Brethren Disaster Ministries, a program of the Church of the Brethren, restores hope for the most vulnerable disaster survivors by engaging volunteers to repair and rebuild storm-damaged homes, and by providing grants to support the disaster recovery efforts of faith-based partners. Spring Creek sends volunteers to assist with this ministry at least twice a year. To volunteer, contact the church office. Visit the Brethren Disaster Ministries website.
Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is a program that gives individuals a chance to advocate for justice, work for peace, serve human needs, and care for creation in a variety of settings in the United States and other countries. A number of members of Spring Creek have served or are currently serving in BVS. For more information visit the website.
Church World Service (CWS) is people reaching out to neighbors in need near and far--not with a hand out, but a hand up. They’re working with partners in the U.S. and around the world to build interfaith and intercultural coalitions to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice. They are supporting sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance. Spring Creek supports CWS financially and by providing supplies following disasters. For more information visit the CWS website.
In Nigeria, Haiti, and many other places, the Global Mission Partnership will "go into all the world" to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and serve brothers and sisters in need. The Global Mission Partnership seeks to plant churches in varied international locations, so that the Good News can be spread and relationships can be built with each other and with God. We currently have active missions in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Nigeria, and the Sudan.
The Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) is the primary way the Church of the Brethren assists hungry people in developing food security. For over 25 years GFCF has provided grants upwards of $400,000 annually for seeds, livestock, tools, and training directed to helping the poor develop sustainable agriculture. GFCF invests in small-scale economic development, joins efforts to improve diet and health practices, champions soil conservation, and promotes awareness-raising and advocacy on hunger issues. Its grants serve community development programs in 32 countries. Spring Creek supports the GFCF financially. For more information visit the GFCF website.
Heifer envisions a world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Their mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe. Spring Creek supports Heifer International financially. For more information visit the Heifer website.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. While specific allocations differ in each denomination, all use their One Great Hour of Sharing funds to make possible disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more. Spring Creek supports OGHS financially. For more information visit the OGHS website.