Openwater Church has a four part missions and outreach plan based on Acts 1:8 called the "Acts 1:8 Principle." OWC's budget reflects these four areas and it is our goal to grow our missions and outreach ministry every year. If you have questions about missions please contact Tonya Towner our Director of Operations and Missions at [email protected] Below are the different groups and organizations that OWC supports.
1. Jerusalem (Tampa Bay)
Tampa Bay Baptist Association
Openwater Church gives monthly support to the TBBA who helps start and revitalize churches, support pastors in need, and gives needed training to pastors and lay leaders. Mike Kahn is the Executive Director of the TBBA and a good friend of OWC. http://www.tbba.org/
OWC Food Pantry
A bi-weekly ministry at OWC that helps those less fortunate in te community. This ministry supplies food, offers prayer, and helps those want to learn Biblical budgeting.
OWC Children's Mission Project
Our children with their parents go to help migrant workers in the Plant City Area three times a year.
Every year the people of OWC help families in churches in the Tampa Bay Area that are in low income areas and supplies gifts to the children. Last year we helped over 30 children have a Merry Christmas!
OWC does annual food and clothing drives to help Metro Min minister to the people in downtown Tampa. http://www.metromin.org/
2. Judea (United States of America)
National Center for Life and Liberty (NCLL)
OWC gives monthly support to this organization that exists to protect liberty in areas of life defense, constitutional and religious liberties, and education. http://www.ncll.org/
Florida Baptist Children's Homes
Openwater Church gives monthly to support ophaned, abandoned, and displaced children through the Florida Baptist Children's Homes. https://www.fbchomes.org/
Saving Grace Ministries Tampa
Openwater Church gives monthly support to this ministry that helps men coming out of prison that gives transitional housing, support, education, and work all centered on the gospel. It is a ministry from Saving Grace Ministries (Buffallo, NY). OWC also helps prisoners with monthly support so they can call their families and continue to keep connected.
Yearly Student's Mission Trip
Every year Openwater Church supports our students in a summer mission trip to help those less fortunate in different parts of the country.
3. Samaria (Non-English Speaking Groups in the United States)
Infaith: American Mission
Openwater Church gives monthly to support Bruce & Alba Sewell as InFaith field staff members ministering to Hispanics — church planting (Iglesia Biblica de La Communuidad) and InFaith Hispanic Institute director. http://infaith.org/
4. Ends of the Earth (Overseas Missions)
Southern Baptist Convention (Lottie Moon Mission's Fund)
Openwater Church gvies monthly support to help Southern Baptist Missionaries who spread the good news of Jesus Christ around the world.
Back to Jerusalem-China
Openwater Church gives monthly support to help underground churches grow in some of the most hostile and dangerous countries around the world. https://www.backtojerusalem.com
International Justice Mission
Openwater Church gives monthly support to fight human trafficing and slavery around the world. https://www.ijm.org/
Samaritan's Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
Openwater Church participates every year with Operation Christmas Child that helps give children around the world an opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and receive gifts during the Christmas season. Last year, the people of OWC gave 109 boxes.
Christian Motorcycle Association
We give a love offering every year to help the worldwide mission of reaching people for Christ through this unique and very productive ministry. http://www.cmausa.org/
Gospel for Asia
Our children's ministry raises money throughout the year to purchase animals for those in need in different parts of Asia. The goal of GFA is to transform communities through Christ's love which perfectly lines up with OWC's Love God and Love others. http://www.gfa.org/
Missions In Asia
Openwater Church gives monthly support to help missionaries spread the good news of Jesus Christ and develop underground churches in countries that are anti-Christian.
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