Helping Others Around the World
At Keystone, loving and leading people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ isn’t only our local mission; it also reaches outside of our community and around the world. We partner with a number of international ministries and people from our own church who serve on short-term mission trips.
1. Life Together Nicaragua- Managua, Nicaragua
Amy and Tim Taylor and their sons (Keystone members) minister to the poor in the barrio of Christo Rey through a daily feeding program for children who have little food to eat and often live in tiny shacks. For the past several years, teams from Keystone and other churches in the U.S. have assisted with the feeding program, helped construct walls on the property and have built many homes for the residents. Find out more.
2. Poured Out – Haiti and the USA
Carlee Munz (Keystone member) and her team, as well as volunteer teams from the U.S., provide water purification devices to families, schools and churches in very distressed areas of Haiti, where people suffer from the poor economy and/or past disasters. They also assist homeowners in the U.S. with cleanup immediately following floods and tornadoes. Find out more.
3. Children’s Heart Project
Keystone works with Grace Bible Church in Ann Arbor and Samaritan’s Purse to locate families willing to host international children who need life-saving heart surgery. The child, child’s mom and translator usually stay in the U.S. for 5-6 weeks. This is usually a fall ministry. Keystone families have hosted children from Mongolia, Kosovo, Honduras and Uganda. Find out more.
4. Operation Christmas Child
Keystone collects gift-filled shoeboxes each fall. The shoebox gifts, along with the Gospel message in each child’s language are distributed in the U.S. and around the world to the tune of over 8 million boxes! Find out more.
5. International Students Inc.
Doug Sawyer works for International Students Inc. (ISI). He and available volunteers from local churches provide mentoring, meals, activities and Bible studies to international students attending local universities. Find out more.
6. Samaritan’s Purse – Sudan
For the past several years, Keystone helped support church rebuilding in war-torn Sudan through the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse. More recently our funds assisted refugees in Sudan through the same organization. Read more about church rebuilding projects and feeding the hungry in Sudan.
7. Wycliffe Translators – Musoma, Tanzania
Mitch and Tara Wimbush and family serve with Wycliffe Translators. Mitch is a vernacular and media specialist, while Tara assists with financial services. They are part of the Mara Cluster Project that is working on translating nine languages to help provide Bibles for approximately 1.6 million people in the Mara region of NW Tanzania. Find out more. Find them on Facebook.
8. Middle East
Christians in several areas of the Middle East provide material assistance and emotional support, along with the Gospel of Christ, to the poor, the lonely and the forgotten.
9. Emerging Young Leaders & Niriksha Trust – Bangalore, India
Samuel Balachander (Bala) and his son Aaron teach Christian leadership principles and skills to young people in various cities in their country. They’ve also reached out with their EYL (Emerging Young Leaders) ministry to Sri Lanka, South Africa, Malaysia and several other countries. EYL in India reached thousands of people in 2013. Bala’s wife and daughter-in-law’s ministry, Niriksha Trust, is currently constructing a building which will provide Christian guidance, health services and career skills to young women who are often marginalized. Find them on Facebook.
10. Emerging Young Leaders – Dhaka, Bangladesh
Khushi Saha provides Christian leadership seminars and pastor conferences through Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) in Dhaka, as well as in the hill country where few pastors get the initial and ongoing training they really need. Funds are used for training materials and provisions for conference attendees who are desperate for Christian teachings. Find out more.
11. Samaritan Children’s Home Medical Clinic – Bangladesh
Keystone supports the doctors and nurses who diagnose and treat the hundreds of children at the Samaritan Children’s Home, as well as many people in the community. Keystone is their primary supporter. Find out more.