OUR PURPOSE | LOCALLY
There are people throughout the St. Louis area who need to experience God‘s love and hear His message of salvation for their lives. We must be Christ's hands and feet to them! These groups or organizations listed on this page are part of Canaan's outreach to share the gospel and the love of Christ with our community.
FEED MY PEOPLE
We work with Feed My People, a local assistance center providing clothes and food to those in need. Join us in our efforts by collecting the items below and donating each month. We have a drop off barrel located in the church atrium. Additionally, Feed My People is always looking for volunteers to assist at the center off South Broadway. Contact the church office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAKE-A-WISH & MO BAPTIST CHILDREN'S HOME
Through four events each year Canaan raises over $15,000 which is shared between these two organizations. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Missouri Baptist Children‘s Home provides a place for abandoned and abused children to live in a spiritually nurturing environment. Canaan‘s 24-hour volleyball marathon the 1st weekend in November, golf tournament in the Spring, 100-inning softball tournament in August and Waffles for Wishes in October complete the four fundraising events. The events need participants, volunteers, and donated items. To assist with this project please contact Bill Knittig.
HAND 'N HAND
Hand 'N Hand Pregnancy Help Center offers pro-life assistance in Jefferson County with quality medical assistance, information and friendship to individuals dealing with planned or unplanned pregnancies. The counselors offer spiritual guidance and Christ‘s compassion. Canaan assists with collecting baby bottles filled with money from Mother‘s Day to Father‘s Day each year. Over the last six years Canaan has donated over $13,000 to assist with purchasing needed medical equipment and to support the running of the center. To volunteer or donate items please contact Rachel Theolus.
OASIS MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
For over 15 years Oasis has been welcoming & helping refugees settle in St. Louis from around the world. In 2016 over 3,000 refugees from 33 countries sought care from Oasis. Through English & citizenship classes, social events and providing household items to set up their new homes, Oasis shares the love of Christ. 90% of refugees will NEVER be befriended by an American. Oasis has partnered with St. Louis Metro Baptist Association to create the Good Neighbor Initiative where Canaan families or individuals can build a relationship with one refugee family. Sign up to start the process and training at goodneighborstl.com. You can also donate furniture, housewares, clothes, etc by calling 314-353-3800. Questions, contact Denise Rhoades.
Shining Light Ministries is located in the Bootheel of Missouri in Mississippi County, one of the poorest counties in Missouri where almost 25% of the population lives below poverty. This ministry provides opportunities for worship, discipleship, nutrition, recreation, and mentoring for Charleston‘s children of God. Their dream is to transform their hurting community as they feed the hungry, love the unlovable and offer hope to the hopeless in Jesus‘ name. Canaan sends volunteers who put on musicals, construction projects, and Vacation Bible School. Canaan also helps financially through back-to-school drives and various other needs. If you would like to participate in upcoming missions work please contact Felicia Kirk.
Canaan has men and women that have been trained in disaster relief work and have responded to disasters most recently in Joplin, MO; Bridgeton, MO; and to tornado and hurricane devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Workers respond rapidly and provide skills such as chain saw teams, mud out teams, shower/laundry unit helpers, assisting with mass feeding and childcare all in Jesus name to help the affected individuals recover from the disaster and learn about Jesus Christ. If you are interested in becoming a trained member of Canaan‘s Disaster Relief teams and volunteering please contact Steve Neff.