Matthew 40:37-40 - Then the righteous will answer Him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
At Emmanuel General Outreach is funded only by your donations. No money comes from the Church operating budget. A lot of the programs that you hear about at Emmanuel are funded through General Outreach. Below are some of the programs helped by your donations.
Emmanuel has a General Outreach Committee who meet and look to see where our donations are most needed on a regular basis. To make a donation to General Outreach just put a note in the memo field of your check designating how much of your donation you would like to go to this fund.
General Outreach is separate from Million Meals which gives grants at the Food Bank to feed the needy. Listed below are some of the agencies that we give money to and a brief review of each.
Christian Eye Ministry: This organization sponsors doctors who travel to third world countries to perform eye surgery and to train local doctors. The average cost to save one persons sight is $25, so our $500 donation saves the sight of 20 people.
Wavecrest: Wavecrest is a program for developmentally disabled people. They live in a home with others from the Christian community and each recognizes the unique gifts that the other brings to the L’Arche community. Emmanuel is helping Wavecrest to establish a L’Arche community here in Fullerton and our grants support this effort.
Kairos: Kairos is a prison ministry. Teams of men prepare a weekend program and go inside a prison to minister to the inmates. The results are amazing, these men respond to the love that is shown them. Another arm of the organization is Kairos Outside, which ministers to the wives and mothers of these same inmates. Kairos has a program for young offenders and is beginning a program for those just released from prison. All of these weekends are based on Cursillo.
Cursillo: Cursillo is a Christian renewal movement. It begins with a three-day weekend retreat that covers all aspects of Christianity and involves ongoing meetings in small groups to review and renew ones commitment to Christ, otherwise known as the fourth day. Mostly those who have attended before fund Cursillo. Emmanuel contributes to help make up the shortfall.
Meals on Wheels: The Fullerton program delivers food to shut-ins (mostly elderly). Food is prepared centrally, primarily at St. Jude’s hospital, and delivered by volunteers. Our grants go to those shut-ins who can’t afford the meals.
Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services (FIES): This group delivers aid to people in need in Fullerton. It is supported by most of the denominations in the city. They offer food and clothing from their office and also operate the New Vista Shelter, a temporary home for displaced families.
Corazon: This ministry began with volunteers building a home for the needy in Tijuana in a single day. Over the last couple of years we have focused on other aspects of the Corazon ministry.
Gardening: The poor in Tijuana are not farmers. We teach them to grow their own food in a small garden.
Education: It costs $100 for a child to attend elementary school. We are contributing money for scholarships.
Project Dignity: The motels around Disneyland are not generally occupied by tourists, but by people who can’t raise the money to get into an apartment. Led by Dave and Linda Dunlap, of our parish, Project Dignity ministers to these people delivering food, clothing and medical help.