What an amazing year it's been! Here are some of the highlights of 2014 in Compassion Ministries:
Keith Hartsell, Abbey Siebert and Diana Soerens moved on to other exciting positions and projects. Matt Woodley was hired in May as the Missions Pastor, and I (Kaitlyn) filled the Missions Manager position in November.
Jenn Ranter started a ministry for families with adopted children or who would like to adopt. Replanted provides parents with an opportunity to hear from others with similar experiences, to pray together and support each other. The 1st annual regional Orphan Saturday Conference brought together 12 expert speakers and over 100 attendees!
In October Church of the Resurrection’s narthex welcomed more than 200 people from multiple Chicagoland churches by celebrating the launch of Refuge for Women Chicago, a restoration program for women coming out of trafficking.
In January, Bishop Stewart, Pastor Matt and Diana Soerens joined the throngs of people in Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life. The Sanctity of Life team planned for a series of events in the new year (see
here for more details).
As a church, we decided to work open our doors to our neighbors this Advent by partnering with World Relief. We committed to collecting three Good Neighbor Kits and assembling our own Good Neighbor Team. Due to the overwhelming generous response, we were able to collect four complete kits and donate several extra items to World Relief!