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.
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)
Solutions for Change is a San Diego-based non-profit organization solving the root causes of homelessness through a unique and sustainable solution driven by family accountability and equipping families with leadership skills that serve as a foundation for future success.
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.
Mama’s Kitchen is a community-driven organization that believes everyone is entitled to nutritious food as a basic necessity of life. Their nutrition services improve the lives of women, men, and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer, or other critical illnesses.
Silent Voices is an organization that believes all human life is valuable – born and pre-born – and abortion is never the answer. They provide pregnancy tests, abortion/pregnancy education, emotional, physical and spiritual support and post abortion support groups.
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.
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.
Every week We See You, San Diego provides 150-200 of our homeless neighbors, who camp out in the Mission Valley Riverbed, Old Town, & Point Loma areas, a home cooked meal with a full service restaurant-style alfresco dining experience with fresh squeezed juice, gourmet coffee syrups, and a mobile dessert cart. They play loud worship music, give away raffle prizes, and most importantly, sit down, have conversations & pray with people.
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.
The RMNNT mission is to raise up a bold and passionate army to effectively influence politics. Any time a revolution happened within a nation it was because a remnant of people decided to rise up and make history. RMNNT is dedicated to preserving liberty, teaching Conservative principles, protecting the Constitution, and raising up future political leaders. Through our partnership with Awaken Church we are able to mobilize the Christian community within the city of San Diego to actively engage in the political sphere and hold our elected officials accountable.
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.
Esther’s Voice exists to prevent human trafficking and bring healing to women rescued from human trafficking by breaking cycles of brokenness and empowering women to bring change into their own lives and families through healthy decision-making.
We support Casa Estrella, Colegio Estrella, and Casa De Garcia which collectively serve 48 children and 331 students.
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!