Each November we present a special Thanksgiving Offering to our church family as a way of tangibly expressing our thankful worship for all God has done this year. For 2023, our Thanksgiving Offering will go toward three very meaningful projects helping to share the love of God with people who have been displaced from their homes due to the atrocities of war and incredibly challenging circumstances. And, this is an opportunity to bless them in Jesus' name by helping to meet their physical and spiritual needs.
LOCAL - AFGHAN REFUGEES IN SANTA ANA
Did you know we currently have 63 Afghan refugee families living within a mile of Calvary Church? The ministry of His Refuge aims to serve and care for these refugees and is led by our Calvary ministry partners, Tom and Gayle Shook.
GLOBAL - CYPRUS AND ISRAEL
A little farther from Orange County (7,310 mile to be exact), our field workers, “S and C” are serving refugees from the Middle East and Central Africa with a weekly food bank on the island of Cyprus. Each week, displaced families receive milk, eggs, vegetables and much needed encouragement through this simple but powerful outreach.
If you hopped on a plane from the food bank in Cyprus, it would only take you one hour to travel south across the Mediterranean Sea to get to Jerusalem, where our global partner Moran Rosenblit leads Hope for Israel. Moran and his team are serving over 100 families every week who have been displaced by the Israeli-Hamas war.
BE THE ONE - RESPONDING IN THANKFULNESS
Your generosity towards this year's Thanksgiving Offering will go directly to supporting each of these three projects. I encourage each of us to “be the one” and respond in thankfulness during this season!