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Guest Blog–Strategic Partner Coordinator, Caitlin Waterbury

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A blog for Thunder Mountain Community Church
Written by Caitlin Waterbury

John F. Kennedy once said, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” I personally believe this to be true. Thunder Mountain Community Church is a Christian organization that believes we all can, and should, make a difference. We want to change people’s lives from the inside out, both within our church and externally. There is a reason we claim we are reaching out, touching lives and growing people to know, love, and serve Jesus! This is not done solely on a Saturday or Sunday church service, but in our community daily. We desire to have a local and global impact by loving and serving people. One way we accomplish this is through our Strategic Partnerships.

You might ask, “What is a strategic partnership?” Well let me explain. TMCC has ten partners that we regularly support financially and spiritually; five local organizations and five global missionaries. We desire to build relationships with our partners so we can come alongside their ministries, lift them up, and change the world together. For more information on all of our Strategic Partners, feel free to check out the outreach page on our website, by clicking here.  Since TMCC primarily serves our Sierra Vista area, I would love to share with you more about our five local partners including their missions, services, their goals for the future, and ways for you to partner with us.

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Sierra Vista

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Sierra Vista is a non-profit organization and one of many nation-wide centers that provides compassionate support to women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions. Care Net envisions a culture where women and men faced with pregnancy decisions are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families. Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support.

Care Net provides a variety of services including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, “earn while you learn” parent classes, the Baby Boutique store that offers assistance with diapers, baby clothes and other items, abstinence counseling and encouragement in schools, post-abortion support group and counseling and miscarriage/pregnancy loss Bible studies. Their main goal for the future is to reach more women and families not only by word of mouth in the community, but meet the next generation by expanding their online resources and promotion.

The Cochise Family Advocacy Center, Inc

The Cochise Family Advocacy Center, Inc., also known as Lori’s Place, is a locally-birthed, non-profit organization, that desires to be a resource facilitator for best practice in the field of abuse prevention, treatment, investigation, and prosecution. Their mission is to compassionately support and promote the well-being of children and adult victims of abuse through comprehensive services in a neutral, friendly environment. They offer services of child forensic interviews by a trained professional, forensic medical examinations by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), victim advocacy, address confidentiality program, community education, mandatory reporter training, and crisis intervention.

Their goals for the future are to expand the victim advocate program from 1 to 3 new positions, including a 24 hour crisis hotline. They would like to update the building with more accessibility. They also have a goal to increase the number of board members and create a support group for staff and volunteers to release problems.

Peach’s Pantry

Peach’s Pantry is an independent-grown, non-profit organization with the vision to play a part in improving the academic performance and self-esteem of the children they serve by relieving weekend hunger. They do this by providing food on weekends to school children in the Sierra Vista and surrounding area who are economically disadvantaged in order to enrich their learning environment. They identify that many children are dependent on free and reduced meals provided at their public schools during the week and have little to eat over the weekend. The volunteers of Peach’s Pantry, Inc. work in partnership with school nurses, counselors and staff to identify children at risk for hunger and to supply them with nutritious, self-serve food that will sustain them when school meals are not available. As a goal for the future, they would like a space of their own to store more bulk product and to serve more schools, including the Bisbee area.

Potter’s Hands

Potter’s Hands Outreach Ministry is a multiple church, Christ centered, non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist homeless and economically disadvantaged people to help themselves. The basis of the program is a weekly lunch program sharing sustenance and basic needs, caring for those they serve by listening, praying and sharing the love of Jesus without reservation. They encourage these individuals to reach out and take control of their life through faith and the resources available to them. As a collective group of Christian volunteers from various denominations, their role is to encourage those they serve to develop independence. They desire to see individuals meeting their own needs and encourage them to develop self-responsibility by assisting them in the least intrusive way possible. In the future, they would love to see new volunteers acquire the passion and skill sets to develop and continue the ministry.

Kid's Hope

Kid’s Hope of Huachuca City School is one of many Kid’s Hope USA programs in America. They claim that one simple thing will make a big difference in the life of an at-risk child: One-on-one, positive attention from a responsible, caring adult. Their mission is to develop these one-on-one relationships through the creation of church-school partnerships that pair church members with at-risk kids in supportive, mentoring relationships. They desire for mentors to spend just one hour per week, reading, talking, playing and listening to a child at school. By helping the child feel loved and valued, they help that child to learn, grow and succeed. A goal for the future is that Kid’s Hope can serve the Huachuca City School by cleaning and updating the campus facilities.

These ministries are not functioning solely from Thunder Mountain Community Church’s partnership, but from the support of individuals like you and me. There are many ways that you can get involved to serve this organization and partner in their mission. A huge way to help is to regularly pray for these ministries. God moves powerfully when we stand together in prayer. Another way to help is by giving financial or material donations. Several of these ministries will accept donated food or clothing, but financial gifts can help other accomplish their long-term goals. You may also get involved directly with these missions by volunteering your time and labor. Each of these organizations are primarily run by volunteers, and there are countless ways for you to get involved either directly with the focus group, or behind the scenes. If you are interested in partnering with any of these ministries in some way, please see our Strategic Partner page here for contact information.

-Caitlin Waterbury


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