Impact Christian Church mission trip to Mexico builds home for family of four | Mail from Pikes Peak

A family of four in Juarez, Mexico recently received a long-awaited Christmas gift from members of the Woodland Park-based Christian Church Impact.

Nineteen people from the Impact mission team, along with mission leader Mike Gavin, departed from Woodland Park Nov. 20 to travel to Juarez to build a home for the family during Thanksgiving week.

Left to right: Crystal Forget, Emma Thessing and Grace Galvin, members of the Impact Christian Church mission team, building a home in Juarez, Mexico last month.

“We take all the equipment and construction materials with us and build the house and we have the opportunity to pray and pray not only with the beneficiaries, but also with the surrounding community,” said Gavin.

Scott Park, Senior Pastor of Impact, added, “Jesus said there is more happiness in giving than in receiving (Acts 20:35), so we at Impact Christian Church seek to reach those who are in need as best we can, whether they’re local or halfway around the world. Love is a verb more than an emotion, and we seek to love through action the best we can. because of the ultimate loving action of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

The church’s goal is to use its financial and time resources in the most effective way to reach the greatest number of people through missions.

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Nineteen people from the Impact mission team, along with mission leader Mike Gavin, left Woodland Park on November 20 to travel to Juarez to build a house for a family. They are, left to right: JoFey Nilsen, Nick Allison, JJ Allison, Holly Galvin, Mike Galvin, Wyatt Eckhart, Ben Galvin, Grace Galvin, Derek Eckhart, Addy Thessing Crystal Forget, Ruthie Thessing, Scott Park, Emma Thessing, Kristen Thessing, Bella Thessing, Matt Thessing, Jeff Eckhart and Natalie Eckhart.

Missions they support throughout Colorado and the United States include Camp Como, Manhattan Christian College, and Church Planters of the Rockies.

The reach is not limited to the United States and has expanded to Mexico, Thailand, Kenya, and Uganda.

In addition to building homes in Mexico this year, the church held food-packing sessions to collect 10,000 food packets at a time. They take them to Mexico so that their missionary in Juarez can use them to help those in need.

“I think all healthy churches (at least most) have a strong desire to reach out to others. Jesus taught us and molded for us as such,” Park said. “Missions has been part of Impact since the beginning, which is one of the reasons I believe God has blessed this church.”


Members of the Impact Chistian Church mission team raise the walls of a house they built last month in Mexico. Front to back: Bella Thessing, Holly Galvin, Derek Eckhart, Emma Thessing, Wyatt Eckhart, Joey Nilsen and Crystal Forget.

Impact Christian Church was previously called Woodland Park Christian Church, but changed its name in 2011 to mean movement and action. Park has served as senior pastor since 2013, when he was asked to take over from his brother, Barry Park, who led the church for the previous 15 years. The brothers worked together to lead from 2008 until 2013, when Barry Park moved back to Kansas, where they both grew up and graduated from Bible college. Barry Park now leads University Christian Church in Manhattan, Kansas.

Today, the Impact Christian Church family has over 500 regular attendees, a vibrant and growing youth ministry, women’s ministry, men’s ministry, life groups, and a very successful Celebrate Recovery program. The church is heavily involved in evangelism and community outreach with Choices Pregnancy Care Center and Little Chapel Food Pantry. The church holds public services in the park, participates in the annual Christmas Parade, where it distributes “Love ‘O Grams” to spread the love of Jesus, and invites the community to trunk or feast. Last year the church hosted a live drive-thru Christmas story. A few years ago they hung a Bible on every doorknob in Woodland Park and some surrounding areas.

Impact Christian Church is located at 27400 Colo. Highway 67, just north of Shining Mountain Golf Course. Sunday service hours are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. According to the church’s website,, all are welcome.

Charles K. Eckert