The first Sunday of each month we head to Open Door Fellowship (ODF) to prepare and serve a meal to some of Denver’s poor and homeless. Our next scheduled day is Sunday, January 6, 2019. If you’d like to attend and serve or help prep an item for the meal, sign up here or on the MVF App.
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. 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 at ODF. We strive to serve a restaurant-quality meal while making 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. 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. It is through these opportunities that Christ is displayed through our service and compassion.
Finally, for those who are able, we highly recommend taking an international trip. We've taken several teams to Guayaramerin, Bolivia to work with Love In Action Ministries at Andrea's Home of Hope and Joy. This special place is an orphanage for children who have been abandoned by their parents due to extreme poverty, death, or neglect. We've also taken teams to Jamaica, Haiti, and the Philippines.
If you aren’t physically able to serve, financial support for those who do is always appreciated. This can be accomplished through monetary or food donations at Open Door Fellowship, supporting one of our church missionaries, or supporting someone who is taking a trip. It takes everyone's help to accomplish great things... including 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.
Open Door Fellowship (ODF) serves the poor, oppressed, and disregarded in the heart of Denver as a church and partner with other non-profit ministries. ODF has been meeting the spiritual and physical needs of many in their community through a multitude of ministries; we have the pleasure of being involved monthly with one called 'The Table'.
'The Table' is a meal that is prepared and served to the homeless who attend their Sunday evening service, including women from the Women's Homeless Initiative. It is a humbling opportunity to serve and foster relationships by listening to their stories and just loving on them. You can sign up to attend and serve at ODF, prepare an item for the meal, or donate money towards the meal under the Next Steps/Serve tab.
To donate online and help with the monthly meal expenses, visit the Next Steps/Give Tab and designate your gift as "Missions."
Love in Action International Ministries (LIAIM) has a desire to establish orphanages throughout Latin America. Through personal ties in our church body, MVF is involved with Andrea's Home of Hope and Joy in Guyaramerin, Bolivia. LIAIM invites churches to partner with them in the development of each location through short term mission trips, which involve construction projects on the orphanage, dairy farm, and dairy processing plant all while fostering relationships with the children and house parents. LIAIM endeavors to display the love and power of Christ as each home is built and filled. MVF helps to support LIAIM's international work.
MVF will be sending a team to Onaville, Haiti in February 2019 to host four days of free medical clinics. Prior to the earthquake of 2010, Onaville had less than 1500 people. That number has jumped to nearly 300,000 people who are essentially refugees from the quake. Over the past seven years, Haitian Pastor Noel Gespere has planted 7 churches in this community. These growing churches minister to their profoundly poor neighbors by both pointing them to Jesus and helping with their physical needs. Our team is partnering with Pastor Noel and Mission Discovery for this week long short-term medical missions trip. While the medical clinics will be simple in scope, they provide basic care and a hope-filled link for people to connect to these local churches.
In late January, we will be asking MVF to donate specific supplies to support the team. We are expecting to serve over 2,000 patients, and so our need for donations is great. Watch for information in January on the specific items you can help us collect.