Summer Missions Opportunities

Childhood hunger and quality education are two of Wilshire’s primary advocacy initiatives. We know that in order for long-lasting change to occur we need to address the systems and policies that do not advance the common good. We also believe that while we do that work, we need to continue to serve those who are in dire need in our community. Below you will find ways in which we are encouraging our members of all ages to be involved in our efforts this summer to address childhood hunger, summer learning loss and homelessness. 

Food on the Move: Food on the Move is a partnership between missions partner CitySquare and the USDA to make sure children who normally receive free lunch during the school year still receive breakfast and lunch during summer break. Over 125,000 children in our backyard are at risk of going hungry this summer without programs like Food on the Move. For the last 5 years we have adopted the Veranda at Midtown Apartments and have provided daily stimulating activity for the kids, free camps, Weekend Food Bags and backpacks with school supplies. There are a variety of ways in which you, your kids and your Sunday School class could be a part!

  • Donate new school supplies or healthy, non-perishable snacks from this  supply list.
  • Spend your lunch break or 40 minutes of your day reading or playing games with the kids.
  • Pack Weekend Food Bags on Wednesdays. Times and dates can be found on our church calendar.
  • Pick up and deliver Weekend Food Bags on Fridays.

Sign up to assist with Food on the Move Summer Feeding Program (sign up for any of these above)

Room in the Inn: Room in the Inn is a ministry to women experiencing homelessness. As shelters fill during the warmest and coldest months of the year, congregations have been asked to fill in the gap so that no-one goes unsheltered. Ten women will join us for an evening of fellowship and rest. This summer we welcome our sisters back from Austin Street who lovingly refer to Wilshire as their “retreat center". Volunteers of all ages are needed to provide dinner, breakfast, help set-up and clean-up, fellowship on Friday evening, stay the evening or provide transportation. This is a great opportunity for families and Sunday School classes to serve together. Please contact Room in the Inn ministry team leader Chad Mustain for more information or sign up below.

Remaining Summer dates for Room in the Inn (RITI): July 20/21 and August 24/25

  • Sign up for July Room in the Inn - We had a wonderful first RITI in June and look forward to hosting again July 20. Our sign up is looking pretty good at this point, but could use some more help on  Saturday  morning.
  • Sign up for August Room in the Inn

  • Wilkinson Center: Volunteers (16+) are needed to help with the Wilkinson Center’s annual shoe drive in slots remaining on Sunday, July 29 and Monday, July 30. Sign up here
  • Prison Entrepreneurship Program: Join others in prison throughout the summer. Register here
    • Friday, June 29: EXCELLENCE IN ETIQUETTE: Executive Volunteers and participants enjoy a seated meal together, and test their knowledge of the rules of personal and professional etiquette in a “Jeopardy” style game.
    • Saturday, July 7: BUSINESS PLAN WORKSHOP: Executive Volunteers meet 1 on 1 with multiple participants to discuss in detail all the elements of their business plans.
    • Friday, August 3 PITCH DAY: Executive Volunteers are grouped in panels of 6 to hear and give feedback on participants’ nearly competition-ready pitches.

Pray for Wilshire’s Upcoming Mission Teams

  • Faith and Public Life Immersion Trip: Six of us will join Friendship West Baptist Church to participate in their Faith and Public Life Immersion trip to Alabama (July 26-29) as a part of our New Baptist Covenant. The group will travel by bus to Alabama and then more specifically from "Montgomery to Birmingham to learn, grow and embrace the rich legacy of struggles, strides and success." 
  • New York City: Seventeen of us will lead a week of CLUE camp (Aug 4-11) for children through Rauschenbusch’s Metro Ministries. 
  • Musoma, Tanzania:  Eleven of us will travel to Tanzania with AICT (Sept 6-16), our newest global missions partner and this year’s World Hunger Offering recipient, to witness and bless the construction of the girls dormitory.

Advocacy Alerts

Farm Bill: The Center for Public Policy Priorities is urging hunger advocates to call their senators as the Farm Bill passed the House this week, which, as is, is projected to only increase hunger. Read more here

CFPB Rule Stands: From Texas Appleseed: "Thank you for being a part of the campaign to stop a vote in Congress that would only have benefitted loan sharks. Nearly 800 letters were sent to Texas delegation members in support of families, and it worked. The CFPB Rule to prevent payday and auto title lending abuses still stands because of your help and advocacy. In another important victory, a Texas federal judge ruled last week that payday lenders cannot use the court to delay the rule either. We still have work to do, but these are important victories." (CFPB is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

Muslim Travel Ban: Read the Baptist Joint Committee’s response to the Supreme Court decision here

Family Separation: Thank you to those who stopped by James Gallery last Sunday and wrote your representatives. We collected and mailed 140 letters. Both the missions and advocacy committee are searching for ways to engage meaningfully and will publish those as soon as we know. There continues to be lots of information swirling around about abuses of immigrant children and women in detention centers and the horrific separation of families, so pray and continue to advocate for this vulnerable population. 

May God grant us peace.

Rev. Heather Mustain, LMSW 
Minister of Missions and Advocacy, Wilshire Baptist Church (214) 452-3110