City Impact intervenes to break the cycle of poverty and despair in the Tenderloin neighborhood. For over 30 years they have accomplished this by bringing relief for those in urgent need, rehabilitation for those wanting a way out, and development to ensure the cycles of poverty and despair are not repeated. They accomplish this through several ministries and outreaches. This fall City Impact Academy has 120 children enrolled in the school where they were able to launch two new special needs classrooms. The Health and Wellness Center was proud to start a partnership with Kaiser, helping 366 TL residents secure a primary health provider. City Impact continues outreach through the Rescue Mission, Adopt A Building, youth programs, and TL Made, a social enterprise.
Because Justice Matters
Because Justice Matters reaches women who have experienced sexual exploitation and domestic violence, and works to prevent the cycle of abuse faced by young girls. Since BJM started 7 years ago they have been building intentional relationships with women and seeking to support their healing process as well as introduce them to a relationship with Jesus. This summer BJM was invited into a local TL hotel to work with a very specific group of isolated women and children. It has been a powerful time of teaching ESL, offering parenting strategies and support, and being given the opportunity to build some deep and genuine relationships. BJM is excited to continue nail day outreach on Mondays, small healing groups and dance for young girls.
Bessie Carmichael is the only public school located in the SoMa neighborhood. The school educates almost 700 children, Kindergarten through 8th grade, on two campuses. Epic began this partnership in October 2010 and has maintained it through resourcing teachers and students. Over the last six years, we have been able to provide basic supplies for teachers and students, ELMO projectors for each classroom, book bins for each student, and additional reading and teaching materials for students such as scholastic news and national geographic. Last year, Epic was able to provide 2-way radios necessary for teachers to maintain safety on campus, renovate the Teacher’s Lounge, and send the Asst. Principal to a conference for further training.
NU2U is a organization where people in the Bayview can shop with joy and dignity to find quality clothing at an affordable price. NU2U is also employing and developing members of the inner city with skills in retail, e-commerce, marketing, and social media. Epic is partnering with NU2U by organizing clothing drives and sponsoring shopping trips for residents in the Bayview.
Josh and Kassi
God called Josh and Kassi to San Francisco to equip, inspire, and release the next generation of missionaries and ministry leaders into the nations. They have been serving with YWAM in San Francisco for more than four years and have been a part of Epic Church, leading teams and groups, since moving to SF. At YWAM, Josh and Kassi are leading and facilitating six-month discipleship and missions training courses called Discipleship Training Schools (DTS). They believe that God wants us to bring His Kingdom both here locally and internationally. Josh and Kassi live and work in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, as well as lead young missionaries to serve and minister internationally for a minimum of two months each year.
Church Planting Partnerships
Mountain View, CA
Current Silicon Valley’s mission is to move the people of Silicon Valley toward Jesus, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. It is Current’s desire to break down false barriers and focus on the gospel of Jesus. To love God, love one another, and love the world — believing there is power in community and inviting people in to belong even before they believe.
Eden’s mission is to impact the Silicon Valley by leading people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. They envision creating a church that makes a relationship with Jesus accessible to people unfamiliar with church. Eden is praying that 2017 will be a year of transformation as people enter into a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Launching weekly services in the Fall of 2017, Flourish is building a community of Christ followers in Seattle that “invite people to find themselves in God’s story.” Everyone’s story matters and Flourish Church is seeking to create environments where people can share their stories and explore the grander story God is writing in the world. Over the next 12 months, they will be hosting social events, serving our city in creative ways, and meeting regularly to continue building momentum towards their launch in the fall.
Story City Church
Los Angeles, CA
Story City is a new church in Los Angeles with a mission to be a church for the story of God and the city of LA. Central to the ministry is the fact that people matter to God. No one is too bad, too mad, or too far from God to matter to Him. Story City values all people, regardless of background, messes, and successes. We will do everything we can to help people meet Jesus.
Through a partnership with Compassion International, we have been able to fund several major projects associated with United Christian Centre and Compassion Project UG544. There are over 100 individuals at Epic who sponsor kids monthly, which provides for basic needs like food, medical care, and school fees. Sponsorship also allows the child to be a part of the Compassion Project, where they learn everyday skills as well as who Jesus is and what He wants for their life. In the last 4 years, we have helped fund a beauty training school, a grinding mill, and new classrooms for the primary school, and major surgeries for two children.
Impact Church, led by Pastor Adi Galiger, started meeting in June 2011 in the city center of Oradea, Romania. The church meets in a renovated factory and is making great strides to reach the younger generation through discipleship. Impact Church is committed to serving the community and the people around them. One of the ways they are doing this is by renovating hospitals in Oradea and providing them resources to care for patients. The church is also involved in serving state run orphanages to provide a better quality of life for the children who live there. In our two trips to to Oradea, teams from Epic have helped renovate the hospital, visit orphanages and gypsy villages to experience how Impact Church is making a difference.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Epic is excited to launch a brand new partnership new partnership with a local church in Ho Chi Minh City. Pastor Thuan and Esther started this church six years ago. They are committed to sharing the love and hope of Jesus with their neighbors, co-workers, and friends. They do this through English clubs, soccer clinics, and reaching out to the poor. The Church is preparing to launch their 4th location among university students. The long term vision of the church is to have a location in each of the 24 districts in Ho Chi Minh City.
Prayer Power Church
Raj, one of our Epic leaders moved to SF in 2013 from Hyderabad, India where he was a part of Prayer Power Church. Prayer Power Church started 1986 under the leadership of Sam Abraham and Esther Rani. The church reaches out to those in their city and villages by praying for people in need. In the last 25 years the church has grown from one small group to 250 branches reaching over 50,000 people in India.