Countryside has a long and rich history of reaching out to meet the needs of others. We hold as a fundamental belief the teaching of our founder John Wesley who taught us to, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Here are a few of the many missional opportunities happening at Countryside:
- BackSnacks, which provides a backpack of food to 145 area children each weekend to help provide nutritious meals to those who would otherwise be hungry.
- Supporting missionaries engaged in hands-on medical care and other activities in Honduras, Oklahoma City, the Hispanic populations in Topeka and Holton, KS, and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Kahbeah Fellowship.
- Providing health kits to many area agencies through the annual Bishop’s Round-Up for Hunger.
- Providing abundant Christmas gifts to 85 area families in our community through our annual Christmas adoption program known as the Christmas Bureau. An amazing and wonderful Countryside tradition!
- Providing monthly meals at the area relief agencies Let’s Help and the Topeka Rescue Mission. Collections are also held year-round for food, clothing, and baby and school supplies to be distributed through our various partners: Doorstep, Let’s Help, the Veterans Administration, the Ronald McDonald House, Nueva Vida Hispanic Ministries, and Amistad y Fe (Fellowship and Faith) Hispanic Ministry.
- Pumpkin Junction in the fall provides a fun-filled time with pumpkins to raise money for various mission projects.
This is just a small section of the many ongoing activities happening at Countryside. We serve the needs of our community from the very youngest to the very oldest, from our neighbors across the street in Topeka to those around the world in Africa. We are people truly committed to “be a blessing” to the world, and we invite you to partner with us to make the world a better place. For more information or to get involved, please contact our Coordinator of Member Development and Missions Brenda Bauman Swank or call 266-7541.