The Christian Women’s Gathering annually selects one or more non-profits and/or community needs within each area where it is held. Support has included pregnancy centers, homeless shelters, low income housing programs, prayer groups, the planting of seedlings, a memorial, as well as families in need.
The current iPods For The Elderly program, established and launched from the 2016 CWG/Hawaii, will continue through a portion of net proceeds from this year’s Gathering. Please see below for all the exciting details!
And we are thrilled to add The Gideon’s International to our menu of non-profits supported through the CWG movement!
IPODS FOR THE ELDERLY
In 2016, we launched the first and only iPods for The Elderly program on the Big Island, providing customized music on iPods for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
MUSIC & MEMORY℠ – brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. We train nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories. By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certified elder care facilities, we aim to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry.
THE GIDEONS INTERNATIONAL
The single objective of The Gideons International is to reach others for Christ through associating together for service, personal testimony and personal work, and the placement and distribution of Scriptures. What began as an association of Christian business and professional men holding one another accountable for their Christian walk grew to making Bibles available in hotel rooms. Today, our ministry has further expanded providing the Gospel to people in 200 countries, territories, and possessions. Through our partnerships with local evangelical churches, lives are being changed by God’s Word.
Mom’s In Prayer International is a Christ-centered inter-denominational prayer ministry made up of moms, grandmothers, aunts – any woman who desires to pray for children and schools. In groups of two or more, we gather one hour each week to lift up our children, their teachers and school staff before the Lord. Mothers and grandmothers are praying together in all 50 states and more than 140 nations. The Mom’s In Prayer booklet and other materials have been translated into 55 languages so far! Our goal is that not one child, not one school, will miss God’s wondrous miracles as moms join in prayer on their behalf.
To join or facilitate a local Mom’s In Prayer group please contact Sheila Ringor at 808.651.1650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YWAM – Youth With A Mission, was co-founded in 1960 by Loren and Darlene Cunningham. This international missions movement encompasses evangelism, training and mercy ministries. It is manned by more than 20,000 full-time staff from 200+ countries and a wide variety of denominations and Christian traditions who serve at more than 2,000 YWAM locations in 191 nations. Some five million participants have served in YWAM programs as students, short-term volunteers and staff. www.ywam.org.
University of the Nations (UofN), is a global ministry of YWAM. Since the university was established in 1977 the UofN has grown to offer more than 500 different kinds of courses and hundreds of seminars, some of which are offered in 97 languages, held at more than 600 locations in 160 countries. www.uofn.edu
YWAM’s Holo-Holo Ministries, led by Paul and Doreen Chinen, focuses on believing in and raising up islanders for missions and outreach work, both locally and around the globe. Their focus is to serve and mentor youth through a multi-generational leadership team which includes parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and other church and community leaders. www.uofnkona.edu/ministries/holo-holo-ministries
The Pregnancy Center
Located in Kailua Kona, HI, The Pregnancy Center is . The Pregnancy Center provides pregnancy tests, ultrasound exams, birthing classes, as well as education on a myriad of subjects relevant to women and men as they progress through pregnancy with the Earn While You Learn program.
ALL SERVICES ARE 100% FREE.
The Pregnancy Center’s mission is to help women and men explore their options and empower them to make informed choices.
The vision of Habitat For Humanity is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Their mission is in seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. To find a Habitat For Humanity nearest you, please go to www.habitat.org .
Doves of Big Bear Valley
All services offered by DOVES are free of charge. DOVES is here to help victims of domestic violence. Through our 24/7 hotline and our Outreach Centers we service thousands of men, women and children every year. We provide a 17 bed long-term therapeutically and educationally intensive shelter program, “Lorrie’s House” for women and children – the only shelter of its kind in the San Bernardino Mountains. www.doves4help.org
The Southern California Mountains Foundation believes that connecting communities to our public lands is the key to their survival. We mobilize individuals to inspire and engage in environmental citizenship. We achieve our mission by raising money, organizing critical volunteer resources, and creating and managing programs focused on health, stewardship and sustainability of our Southern California mountains and urban “forests”. We connect through six programs including the Big Bear Discovery Center, Children’s Forest, Off Highway Vehicles, Conservation Corp, Fire Lookout and Music in the Mountains. www.mountainsfoundation.org
The 4th Annual Christian Women’s Gathering, held in Big Bear, CA stands out as our most emotional effort toward community support and healing… On July 31, 2004, nine-year old David Gonzalez, disappeared from the Hanna Flat campground. His remains were found the following June, with his death attributed to a mountain lion. Two years later, the Christian Women’s Gathering spearheaded and funded a Memorial Plaque to be placed in the Fawnskin Community Garden adjacent to the Fire Department, honoring David. It was a very emotional time for his parents, the CWG team, as well as the firefighters and search and rescue team who attended the memorial service. The family had not returned to the Big Bear area since losing their son. As they looked upon the Memorial, which held a picture of young and smiling David, they heard and felt the love of this community, and it brought healing and closure. What the Big Bear community didn’t know until that day, was that Mrs. Gonzalez was just barely pregnant when David went missing. Seeing the miraculous addition of this precious two-year old brought unexpected healing to this mountain community as well.