Kirtland Ministry Center (The Neighborhood House) on the American Indian Field
It all began because a missionary mom wanted to help her kids get to know the other children in their new neighborhood in Kirtland, New Mexico. Chris Amberman also noticed that children had very few healthy, safe options of places to hang out. Thus, the Neighborhood Club was born! She invited neighborhood children to her house for games, snacks, and a story once a week during a summer. At the kids’ request, she continued the club into the school year, and it has never stopped.
The Neighborhood Club in Kirtland, New Mexico, reaches Native American children through after-school programs. By extension, these children’s families are impacted, catalyzing change in the community as knowledge of God is established.
Three days a week, children and youth meet for club in a stucco house called Kirtland Ministry Center or The Neighborhood House. In addition to playing games and eating snacks, the kids are discipled through Bible lessons and scripture memorization. Generally, these kids come from non-Christian families who do not attend church. To bridge this gap, the club provides the kids with a knowledge base about the Bible, and the kids show great interest in learning about God.“There have been some very good questions asked that show that their minds are being stretched and that they are looking for the truth,” said Chris.
The Neighborhood Club also reaches directly to the children’s families. A few times a year, special events like game nights are held for the parents, allowing the missionary team to foster lasting relationships with families. Since the club started, Chris has noticed more families attending church.
The club is also cultivating community through its outreach. Among the children who come, there is a strong sense of connection. Chris sees that “they look out for each other and include each other in their activities.” Overall, there is a growing involvement of the community. A pastors’ group, ladies’ group, and the local Chamber of Commerce have used Kirtland Ministry Center to meet, giving The Neighborhood House a widening reach.
As the ministry grows, the missionary team is in need of a larger facility. Currently, there are plans to build a bigger space so there can be more openings to connect with the community. Some ideas for expanding include holding classes for parenting, life skills, and healthy living. Men With Vision has chosen The Neighborhood House as its annual project for 2017. As part of the project, MWV will raise funds and send teams to do renovations and expansion work.
“There is a deep need for Christ in these kids and this community,” missionary Emily Henry says.
PRAY: Pray that The Neighborhood House will keep spreading God’s love into Kirtland, New Mexico. Pray also for God’s provision of a larger facility and more volunteers for the ministries.
GO: Do you feel called to be a part of Kirtland Ministry Center? Consider going to Kirtland, New Mexico, to serve in this way. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn what ministry opportunities are available.
GIVE: The Neighborhood House is growing to serve the Kirtland community! Help improve the facility and enable more people to hear about the hope of Jesus Christ. You may also send a check, payable to World Gospel Mission with account #31711 in the memo line, to:
World Gospel Mission
P.O. Box 948
Marion, IN 46952-0948