A family of four in Juarez, Mexico recently received a much needed early Christmas gift from members of the Woodland Park-based Impact Christian Church.
Nineteen of the mission team at Impact, along with mission leader Mike Gavin, left Woodland Park on November 20 to travel to Juarez to build a house for the family during Thanksgiving week.
“We take all the equipment and building materials with us and build the house and we have the opportunity to pray and pray not only with the recipients, but also with the surrounding community,” Gavin said.
Scott Park, Senior Pastor of Impact, added, “Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35), so we at Impact Christian Church are looking to reach those in need. as best we can, whether they’re local or across the globe. Love is a verb more than an emotion, and we seek to love by doing the best we can because of the ultimate loving action of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
The goal of the church is to use its financial and time resources in the most effective way to reach the greatest number of individuals through the missions.
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 extended to Mexico, Thailand, Kenya and Uganda.
In addition to building houses in Mexico this year, the church has held food packing sessions to prepare 10,000 packages of food at a time. They lead them to Mexico so that their missionary in Juarez can use them to help those in need.
“I think all (at least most) healthy churches have a strong desire to reach out to others. Jesus taught and molded us as such, ”Park said. “Missions has been a part of Impact from the start, which is one of the reasons I believe God has blessed this church. “
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 asked to replace his brother, Barry Park, who led the church for the previous 15 years. The brothers worked together to direct from 2008 to 2013, when Barry Park returned to Kansas, where they both grew up and graduated from Bible University. Barry Park now runs University Christian Church in Manhattan, Kansas.
Today the Impact Christian Church family has over 500 regular participants, 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 outreach and community outreach with Choices Pregnancy Care Center and Little Chapel Food Pantry. The church holds open 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 pack trunks or treats. Last year the church hosted a live Christmas story. A few years ago, they hung a Bible on every doorknob in and around Woodland Park.
Impact Christian Church is located at 27400 Colo. Highway 67, just north of the Shining Mountain Golf Course. Sunday hours of service are 9:00 am and 10:45 am According to the church’s website, impactcc.net, everyone is welcome.