Reflecting on 2016 and Looking Ahead to 2017

What a great year for sharing the love of the folks of Venture Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.  We might be small in numbers but we have shown that we can be strong in our service to the world.

The Urbana Conference was a great way to end our mission’s focus for 2015 and start off 2016.  A team from Venture traveled to one of the largest mission’s conferences held in the world!  They heard great speakers and made new friends while visiting the displays of mission organizations from around the world.

The next focus was lending a helping hand to “Hands of Mercy”.  In January we had a presence at California Baptist University, and helped by pre-cutting and assembling with the students, five loft house that were taken to Baja Mexico in the middle of February.  The loft houses were taken to Baja with help from our Venture members.  Five families received a home from a local Baja Mexico churches.

In February a team ministered to the children of missionary families attending a conference in Thailand.  Their servant’s hearts allowed the parents time to attend the conference knowing that their children were being taught, cared for, and loved on.  Over the summer, a team from Venture served the same ministry through leading children’s ministry in Colorado. By the way, there is another trip to Thailand coming up in early 2017, want to get involved?

On March 20th Venture members extended an invitation to the community to come to church by throwing a Block Party.  We have new members in our church today as a result of this fun party in the park.

April 22 found a team from Venture traveling south again to Baja to construct another Loft House in San Vicente, Mexico.  This Loft House is being used by a church to house students in their Bible college.

June found one of our members serving in La Mision, Baja California, with Siloe Ministries, assisting two dentists.  Over 30 children were given dental exams and many of these kids had teeth filled or pulled to relieve their pain.

In September Ken DeWitt made a trip to Liberia to share and minister through Liberia Mercy Partners.  As a result of Ken’s dedication to this country churches are planted, schools are built and business are started that will employ many in need of income to support their families.

November and December were packed, with shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritans Purse. Over 100 boxes were packed and delivered to Irvine CA for processing.  Two teams from Venture traveled to Orange County to the Operation Christmas Child warehouse to help in the processing of shoeboxes being shipped all over the world.  The Orange County processing center will handle around 1.7 million boxes this year.  Our teams were very pleased to help in our small way.

What is in store for 2017?

A second team for the second year is going back to Thailand with OHANA Global to care for the children of missionaries. If you cannot go yourself, this is a great opportunity to support the team.

In the spring of 2017, a team will take a visionary trip to Baja Mexico to visit three ministries that Venture Church partners with. We will be traveling south of Ensenada to visit neighborhoods where dozens of loft houses have been built over the years, spending the night at the Hands of Mercy ranch and getting to know the staff with great food and fun. The second day we will travel north with a stop in La Mision to tour Door of Faith Orphanage (DOFO) and Siloe Ministries. DOFO cares for over 100 children in a family-style community. You will want to see this amazing place! Siloe is a medical/dental ministry serving the poor and needy of La Mision. They are currently building a new facility that will allow them to expand their services to the community. This trip is designed for families and people of any age — all are welcome to come and experience what God is doing south of the border.

We will continue to partner with church planting in Ireland through our support of the Hovivians, and Ken De Witt will return to Liberia in early spring.

Local outreach will continue to be a priority for us, as we look for new and exciting ways to engage our local community with the gospel and acts of love. God is at work within us as we join the mission to bring the gospel to our community and around the world!



Operation Christmas Child

Our Christmas outreach focus this year is Operation Christmas Child. Through our partnership in this ministry, shoe box gifts will be sent to children all over the world which serves as a bridge for gospel-focused ministries. Everyone can be involved by picking up a box on Sunday mornings at Venture. Spend some time shopping for small gifts and praying for the children and families who will receive the gifts. And especially, pray for the effectiveness of the those giving ongoing care to children around the world.

Boxes should be returned on Sunday morning, November 20.

The global outreach is a fitting end to our ALL IN series and the Gospel Shaped Outreach Life Group studies. We will also celebrate Ice Cream Sunday as we conclude this exciting series for Venture.

Venture has also scheduled two trips to help sort and packs the thousands of boxes from Southern California that will be sent around the world. Sign up to serve at the Mission Table this Sunday:

November 22, 4:00-10:00 pm

December 9, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Loft House Trip to Mexico April 22-24

Venture is heading south of the border! April 22-24, a team from Venture will travel to Ensenada, Mexico to build a loft house for a family in need.

The frame of the house will be pre-built on Saturday, April 16. All can help with the pre-build, even if you are not able to go on the trip to Mexico.

For details of the trip, read the MissionsNewsletter March 2016 Loft house trip.

For more information, contact Chuck Wells.

Thailand Mission Trip

Venture is partnering with OHANA Global to help lead a conference for Third Culture Kids in Chiang Mai, Thailand. OHANA is a Hawaiian word that means “family,” but extends beyond the home to friends and neighbors as well. This larger view of family exemplifies what OHANA Global accomplishes as they partner with families across the world who serve the Lord overseas.

In Thailand, families who serve in Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East will gather for spiritual refreshment at the conference. The team will provide Bible lessons, games, crafts, and crazy fun for the 150 Third Culture Kids attending. Meanwhile, the parents are being trained, equipped, and fed from God’s Word. OHANA Global is putting together an exciting team of energetic, adventurous, kid-loving Christ followers to care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children. Please pray about this opportunity!

Trip Details

February 1-12, 2016
$2,100 per person: Includes transportation, meals, lodging and supplies.
Deposit due: Sunday, October 25, 2015 ($200)
Team Leaders: Jeanie Osterberg (909) 798-1034 • and Joyce Pagel (909) 793-5578 •