Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and He was raised in Nazareth.
Did He stay home and announce to Israel: “Come to My church to receive my wonderful
No, He went out to meet the needs of the people.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the
gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease
among the people. ~ Matthew 4:23
And we know that He instructs us to do the same.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
~ James 1:27
The overall calling God has placed on each of us may be different, but there is one thing
we are each called to do regardless of what else the Lord has us doing. We are each called
to love our neighbor according to Jesus in Mark 12. That can mean many different things
We learned a couple weeks ago in our first Mobilizing Men ministry meeting that we are
called to help families within our own churches – ministering to their needs in ways that
no one else can. In doing so, we are growing spiritually as well as those families receiving
the gift of our time and energy.
Another great way we can share the love of Christ around us is in ministering to local
school kids. In our own area, there are two great ways we can do that.
First, we have a wonderful opportunity to mentor kids from grade school all the way
through high school. Kids simply need someone to sit and read to them an hour a week,
or they may need you to sit down and play checkers and just talk about life. These kids
are in desperate need of a role model in their life.
What better role model could they have than someone who models Christ?
A great way to start a mentorship ministry through your congregation would be
PrimeTime Mentoring through Communities in Schools.
A wonderful video was recently created highlighting the beautiful impact church-volunteer mentors have made at Sheridan Elementary in Spokane.
If you are a pastor and you would love the chance for your church body to mentor in a
school in your neighborhood, please send us an email and we will pass along your
information. If you would like to talk with another pastor to find out the process,
how much time is involved, etc. Please let us know and we will get you a contact name
There are multiple training opportunities for volunteering in Spokane District 81
coming up if you’d personally like to volunteer.
- December 11 – 6pm to 8pm at Sheridan Elementary 3737 E. 5th Ave. Spokane
- December 18 – 6pm to 8pm at Sheridan Elementary 3737 E. 5th Ave. Spokane
- January 8 – 6pm to 8pm at Sheridan Elementary 3737 E. 5th Ave. Spokane
(Incredibly, the Cheney SD has almost as many mentors in their schools as all of
Spokane District 81. The need is great in Spokane! In some Spokane schools, the
local school has 1 mentor for 300-400 kids. And way to go Cheney!)
We are currently working on gathering the needs/contact information for Mead,
Spokane Valley, Deer Park, Riverside and other school districts.
The other opportunity is called “Bites 2 Go” and this can be a fairly simple food insecurity
ministry that your church does to help feed kids over the weekend – kids that would
otherwise go hungry. This great program was pioneered in Spokane by a local youth
pastor, Chris Sloan, who then went on to operate the program out of 2nd Harvest.
To learn more, email Chris Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org
For both of these programs, you can also find out more at the
Communities in Schools website at http://spokane.ciswa.org/