WE keep walking with our neighbors in their vulnerability even if we can’t see the next step in the darkness.

I found myself the other night lying awake. It was not a worrisome thing that had me unable to sleep. Quite the contrary. It was the prospect of hope. You know, the dreams that you have for those around you. The dreams that can keep you up imagining the possibility of what’s to come.

God has put a fire in my belly to spread our Oneness in Christ with everyone I encounter. It’s our essential Oneness – which begins with being made in the image and likeness of God – that kindled the fire in me! A fire as old as time itself.

God wants us to make God’s presence known through our service to others (Matthew 25:31-40). Even Jesus, in the tumultuous time before his arrest and crucifixion, pray that we “may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-23)

The ones that I have hope for…the ones that keep me awake at night are the ones we work with every day at our outreach services – families who are hungry, homeless women in need of shelter, children who need guidance, seniors who need support – these encounters help me to never forget our Oneness. You – donor, volunteer, advocate: YOU help to complete the circle of Oneness as you give selflessly to improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable neighbors.

I’m excited to say that our Compassion Campaign Sponsors have provided a $75,000 challenge to kick-start the $1.9 million Compassion Campaign!

Mark Struckhoff
Executive Director
Council of Churches of the Ozarks

Those in need depend on us; we depend on you!

Children in foster homes across Greene, Taney and Christian counties
food-insecure people in Greene county (they don't know where their next meal will come from)
children who live in food-insecure families
unsheltered homeless people in Springfield

Why you should help

With your partnership to the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, we are able to provide necessary services such as food, shelter, and clothing to under-resourced people living in the Ozarks. In the last ten years, poverty has doubled in the Ozarks with a staggering 61% of elementary children qualifying for free or reduced lunches. At any given time, there are 1,000 children in foster care and on average there are over 250 homeless individuals without a place to sleep everyday. Your gift to the Council of Churches of the Ozarks ensures that families have food, foster children and families have the resources they need to thrive, and homeless women have safe, overnight shelter.

Your impact

Your time, talent and treasure impacts their story

TIME: There are many opportunities to donate your time to the Council of Churches of the Ozarks; including Give Back Mondays, volunteering at one of our nine outreach ministries, spending the night helping out at Safe to Sleep or helping at our Crosslines Holiday Distribution or mobile distributions.


TALENT: We have specialized volunteer opportunities that are long-term and include volunteer leadership (boards or advisory committees), office assistance and special events.


TREASURES: Cash and non-cash donations are always welcome. Donations can be brought to Council of Churches of the Ozarks, 627 N. Glenstone or secure credit card donations are accepted with the Donate button above.