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MISSIONS

We believe that the church extends beyond our local community and is in actuality the body of all believers around the world. One of our missions as a church is to share of our resources, talents, blessings, and prayers to help provide aide and the gospel to individuals across the world and support other believers and ministries. Feel free to check out some of the missions we currently support below.

Answers in Genesis – Ken Ham

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. They focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.

Child Evangelism Fellowship

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. CEF has many different ministries for children, but the primary ones are the Good News Club and the 5-Day Club. CEF provides classes to train their workers and other Christians who are burdened for evangelizing children. CEF Press produces and distributes Bible and missionary lessons and related materials for use in teaching children to help accomplish the goals of the ministry. An exciting program for teenagers is Christian Youth In Action (CYIA).

China Outreach Ministries

China Outreach Ministries shares Christ’s love with Chinese students and scholars from North American campuses, serving them, reaching them with the Good News, discipling them, and helping them become godly leaders for Christ who share their faith with others.

Christian Resources International

Empowering native missionaries since 1956, the mission of Christian Resources International (CRI) has been reclaiming God’s resources for His purposes. They have done this by asking people to share their bookshelves that are filled with Bibles and God’s teaching tools. Once they have received those materials, CRI sends them around the world, therefore sowing God’s word into the lives of those who cannot afford it. CRI is equipping orphans, evangelists, pastors and missionaries for the works of service all the while setting up distribution centers, lending libraries, bible college libraries, and holding crusades. The mission of CRI has planted its first ever Bible Distribution Centers in Kenya and the Philippines and has begun with the endeavor to plant more all over the world. CRI has sent over $278 Million in bibles and Christian teaching tools to over 170 Nations around the world.

EBAC Orphanage – Haiti

Kathy Gouker and Alice Wise are missionaries that have been working at EBAC, outside of Cap Haitien, for almost 40 years. They have helped raise hundreds of Haitian orphans into amazing followers of Christ. Currently, EBAC houses about 100 children who attend an English speaking school on the grounds of EBAC that is run by Kathy and Alice.

Gideons International

The Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While they are known worldwide for their work with hotels, they predominantly share Scriptures in schools and colleges, prisons and jails, hospitals, and medical offices.

Grace to You Ministries – John MacArthur

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. Grace to You radio, video, audio, print, and website resources reach millions worldwide each day. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.

Kako Retreat Center, Alaska – Vera Penz

Kako Retreat Center, Inc. is a place set aside to provide Christ-centered retreats, youth camps, workshops, seminars and counseling to encourage and help the people living in the remote villages of Alaska. It is strategically located in south western Alaska six miles off the Yukon River. Within an 80 mile radius there are 24 villages and within 160 mile radius there are 56 villages. According to the 2000 census there are 31,000 Eskimo, 1000 Indian and 3500 white people living within this circle.  Since the area is so isolated and has virtually no road system, a primary means of transportation is by airplane. Kako has its own airstrip which means that the furthest of these villages can be reached in just over an hour of flight time.

Missionary Flights International – Joe Karabensh

The hallmark of Missionary Flights International (MFI – from the beginning has been to “Stand in the Gap” (Ezekiel 22:30) wherever possible. Services are continually evaluated and added as the needs of affiliated missions continue to change. MFI carries affiliated mission personnel to and from the countries of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. This would include affiliated missionary families, medical teams, and work teams that need to be transported directly to some remote airstrips. The size of the aircraft also allows affiliated mission personnel to accompany their belongings, which eases its clearance through customs once it arrives. Some of these belongings could be pets, building materials, furniture, or tools. Mission supplies and letters are received daily at the MFI hangar, and are organized according to mission and destination. The flights expedite affiliated mission items to the field shortly after they are received. MFI provides the special handling and care that vital supplies and equipment require to ensure safe arrival on the field.

Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas – Franklin Graham

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.. Children in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. We partner with Samaritan’s Purse to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

Chestnut Grove
Independent Church

814 - 938 - 1002

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342 Lipp Road

Punxsutawney, PA 15767

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