Cologne, Germany (Great Commission Europe)
Great Commission Europe (GCE) is about planting churches, making disciples, and reaching the nations through Europe. We begun our partnership with GCE 2019 after some of our leadership team had the opportunity to travel the refugee highway beginning in Greece and ending in Amsterdam. We will be partnering with Mateo and his team in Cologne, Germany to reach Muslim refugees.
The trips focus will be centered around creating gospel conversations and setting up follow up meetings with refugees on the streets of Cologne. This will be accomplished through offering coffee, playing games in the local park, or simply walking throughout the city. The work done by the team will then enable Mateo and his team to follow up those conversations with intentional times of discipleship and the eventual goal of planting a church. This trip offers a unique opportunity to interact with people who possibly come from nations that are hostile to the Christians and have never heard the Gospel.
Medellin, Colombia (Global Transformation Ministries)
GTM’s core focus is church planting through the leaders of unreached communities to impact the rest of the community at large. In 2019, GTM launched a new ministry called Esther’s Home, to meet the community’s need of helping homeless pregnant teens find safe housing. Esther’s Home provides housing for 15 mothers and their babies, on-site trade skills training and Christian therapy. Upon completion of the program at Esther’s Home, the girls will have found housing, a place of employment, and the confidence to raise their babies and break the cycle of poverty.
This trip will have a two part focus. One part focusing on Esther’s Home through teaching the girls practical job training skills or life skills, as well as light construction projects. The other focus will be on church planting as GTM is set to launch a new church plant in January 2022. The focus on church planting will be done by prayer walking neighborhoods and creating outreach opportunities within the local neighborhoods.
Morgantown, WV (Chestnut Mountain Ranch)
Cost: $160 (2 Night Stay) + $50 (Per person)
Chestnut Mountain Ranch provides a Christ-centered school and home for boys in crisis and in need of hope and healing. Partnering with their families, they pursue family restoration and reunification. Just recently two faithful River Ridge attenders, Greg and Jennifer Clutter moved to Morgantown to head up the Foster Care initiative at Chestnut Mountain Ranch.
The focus of this trip will be light construction projects designed for the whole family. Our hope is to create a serving opportunity that is accessible for families in location, duration, cost, and skill level. The work we do will help the ranch to expand and enhance the programs they offer to the boys and families.
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River Ridge Church works with individuals and organizations locally and in different parts of the world who are pursuing a vision to bring God's love and care to the nations of the world. We are proud to call them Global Partners.