Missouri Updates

September 2010
The Faith Community Health Center, which opened in March in Branson with one doctor and eight patients, had 204 clients registered by June. About 155 of them have been treated and the center expanded its operating hours from Saturday mornings to include Wednesday evenings as well. Twenty leaders participated in a two-day Spiritual Influencers Prayer Summit following the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast (attended by more than 700 professionals) for the National Day of Prayer. Loaves and Fishes completed its third year of operation with 1,500 volunteers serving over 8,500 meals, plus 4,200 to-go boxed meals. The Hope on the Road bus ministry operated nightly offering rides to residents at weekly rental motels.

May 2010
A group of about 50 LC2C spiritual leaders in the city of Branson identified three primary initiatives with four to five volunteers working on each one: Prayer/encouragement; Engaging youth; and the Legacy initiative. Coach Howard Boyd is encouraging congregations to adopt a Love Your Neighbor approach. The Loaves & Fishes ministry served 8,500 meals and provided 3,000 take-home meals, as well as over 1,300 bus rides to the dinners. The biggest gain in this outreach is seeing those who have been served now desiring to become servants. In addition, the Faith Commuity Health Center has been launched. In the first three Saturdays the center was open, it served 25 clients. Clients pay only $15-30 each for medical and pharmaceutical services. The Center hopes to offer dental care by June, as well as add more hours of service as more medical professionals offer their help.