Missions

God desire for His church to go into our community and our city to make a difference in the lives of people in need.

Reach people in your city and share the love of Christ by connecting with one of our local ministry partners. Ministry partners are local ministries that Olathe Bible Church has selected to actively and continually support – through financial gifts and serving opportunities – in order to reach our local communities.

 

For information about local mission opportunities, contact Chuck Allen, Local Missions Pastor.


Local Mission Partners

Care Portal
The Care Portal is used in counties across Kansas and Missouri. It brings the needs of hurting children and families to our attention. Child Welfare workers uncover the needs. The Care Portal makes local churches aware, giving us a timely, non-threatening invitation and opportunity to respond. Learn more.

Eleos Coffee House
Glorifying God by engaging in Gospel-driven ministries of compassion. Learn more.

Gateway of Hope
They hope to see each woman become all that God created her to be and help transform the lives of hurting women through counseling, groups, coaching and prayer.

Hope Faith Ministries
Hope Faith Ministries is a Christian ministry whose purpose is to alleviate homelessness in Kansas City by providing basic necessities and assistance to empower the homeless to move from dependence to independence. The ministry is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of homeless and impoverished men, women, and children in Kansas City. Learn more.

ISI – International Students, Inc.
Exists to share Christ’s love with international college students. Learn more.

Mission Adelante
Outreach to Bhutanese and Latino communities in the urban core of Kansas City. Learn more.

Mission Southside
Bringing Jesus to people in need by extending help and hope. Learn more.

Salvation Army Family Lodge
The Family Lodge serves Johnson County families who have minor children and are homeless. The Salvation Army helps them develop independent living skills and obtain a new home systematically, one step at a time.

Tomahawk Elementary
Youth Mentors is a program in which volunteers spend approximately one hour a week with students. Adult volunteers and schools work together to choose the time to meet, whether it’s during a class period or at a lunch break. The activities include: lunch buddy, tutor, after-school homework helper, mentor, and special projects. Download an application here. For questions and information, contact Wendy Karr, school counselor, at (913) 780-7690.

Urban Scholastic Center (USC)
Developing socially responsible Christian leaders, improving their academic performance, enhancing their leadership skills and empowering them to become leaders in our ministry, the community and the world. Learn more.

Worship Wagon
This is a mobile church service offered to the poor and homeless in downtown Kansas City every Monday night near the River Market. It provides a opportunity for those living on the streets to participate in a weekly, non-denominational church service. OBC facilitates the service the third Monday of each month. Learn more.


Root 151 Garden

Root 151 is a community garden that connects members of Olathe Bible Church with the extended community as well as non-profit organizations in the area. Individuals, couples, families and groups are invited to lease a plot to garden. Your harvest is yours, but we ask that a portion of your harvest is donated to help those in our community who are in need. Learn more about the Root 151 Garden by contacting Paul Klayder.


Prison Ministry

Olathe Bible Church also engages in ministry to those who are in or have served time in jail and prison. One program we are involved in is a mentoring program for teens in the juvenile detention system. Another is called Gracious Promise which seeks to help people who have been impacted by incarceration to rebuild their lives. If you would like more information about prison ministry, including how you can get involved, contact Columbus Heard.

Meeting the practical and spiritual needs of people in far off lands is a big deal at Olathe Bible Church. We take the time to invest in a few, strategic areas through relationships with missionaries on the ground. We call this effort Global Missions.

We believe that everyone has a role to play in reading those in need in our world. Your part may be to pray for missionaries and mission efforts. You may financially support long term missionaries or help fund short-term mission trips. You might even find yourself participating in a trip to see first hand the work God is doing and use your skills and passions to make a difference in the lives of others.

Read about the countries we work in below and explore the trips tab above to see opportunities for you and your family. For more information about you can get involved, contact Chris.

Ethiopia

Olathe Bible Church brings fresh water, medicine, teaching and business micro-loans to the people of Ethiopia. We have been working for six years now with local church leaders in the capitol city of Addis and in small, remote villages to meet the needs of this developing nation. Ninety million people call Ethiopia home. They enjoy a rich culture of exotic music and food, including the tradition of feeding others in your group with your own hands. Ethiopians love their sports – especially long distance track and soccer – and Ethiopia produces more coffee than any other African nation. But Ethiopia is also a country in need.

It has one of the lowest GDP per capita in the world. There is a great need for improved sanitation and health care. Traditionally an Eastern Orthodox Christian nation, poor infrastructure and a growing Islamic influence make for a difficult task of discipling those hungry for the gospel. Every year, people from OBC travel to Ethiopia to make a difference in the lives of the people there. We support local pastors financially and practically as they meet the needs of their fellow Ethiopians. Thank you for your support and generosity as we continue to build on our relationships in this important nation.

India

India is a country full of flavor and wonder. The exotic food. Young boys playing cricket in the shadow of the Taj Mahal. Old men telling ancient tales filled with magic and superstition. A place of extremes. Poverty and wealth. Billions making their way through crowded cities while many others live life in isolated, rural villages. A variety of cultural influences from centuries old Hinduism to the British colonization that ended in 1947. Olathe Bible Church is committed to bringing practical relief and the news of Jesus Christ to the oppressed, isolated, poor and often hopefulness people of India. One organization we work with is called the India Gospel League. IGL trains and sends indigenous “barefoot” pastors into the hundreds of thousands of small villages scattered throughout the large, heavily populated continent. These pastors are uniquely positioned to present the liberating love of God to a culture that is steeped in fear and idolatry. Over the last 25 years, IGL has planted over 78,000 village churches. These churches have brought light to a dark world through teaching, economic development and medical relief. There is still plenty of work to be done. Over 80% of Indians consider themselves Hindu. Thousands of villages have yet to hear about Jesus. You are invited to join us in supporting our many missionary partners in India as we work together at Olathe Bible Church to make a difference in our world.

Panama

Known for its famous canal, the small country of Panama is a place of lush jungles and unspoiled highlands sandwiched between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It’s location made it an ideal place for Spain to funnel valuable South American silver back to Europe in 1600’s. Today, the country is a hub for international trade, beautiful landscapes and a love for baseball. Olathe Bible Church has been involved in mission work in Panama for over 6 years. We work with local missionaries to reach isolated villages with food, supplies, and the gospel of Jesus. We send teams to villages such as Las Margaritas and Union Santena several times a year to help maintain the facilities, teach the kids about the Bible, and do a variety of other projects. Thank you for your support as we continue to develop our relationship with the people of Panama. Together, we are making a difference for Christ.

Missions Trips

Join us on an upcoming missions trip. Basic trip information is included here. Contact the trip coordinator for more details. All trips have a limited number of participants. Start your journey by completing a mission trip application.

 

TRIP PAYMENTS

In order to be tax-deductible contributions, payments for missions trips are marked as “donations” and cannot be given toward a specific individual. Make a donation to your trip here. Choose the “Missions Trips Donations” fund and write the giving code for you trip in the memo line. Giving codes can be found with each trip below.

Ethiopia | February 25-March 11, 2018

This trip is full. Leadership conference. Capacity – 15. Contact Paulos Assefa. Code | ETHIOPIA FEB 18

Liberia | March, 2018

Buller encouragement. Capacity – 8. Contact Ray Zuercher.Code | LIBERIA APRIL 18

Panama | May 26-June 3, 2018

Family trip. Capacity – 35. Contact Dusty Decker. Code | PANAMA FAMILY

Atlanta | June 3-9

High School trip. Details and register. Code | ATLANTA

Panama | June 21-29, 2018

Young Adult trip. Capacity – 15. Contact Colin Murphy. Code | PANAMA JUNE 18

Ethiopia | July 1-14, 2018

Leadership conference. Capacity – 15. Contact Paulos Assefa. Code | ETHIOPIA JULY 18

India | August 3-12, 2018

Youth conference. Capacity – 7.  Contact Tyler Geisler. Code | INDIA AUG 18