Joe and Erin McCallum lead a ministry to plant home groups outside metropolitan Columbus. Many smaller communities do not have a church where students can get their questions answered and bring their friends.
To that end, Joe and Erin research potential communities and develop an entry strategy to start new home groups. They meet regularly for discipleship time, leadership development of volunteers and provide oversight for the groups.
The goal is to reach non-Christians for Christ, disciple them and plant reproducing home churches.
Danny & Cheryl Walker have been called by God to participate in a local movement of God among Hindus.
"In 2009 we met a 30 member community of Bhutanese Refugees (Google for more information) that has since grown to 20,000 in Columbus. These Hindus (along with some Bhuddist & Kiranti) have been open to the gospel of Jesus; in fact, many hundred are now following Jesus! We are enjoying friendships, experiencing and learning about Hindu culture, and learning the Nepali language. We have apartment bible studies and help lead a Central Teaching for Nepali-speaking people.
God has also opened our eyes to see that many professionals from the Indian subcontinent populate Columbus. We are committed to sharing freedom and salvation in Jesus with this community too."
The Walkers also seek to equip and mobilize students and adults to speak of Jesus with fellow students, co-workers, neighbors, family and friends who are Hindu. Contact Danny, email@example.com, if you are interested in a presentation.
After spending three years conducting a community needs assessment in central Ohio, Xenos Christian Fellowship formed Urban Concern in 1991. Urban Concern is committed to restoring the South Linden neighborhood by empowering students and families to be agents of positive change in our community and the world.
Central Ohio Youth for Christ
Xenos works in partnership with Central Ohio Youth for Christ. Youth for Christ (YFC) is an evangelical ministry that has been serving youth and families in central Ohio since 1981. A significant portion of YFC ministry is dedicated to working with at-risk teens from both community ministry in urban neighborhoods and institutional work in juvenile detention centers. Currently over 2,000 at-risk young people are involved annually in YFC ministry.
The long term goal for these ministries is to raise lifelong followers of Jesus Christ from at-risk communities who in turn become servants and leaders within these communities.