Living water Christian Mission

“Living Water Christian Mission exists to transform the Haitians and Haiti with Jesus Christ by applying the Great Commission.” 

Gonaives is one of the major cities in Haiti, a country which is 681 miles Southeast of Miami, Florida. It is 85 miles north of the capital city, Port-au-Prince, where most flights to Haiti land. Gonaives has a population of about 300,000 people and is a significant city in many respects. It is in this city, the Independence City of Haiti, that God has placed Living Water Christian Mission. We acknowledge that this is not the easiest place to work.

It is not easy because it is Satan’s stronghold. It is said that of the six big voodoo centers of Haiti, three of them are located in Gonaives. In fact, all three of them are in less than 10 miles from any of our campuses. Yet we are happy to be working where God wants us to work for Him. We extend the invitation to you to join our team so that, together, we can impact this city with the light of Jesus Christ.

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Christian Family Services

Christian Family Services is a non-profit child placing agency supported by local Christians and Churches and licensed in Missouri and Illinois . Though all ConnectCare parents, adoptive, parents, staff, and primary financial support come from area Christians, services are provided to children, families, and individuals regardless of religious affiliation.

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Operation backpack

Operation Backpack provides food over the weekend to children who are living at or near the poverty line and ensures that children who rely on free or subsidized lunches continue to receive proper nutrition over the weekend. Connection serves approximately 30 children at Crossroads Elementary and The Mind Development Center during the school year by providing milk, juice, 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 snacks and one can of fruit and one can of vegetables. Our need for food donations is ongoing throughout the school year, and your donations are much appreciated. Please see the list below for ways you can help.

1. Donate food items.

2. Volunteer to pack the bags. Consider bringing family, friends or your Connect Group

with you to help. We encourage signing up for a packing date ahead of time. .

Requested Food Donations

1. Oatmeal (individual packets)

2. Juice boxes

3. Cans of fruits and vegetables (please no fruit cups with plastic or foil lids. ​They get

crushed in the bags and leak.)

4. Lunch items such as cans of soup, Raman noodles, Chef Boyardee, Mac and cheese,

etc (individual serving sizes please)

5. Snacks such as granola bars, chips, Little Debbies, etc.

6. Whole grain cereal (individual boxes)


Mercy Ministries is based on Christian principles and teachings but uses proven methods and professional counseling staff to serve a diverse population of young women from across the United States. Our program is designed to provide the women we serve with the tools necessary to break free from the destructive cycles controlling their lives and to instead live healthy, independent, Christian lifestyles. Mercy Ministries is completely free of charge to the young women we serve. Many of the girls who come to Mercy for help are facing a combination of debilitating circumstances and have been in various treatment facilities with unsuccessful long-term results. We are committed to providing the young women we serve with excellent program services that allow them to recognize their self-worth and prepare them to reach their full potential. Through the application of God’s unconditional love, our approach to healing allows young women to permanently stop destructive cycles and prepares them to take hope out into their communities.


“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” More and more young pregnant women need a safe place to stay and start their lives over again. Despite what you may think these young women are not from a certain demographic. Some may have an education, some may not. Some may be white, some may not. Some may be from well off families, some not. Some may live with their parents, some may not. Some may be as young as 14. A greater concern is many of these young women have something in common. Not only are they young, pregnant, and unwed. But more and more need a place to stay while they are pregnant. Maybe their pregnancy was the last straw with their parents and they are living on the street. Maybe everyone around them is pushing for them to get an abortion but they really need a safe place for the duration of their pregnancy. They’re young and in trouble and seem so vulnerable. Sparrow’s Nest will make an extraordinary difference on our community. We have a chance for people of faith to be led by the Spirit and to unite in prayer and action. Through the power of Jesus Christ a new and powerful story can be written for these young women.

Hope ministries food pantry

Established in 1988 by the Mid Rivers Christian Church to help a mother of six whose spouse had left her, the Hope Food Pantry now exists to serve needy individuals in a three county area and serves as many as 5-6000 people a year. The pantry is now a cooperative effort among ten different churches. Aside from food, many personal and home products are distributed, as food stamps don’t cover these items. Besides cash and donations from these churches, the pantry receives food donations from area grocery stores, food drives at schools, community groups such as boy and girl scouts, the US Post Office, and Food Search. Cash is needed to rent the facility, pay the utilities, run the pickup van, constant upkeep, repair, and modifications made to the rental space to make it a smoother running operation. As vital as these contributions are, the pantry would close down immediately if it were not for the people who regularly volunteer to pick up grocery contributions, sort food, mark through UPC codes, and distribute food on Wednesdays every week. Behind the scenes are those who work on the upkeep of the facility. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:35, 40

Operation Christmas Child

A small box can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire Pastors and plant new church’s. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. Be a part of changing lives through a simple gift. In 2013 Connection Christian Church reached a goal of more than 100 shoeboxes. There are many ways to get involved, fill a box, sponsor a box, or pay postage fees for a box.