Service Projects and Humanitarian Outreach

That churches are engaged in compassionate service demonstrates not only our commonality as human beings, created in God's image (Genesis 1:27), but obedience to the second half of "The Great Commandment," spoken by Jesus, as found in Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV):

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.1 This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.2 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

[1] quoting Deuteronomy 6:5, [2] quoting Leviticus 19:18

On this page, you will find a number of the ways in which Evangel is engaged in service:

Local Needs • VBS ProjectsDisaster ReliefMission Trips

Local Needs, Social Services

Local Food Pantries

In addition to an ongoing opportunity to assist local food pantries with donation baskets in the lobby, Evangel has conducted neighborhood food drives (left), collections as part of Vacation Bible School (see below), as well as an offering of goods as part of our annual Thanksgiving service.

Recipients have been People's Resource Center (PRC) in Wheaton, which provides a wide array of support services, and the Neighborhood Food Pantries (NFP, formerly Feeding NW DuPage) location in West Chicago at Crossroads Restoration Church—one of six churches in northwest DuPage County serving as walk-in locations for food distribution and other assistance.

See the PRC website   See the NFP website    See the NFP West Chicago location

ECFA


For many years, Evangel has had a relationship with ECFA, which is headquartered in Wheaton. People from Evangel have been or currently serve as employees, board members, volunteers (from the annual tag day to help in the office and support for fund-raising events), and participants in ECFA fund-raising events. Several families in Evangel's history have adopted children through ECFA, served as foster parents or as "Safe Families."

See the ECFA website.

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DCFS Training Courses

Evangel is pleased to have its facilities used for training courses offered by DCFS (Illinois Department of Children and Family Services) for those involved in support of children and families through foster care and adoption. Currently, DCFS offers training courses once a week in one of our classrooms. Evangel member Joanie van Gorkom is a trainer for DCFS and co-trains the classes held at Evangel.


VBS Projects

Vacation Bible School has collected food and household goods for local food pantries (left). There is also a fund-raising effort for a specific project affecting children somewhere in the world. In 2013, we teamed up with Global Compassion Network to help rebuild a kitchen at an orphanage in Haiti (center; children from the orphanage, right).

To help visualize what they were doing, the goal of $800 (already more than previous efforts) was translated to the number of concrete blocks that could be purchased. To make it even more personal, children were invited to pick up a block (left) to see how heavy it is. Throughout the week, notes were written on "blocks" that were taped to the wall next to the project goal thermometer (center). The goal was easily surpassed, needing an extension on the thermometer (right), with the final total of $1,036!

See more about Global Compassion Network's work in Haiti

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Disaster Relief

When disaster strikes, Evangel responds. Often on very short notice, the people of Evangel have always been generous in giving to major relief efforts, near and far...hurricane-devastated Haiti, the tsunami in Japan, tornadoes in the Midwest. Most disaster relief is given through Converge World Relief.

Another parnership for relief has grown from our own Dennis and Julie Anderson (former Youth Pastor at Evangel), now directors of domestic relief for Global Compassion Network.

Search for news stories on the work of Converge World Relief.
See the Global Compassion Network website.

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Mission Trips

For two years, we have sent a team of volunteers to Theriot, Louisiana to assist Bayou DuLarge Baptist Church with ongoing projects that began following Hurricane Katrina and continue with new buildings and the modification of existing buildings to better withstand future storms. We have been part of a larger effort by other churches, college students, and other groups.

The 2013 group before departing for Louisiana.


In 2012, a group (left) gathered for prayer at an empty lot, asking God to make it possible to build a new house there. When the Evangel group arrived in 2013, the construction on the house was well under way (center - all construction now uses stilts high enough to avoid damage from storm surges). During the week, the Evangel group was able to help install windows, soffits and fascia, and half of the siding.

The 2014 trip is planned for March 14-22. E-mail Paul van Gorkom if interested.*

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