It is our desire to display the Good News of Jesus in the city of Las Vegas. In Jeremiah 29:7, the people of God are told to seek the good of the city, and this is how we approach local outreach. We believe that we are a part of God's mission to bring renewal to our city through the gospel. We seek tangible ways to bring the gospel to bear in our neighborhoods, in our communities, and in the city as a whole so that, through Jesus, our city can be renewed. We believe that he gospel can impact our city as it is demonstrated through the lifestyles as well as the activity of those who follow Jesus.
Serving through our Small Groups
We are equipped for acts of service in our city primarily through ourSmall Groups. These groups meet throughout our city, learning together what it means to be a community of Jesus-followers who emulate his life. We intentionally look to meet the needs of those around us, serving our city as a family of missionary servants sent to carry out the mission initiated by Jesus (John 17:18-23). Together, we work to intentionally bring the gospel to bear in our neighborhoods, through relationships, and through service in the natural rhythms of life. As needs arise, we rely on our Life Groups to make these needs known to our church as a whole so that we might better engage the resources represented in our community.
Serving our Community through strategic partnerships
We also want to support local ministry organizations reaching the poor, the oppressed, and the broken people in our city. We partner with these organizations through regular involvement as well as through occasional service projects. We are proud to currently partner with these local ministries:
We believe that the mission of the church is to go into the world and make disciples by declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit and gathering these disciples into churches, that they might worship the Lord and obey His commands now and in eternity to the glory of God the Father.
We see that happening through many avenues and ways. Our goal throughout all of our efforts is to make disciples... to make much of Jesus.
God's heart is for people. He loves us! He loves you! And He loves those throughout the ages in all lands and all places!
We believe it is a great calling and privilege to take all opportunities to share the Great News of Jesus Christ to all places God takes us.
We not only have a mandate, but also no better news to share than what Jesus Christ has done for us all.
Romans 10:14-15, "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
We are engaged on multiple fronts around the world as well as locally. One particular far-reach mission we are engaging with is an organization called Not Forgotten.
WHO IS NOT FORGOTTEN?
In Iquitos, Peru, the high levels of substance abuse, sexual immorality, unemployment, large families, and low marriage rates means boys are often told that they must either contribute to the family income or fend for themselves so the rest of the family can survive. Historically, if they can not add to the family's livelihood, they are left with the alternative of fending for themselves on the streets. These boys frequently face one of two options to survive: stealing or selling themselves.
Not Forgotten was founded by a group of individuals who were profoundly affected by children with this story. These individuals began to dream of ways to respond to the harsh reality they had personally encountered. They met local Peruvians who shared their desire for providing for these children's physical, educational, and spiritual needs. Not Forgotten became an official nonprofit in 2007, beginning its work by partnering with existing children's homes in Iquitos. In 2011, Not Forgotten purchased 100 acres of land, called Las Lomas, and built a children's home in response to the great need in the area. Their goal is to provide holistic care to the 10 children who will now reside there.
Not Forgotten has two sets of house parents now living at Las Lomas. Between the two families, there are now 14 boys who have been brought off the streets and into this Christ-centered environment. These house parents, and the rest of the Not Forgotten staff, need our prayers and assistance now more than ever! Read further to learn how you can help.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
In 2015, a team from Summit Ridge Church traveled to Iquitos, Peru, to aid Not Forgotten in helping these boys. Our trip included:
Assisting Not Forgotten in whatever ways they desired while we were there, including work projects.
Spending time with the house parents and children of Las Lomas and surrounding orphanages, observing the work God is already doing in their community and learning from their experiences.
Encouraging and fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ, learning how we can best pray for and support their work over time.
We are planning another trip for 2017. Stay tuned for more information!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Would you join us in praying for Not Forgotten, the Las Lomas community, and the team of people from our church that will be traveling to Peru?
Pray that God would continue to open up new avenues and opportunities for Not Forgotten to demonstrate the hope of the gospel.
Pray that our team would be humble encouragers and supporters as we enter their community.
Pray that we can show these street boys of Iquitos that they are not forgotten, not by us and not by God, who loves them more than they can imagine.