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Our Journey of Hope Cancer Care Ministry at East Main Street Christian Church

About Us

Why we started the ministry.

As Christians, we strive to make a difference—we allow Christ to make a difference in our individual lives through study and worship.  With that, we aim to make a difference in the lives around us with the love of Christ. The next step is usually to reach out to those who are not around us through missions.  Our church mission statement reflects that: “We exist to bring people higher in Christ through worship, deeper in faith through study, and wider in love through mission and service.”
To grow wider in love, we must sometimes take inventory of how we can love others.  While Roger and I were taking such an inventory, we concluded that the church (and Elwood) needs to have a solid way to support families who are dealing with cancer. That brought us to start this ministry with the help of Our Journey of Hope.
Our Journey of Hope is a ministry of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  They developed a Bible-based ministry training program has been developed to equip God's people with the tools needed to bring hope to the millions who are living with cancer. We are delighted to use these tools!

Our Goals

Our main goal is to make a difference.  We aim to serve people dealing directly with cancer and their caregivers through prayer, love, and open ears. In the difference we make through these things, we look forward to seeing God work in us and through us to instill, reinvigorate, or maybe even introduce hope into the lives of those we serve. Together, we can find the direction of hope--anchored in truth with our way lit by the lighthouse on that shore (as illustrated in the sermon below). 
There are only 9 of us to start. If you are a church member (for now—we will expand when we have more serving) who would like someone from the ministry to contact you, please call the church office or fill out the form below. If you're interested in serving, you can fill out this same form.  For the latest news or updates, don't forget to like our Facebook page.

How Can you Help?


The number one thing you can do is pray for the ministry. We welcome your general prayers. If you're interested in specific prayer, let us know.


Whether it's joining our team as a cancer care minister or donating for a rummage, you can express your interest to volunteer in the form below.


We're just starting out and have no funds with which to operate. If you're interested in giving a one-time or recurring gift, click or tap the icon above.

Promote Healthy Choices

We recognize healthier food choices, healthier cleaning products, and other activities to lessen the chances of cancer. Let's all be aware.

Help with fundraisers

From time to time, we will have one-time and on-going fundraisers. We'll keep you posted about those in the events section of our website.

Share your ideas

If you have direct or indirect experience with the disease and the things involved, we'd love to hear from you. Use the form provided below.

Want to talk to someone? Send us a message.

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