Partners

A Safe Place

A Safe Place

www.asafeplaceforhelp.org

A Safe Place provides services to survivors of domestic violence & human trafficking that support them in their effort to transform their lives after domestic violence & human trafficking. A Safe Place is the Lake County Crisis Center.

Campuses
– South Lake

Programs
– Anti-trafficking
– Employment Assistance

Ways to Pray
– Energy and stamina for the staff who are overwhelmed with the need and rise of domestic violence in the Lake County area
– Continued support from other churches and organizations in the area
– Peace and healing for the survivors of domestic violence

Alongside

Alongside

Pastor Kabwe from Alongside Renewal Centre summarizes the work of all of our partners in Zambia.

Breakthrough

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

breakthrough.org

Breakthrough is a ministry in East Garfield that seeks to create a safe, stable, and engaged community. They partner with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity.

Campuses
– Chicago

Programs
– Anti-homelessness
– Education and youth development
– Workforce development
– Violence prevention
– Health and wellness support

Ways to Pray
– For a smooth transition as the founder of Breakthrough retires and new leaders assume new roles, particularly for Yolanda Fields, the Executive Director of Breakthrough
– Blessings and favor as they step out in faith believing that the staff and volunteers will do great and mighty things in the Lord’s power.
– Reduced violence in the East Garfield Park community

C247

C247

c247fam.org

C24/7 is a Christian non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults in the North of Howard neighborhood in Chicago. They provide the tools, security, and an environment for them to thrive economically, socially, and spiritually.

Campuses
– North Shore

Programs
– Tutoring after school program
– Summer camp for at-risk youth
– Neighborhood food pantry
– Bible Study

Ways to Pray
– The ability to find a new building space in Roger’s Park
– With a new space, they could expand after-school programs for at-risk kids, Men’s Bible Study, and add to their violence intervention ministry.

Canterbury Elementary School Partnership

Canterbury Elementary School Partnership

Canterbury Elementary School is a school partnership focusing on serving the staff and families by building relationships and meeting the school community’s expressed needs.

Campuses
– Crystal Lake

Programs
– Clothing store
– Food Support
– School Supply Drive
– Mentoring
– Remote learning site at Willow Crystal Lake

Ways to Pray
– Connection, safety, and support for all the students and families who are engaged with the Remote Learning Center at WCL
– Support and care for the teachers and administrators as they seek to serve the families in their district

Care and Hope for All

Care and hope for all

chazambia.org

Care and Hope for All is a Zambian Church-based organization focused on improving the quality of life through a wide variety of community development initiatives and programs such as Rural Economic Empowerment, Community Health, Social Community Engagement, Education, and Leadership Development.

Campuses
– Crystal Lake and South Barrington

Programs
– Leadership Development & Church Mobilization
– Health
– Children & Education
– Small Business Development
– Receive Seeds from Seed Packing

Number of Partner Churches
– 130

Ways to Pray
– Peace during Zambia’s upcoming general election in August
– Protection from a third wave of COVID that is predicted to hit Zambia in May

Care Center

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Care Center

willowcreekcarecenter.org

The Care Center provides services that help meet immediate needs and services that help build toward a more sustainable future for individuals and families in the Chicagoland area. Our mission is to fight poverty and injustice so that lives are transformed, and Jesus is known. We believe in creating a radically inclusive community where people are treated with dignity and respect regardless of their ethnic, economic, legal, or religious status, and that transformation happens in the hearts of those serving and being served.

Campuses
– South Barrington

Programs
– Food Pantry
– Clothing Store
– Education and ESL Support
– Employment Counseling and Assistance
– Shelter
– Dental and Vision Clinic
– Legal Aid
– Prison, Jail, and Re-entry Support
– Transportation Support
– Mobile Care Center Program
– Pregnancy Support
– Financial Education
– Tax Preparation
– Health Services
– Youth Services

Ways to Pray
– For the thousands of families that pass through the Care Center doors every year that they feel loved and have a sense of being seen and known
– Wisdom, resources, and motivation for guests to take their next step on their transformational journey
– Volunteer and financial support for the Care Center in order to continue growing while offering a dignifying and excellent experience to guests

Enlace

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Enlace

enlace.link

Enlace is a non-profit organization that serves communities in El Salvador through empowering local churches. With leadership, coaching, and resources, churches are agents of change in their communities and they work to develop sustainable solutions to poverty and other social problems. Enlace coaches leaders to design initiatives, such as medical clinics, housing, or water systems, that address some of the hardest issues facing a community.

Campuses
– Crystal Lake, South Barrington, and South Lake

Programs
– Infrastructure
– Health
– Housing
– Water

Number of partner churches
– 63

Ways to Pray
– Energy and resources for the partner churches involved in providing meals, as well as, mental and spiritual support for the communities
– A good growing season and a bountiful harvest of crops in the family gardens that were washed out by tropical storms

Exodus

Exodus World Service

exodusworldservice.org

Exodus World Service mobilizes the Christian community to welcome and befriend refugees. They do this by educating churches and individuals about the plight of refugees, connecting volunteers with refugees through practical service projects, and empowering people to be champions for refugees.

Campuses
– North Shore
– South Barrington

Programs
– Refugee Support

Ways to Pray
– Relief from the stress and anxiety associated with the new trauma of job losses and drastically reduced hours that many refugees are experiencing
– Continued expansion and success of new volunteer opportunities to connect with refugees virtually
Protection from loneliness for the refugees, as in-person home visits and group gatherings have been suspended during the pandemic

Grafton Food Pantry

Grafton Food Pantry

graftonfoodpantry.org

Grafton Food Pantry is a non-profit that seeks to improve the lives of people in their community by providing food items and education on nutrition and smart shopping. They serve individuals in Huntley, Lakewood, and portions of Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, and Algonquin.

Campuses
– Huntley

Programs
– Food Support

Ways to Pray
– Freedom from the hardships that lead people to need the Grafton’s services
– Strong faith in a better future for each of the clients
– Strength and good health for volunteers and supporters so that, with their commitment, the Food Pantry can continue to serve the community
– Peace for the families of all of those lost during COVID, that they would not be forgotten

Hesed House

Hesed House

hesedhouse.org

Hesed House is the second-largest homeless shelter in the State of Illinois and the largest shelter outside of the city of Chicago. Their team of professionals collaborate to provide the tools necessary to help individuals and families overcome homelessness.

Campuses
– Wheaton

Programs
– Anti-homelessness
– Food support

Ways to Pray
– For the families Hesed House serves and for the staff and volunteers who serve
– Protection from any hindrances that would inhibit their new facility from opening soon

Jubilee Centre

Jubilee Centre

facebook.com/jubileecentrezambia

Jubilee Centre believes that every part of our lives comes under the Lordship of Christ and that all of life is a context for worship, mission, ministry, active Christian engagement. They recognized that the evangelical church had a gap in addressing the needs of those in Zambia.

Campuses
– South Barrington

Programs
– Leadership Development, Church Mobilization & Advocacy
– Water & Sanitation
– Food Security
– Children & Youth
– Community Schools
– Hope SCA
– GLS Host
– Receive Seeds from Seed Packing

Number of partner churches
– 150+

Ways to Pray
– For Christ to be known amongst the people in the city of Ndola, even during lockdown
– Strong community for the youth in the Junior Parliament program and the ability to grow as leaders throughout this crisis
– Protection from the virus for the teachers and students that are part of community schools so that they can remain open sanctuaries to the towns

JUST of DuPage

Just of Dupage

justofdupage.org

Serving inmates, changing lives. JUST provides a wide range of services to the current and former inmates of the Dupage County Correctional Facility to empower positive change and reduce recidivism.

Campuses
– Wheaton

Programs
– Alpha
– Vocational Training
– Parenting Support
– Housing Support
– Faith Development

Ways to Pray
– Continued growth of the ministry and the ability to support the growth
– For new volunteers for Storybook Ministry who want to share worship, teach a class, or mentor

Kids Hope USA

kids Hope USA

kidshopeusa.org

Kids Hope USA is a nationwide non-profit that facilitates mentoring relationships with at-risk children through church-school partnerships.

Campuses
– Crystal Lake, Huntley, South Barrington, and South Lake

Programs
– Tutoring

Ways to Pray
– Stamina and continued flexibility for each of the mentors and students who have had to shift from in-person mentoring to online
– Protection and safety for each of the schools that Willow’s different campuses partner with
– For the students to feel hope, cared for, and loved

Limpopo Church Network

Limpopo Church Network

facebook.com/Limpopo-Church-Network-2351057221786479/

The Limpopo Church Networks is a network of churches in South Africa that helps bring the gospel to their local communities by addressing their physical needs, such as drilling water wells, planting community gardens, and providing after-school programs. This church network also provides children with school uniforms, school supplies, and meals that allow kids to stay in classes.

Campuses
– North Shore and South Barrington

Programs
– Leadership and Pastor Development
– Church Mobilization
– Clean Water
– Food Security
– Education
– Health and Sanitation

Number of partner churches
– 35

Ways to Pray
– Protection from the new strain of COVID that is especially destructive, particularly for those who have HIV
– Wisdom and discernment for pastors who are overwhelmed with funerals, and have put themselves in harm’s way conducting graveside funerals
– Increased capacity for Medical facilities that were already inadequate to handle normal medical care and now have additional medical demands due to the virus
– Capacity to complete their first quarter projects

Love Serves

Love Serves International

loveserves.org

Love Serves is a Christ-centered church network organization that works throughout the Dominican Republic. Their focus is on identifying and coaching pastors in their local communities. Through their holistic mindset, the organization seeks to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the people. The main initiatives that Willow partners with them on are in areas of education, pastoral and leadership development, and clean water.

Campuses
– Huntley, South Lake, South Barrington, and Wheaton

Programs
– Leadership Development
– Education and Vulnerable Children
– Providing Clean Water
– Vocational Programs

Number of partner churches
– 850

Ways to Pray
– Safety and protection for kids and families heading back to schools that are reopening despite indications it may not be safe.
– Connection with children who are suffering during the pandemic, that they may find solace in the church despite the challenge it is to expand the children’s church during this time.

Naomi's House

Naomi’s House

naomishouse.org

Naomi’s House is a comprehensive residential program offering hope and healing to women who have suffered from commercial sexual exploitation. It is a safe place for women to find healing and faith in Christ through their faith-based services.

Campuses
– Wheaton

Programs
– Anti-trafficking
– Trauma-informed counseling services

Ways to Pray
– For the women Naomi’s House serves and for the staff and volunteers who serve them
– Blessing over the new facility called The Gathering and the ability to reach many more women in their community

Nazarene Church Network

Nazarene Church Network

facebook.com/ashrafiehnazarenechurch

The Nazarene Church network, which is primarily connected through Pastor Khalil and the Ashrafieh Church in Amman, also works with Pastor Haytham and the Marka Church in Amman, along with a network of churches in Dohuk, Iraq led by Pastor Firas. These churches are responding to the needs of refugees in their communities.

Campuses
– South Barrington

Programs
– Refugee Relief
– Refugee Long-Term Development
– Leadership Development

Number of partner churches
– 14

Ways to Pray
– Physical and emotional needs to be met for the thousands of refugees that are being served in Amman who were in vulnerable situations prior to COVID, and the pandemic has made things worse.
– Protection from burnout for the church staff who are serving refugees. And for the experience of new life and new energy in this season as they seek to follow Jesus.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern IL Food Bank

solvehungertoday.org

The vision of Northern Illinois Food Bank to make sure that everyone in the over 13 counties across Chicagoland has the food they need to thrive. They bring together manufacturers, grocers, area farmers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food and funding, and each week nearly 1,000 volunteers help evaluate, repack, and distribute food.

Campuses
– South Barrington and Wheaton

Programs
– Food Support

Ways to Pray
– Access to nutritious food for every single person in their community who is hungry
– Ability to continue serving those without transportation
– Ongoing innovation in their COVID response

Questscope

Questscope

questscope.org

Questscope’s mission is to put the last, first. We partner with them as they work to transform the future of vulnerable youth in the Za’atari Refugee camp in Jordan. Questscope views refugees as an asset and solution rather than a problem, as they work to empower the youth in their community.

Campuses
– South Barrington

Programs
– Mentoring
– Education
– Vocational training
– Community support

Ways to Pray
– Protection from the virus for the close knit community in Za’atari refugee camp
– Energy to continue caring for refugee youth and protection from discouragement for the volunteer leaders that are offering counseling and mental health support

Red Viva

RED Viva

viva.org

Red Viva works in the coastal and agricultural communities in the Northeast. The areas Red Viva works in have extremely high rates of poverty and large migrant and indigenous populations. Red Viva identifies churches and assists them by increasing their capacity to care for vulnerable children in the local communities. Additionally, they provide support and coaching to help churches reach their communities.

Campuses
– North Shore and South Barrington

Programs
– Leadership Development
– Education and Vulnerable Children
– Anti-Human Trafficking

Number of partner churches
– 74

Ways to Pray
– Protection from child sexual exploitation and prostitution for kids in the Guanacaste-border area with Nicaragua
– Favor in meetings with directors of schools and colleges and local offices of PANI (Government Children’s Office) so that they can support the educational efforts in the area
– Healthcare opportunities to grow for families in Alajuelita, Desamparados, Guadalupe and San José center

Refuge for Women

Refuge for Women

rfwchicago.org

Refuge for Women Chicago is part of a national faith-based organization that provides a residential healing and recovery program for survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation. They serve individuals through safe housing, counseling, life, and work skills development.

Campuses
– Crystal Lake, Huntley, and South Barrington

Programs
– Anti-trafficking
– Residential services

Ways to Pray
– Wisdom and discernment in hiring the role of Executive Director for the Chicagoland area ministry
– For every bed in their home to be filled
– An affordable transitional home (3 bed, 2.5 bath) in the area for women coming out of the program that can be purchased below market value

RIMI

Reaching Indians Ministries International

rimi.org

RIMI’s primary mission is to reach unreached people in India with a gospel message, developing Christlike leaders that change lives and transform communities. We partner with RIMI in the states of Rajasthan and Haryana. Our work focuses completely on working with churches, and their “mercy and compassion ministries” are focused on “helping to make the lives of the people in and around churches better.”

Campuses
– South Lake and South Barrington

Programs
– Child Development Centers (CDC’s)
– Well Drilling
– Toilet Construction

Number of partner churches
– 220

Ways to Pray
– The ability to hear God’s voice for Pastor Raju in Rajasthan, and for pastor Sandeep in Haryana and growth for their ministries throughout the pandemic.
– Mercy homes will be a safe place for children who are so excited to have a school and these homes will remain safe and protected from COVID.
– In communities where toilet facilities and bore wells are being installed, the projects will not only be sources of fresh water and cleanliness, but may they help to communicate the love of God to all the people in those communities.

Salt and Light Coalition

Salt and Light Coalition

saltandlightcoalition.com

Salt and Light Coalition is a grassroots movement mobilizing individuals and organizations to heal, restore, and empower survivors of trafficking to live meaningful and purposeful lives.

Campuses
– South Barrington

Programs
– Anti-trafficking

Ways to Pray
– Empowerment for each of the survivors of trafficking who walk through their doors, that they would find healing and restoration
– Significant decrease in the demand for trafficking, particularly in the Chicagoland area during the pandemic
– Emotional healing and protection for the survivors and the caregivers who are at risk of mental health disorders, like PTSD

Saq B'e

Saq b’e

saqbe.org

Saq B’e is a faith-based, non-governmental organization founded in 2007 to provide disaster relief efforts in response to the tropical storm Stan that hit in 2005. Over time it expanded to involve community development, health, education, and compassion programs in order to provide sustainable growth. The organization partners with churches to alleviate hunger through farming programs.

Campuses
– South Barrington

Programs
– Hunger Alleviation
– Disaster Relief
– Health
– Education and Vulnerable Children

Number of partner churches
– 48

Ways to Pray
– Emotional health for pastors and leaders, as many have had a very hard time emotionally during the pandemic
– Food support for families
– Inspiration for new, effective strategies to reconnect with children
– Continued ability to train pastors to connect with the community

Serve Zambia

Serve Zambia

serve.ie/our-work/where-we-work/zambia

Serve Zambia is a faith-based organization committed to bringing community transformation through partnership with and mobilization of resources and churches to improve people’s well-being.

Campuses
– South Barrington

Programs
– Leadership Development & Church Mobilization
– Water and Sanitation
– Food Security
– Health
– Children & Youth
– Business Development
– Hope SCA
– GLS Host
– Receive Seeds from Seed Packing

Ways to Pray
– Magnification of the level of care that the leaders of Serve Zambia are able to provide to the community in this season.
– Protection from COVID for the community in Luanshya, especially those impacted by HIV/AIDS
– Wisdom and protection for the healthcare workers who are putting their lives, and their families lives, at risk to help those in need

World Relief

World Relief

worldrelief.org

World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that brings sustainable solutions to the world’s greatest problems – disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression, and mass displacement. We partner with local churches and community leaders in the U.S. and abroad to bring hope, healing and transformation to the most vulnerable.

Campuses
– South Barrington and Wheaton

Programs
– Legal Services
– Refugee Support

Ways to Pray
– Safety for children at the border who are uniquely vulnerable, and freedom from worry for their parents, who are often anguished as they wonder if they will be safe
– Wisdom and courage to do what is right for the president, his cabinet, and for members of congress to know how to respond to the complex challenges of immigration
– Peace, security, and economic opportunity for all people in Central America, and those that have, and will, immigrate to the US.

Tubepoka Development Initiative

Tubepoka Development Initiative

tubepoka.org

Tubepoka Development Initiative(TDI) is an indigenous Malawian non-profit Christian organization formed by a network of churches in Chitipa. They work in 10 networks made up of 600+ churches.

Campuses
– South Barrington

Programs
– Leadership Development & Church Mobilization
– Water, Health & Sanitation
– Food Security, Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
– Children & Youth & Education
– Hope SCA

Number of partner churches
– 342

Ways to Pray
– Protection against discouragement and continued inspiration in how to utilize their God-given resources for the TDI team that is serving in one of the poorest regions in one of the poorest countries on the planet
– Protection from COVID and from ongoing suffering for the community in Chitipa.