The Artic Mission was founded in 2001 as an independent street witnessing ministry to reach out, with the love of Christ, to those who didn’t know Him as their Lord and Savior. It wasn’t long before the Lord led us to an awesome ministry space to rent. That space became “The Upper Room” where people could come for a cup of coffee, prayer, fellowship, bible studies, to sing praise and worship songs, have a simple microwave meal, and on Saturday nights, The Upper Room Coffeehouse.
In 2004 The Artic Mission began a clothing and small household items ministry called “Jericho Place”, which over time went from a small 400 square foot space to its present location with 2,500 square feet. The needs of our clients have changed over the last ten years, and we are seeing new challenges and coming up with new solutions to help meet their needs. This has required us to reevaluate the services that our ministry provides while leading them to Christ.
After much prayer and consideration, we will be closing “Jericho Place” on August 29th and consolidating all of our ministry operations into The Artic Mission’s main facility, The Upper Room. We are no longer accepting clothing and small household item donations.
We are excited to take this ministry in a new direction. Our focus going forward is to meet the needs we have seen in this community with specific events such as winter coats, back to school clothing for kids, etc., with targeted requests for clothing throughout the year. We will also be asking for your help in running these one or two day events during the year at The Artic Mission.
Bible studies, recovery meetings and feeding the needy and lonely will still be held at The Artic Mission to reach people for Christ. We will continue to refer people to local churches to establish a firm foundation.
We want to thank those who have donated clothing and household items to this ministry. With your continued prayers and financial support, we are trusting in the Lord that we can continue “planting seeds while meeting needs”.
In His Service,
Rich & Jean Canning, co-Founders
The Artic Mission