“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” -Mark 16:15


man holding BibleThe Outreach Ministry is a priority at First Christian Church and encompasses those in the church, on campus, in Lawrence and around the world. Community Outreach includes: The Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, Family Promise, KU Stumo, Insight Women’s Pregnancy Center, Alpha Christian Children’s Home, Christian Church in Kansas, and many others.

FCC’s World Outreach includes missionaries to Haiti, Brazil, and Wycliff Bible Translators. FCC is also a collection hub for Operation Christmas Child.

Contact the church office to find out how you can be a part of reaching out to those in need: 785-843-0679 OR office@fcclawrence.org

Local Ministries


L.I.N.K (Lawrence Interdenominational Nutritional Kitchen) has been in existence in Lawrence since 1985. A hot, home cooked meal is served by L.I.N.K in the basement of the First Christian Church from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm on every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday & all Federal holidays except Christmas, which is served at First United Methodist Church.

FCC provides the meal and serves guests on the 2nd Sunday of each month! Join us in serving the community, sharing the love of Christ, connecting with guests and one another.

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Family Promise

The mission of Family Promise is “Helping homeless families with children achieve and maintain permanent housing.”

If you’d like to help, please contact the FCC office (785-843-0679, office@fcclawrence.org)

Other Ministries

FCC has also supports some other local ministries, including the Alpha Christian Children’s Home and Insight Women’s Center

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International Ministries

Operation Christmas Child

First Christian Church is the local collection facility for Lawrence and surrounding communities to process donated shoe boxes and transport them to a central drop-off in Kansas City. National collection week for Operation Christmas Child is the 3rd week of November. Contact FCC office at 785-843-0679 OR office@fcclawrence.org

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Swanson Family

First Christian Church provides financial support to the Swanson Family and their work with Wycliffe. The Swansons assist linguists and co-translators from the communities they represent to translate, publish, and distribute scripture in more than 60 minority language projects that remain in Mexico.

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Kerstetter Family

First Christian Church provides financial support to the Kerstetter Family and their work with Ethnos360 (formerly New Tribes). The Kerstetters assist missionaries worldwide with MK (missionary kid) educational issues, and train and equip families for cross-cultural life and ministry.

Ministry Overview

Kerstetters’ Bio

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Rachael Costello

Rachael Costello

Rachael Costello

I grew up in Lawrence, and my parents have known Barry and Mary Foster and some other members of FCC since before I was born. In 2007, I received a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas, with a double major in Linguistics and International Studies, and I began the process of applying to join Wycliffe Bible Translators. I was accepted in 2008, and moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2010. I have been serving in Mexico since then, first learning to speak one of the many indigenous languages spoken by the native peoples of Mexico, then studying it as a linguist to gain an analytical knowledge of the language, then working daily with native speakers to help them improve their translation of the Bible. After receiving my MA in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Bible translation in 2014, I have grown into additional roles – that of a consultant, who checks Bible translations for accuracy and helps translators improve them; a teacher, who leads translation workshops to help multiple translation teams build their knowledge and skills; and the role of supervisor of a team of colleagues who are working to produce Bible commentaries in Spanish that are focused on helping translators produce more accurate translations. I love the work that God has given me to do in Mexico and I’m grateful to you for partnering with me through prayer and financially in order to enable me to continue to advance Wycliffe’s vision for people from every language to understand the Bible and be transformed.

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