Neighborhood Action Program Christian centers/Community Ministries
Bringing transformation and hope
The gifts he gave were … to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
God wants all people to have the opportunity to be the best they can be. In our imperfect world, however, some people face barriers that prevent them from recognizing and developing their gifts.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Neighborhood Action Program (NAP), through its Christian centers, provides practical assistance that helps people identify individual gifts and overcome barriers that prevent them from becoming all that God intended them to be. This assistance may be as simple as offering friendship or an encouraging hand. Or it may include meeting basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, health care, job training or counseling.
More than a dozen and a half of these NAP Christian centers, in locations from Oregon to Puerto Rico, develop ministries that fill specific needs in their respective communities. Just as Jesus ministered differently in response to need—sometimes teaching, sometimes healing, sometimes encouraging or exhorting—so Christian centers vary the ways they touch people’s lives in Jesus’ name. As needs change, new programs are developed and lives are transformed.
In South Providence, R.I., a mother receives food for her children, along with counseling and prayer support, after her ex-husband ransacks her apartment. Teenagers in Denver, Colo., looking for positive ways to spend time, find fulfillment in matches with older adults who need companionship and help with snow removal and lawn care. And in Hamtramck, Mich., a 48-year-old man overcomes a cocaine habit and finds a job.
Recently, Peoria (Ill.) Friendship House received local media attention for its jewelry cooperative that’s producing “Matthew 25 bracelets.” The project, a Latina women’s cooperative, is helping women practice their English and math skills as well as earn extra money to help their families.
These Christian center ministries represent the heart of American Baptist home mission, as onsite mission staff work in partnership with local congregations and regional ministries. Each partner plays an important role, raising support and awareness or ministering directly among people in Jesus’ name.
|Bethel Neighborhood Center|
14 South Seventh St.
Kansas City , KS 66101
|Executive Director: Mang Sonna|
|Cameron Community Ministries |
48 Cameron St.
Rochester , NY 14606
|Executive Director: Jennifer Muniga|
|Corporacion Milagros del Amor |
PO Box 6445
Caguas , PR 00726
|Executive Director: Yamina Apolinaris
|Dayton Christian Center|
1352 W. Riverview Ave.
Dayton , OH 45407
|Executive Director: Tasha Johnson
|Edna Martin Christian Center|
2605 E. 25th St.
Indianapolis , IN 46218
|Executive Director: Tysha Sellers
|Friendship House |
3123 Eighth Ave., South
Billings , MT 59101
|Executive Director: Matt Lundgren
|Friendship House |
9540 Conant Street
Hamtramck , MI 48212
|Executive Director: Cathy Maher
800 N.E. Madison Ave.
Peoria , IL 61603
|Executive Director: Melanie McNiff
|Milwaukee Christian Center |
807 South 14th Street
Milwaukee , WI 53204
|Executive Director: Karen Higgins
|Neighborhood Ministries |
PO Box 640
Campbell , OH 44405
|Executive Director: Mark Samuel
|Rankin Christian Center |
230 Third Ave.
(Rankin) Braddock , PA 15104
|Executive Director: Paul Sandusky
|Shores of Hope |
P.O. Box 188150
110 Sixth Street
W. Sacramento , CA 95605
916.372.0200 Ext. 101
|Acting Director: Sergei Shkurkin
|South Providence Neighborhood Ministries |
747 Broad St.
Providence , RI 02907
|Executive Director: Yvette Kenner
|The Place |
P.O. Box 509
20 E. Main St.
Norwich , NY 13815
|Executive Director: Rebecca Sands
|Weirton Christian Center |
3012 Elm St.
Weirton , WV 26062
|Executive Director: Kim Weaver
Become a NAP Christian centers partner!
Experience the joy that comes from sharing the love and power of Christ:
PRAY in your home and church for the ministries of hope at ABHMS’ NAP Christian centers. Pray also for the centers’ staff, along with the people they serve.
VOLUNTEER for individuals and group work opportunities at NAP Christian centers through ABHMS’ Volunteer Ministries; call 800.ABC.3USA, x2449.
GIVE needed supplies through White Cross, the American Baptist mission support program for churches, youth groups, women’s and men’s ministries, and Sunday school classes. For more information, call 800.ABC.3USA, x2464.