Local Missions

Serving Christ in our local community and regional area is very important to us. Check out below some of our key local missions we support here at Hickory Creek.  For those interested in keeping informed regarding upcoming serving opportunities, please   e-mail Pastor Bob Lullo at Bob@hickorycreekchurch.org

Scroll down to see the international missionaries we support as well. 

All God's People

All God’s People is an organization that ministers to the needs of homeless people in the Chicago Loop area. The second Saturday of the month we set up a distribution center on the corner of State and Van Buren where we hand out clothing, blankets, toiletries, and food. The need is great. We serve 500 or more people who wait patiently in line to receive items that meet their basic needs. These are our brothers and sisters who for whatever reason ended up on the street and through it all continue to praise Jesus. They know He alone is able to protect, provide, and perform the miracles they are looking for. It is an honor to serve in His name – a blessing to share a smile, a word of encouragement, or a few moments to listen with a caring heart.

Click here for more information about All God's People.

Baptist Children's Home

Since 1918, Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services (BCHFS) has been a source of hope and healing, providing Christ-centered services to children and families in crisis. For the parents whose teen is out of control, the child whose home is no longer safe, the young woman facing an unexpected pregnancy, the infertile couple whose greatest dream is to be Mom and Dad, or the individual or family in need of counseling – BCHFS is here to help.

For more information about BCHFS click here.

CRU (Campus Crusades For Christ)

Kalli Hill serves with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) at Elmhurst College and Benedictine University by engaging with students as they are exploring who they are, what they believe, and what they want to be through: sharing the gospel, discipling women, leading Bible studies, and giving leadership to the overall ministry. Campus Crusade for Christ is an international, interdenominational Christian organization that meets on college campuses all over Chicago, the country, and the world.  Their vision is to turn lost students into Christ-centered laborers.  Their aim is to win students to Christ, build them up in their faith, and send them out to reach others. 

For more information about CRU click here


Journey's mission is to offer continuous mentoring, encouragement, resources and support for Individuals dealing with various life, crisis issues and seeking to "travel" from Survival to Success. They strive to care for the whole person; by guiding them on a safe journey to Family, Purpose, & Wholeness.

For more information about Journey click here

PASS (Network for Life)

PASS's mission is to proved care through prevention, crisis intervention, education, and restoration for those involved in unplanned pregnancies. PASS offers free and confidential services, one-on-one mentoring and educational opportunities. For those facing an unexpected pregnancy, we offer hope and practical support. For those who have experienced an abortion and are now struggling with their decision, we are here to listen and help. For parents entering a new chapter of life, we offer resources and training. For those at risk of unhealthy sexual behaviors we offer early intervention programs.

For more information about PASS click here

Operation Nehemiah

Operation Nehemiah's missions is to help needy individuals and families and come alongside other non-profit organizations to help those in need with general maintenance, repair, building and rebuilding through the use of volunteers. Operation Nehemiah thrives on making a positive transformation in the lives of people and communities by shining the light of Jesus.

Click here for an article written about Operation Nehemiah in the Chicago Tribune. 

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)

Sue Crawford serves with Fellowship of Christian Athletes as director to all the FCA huddles in our south and west suburbs of the Will county region, challenging athletes and coaches to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

For more information about FCA click here.

OneWay - Reach People

Kate Kavanaugh works with OneWay, which is a family of media and missions ministries. Through both modern tools and time-proven methods, we come alongside the Body of Christ in fulfilling her mission to make disciples of all nations. From producing Great Commission media resources to inspire and equip believers, to training and sending church planters who serve among the unreached, we help people reach people. 

She serves with the young adult ministry at OneWay through Summer Internships and Gap-Year Residencies. They are focused on activating young adults (18-29) to exalt Jesus Christ and advance His Gospel to the multitudes. They do this through practical ministry experience, intensive discipleship, and community. So many students have God-given skills and passions for the Kingdom, but no practical way to “go”. OneWay is here to help with that, awakening hearts for Jesus, inspiring dreams for the Kingdom, and engaging hands in the Great Commission. 

Jesus himself said, “the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few”… I am working from of this call to pray, and invite more workers to take part in the abundant harvest. 

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries

Seth and Sarah Stevens serve at the On Eagles Wings Leadership Center in as Student Life Coordinators, doing life with young Native American/Indigenous believers and helping them grow toward becoming a mission force to their own people and to the world. The vision for the On Eagles Wings Leadership Center is that Christian Native leaders are equipped to be lifetime Jesus-followers with a self-sustaining, enduring, missional relationship with Jesus Christ.

International Missions

We believe we are called to go above and beyond our local community and support international missions. We believe this because the Word of God calls us to do this as the church in Matthew 28:19 which calls us to go to ALL NATIONS. Below are the missionaries that Hickory Creek Church currently supports. 

Therefore go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

El Refugio (The Refuge)

Rick & Sue Borman work with the ministry of “El Refugio” (The Refuge) in the mountains of Ecuador and develop partnerships with North American churches by hosting them for short term missions to help assist in their mission to minister to the people of Ecuador and to train up others to do adventure camp ministry.

For more information about El Refugio click here.

Leadership Resources

Tom Newton serves with Leadership Resources as Church Partnership Coordinator, educating churches how LRI helps develop biblically trained national pastors and church leaders thoughout Latin America, Russia, Africa, and Asia, and occasionally teaches with the teams in these countries.

For more information click here.

Life in Messiah International

Wes is the director of Life in Messiah and is committed to seeing God’s purpose for the Church fulfilled as Jews and Gentiles are made one through faith in Messiah Jesus. Wes' wife, Lori serves as well with the organization. Staff serves in Israel, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Opportunities to serve locally and abroad are available to individuals and teams. Volunteers are needed for the In Search of Shalom project.

For more information click here

Operation Christmas Child

OCC (Operation Christmas Child) is a program through Samaritan's Purse that provides gift filled shoe boxes and evangelistic materials that tell the Good News of Jesus Christ to kids in Third World countries around the world.

For more information about OCC click here

Hickory Creek provides missionary support in Africa, Indonesia, and Asia as well, however,

for their safety, their name and information is being withheld from this page.

Missions in South Asia

We, Dr. B.S. Azariah and Mrs. Sasikala are serving in South Asia with a vision to teach the Word in its Biblical Context and meaning and also with details of application to the present church in its context and situation. Many pastors and leaders are passionate towards the ministry, which is mainly winning souls, but they are unable to nurse the believers with the sound Word of God. It is due to the lack of theological and leadership training to these pastors and leaders.

There is a need for a full explanation of the Biblical context to which many do not have access.  They travel to not only to different towns, but also rural villages to train and teach these pastors in Biblical knowledge and all of the basic skills needed to lead a church and make disciples. They conduct many seminars for pastors and leaders reaching a few thousands of pastors so far, and they also reach Sri Lanka.  The larger vision is to have a theological training center where pastors can come and learn. For now, it is a traveling ministry.

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Ed and Jan are linguists working with Wycliffe Bible Translators and have spent many years living on the island of Hope in SE Asia, with the T people. They learned the language of this jungle people, and  trained a team to translate the New Testament into their own language. Now based in the US and working via internet/satellite connection, they continue to work with the T people and 4 other language groups to translate the Old Testament into their languages. Ed and Jan are being asked to find ways to help national teams begin translation in the surrounding language groups and work has begun on the New Testament in 3 languages and also two language groups have begun translation of Luke and the Jesus film. A deeper understanding of the newly translated Scriptures in these believers’ own languages, has resulted in their own cultural expressions and songs of worship, along with growth in their life in Christ and with one another. Ed and Jan experience a family relationship with many of these SE Asian friends, and also have two children and eight grandchildren of their own.