There are a number of organizations with ministries around the world that Access believes in and partners with. Join us in supporting these organizations and their mission to change the world.
In 2015, Vox Culture is starting a new drive for supporters called "Partners 4 Giving." Over the years Vox Culture has grown and has become a recognized platform where diverse individuals and organizations can form partnerships to impact the city of Houston. Their current partnership with HISD and Lee HS is a good example, and they have new community partners that will be joining in a mentoring project. Vox is looking for donors who can give on a monthly basis to help support leadership, projects, and partnerships. Click the Donate button for details.
Plant With Purpose
Access partners with Plant With Purpose in their good work towards sustainable growth and development in Tanzania. We currently help sustain their efforts in the small village Ashira.
Plant with Purpose is a Christian nonprofit organization with the purpose to reverse poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. PWP gets to the literal roots of poverty through reforestation and sustainable farming techniques. PWP combines environmental restoration with economic empowerment and invests in the spiritual renewal of the community they serve. Individual Access members have gone on vision trips with PWP in 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Updates for Tanzania can be found here.
Living Water International is an organization based in Houston, TX whose mission is to "demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience 'living water'—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst."
In May 2011, Access sent a team of people to Nicaragua for one week to partner with Living Water in their work to provide clean water to communities across the world. During that week, our team from Access successfully drilled a water well for a school that previously had little access to clean running water. It was an incredible week of serving the community, playing with the children, and building relationships with the amazing people there.
Check out our videos from previous Living Water trips:
Access has a longstanding partnership with Living Water, so if you're interested in joining us for a similar trip in the future, let us know!
Covenant Kids Congo
A unique partnership between World Vision and the Evangelical Covenant Church that looks to help families and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through child sponsorships with members of Access, this ministry seeks to assist children gain access to clean water, education, healthcare, and other basic needs.
Meeting close to ten years, the Hangout fellowships with its friends in Hermann Park through casual conversations, games like chess or dominos, or celebrating birthdays each month. The ministry works to be a part of God’s redemptive plan for all people and follow in the footsteps of the Acts church - filled with people from various backgrounds - embracing our commonalities and differences whatever they may be.
Pastor Josef Rasheed
Pastor of the Crossroads Covenant Church and Africa Regional Coordinator for the Evangelical Covenant Church, Pastor Josef Rasheed is devoted to bringing the Gospel, encouragement and social assistance to areas all over Africa (Cameroon, Kenya, South Sudan, Democratic of Congo, Mozambique, Central African Republic, and South Africa) making regular missionary trips each year.
Covenant Missionary: Anna Marie Peterson
Based out of Dallas, Anna Marie Peterson travels to local churches to raise awareness of domestic abuse through teaching and sharing her personal story. She has spoken at a number of historic African American churches as well, raising a subject that is seldom spoken of publicly. The domestic abuse ministry of the ECC is still emerging and those who specialize in this area currently are entirely sponsored by local churches. Access is one such partnership, contributing monthly support for Anna Marie since January 2013.
Spring Branch Ministry Partners
A Christian partnership that connects to nurture peace, promote justice, and celebrate community across Spring Branch. Spring Branch Ministry Partners come together to hold a “Christmas in the Park” event and an Easter Sunrise service for the community. Access participates in these by hosting a craft booth at the Christmas in the Park event, and by providing Bible reading in different languages at the Easter Sunrise Service.
Leadership Transformations, Inc. Houston
LTI’s mission is to cultivate vibrant spirituality and attentive discernment among Christian leaders and teams. LTI builds up strong Christian Leaders, that they might do good work in the City of Houston. LTI holds many events that the Access community gets to partake in, such as soul care retreats, spiritual formation classes, and enneagram consultations. Our very own David Wu serves as the Regional Ministry Director - TX for LTI!
Center for the Study of Global Christianity
The Center for the Study of Global Christianity is an academic research center that monitors worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, including outreach and mission. They provide a comprehensive collection of information on the past, present, and future of Christianity in every country of the world. Their data and publications help churches, mission agencies, and non-
governmental organizations (NGOs) to be more strategic, thoughtful, and sensitive to local contexts.
Allan and Jane Tsai
Allan and Jane Tsai are missionaries to Taiwan through OMF International. Their work focuses on the marginalized working class. They partner with existing churches to serve sex workers, prisoners, at-risk youth, and the community. They help equip local believers with theological and leadership training and invite short-term workers to serve and catch a vision of God’s heart for the unreached. Their approach includes storying through the Bible, relational evangelism, learning the heart-language of the working class (Taiwanese), church at midnight on different days of the week to accommodate their work hours, meeting at homes and public spaces for worship, fellowship, and study of the word. Allan and Jane have been in Taiwan since 2016.
Gary and Mary Lou Sander
Gary and Mary Lou Sander are missionaries through Access’s denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church, in Columbia, where they have served for over 20 years. They help train pastors, nurture leaders, and serve in social ministry projects such as Hands with Hope, a vocational training program for women who are internally displaced, abused, working in bars and/or are single mothers. Access began supporting the Sanders in 2012.