Urban Concern & Harambee Christian School
Urban Concern is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization formed by Xenos and committed to helping Columbus' inner city youth overcome challenges and thrive in the body of Christ. Urban Concern operates Harambee Christian School, a high performing Christian private school in the South Linden neighborhood serving low income students in grades K-8.
In 1990, Bhutan expelled more than 100,000 residents of Nepali descent, who then lived in refugee camps in Nepal for nearly 20 years until resettlement began in 2008. Many of these Bhutanese refugees were resettled in the Columbus area, and in 2009 Danny and Cheryl Walker, along with many other volunteers, began a ministry to help with this process. Conservative estimates of the current population in Columbus is 10,000-20,000.
Today, a network of volunteers continues to work in the community meeting various needs both of existing and newly arriving families. Home churches and smaller Bible study cell groups have also started and are available for all age groups. The Xenos Nepali Christian Fellowship meets each Sunday morning. This meeting is taught in the Nepali language. It also serves a deaf community with a separate teaching done in sign language.
A more recent development has been the addition of an indigenous leader to the Xenos Nepali Christian Fellowship. Several other Nepalis are in leadership training classes, with a view to be raised up in the near future. Many Nepali church members are stepping forward to serve their people in significant ways. God is doing a wonderful work in this community!
Central Ohio Small Community Outreach
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.
Central Ohio Youth for Christ
Xenos works in partnership with Central Ohio Youth for Christ. Youth for Christ (YFC) is an evangelical ministry that began serving youth and families in central Ohio in 1981. A significant portion of YFC’s ministry is dedicated to working with at-risk teens both from urban neighborhoods and those being held in local juvenile detention centers. YFC serves more than 4,000 at-risk young people every year through their various outreaches which include mentoring, job and life-skills training, faith-based programming and professional counseling.
YFC’s goal is to raise up life-long followers of Jesus Christ from at-risk communities, who in turn become servants and leaders within these communities.