Hands at Work
In 2005, a team of 5 men from Wellspring went to visit Hands at Work in South Africa. Little did they know that not only would they be forever changed by what they saw, they would bring back many stories of God’s heart for Africa. The following year, the president and founder of Hands at Work, George Snyman, would visit the United States for the first time. He would inspire others to go, and a second team from Wellspring visited in 2007. One woman on that team, Lauren Lee, was so moved that she initiated a American branch of Hands at Work, today now known as Hands at Work, USA.
Today, Wellspring partners with Hands at Work, Africa to care for Mcheneke, Malawi with our two partner churches, Christ Church and Grace Alameda. Along with our sister churches, we are providing three essential services, food, basic medical care, and education to 250 orphans and vulnerable children. We have also adopted Pimai C in Zimbabwe as a new community to support in 2019.
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Operation Christmas Child
We have partnered with Samaritan’s Purse for the past number of years in bringing gifts to children in need all around the world. More than anything else, we hope that these small gifts will be used to bring the good news of Jesus to all the world.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In 2015, we were introduced to Steve Phillips by our sister churches, Christ Church and Grace Alameda. Steve is a church planter and mobilizer in Barcelona, Spain, and his heart is to see the gospel go forth in the Barcelona area, where less than 1% of the population are evangelical Christians. Serge’s website provides a brief history of its founding:
Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) was organized under the leadership of Dr. Jack Miller, a pastor, evangelist and author. In the late 1970s, the missions-outreach of the congregation he founded and pastored, New Life Presbyterian Church, was spreading beyond that local body.
Other church leaders gathered with Dr. Miller to work together in wider ministry. After many informal missions trips to Ireland and Uganda, Serge was officially established in 1983.
Bob Osborne was appointed as executive director of the mission in June of 2005. Today, Serge has nearly 300 missionaries serving in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.
In 2014, after prayerful and strategic consideration, World Harvest Mission was renamed Serge.
Serge is a nondenominational international mission agency, founded in the reformed theological tradition. As a faith mission, Serge receives no assurance of funds from any source.
The name Jack Miller is familiar to some at Wellspring. It was Jack Miller’s teaching on the gospel, and later through the Sonship Manual and Gospel Transformation curriculum, that was foundational to Wellspring’s emphasis on gospel centrality.
We support a member family (their names are withheld for security reasons) that moved from their home in the United States to serve among an unreached people group in Southeast Asia. Through Wycliffe Bible Translators, they are part of a team working in literacy and education, pursuing the long-term vision of making God's Word accessible to the communities they serve in a language that speaks to their heart.
Iglesia Evangelica Bautista Vilafranca del Penedes
In 2016 Axis, Wellspring's youth ministry, traveled to the Barcelona, Spain area to put on our first English Camp. Spain, as a European country, has one of the least amount of Christians per capita, despite being a Catholic country. More and more people have turned to agnosticism at best to outright atheism in response to Catholic nominalism.
Iglesia Evangelica Bautista Vilafranca del Penedes is a church we partner with to provide a Gospel light in the Greater Barcelona area. English camps are a means by which together we build inroads to an increasingly secular society. Together, we share not only our desire to see people come to Jesus, but also our common hearts together to follow Christ to the ends of the earth. And so, with our sister church, Christ Church in San Francisco, our three churches continue to lead these camps so that the next generation of Catelonians would come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.