At Circle of Concern we love to help ministries who are earnestly trying to make a difference and can use the extra help or support.
Throughout the past 17 years, Circle of Concern has helped to plant churches in a variety of cities in Mexico including partnerships with Agape Ministries in Mezcales and Bucerias, and Foundation for His Ministry who works to help children through orphan care and medical/personal needs.
Circle of Concern has made a point to help new churches with their community outreaches. The first community outreach involved caring for a neighborhood in Santa Ana to support La Puerta Church of Santa Ana as it made important connections with families in the area. Then COC provided the same services (eyeglass clinic, family photos, face painting, balloon animals, etc.) to help New Song Espanol in Oceanside. This is an easy and fun way for others to get involved and to do hands on ministry right here in Southern California.
We also have the discretion to help individuals: a hungry child, a frightened and homeless pregnant girl, someone who needs a jacket to stay warm at night. The kind of people whose problems are “too small” for most groups. Here's an example of assistance we were able to give when they didn't know where to turn.
A Wheel Chair for Kiki
KiKi, age 62 can hardly get around anymore. She’s had a hard life, full of illness and pain. We found out about Kiki and her need for a wheel chair from a family friend. She was healthy until about 13 years old when she started having seizures and migraines and lots of neck and back pain. There were lots of misconceptions then about blood sugar and epilepsy and allergies, so it was a very difficult and confusing time.
Kiki became a Christian in the early 70’s as did most of her family. But people would tell her if she really believed she would be healed. However, she wasn’t and so she feltashamed and thought that she must not be good enough. She felt her life was judged by people constantly. It's been a difficult journey for Kiki to find true acceptance deep in her soul. Today, she is married to a pastor of a very small church. They live in a very rural area of California, and have very few resources. They have learned to live on very little.
We were blessed to provide Kiki with the gift of a small light wheelchair to assist her in getting around. Something so simple, yet life changing for someone like Kiki.