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“Missions is not about paternalistic generosity, it is about joining a team that includes God and the people we are going out to serve alongside. It’s about a partnership of mutual respect and support, fueled by faith, and leading to love.”
-Fr. Michael White
NativityMissions is making church matter by influencing our world for Christ. Our strategy is to pursue this vision through strategic partnerships. We’re not out to create new ministries but to partner with the works God is already blessing. We’re aiming to focus strategically on a few excellent partnerships, not spread out our resources across many different efforts. Learn more about our current strategic partners below.
The 410 Bridge seeks to radically improve the pace and depth of growth in the spiritual and physical health of communities in the developing world by engaging churches in healthy global missions. NativityMissions partners with them in two communities in Haiti and Kenya. Their model focuses on raising up indigenous leaders in impoverished, rural communities who can asses the needs of their community and develop a plan for improvement. They focus on five main areas of development: water, health, education, economic development, and discipleship.
Acts4Youth equips at-risk boys and girls with a sense of future and hope to help them resist a multitude of at risk behaviors and make successful transitions into adulthood. We target students starting in 4th grade and mentor them through middle and high school. Students are typically from low-income single parent homes in high crime areas of Baltimore City and attend under- resourced schools. Our comprehensive mentoring program develops foundational character traits, life skills and uses Christian Discipleship to help these students become good students, citizens, employees and teammates.
Sr. Oresoa Selo-Ojeme is the founder of the Sisters of the Poorest of the Poor. Anawim Home Orphanage is their central location just outside of Abuja, Nigeria. “Anawim” is a Hebrew word that means the poor, outcast and rejected – more specifically those who cannot rely upon their own strength but must turn to God to provide. Sr. Oresoa’s order runs orphanages and other facilities across Nigeria, rescuing vulnerable children, working with young mothers, rehabilitating commercial sex workers, and caring for the destitute and mentally ill.
Appalachia Service Project’s (ASP) motto is to make homes “warmer, safer, and drier.” Since 1969, ASP has served in communities throughout rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-incomes families. NativityMissions partners with their Guyan Valley Center in Brenton, West Virginia, sending volunteer teams throughout the year to love and serve families in need in the valley. Brenton is located in Wyoming County, which is one of the poorest counties in the United States.
Araminta Freedom Initiative exists to awaken, equip and mobilize the Church and our community to end human trafficking in the Baltimore area. Volunteers with Araminta engage in four areas: prevention of the sexual exploitation of minors, systemic economic deterrence of the business of human trafficking, intervention and rescue of those held against their will, and the provision of aftercare initiatives that provide healing and wholeness to victims.
The Baltimore Station turns lives around. We are an innovative, therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency. We believe recovery requires months of a highly structured, therapeutic environment to learn a new way of thinking and living. We have a proven track record of rehabilitating men and are one of only two long-term therapeutic recovery programs in Baltimore and the only one where residents stay beyond 12 months. Long-term focus has resulted in real success — 68% of our residents complete the program and go on to lead productive lives.
Dr. Chris Isichei is the founder of the Faith Alive Hospital. Faith Alive’s main hospital is located in Jos, Nigeria, and the span of their healthcare reaches out across the country through almost a dozen satellite clinics. Their vision is to provide free, holistic healthcare and social services to all of Nigeria. The hospital treats HIV/AIDS patients, those infected with tuberculosis and malaria; they offer emergency services and surgery as well as Christian outreach and discipleship.
One in 40 people in the city of Baltimore is HIV positive and in many zip codes the rate increases to 1 in 21 people. Responding to God’s call to unite the Church of Baltimore to respond to the epidemic by providing hope and healing through the eradication of HIV and AIDS and its stigma, HopeSprings was born. HopeSprings, a local 501(c)3, has trained hundreds of volunteers from 50+ local congregations to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS; equip those God has called to serve in the epidemic regionally and nationally; and partner with community agencies providing avenues of engagement through service.
My Sister’s Place Women’s Center (MSPWC) is the combined home of four Catholic Charities programs. MSPWC provides: housing assistance, education, life skills training, benefits advice, case management, financial assistance, linkage to other community providers, financial literacy services, and personal services. MSPWC also provides three meals each day to women and children in need.
Sisters Circle is a comprehensive, relationship-based program designed to mentor girls from disadvantaged Baltimore neighborhoods during their challenging transition to middle school, throughout high school, and into college. Sisters Circle helps to positively transform the lives of our “sisters” during these critical years by: matching each girl with a highly qualified volunteer mentor; organizing cultural, educational and recreational events and trips; soliciting summer camp scholarships; referring students to leadership programs and internships; working with the girls and their families throughout the challenging middle and high school selection process; and connecting students with SC’s own Director of College Counseling for college guidance and support.