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. Here are a few examples:
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.
Food Pantry – We provide a food pantry with the goal of temporarily helping those church members and community members who find themselves in a tight spot financially to get back on their feet.
Community Projects – Throughout the year, we partner with local projects in the community providing additional opportunities for our small groups to serve together.
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.
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.