We support several missions financially by allocating a percentage of our contributions to each. Two of our missions are working to share the love of Jesus internationally and three of them are working locally in our state or city. We also support two groups non-financially by allowing them the use of our facilities each week.
Voice of the Martyrs -- 3%
This is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned for 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ; his wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In 1965 they were ransomed out of Romania, and soon thereafter they established the global network of missions of which VOM is a part. The Wurmbrands based these missions on Hebrews 13:3, which instructs us to "Remember the prisoners as if chained with them -- those who are mistreated -- since you yourselves are in the body also." https://www.persecution.com/
MMS Aviation -- 3%
Christian missionaries have long labored to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to "...the uttermost parts of the earth." This once required slow, often dangerous travel, and now aircraft provide a practical solution to that problem.
Many missionaries rely on aircraft to provide food, supplies, and transportation. By flying over challenging situations, the airplane delivers missionaries to their outpost, reaching many more people with the Gospel. And to do this, there is a great need for properly maintained aircraft and highly skilled mechanics.
MMS Aviation meets those needs by providing hands-on training for missionsary pilots and mechanics. The maintenance apprenticeship at MMS lasts 30 months. Pilot candidates complete flight training through service with Missionary Air Group in Burlington, North Carolina.
The Shack on the U of SC campus -- 3%
We are a community of Young Adults who have purposed ourselves to live like Jesus. Very simply, we'd like to be close friends to one another, good neighbors to the community around us, and have an interactive relationship with God. It's simple, right? Wrong. It's difficult to live intentionally, rather than impulsively. It's difficult to love others, instead of simply tolerating them. It's difficult to wake up everyday and believe that God is even remotely interested in us and that he actually has some sort of purpose for us being alive.
To this end, we need one another. This is The Church. We're a vulnerable group of remarkably imperfect people, who don't have it all together, and we don't have all the answers, and more that anything we really need God, and we seek to walk in the way of Jesus. www.shackcommunity.com
Kinetic Church -- 1.5%
We're a brand new church plant that meets in the Academic Auditorium of Midlands Technical College, our "Grand Opening" was January 27th, 2019! Our goal is to create a church that plays a major role in our community and that is known for being #ForColumbia. We're not a perfect church for perfect people, we're messy and broken, we're a church for people who don't like "church" or religion, because we believe that Heaven isn't something you wait for, it's something that God desires to invade Earth now, here, and HE does that in and through us. We'd love for you to come worship with us at one of our services on Sunday's at 10:30am. See you soon! https:/www.kineticchurchsc.com
The Men's Shelter at Bethel -- 1.5%
The Men’s Warming Center started 12 years ago in the winter of 2007 as a seasonal warming center for homeless men to find a warm meal and a safe place to sleep each night. Originally established through a partnership with the Salvation Army, United Way of York County, and the City of Rock Hill, the warming center gained a permanent home in 2009 at Bethel United Methodist Church, where it remains today. As the need for homelessness services continued to grow in the tricounty area (York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties), the Bethel Men's Warming Center began sheltering more and more men each season. Because of this tremendous need and the commitment of Bethel, its partners, and passionate community members, in April of 2019, rather than closing its doors as it does at the end of each warming season, the Bethel Men’s Warming Center remained open and officially became the Bethel Men’s Shelter, the first and only year-round emergency shelter in the tricounty area. https://www.bethelmensshelter.org