As you know, 100% of the net proceeds from the event go to local charities and events which help the needy in our area. Over the past 5 years we have been able to raise over $40,000 dollars to help support these organizations that fight poverty in the Kosciusko County area. We are currently seeking sponsors and runners for the event.
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WCN's December Newsletter is hot off the press. Please click here to check it out.
Family 2 Family Mission Trip Dates Announced
Are you ready to transform your faith, renew your mind and be obedient to the call God has put in your life? Are you trying to promote a sense of appreciation and gratefulness in your own life as well as your family? Take a deep breath, make the commitment and contact us about going on a life changing mission trip. The decision to go and serve is not about the skills and abilities you bring to the equation, but your willingness to go. God transforms people through missions...let him transform you! Call 574-527-2677 and ask for Josh or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission Trips to El Progreso, Honduras
Project Week (Building a Church) - June 21-28 led by Greg Rauen
Week 1 - July 5-12 Trinity Week led by David Hayes
Week 2 - July 12-19 led by Dick Armington & Josh Grill
Week 3 - July 19-26 led by Denny Fuller
Week 4 - July 26-Aug 2 River Valley Week led by Garry Beckett
Philippine Disaster Response
Greg Rauen has recently returned from the Philippines. Greg said seeing and experiencing firsthand the horrible conditions is overwhelming- no water, no food, no housing, nothing. The Filipinos, however, are a resilient people. (Some of them are still living in refugee centers and some are still recovering from Typhoon Ketsana in 2009.) Through their own efforts, help from World Compassion Network, help from Kids International Ministries and many others, the Filipinos will survive. Pray for those whose family members have died, and pray that through this tragedy people who don't know Jesus will accept Him as their Lord and Savior. Pray for spiritual strength and physical stamina for the relief workers laboring in what is a very dark environment at this time.
WCN is responding to local tornado damage.
Please continue to pray for all of the victims of the recent tornadoes that went through Illinois and Indiana. WCN is in contact with churches around the Washington, IL area and should have more information to share soon. People are being allowed back into the city today and churches are starting to organize and set up to help the suffering.
Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Response
Greg Rauen, WCN Disaster Relief Coordinator, is returning from the Philippines today. He was able to get into some of the hardest hit areas and deliver supplies in partnership with Jeff Long from Kids International Ministries.
Your prayers for support and wisdom are deeply appreciated. Thank you.
Indiana & Illinois Tornado Response
WCN is currently on the ground doing storm assessments in several local areas. We are networking with our partners and local churches to determine the most critical needs and how we can best assist. Please remember to pray for all those communities hit by these storms. Thank you so much for your support!
Showing grace & mercy to the suffering in the Philippines
Greg Rauen is due back from the Philippines tomorrow. He has been purchasing water, food and other relief supplies for those hardest hit. We are working with Jeff Long from Kids International Ministries. Please contine to pray for his saftey. Thank you!
Three days ago Super Typhoon Haiyan brought unprecedented death and destruction to the central Philippines. Please pray for the families of the 10,000 presumed dead and over 350,000 people displaced.Greg Rauen, Disaster Relief Coordinator, is leaving for Manila tomorrow morning. He will be taking medicine and cash to purchase
food and water. We are working with a familiar partner Jeff Long of Kids International Ministries. We worked with Jeff in 2009 when we responded to a prior typhoon there.
We need your help to purchase much needed supplies.
The annual WCN Run/Walk for Hunger 5K is WCN’s community service event that gives 100% of the net proceeds to great local churches, schools and organizations that fight hunger in our area. We were blessed to raise over $11,000 dollars this year and thankful to share all of it with the following churches, schools and organizations:
Our Father's House, Mission Point Community Church, Warsaw Community Church, Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church,
Warsaw Community Schools-Boomerang Back Pack Program, Bakers Youth Club, Combined Community Services,
Salvation Army, New Life Christian Church and World Outreach, Fellowship Missions, Syracuse Food Bank,
Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, Lutheran Social Services, Christ’s Covenant Church, North Webster Church of God,
First Christian Church, Vineyard Community Church of Syracuse and God’s Highway to Heaven.
2013 Mission Team to Haiti
Robyn and Greg Rauen recently returned from taking a World Compassion Network team to work with the Mission of Hope in Titanyen, Haiti. They painted houses built for earthquake victims and prayed over Haitians and the village of Leveque. Haitians were saved and some team members were baptized in the ocean. The team met awesome people from Forest Hill Church and other places. The week was a tremendous opportunity to penetrate the darkness in Haiti with the power of Christ and to pray for the Holy Spirit to move over the country. Thanks to the WCN team!!
Honduras 2013 Mission Trips
Our 5 weeks of summer mission trips are complete. WCN has been so blessed this summer, taking over 120 North Americans who chose to step out in faith and serve the poor in Honduras. The Gospel was shared and over 40,000 pounds of food, clothing and other needed supplies were distributed to thousands of Hondurans.
Psalm 25:14 "The secret counsel of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He reveals His covenant to them." The Bible explains to us that those who step out in faith are "entrusted with secrets from the Lord". These secrets are spiritual truths that cause us to see the world differently - to see the world more like God sees it. When we allow God to transform the way we think through faith, we experience a renewal of the mind...Romans 12 in action. It is beautiful to experience and God gives us who and what we need to allow it to happen.
Thanks to all of you who support us through prayer and donations. It is that connection with God that fuels and guides us. These weeks are always the Lords - we happily give them to Him. It is His beauty and love that we experience. It is the Lord that gets 100% of the glory!
WCN summer mission trip season is in full swing. Week 1 will be returning to the US and Week 2 will be landing in Honduras on Saturday. We are so thankful that we get to be part of so many changed lives for Christ. Not only will the mission team members have a hand in changing Honduran lives – but God will use the mission trip experience to change the team member’s lives. It is simply an amazing experience!
Are you still thinking about going on a mission trip this year? It’s still not too late to join our team going to Haiti. Trip dates are September 7th-14th. Space is limited and will be first come first serve bases. Contact Greg Rauen or Josh Grill at 574-267-5427.
Prayer Warriors we are calling on you. We are so excited to continue our summer of missions work. This year WCN has 5 weeks of missions teams that started in June and will continue through August 3rd serving in Honduras. Our goal is simple...to be the hands and feet of Christ as we feed, cloth and build homes/churches for the people of Honduras. As we serve, God reveals Himself to us. As He fills us, His compassion spills over to those in need and lives are forever changed. Pray for our groups-over 115 people stepping out in faith to serve. Pray for our leaders as they give of themselves to position others to see Christ in a whole new way. Pray for the people of Honduras, that they may see Christ's love through our service. Thanks to all who donated clothing and food boxes. Your gestures of love impact the the poor in incredible ways. God takes what you give, multiplies it and uses it as a beautiful weapon of love. It opens the hearts of those we are trying to reach. We are grateful for your prayers and we will keep you updated.!
Greg Rauen just called in a report from Moore, OK. He said they have lots of volunteers coming in to comb the wheat fields from debris. They are in need of sun screen, hats, heavy work gloves and flavor packets with electrolytes to mix in bottled water.
Evidently the area has lots of wheat and canola fields. Greg said even a small 2 X 4 with nails could cause major damage to combines. Lots of the volunteers are high school and college kids. They have been quite a few volunteers that have had heat stroke due to the 95+ temperatures.
A tractor trailer will be in front of Big R Monday, June 24 between 3-9:00 pm if you would like to help with any of these items. Thank you!
Greg & Robyn Rauen are in Moore, OK with a small team to help with disaster relief. WCN has partnered with Tim Grishan Ministries to help as many victims and volunteers as possible.
WCN's 70,000 watt generator is being utilized by supplying power to run large refigerator units.
Please come out to help fill the tractor trailer on Monday from 3:00-9:00 PM at Big R on US 30 East in Warsaw, IN. The following is an updated list of items requested:
18 gallon or smaller totes with lids (to store retrieved items & small enough for elderly to carry)
Tarps of all sizes (to cover retrieved items & tubs) Gator Ade (It’s 95 degrees and folks need to replace electrolytes)
Flavoring Packets for bottled water (they have pallets & pallets of bottled water)
Hand Tools (pliers, hammers, saws, etc…)
Paper Towels, TP
Relief Collection for Oklahoma - June 17th
Dear Friends In Christ:
Please share this information!
World Compassion Network, New Life Christian Church and the Greater Warsaw Ministerial Association (GWMA) are partnering together to fill a trailer of supplies for those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. The trailer will be at Big R, 3660 Commerce Dr., Warsaw on Monday, June 17th from 3-9 PM to collect items to send. Only new items will be received including canned goods, bottled water, blankets, new toys, cleaning supplies and maintenance items (such as shovels, etc.) will be accepted. The persons manning the trailer will check donations before accepting them. "We want the community to send a gift of love to Oklahoma in the name of Jesus," notes John B. Lowe II, President of the GWMA and Pastor of New Life. Contacts have already been made with churches and organizations serving in the Moore, Oklahoma area. For more information call 574-269-5851. "Many Churches...One Faith"
Greg Rauen will be leading a small team to help serve the many needs of the victims and volunteers around the Moore area on Monday. The second round of severe storms that hit last week destroyed many of the storage areas that housed relief supplies and food for victims and volunteers. Continuing storms have caused one of our ministry partners, Tim Grisham Ministries, to tear down and set up feeding tents almost daily. Please join with us in our prayer for safety and blessing for the team members as they follow God’s call to be the hands and feet of Christ. And as always, thank you for your support – we could not do what God has called us to do without you.
You are welcome to share the cost by sending donations to: WCN, PO Box 1152, Warsaw, IN 46581 or click on the donate button above. Mark your check or money order “disaster relief” so we can make sure it gets to the correct account. Thank you!
The storms that went through Moore, OK on Friday caused more power outages. Greg Rauen reports that our partner Tim Grisham Ministries is using our generator to power the freezer and refrigeration needs at the main volunteer center in Moore. We are thankful that it can be used to provide electricity for the relief effort. We need of more funds for food, fuel and other relief supplies. We thank God for allowing us all to be there for the suffering. Please keep praying as WCN continues to help in the relief efforts.
Greg Rauen, WCN Disaster Relief Coordinator, and his wife Robyn left for Oklahoma to do an assessment after the EF5 tornado devastated a 30 square mile area. They took our 70,000 watt generator and personal hygiene kits to Moore, OK. Greg and Robyn got there about 3 hours before Tim & Peggy Grisham of the School of Missions & Evangelism (S.O.M.E.) arrived with the tractor trailer and other equipment. WCN, New Life Christian Church & World Outreach and Feed the Hungry all worked together to fill the trailer. S.O.M.E. and WCN are working together to provide disaster relief through feeding victims and volunteers and distributing relief supplies.
The WCN generator was staged to power the feeding station if needed located at Covenant Life Assembly Church. This church is on the edge of some of the worst destruction. The church has a gymnasium and it is being used as the primary center for managing volunteers.
While Greg and Robyn were there, they were able to help organize relief efforts, help with serving food, and even praying with victims who had been traumatized. WCN is blessed to have mature followers of Christ to minister to victims on our behalf. Mark Hazelet, WCN Volunteer Coordinator, left early Sunday morning with 4 more volunteers. They are assisting with food distribution and clean up. One of the most important jobs they are doing is ministering to the hurting in Christ’s name.
WCN plans to send another load of needed supplies including non-perishable food, paper goods, and cleaning products soon. Our warehouse is empty so we will be purchasing these items. You are welcome to help us purchase needed items by sending donations to: WCN, PO Box 1152, Warsaw, IN 46581 or go to our website at: www.w-c-n.org and click on the donate button. Mark your check or money order “disaster relief” so we can make sure it gets to the correct account. Thank you!
World Compassion Network is sending a small team to Moore, OK early tomorrow. Greg Rauen, WCN Disaster Relief Coordinator, will be taking our 70,000 watt generator, disaster relief supplies and other needed items to victims of the devastating tornados that ripped through the Oklahoma City area. We are also scheduling a tractor trailer load of food and water.
Our prayers are with each and every person affected. This is a major disaster area with over 30 square miles of destruction, many people are displaced and suffering. We will post future plans and needs soon. If you would like to help us with expenses or possible future work teams please click on one of the following links. Your prayers are desired as we coordinate our response efforts. Thank you!
Click here to download our volunteer form.
Click here to go to our paypal page.
Please join all of us at WCN as we pray for the victims of the EF4 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma. Moore is located just south of Oklahoma City and is about 870 miles from Warsaw. We have contacts in the area now that are doing an assessment for us. We will keep you informed of our response – keep checking back!
World Compassion Network (WCN) volunteers and staff helped residents deal with flooding issues around Pike and Irish Lakes. We also met up with Jeffrey “Hoss” Smith and volunteers from Serenity House while placing sand bags. WCN’s water (trash) pumps were utilized by keeping water from entering a home and pumping water out of another.
Lots of the people we helped were elderly or widowed. Responding to people in distress because of flooding of their property/homes fits our compassion ministry and mission. We are so thankful to our volunteers and supporters who enable us to help others. We are always looking for people that would like to be on our “On Call Volunteer” list. Click here to download our "Volunteer Form".
We want to thank all runners, volunteers and sponsors for being a part of World Compassion Network's History at our 5K! It was a beautiful day and an incredible race. It was our largest event to date with over 670 runners and over 700 participants...Amazing! We are grateful to live in such a compassionate community and we give God glory for every step that was taken.
Click Here to see the 2013 Run/Walk for Hunger Video.
Your prayers and donations enable us to respond to disasters locally, nationally, and internationally. We have served several thousand victims of disasters by sending food, cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Some of you have stepped out in faith and went on mission trips that changed your life. Many of you have supported us by running in our annual Run/Walk for Hunger. Your gifts of support enable us to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are totally honored and humbled by your love and caring. We appreciate you so much. Thank you.
If you have a moment and would like to watch our year end review, click on the link below.
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world
These are the words of the 16th Century Roman Catholic Saint and Carmelite nun, Teresa of Avila (1515-82).
WCN has changed our office location. We are now located on the corner of 400 N. and State Road 15 N. We get to share a great facility with two other awesome ministries: ICDI – a ministry that is dedicated to drilling wells, agricultural development, education and proclaiming the Gospel to the poor in Africa (www.icdinternational.org) and Headwaters (Scott Turskey) – another ministry that provides spiritual healing, discipleship, and mentoring. We feel so blessed. We would like to send out a special thanks to Silveus Insurance and ICDI for their generosity. We would also like to thank each one of you who supports us either by prayer or by donations.
We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our supporters and update you on our status. It has been an incredibly busy few weeks and we are so grateful for the continued response from our donors. The funds, goods, time and prayers that you have given continue to open up doors for us to share the love of Jesus with people in their most desperate time of need. In this moment of tragedy for so many, we are thankful to have the opportunity to reflect God’s love as we continue to put our faith into action.
WCN announces dates for Haiti mission trip. Click Here for more information
Check out the 2011 Year in Review by clicking Here.
If you would like to be on our "On Call" list - please down load the volunteer form by clicking Here
Many people think of God as such an awesome powerful God and cannot imagine His grieving over our suffering and pain. The opposite is true. God cares for us deeply to the point of joining us in our distress. He actually feels for us as we would our sick child. One of God’s most powerful characteristics is compassion. As we mature in our life with God, we need to take on His characteristics. That is why we say you are never more like God than when you are showing compassion towards those who are suffering from poverty and disasters.
The very word compassion means "to suffer together, to be involved in other peoples suffering to the point of taking action to help".