Burbank Pres. is a community of believers committed to our friends and neighbors throughout the city of Burbank. As a church we not only financially support ministers and organizations around the city, but we also participate in the work they are doing to further God’s Kingdom by caring for the people here.
Keep reading to learn more about the local organizations we support throughout this city and how you can be involved with BTAC, Family Promise, Kirby Center, and Lord’s Kitchen.
BURBANK TEMPORARY AID
BTAC is an organization that helps meet the needs of men, women, and children in Burbank who are under-resourced. This organization supplies those in need with food and clothing, as well as a place to shower and do laundry.
On the fourth Sunday of each month, we collect non-perishable food items and bless them before sending them over to BTAC for distribution.
If you are interested in volunteering at BTAC, there are numerous opportunities for everything from assisting with client intake, to pantry stocking, to data entry, bookkeeping, and more. BTAC is also interested in identifying volunteers with professional experience in accounting, computer technology, case management, teaching and other specialties. If you are interested, call BTAC at 818.848.2822.
Local churches team up with Family Promise of Burbank to provide housing for families who are homeless. These families are working toward finding jobs and saving money so they can afford their own apartment. We host families for one week, four times per year. During that week we need volunteers to serve as breakfast host, provide dinner, evening host, and night host. To volunteer, contact Mary Jane Weaver at 818.841.2155.
The Kirby Center is a detention facility for girls. Amber cottage is the home we get to visit and provide crafts or games, snacks, and just hang out with them. These girls need consistent, positive role models in their lives. You can choose your commitment level. In addition to people hanging out with the girls, drivers are needed. Any volunteer who spends time with the girls needs to be a VISTO VOLUNTEER. Training is available for all who are interested. For more information contact Ardis Bazyn at 818.238.9321.
On the 2nd Saturday of each month, we are blessed to serve up to 150 men, women, and children who are hungry and homeless. Cooking teams select the menu, do the shopping, and oversee the preparation. Help is needed all day, so pick a few hours and join the fun! Contact Lorraine Essex, firstname.lastname@example.org, to serve on a cooking team, a cooking shift, the serving crew, or the clean up crew.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Whether it is through financial giving, prayer, or sending others to join them, Burbank Pres. supports people and ministries around the world who are actively living out these very words of Jesus.
This ministry provides food and shelter to AIDS orphans in Nyeri, Kenya.
The Makobe Home for orphaned children now has 180 students in its primary school. It also accommodates 18 special education students. Five students from Makobe Children’s Home have qualified for and are now attending boarding high school.
Bernard Muindi is a pastor of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. He serves several churches and ministries in Nyeri, Kenya, including Kenya Street Children.
The Wheeler-Waddells serve with The Antioch Partners, a missionary agency supported by Presbyterian churches in the U.S. Their work in Africa and Asia includes evangelism, social injustice, discipleship, supporting church-planting movements, and leadership development.
The Conkeys produce videos for the School of Frontier Media that present the Gospel to unreached people groups. The videos are culturally sensitive in the language of the people and use indigenous actors. They now live in Thailand and coordinate media outreach to China, Thailand, the Middle East, and India.
This ministry operates Bridge of Hope Center in Punjab, India. Children receive a quality education, medical care, a daily meal, and the message of God’s love.
This organization shares the teachings of Jesus with students, prisoners, and the general population through correspondence courses.
– Ram Prasad Praja
Ram works through Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Nepal, an organization which has planted over 100 churches among twenty-six different tribes in Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Burma.
Beth is a registered nurse, speaks Thai, and works at a leprosy rehabilitation center. She is manager of a new assisted living facility.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
This fair trade sewing cooperative in Nicaragua has been able to secure a loan to purchase building materials and sewing machines and develop sewing skills by filling small orders.
The Pechos develop Bible content and adult literacy materials, and train leaders and teachers for literacy programs in Peru.
This ministry assists about 70 coffee farming families in Nicaragua so that they can produce organic coffee cooperatively instead of losing their farms and moving to the city to join the cheap labor force.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Michelle and Joseph work with Campus Crusade at Cal State University Los Angeles and have begun campus ministries at Pasadena City College and Cal State University Northridge.
This ministry educates and trains Native American lay pastors to work among Native American congregations in remote areas where no church is available.
Ryan and Danielle work through World Impact, a nationwide, interdenominational Christian discipling and church-planting ministry dedicated to ministering God’s love in the inner cities of America.
Monte Vista Grove is a housing center in Pasadena, California, for retired pastors and missionaries.
Please pray for each of these missions that we support financially. Ten per cent of our offerings go directly to support of our ministry partners. Contributions may also be made to specific ministries by writing the name of the organization on the memo line of the check.