Independence Hill Baptist Church will host and sponsor the second annual Hearts for Missions 5K road race May 21. It will start at the Chick-fil-A in Davis Lake and end at the church, 10220 Eastfield Road.
Runners and walkers age 10 and older are welcome. Registration is $25, with a suggested fundraising goal of $25 each. The fee goes up to $35 on event day. The top three fundraisers will get prizes.
Proceeds will benefit local and international agencies and nonprofit organizations:
Hyaets, a community-building organization with several branches, including an urban ministry, an intentional Christian community and retreat experiences. The Christian community lives in a low-income, high-risk area of Charlotte and aspires to minister with and learn from those that society would call "the least of these."
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Charlotte Rescue Mission, a Christian recovery program for men and women addicted to drugs or alcohol and predominantly homeless. It houses more than 500 individuals and serves more than 200,000 meals per year. It also reaches out to individuals caught in cycles of poverty, hopelessness and addiction by meeting their spiritual, physical, social, psychological and vocational needs.
The Hope House Foundation provides transitional housing, support and life skills training for displaced people in need. Hope House was established in the Lake Norman area because there was little if no support for displaced women and children in this area.
Loaves & Fishes Huntersville Emergency Food Pantry provides a week's worth of groceries to people in crisis in Charlotte Mecklenburg. The pantry is located at Huntersville United Methodist Church.
Angels and Sparrows helps fight hunger in Huntersville and the surrounding communities. The organization works toward the physical nourishment, spiritual foundation and emotional and social rehabilitation of all who come in contact with it. It also provides lunch Mondays though Fridays for those in need.
Missions in Santa Matilde, Nicaragua, were established in 2007, when the church began a partnership with Fountain of Life Church there. The Huntersville church has built houses for widows, fed children, sponsored medical and dental clinics and bought land to build a future church.
For more information about the fundraiser event or Independence Hill church, visit independencehill.org.