Jesus, who said that he is the light of the world, also described us, his friends and followers, as the light of the world. He goes on to tell us to “let our light shine so that people will see our good works and glorify God.”(Matthew 5:16)
In another place in the Bible, Paul writes, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10)
We live in a messed-up world. Our vision at Journey is to develop a growing community of people on a life-changing journey with Jesus. As we follow Jesus, He will lead us to share the love God has for us with words and with our actions.
We know that the needs in this world can, at times, be overwhelming. However, we must not let this sense of being overwhelmed drive us to despair. Rather it must drive us to engage and serve.
Jesus talked a lot about His love for those who are poor, hurting, broken and forgotten. The mission of Journey Christian Church is to love God, love people and serve the world. The world starts just outside our door. Many people are in our community are hurting, confused, hungry, broken and hopeless.
Listed below are a few of our friends and partnerships that exist in our local community. If you would like to know more about opportunities to serve in our community as they develop, please contact Pastor Randy Green at email@example.com. Our office number is 407-884-7223.
Food For Life
This is our monthly ministry to the dozens of families who show up looking for food, prayer, compassion and hope in Jesus. Beginning in January 2016, Journey will launch the Food for Life ministry. Food for Life will meet the same basic needs that the Bread of Life ministry met, but will be led and administered by members and volunteers of Journey Christian Church.
Since this ministry is totally a Journey-led and resourced ministry, we need your help. Every Fifth Sunday Weekend will be a collection time for selected items for Food For Life distribution days, which will continue to be the second Saturday of each month. You may click here for more information.
The first Fifth Sunday Weekend collection time is November 28/29. These are the items we will be collecting:
- Plastic jars of Peanut Butter
- Canned Meat (Ham, Chicken, Tuna)
- Cans of Stew, Soup and Chili
- Canned Beans and/or Pork and Beans
- Canned Fruit
The Food for Life ministry here at Journey takes place the second Saturday of each month from 8AM to 12PM. Learn about opportunities to serve with Food for Life by contacting Chuck Shegda.
Bread of Life
The mission of Bread of Life Fellowship, Inc. is to care for those in need by sharing life’s necessities and a message of hope. At Journey, the Bread of Life ministry is ending in December 2015, and being replaced with Journey’s own ministry, Food For Life (described above).
The Bread of Life ministry here at Journey takes place the second Saturday of each month. Learn about opportunities to serve with Bread of Life by contacting Chuck Shegda.
Bread of Life Ministry accepts donations of shelf stable food items such as:
- canned–(fruit, vegetables, spaghetti sauce, juice, tuna, salmon, chicken, beans, beef stew, chili, fruit cups, evaporated milk), and
- dry–(peanut butter and/or jelly in plastic containers only, dried fruit, oatmeal, whole-grain crackers, pasta, boxed cereal, rice, dried beans and peas, nuts, dried milk, boxed shelf-stable milk, drink mixes).
Bread of Life also accepts donations of new or gently used clothing and shoes. Collection bins for donation drop-off are located inside the Atrium near the front doors.
Buddy Break is a FREE program designed to give caregivers of children with special needs (and their siblings) a 3-hour break from their care giving responsibilities. VIP’s (kids with special needs) are paired with a Buddy (Journey volunteer) for one-on-one attention while participating in a variety of enjoyable activities. For more information, please email BuddyBreak@journeychristian.com. Buddy Break meets the first Saturday of most months at Journey from 10AM to 1PM. Please check the calendar for upcoming events.
Florida Church Partners (FCP)
Florida Church Partners provides strategic planning, coaching, and finances to meet the need of church planting and expansion in the rapidly growing state of Florida.
J.A.Y.A (Just As You Are) Ministries
J.A.Y.A. is a ministry that works with incarcerated women at the Orlando Work Release Center. Ministry volunteers go inside the Work Release Center every Saturday evening and provide mentoring, encouragement and life skills studies along with a bible study. On Sunday morning, volunteers pick up approved women to attend Journey’s 9:30AM worship gathering.
Johnson University Florida
Located in the heart of the Sunshine State, Johnson University Florida offers a quality, affordable Christian education for those who desire to impact the world in the name of Christ. Johnson University Florida’s accredited bachelor’s programs have a biblical core and are designed to equip individuals for Christian ministries and other strategic vocations to extend the kingdom of God.
Lake Aurora Christian Camp
Lake Aurora is a camp and retreat center dedicated to helping youth and families to develop core values based on Christian principles.
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes is a local Apopka food and clothing ministry that coordinates resources from local churches, businesses, schools, civic groups and individuals.
Oranole Foundation Inc.
The Oranole Foundation, Inc. provides food and valuable resources for homeless and hungry children in Central Florida. Their vision — all children having sufficient access to nourishing foods on a daily basis — gives purpose to their mission of supporting and sustaining food pantries in local schools. 100% of donated food and resources are given to individuals and established family assistance programs dedicated to serving children and their families.
At Journey, we have chosen to engage with God’s work around the world by developing a limited number of deep and meaningful relationships with organizations based on the following principles:
- Shared Values
- Focus on community-owned, sustainable models
- A mutual desire for close involvement
- Alignment of our giftedness as a church with opportunities and passions
- A strong sense of stewardship
Our desire is to partner with like-minded organizations in order to be used by God in His work of transforming lives… including our own. It is our hope to develop partnerships in which we are “…delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8.
Below is a list of the current national and international friends and partners that we are happy to support:
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
Faith in Action
Faith In Action brings hope to the forgotten peoples of Guatemala by laboring alongside them, and by being testimonies of God’s love and compassion.
KORE Foundation was founded in 2010 by Dr. Dennis Bratton and his wife Brenda to pursue sustainable solutions to extreme poverty for the people of Haiti utilizing a “business as ministry” model. KORE’s approach is to create business opportunities in agricultural development as a vehicle to promote food security, educational opportunity, economic development and community health in Haiti.