Give Hope: Locally and Globally

$3,053 of $13k goal

Raised by 12 people in 2 months
Tony Myles
for Connection Church
 MEDINA, OH
We believe the "ordinary" and the "orphan" matter.

Connection Church is a non-denominational church in Medina, Ohio. We're real people on a real journey with each other and our community to "love and lead all people into a fully-alive connection with God."

We're asking for your help in "Giving Hope: Locally and Globally."

Our project is two-fold:

1) We will strengthen our sister church, Gospel Harvest Ministries , in Nairobi, Kenya, in their endeavor to care for 147 orphans whom they educate and feed. This takes place in a school we helped them build in 2008 and have supported them in growing over the years. Pastor Lawrence Owino of GHM grew up on the streets as an orphan himself and began looking for a church to partner with who would release what God had put into him into the lives of others. They have furthered this vision with our help, adding other support along the way. Their expenses for 2017 are around $13,000 USD for food, textbooks, teachers and facility to care for all kids - from babies to sixth grade, and beyond.



2) We will strengthen our local efforts as a church in reaching everyday people who have often-unspoken needs in their lives, families and homes. Connection Church is, in a sense, a church "for the rest of us" who don't quite know where we fit in (if at all) into God. Our newest innovation involves partnering with another congregation, House of Glory International Church, whom we invited to share space with us in our facility so that our cooperative efforts in reaching all people from all backgrounds are even greater. We are raising $13,000 to help with shortfalls in our operating expenses so that we can continue to have the simple space to serve kids, teens and adults alike as we continue to effectively innovate living out our vision.



We're starting out with a goal of $13,000. The real goal is twice that at $26,000, but if we can get halfway together then maybe we'll realize we can then reach the real goal the rest of the way, too. We would then enlarge the goal here on GoFundMe to reflect that success and keep going. Every dollar given is split equally between both goals.

The funds are needed for 2017, so your timely pledge and sharing this opportunity within your circle of friends will put us there.

Connection Church is Christ-centered and Bible-based, taking the ancient and eternal truths and putting them into everyday language. Think C.S. Lewis having a conversation with Jimmy fallon... or a classic hymn writer jamming with Bon Jovi.

You can come as you are.... you can take your next step with God... you can BE the Church. We invite you to belong before you believe, and even if you don't place your faith in Jesus you'll get to hang out with some of the greatest, most authentic people you'd ever hope to call friends.

Highlights from our ministry over the past 14 years include:

- A four-year newspaper column that reached 63,000 people weekly in the Cleveland/Akron suburbs.

- Creating a "Rice and Beans" Challenge where we raised funds for Gospel Harvest Ministries by eating what they eat for a week. Recognition on this event included USAToday, NBC and Fox News Outlets.

- Annual Back-to-School-Fests that blessed an entire series of apartment complexes with backpacks and school supplies through a fun carnival-like event.

- A monthly food pantry ministry that served our county.

- Creating "Love Medina" - an annual partneship between the Mayor's Office and area churches to serve the elderly and sick around their homes.

- Hosting multiple outreaches for area families, including creative Vacation Bible School events, "Dress for the Mess" game nights, a daily summer concession stand that served the area baseball league and more.

- Lead local Men's Conferences and Ladies' Night Out, along with "Creative Date Nights" for couples and "The Amazing Race" for friends/family looking to grow together.

- Serving as a key team member of "Healthy Medina" with partners that include the Cleveland Clinic, the City of Medina, the Medina Mayor's Office, Medina City Schools, Medina Library and more.

We are not asking you to give to us if it means taking away from your regular support to another church or endeavor.

Rather, we are asking for you to have a generous spirit beyond your normal giving habits so that real needs are really met out of your real vision to "Give Hope: Locally and Globally."

Your willingness to be a part of this can change things, beginning in your own heart.

Thank you for joining us and for sharing this link!
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Update 9
Posted by Tony Myles
1 month ago
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In Exodus 25 there's a real interesting thing that happens. God asks the people to take up an offering for Him... meaning, whatever would come out of that would belong to Him and not the people. He didn't ask for cheap stuff, either. What was collected ended up becoming the Tabernacle, the Ark and other tangible things that let the people better connect with Him in that era.

We often struggle with giving without having full knowledge of whatever that offering would be used for. It's why we pause when someone on the street asks us for a dollar or when a "certain" family member or friend hits us up for a loan. Especially in today's information-overload, we're tempted to only be generous when we know everything.

On one hand, it's wise. We only have so many resources to go around and need to manage them well. It's good to know the story behind the ask, just as you may have read ours and realized the opportunity is real.

On the other hand, sometimes God wants you to give. When He moves your heart or asks you for something costly, don't hesitate... let your relationship with Him trump your desire to ask Him for a spreadsheet.

We'll happily serve you on either side of that. If you want to know the details of what we do or where your support is helping "today," let us know. On the other hand, if God is telling you to give to something that is ultimately for Him... then we humbly invite you to give to our campaign today to give hope locally and globally.
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Update 8
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Anyone out there resolve to be more generous this year?

Here's the perfect opportunity... for real.

Give hope locally and globally!
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Because of donors like you... 140 kids in Africa were able to have food this month.

"...we were able to have food for Christmas with the children." - Pastor Lawrence, Gospel Harvest Ministries

Because of donors like you... we hold out hope to meet our larger goal so that those kids can continue to have what they need.

" We thank God for you and we are dutifully praying that the fund raising you are doing bring in the amount we are trusting God for for the January budget. Our sincere love and prayers to you all." - Pastor Lawrence, GHM

Because of donors like you... a church like Connection Church is creating ripples in the pond that can supply this global ministry with its needs.

"Without the support of churches like Connection, there wouldn’t be a school to help the children. When many of the children first came to the school, they were having a lot of stomach problems. In talking with their parents, the bishop discovered that it was because they were not used to eating, sometimes going three days without food.” - Cathy Perman, U.S. missionary who has traveled to Kenya

Because of donors like you... a church like Connection Church is finding new footing to have impact into this next year, like partnering with House of Glory Church to reach more people together.

See news stories:
- http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2016/12/25/Christmas-critters-highlight-lesson.html
- http://www.cleveland.com/medina/index.ssf/2016/12/medina_churches_look_beyond_di.html

""I commend the pastors and members for their efforts. This provides a model of how much may be accomplished with open and willing minds. The greater community benefits as a result." - Mayor Dennis Hanwell

Because of donors like you... countless new people came to faith this past year under the roofs of church buildings and out in the community; marriages were healed; single people found a loving community; addictions were overturned; teens and kids were able to ask real questions about God that they got real question-honoring answers to.

Would you consider furthering this?

If you haven't yet donated, now is the time.

If you have been a part of the story, would you share it in your networks so others can be a part of this?

End-of-the-year giving for tax purposes concludes at 11:59pm on December 31st.

Give hope locally and globally!
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Before 2016 ends, would you consider a year-end giving opportunity that has impact locally and globally?

Here's a quick glimpse of what's happening in some of our leaders at Connection Church.
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$3,053 of $13k goal

Raised by 12 people in 2 months
Created November 29, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Connection Church
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Medina, OH
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Roneesha Williams
2 months ago

God bless!

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2 months ago

For Jon Jaroska. Happy Holidays.

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