The mission of Innové is to grow new, social entrepreneurial ideas to serve the world for the sake of the Gospel. And the second round of Innové has selected 6 great new Protégés, each with a beautiful and engaging mission that spreads Christ’s love throughout our community and around the world! Click below to meet 2015’s Protégés.
Burundi is a small African country, roughly the size of Maryland. From 1993 to 2005, Burundi experienced civil war fueled by ethnic conflict. In this country of only 9.5 million people, the war left 300,000 dead and displaced more than one million. In 2011, Burundi was ranked as the world’s third poorest country according to the UN Development Program. Burundi’s health indicators are among the worst in the world with a life expectancy of only 50 years. 58% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition. One out of every ten children in Burundi dies before the age of five from a preventable disease. Over 80% of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day.
In the midst of these challenges, the Church in Burundi faces the call of churches everywhere: to make faithful disciples of Jesus Christ by sharing the Gospel in Word and Deed. For over 70 years, World Relief has empowered local churches around the world to serve the most vulnerable. Each year, millions of men, women and children are reached with integrated ministries that empower more than 100,000 volunteers from the local church.
Colonial Church of Edina is honored to be entering into a four year multi-faceted partnership with World Relief in Burundi.
The Sheridan Story
Over 212,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know if they will receive their next meal. The Sheridan Story’s purpose is to respond to this need by closing the weekend food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school. Each Friday volunteers from Colonial Church travel to Bethune Community School where 99% are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Supplied with a list of names and locker numbers, volunteers place a pre-sorted bag of food in student’s lockers, providing them with much needed sustenance for the weekend. Learn more. Click the button below to get involved or contact Jane Wilson at email@example.com.
Families Moving Forward
Colonial Church hosts Families Moving Forward, a program that supports more than 50 families a year, helping them find a home. We open our building multiple times a year to welcome families, providing a safe place to sleep, hot meals, activities and friendship. Volunteers bring warmth and compassion to the task of providing emergency shelter, so families experience the care of community around them.
Tasks include providing a meal for our guests, playing with children, setting up temporary bedrooms, sleeping at the church as an overnight host, and more. But shelter is a temporary solution. Families need homes where they can create stability and success so parents work with advocates with the goal of securing stable housing within 60 days of arriving in the program.
Community Emergency Services
Community Emergency Services (CES) provides high-quality direct service to people in need in the inner city of South Minneapolis. Through direct aid relief, advocacy, referral, guidance and prayer support, CES strengthens families and individuals. The goal of CES is to move them beyond crisis to financial stability, as well as emotional health, personal growth and spiritual depth. Although there are a variety of ways to get involved with the ministry of CES, Interviewing potential clients on a one-on-one basis with the goal of assessing the physical, emotional, personal and spiritual health of the individual is key. In listening to clients and building relationships with them their physical and spiritual needs are better know. Information on how to volunteer can be found at cesmn.org.