La Violeta, Ecuador

La Violeta (The Violet) is a unique World Vision engagement between an indigenous community of Ecuador and a collaboration of national and international churches. Like most first nation people, La Violeta represents the margins of society where an entire people group have lived for generations under systemic oppression and neglect. As a church, we had a choice – a hand-out or a hand-up? We chose the latter and are so glad we did. All around the world, the single greatest ticket out of poverty is a good education. Through a proven academic intervention, we are helping to move the next generation out of dependency and into sustainability. The indigenous youth are entering university and are committed (once their education is completed) to returning to their communities to give back what was given to them. Their faith is an inspiration to us all! 

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Imani Bridges: Africa

Imani Bridges is a collaboration between Springcreek Church and numerous Christian denominations in the country of Nigeria who are united under the umbrella of Imani Bridges (Imani is the Kiswahili word for Faith). In the ancient slave port of Badagry lies a community that many locals describe as cursed - cursed because of its history of selling their own people. We have partnered with Imani Bridges to demonstrate the power of the gospel to bring healing in the place of deep woundedness. In cooperation with various denominations and local churches, we have helped to build a school at the heart of this forgotten community. In addition, our pastor is part of the faculty of The Imani Bridges Leadership Institute that is responsible for training hundreds of indigenous pastors in holistic and transformational ministry development. We are helping to give the tools necessary for national pastors to carry on and multiply the work. God is raising up His church in Nigeria!

In March 2018, we participated in a transformational engagement mission trip to Badagry, Nigeria.  We go on missions to serve others but we come away realizing we are the ones being served.  We go to bless those less fortunate but we come to understand we were the ones blessed.  We go to share the love of Christ and come back recognizing how much He truly loves us and works through us all when we make ourselves available.

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