In the spring of 1793, the newly formed Baptist Missionary Society was conducting an intense meeting. William Carey, known as the father of the modern missionary movement, was considering where God wanted him to serve. In that meeting, Reverend Fuller, secretary of the society, looked at Carey and said, “It is clear that there is a rich mine of gold in India; if you will go down, I will hold the ropes.”
Athens Christian Church realizes that much can be accomplished for God's Kingdom when partnerships are formed; we know that we are here to help hold the rope for missionaries across the globe. Part of the money that is received on Sunday mornings goes to the support of worldwide evangelism through various missions agencies. Below are the ministries that we support through prayer, giving, and service.
Hisportic Christian Mission
Over one million Portuguese-speaking people live in the United States, with very few evangelical churches to reach out to them. The Hisportic Christian Mission began in August 1984 with the purpose to fill that void.
Illini Christian Ministries
Illini Christian Ministries is a Christian social service agency seeking to help families in crisis. Since 1967 Illini Christian Ministries has focused on protecting & caring for children at risk & preserving families. Numerous children & their families are served yearly by their dedicated Christ-focused staff. Whether the problems are abuse, neglect, crisis pregnancy, infertility, a runaway or behavior-problem child, a parent's inability to care for their child, or family dysfunction, ICM can help.
Inner City Mission
ICM's mission is not just to bring direction of the residents to an earthly home, but to lead them in the direction of eternal life…an eternal Home. Even though they teach them to be able to provide for themselves & their families here on earth, this is only a small part of their mission. ICM strives to lead & direct the people they help to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ so they can find their way Home.
Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL is a Christian higher education community whose mission is to nurture & equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve & lead in the church & the world. The principal means they use to accomplish this mission are teaching, learning, leading, & serving through undergraduate & graduate programs offered in three schools, each of which has a distinct educational goal.
Medical Evangelism in Mexico
MEIM began over 40 years ago with a single purpose: to bring Mexican people to a saving relationship with Christ through medicine. This mission began in a small village in Mexico, & after several years, moved to the city of Matehuala, in the state of San Luis, with a medical clinic where patients received both physical care & the Good News. Although the mission still focuses on medical outreach, they have successfully expanded to assist in church planting, kids' programs, & much more!
Kyle & Colleen Gennicks are planting Mission Church in Montgomery, IL to make, mature, & multiply disciples of Jesus in a 2.5-mile radius with 8,000+ homes & 26,000+ people but no local church.
Christian Student Fellowship
Christian Student Fellowship is the campus ministry at University of Illinois at Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College. They exist to bring college students at UIS and LLC into a deep relationship with God and His Son.
No Mountain Too High Christian Ministries
To serve those in need, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Athens & the surrounding areas.
Refuge Ranch is a non-profit organization located in Central Illinois. Refuge reaches out to hurting children and families, and pairs them with abused and neglected horses in a unique, mentored horsemanship program.