Mission and Advocacy
Celebrations and Opportunities

Looking Back Over December and January: Let's Celebrate!

Giving Tree: Through our annual Giving Tree, 75 children received Christmas gifts from you! Thank you for investing the lives of the children our mission partners serve day in and day out.

MLK Day of Service: Twenty volunteers from Wilshire joined others at CitySquare on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help pack hygiene kits that were then distributed to individuals experiencing homeless during the city’s annual homeless count. 

Room in the Inn: Wilshire hosted our first night of Room in the Inn on January 18th. Many thanks to all of you who provided the support to make this ministry possible! We hosted a group of 10 women involved in Austin Street’s Sisterhood Program who were so thankful for a warm and quiet night’s rest. Our second night will be next Friday, February 17th.

Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance: On the eve of January 26th Wilshire served as a deployment site for MDHA’s annual homeless count, serving around 400 volunteers, 25 of which were members of Wilshire.

Refugee Prayer Vigils: Many from Wilshire joined both Faith Forward Dallas and Gateway of Grace in praying for refugees around the world and God’s wisdom in shaping the church’s response. 

Souper Bowl of Caring: Through the generosity of our church, almost $8,000 was given to help hunger alleviation efforts through the World Hunger Offering. The missions committee unanimously decided to name this offering the Phil Strickland World Hunger Offering, honoring a man who helped shape our voice in joining efforts to alleviate hunger in our world. 

Upcoming Opportunities

Weekly Witness: Come join others every Monday during the month of February at noon in rm. 3301 and receive a legislative briefing via live stream through Wilshire’s advocacy partner, Texas Impact. Here is the February line up:

February 13: Foster care and domestic violence

February 20: Public Education

February 27: Climate, water, energy and other environmental issues

Spring Break Mission Team to Shaw, MS: This team is open to anyone interested in serving with our mission partner, Delta Hands for Hope. The group will travel by carpool and will leave Wilshire the morning of March 11th and will return on Thursday March 16th. We have been asked to host a camp for kids and youth that are also off for spring break. However there are also small construction and renovation projects that also need to be completed and an opportunity to help with some projects at the local school. 

Fifth Saturday Day of Service, April 29: Every fifth Saturday this year, we will join with one of our mission partners to do a community service project. All ages are welcome. Details are to come, but we hope you will mark your calendars! 

Summer Feeding Program: Wilshire will again take part in Food on the Move, the summer feeding program hosted by CitySquare at the Verandas @ Midtown apartments. We hope to offer three enrichment camps this summer focusing on literacy, science and the arts. We are looking for people who are interested in volunteering with one of the camps or Sunday School classes who are interested in adopting a week of the summer to go out to the complex and provide recreational activities over the lunch break. 

Prayer Requests

Mission Team to Macedonia:  This trip was cancelled due to a lack of interest, but please do keep the Lee’s in your prayers. Here is a recent update from their Facebook page this week, "We learned early this morning that the refugees that have been in the camp since March were given one-hour notice that they were being moved back to Greece. They were told that if they go to Greece they can get to Germany, though that may not be true. Because the news came in the wee hours of the morning and with short notice Cafe Mercy volunteers didn't have a chance to say goodbye in person to people they have served and loved for nearly a year. Please pray for our friends that are being moved to Greece...pray for justice for them. Please pray for our friends that have served at Cafe Mercy...pray for comfort."

For all opportunities, contact Minister of Missions Heather Mustain at (214) 452-3110 .