Community Outreach & Missions

"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me."
Matthew 25:40

Compassionate outreach into surrounding towns, villages and cities - and mission development (and support) overseas - are essential components in building bridges to the communities around us. Whether the community is the local neighbourhood, or a continent thousands of miles away, we are all called to respond to the needs of others through care and concern, sacrifice and generosity

At Christ Risen, our outreach activities include both a Social Ministry [aimed at the community around us], and Mission Care [aimed at overseas regions around the globe].

Our 'Social Ministry' developed from a concern, and commitment, to assist families and individuals suffering with emotional stresses and hardships - whether family-based, work-related, school-related, or just someone trying to cope with the demands of everyday life. Whatever the tragedy, crisis or adversity, the goals of the Social Ministry Team are to bring support and assistance - comfort, care and concern - to individuals and families who are hurting and needing help.

Similarly, our 'Mission Care' efforts focus on assisting mission congregations based in the developing regions of Southern Asia and Central America [as examples, the Malabar Mission in India, and the Nicaragua Mission in Nicarauga]. Other outreach and special relief activities supported by our Mission Care program include: assistance to Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Bible Translators, the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots [LAMP], the Concordia Lutheran Mission Society, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the Food Banks of Kanata, Nepean, Almonte and Stittsville, the 'Warm Feet for the Street' program [aimed at providing clothing for the Ottawa homeless], and the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society.

All of our Care programs are focussed on teaching and demonstrating Christ's love, and on revealing 'how caring for others' can have a positive and healing effect in our local communities, and in society (and countries) at large — for we only need to take those first (initial) steps of caring, and healing, to discover the immensity of compassion and the power of generosity.

"I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity....(for) man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden, but never extinguished."
- Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1994)