Mission Ministries/Service Opportunities
1. Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
The IHN network of congregations provides homeless families with temporary housing and meals. Prairie hosts them for one week for each rotation. Because Prairie is a host congregation many opportunities for service are available on each rotation: setting up for our guests, cooking and serving meals, staying overnight and providing hospitality to meet their needs in many ways. In addition, volunteers answer the telephone and assist the directors at the IHN Center, which is open 365 days a year.
2. Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2)
MORE2 is committed to changing policies and practices in both the government and private sector in ways that promote racial and economic equity in the Kansas City metro region. There are active task forces working for public transportation, education, health care, and equitable hiring. Prairie’s participation in MORE2 provides an opportunity to work with people in other faith traditions and from communities across the metro area.
3. Bethel Neighborhood Center
Bethel has been serving families, children, senior citizens and new immigrants in the Kansas City, Kansas community since 1911. Prairie supports Bethel financially as well as participating in a cooperative ministry called Bethel Christmas Shop. Each December individuals and small groups provide Bethel families with specific needed items.
4. American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM)
ABWM raises money for missions at home and abroad. Special dinners with a mission focus are held twice a year. In addition, members support nine service projects during the year. Women may also participate in smaller units called circles. All circles meet for fellowship, programs, and calling on homebound member. They also donate money monthly to specific service projects.
The White Cross ministry of ABWM is very important to missionary stations and hospitals. Urgently needed supplies that cannot be purchased with limited mission budgets, such as rolled bandages and baby items, are provided by ABWM.
5. Missionary Partnerships
Through International Ministries, Prairie supports financially missionary partners and global consultants. We have made a three-year financial commitment through 2013 to support:
Dan Buttry: Global consultant on peace and conflict transformation issues.
Lauren Bethell: Global consultant working on issues of exploitation and abuse of women.
Terry and Tom Myers: Missionaries in Bulgaria work on economic development and needs of families.
Chuck and Ramona Shawver: Missionaries in Mexico work at the Baptist Seminary in Mexico City.
6. Mission Trips/Disaster Relief
Mission trips may be part of disaster relief or may afford opportunity to work with missionaries in the USA and other countries. In 2012 a group from Prairie worked at Deborah House in Tijuana, Mexico. The Youth of Prairie Baptist take two mission trips annually.
Prairie is also committed to serving those in need during times of disaster. Most recently a team of Prairie members went to assist with the Joplin tornado cleanup. The Youth have gone to New Orleans to help with hurricane Katrina clean up as well as a trip to the east coast for clean up following other disasters.
7. Central Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS)
Prairie has a close relationship with CBTS since the main campus is located in our area and many of the Central faculty attend Prairie. We give both financial and volunteer support. Prairie extends hospitality to international visitors to CBTS through preparing meals and providing transportation.
8. Seasonal Service Opportunities:
a. Gleaning and Potato Drop
The Society of St. Andrew provides a hands-on mission activity that brings together farmers who have extra produce, groups and individuals willing to harvest, and agencies that feed hungry people.
Throughout the growing season people of all ages may visit local farms to help gather food which is then taken to local food pantries and kitchens.
A similar opportunity occurs when tons of potatoes are trucked to Kansas City. Local congregations come together to bag and delivery the potatoes to agencies that feed hungry people.
b. Matthew 25 Project
A team of volunteers from Prairie works with another Kansas City congregation to participate in painting and making minor repairs on a home in the urban core. Teams bring scrapers, brushes, rollers and ladders; paint is provided by Kansas City’s “Paint Program”.
9. Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA)
We are a member congregation of BPFNA. This organization equips and mobilizes Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice. Prairie has benefitted from a conflict transformation seminar held in 2011. In addition to reading and discussing newsletters and literature, members have attended Peace Camp held each summer.