BGC Shared Vision/Converge Worldwide
Converge Worldwide believes that Jesus knew what his mission was, and he didn’t waste any time getting around to it. Everything he said, everything he did and everywhere he went was motivated by his life’s mission. Thus, it is no surprise that at the end of his life he was able to say, “I have completed the mission you gave me….”
Our heart is to see the reign of Christ extended from life to life and place to place, all over the world. So across our movement we share one common mission:Multiplying transformational churches.
The Community Action Center of Northfield
The mission of the CAC of Northfield is to promote a healthy, caring and just community for all people through resources, advocacy and volunteer effort. We provide services to our neighbors in need and make a difference in the lives of families and individuals. We meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter, and provide crisis support, transportation, and services designed to facilitate neighbors helping neighbors.
The Crisis Pregnancy Center of Northfield
Birthright helps any girl or woman regardless of age, race, creed, marital or economic status, who feels distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. They are there for every woman who calls for help. Whether that call is for nothing more than an anonymous pregnancy test or for friendship and support lasting through the delivery and beyond. They believe that every woman is special and deserves to be treated as an individual. Birthright does not pass judgment on the “quality” of life or circumstances of a pregnancy but instead asks, “How can we help?” No matter how difficult a situation may seem, we help each woman plan constructively for her future.
West Hills Lodge, Northfield
West Hills Lodge is a residential treatment center, (formerly known as a halfway house) providing safe sober housing and treatment programming for adults age 18 and older in recovery from chemical abuse and dependence. Established in 1978 in Owatonna, Minnesota, WHL expanded services in 2011. WHL serves six women in Northfield. West Hills Lodge is run by Jody Anderson who is a member of our congregation.
Feed My Starving Children
FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.
Whispers of Hope
Whispers of Hope is a Christ–centered residential and non-residential facility where young women can experience spiritual, emotional, and physical healing while discovering God’s purpose for their lives.
Whispers of Hope will take up to 10 young women ages 16-21 as residents on the campus. Each “student” will take part in a 22-week program with life skills training, biblical teaching, one-on-one mentoring, and individual and group counseling. There will also be opportunity to help with the day-to-day chores, and to participate in some free time for self-reflection. It will be a time to gain self-control and self-respect, and to heal.
Non-residential counseling services will be available for young women ages 14-25.
Whispers of Hope will be staffed by experts who volunteer their time, will be funded entirely by donations, and all services and stays will be offered free of charge to the young women. Connie Olson and Tammy Filzen are the founders and visionaries of this new ministry and the non-profit has recently been able to purchase a beautiful farm home in Faribault where Whispers of Hope is located. With more funding and volunteer help, Filzen anticipates Whispers of Hope will be fully operational by July 2014.
The Emmaus Outreach Board was thrilled to be able to help with the purchase of the farm for Whispers of Hope and continues to offer support through prayer, volunteers, publicity and other special requests as needed.