Missions and Outreach

Below are some of the ministries and missionaries that our congregation has the privilege of partnering with as we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ here in Merced and around the world.

ACE Overcomers

ACE Overcomers helps teens and adults overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACE's).  Weekly meetings help overcome the anxiety, stress, and wounded spirit associated with an abusive background.  Dynamic lessons strengthen you to overcome damaging patterns of thoughts, behaviors, and habits.  Community outreach educates the public about the mental, physical, and spiritual effects of child abuse and household dysfunction.  ACE partners with other community resources to reduce child abuse.

Visit their website:  ACE Overcomers

All Nations DM

Fulfilling the Great Commission by Multiplying Disciples on College Campuses.
  • Fulfilling the Great Commission: Reaching the world’s unreached people groups with the Gospel.
  • Multiplying Disciples: We disciple our disciples to disciple those who will disciple others (2 Tim 2:2).
  • On College Campuses: We have found college students to be incredibly open to the Gospel and responsive to the Great Commission.
All Nations
PO Box 4173
Sonora, CA  95370

Contact Steve York
All Nations website

Alpha Crisis Pregnancy Help Center


Alpha is a non-profit organization offering support to any woman facing an unexpected pregnancy.  They provide caring counseling and factual information to encourage women to consider alternatives to abortion.  The organization is staffed by volunteers from our community trained in counseling skills and provides its services free of charge.  Alpha is funded by individual and church contributions and fundraising events and does not receive any government funding.  All the volunteers are Christians who share the Good News about Jesus with each woman who expresses interest.  Pray for this ministry that the clients will be receptive to the Gospel.

Alpha Crisis Pregnancy Help Center
700 Loughborough Drive, Suite A
Merced, California  95348
Phone:  (209) 383-4700 / (800) 395-4357

Evangelical Free Church of America Reach Global

The EFCA International Missions exists to glorify God through making disciples for Jesus Christ and incorporating them into reproducing congregations with the goal of launching church planting movements internationally.  EFCA Missions International is committed to providing services and support structures which promote missionary health, growth, and effectiveness.  It also assists individual missionaries and church planting teams with specialized training, conferences, and resources as they are engaged on the mission field. There are currently over 600 EFCA missionaries in 45 countries of the world.

EFCA International Mission
901 East 78th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55420
Phone:  (800) 745-2202 or (952) 854-1300

Evangelical Free Church of America - Western Region

The EFCA West is a regional service arm of the Evangelical Free Church of America.  Our purpose is to help churches function as well as multiply healthy churches in our area.

2111 Geer Road, Suite 510
Turlock, CA  95382
Phone:  (209) 667-5789

Gospel for Asia 

13,000 plus native missionaries serve as part of Gospel For Asia's ministry in India and neighboring countries. 
These evangelists/church planters daily wage spiritual battles against Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh forces.  Yet, over 21,000 churches have been established.

Gospel For Asia
1800 Golden Trail Court
Carrollton, Texas  75010
Phone:  (800) 946-2742


Kathy lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on the east coast of Africa.  In Tanzania, there is usually one of three seasons:  hot, hotter, or hottest! Dar es Salaam is a tropical port city right next to the Indian Ocean.  Over four million people life in Dar, seventy percent of whom are Muslim. Kathy works with Reach Global, teaching in several schools in order to build relationships in the community.  She also puts on clubs, sports, English, and overnight camps, and cooking classes for the youth and women.  She loves using her hobbies, like swimming and baking, to meet new people and develop friendships to share the Truth.  Please pray for Kathy as she share her life and is a light in the communities that she lives in.

 Love INC.

Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC), is a division of World Vision U.S.  It is a national ministry with more than 120 affiliates, representing a partnership of over 7,000 churches and 6,000 community-based organizations in 29 states and Puerto Rico.  Love INC's mission is to mobilize the Church to transform lives and neighborhoods In the Name of Christ.  Love INC provides a model churches can use to work together across denominational lines, to help people in need in their communities.

Love INC
P.O. Box 2141
Merced, California  95344
Phone:  (209) 383-1265

Merced Prison Ministry

The Merced Prison Ministry began with Chaplain Bill King when the county jail was housed on Belcher Road.  The ministry expanded, adding chaplains Joel Kemps, Sandy Sebesta, and several other volunteers, as the jail was moved to its current Sandy Mush facility.  The jail ministry continues to minister to inmates, sharing about the God who can deliver them from the stranglehold of Satan, by teaching God's word in small group and one-on-one ministries, distribution of Bibles and reading materials, spiritual counseling for inmates and their families as well as correctional staff, overseeing G.E.D. program, and drug  recovery transitional programs.
Merced Prison Ministry

Chaplain James Sanders
P.O. Box 1221
Merced, California  95341
Phone:  (209) 356-8067

Mexico Outreach Ministry

Twice a year our congregation sends ministry teams to Mexico to serve with the Mount Hermon Evangelical Free Church of Ensenada and the Bethesda Evangelical Free Church of Puerta Trampa. 

Operation Christmas Child 

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse.  Each year millions of shoe boxes are distributed to children in over 95 countries.  Each year our Children's Ministries work to support Operation Christmas Child through the packing of shoe boxes.  You can find out more by visiting our Operation Christmas Child page or by contacting Samaritan's Purse directly.

Samaritan's Purse
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607
Phone (828) 262-1980
Fax (828) 266-1053

Short Termers Exploring Missions

Our congregation encourages and suports individuals from within our congregation to participate in short term missions projects.  We praise God for these opportunities to reach beyond our borders and share the Gospel with others.  These missions experiences are also life transforming for the participant.

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Tom and Linda Miller

The Millers are serving with Campus Crusade for Christ.  Tom is a key leader in a special ministry called "History's Handful."  He challenges leaders from the business and professional worlds of various countries to use their L.I.F.E. (Labor, Influence, Finances, and Expertise) to help make a difference in the lives of millions of people by introducing them to the love of Jesus.  This ministry has taken Tom, over the years, to over 50 countries.

Tom & Linda Miller
1899 Branchwater Trail
Orlando, Florida  32825-8513
Phone:  (407) 380-6038

Tom and Marti Chance

Tom and Marti change are the AWANA missionaries for North Central California.  They work behind the scenes providing vital support for the AWANA clubs in our territory.
Visit Our AWANA Page.

Tom and Marti Chance P.O. Box 748
Denair, CA 95316-0748
(209) 667-6115

Trino and Esther Ortiz

Trino and Esther have been serving with Missionary Gospel Fellowship since 1994.  They have been in ministry for over 30 years.  They minister in Ensenada and Puerta Trampa, Mexico.  The Ortizs are involved in church planting in very needy areas and have begun a medical clinic in Puerta Trampa.  They are pastoring the Bethesda Evangelical Free Church of Puerta Trampa while serving in a support role with the Monte Hermon Evangelical Free Church (Iglesia Evangelica Libre Monte Hermon) in Ensenada that began in 1989.  Their ministries are varied in working in the church, outside the church, counseling married couples, conferences, and children's Bible clubs.

Trino & Esther Ortiz
P.O. Box 837
Chula Vista, California  91912

Vance and Carol Nordmon

Vance and Carol have been on staff with Cru for over 35 years.  Currently they are involved with a Jesus Film Project initiative to give the JESUS film to recent United States immigrants.  As part of this initiative 20 special DVDs have been produced - most containing 16 languages for those who have immigrated to the United States from the Middle East and other countries.  All of the DVDs are sold at discounted prices.  Over the past 7 years over 3 million DVDs have been shipped to churches, individuals, and ministries reaching out to immigrants.  For more information on these DVDs designed for the immigrant community please visit their website:


Vance & Carol Nordman
128 Avenida Santa Margarita
San Clemente, California  92672
Phone:  (949) 498-3639

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