In Mark 16:16, Jesus says, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.” In Matthew 5:14-16 He says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” [NIV]
Outreach & Missions
Our heart at Awaken Church is to share the good news of God through words and actions. As such, we are proud and honored to partner with organizations both here in San Diego and around the globe that are making a positive impact within the community.
Local Partnership Info
Our responsibility, first and foremost, is to reach out to those in our own backyard, the city of San Diego, by meeting practical needs and sharing the Good News of Jesus with people. We are dedicated to raising and releasing each believer to fulfill the Great Commission. We each have a responsibility to do the work of the ministry (James 5:13). Our desire is that people will see the city they live in as their mission field and be the solution to this hurting world.
The Bible says, “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Founded in 1999 by Chris and Tammy Megison, Solutions for Change in North County of San Diego offers a highly successful program focused on equipping homeless families with professional skills, knowledge, and resources to help them permanently defeat the cycle of homelessness. Their “1000 day” program has proven to be a lasting solution for many families.
Mobile Music Classrooms offer music mentoring in: keyboard, guitar, electric drum, and voice training. Students are able to earn free instruments for further practice at home when appropriate criteria is met (such as consistency, attitude, and musical aptitude), and all students may participate in periodic neighborhood recitals offered to increase skill and self-confidence.
Turning Point provides support to women and men regarding unplanned pregnancies by giving them access to information, services, counseling, and even an ultrasound referral, free of charge. Some ways that Awaken has partnered with Turning Point include participating in Turning Point’s annual Walk for Life event, holding monthly on-site intercessory prayer sessions, and hosting baby showers to celebrate the women who have chosen life for their babies.
Awaken Military Outreach supports our armed forces located here in San Diego and those that are serving abroad. By providing local support systems through connect groups on or near bases, as well as planned events, it is our desire to help assimilate our service men and women into the life of our church and community. Pastors Jesse and Kat Sullivan have both served our country in various areas of the military and understand the challenges associated with military life. They have a heart to care for those currently serving as well as our veterans. Awaken has contributed to this area of ministry by providing care packages to those deployed, planning events for local families and individuals, and creating connect groups to help develop friendships and community support.
The Lion’s Beauty Queens, Inc. is a survivor-led 501c3 Organization founded by Dana McCartney-Candillo in August 2011. It consists of a team of ladies reaching out to women in the sex industry (Gentlemen’s Clubs) in San Diego, California and Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas. We “GO” and extend compassion, with a non-judgmental approach, without condemnation but with love and acceptance.
Located near downtown San Diego, Writerz Blok has developed programs aimed at steering youth away from illegal vandalism and towards opportunities for shaping a healthy and fulfilling future. The success of their programs have won the recognition and support of the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Unified School District. Some ways that Awaken has partnered with Writerz Block include hosting block parties to increase the awareness of the organization, serving at community graffiti removal events, supporting the youth through building relationships, and providing equipment for training in computer and life skills.
Charity Motors’ mission is to foster the personal development, educational advancement, and gainful employment of the underprivileged by soliciting vehicle donations from the general public and donating or selling the vehicles to underprivileged individuals at a maximum of fifty percent of their blue book value. Charity Motors further donates the proceeds received from sales of these vehicles to other tax-exempt organizations in good standing.
We provide individualized services specifically designed to meet the resident wherever they may be in their relationship with drugs and/or alcohol. Our facility and credentialed staff are equipped to treat alcohol, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, inhalant, and prescription abuse and dependence.
Beyond San Diego Partnerships
In addition to our local community outreach initiatives, Awaken Church has cultivated relationships with some of the most well-respected and results-driven organizations that exist today outside of San Diego. Partnering with these organizations allows Awaken Church to play a part in the success of these organizations and provides opportunities for our church to help support them by volunteering to serve or by giving financially. The following organizations extend our reach outside of San Diego and allow our church to truly make a difference worldwide.
Founded in 1994, the Dream Center is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 80,000 individuals and families each month. The Dream Center offers mobile hunger relief and medical programs, residential rehabilitation programs for adults, shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families, foster care intervention programs, job/life skills training, counseling, basic education, Bible studies, and more. They work to meet people where they are at and to bring them hope beyond what they have previously known.
Catherine’s Children’s Home is a Christian organization and ministry that cares for the well-being of children who are orphaned, at risk, and/or have special needs in Mexico. In addition to being an advocate for children, Catherine’s Children’s Home also provides refuge for mothers and their children and educates parents for home-care. They currently have an orphanage in Mexico, Casa Hogar de Catherine’s A.C., and are in the process of establishing a special needs children’s facility. We currently support Catherine’s Children’s Home through the generous donations made by members of our church.
The SHE Rescue Home provides a secure haven for young Cambodian girls who are at risk or who have been rescued from sex-trafficking. Each of these beautiful girls deserves a safe place to live, where counseling, medical attention, and educational and vocational training can take place in a protected and loving environment. The SHE Rescue Home provides a micro-enterprise business to equip the families of the girls with skills that will empower them to flourish and generate their own income. We currently support the SHE Rescue Home through the generous donations made by members of our church.
Website: A21 Campaign
The A21 Campaign is a 501 non-profit that works to fight against human trafficking (including sexual exploitation and forced slave labor) with the goal of ending human trafficking in the 21st century. This campaign was founded in 2008 by motivational speaker Christine Caine, and now has teams on the ground in the Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Norway, South Africa, Australia and the United States. The A21’s strategy and 4 P model to ending human trafficking is to first raise awareness and provide education to the next generation in schools, orphanages, and universities.
Salt and Light Generation exists to raise up a generation of leaders to be an influence in the areas of government and education. Mission: Salt and Light Generation works to preserve (SALT) our freedoms and the Christian principles our nation was founded on, and to bring Biblical truth (LIGHT) to the issues and to segments of society that affect the culture. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” -2 Chronicles 3:17
In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please click on the application to volunteer below. Or if you are currently involved in an organization or ministry that you think would be a good fit for an Awaken partnership, please submit the application for partnership below. We look forward to following up with you!