Compassion at Redemption Church
Many of us have a deep sense that the world is not as it should be. Broken relationships. Divided communities. Poverty and violence in our neighborhoods . . . The good news is that God longs to work through us to help restore things to the way they were intended to be. In the language of the Old Testament, this wholeness is called shalom—a state where nothing is missing and nothing is broken.
Mercy with Justice
Redemption Church in Olathe is a group of Christians committed to seeing the people in our community wholistically restored. We believe that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with Himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. Not just spiritually, but emotionally, physically, economically, and socially. Not by offering mercy alone, but by undergirding mercy with justice.
To this end, we follow Jesus's example of love and reconciliation. We have built our church in the midst of some of Olathe's neediest residents. We pray that the work we do will allow us to become one with our neighbors until there is no longer an "us" and "them" but only a "we." And, in the words of the Prophet Jeremiah, "we work and pray for the well-being of our city [or neighborhood]," trusting that if the entire community does well and prospers, then we will prosper also.
If you have any questions or would like to serve in any of these ministries, please contact Mandy Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If poverty was a city, it would be the 5th largest city in the county; and the fastest growing city.
37,000 people, or 6.5% of the population, live with income below the federal poverty level ($11,770 for one person; $20,090 for three).
1 in 4 Johnson County census tracts have poverty rates of 10% or higher.
The majority of poor are white and U.S. citizens.
The majority of poor adults have at least some college education.
3 in 4 poor adults work at least part time or part year.
1 in 9 jobs in Johnson County pays an average hourly wage less than $10.
Estimates suggest that it requires a full-time hourly wage of $28 to meet basic needs for a single parent and two children.