Reaching Our Community

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Network of Nations

Network of Nations is a network of friends that links internationals at Northern Illinois University (NIU) with Americans in the local community. As a non-profit organization of individuals and churches in the DeKalb, Illinois area, we are committed to extending hospitality, friendship, and practical care to internationals in our community. Programs include: an Intercultural Café — food, fun, and friendship - meets weekly. American families and internationals share friendship through the Friends Program. The Spouse Group for wives of scholars and for American women provides fellowship. Various Bible studies meet regularly to practice English and learn about the Bible. Other special events occur regularly throughout the year.

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Neighbor's House

Neighbors’ House is a not-for-profit, faith based, community development organization partnering with DeKalb County students and families to help them fulfill their God-given potential for academic and relational success. Most of our programs take place in income-eligible housing communities in DeKalb County: Reading & Homework Clubs and Summer Reading Vacations at Gideon Court, University Village, Mason Manor, Genoa, & 1st UMC in DeKalb. For more information contact Ruth O’Donnell, Director: NH@neighborshouse.org

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We Care Pregnancy Clinic

FBC supports the work of the We Care Pregnancy Clinic, and several of our members are regular volunteers and counselors. The WCPC offers free and confidential counseling to women, empowering them to make life-affirming choices in the midst of a crisis pregnancy. The clinic also offers free ultrasounds, clothing, baby supplies, etc.

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Love, INC.

FBC is a church partner with Love, INC. Love, Inc. serves the community through a "Clearinghouse" process. They contact partnering churches to help meet a need of a particular client. Our Helping Hands ministry also partners with Love, INC. by providing people to help move heavy items, such as furniture and appliances.

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Helping Hands

Our Helping Hands ministry seeks to help rebuild the lives of unemployed or underemployed individuals through Biblically-based spiritual encouragement and through once-a-week employment; thereby bringing glory to God through Christian community, teaching and accountability as individuals mature in providing for their own needs, as well as the needs of others. "... and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody." - I Thessalonians 4:11-12

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Basketball League

FBC has for a number of years, been involved in a community basketball league. The players come from all areas of the community. A life-affirming message is given at half-time of each game. Players are prayed for and encouraged through this ministry.