When we serve others, we follow Christ’s example. Whether in our own community or across the world, we believe that we can think big, be brave and do things to make a difference. The people of Cove Church partner with organizations locally and globally to demonstrate the love of God in and through service and sacrificial giving.
Local Mission Partners
The CARE Center
Originally founded by a member of Cove Church, this organization began as a food pantry and clothing closet. It has grown into a thriving non-profit, that is making a noticeable difference in the communities it supports. The CARE Center now partners with over 1000 families providing after-school care, adult education, a thrift store, emergency food or utility bill support and weekend food distribution for children.
New Hope Children’s Clinic
New Hope Children’s Clinic is a non-profit, school-based health clinic created to increase the access to and provide comprehensive medical care for children in Madison County and surrounding communities. The New Hope Children’s Clinic breaks barriers, changes lives and gives hope to children through local, low-cost healthcare.
Lincoln Village Ministries
Lincoln Village Ministries uses education, credit repair, childcare and housing as avenues to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The mission of Lincoln Village Ministries is to share the gospel and to serve through educating, sheltering, comforting and equipping the Lincoln community for Christ’s glory.
International Mission Partners
Methodist Children’s Home
Costa Rica – The Methodist Children’s Home houses up to 24 children, cared for by “tias” (aunts) living in the home. The children are given a loving, Christian home, educational opportunities and a chance to change the trajectory of their life
Christian Union Sports Club
Medellin, Columbia – This ministry shares the gospel by using something that is familiar to local children: soccer. As one child put it, they learn some great things about soccer once they learn about “that little book”, first. An alternative to growing up on the streets selling or using drugs, The CUSC shows children that, as a child of Christ, they are worth more.
Grant & Katie Billings – Grant and Katie met while he was on assignment in Dubai with ACTS and she with another organization, working to introduce Muslims in the 10-40 window to Christianity. They’re now awaiting a new assignment TBA in the Middle East. They work to find non-threatening ways of connecting with individuals through game nights and coffee shop meetups.
Dayna was a Christian missionary captured and rescued from the Taliban in 2001. Members of Cove Church prayed for her release and she visited us in 2003. When she and her husband, Mark, deployed in 2004 to become missionaries, our monthly support began. Communication with them is in code, as the work they do to convert Christians is prohibited.
Mt. Paka, Kenya – Working through the African Gospel church in Kenya, Cove Church pays the salary of a pastor for the church that is now needed for the Pokot people that meet every Sunday on top of Mt Paka. This previously nomadic people group, who had never heard of Jesus and never seen a white person before, are now living in one area that is growing into a small community.
Desert Rose Ministries
Kenya – Desert Rose Ministries provides hope and a home for young Kenyan females who are subjected to maltreatment, oppression and discrimination. Our goal is to reduce the physical pain, loss of life, emotional and psychological torture experienced by girls and women in Kenya. Our vision is to empower the girls and women to uplift their own living standards, raise healthy families and participate positively in nation building.
Youth With a Mission
Hawaii – YWAM’s University of the Nations (U of N) operates in 650 locations in 160 countries, providing programs in approximately 100 languages around the world. The U of N is committed to teach and develop men and women spiritually, culturally, intellectually and professionally
Africa – New International joins with God in what He is already doing to foster the church and believers globally. Over the past 30 years, their missionaries have lived out the gospel message all around the world, touching hundreds and thousands of individuals’ lives.
Thailand – Blessing Home works to identify youth that are at risk of becoming vulnerable to being put to work in the “industry” of human selling and instead offer them placement in their school to provide them with educational opportunities and a better future for their families
Vapor’s founder, Micah McElveen, is a friend of Cove Church pastor, John Tanner. He turned a near death experience into a challenge to live every day making a difference in the lives of those living in extreme poverty. Vapor Ministries operates multiple ministry centers in multiple countries, serving hundreds of thousands on a weekly basis and employing hundreds of indigenous people.
Our annual Big Give allows us to collect a dedicated offering to benefit a specific cause. Over the years, we’ve shined light on human trafficking, disadvantaged youth and people who struggle with addiction. Once, we built a well — a sole source of water — for a nomadic people group in Kenya. In 2020, the Big Give focused on helping fund new opportunities for local ministries to bring new life to new places.