A day in Kansas CityRich Stigall
One of the ways that God uses GO Project is by impacting lives through Vision Trips. We currently invite people to join us on a trip to Haiti or Uganda. These trips allow folks to experience our ministry model, worship with the local church, and learn about job creating businesses.
Wellspring Community Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, began having conversations with us about their heart for older youth in their community. After some discussion, we invited the leadership of Wellspring, led by Pastor Bob Miller, to join us in Kansas City for a vision trip.
We spent the day interacting and talking about orphan care with three churches here in the Kansas City metro. All of the stops on this trip were very different. Different areas of the city, different economic backgrounds, and different processes for caring for kids. ONE mission, loving on kids.
Our first stop was to talk with Tim, a member of Pathway Community Church in Olathe, KS and a board member of Spero House. Tim was able to cast vision around having a home for older girls. He shared of heartaches, bumps, bruises, and victories as well as how our plans aren’t always what God has planned.
The second stop was with Christine, a member of Redeemer Fellowship, and founder of Perry House in Kansas City, MO. Christine is a young woman in her mid-20’s and God has placed on her heart to take teenage girls into her home. With the help of her housemate and the foster and adoption ministry at Redeemer, she hopes to finish her foster care licensing and start taking in kids. She was able to cast vision for what a home can look like with house mentors in place of “parents” and what it looks like for a community of believers to wrap around those who feel the call to be family for those who do not have one.
The final stop was an evening with Pastor Allen Elsey and Rosedale Community Church. After spending some time listening to Allen discuss the ministry that God has put on his heart and eating pizza to celebrate his daughter’s birthday, it was time to get on the buses. It isn’t enough to just hear about this ministry, you have to experience it. After riding around picking up kids for about an hour, we rolled up to the Kensington Community Center. We spent the remainder of the evening interacting with youth, playing basketball, dancing to music, listening to the gospel, and even dumping ice water on Pastor Allen. We found ourselves back on the buses and taking the children home before we knew it.
In the weeks since this KC vision trip, Wellspring Community Church has located a home and signed a lease in St. Joseph with the intention of taking in teenagers and being a family for them. God is good!
If you would like more information on taking a Kansas City vision trip, please contact Tate Williams.