Missions & Outreach
Valley Community Church aims to raise awareness of missions. Our mission is to reach a lost world with the good news of Jesus Christ. Missionaries around the world, in our own nation, and in our own community diligently serve to promote this cause.
VCC has the opportunity to partner with missionaries through financial support, encouragement, and participation from our own members. Many of us may never have the opportunity to take a missions trip; however, we do have the privilege to support this cause through our prayers, giving, and participation. We currently partner with the following missionaries and outreaches:
MARK AND JEAN DEVINE - ASSEMBLIES OF GOD MISSIONARIES TO COLUMBIA: Mark & Jean are church planting missionaries in the city of Cali, Columbia, where they are currently at work in a church called Iglesia Vida Eterna. After a church has been
established, they allow the nationals to assume leadership. Colombia email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
KEITH HEERMAN - GLOBAL UNIVERSITY - www.globaluniversity.edu
Global University is a worldwide distance education provider bringing tools for evangelism, discipleship, and training to 180 countries around the world in 124 languages. Because Global University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, you can be assured of quality in content, instructional design, and service.
Resulting from a merger between ICI University and Berean University, Global University has a combined history of more than 80 years of service, yet is on the cutting edge of technology with on-line courses and videoconferencing. However, print courses remain a mainstay for those who prefer to study in print or do not have internet access. The goal is to make evangelism, discipleship, and training accessible to everyone-everywhere!
Global University is building on the dreams of those who founded Berean University and ICI University; but more than that, it is building the Kingdom of God by "Impacting eternity by reaching the lost and training the found, everywhere!" through direct evangelism and through training others to evangelize.
LATIN AMERICA CHILD CARE- GUATEMALA - www.lacc4hope.org
Latin America Childcare represents the largest integrated network of evangelical schools in Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1963, the ministry has grown to include over 300 projects affecting more than 100,000 children in 21 countries. It continues to touch thousands of Latin Americans with the truth of the gospel...to equip them with the basic skills for competing in, and transforming, their society...and to give them the things dreams are made of: a future.
Latin America ChildCare is dedicated to transforming the lives of needy children with the Good News of Jesus Christ through education and ministries of compassion.
The shared vision of this community of committed people is...
STEVE PRESTON - CHURCH PLANTING - www.socalag.org
In Southern California, there are 16 million people in desperate need of the love of Jesus. We are partnering with Steve Preston to meet the needs and speak to the cultures of the varied people groups and neighborhoods that are Southern California. A trip to any SoCal mall demonstrates that ours is one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the globe. We are made up of 24 million people from 150 different people groups who speak over 230 different languages and dialects at home. And 16 million of these people report no relationship to Jesus. We cannot reach these people by using ineffective Church Planting methodologies. As a District, we have embraced the philosophy that each Church Planting situation will require its own unique approach, and often will combine portions of several different Church Planting models. The ideal is the “Parent Affiliated Church Plant” where each new Church Plant is related to and supported by an existing “Parent Church.”
Steve Preston serves as the SoCal Church Planting Director and is committed to walking with churches through the Parent Affiliated Church Planting process with the Parent and the Plant. Steve graduated from Long Beach State (M.A.) and both he and Becky graduated from Southern California College (now Vanguard University). They were married in 1974, and they have two adult daughters. Since beginning full-time ministry over 30 years ago they served three churches as Senior Pastors, being at Grace Assembly in Los Angeles for over 11 years.
MARGERY LINK - HEALTHCARE CHAPLAIN'S MINISTRY (Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital) - www.hcmachaplains.org
HCMA is the Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association. Founded in 1939, HCMA is a non-sectarian, non-profit professional chaplaincy organization that recruits, trains, certifies and encourages Christian Chaplains serving in healthcare facilities(both acute and long term care) and hospice programs worldwide. HCMA is clinically trained and professionaly competent Chaplains who provide spiritual counsel and emotional support to patients and residents, their family members, and healthcare staff. HCMA Chaplains function as an integral member of the healthcare team to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of the sick and suffering, the distressed and dying.
HCMA Core Values
TEEN CHALLENGE - www.teenchallenge.com
Teen Challenge of Southern California was established in 1963 and includes nine regional facilities with seven strategically placed residential facilities throughout Southern California. Last year Teen Challenge served over 200,000 men, women and children in Southern California through its resident and outreach programs. The Teen Challenge residential program continues to be one of the largest and most effective substance abuse recovery and prevention programs of its kind.
It is the mission of Teen Challenge to provide youth, adults and children an effective and comprehensive faith-based solution to drug and alcohol addiction as well as other life-controlling problems. Teen Challenge is committed to enabling and equipping those we serve to find freedom from addictive behavior, to become socially and emotionally healthy, physically well and spiritually alive. Teen Challenge reaches out to people from all backgrounds, with particular emphasis on the urban poor, women and ethnic minorities.
Teen Challenge is a non-profit organization and a collaboration initiative that relies entirely on the generous donations, funding and volunteer efforts of both individuals and organizations throughout our communities in order to offer services at no cost to the individual. It is the belief of Teen Challenge that community involvement and support is an essential component of recovery and necessary in providing services that address the specific needs of the communities involved.
LIVE AGAIN RECOVERY HOME - www.liveagainrecovery.org
Live Again Recovery Homes is a social model program based on the 12-Step format of Alcoholics Anonymous.They provide six and nine month residential recovery services, outpatient services, alcohol/drug free living as well as having a community resource center. All of our facilities are Licensed and/or Certified by the State of California to provide alcohol and/or drug recovery services. Our residential facilities operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and are fully staffed at all times.
THE OASIS - HOLLYWOOD, CA - www.oasisofhollywood.org
The Oasis is a community based non-profit organization reaching out to at-risk children and teens, ages 5 to 19. Our mission is to build mentoring relationships to support healthy development spiritually, academically, emotionally, and in life skills. The Oasis provides a safe and positive alternative environment, nurturing diversity with all ethnic groups. Through a variety of programs inner city youth are encouraged and equipped to meet their goals and dreams and dited away from destructive lifestyles such as gangs and drugs.
METRO MINISTRIES - www.metroministries.org
Metro Ministries is a Christian, non-profit organization dedicated to serving inner city children throughout the five boroughs of New York City and in various urban centers around the world. The organization was established in 1980 and has been serving low-income, inner city children and their families for more than a quarter of a century. Our mission is to find and rescue inner city children in urban environments often plagued by poverty, violence, drugs, crime, and hopelessness. We offer programs designed to prevent children who are growing up in unfavorable settings from becoming mere products of their environments. We seek to bring hope to urban children through faith based and character education while addressing issues such as hunger, AIDS awareness, and child abuse.
Metro Ministries is currently the world's largest Sunday School serving over 42,000 children with Sunday School services, child sponsorship, special programs, and personal home visits on a weekly basis. Headquartered in the heart of the inner city in Brooklyn, NY, Metro Ministries operates programs for urban children at over 200 sites in New York City, as well as in the Phillipines, Romania, and Sourth Africa.
SAMARITAN'S PURSE is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian orgination providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine, with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We partner with Samaritan's Purse in their annual "Operation Christmas Child" project. Shoe boxes filled with gifts to children in poverty-stricken areas are delivered during the Christmas Season. These boxes are collected from all over the U.S. Over 8 million were collected and distributed last year! For more information on Operation Christmas Child and other Samaritan’s Purse ministries, click on this link: www.samaritanspurse.org.