Street Hope Alive | For the past 12 years, Street Hope Alive has been building trust and credibility in inner-city Paterson with youth and their families through a variety of activities, mentoring programs and community events. Our goal is to promote personal development, mental health, spiritual renewal and community restoration. The under-resourced demographic we serve is 90% African American and 10% Hispanic children ages newborn to 17 years old, living in the 4th ward and surrounding communities.
What we do:
For the past six summers, Street Hope Alive has sponsored and sent hundreds of kids to Inspire Sports Camps, a 6-day sleep away camp. The camp experience exposes the kids to life outside Paterson and many confirm their desire to continue growing their relationship with Jesus.
In our effort to help the children thrive spiritually and academically, we provide tuition scholarships for them to attend Dawn Treader Christian School. These scholarships also inside school supplies and uniforms. We also provide scholarships for the kids to participate in a Christian after school program during week.Throughout the year, as opportunities arise, volunteers take our kids to Saturday church service and out for day trips.
With support from ministry partners, we have an annual Christmas celebration which has recently been expanded to also include a Easter and Thanksgiving event that are held outside the Good Shepard Mission on Broadway. Every child that attends the Christmas event receives a wrapped gift. We average 800 children with their families. Event volunteers help to make this celebration a very special and memorable occasion.
Street Hope Alive runs an Art’s Therapy Mentorship Program which we began at the start of this past summer at the Arts Factory. The program has been incredible for encouraging our kids to use their painting skill and talent, which they are so excited to do. Moreover, the studio is a place where all of the kids we serve feel very safe leading to their willingness to open up. Imagine, our kids are learning to communicate their thoughts and
feelings. We are teaching them God’s word and helping them work through difficult current and past situations, so that they may experience the hopeful future you and I enjoy.
MBC is participating in a new initiative from our partner organization, Feeding Hands. The goal of Neighbor Connect is to spark a “viral” program of neighbor connection that encourages folks to safely connect with their immediate neighbors and “work from home” to feed and care for their neighborhood and community.
Are you in need? We are here to help.
The first step is to contact Jim Romaine, MBC’s Feeding Hands representative, to find out if there’s a Neighborhood Captain in your area.
If there is a Neighborhood Captain in your area, Jim will connect you with that person so you can obtain needed supplies safely and expediently.
If there are no nearby Neighborhood Captains, we encourage you to visit theFeeding Hands Food Pantry, located at Emmanual Church, 100 Grant Avenue in Somerville. (Please visit the Feeding Hands website to learn more about what to expect on your first visit and what to bring.)
Feeding Hands exists to live out God’s commandment to care for the poor by loving and serving our neighbors in need.
We will build an organization of excellence, modeling how to develop programs such as a pantry having a profound impact on both the poor and those who serve them. Service to the poor, when done right, changes the lives of those in need, builds the discipleship walk of those who serve, and glorifies their creator. We will engage the community, especially Christians and their churches, helping them to understand how to utilize their gifts to create vibrant change both inside and outside their walls and hearts.
We’re excited to participate once again in First Choice’s Baby Bottle Boomerang. Simply take a bottle home, fill it with your spare change and use it as a reminder to pray for First Choice as they serve women and rescue babies. Return your filled bottle to the Welcome Center or the church office by February 16.
All are invited to an authentic Senegalese Dinner. Come enjoy a delicious chicken dish and get an update on our partnership with the village of Langomak. Please sign up by calling the church office, 908-647-0594, or by clicking on the link below.
First Choice Women’s Resource Centers | Founded in 1985, First Choice Women’s Resource Centers’ mission is to protect the unborn by empowering women. The 9,000 women, babies and students who come to us each year come to our centers in Jersey City, Montclair, Morristown, Newark and Plainfield, or participate in our Real Talk sexual risk avoidance presentations in their public high school. With an estimated 13,100 abortions performed each year in our service area, we are called to rescue babies and serve their moms with care and compassion.
Some of the many services First Choice provides include pregnancy tests and individual peer counseling, ultrasound exams to medically confirm pregnancy, screening for sexually transmitted diseases, post-abortion counseling and the Earn While You Learn parenting program. The love, grace and truth of the gospel is shared with our clients as the Lord provides the opportunity.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at First Choice, please visit www.1stChoiceFriends.org or call 973.538.0967.
RETURN BOTTLES BY FEBRUARY 26th!
Your spare change can save a life!
We’re trying to save 110 babies through our Baby Bottle Boomerang. Will you help?
Through 5 locations, First Choice provides services that protect the unborn by empowering women. Over 9,000 women, babies and students are served each year, some in their local school through the Real Talk sexual risk avoidance program and others by coming to First Choice centers in Jersey City, Montclair, Morristown, Newark and New Brunswick.
Our ability to provide high-quality, personal care such as one-on-one counseling, medical services, and practical support at no cost is because of you! We receive no government funding.
Your gift today will provide ultrasounds, one-on-one counseling and practical support to women who are considering abortion in New Jersey.
Your donation is tax-deductible. Thank you for helping to save a life today!
Market Street Mission Life Change Program Summer Graduation
Sunday, July 31, 6pm, on the Morristown Green
Join us for an evening of fellowship as we celebrate the men who will be gradating from our addiction recovery program and hear the testimonies of how their lives have been changed through the healing power Christ.
Serve with the Mission |Market Street Mission (MSM) ministers to the homeless, helpless, and hopeless in northern NJ by meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through a structured program which enables them to lead responsible, productive lives. MSM provides food, shelter, clothing and other necessities, and meets emotional and spiritual needs with guidance and life change programs.
Volunteers from MBC help with meal service on a monthly basis (5 dinner meals) and Thrift Store merchandising and assistance.
For directions to the mission and to read more about what you can expect when serving, click on the Frequently Asked Questions button below. MBC Volunteer Coordinator:Jim Flood.
MSM proudly presents their Spring 2022 graduation testimonies:
Eyeglasses Needed at Market Street Mission
Many men who come to the Mission for help have poor eyesight. We are collecting and recycling glasses in an effort to help the men in our recovery program with vision loss. If you no longer need your used glasses, please consider donating them to the Market Street Mission. By donating them you can give a gift of vision to someone in need. You can drop off your used glasses at the front desk of the Mission located at 9 Market Street in Morristown, ship them to MSM or call to arrange for a pick up. Contact Nancy Motley at 973-538-6337.
The next World Partner Ministry Update presentation will be on
July 29, 9am in the Fellowship Hall.
World Partners | Contact the Missions Team, if you are interested in learning about any of the World Partners.
Michael & Debbie Bannon
After having served with World Venture in Vilnius, Lithuania in evangelism, church planting, and leadership training for 15 years have moved to a new ministry in Ireland. The team in Galway has asked them to help them in leadership development with a church that is about 10 years old. Their work at Galway is with the WorldVenture team in a co-pastoral capacity as well as discipleship, friendship evangelism, men’s and women’s ministries, and assisting in other aspects of church ministry. Their desire is to see Galway City Baptist Church grow, to someday have its own facility, to see born again believers take on more and more responsibilities at the church and to reach out to the community beyond. Find out more about the Bannons.
Bo and Michele Columbine minister to African families in predominately Muslim Senegal. Bo, who is a mechanic, welder and machinist, serves men through teaching them these vocational skills. Michele ministers to the wives and children so they can reach whole families for God’s glory. Upon their return to Senegal (July, 2013) Bo will be opening a vocational trade school in partnership with a Senegalese Christian business man. This man is an owner of an auto repair shop and will be supplying the class room for the school as well as practical experience within his shop for the students. An essential part of the training will be Bible lessons. These Bible lessons, as well as discipleship are what will make a difference in these young men. Christian business ethics using the Bible will also be incorporated. Bo desires to train young entrepreneurs and small business owners. In a country that has a 48% unemployment rate it is necessary to make job makers and not job seekers.Find out more about the Columbines.
Maceo and Rosalie Hemmingway
Serving in Newark through Calvary Bible Chapel, The Hemmingways offer counseling, help with addiction problems, and assist with those dealing with single-parent homes and unemployment. They also look for opportunities to present the gospel through Bible studies, retreats, support groups, tutoring, and street evangelism.
Kevin & Kaori Laverman
Kevin and Kaori Laverman (WorldVenture) minister in Kawasaki, Japan, where Christians make up 0.6 percent of the population. The church they help lead, Denen Grace Chapel, reaches out to its community and to returnees, Japanese people who became Christians a broad. Find out more about the Lavermans
“A” Family This this uniquely qualified family serves in Germany and ministers Christ’s love to Afghan refugees on the basis of their prior service in Afghanistan. They arrived on the field in June 2017 and are working toward discipling young Afghans.
Mark and Karen Marchak
For over a decade Mark established and facilitated a team of church planters and other urban workers in Metropolitan New York City. Beginning in 1990 he also gave leadership to the Mission’s urban ministries throughout the Eastern United States. Currently Mark is the National Director of City Church Movements (formerly Urban Ministries) for Missions Door. While based in New York, he facilitates a shared vision of city and multicultural ministries throughout the United States and in Montreal, Canada, concentrating on church planting and leadership development.
Rob and Tammy Mittuch with children Ellie, Trey, and MacKenzie
Serving with Cru in the NJ, PA, and MD areas. Rob oversees the Cru Staff on the many college campuses in the tri-state area where Cru has a campus ministry. Tammy assists as a Resource Allocation Coordinator.
Diana is a middle school teacher to missionary kids at Faith Academy in the Philippines. She first served at Faith Academy in 1995 on a missions trip. Diana takes great joy in developing relationships with her students while watching them thrive academically. Find out more about Faith Academy.
Mark and Kathy Schaaf
Mark is partnering with World Venture to serve as an international training officer for Walk Thru the Bible International (WTB)focusing on international training, strategic alliances with other ministries, and exploring the implications of oral learning with WTB. Kathy works with the international refugee community in Clarkston, Georgia. The community, located outside of Atlanta, is made up of some 60,000 refugees from 145 countries and 761 ethnic groups.Find out more about the Schaafs.
Bern and Patty Schraut
Bern and Patty live in Austria with their two adult sons. Bern is Deputy Technical Director for Trans World Radio (TWR) in Austria. TWR has been changing their technologies to include internet and smart phones as well as AM, shortwave and satellite radio so they could better cross geographic borders – Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. The core content, the message of the gospel, has been repackaged in different lengths and languages and readied for multiple technologies. Their communication platform has changed from radio-program centered to content centered and will allow them to adjust quickly to new technologies in the future. Their vision required a change in the technical backbone of TWR as well as the change in programming. Bern has been working with volunteer project teams where the management of the project is based on biblical principles. Bern is an elder at a German-speaking Baptist church in Vienna where Patty is involved in their music program
Keith & Beverly Sellers
Keith and Beverly serve in Hungary. Their main work has been to learn the challenging Hungarian language and discover ways they can become involved in evangelism and church planting. They have enjoyed teaching a Bible Club as an outreach of a small church plant in their community. They also served twice a month at a church in a small town south of Budapest. Keith regularly preached in Hungarian, and together as a family they encouraged the believers in this small church. They have 3 children – Rachel, Kimberly and Joel.
Joe Violi (The Navigators) recently moved from Rutgers University in NJ, where he served for many years, to Penn State University. He is excited about being part of a staff team reaching out to large and diverse student body. The Navigators emphasizes discipleship, helping students know Christ and make Him known. Find out more about Joe.
Tom and Alicia Voster With Sons Mason and Camryn
Serving with World Team in Cambodia the Voster’s mission is evangelism and church planting. They arrived in Cambodia in December 2017 and are adjusting to the culture and are in language study.
Clint and Jillian Watkins
Clint and Jillian serve with DiscipleMakers. The Watkins connect with college students through weekly Bible studies and other outreach events during the school year. Clint and Jillian have served on the campus of Gettysburg College since 2013. Now they’ve been called to transition their ministry to the Lancaster, PA area later this year. Find out more about the Watkins.
John and Stella White
John White went to Donetsk, Ukraine in 2000 to learn the Russian language. In 2002, he applied to Donetsk Christian University to work in the Public Relations Department and teach. There he met Stella, a Ukranian national working in that department. They married in 2008 and in 2012, their son Edward was born. John teaches courses in the area of mission, including Introduction to Missiology, Contextualization, History of Mission, and World Religions and Cults. In 2010, John started a part-time Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Biola University and is currently writing his dissertation. He and Stella now teach at Kiev Theological Seminary. John is also on the board of the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association, which oversees Evangelical higher education in the former Soviet Union. Stella continues working at KTS teaching English. John’s home church is Millington Baptist Church.
Curtis and Janna Hanover, with children Turi, Tihi, Bitsu, Zoya, Elden, and Carmen
Serving with the Jesus Film Project in Thailand, the Hanover’s primary mission is coordinating the translation and distribution of the Jesus Film in the Far East that is possible and best used to reach the least evangelized people for Christ.