Northern Cross Community Church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, is finding ways to be missional in their community – looking for the needs and following God’s direction to meeting these needs. This is a practical way to share the love of Christ.
In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, there is a large nomadic crowd that travel around the town with no place to call home especially when the weather gets warmer. As our most northern church, the weather can be harsher and winters longer than we experience (even this past winter). People without a home have many needs most of take for granted including basic necessities. The church was looking for ways to help alleviate this.
“Kindness Connection” is a community group formed in 2014 to fill this gap. Comprised of representatives from nine community organizations, the group’s key driver is to inform those in need what community services are available for them (such as soup kitchens, clothing and hygiene supports and housing contacts).
Kindness Connection provides soup, sandwich and relationship building. The first Saturday of every month they also provide backpacks with basic essentials like bag lunches, personal hygiene items, flashlights, gloves, hats, and first aid kits; basically anything a homeless person would need that could fit in a backpack.
To learn about the Kindness Connection check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Kindness-Connection-Upper-Lake-Melville/813373948722393?sk=info&tab=page_info.
Submitted by Rev. Jonathan Beers, Senior Pastor – Northern Cross Community Church (NL)
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