We exist out of God’s call for Christians to reach out, speak out, and stand out for young people in Christ!
We want to provide a place where young men and women will be loved through intentional relationships with volunteers and staff, observably shown God’s love through ministries and activities, and purposefully challenged in the Christian faith.
We desire for young men and women to not simply know about God, but to deeply fall in love with Him. As they do so, we desire to help connect them to the larger body of Christ. The intent, is to help them continue to grow, even after they stop coming to The Bunker.
PROV 27:17 PHIL 2:3-8 MATT 25:40 LUKE 16:10-12
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The one true God exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Jesus Christ is the Son of God
The Bible is God’s inerrant written word
Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day
By grace we are saved through faith
The Holy Spirit lives with all believers
The Church is the body of Jesus Christ
The local Church is a fellowship of believers
The gospel is to be preached to all the world
Jesus Christ, the King, is coming again!
The Bunker Youth Ministry was originally named the Winkler Youth Drop In Center and was initially organized and funded by the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church. Over the years it became evident that there was a need for a youth center in the Winkler area. Social as well as law enforcement agencies reported a concern over the significant increase in juvenile crime and the need to establish preventative programs. A setting was needed where youth could take part in wholesome activities and experience responsible behaviour.
These same agencies expressed this concern to the Adult Sunday School class of the Bergie Church. The class, together with a number of other members of the congregation, started to work with enforcement agencies to see the vision come to fruition.
The “WTDIC” was opened in May of 1984 and many individuals of the Church group formed the first Board Of Directors.
In 1998 the WTDIC’s name was changed to “The Bunker” and became a registered charity! Presently, it is operated by a board consisting of members from a variety of local churches who help to financially support the ongoing ministry work. Other funds are provided by businesses, private individuals, and fundraising events. The Bunker is operated by an Executive Director, who is responsible to the Board (designated by participating churches).
The mission and ministry remains true to that of the original vision: to serve Christ as His hands and feet. The Bunker currently ministers primarily to youth (grades 7-12) and young adults (age 18-25) but has programs setup for those in the community outside of that range as well.
It continues to be our hope and dream that God will give clear direction for where our ministry is to go next. For now, we’ll seek to reach those in our community that need to be touched by the life giving message Christ offers to us all!