Living Word is active in, and strongly supports, mission and service in our community and around the world.

Serve Now

Living Word has chosen strategic partners, local agencies where we have established relationships and a plan in place for on-going service. Interested in serving at any of the local missions below? Click the button to sign up and help out!

Local Missions

Agape Help House provides an on-site food pantry in Pacific, and assistance with utility bills, rent/mortgage assistance and pharmacy assistance to low income, disabled and elderly families. Email Rick Furgerson at rick@theaudiovideogroup.com for information on how to volunteer!

Circle of Concern feeds the hungry and provides assistance to low-income families living in west St. Louis County through a food pantry.  Steve Ernst, our Missions Chairperson, has connected with this agency on several occasions and can help you get connected, too!

EAT provides therapeutic horseback riding for the disabled right here in Wildwood. Download the Volunteer Application or speak to Denise Bertrand.

Living Word members help as horse leaders and sidewalkers during therapy classes every week. In addition to classes, adults and youth from Living Word have volunteered hundreds of hours doing building and maintenance projects for EAT. Projects have included weeding, painting, and cleaning tack in 100 degree weather! Living Word has donated a vehicle-load of snacks that are kept on hand at EAT for volunteers.

HavenHouse provides the comfort of home and a community of support for families traveling to St. Louis for medical needs. David Evans led a group of volunteers recently as they worked on multiple projects. Visit the volunteer page to see opportunities or contact David Evans.

Many Living Word volunteers regularly spend time driving shuttle buses, maintaining the craft room and providing meals.

Meramec Elementary is located 30 miles east of Living Word in south St. Louis City. Meramec has 228 students from preschool – 5th grade. Living Word has partnered with Meramec Elementary with the goal of helping the children reach their full potential. Join a group of volunteers already going to Meramec to read with students. Let’s carpool together and make a difference!

Living Word provides tutors, reading buddies, gardeners, volunteers, supplies, clothing, food and other needed items. For more information or to get involved please contact Kelly Vincent at kellyvin33@gmail.com.

On the second Thursday of every month, Living Word hosts up to ten guests, including single women and parents with children as a night site partner for Room At The Inn. We provide dinner, activities, sleeping accommodations, breakfast, and transportation back to their day site. To make this work, we need VOLUNTEERS! There are many volunteer roles with this ministry. For more information see Room at the Inn.

To sign up to help or learn more about volunteer opportunities with Room at the Inn, click here. For more information or questions about Living Word’s involvement with Room at the Inn, please contact Cheryl Jones at 314-630-2969 or jonesfoursome@sbcglobal.net.

Around The World

Donate to the Ghana Project

October 2017 Ghana Mission Trip

The Ghana Mission Team visited many projects that have been funded by gifts from The Ghana Project. The most recent project has been providing micro-flush latrines (toilets) in the Sandema-Abilyiri community in Ghana. The initial funding installed 20 latrines at 9 households. The Ghanians were very proud to show the Ghana Mission Team their latrines. This project is making a difference by preventing the spread of disease that is common in Ghana. Contact Pastor David Israel at disrael@livingwordumc.org for more information.

Check out this video to experience a glimpse of what a mission trip to Ghana is like.

Living Word Answers God’s Call

In 2010, Living Word answered God’s call and entered into a relationship with the people of northern Ghana. After an initial exploratory trip to northern Ghana to discover what needs the villages had, Living Word formed The Ghana Project. The Ghana Project’s mission is to establish relationships with the people of northern Ghana, provide them with clean water and help with their spiritual growth, educational, medical and agricultural needs..

Stay connected with The Ghana Project. Visit HelpGhanaNow.com to find out more information, and LIKE us on Facebook! If you’d like to see more videos about Ghana, check us out on Vimeo.

Ghana Christmas 2018 UPDATE!

Ghana Summer 2018 UPDATE!

Mexico Mission Trips

For many years now Living Word has been partnering with Proyecto Abrigo to assist the people of Juarez, Mexico with housing. The concept is simple. We connect with local pastors who hire local skilled laborers (maestros) who work alongside our teams as we build concrete block homes for families living in cardboard homes. The trips are short, the work is hard, lives are changed and lifelong memories are gained. If you would like to know more about how you can be a part of the Mexico mission contact Denise Denner. You can also find out more info about Proyecto Abrigo through Proyectoabrigo.org.

In July 2018, a team of 14 adults and youth completed the building of another home for a family.

In May 2017, 9 adults traveled to Juarez, Mexico. The team was able to complete the building of a home for a family and begin work on a church.

In March 2017, 12 youth and 3 adults traveled to Juarez, Mexico. In four days this group was able to build a home for a family of five. The family was previously living in a structure made of pieces of plywood and cardboard. The family was overjoyed to be able to live in a real home! The Living Word mission team was able to interact with the family and really make a connection.

In January 2016, a team of 11 people from Living Word traveled to Juarez, Mexico and helped with clean up from a fire that destroyed part of a home of an elderly couple, Hector and Zoyla. Hector’s small appliance and radio repair was totally destroyed. They were able to build a wall and replace the roof.

Rev. Jose Luis Portillo founded Proyecto Abrigo, an ecumenical organization, in 1996 for home building. Previously he had founded Operation Home. Between the two organizations, Jose Luis, with help from Proyecto Abrigo and Operation Home, has been responsible for building several thousand homes, five churches, a medical clinic, a vocational school, and community center since 1992.

Please contact Denise Denner at ddenner@gmail.com or proyectoabrigo.org for more information.