Below are our mission partners: local, district, and global. If you are interested in getting involved with any of the mission partners below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1995, during Fresno's high-crime era, Care Fresno was started by the Fresno Police Department, in collaboration with church and faith-based leaders. Its goals have always been to address crime and poverty at its root in Fresno's most concentrated areas of poverty. Over the years, through holistic ministry with faith leaders, Care Fresno has been able to serve over 15,000 at-risk youth and their families living in over 60 high-crime apartment complexes. While the goal remains the same, Care Fresno has entered a new era with a focus on Local Missions. Today, churches do not simply adopt a neighborhood, but they actually move Christian leaders into these communities and train them to serve their community with their whole lives.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)
Child Evangelism Fellowship serves Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Inyo and Mono Counties. CEF's goal is to reach every child, in every neighborhood throughout the six counties. It has active ministry in over 90 schools and reached over 7,100 children with the Gospel in the current year. CEF would love for you to partner with them to help reach even more children this year with the Good News!
ESA seeks to be an agent for transformation of both the church and the community. ESA networks and cooperates with and connects local churches and groups empowering them to meet community needs. It builds relationships throughout the community with churches, community groups, government agencies, and individuals. ESA strives to be flexible and responsive to the community as it facilitates ministry and Christian values and ESA recognizes and affirms cultural diversity in both the community and the Kingdom of God.
MadeForThem™ is a non-profit organization social enterprise dedicated to combating human trafficking and human rights issues dealing with abuse, neglect, and exploitation of men, women, and children through the vehicle of fashion.
Its primary focuses are:
1. Raise financial resources to support organizations who are already engaged in combating human trafficking.
2. Educate consumers through the MadeForThem clothing line.
3. Partnering with other CBO’s and initiatives to build, support, and train for comprehensive services.
4. Provide jobs and job training opportunities through MadeForThem™ manufacturing/design house.
5. Be a primary resource to promote socially responsible businesses.
Education is one of the primary foundations to eradicating modern day slavery. The vision is that the MadeForThem™ brand will be a household name for fashionable and trend-setting, ready-to-wear clothing and it will be known for raising resources to fight for those without a voice.
Valley Teen Ranch (VTR)
VTR exists “To assist vulnerable young people and their families in rebuilding their lives through caring relationships and opportunities to grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually by living in a safe and healthy home.” VTR is licensed by the California Department of Social Services as a Residential Treatment Group Home, Therapeutic Fostor Family Agency and Adoption Agency. Is also operates a Transitional Living Home. VTR cares for and provides therapeutic residential services for vulnerable children and youth from infant to 18 years of age.
Weldon Elementary School
Weldon is located just west of Old Town Clovis and it serves an under resourced community. New Harvest partners with Weldon to provide supervision, classroom support, sports camps, and a variety of other activities to support Weldon's work to educate and prepare the children of the Weldon area to be successful adults. Our sports camps are geared to deepen relationships within our community, share Christ with the students and staff, and develop each student's athletic abilities.
World Impact established a presence in Fresno in the 1980s in response to the invitation of a group of local churches with a shared vision to reach the poor in the city. Initially, World Impact's efforts focused on after-school Bible clubs for neighborhood children, sports options for teens, and summer camping. As its missionaries continued to meet needs and build relationships with local families, adults responded to invitations to join Bible studies. The long-term commitment of World Impact's missionaries has resulted in a variety of opportunities to connect with their neighbors and to celebrate as God transforms our city.
Youth for Christ (YFC)
YFC is a non-profit organization that works within the community to bring young people closer to God and closer to each other. It does this through six different divisions, each focusing on a different aspect of the lives of today's youth. While every program or division is different, they all are rooted in our Savior Jesus Christ. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. Every day in Fresno and Madera counties, at community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. YFC is rural, suburban, and urban and always about the message of Jesus.
Converge PacWest is a movement of churches working together to delight God by starting and strengthening churches that transform lives and communities here, near, and far away. We do this using these key ministry strategies:
Because we believe the life of Christ is meant to be reproduced from life to life and church to church, we are committed to planting new congregations. We believe it’s the most effective evangelism strategy for seeing the gospel brought into communities and people groups. We are committed to planting multiplying movements of church planting around the world.
We want to see existing churches mobilized for mission. One way we do this is through the Retool Kit process, in which church leaders are coached on how to build healthy community and healthy leadership. They then pray and strategize to seek God’s vision for building bridges into their communities. We are committed to strengthening churches.
It is Christ who builds his church. Because that’s true, we want everything we do to display our desire to glorify God by trusting in the power of his Word, his Spirit, his Son and his delight in prevailing prayer. We are committed to prayer and spiritual transformation.
We believe transformational churches are well-led churches. We want to see transformational leaders multiplied for our churches across the United States as well as movements all over the world. We provide many opportunities for our pastors and leaders to network and learn from each other.
We don’t want people to only hear the gospel, we want them to experience Christ’s love firsthand as we practically respond to their needs. Through a variety of means we resource congregations and movements to show compassion—treating people not as projects, but as people God loves.
Generosity is about much more than teaching people about stewardship. It’s about raising up generous communities of faith. About displaying the generous character of God’s heart and person, so that our ministries are filled with faith and vision. Our movement is committed to living generously.
We want to see the nations of the world transformed by the love of Christ. Our churches send out missionaries to the corners of the globe but they also work in their own communities to reach the diverse people groups living nearby. These core ministries work together to resource churches and movements of churches—to see lives and communities changed by the power of the gospel. Christ, his cross and the gospel are central to all we do.
Here you’ll find a wealth of information on who we at Converge are, what we believe, a bit of our history, where to find our churches and workers, who to contact for help, official documents and a list of our ministry partners.
Due to Haiti’s extreme poverty (poorest country in western hemisphere), economic turmoil, and devastating natural disasters, over 400,000 children are living without parents. Chances For Children (C4C) seeks to help solve this problem one child, one family, one community at a time.
Chances For Children (C4C) works through the local church to uplift the children of Haiti with a variety of programs:
C4C works in partnership with Feed My Starving Children in 10 locations, providing meals 3-6 times per week. Over 2,800 children are enrolled with 10 church communities.
C4C Pediatric Medical Clinic, located in Kenscoff, serves about 2,000 children per year. The mobile medical teams also provide care for another 900 children in rural church communities. Both are saving lives and helping to prevent severe illness from treatable issues such as malnutrition, dehydration, anemia, and respiratory infections.
C4C, in partnership with Alliance for Children, provides vocational training, English courses, early childhood development instruction, and music and dance classes to teens in the Kenscoff area.
C4C operates an IBESR licensed Creche where 42 children are cared for as they await the adoption process. C4C also supports another non-adoption orphanage located in Kenscoff serving 50 children. C4C provides monthly donations of food, clothing, medicine and financial assistance to improve the conditions and general care of those children.
C4C employs 125 Hatians in the Creche, feeding programs, medical clinic, guesthouse, and women’s initiatives. The women’s empowerment programs have helped women move from $20 a month in pay to an average of $80 a month. Ila Joi and Zel empower women to provide for their children.
Strengthening Communities through Faith
In partnership with Highlands Church in Scottsdale, AZ, 42 church leaders have completed a Bible college and are now serving in their local church communities. These leaders are teaching the Word of God and leading projects to bring clean water, provide economic opportunities and launch sustainable gardening projects to their respective communities.