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Reach Local Stories
Welcome to our video archive! Watch our feature or search the archives for more stories on how our field staff reach local in communities across the United States.
Soldiers face a unique set of challenges in their daily life, filled with hardships. But who can they turn to when they are overwhelmed or discouraged and need someone to listen? Chaplains walk alongside soldiers and go through the challenges and struggles soldiers face every day. Chaplains are the calming presence that soldiers need when their life can seem overwhelming. Watch the Chaplain Dalsis Story here.
Whatever the addiction – alcohol, meth, heroin, marijuana, opioids, gambling, or pornography – there is a person behind it with a story of pain, brokenness, and shame. Enter Doris and Dave Jasperson, who started The Gap—a refurbished old house where people in recovery can meet for support, accountability, mentoring, and counseling. Watch the Jaspersons’ story here.
Homelessness among children and youth is a hidden reality, experienced by over 1.2 million minors in the United States. They might be in your own community. Watch this hidden local’s story here.
There are 300 homeless children and youth—out of only 3,000 students—in The Dalles. Gary and Linda Casady started the Youth Empowerment Shelter [Y.E.S.] to provide a place of physical and emotional safety for these youth in crisis. Watch the Casadys’ story here.
Our country has a hidden underbelly—sex trafficking, drug abuse, and homelessness. But there are ministries that reach out to the people and systems that make up this evil, often-unseen part of our nation. We pray this artistic portrayal provides you with a glimpse into the life of a hidden local that God has called us to reach. Watch this hidden local’s story here.
Using her story to help local kids, Dayna reaches her community in Greensboro through after-school tutoring, mentoring, and other community development initiatives. Watch Dayna’s story here.
Armed with her nursing knowledge and the gospel of Christ, Betty Glover moved to the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee in 1958 to minister to those living in poverty. Watch Betty’s story here.
Bringing hope to people who often feel belittled and stereotyped, Ken Quintus reaches his local community of Mason City, Iowa through jail and reentry ministries. Watch the Ken’s story here.
Showing the love of Jesus to local kids and their families in Hungry Horse, Montana, Kevin and Gina Bickel started their children's ministry because no other place like it existed in the community. Watch the Bickels’ story here.
Children are often the ones forgotten and ignored in the face of poverty or addictions at home. Jim and Teri Wilson share the amazing truths of God's love with these kids through their youth center in Kearney, Nebraska. Watch the Wilsons’ story here.
The world is coming to us, and serving in your local community can lead to an impact far greater than you could imagine. David and Lisa Grainge have experienced this firsthand through their ministry to the Southeast Asian community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Watch the Grainges’ story here.
Reaching local is unique in every community. Rick Ediger found this out when he opened an automotive repair ministry shop in his community of Poncha Springs, Colorado. Watch the Edigers’ story here.
Serving his local community of Monmouth, Oregon as a chaplain, Freddy Moran reaches those in the workplace who are hurting, frustrated, and feel abandoned, bringing them the truth that God will never leave them nor forsake them. Watch Freddy’s story here.
So what's next? This 2 minute video shares a few more ways that you can partner with InFaith and make a difference in your community. Watch and get started reaching local today!
InFaith's focus on being local means that our ministry takes different shapes in different parts of the country to reflect the uniqueness of each place and each person who serves with us. Ridge Burns, CEO of InFaith, explains why “reaching local” is so important. Watch Ridge's explanation here.
InFaith's field staff has been reaching local for years, using the gifts and abilities God has given us to reach people in our local communities by responding to the needs we see around us. Young or old, rich or poor; lonely, lost or powerless - no matter who you are, you can reach local in your community. Watch the invitation here.
InFaith has a simple mission: we want to enable people, empowered by the Spirit, to love others because Jesus first loved them. It's that simple. We have people all across this nation reaching their local communities on a mission to testify about Jesus. Watch here.
Our Reach Local Blog gives you a chance to hear from our CEO and others in the mission on thoughts related to ministry, following Christ, and reaching locally here in the United States. Subscribe to our blog to be sure you don't miss a post.
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