At Northwest Community Church (NWCC), we have the conviction that every believer is a ministry somebody empowered by the Holy Spirit. We love to support the ministry efforts of our people as we pray and help others know how to partner with them.
Bread & Water Ministries
Bread & Water is a ministry to people experiencing homelessness in Northwest San Antonio. It is generously supported through the love offerings of the members of Northwest.
- We offer love of Jesus: “Dear brothers & sisters, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” (I John 4:7a) and leave judgment in God’s perfect hands: “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor?” (I John 4:12)
- We have been blessed to see multiple people experiencing homelessness start attending the church. A few have even trusted in Jesus, left the streets, and now serve with our ministry. Praise God!
- We help individuals experiencing homelessness to navigate the process to retrieve documents (birth certificates, IDs, social security cards), allowing them to apply for governmental services. We also provide rides to appointments and church, and help cover expenses for things like health care, bus passes, and food.
- Please feel free to donate the following items to the “BREAD & WATER” box in the church kitchen – jackets, coats, short and long-sleeved shirts (especially size L and above), socks (especially black), blankets, sleeping bags (30 degrees), cosmetic items, and feminine products. We love to gift these things to those in need.
- Interested in joining our ministry team? We’d love to talk! Contact our leader, James Stopher.
LeRoy Jacobson has reached high school students with the love of Jesus through Youth for Christ for over 40 years (over 20 years locally at Marshall High School)! He and his wife Jackie (who serves on church staff) are a huge blessing to the Northwest family. Learn more at www.sayfc.com
Paul and Laura Lere, International Training Partners
Paul and Laura Lere serve as missionaries with International Training Partners, Inc. (ITP) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have partnered with NWCC since 1984 when they moved to San Antonio as a newly married couple. They served on the NWCC’s Missions Committee from 1984-1988. In 1989 they traveled to Costa Rica for language school. Then through the generous support of NWCC, they were led to serve as missionaries in Mexico where Paul and Laura served in various aspects of church planting for nearly thirteen years. Their ministry serving Christ and the Mexican people was both amazing and fruitful!
In 2001 God directed them to become a part of International Training Partners, Inc., and Paul became President of ITP in 2003. ITP primarily trains and equips missionaries, Christian leaders, and workers using the Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshop (SYIS). It has been the Lere’s privilege to see the Lord expand the ministry of ITP dramatically during the last 15 years. ITP has provided more than 1,200 SYIS workshops for the equipping of more than 23,000 missionaries and Christian workers world-wide. Furthermore, ITP has trained more than 750 SYIS facilitators from over 47 nations. Paul and Laura thank God for the vital partnership they have enjoyed with NWCC for nearly thirty years!
You can learn more about the SYIS Workshop and ITP’s global ministry at: www.itpartners.org.
Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Mandes
Dr. Mandes is the director of Hispanic Ministries for the national EFCA. We are blessed to have Dr. Mandes and his wife Julie as part of the Northwest family. You can learn more about his ministry at these links:
- EFCA Hispanic Ministries helps develop models for church planting among the unreached including Church in a Church and Hispanic Boot Camp. http://go.efca.org/ministries/reachnational/hispanic-ministries
- Immigrant Hope equips churches to provide immigrants with the HOPE of the gospel, HELP finding a pathway to legal residency and a HOME in a church that cares for their needs. http://www.immigranthope.org
- EFCA GATEWAY Theological Institute is a course of study (available in English and Spanish) designed for leaders who need theological training but lack the time and resources for traditional seminary education.
Duane and Sharon Miller, Anglican Frontier Missions
Duane and Sharon Miller have been ministry partners with NWCC for over a decade. After learning Arabic in Jordan they were invited to Nazareth. Nazareth is today the largest Arab city in Israel. So they lived in a Muslim-majority city in a Jewish-majority country! Duane’s main task there was to help get Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary up and running, and so there he served as academic dean and lecturer in church history and theology.
During the summer Sharon worked CEF conducting VBS in Arab villages for both Christian and Muslim children. Duane and Sharon enjoyed forming friendships with many local friends, including Muslims and Jews. They really enjoyed talking about their personal faith with their friends and answering their questions about the Christian faith. Once the seminary was up and running they returned to the USA where they have been teaching on Muslim-Christian relations, cultivating relations with the local Arab community, and Sharon has been teaching English to refugees. Duane also travels broadly to provide training about and care for ex-Muslim Christians.
Duane is co-author of Evangelical Arabs in Israel and author of Living among the Breakage: Contextual Theology-making and ex-Muslim Christians. Duane has a PhD in Divinity and Sharon holds a BS in Mathematics, and both have diplomas in Arabic. They have three young children. You can follow Duane’s research and travels at his blog, on Twitter, You Tube, Instagram or at Academia.
Jonathan and Trista Miller, Holsby Bible School and Conference Center
Jonathan and Trista serve with Holsby, a one-year international Bible school and conference center in Sweden. It is a part of the larger network of Torchbearer Bible schools and conference centers worldwide.
- Holsby offers an ideal environment for young people to get to know Jesus and grow in their relationship with him. The Bible school has a nine-month program where students sink their roots deep into God’s Word and encounter Christ alive in the Scriptures. They get to live in the “green house” where they can grow spiritually in a solid Christian community. Among other things, they are challenged as they learn to share their faith through local outreaches and events.
- Along with his involvement in the Bible school program, Jonathan serves as the director of camps and retreats. For five months out of the year, Holsby opens its doors to youth and families with a specific outreach to confirmation groups. In Sweden, many 15-year old’s choose to go through the confirmation process because of traditional/cultural pressure. Camp Holsby gets the golden opportunity of sharing the truth and love of Jesus with groups of young people who would otherwise NOT walk through the doors of a church. Learn more at Bible school: holsby.org and Camps: campholsby.se
Check back soon to meet others from Northwest making a difference in our community and world.