The opportunity to share Christ with those who don’t know Him is all around us – in our city, our neighborhoods, even our own homes! Like every city, Yakima suffers from the hopelessness that comes from not knowing Christ. The mission of each believer at Sun Valley is to share the hope of Christ through evangelizing and making disciples in Yakima. The Apostle Peter described well the personal ministry of each Christian: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
As Christians, we have been saved and sovereignly gifted, impassioned, and placed in strategic areas to share the Gospel with those around us. Armed with the truth of God’s Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are sent to make disciples of Christ as we go through our day (Matt 28:18-20).
Whether on the job, at school, in the home, or through one of our many local affiliate ministries (listed below), we know that while we are on earth, we are called to make Christ known in our city!
Sacred Road Ministries was established on the Yakama Reservation by the Pacific Northwest Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America to establish a dynamic, healthy church in the remote town of White Swan. The Sacred Road team reaches out to the community through children’s ministries, student ministries, acts of service and mercy, adult Bible studies, recruiting, hosting and organizing one-week service teams, and meeting weekly as a church: Hope Fellowship.
Opportunities: Weekly mentorships, child sponsorships, donate Wal-Mart gift cards, summer ministry trips.
Life Choices of Yakima is a non-profit organization of Christians dedicated to loving abortion-vulnerable mothers and their babies, and promoting healthy life decisions. Most of their work is done with helping provide free medical and counseling services to young women with crisis pregnancies in order to provide a safe environment in which to share the hope of Christ in the midst of hardship. Life Choices also does STD testing and shares God’s plan for a healthy sexual relationship in marriage through its Think Twice program in Yakima-area schools.
Opportunities: Mentoring, office help, Think Twice presentations, and more!
YAKIMA UNION GOSPEL MISSION
The mission statement for the Union Gospel Mission is simple: "YUGM exists to provide Christ-centered rescue, recovery, and restoration to men, women, and children in need."
Sun Valley Church leads worship service monthly, and some of the men from SVC serve full time in ministry there. Small groups have opportunities to serve in the Family Shelter, and we are excited to be able to support and be a part of what God is doing among the homeless of Yakima.
If you are interested in more regular or different kinds of service with the UGM, please contact us and we will get you connected.
The Madison House is a ministry of the Union Gospel Mission, and is located in the inner-city of Yakima. Madison House's mission is "to build up and fulfill the God-given potential of inner-city youth through Christ-centered relational ministry; focusing on educational, emotional, and spiritual well-being." Through Bible studies, mentoring, organized sports, tutoring, ESL, and more, those who minister at Madison House are being used by God to make Christ's Name known to many who have never heard the Gospel. Sun Valley is privileged to have Madison House students join Crossed Out Student Ministries at the church twice a month.
Opportunities: Tutoring, mentoring, student ministries, and more. Contact the church office, or visit www.yugm.org/volunteer to minister with Madison House.
The majority of children coming into foster care must wait in an office for HOURS while a social worker calls to find them a suitable placement. This is usually a time of high anxiety for children as they’ve recently been removed from their home and are being moved to a new, unknown foster home. Imagine being taken away from all you know and all you love: family, friends, possessions, etc.
The notion of Teytum’s Gift is straightforward. While the child is waiting, a social worker gives the child an age-appropriate backpack that contains a box of gifts that are their own, including a children’s storybook Bible. Since many children enter their new foster homes with no or very few belongings, the idea is to send these children on with something of their very own and to give them a true sense of hope and comfort.
CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP
Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-saturated ministry that has been faithfully devoted to evangelizing boys and girls with the Gospel. As children come to Christ, they are connected with faithful local churches, where they are discipled in their walk with the Lord. This provides an avenue for Gospel ministry to whole families.
CEF has a number of ministries, though the main ones are Good News Club and the 5-Day Club. Good News Clubs happen throughout the year in homes and schools, and members of Sun Valley participate in one of the East Valley Good News Clubs each week. SVC students are also trained to do evangelism through Christian Youth In Action (CYIA), and are active in ministering the Gospel to children.
Opportunities: Good News Club, 5-Day Club, CYIA.
BARRY REIFEL /
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
Barry Reifel is a long-time member of Sun Valley Church, and is the Director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for Central Washington. As Director, Barry ministers at large, meeting with coaches, athletes, and sports directors, sharing the Gospel and encouraging faithfulness to Christ "on and off the field!"
For more information, visit www.centralwafca.org.