Discipleship in Action: Wintersburg Missions
Our Mission here at Wintersburg is to make God’s Name great throughout the world and amongst every people group.
Our Vision is to see that an evangelical, Christ-centered and Gospel-centered church exists in every city throughout the world.
Our Strategy is to make disciples of all the nations through the planting of multiplying, disciple-making churches.
Our Local Missional Priorities also include our ministry to the local campuses, homeless outreach (Lighthouse ministry and Soup Kitchen), and outreach to our surrounding communities.
Our Current Target Regions include Thailand, Japan, the Japanese-speaking who are living in Orange County, Baja, and the Navajo.
Save Japan Ministries
One of our main target people groups is Japan. Less than .2% of the nation are Evangelical Christians. The people of Japan remain as the second largest unreached people group in the world. In addition, relatively few churches and missionaries are reaching Japan with the Gospel and the love of Christ. Wintersburg, however, is committed to proclaiming the Gospel, sharing the love of Christ, and making disciples of this unreached people group. Wintersburg actually began as a mission to the Japanese-speaking farmers who had immigrated to Orange County to live and work.
In 1910, the people of the mission recognized the need to further expand the ministry by building a Wintersburg Mission facility on an acre of land in Huntington Beach, which was faithfully donated by Mr. C. M. Furuta. Although they faced difficult economic conditions, other early pioneers of the church made great sacrifices to contribute to this building project.
With God's blessing on the mission work, Wintersburg eventually gained church status and was organized in 1930 as the Japanese Presbyterian Church of Wintersburg.
In 1965, the congregation took a major step of faith when it decided to relocate to its current location on Fairview Street in Garden Grove (now part of Santa Ana). Since 1965 we have expanded our facilities several times to accommodate the needs of our congregation. Today it has grown in attendance to over 500 members and continues to teach the good news of Jesus Christ to mainly English-speaking Asian and Japanese-speaking people in the community.
Character Vision Skill English-Teaching and Homestay Ministries
Through the CVS ministry, English-teaching, surfing outreach, campus ministries, and Bible studies, many have come to faith in Christ and have become faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please contact us if you would like to know more or if you would like to partner with Save Japan Ministries.
The Baja ministry is a great blessing to the people of Baja as well as to our Wintersburg family. In addition to the house build team, every summer we also send a VBS team to share the Gospel and the love of Christ with many of the poor children in Vincente Guerrero and the outlying regions. While the people of Baja may not be an “unreached people group,” there remain many non-Christians who have never heard the true Gospel. It is also a region in which there is a great need to build up the disciples of the Lord who are serving and working to expand the Kingdom of God. It is always a great blessing to support the families of Baja as well as the missionaries who live and work amongst the poor in Baja. We exalt and thank the Lord for this flourishing and fruitful ministry and partnership. For more information, see our Baja Missions page.
With less than 1% of the Thai people believing in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, this people group is also one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. Wintersburg is dedicated to reaching the Thai people with the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ. We partner with Zoe ministries not only to reach, evangelize, and make disciples of the people of this great nation but also to help the victims of human trafficking. Many of the victims are young children who have been sold as slaves. Our work in Thailand is a commitment to faithful evangelism as well as mercy to those who are unable to protect and fend for themselves. We praise the Lord for the opportunity that we have as a church to be an instrument of redemption in Thailand.
Lighthouse and Soup Kitchen Ministry
This is a ministry of compassion and care for those individuals and families who may be needy, homeless, and jobless. The ministry is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:30 am for ladies and children to take showers, and from 12:30pm to 2:30 pm for men.
The attendees are provided with food bags, donated clothing (when available), showers, and helpful information when needed. The food bags are filled with food purchased from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The clothes, like the food, are donated by the congregation at Wintersburg. Approximately 150 to 200 people per month come to receive help at Wintersburg.
In addition, Wintersburg hosts a lunch for the area’s homeless and less-fortunate. Home-cooked meals are prepared and served every third Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm.
The Lighthouse Ministry is in need of men’s boxers, shampoo, deodorant, toiletries, socks, pants, backpacks, shoes, & sleeping bags. For further information please contact Robert Franz or Wintersburg’s office.
Our Missionaries and Campus Ministers
Wintersburg also supports short- and long-term missionaries. See all our missionaries and campus ministers here.