Missions

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Missions are very important to us at Sharon Church. We encourage all of our families to be part of a mission in some capacity. Being involved in a mission doesn’t necessarily mean that you must go to another part of the world. At Sharon we are active in both local and international missions. Check out a few of our missions that you can be part of.

October mission

For the month of October, we are going to be focusing on mission opportunities both locally and internationally. Here at Sharon, we take seriously our mission to make disciples and to positively impact this world for Jesus Christ. Below are the five mission opportunities that we are asking you to prayerfully consider joining.

Lulwanda Children's Home - Uganda, Africa

We want to partner with our missionaries, John/Bobbi Palmer and Ryan/Megan Kelley to make an impact in the Children's Home that will last generations. It is their desire to expand the farming systems that they currently have in place. This will allow them to properly feed the children in their growing ministry, and also to teach the children life skills that are vital for their future. Below are five areas of need. Pray and ask the Lord where you are to help and click on that area to be taken to our giving page, where you can give to the Lulwanda Children's Home.

Boar - to help grow the pig farm - $400

Dairy Cows (2 needed) - $650 each

Fencing - for planted pastures - $4000

Cow barn - milking area, feeding area and calf rearing area - $5000

New piggery area - $4000

First Responders Appreciation

We are hosting our second annual First Responders Appreciation Day on October 22 from 4pm - 7pm. The purpose of this day is to show the men and women who faithfully serve and protect us that they are appreciated and vital to us. This is a free event but we need you to come enjoy the day and show your appreciation to our local heroes. We will feature a flag football game (beginning at 5pm) between the Henry County Police (Guns) and the Henry County Fire Department (Hoses). The Guns vs. Hoses game is a ton of fun so come on out and help us cheer them on. We will have CJ's hot dogs onsite for dinner and will also have inflatables for the children to enjoy. Come be part of this mission as we positively impact our community! See you there.

October 22, 4pm -7pm, Ola High School Football Stadium

Homeless Supply Drive

Each Christmas, we pack almost 100 gift bags for those who are homeless. We are coming into our coldest months, and we would like to again bless those who are in need. We have a display table outside our auditorium where you can select an item that you would like to donate. After selecting the item, simply pick it up the next time you are out shopping and drop it back off at our display table. An example of some of the items needed are gloves, socks, and winter hats. Let's be a blessing to those in desperate need. See our display table this Sunday. Please bring items in by November 5th.

Operation Christmas Child

Last year we sent more boxes that we ever have. What a joy it is to see a child receive a gift on Christmas! Consider making this a family affair. Each family member can choose either a boy or girl to shop for. Boxes are available so grab one or two! Boxes are due November 12. For more information on Operation Christmas Child, visit their website at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Virgin Islands Relief

As you are fully aware, many people have been severely impacted by the recent hurricanes. As a church we rallied around our friends in Texas and supplied them with over $6,000 in gift cards!! That is amazing! Our friends in the Virgin Islands weren't so lucky. All of their stores have been severely damaged. Gift cards will not work because there are not many stores accessible. Within our church, Merlinda Rivera has contacts in the Virgin Islands, and we would like to provide you an opportunity to help them. If you can donate something from the list below, you may bring them to our drop off location at our chapel or auditorium. Merlinda will coordinate getting the supplies to those in greatest need.

Bibles, Hammer, Nails, Coolers, Bar soap, Deodorant, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand sanitizer, Alcohol, Peroxide, Garbage bags, Diapers, Canned goods, Rice, Flour, Sugar, Bottled water, Flashlights, Toilet paper, Coffee, Tea bags, Cleaning supplies, Tylenol, Clothes, Feminine products, Generators, Tarps, Chainsaw, Gas cans, Extension cords, Mosquito nets, Bug spray, Drink mix, Shampoo, Wipes, Mouth wash, Comb/brush, First aid kits, Battery operated radio, Batteries, Crackers, Soup, Beans, Spaghetti, Dried fruits, Cereal, Ensure, Bleach, Detergent, Dish liquid, Plastic gloves, Cleaning supplies, Adult diapers

Kids: cards, board games, dominoes, toys… Their schools are destroyed so let's bless the children.

Local Missions

We view opportunities within the four walls of church as a type of mission as well. We have ways that you can impact a life for all eternity and never have to leave the building. Consider serving in our nursery, children or youth ministries, be a greeter at a door, sing or play an instrument in our praise band. We can help find you a place that best fits you. Contact Jeff Ayers, and he will assist you in finding that perfect spot.


Feeding in His Name

Our women’s ministry is active in our community by serving those who are in need. On a monthly basis our team goes out into our local area and shows the love of Jesus by feeding those who are hungry and provide clothing for those in need. How can you be a part of this mission? We have several options for you!

  • Help prepare meals
  • Donate gently used children and teen clothing - can be dropped off at the church offices
  • Help serve meals
  • Donate financially

To get connected contact Tina Sanders

A team from Sharon serves at Calvary Refuge Center every fourth Saturday of the month. Calvary Refuge Center provides emergency and transitional housing and food for homeless individuals and families. Here is how you can help:

  • Help prepare meals
  • Help serve meals
  • Donate blankets, gloves, toiletries
  • Donate financially

To get connected contact Ronnie Thompson

International

Sharon is active in international missions as well. We presently have two families from Sharon serving in Uganda, Africa.

Uganda, Africa (Lulwanda Children's Home)

The Palmer family (John, Bobbi and Jackson and Lilly) have lived in Mbale, Uganda and served at Lulwanda Children’s Home since February 2014. They are excited about serving God and the orphans in Uganda. The Palmers serve through Grace International Children’s Foundation and are doing fantastic things in the name of Jesus. If you would like to learn more about Grace International and help the Palmer family in a financial way, visit GICF by clicking here.

If you would like to stay up to date on what the Palmer family is doing, visit their blog site.

In August 2016, Ryan and Megan Kelley and their four children (Audrey, Simon, Lucy and Norah) moved to Uganda to join the Palmers in the Lulwanda Children's Home. For many years, God had been moving in Ryan and Megan Kelley's hearts to serve Him overseas as missionaries. They had been viewing this as a “later in life” calling, but just over a year ago they felt the Holy Spirit saying that the time to act had come. If you would like to learn more about Grace International and help the Kelley family in a financial way, visit GICF by clicking here.

If you would like to stay up to date on what the Kelley family is doing in Uganda, visit their blog site.


Guatemala

Each year a group of students and adults from Sharon travel to Guatemala to express Christ's love to orphans and widows. Our desire is for those who attend to understand that we can minister to those outside our country and to return with the desire to do so in our community. We help start micro businesses in order to provide an income flow for families. We provide water purification equipment to those in need, and when resources are available we enjoy doing home construction as well. For more information on Guatemala missions, contact Greg McGaha.


Romania

Carolyn Hines is currently involved in mission work in Romania. Her heart goes out to the many children of the Romas (gypsies). Seeing children in dumpsters digging for food is heart wrenching. Knowing so many never hear that God loves them is even tougher. To help Carolyn in reaching children for Jesus in Romania, consider helping her financially by giving through our Sunday morning offering time. For more information on Romania missions, contact Carolyn Hines.

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