We believe missions, whether in our own neighborhood or on the other side of the world, is what the Body of Christ is called to focus on. It can be intimidating trying to share your faith for the first time, so we have designed a tiered Missions Program at MVF.
We recommend that everyone start by serving at least once at Open Door Fellowship - our partnership with a church in downtown Denver (it’s addicting, though… no one can serve just once!) The first Sunday of each month we serve a meal to some of Denver’s poor and homeless after they attend a church service at ODF. We strive to serve a restaurant-quality meal and make each person feel valued and loved. In the colder months, we have coat drives and set up a “department store” so that as they leave, they can go through the items and take whatever they might need.
The second step in our missions program is taking an urban missions trip somewhere in the US or traveling across the border to Mexico. These trips are generally offered to the youth on a yearly basis, and adults are needed as sponsors. We have been to the City of Angels Orphanage in Tijuana twice, and to the inner city of Los Angeles several times. These trips are life-changing as you come to realize that these folks aren’t so different from you… they need Jesus too… and they need our help and love.
Finally, for those who are able, we highly recommend taking an international trip. We have taken a group to the Philippines to visit and work in several Christian schools and have been to Guayaramerin, Bolivia to stay and work with Love In Action Ministries at the Andrea's Home of Hope and Joy for children who have been abandoned by their parents due to extreme poverty or death. We have also dug and built latrines in the rural mountains of Jamaica.
If you aren’t physically able to serve, financial support for those who do is always appreciated. Whether assisting through monetary donations for food at Open Door Fellowship, supporting one of our church missionaries, or supporting someone who is going on a trip… it takes your help to accomplish these great things... and the Great Commission.
For more information on MVF mission teams & trips, call the offices at 303.622.9600 or click here to email Pastor Ryan.