Tuesday, January 31, 2006

What Can YOU Do?

Have you been feeling like you want to make a difference in the world? Have you finally realized that God has created you for a purpose, but you're just not clear about what that purpose is? Why not choose one of these ministries and begin using your gifts and talents to make a difference in someone's life? Maybe you have some ideas and/or experience that could help us to really get these ministries going. We're looking for a team of men and women who are willing to answer the call to "Follow Me." And, we never turn down those who'd like to make a tax-deductible donation toward My Neighbor's Ministries. Contributions can be earmarked and written to Zarephath Christian Church. You can also pray with us that as we reach out to those in need, people will experience the compassion of Jesus.

My Neighbor's HEALTH

Presently, MNH is picking up speed with it's creative healthcare endeavor: Zarephath Health Center. This clinic offers healthcare to low-income and uninsured clients. For more detailed information, go to http://www.zhcenter.org/.

In the future, we hope to offer preventative health and fitness training by certified nutritional counselors and other professionals.

My Neighbor's CLOSET

MNC made its debut in 2004 with a clothing drive to benefit Franklin Township Food Bank's "Working Persons' Wardrobe." We were able to collect slightly used suits, skirts, blouses, dress pants, etc. to give to those seeking employment and in need of interview and nice work clothes.

We also collected new and used items for the men assisted by Market Street Mission as well as for children in Nicaragua and Costa Rica during the 2005 mission trip.

Presently, we are looking for someone to coordinate these efforts to give good clothes to those in need.

My Neighbor's HOME

The desire of this ministry is to connect the elderly, single parents and other special needs homeowners experiencing minor home-related problems with a trained handy-person to fix that problem. Building contractor, Gordon Tiner, has jumped on board to coordinate this effort and is at work rallying a team of expert volunteers.

My Neighbor's PANTRY

Zarephath Christian Church collects shelf food items on a regular basis. Food is distributed to those who come to us with a need as well as to Franklin Township Food Bank. Our goal is to provide higher quality and healthier food items.

My Neighbor's GARDEN

My Neighbor's Garden has been created to train children and adults in nutrition and organic, sustainable agriculture. Currently, MNG sits on a 5-acre lot in Somerset, New Jersey. In 2005, we were able to build the structure for a prototype family-of-four garden and hope to begin growing in 2006. The garden methods used require minimal space, equipment and labor, so it is ideal for low-income families interested in growing healthier food for themselves and providing extra income. In the future, we hope to run Creative Camps offering a blend of gardening, drama and art for children. We also hope to work alongside our foreign mission projects in bringing healthy food and income possibilities to those in need around the world.


Jesus did many things as He walked this earth. He spent some time with the religious leaders of the day, but the majority of his time was spent “on the streets” as he taught, touched and healed the masses. His heart, full of compassion, was poured out to the orphans, widows, physically and mentally disabled – all those who were in desperate need of healing and hope. His invitation to us was summed up in two simple words: “Follow Me.”

This blogsite was created for anyone interested in knowing more about Zarephath Christian Church's "My Neighbor's Ministries". The idea was birthed in 2005 from the conviction that those of us who claim to follow Christ need to spend more time putting our faith in action.

In the following posts, we will share with you each ministry designed to meet specific needs. If you would like more information, please contact Deb Cruver at dcruver@pillar.org.