why missions?

At the end of Jesus' time on Earth, he commissioned his disciples to "go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded." (Matthew 28:19-20) Because of the this, we believe the church's primary call is to go out, and missions is the way we do this.  We support and participate in a number of mission groups, both locally and globally. Take a look at some of our partnerships below. 

getting involved with Missions

At Valley Christian Fellowship, we are committed to supporting local and global missions through financial and prayer support, as well as sending passionate individuals/teams to help and support on the ground.  To learn more about our global partners scroll down for more detailed information on who they are, where they're serving, and what work they are pursuing. 

Local Missions

Local missions is about taking the church, everything we are and embody with a life in Christ, and bring it to our Valley. There is a huge hurting world that exists right in our backyard, and while some are called to full-time global missions, we are ALL called to be the hands and feet of Christ right here, right now. 


COMMUNITY DINNER

4th THURSDAY, EVERY MONTH


One way we do this is by partnering with the Buellton Center Senior on the 4th Thursday, every month to provide a quality meal for those who may not otherwise get one.   For more information or to get involved, contact Louise Kolbert at Louise@vcfconnect.org or 805-350-8970.

Gift World

Gift World 2021 is here!  The month of November will be dedicated to informing you about the missionaries our church is currently privileged to help support.  On Sunday, November 7, Aaron Fisher will give an up-date on the wonderful work happening at La Montana Christian Camp in Costa Rica.  On Sunday, November 21, Juli Boit, a nurse practitioner and Director of Living Room International in Kenya, will share her work.  You will not want to miss this!  Below is a short overview of the 10 missionaries/families VCF currently supports—representing 5/7 continents.  Please pray for them daily as they seek to serve and to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to those in desperate need.  We ask that you give generously this year to help support their vital work.  To give to these missionaries in November, go to https://vcfconnect.org/giving.  You may designate your funds to go to a specific missionary/organization listed below, or you may specify that your gift goes to the “General Mission Fund—Gift World, 2021,” whether giving online or by check.


   

global missions


  • steve boal - north clare community church, lahinch, ireland

    The Steve Boal family has established the North Clare Community Church (NCCC) and Cliffs of Hope (COH) in Lahinch, Ireland, along with pro surfer, John McCarthy.  In Ireland, there are only 30,000 evangelical Christians on an island of 4 million. Steve and John have developed a YouTube series documenting John’s big wave surfing adventures and hope-filled interviews with those who have experienced real life encounters with the living God and been rescued from addiction and the brink of suicide. 

    https://www.northclarechurch.com

    https://www.cliffsofhope.com

  • kathy keller - Reach Global, paris, france

    Kathy Keller is with EFCA ReachGlobal and is based in Paris, France.  Kathy is dedicated to building relationships with Christian believers and non-believers and to partnering with pastors and other church leaders in multiplying and transforming churches throughout Paris.  She meets with those who are interested in sharing their faith with others, as well as encourages those seeking to plant new churches.  Pray for a new initiative called France+ Go.  The idea is to partner with churches to share the gospel via sport and leisure ministries as well as to consider how to share the Lord with people at big event times (Rugby Cup 23 and Olympics 24). 

    https://www.reachparis.com  

  • joe & lori pent - latin america assistance, la montaÑa christian camps, costa rica

    Joe and Lori Pent are with Latin America Assistance (LAMA).  La Montana Christian Camp is LAMA’s evangelistic, high-impact adventure camp, located in Costa Rica.  They work with teenagers (ages 12-19 years old) to win and disciple them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  They also assist local Costa Rican Churches so that every teenager who accepts Christ at camp has an opportunity for follow-up, discipleship, and mentorship.  

    https://www.lama4youth.org

  • miguel & jennie morel - dominican republic

    Miguel and Jennie Morel, along with their three children, serve in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.  They work to mentor people through the local church, group discipleship, Doulos Discovery School, as well as through Miguel’s electrical, refrigeration, and pool service business.  Miguel and Jennie have a heart for seeing more of their fellow Dominicans seek and come into a relationship with Jesus. 

    https://cten.org/miguelmorel/

  • cristi & mirela petricioiu - ROMANIA

    Cristi and Mirela Petricioiu have devoted their lives to spreading the Good News of Christ to their fellow Romanians.  Cristi pastors a church with little financial support. He is a member of Romania’s Christian pastors’ council and mentors pastors.  His ministry focuses on youth through teaching, mentoring and providing summer camps. To become self- sufficient financially, they make apple juice from their orchard, offer their converted home as a B&B and conduct tours of Romania. Pray for Cristi and his family as he fights through a serious medical issue.

  • SPORTS OUTREACH - uganda, africa

    The mission of Sports Outreach Institute has always been to recruit, train, equip and deploy committed Christian leaders in the effective use of sports ministry for the purposes of sharing the Gospel and alleviating human suffering in Kenya, Uganda, El Salvador, India and the US. Pray for wisdom for the leadership team and the health of staff and students. Funds are necessary for school fees for children from pre-school through university and for computers and equipment for vocational training classes.  

    https://www.sportsoutreach.net

  • jeremy & lindsey bolton - ywam

    Kona, Hawai'i

    Jeremy and Lindsey Bolton are with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and serve in Kona, HI and Papua New Guinea (PNG).  Jeremy is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Papua New Guinea and volunteers with YWAM's Bible distribution ministry, End Bible Poverty Now. His goal is to see the Bible-less people groups have access to God’s word in their own language as well as starting initiatives to help with health care, education, and community development in PNG.  Prayer is requested for safe travel in and out of Papua New Guinea and for resources to purchase up to 8 million hard copy Bibles and one million audio Bibles.  

    https://www.ywamqueenstown.org    

  • The Marshall Family- NOVO

    Chris Marshall, with NOVO, has been busy over the past months with the Afghanistan withdrawal, which destabilized not only Afghanistan, but surrounding countries.  Currently, NOVO staff in the Middle East are in 15 countries that are less safe today than a few months ago.  Though challenges exist, new believers increase. God has positioned NOVO teams around the world to extract Afghani Christians and to send missionaries to neighboring countries.  Pray for successful Afghan extractions, a new Muslim background team in Europe, and for Lebanon as it continues to regress.  

    www.novo.org 

  • Living Room International

    Living Room International (LRI) was founded in 2009 in a rural Kenyan village, Chebaiywa, to  provide hospice care to those with serious, life-threatening illness. LRI provides 2 of the 3 in-patient hospices in Kenya with a population of 54 million people.  Kimbilio is a 26-bed facility in Chebaiywa and LRI Hospital is a 49-bed service in Eldoret, Kenya.  Pray for the healthcare team who faithfully provides compassionate and holistic care at these 2 in-patient facilities and for wisdom for the LRI leadership as healthcare services are expanded.  https://www.livingroominternational.org

  • Hannah Griffin- NOVO

    Hannah Griffin is with NOVO and lives in Berlin, Germany. She is committed to focusing her life on discipling and assisting refugee women.  In the next two years, through hospitality and attending German language school, she hopes to mentor at least five women who are leaders, curious about Jesus, and open to becoming transformed by Him. Pray for Hannah as she attends language school, finds a home church, and meets and leads women to believe in and to trust Jesus Christ.  

    https://hgriffin.novostaff.org