LOCAL MISSIONS

At Yarrow Alliance we believe that Missions begins in the communities we call home. To this end we are exploring new ways to engage our community and live the gospel amongst our neighbors. Our desire is to build on community events like Yarrow Days, school breakfasts, Christmas hampers, and school involvement, to deepen our connections with, and to reach out to Yarrow, Chilliwack, and the Fraser Valley.

 

RUTH & NAOMI'S MISSION

One of our long standing community engagements has been with Ruth & Naomi’s Mission. Ruth & Naomi’s has a long history of serving the disadvantaged and marginalized of our society in downtown Chilliwack. Their vision statement is “Transforming the lives of the poor, the homeless, and the addicted by bringing hope and healing through the love of God.

Ruth & Naomi’s provides meals for hundreds of people 365 days a year, a resident substance abuse recovery program, counselling services, emergency shelter, a cold weather warming shelter, free clothing, blankets and shoes, and a safe, welcoming place for those to whom life has been the hardest. They are currently building a multi storey low barrier housing complex, that will provide much needed housing and social services to those that need it most.

At Yarrow Alliance we are grateful for the work Ruth & Naomi’s does. Partnering with them allows us to live out Christ’s call to care for “the least of these” in an effective and powerful way. We currently prepare and serve an evening meal on the second Monday of every month, as well as providing cookies for the warming centre and morning coffee, collecting clothes, socks, gloves, and shoes for their distribution program, and financial support through our missions budget. We are actively exploring new ways to serve and support the mission. For more information, or to get involved please contact Neil & Judi Oslund at judioslund@gmail.com or Cheryl Giesbrecht at cgiesbrecht@ruthandnaomis.ca


For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
— Matthew 25:35-36