Raising Children Up
Flint Mission Network, Mich.
- Sponsoring Organization: Flint Mission Network
- City/State: Flint, Mich.
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Grant Amount: $15,000
Rev. Christian Jones is a lifelong church worker and currently serves as executive director of Flint Mission Network, Flint, Mich. Jones earned an Associate of Arts degree from St. Clair County Community College, Port Huron, Mich., in 2012 and received a Bachelor of Communication degree from Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Mich., in 2014. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Jones worked as both a music director and office manager for various Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregations in St. Clair County, Mich. In 2019, Jones graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., and is called by the Michigan District of the LCMS to serve as a missionary-at-large. Throughout his seminary career, Jones served at several congregations throughout the St. Louis area, primarily serving at both African-immigrant and African-American congregations.
One of the chief focuses of Flint Mission Network is engaging in the physical, emotional, and spiritual development and wellbeing of the children entrusted to them. The Raising Children Up project will support the work of Mercy House and The Luke Clinic, which provide entry points into the lives of mothers and children. Mercy House is a long-term transitional housing ministry, aimed at equipping mothers with the skills they need to physically care and financially provide for their families in healthy, sustainable ways. The Luke Clinic promotes the health and wellbeing of the local population by providing accessible, high-quality medical care for expectant mothers and infants under 12 months of age. Participants in Mercy House and The Luke Clinic are also encouraged to attend free faith-building and community-based programming like the Franklin Avenue Diner, where they will be provided access to free meals, clothing, and personal need items.
“We Raise Foundation’s grant will make a tremendous impact on the lives of those served by Flint Mission Network,” said Jones. “Being able to financially expand our ministry to better serve the needs of our neighbors and their children will produce much needed stability in our community and neighborhoods. Grateful does not begin to sincerely describe the amount of thanks I give to We Raise for their commitment to support us in being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ as we proclaim the Gospel, empower neighbors, and lift one another up in the city of Flint.”