local missions

Sunrise is committed to transforming the world with God’s grace and love.  It’s a commitment we mean to keep.  We believe that God calls us not just to attend church, but to focus our energy and resources locally to help people hear about Jesus and experience God’s love in real, tangible ways.  We have committed to participating in various efforts to help others in need in West Michigan.  As Christ served us, so we serve people around the world—and right at our front door.

Our local focus area is led by a team of people who work together to find needs in our community and connect people from Sunrise to meet those needs.  Currently, we have developed a few partnerships within the West Michigan community.  If you can lend a hand somewhere (and let’s be honest – you can), don’t hesitate to let us know and then jump right in!  Here are just some of the opportunities for individuals or small groups to serve:

  • Go – be part of a one of the teams and use your gifts to help people in our local community by serving food, driving a bus, using mechanical skills, helping with basketball camps, serving at VBS, and more
  • Give – financially support local initiatives that strengthen the local community
  • Join – get involved with the Local Focus Team to further support our partners and help educate and equip Sunrise

outreach opportunities

Sunrise Ministries partners with Meet Up and Eat Up and Feeding America to provide free summer meals and activities for youth in Hudsonville. Meet Up and Eat Up is a federally funded program that provides meals to all youth under the age of 18. Meals are served at Presidential Estates (5075 Presidential Lane Hudsonville 49426) from 12-1pm and activities are provided from 12:30-1:30pm Monday through Friday until August 18.

If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to serve at Meet Up and Eat Up please contact Shana DeWent at shana@sunrisemin.org

This institution (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider.

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Feeding America

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. — Matthew 25:35

Help us live out the love of Christ by distributing food to our neighbors.

Although we meet a very physical need, we aim to meet spiritual needs as well, forming relationships as we serve.  Sunrise partners with Feeding America to provide food distribution through their Mobile Food Pantry on the third Thursday of every other month at the Presidential Estates Clubhouse.

Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and is followed by a free pizza dinner. After dinner, we distribute tons of donating groceries. You are welcome to take part in serving others, receiving food—or both!

Aim Higher Basketball is a program for 6-12th grade youth that meets once a week. Weekly sessions include skill training with West Michigan All Star Braxton Picou and a time to gather for a lesson and food afterward. The hope for Aim Higher is that we create a positive culture that builds Godly character, community and sportsmanship through basketball.

Aim Higher meets on Thursday evenings at Presidential Estates at 4:00pm. If you have questions please contact Shana DeWent at shana@sunrisemin.org


Mechanic Mission

A group from Sunrise fixes cars for single mothers and those in need. If you are “handy” with cars or possess mechanical skills this group is a great way for you to use your talents to help others.

Please feel free to contact Shana DeWent, Director of Missions, at shana@sunrisemin.org if you have any questions.

GLOBAL MISSIONS

We believe that God calls us not just to focus our energy and resources locally but also to reach out across the globe. Currently, our global partnership is with the country of Niger.  While we know that everyone on the planet has an undeniable need for love and grace, we have felt led by the Spirit to Niger and have been given an opportunity to help the people hear about Jesus and experience God’s love in real, tangible ways.

Our Niger focus area is led by a team of people at Sunrise working to support long-term workers on the ground, increase awareness of the issues faced by the people of Niger, and raise support for local causes. We also try to regularly send people on short-term trips to visit our partners in Niger. Short-term teams gain vision for missions, develop a deeper understand of the context in which our partners work, and allow God to radically transform their worldview. While currently we have developed only one global partner, we are listening and looking as to where we may be called next. Our goal is to help as many people as possible grow in their understanding of God’s mission and purpose and to deploy them as ambassadors of Christ worldwide.

The country of Niger is immediately to the North of Nigeria with four-fifths of the terrain being consumed by the Sahara Desert.  The situation in Niger is difficult for many.  Niger is the least developed country in the world, according to the United Nations Human Index.  The average income is $390 per year (slightly more than a dollar a day) – one of the lowest in the world.  Nearly 65% of the people living in Niger have never been enrolled in school and the literacy rate is 29%.  A food and nutrition crisis resulting from cyclical severe droughts is threatening the survival of an entire generation of children in the Sahel region in West and Central Africa.  Half of the population (about 7 million people) faces food insecurity.

While these conditions may seem severe, there is great potential for growth, especially when efforts include improving education for children.  Our mission team has devoted itself to making a difference and bringing the love of Christ to Niger.   We partner with a local organization called Remember Niger.   The mission of the Remember Niger Coalition is to unify people and mobilize resources in order to expand quality educational opportunities in Niger.  Sunrise is partnering with Remember Niger to sponsor children, develop schools and educational opportunities, provide meals and medicine, send people on short-term trips, and raise awareness globally of the plight of the country of Niger.  Click here to check out Remember Niger’s website.

A few things you can do:

  • PRAY – lift up the people of Niger regularly in prayer
  • LEARN – find out more about the nation of Niger through books, websites, and other resources
  • GO – be a part of a short-term trip to Niger or consider how God may be calling you to go for a longer duration.
  • GIVE – financially support short-term teams and initiatives that strengthen the local church
  • JOIN – get involved with the Niger Focus Team to further support our partners and help educate and equip Sunrise