What began as a project to help a family in need has turned into a sizeable grassroots movement known as Ever Reaching Community Outreach (ERCO). In August 2012, members of different churches set a work day to paint and renovate the family's home. While working on the project, we were told of another family in need, and then another, and then another. We became aware of the many needs of those around us, and felt compelled to "get off our pews," and start living out who we say we are as Christians by reaching out to the poor and needy around us. Our mission statement is below:
ERCO is a group of Christian believers of different denominations and race whose mission is to be "doers of the Word and not hearers only" (James 1:22). We are committed to reach out to the poor and needy around us. We put our faith in action by working together to meet the physical needs of the less fortunate by distributing donations received of food, clothing, housewares, furniture and other supportive items at no cost to them; and meet their spiritual needs through prayer, distribution of Bibles, personal and group evangelism, and by actively showing unconditional love. We will love every family we come in contact with as He loves us; and we will share the healing and inspired word of the Lord. Jesus said in John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” We believe we are called to reach out and "carry one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2) and, by serving those in need, we pray our actions will affect the lives of those we serve and point them to Jesus Christ.
ERCO is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We are a faith ministry, committing whatever we do to the Lord (Proverbs 16:3). We are only able to go and serve the hurting and oppressed in our surrounding communities by the grace of God, the physical support of volunteers, and through donations given to this ministry.
Because Christ gave Himself for us, we as Christians are called to give of ourselves to Him. We will be ever reaching, ever seeking opportunities to show Christ's love by serving others and providing them a message of hope and faith in Jesus Christ.