Cedar Ridge Christian has injected its Poland mission partnership into The Sending Project, which includes opportunities for actually going and partnering with the Church in Poland to do outreach and community development. To learn more about Cedar Ridge Christian, click here.
Missions has been at the heart of Cedar Ridge Christian Church from the beginning...and before. Before the first Sunday morning service in October 1997, we already had a missions partner.
Through the years, we have kept missions at the forefront of everything we do. We take the first one-tenth of every dollar that comes into the church and apply it to missions. And we don't just send our money; we send our people.
Cedar Ridge has strong relationships with organizations that are serving and changing their corners of the world. We have two partners that serve in the United States and two that operate outside our borders. The Urban Scholastic Center is building strong leaders in the urban core of Kansas City, Kansas, and The Heartland Project is planting churches in Kansas City and around the Midwest. Across the Atlantic, PROem Ministries is serving and engaging the post-Christian generation in Poland, and Life In Abundance International is using innovative strategies to make a difference in central African poverty, education, and economy.
We have two home-grown missionaries serving overseas, with a third to join them soon. Mike and Erin (Eaton) Ackerman serve in Nagoya, Japan, teaching English. Erin grew up in Cedar Ridge. Teaching English to indigenous people is the same role that David Lee Smale fills in Tomaszow, Poland, where he works with PROeM. He will be joined some time in 2011 by his sister, Julie, who will be moving to Poland with her soon-to-be husband. Julie will work for PROeM as a liaison to American churches that want to partner with PROeM.
Jesus said in Matthew 20:28, "...the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve." At Cedar Ridge, we're in full agreement.
Sat, May 1, 2010
by Eric Rochester