“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
IT’s NOT ABOUT US . IT’S BIGGER THAN THAT.
The Church of the Messiah is involved in many outreach efforts as an expression of our dedication to serve Christ as we serve others on Campus:
Our most obvious outreach on campus is our hosting of the Messiah Christian Academy preschool; a Christ-Centered environment where children are guided to LEARN about the world, to LOVE others, and to LIVE for God. Much of our work at Messiah Christian Academy (MCA) includes maintenance and repairs of the children’s playgrounds and ball
fields, equipment repairs, and technology services.
We also participate in MCA’s bi- annual consignment sale Messiah Kids which not only benefits our community, but also raises funds for the school and a different local charity each year. We also support the preschool’s annual Mud Run fundraiser. The MUD RUN is a fun spin- off from a typical elementary school FUN RUN. In this unique event, preschool aged children get to run and play in a custom made outdoor obstacle course created specifically for their age group by MCA staff. Parents, grandparents and students alike look forward to this event each year! Proceeds from the MUD RUN go to an MCA scholarship fund which is used for families who would otherwise not be able to benefit from sending their children to MCA for a Christ- centered education.
Throughout the year, Messiah Christian Academy hosts a number of annual holiday celebrations that create a safe, and fun environment for both MCA and Cherokee County families alike. Our church and its members support these events in various ways throughout the year. MCA’s popular Trunk and Treat event has attracted families throughout the area and has become more popular with each passing year. At Christmas time a Live Nativity event lovingly celebrates Christ’s birth in everything from the church’s towering Christmas tree donned with handmade ornaments, to the actor volunteers and live animals.
Other outreach outlets on our campus include hosting Just Driver Training classes and our Boy Scout troop #316 meetings. We are also proud to host Cherokee Impact Soccer practices, games, and tournaments on our soccer fields.
Within Cherokee County:
-Hosting Gideons International programs. (Gideons International is an Association of Christians dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles throughout the world.)
-Pastor Goodwin along with four other pastors in Cherokee County launched Cherokee Ministry Training. Cherokee Ministry Training offers trans-denominational instruction with seasoned pastors in a small student to teacher ratio setting.
-Our Sr. Pastor, Rev. Fred Goodwin, serves as president of the Cherokee County Ministerial Association (CCMA). In that capacity, The Church of the Messiah is involved in a wide range of activities in partnership with service organizations within Cherokee County including participation in:
-Hosting the monthly C4 multi-racial pastors breakfast and meetings
-Maintaining the 12 nightly concession stand for Anna Crawford Children’s Center Holiday Lights of Hope Event. (an organization dedicated to finding ways to better serve children impacted by abuse)
-Assisting to host Cherokee County’s National Day of Prayer events, often providing worship and speakers. (npl-cherokee.org)
-Fund-raising walks for The Hope Center. (prenatal support)
-Working with Habitat For Humanity to construct new housing for people who have no other permanent place to live. Whether it’s by supporting, hosting or volunteering in various events, our commitment and passion for the children and families of Messiah Christian Academy and Cherokee County over the years has truly been a labor of love and a wonderful way for us to connect with our great community.
In the Wider World:
In 2011, Church of the Messiah supported its first permanent missionary team to Austria: Daniel, Kathleen and Ava Harrison. Both Daniel and Kathleen were brought up as Missionary Children and have worked within European and U.S. churches. The Harrison’s combined experience brings a wealth of missionary and church building experience that began well before 2011.
Today with the support of Church of the Messiah, the Harrisons lead a local church in the Tirolean town of Schwaz in Austria. Daniel’s main responsibilities are teaching, preaching and strategic planning, while Kathleen’s role is the oversight of the children’s ministry and the leading of a weekly women’s bible study and prayer meeting.
In addition to their work within the Austrian community, they are also involved in hands- on work with the increasing refugee population. Despite their differences, refugees from various countries have no choice but to live together in cramped, crowded and sometimes even dangerous conditions within refugee camps. It is not uncommon for fighting to break out among the refugees who come from such religiously fractured nations as Syria, Iraq, and Afganistan, various African nations, Chechnya, Maccedonia, and Armenia. For many, the psychological stress and trauma from war has been unbearable, leaving behind ravaged souls without a sense of hope or possibility of a future. The Harrisons walk among these souls bringing the message of God that there is hope and life in the Lord.
Engaged in children’s work, counseling, and advocacy work the Harrison’s ministry to the refugees is not only practical but evangelistic as there are many opportunities where the gospel is proclaimed and the love of Jesus demonstrated in everyday life. The Church of the Messiah provides monthly financial support, Skype contact, and holiday gifts to support the Harrison’s work in their local church and to the refugees in the area.
We also have an active involvement in Reformation Hope International’s work in Haiti. Our Sr. Pastor, Rev. Fred Goodwin is on their Board, supervising the orphanage, Bible College, pastor training, and health clinic there. Our Ministry Coordinator, Kelley Sangrey, volunteers weekly for staff support. We have also sent 5 missionary teams there providing hands- on support. We also support Miquel and Lucinda Torres in their work in Honduras through Camino Global. We encourage child sponsorship through Compassion International, and currently our church families sponsor over 30 children throughout the world.
Other Significant Outreach:
Occasionally we undertake significant one-time outreach efforts. In 2009, we provided financial oversight and labor to launch Cherokee CARES, now a functioning 501©3 organization to coordinate disaster relief in Cherokee County. Working with the County Emergency Operations Center, County Police and Fire, Cherokee CARES gets people back into homes and assists with coordinating needed repairs.
In 2012, We raised funds to purchase and ship an entire commercial kitchen to the RHI orphanage in Haiti so the 63 children would no longer need to be fed outside through the use of an open fire.