Tabor students initiate plunge into urban ministry in Wichita

Inner city ministry is a rare commodity in central Kansas, yet 20 Tabor College students travel 50 miles every Friday night to participate in a unique outreach program aimed at urban children.

Wichita Urban Ministry Plunge (WUMP) is a Tabor College student-led program that organizes an evening kids club in Wichita.

Tabor juniors Alyssa Gossen, Kremlin, Okla., and Carmen Goering, Moundridge, coordinate this volunteer effort.

Every Friday night, more than 30 area children gather at an urban church for games, dramas, Bible lessons and snacks.

Tabor College students work in conjunction with World Impact, an organization that plants urban churches across the United States, to reach kindergarten through sixth grade children and their families.

World Impact sponsors several Bible clubs throughout the week for interested area youth.

In addition, WUMP provides a fun, open setting for members of these clubs, and their guests, to learn more about the Bible and experience caring relationships with the Tabor student participants.

In this way, WUMP also develops new contacts for World Impact outreach efforts.

“Through WUMP, Tabor students are able to experience missions and build relationships,” says Gossen. “By showing the love of Christ and teaching biblical truth, we are not only ministering to children in need, but also gaining appreciation for diversity and God’s work in the city.”

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