Identifying and addressing key areas of neglect in your community, while extending the hope of Christ to hurting people, captures the essence of mercy ministry. You will find neglected people segmented in your surrounding area that need to be reached with the good news of Jesus. They are hurting. They are lonely. They are struggling to find any sort of meaning in their lives. To labor in the midst of human suffering while sharing the gospel is a clear way to engage with a harvest that is plentiful.
Seeking to care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people in your surrounding community is a biblically local mission engagement strategy. The Lord may have given you a passion to engage your community, but the question is “How do you get started?”
The Send Relief initiatives may offer you a clear answer. Whether it is conducting medical and dental clinics, caring for orphans and the homeless population or beginning a literacy ministry, you and your church can make a difference now.
Mercy ministry, if done well, is a great approach to organizing your church’s local mission engagement and will enable your church to discover overlooked ministry potential. Through Send Relief, the North American Mission Board assists churches in reaching people in need with practical help and the hope of the gospel. Choose one of the initiatives listed here and begin your journey of offering relief to suffering people in your community today.