Local Outreach

As followers of Christ, we want to show His love for the suffering, the poor, and those who are being treated unjustly. Some of us help by giving donations to organizations that help others. Some of us help by taking an active role in making a difference in our local communities. It could be volunteering a few hours during a weekend, or serving more regularly. How will you serve? 
If you are interested, please click here to sign-up.
 
 

Foothill Unity Center

Be part of the 25th Anniversary Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive! It’s taking place Saturday, May 13, 2017. Visit the link for more info or to sign up to participate.
 
Church of the Open Door partners with Foothill Unity Center in various ways throughout the year to help families in need in our community.
 
For more information:
Eric Folbrecht, Care Ministry Coordinator 
 

 Sports Outreach LA

COD member Steve Quatro heads up Sports Outreach LA (SOLA), a ministry focused on equipping churches to employ sports as a way to reach out and make disciples. 
 
He also leads an indoor soccer league that meets weekly at the church to play competitive soccer, build friendships and learn more about Jesus. It’s open to men and women who are at least 14 years old.  
 
For more information:
Steve Quatro
Email: steve@sportsoutreachla.com  
 
 

Azusa Release Time

Released Time Christian Education has had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in the Azusa Unified School District since 1957.  
 
We meet weekly with students after school for one full hour of Bible instruction, including Bible lessons, songs, memory verses and prayer time. 
 
For more information:
Diana Cadwell
Email:  deecadwell@aol.com
 
 
 
 

Loving the Nations in Your Neighborhood

8 Ways You Can Love the Nations in Your Neighborhood
How can you get started loving those from other cultures in your neighborhoods?
1. Let God’s heart of compassion for the internationals living in your neighborhoods grab yours.
Leviticus 19:33-34 is one of MANY verses that shows how deep God’s compassion is for the foreigner living among the Israelites.
2. Identify your international neighbors and neighborhood.
It is important to understand that we are using the term “neighbor” and “neighborhood” a bit more broadly than the Schleiterhorn family that lives 50 feet from your living room. We believe a “neighbor” is anyone you have regular contact with during the day or week, thus your “neighborhoods” could be the families of your kid’s extracurricular activities, your office colleague or your classmate.
3. Bring your international neighbor a plate of USA home-made cookies or baked goods.
Something made in your American kitchen, with your own hands is such a warm welcoming gift. A couple from our church did this very thing as newcomers in their apartment complex. They were GRATEFULLY received by a Syrian refugee family, talked for an hour and a half and made plans to have each other over for a meal. One small step for us, one giant leap toward loving the nations in our neighborhoods!
4. Get to know the names of your international neighbors.
Nothing speaks care and concern like being called by your name! Any effort we make to learn the sometimes very hard to pronounce names of our international neighbors goes a long way toward building relationships with them. Even if it takes multiple times of asking to get it right, do it! The first time you greet that person by name you’ll you have a friend for life!
5. Have a great conversation starter.
For a conversation starter, try learning what makes headlines in your international neighbor’s homeland and ask their perspective on it. Just Google their country and “current news,” pick a topic and start learning a bit of the current events from an insider!
6. Pray specifically for chances to connect with and serve your international neighbors.
In response to our prayers to connect with and serve our neighbors, my wife and I agreed to join an out-of-town tournament for our son’s soccer team…AND WITH THEIR FAMILIES! Already we dads, some internationals, are planning to golf together. A few hours on a course is great bonding time!
7. Understand their Context
(from Doug Weber, veteran missionary to Ecuador)
Don’t assume they understand the world in the same way you do. Often their understanding of the world has been shaped by completely different life experiences. Showing interest in their perspective and then sharing the gospel in ways that are relevant to them is a key tip. If they think you don’t “get it”, they’ll never let you in far enough to seriously listen to what you have to say. In fact, they’ll likely categorize you as one of those arrogant Americans who think they know everything (a common perception in Latin America). Learn their context and listen before you speak.
8. Earn the Right
(from Doug Weber, veteran missionary to Ecuador)
Earn the right to be heard. When we started a church plant in El Tablon, the community had come real close to lynching two “gringo” Jehovah’s Witness missionaries. Their custom of going door to door to preach really upset the community. The community didn’t take kindly to outsiders. We, on the other hand, participated in their community work days, paid our dues when they were raising money for something, gave rides to community members in our cars, gave Christmas Child boxes to the children, etc. Soon we found ourselves being invited to funerals in the community, even for people who didn’t attend our church, and asked to speak to the crowd a word of comfort and hope. We had earned our place in the community as spiritual leaders in a time of crisis. We had earned our right to be heard.
 
 
 

Want to make an impact on the unreached people groups without leaving the San Gabriel Valley?

International Students, Incorporated (ISI) is an organization that focuses on befriending and sharing the love of Christ with the over 750,000 international students who attend US colleges each year. Below are several links to help inspire you to invest in this RIPE harvest field.
 
How to partner with an international student
 
Summary of ISI