show Christ’s love by completing construction projects and delivering clothing/shoes and new socks and underwear to the schools on the reservation. Our dedicated team of volunteers works year round collecting clothing and supplies to the families on the reservation.
Prison Ministries-Kairos and Kairos Outside
Kairos is a Christian based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and youth and their families and gives them the opportunity to know the kingdom of God. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives and impart our world. The Kairos program incorporates a curriculum designed to build and encourage pro-social character, behavior and shores how to become productive citizens of their communities. Former inmates have become better spouses, parents, employees or volunteers to give back to society.
Kairos Outside is a ministry to the families of those incarcerated. Lubbock’s Kairos Outside was started in 2011 by five members of LakeRidge UMC. It is a special weekend retreat designed to support the female loved ones of men and women who are currently or have been incarcerated. Twice a year special weekends provide a safe environment with loving people when women can interact with other women who are in a similar situation. They experience unconditional love and acceptance in a Christian setting, foster spiritual growth and an opportunity for a relationship with God.
Food Vouchers Ministry
Food Vouchers ministry meets every Wednesday morning and issues food vouchers to families and individuals who need assistance providing basic needs. Food vouchers are given in an emergency or temporary situation and are redeemed at the South Plains Food Bank. This program allows volunteers to share the love of Jesus with others.
Military Ministry sends supplies and goodies to our troops deployed during the Christmas holidays. Things such as Jerky, candy, hygiene items and even letters and cards to thank our men and women serving our country made by our own Ridge 45 children from Lakeridge. This ministry serves to remind those troops away from their families that they are not forgotten and let them know how grateful we are for the sacrifices they make each and every day.
New Life Children’s Home of Guatemala was founded in 1976 after a major earthquake left thousands of children orphaned and abandoned. They now provide a permanent residence for 55 children as well as a campus where 300 non-resident children attend a Christian school in addition to the NLCH children. The campus also provides medical, dental and pharmacy services for the surrounding community. Weekly devotionals are help to challenge the children to see themselves through God’s eyes and see what amazing plans he has for each of their lives. LakeRidge UMC sends teams to help with construction projects on campus, spend time with the children and show them by serving that Jesus loves them. New Life Children’s Home helps pay for children’s living and school expenses by offering sponsorships for the children living at the home.
Circle of Hope International
Circle of Hope International is a faith-based community development organization who has partnered with Grace Alliance Church in Malawi, Africa where together they are building the Grace Center with the goal of transforming their community from the ravages of poverty to impact the country of Malawi and the world. Circle of Hope International exists to witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ by engaging in works of mercy alongside the worlds most impoverished people. LakeRidge teams traveling to Malawi serve on medical teams, education teams and evangelism teams. There are 2 orphanages at the Grace Center giving a home to 60 orphaned children. A successful feeding program encourages hundreds of children from nearby villages to receive 2 meals each day they attend school. The children start each day with chapel singing songs of worship, hearing a bible story and prayer before school. Circle of Hope International has a child sponsorship program which helps pay for the feeding program for over 1,000 children.
Sharing the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so isolated people may be brilliantly and spiritually transformed. This ministry flies into remote areas where no one else will attempt to fly. Missionaries: Timo and Laura Harken.
Tanzania-based ministry that provides medical care, regular meals, love, and Christian education to street children and orphans. Missionary: Andrea Hellman.
Install water purification systems and assist in a children’s breakfast program in Rio Bravo, Guatemala. Missionaries: Bob and Georgette Kornegay.
Mission Station includes K-12 school, university and seminary. They provide a nutrition program to feed children in the area and a clinic which provides medical care on an” ability to pay” basis. The Northwest Texas Conference has a sister relationship with Katanga Conference in which the mission station is located. Missionaries: David & Lori Persons
Dedicated to raising up generations of Christians who lead. Inviting real people into real ministry in the real world. Contact: Al Martin.