Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge: “Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously. (Matthew 10: 5-8)

KELC’s Diakonia Department seeks to fulfill the social work of the church. As we read in the verses from Matthew 10, we as Christians are called to heal the sick, help the poor, protect widows and orphans, and live generously among our neighbors. Diakonia was first developed in the 19th century in Germany to address the changing structure of family and society. As people migrated to cities away from rural life, family and social structures changed, often leading to insecurity and poverty. The Diakonia department seeks to unite us all as one family of God. As a family, we are called to care for one another, protect vulnerable members, and help all people to lead secure and prosperous lives.

The Diakonia Department addresses the social work of the church through two methods: Congregational Outreach and Professional Networking. Please click on the pictures below to learn more about the different areas of diakonia.