|R3ACH was started in the fall of 2009, as a part of the Youth Ministry at Fathers House Church in Longview, WA.
After taking a team to the Dream Center in Los Angeles 2009, we felt led to step up our work in the area of Missions/Outreach. Outreach and Missions had always being part of the DNA of the youth ministry, having taken teams to Mexico for five years, being involved with the local homeless shelter, doing food drives etc, but we felt we wanted to take it to another level by creating a new ministry - R3ACH.
Our first official R3ACH outreach was in the fall of '09 as we took a team of youth and a few adults to Burnside Bridge in Portland, OR handing out hot chocolate and sandwiches. It became a monthly outreach and we have done it ever since. We have handed out close 2000 sandwiches and cups of hot chocolate and every month 20-45 volunteers give a Sunday afternoon to reach out to the hurting around us. Since then we launched the H2O ministry last fall and we have many many more ideas about the future.
In January of 2011, R3ACH took on new energy as I transitioned from being the youth pastor to becoming the associate pastor of Fathers House, with one of the main areas or responsibility being outreach.
One of our dreams is to see the whole body of Christ stepping up to the plate and becoming a voice for Justice and wanting to make a difference in their world, and it is with excitement we are seeing it come to being!
There are many ways you can be involved in this ministry so please take your time browsing this site.
I look forward to have you become part of our team as we seek to share Christ's love to the world around us. Please stay in tough with us through Facebook or this site, and make sure to get our latest newsletters!
Longview/Kelso & the World for Christ!
/ Sam Sanden