Spokane Central Receives Compassion Model Church Grant

September 29, 2016 | Ruth Lenz

Central Church in Spokane, Wash., received a check for $15,000 on Aug. 13 to encourage Discovery Junction to continue making a difference in the community. According to Dayv Lounsbury, senior pastor, Central is the only church in the conference and union that has applied for and received funding for a Compassion Model Church Grant.

Paul Hoover, Upper Columbia Conference president, presented the check to Lounsbury on Sabbath morning. “Evangelism isn’t just sharing events about prophecy,” Hoover explained. “It is sharing the love of Jesus without even using words. And that is what Discovery Junction is doing.”

Discovery Junction, an Adventist Community Service ministry, is located between Central Church and its fellowship hall. This ministry, based in a small house, hosts the program STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Ahead. Only about six months old, this ACS program is designed to nurture students in the Central Church neighborhood by providing third- and fourth-graders with an enriched after-school program and first- through eighth-graders with summer camp learning opportunities each summer.

“This is an important ministry,” says Rachel Sumagpang, STEAM Ahead director. “Besides knowing they are safe, valued and learning fun things, we have the opportunity to introduce these children to Jesus and His love.”

This grant, comprised of money given by the North American Division, the North Pacific Union and the Upper Columbia Conference, is seed money to encourage a long-term, sustainable program at Discovery Junction. Many volunteers and hardworking church members are helping to make this ministry a blessing to the children of the neighborhood.