Jesus demonstrated compassion for people over and over while He was here on this Earth. He is asking us to do the same. So, whether you have time or money, a lot or a little, there’s someone you can serve with compassion through Cypress right now.
Compassion at Home – We are always looking for tangible ways to serve those in our own community through compassion.
Street Ministry – The street ministry is a multi-church ministry that serves the local homeless in downtown Clearwater every Saturday evening from 5:00-7:00. This is a time to share a meal, encouragement, and God’s love with people that really need to know someone cares about them.
Compassion for Haiti – In 2003 we began a partnership with Shiloh Mission church and school in St. Louis du Nord, Haiti. The goal of this partnership is threefold:
Education – Making sure that the children of St. Louis Du Nord, Haiti are able to receive a good education. For about $130 a year, sponsors can provide one of the children in our school with an education, books, and a uniform. This sponsorship also helps provide jobs for teachers and seamstresses and gives much needed assistance to the parents of these children.
To sponsor a child, go to the “Giving” tab on the Cypress homepage and select “I Care About Haiti.”
Water – Establishing a source of clean, potable water for the church, school, and community.
Enterprise – Creating and maintaining a chicken farm that will serve not only as a source for food for the community, but also as a source of revenue so that they can become self sustaining.
Compassion for Kenya – Over the last few years we have built and opened a child care center called Springs of Hope Kenya in Nakuru, Kenya for children who have no extended family to care for them, many due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We are currently home to over 20 children with many waiting for a chance to become a part of the SOHK family. We hope to be the home for 40 children in the future. SOHK gives the children a family atmosphere, with a loving and safe environment. In addition to the child care center, God is calling us into some additional areas of service in the community of Nakuru…
Sewing Center – Through authentic relationships built on mutual trust we can help create micro-enterprises with our friends in Nakuru so that the ministry we started at Springs of Hope can become self-sustaining. We wanted to come up with an idea that would not only impact the orphanage but adults in the area that had been effected by HIV/AIDS as well. By creating a sewing center, that will use local fabrics made by local artists to create handbags, we can provide jobs for area men and women (especially AIDS widows) and a regular source of income for Springs of Hope.
Working with others disaffected by HIV/AIDS in the community – Our team at SOHK also works with at-risk children who cannot get an education due to homelessness, poverty or abuse, adults who need food supplements and children who need routine medical care or surgeries they cannot afford.
Kambi Amani – In Swahilli it means “Camp of Peace” and this is also the name of SOHK newest endeavor into becoming self-sustaining and giving back to the community. This has been a labor of love and faith. This is our project to create jobs for our youth and former street boys in hospitality. It will be a way for us to create income for the future education of our children. Camp Kambi Amani will be open for business in 2016.