Sanctuary is committed to proclaiming the gospel in our homes, our neighborhoods, and around the world. Jesus gave us a very clear picture of this in His Great Commission found in Matthew 28, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” We believe this mission is a natural fruit of the transformation process, not a duty, but rather a desire to love others as God has loved us. We believe Local and Global Outreach opportunities at Sanctuary serve as a way for us to grow as a disciple and make disciples all at the same time.
Local Outreach Partners
ADOPT-A-BLOCK: Serve low-income communities in downtown Atlanta on Saturday’s (10am-1pm) through simple acts of service, such as food delivery, yard work, prayer, and interacting with kids and families, the Atlanta Dream Center aims to establish lasting relationships and show God’s love to all individuals they encounter.
COMPASSION NIGHTS (iAM): Outreach to Homelessness and Addiction: Every Thursday night volunteers enter the streets of Atlanta to minister to the homeless. The goal is to build relationships and invite them into an ongoing discipleship. Note Age 13+ event/ Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm.
PRINCESS NIGHT (OUT OF DARKNESS): We deliver roses and handmade cards containing the 24/7 hotline number to areas of prostitution in the metro Atlanta area, offering prayer and encouragement to the women we met. Note: Age 16+ event/ Saturdays from 7 pm-10:30pm.
TOY GIVEAWAY: Each Christmas we join other volunteers to collect and hand out toys in low income areas of Atlanta. This opportunity allows ADC to continue their ongoing relationship they build with these families throughout the year.
PRAYER: For hearts to continue being reached, rescued, and restored.
ENGAGE: To reach those still in the darkness of sexual exploitation, we must meet them where they’re at. Out of Darkness takes teams to the streets, hotels, jails, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies with a message of hope and new life. Out of Darkness is always looking for new volunteers who are passionate about taking the light of Jesus into the darkest places!
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high, and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering, and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.
The FCA vision is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
The FCA mission is to present to coaches, athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.
PRAYER: Pray for hearts in the community to receive the love of Christ as it is delivered through FCA volunteers by way of lunches, tournaments, camps, and Bible studies.
Mentorship- Every weekday, mentors spend one hour with a student to encourage them and express the love of Christ through their presence alone.
Events- Lunches, festivals, and other events are hosted at the school throughout the year. During these events we share the love of Christ through activities, prayer and engaging conversations that strengthen our relationships with the school community.
Holiday Outreach- Each year we collect and deliver Thanksgiving boxes to families in the community. Due to the generosity of the body of Christ we give toys and gift cards through our annual Giving Tree to Hayes families and staff during the Christmas season.
Read to Lead- Each summer, Sanctuary hosts a summer reading & lunch program at Hayes. Members build relationships with the families as students and their families check out books and engage in a bible story and crafts.
Throughout the year Sanctuary offers opportunities to bless the faculty and staff by providing breakfast and gifts that express the love of Christ. In additions we support their students and families during the holiday season.
PRAYER: As Hayes & LMMS teachers and administration seek not only to educate but also to nurture relationships with their students, they are faced with daily challenges. These challenges call for a supernatural stamina to stand firm against the ways of the world. We ask you to pray for God’s blessings and provision for the administration, teachers, staff, and students at Hayes. In addition, Hayes is praying for our Lord to have favor on Hayes’ reputation in the community.
ENGAGE: There are approximately 25 more students at Hayes in need of weekly mentors. Training is offered. The commitment for mentors is one hour each week for one school year.
- Volunteer in the school office with clerical duties
- Read to the classes
- Help in coordinating and helping with special events
Global Outreach Partners
FUNDACION RAPHA exists to see self-sustaining, indigenous and rural communities flourishing by virtue of the well-being of their individual members. RAPHA is reaching and discipling the rural and indigenous peoples of eastern Bolivia, South America. RAPHA is a name of God and Jehovah Rapha means “The Lord who heals.” Led by Drs. Placido & Toni Mercado, the desire is to raise up national leaders to take the gospel to the surrounding communities by teaching biblical discipleship, holistic health and wellness, and general care to those in need.
Their vision is to build a discipleship training center for pastors and leaders, provide care for the local communities, and teach and equip the communities through Microfinance business projects.
PRAYER: Pray that God’s Word and Truth would prevail and bring freedom to a people whose government suppresses it. Also pray for protection of the ministry leaders and their families, as they live with the threat of constant persecution.
ENGAGE: We are in the beginning stages of building the discipleship center and invite you to partner with us as we continue construction, by going and giving. Prayerfully consider joining us as we encourage our partners through our presence on the field and with our gifts of support. You can join us on a short term trip as we build, encourage, and depend relationships through the study of God’s word.
Sanctuary has three different partnerships in Cambodia. These relationships began through the efforts of Dr. Jack Baskin and Western Hills Baptist Church, and Sanctuary is honored to be able to continue their work with these ministries.
• Dr. Felipe Castro and his family head up Solid Rock Academy, an orphanage and school in Kampong Thom. This ministry also provides feeding centers where local children can hear the Gospel and receive a hot meal twice a week. In addition, they host medical missions throughout the year where young doctors from around the world join him in providing care for the indigent. Before this care is received, the Gospel is shared with each recipient. He recently built and opened a new hospital in 2014, easing the 3-hour travel time to the nearest facility.
• Pastors Paul Tabanao and his family have 4 churches in the Phnom Penh area, as well as a dumpsite ministry and Bible College for equipping young pastors and leaders. He also houses and disciples many children in his own home to help provide for and fund their Christian education.
• Pastor Sihok Soeurn and his family oversee 3 local churches in Phnom Penh, and is devoted to discipling and raising up new pastors and church planters. He also ministers to and evangelizes in several area dumpsites, as well as overseeing a school at one of the dumpsites. Recognizing that food shortage is a challenge for many Cambodians, he has also established feeding stations all around Phnom Penh supported by the local churches.
PRAYER: for God to continue to disciple and equip the local church in Cambodia and its pastors to reach province in their country for Jesus Christ. To raise up and send out more missionaries into Vietnam and other surrounding countries. To provide their spiritual and financial needs according to His Riches in Glory.
ENGAGE: Sponsor a project; Offer encouragement and blessings through consistent email; Go on a short-term mission trip; Provide financial support
Sanctuary members Randy and Cindy Stephens were called by God in 2017 to serve alongside the pastors of Grace Baptist Church in Slatina, Romania and local villages of Olt Country.
The ministry seeks to provide food to the poor and hungry, create opportunities for children to connect with believers and hear the gospel, to help improve the living conditions of the suffering, and offer Bible study and discipleship opportunities.
Grace Baptist was the first Protestant church in the city of Slatina. After 20 years of denials by the communist to start a church, communism fell in 1989 and within on year the first evangelical church began. By 1994 the first village church was built in Apple Valley.
Southern Romania is very poor and Eastern Orthodox is the prominent religion with very few evangelical believers. The Romanian people believe that they are born into this religion and that only the priest can interpret the Bible. As a result the people do not have a relationship with God. Believers in the evangelical church in which we work have a joy that is not found in the surrounding community. Grace Baptist Church and the village churches offer the desire to spread the gos[el for the good of the people and the glory of God.
PRAYER: For God to open the hearts of the lost Old county to hear the gospel, to call men to pastor village churches in southern Romania and to provide church buildings in villages.
ENGAGE: You can support the ministry financially for projects and ministries in southern Romania. You may also join a short-term team and serve alongside our ministry partners and the churches. You can follow the Stephens on Facebook at “wegoromo.”
Because of Kennedy is a non-profit organization that exists to care for orphans and empower the vulnerable in Ethiopia while demonstrating faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ.
Because of Kennedy is a Christ-centered organization that partners with US and Ethiopian-based churches and non-profit organizations to accomplish the following:
1. Serve orphans and vulnerable children by providing basic needs such as food, clean water, education, clothing, appropriate living conditions, and medical care.
2. Strive to empower guardians of orphans and vulnerable children living in their community with entrepreneurial and vocational training to become self-supportive, ultimately enabling them to provide for the basic needs and education for their family.
3. Provide Christian evangelism and discipleship, in partnership with Ethiopian churches, leading people in growing relationships with Jesus Christ.
4. Partner with US-based churches to provide discipleship opportunities for their congregation through global missions.
PRAYER: We pray that these US-Ethiopia partnerships in the Gospel extend beyond the scope of BOK’s programs. That individual and corporate supporters develop deep, relational part- nerships that help shape and deepen ministry in these individuals, as well as their communities both in the US and in Ethiopia.
ENGAGE: BoK joins missionary teams from the US in Ethiopia to support the local Churches, schools and communities through sharing the Gospel, building classrooms, holding VBS for children, providing meals, school supplies and clothing, teaching curriculum, empowering women to start locally sustainable businesses and partnering with locals to support life changing transformation for the Kingdom.
Our partners Camilo, Karla and Marcelo Garcia oversee “La Misión,” a non-denominational Christian ministry in the capital city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. “La Misión” is the result of Christians partnering together to share the Gospel to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Their vision is to see people’s lives transformed by the love of Christ, grounded in the Word and passionately serving Jesus in this nation and the world. Their mission is to spread the love of God in the communities where they live, work, study, and congregate; making disciples for Jesus Christ through faithful teaching of the Bible, training of local missionaries, and church planting.
The evangelistic work of “La Misión” is carried out throughout the city while maintains outreach efforts and local mission in surrounding towns and impoverished communities. A strong component of “La Misión” is the concept of helping local Christians become missionaries in their own country. This is achieved by constant training in discipleship programs, as well as community development programs in alliance with other organizations and missionaries. In addition to weekly home-based Bible studies and classes, the church gathers once a week on Sunday mornings for new believers’ Bible class followed by the main worship service.
PRAYER: Please pray for the Garcias and “La Misión” to be able to meet their financial social challenges for more workers to join the effort. Funding is need for:
- General Budget: ministry currently operates at 35% of monthly budget
- Permanent Location to house the church and provide services to the community
- Ministry Vehicle for personal and ministry use.
ENGAGE: Please consider joining as part of a mission team to serve alongside our DR partners and churches. Visit www.la-mision.org to learn more.
PRAYER: Pray that God would be glorified and made known through Living Missions Peru’s work with their four Peruvian partner ministries. Please pray for wisdom for Pepe and Erin as they help their ministry partners to grow and develop self-sufficiency. Pray for meaningful relationships and interactions between short-term teams and local church communities.