World Home Briefings

We want you to hear from missionaries and the work they are doing around the world in a friendly home setting.  Look through the list of missionaries and please RSVP with the World Home Briefing Host for that missionary.  When you RSVP, the host will give you the address of their home.

Jimmy and Ann Aycock

International Leadership Institute

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International Leadership Institute Associate Director of Training with a focus on the 10/40 window.
Equipping Leaders and Spreading the Gospel. ILI trains and mobilizes more than 15,000 leaders each year through the Eight Core Values of the most effective Christian leaders. They live in more than 105 nations and speak more than 200 languages. They are highly committed to impact their communities and nations. The ILI Vision is to change history by accelerating the spread of life-transforming power of the Gospel through leaders of leaders empowered by the Holy Spirit.  The ILI Mission is to equip Leaders around the world to reach the lost in their own nation.

 Dr. Roman and Elsa Cruz and Norma Argote

Christian Social Ministry in Honduras

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 Love One Another.  “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35Dr. Roman Cruz is the national Director of Christian Social Ministry of Honduras. The vision of Christian Social Ministry is to reach the entire country of Honduras with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of His word, so that their lives may be impacted eternally for Him.  Their mission is to serve the poor in Honduras with love, “praising God, enjoying the favor of all the people.”  (Acts 2:47)  This is accomplished through a myriad of important compassion ministries and programs, designed to improve the quality of life for impoverished families and provide a vehicle to share Christ’s love and salvation message.: medical clinics and brigades to rural areas, nutrition and feeding programs, assistance with school supplies and educational needs, and community gardens, just to name a few.

 Arthur Kraai

Send International Japan

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Currently serving with SEND in Japan working to reach the youth in Japan for Christ. SEND International is an evangelical faith mission community committed to mobilize God's people and engage the unreached in order to establish reproducing churches. God has blessed SEND with planting 59 churches in about 60 years of serving in Japan. Workers are involved in a variety of ministries, including camping, sports, education, music, and more, all focused on some aspect of planting and growing reproducing churches. Currently there are about 36 missionary units serving with SEND Japan. As part of its plan to reach young people, SEND has a strategic partnership with Hi-BA Japan. Hi-BA is a ministry of evangelism and discipleship to Japanese and international high school students through after-school Bible studies, large group meetings, special events, camps, youth rallies, and accountability groups. Hi-BA seeks to support the Japanese church by training high school students to reach high school students for Jesus Christ. Our desire is to be involved both in frontline evangelism and discipleship as well as in a ministry of equipping and resourcing churches throughout Japan for youth ministry. By partnering with Hi-BA in addition to working on a church planting team, we hope to strengthen the local church’s ability to reach young Japanese for Christ.

For more information: Send International-Japan

Dr. Edwin Leon and Hilario Mess

Church of God World Missions-Belize

World Home Briefing Host: Joe and Angela Hollingsworth (256) 772-8194

Twenty four years ago just out of medical school, God Called Dr. Edwin and Tirza Leon to serve him full-time as medical missionaries.  Currently, Dr. Leon and Tirza are serving in Belize with Church of God World Missions, training missionaries and promoting missions in Latin American countries. Dr. Leon's desire is for all to know God's love, and that God does not want any to perish but that should come to repentance. Although the opportunities to give medical attention are not many, they are joyful that they can do the work to bring health and hope of salvation to the needy and poor of spirit.

The purpose of the Church of God World Missions is to bring the gospel to others in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth, fulfilling the great commission of God using all possible strategies: medical social projects, training of workers for the mission field, and raising awareness and mobilizing the church.

Talsy Vega and David  Vega

E3 Partners in Panama

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Serving in Panama for more than 16 years, her US partnerships have helped bring more than 14,000 people to Christ in Central America.

Led by Moises and Talsy Vega, e3 Partners Ministry is aggressively equipping leaders evangelizing and establishing churches throughout Panama. On the hearts of the Vegas the Lord has laid the hardest to reach, indigenous people of Panama. Much of their ministry in Panama is “extreme,” requiring 4WD vehicles, dugout canoes, hiking and camping. Mostly Spanish or English, there are a number of indigenous people groups in Panama, including Guaymi, Bugle, Teribe, Kuna, Embera and Wounaan. The majority of the country’s 3.3 million residents, practice tribal beliefs that appease the spirit world (by sacrifice and other means) and these practices are the focus of the religion. The mission is to carry the good news that Jesus’ sacrifice has been accepted by God and salvation is now free throughout Panama, equipping leaders and establishing churches at every stop along the way.  The response of those that have already heard this Gospel is amazing! The overall goal of e3 Partners is to establish a gospel-preaching church within walking distance of every man, woman and child throughout the world. In Panama, the government has accomplished the hardest part for us. Today, a government-built school exists within distance of nearly every child in Panama. So we find the schools, find out if there is a church nearby and, if not, take the steps necessary to plant one. This is our challenge. This opportunity does not require any special ability...merely one’s availability. Come with us to Panama.  Make yourself available.  Your life will never be the same.  Your faith will increase in ways you never thought imaginable. You will return to your home forever changed. You will see the Book of Acts come alive before your very eyes. For more information:E3 Partners Panama

Neal and Kristen Bond

Frontiers-India

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Neal and Kristen have been living in South Asia for about a year and a half. They are living in the areas of the world with the least amount of access to the Good News of Jesus.  They have experienced great pains and great kindness, just like many who have left home for  the Kingdom of God.  One of the greatest discoveries that they have found is the model for entering a new community depicted in Luke 10  In this passage Jesus send out the 72 very new disciples to go and share the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.  He tells them to go directly to the “house of peace,” and nowhere else.  This formula has been used to influence their strategy in South Asia, and enabled them to form a deep connection there.

Joel and Maite Aycock

His Hands Mission International-Honduras 

World Home Briefing Host:  Brent and Wendy Worley (256) 837-2561
Joel Aycock married Maite Rosa, a resident of Honduras, on February 2, 2008 in El Paraiso, Copan, Honduras, where they are currently living and working. Joel makes filters in El Paraiso and carries them to the surrounding villages with the help of local church and community leaders. With each filter Joel installs in a house/school/church, he has the opportunity to share with the residents of the communities about the power and love of God and the salvation that He offers through His son Christ Jesus.

A 501c3 non-profit organization with the dream of making the Living Water of Jesus Christ available to people all over the world while supplying humanitarian efforts to help better their way of life. Our Mission is:

  • Provide for the physical and spiritual needs of people in remote areas.

  • Teach and train people in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Start/develop water filtration projects and other projects to improve community health and welfare.

  • Teach communities how to complete and maintain these projects independently.

  • Train leaders to continue the mission in neighboring communities

For more information: hishands.ws

Cindy McCarver and Ruth Womack                                 

Hope for the Children International-Romania

World Home Briefing Host: Rusty and Cindy Cook  (256) 508-5035
 
Moved by this suffering that began in 1991, the first employee of HCI 1991 to visit the children in the state institutions, to give them food next to a piece of attention and love that many missing so painful. Soon we realized that we give holyday alone with these agents to children no better future. 1995, we began after a parcel for our planned Children's Village in Dorohoi to search, so we could have a new life in a healthy environment for abandoned children. Six years later, we were able to move to previously recorded children in the first houses of our village children. In 2004, we inaugurated our then kindergarten, which now also includes a nursery for small children aged two years. Since 2009, the children from primary school age teacher at our "Cornerstone School". It is a private school to a western standard that is being visited, in 2011, of 170 children from the neighborhood. When we began our work in Romania 20 years ago, abandoned or severely neglected children were housed exclusively in government, anonymous homes. Meanwhile, the Romanian government is trying to build alternative structures and accommodate children in foster care, among others. The high number of children affected and the poor economic situation makes it the person in charge, however, impossible to give all children the care of a family. HCI We want to help to alleviate the suffering of our work. Our vision: to create a bright future with care and education impoverished children.

For more information: Hope for the Children International

 Julia Crim

International Leadership Institute

World Home Briefing Host:  Ron and Ashley Burchfield (256) 721-4030 or text (205) 394-6315

Director of the Accelerate Initiative and Associate Director of Training at the International Leadership Institute  Equipping Leaders and Spreading the Gospel. ILI trains and mobilizes more than 15,000 leaders each year through the Eight Core Values of the most effective Christian leaders. They live in more than 105 nations and speak more than 200 languages. They are highly committed to impact their communities and nations. The ILI Vision is to change history by accelerating the spread of life-transforming power of the Gospel through leaders of leaders empowered by the Holy Spirit.  The ILI Mission is to equip Leaders around the world to reach the lost in their own nation.

Florence Muindi

Life in Abundance International-Africa/Caribbean

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Founder and President of Life in Abundance. A medical missionary since 1989, working throughout Ehiopia, Kenya, and Sudan. For the last 15 years, Life In Abundance has been unwavering in our mandate— to “declare the glory of God to the nations, His marvelous deeds among all people” (Psalm 96:3). That vision guides us in every undertaking. God made it clear to us that LIA’s role in His Kingdom vision is to serve the poor, that they may have life and have it in abundance. By God’s grace, LIA is mobilizing the local church to restore health, renew hope and inspire lasting transformation for the most vulnerable families. And the fruit of these efforts is apparent among the nations! It is clear that in order for the world’s most vulnerable people to be restored, and for the world to look more like the Kingdom God intended, we – the global Church – must implement sustainable solutions. To look at existing ways of “helping” and alter the course of action, that the result equates to lasting change and dignity for the people and communities being served, rather than dependency. LIA sought to innovate effective ways to serve vulnerable communities, enabling them to participate in their development, own the process and manage change at a level that they can sustain. The results have been rewarding! We have piloted models, learned lessons and improved, continually innovating to adapt to the evolving circumstances that face the world’s most vulnerable people. In time, we have replicated our model and piloted programs in several countries to impact hundreds of communities and thousands of people. It is a great story of good news for the poor. It’s the Mission of Jesus continued today.·     We serve to empower: LIA shares our vision with local churches among the poor, endeavoring to equip, train and grow them, so that they can carry out their God-given mandate to serve the poor. We wake the Giant: God’s Church – his body of believers – is larger than any one denomination or group of Christians. We seek to engage the global Church, to stir his believers to serve the poor and utilize that channel to share the gospel and declare his Glory. Africa-focus, expanding presence: Our focus thus far has been to strengthen the African church to meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors. This has led to partnerships in some of the most challenging countries in Africa, for which we praise God! We are continuing to replicate these efforts in broader areas in Africa and into the Caribbean (more on this later). Strategy: In communities where we serve, once the local church has been mobilized and equipped, we initiate development work with our signature orphan and vulnerable children program, serving the most vulnerable and their families. This three-year program matures the church and the community, and equips them to engage in issues of development with supplemental programs, making way for true community transformation.For more information Life in Abundance  

Bryan and Beth Tatum and Jherson Lopez                

Mission Society- Costa Rica

World Home Briefing Host: Van and Terri Jones (256) 337-2333

Our family is honored to serve a mighty God, who allows us to follow Him and serve the children, youth, adults and families of Costa Rica. Our family moved here in 2009, and we did not speak much Spanish.  Our first year was spent learning the language, the culture and the people.  In our second year, we had worked in different areas, mainly rural, of Costa Rica, served as house parents to a chidlren's home, worked inside the prison, gave our testimonies, and served on a team traveling all four corners of the country to deliver Christmas gifts.

We are currently focused on serving communities by working inside the public schools.  This enables us to share God's word and love to the children.  Through this we are able to work with the youth and parents in the area.We work inside the schools by: Teaching English, giving weekly Bible lessons based on the Virtues and Special Play days.  This has given us the opportunity to work with the teachers and is opening the door for monthly parent classes.We are able to lead short-term teams that help in many areas- medical, Bible classes or presentations for children, youth, adults or families, light construction for the public schools, praying for communities and families, offering free services to help enrich a community. We assist the youth in our church by helping the Directors with their weekly meetings, special ministries, mission trips and camps.Beth is co-leading Celebrate Recovery and giving individual coaching to the women in Buen Pastor, a women's prison.We are able to assist communities by supporting their local churches through trainings, weekend promotions, concerts, medical and dental care, Bible lessons, crafts and games for the children, Bible lessons for the youth, adults and families. For more information: The Mission Society-Costa Rica
 

Mary Kay Jackson

Mission Society- Ghana

 World Home Briefing Host:  John and Matina Shaw (256) 509-1422

Water is life.  None of us would disagree.  We all have been thirsty, we all understand.  Whether in the hot summers of Alabama, the hotter, more humid equatorial tropics of southern ghana, or the even hotter semi-arid savannahs of northern Ghana, “water is life” is not just a saying- it is a reality.  But in Ghana water is not always life.  If you live in a northern village that relies on a small pond for your water, you may not have water all year round.  What do you do when the water dries up during the long eight months of the dry season?  And even if you do have water, is it safef?  Sometimes having water is not a blessing- it is contaminated with bacteria or parasites that can kill you.  Preventable waterborne diseases like diarrhea are the second killer of children here, behind malaria.  When we drill a well, a village is blessed with the gift of safe drinking water.  There will be plenty of water year round.  the children will be less likely to get sick.  The village will have water to share with visitors and weary travelers who come their way.  All of these are life changing benefits to a village.  But how much more life changing will it be if they share Jesus, the Living Water, with each cup of drinking water. For more information: Mission Society-Ghana

Arthur and Mary Alice Ivey

Mission Society- Huancayo Peru

 World Home Briefing Host:  Andy and Carol Green (256) 461-8403

Arthur, Mary Alice, and Mary Beth are in their 10th year serving in Peru as missionaries  with The Mission Society.   Jesus called Arthur to evangelism and discipleship through the story of the resurrection of Lazarus in John 11.  Also, he was called specifically to Peru through a newspaper article on Peru.  God wants them to bring his precious treasures, the Peruvians, back to life through Jesus Christ, and to see them set free from spiritual strongholds in their lives.  Mary Alice was called to missions through Genesis 12, which is the story of how God called Abram to obey Him, go to another land, and to be a blessing to the people there. Arthur has a strong call to disciple youth and adults in small groups and to train the Peruvians to do the same for others.  Mary Alice has a call to minister to children through weekly Kid’s Clubs. They also work with teams that come from the states that do evangelism, discipleship, Christian business training, and medical campaigns in different places in Peru.  Their hearts’ desire is to see people set free in Christ so that they can do what He has called them to do. For more information: Mission Society-Peru

Ernest Mall

Reaching Indians Ministries International- South Asia

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Starting as an accountant, the will of God transformed him to be the founder of Reaching Indian Ministries International (RIMI) RIMI's India based ministry is called MISSION INDIA which is located in Nagpur, Central India. Today they have over 1,300 church planters with over 8,950 house churches, a leading theological seminary in Nagpur with 27 regional training centers. The mission of Reaching Indians Mission International is to expand Christ’s Kingdom through evangelism and church planting, which is further advanced by leadership development and compassion services to all people especially the poor and marginalized people of the society including Dalits, rural women and slum children. The social and economic development programs include: health care, educational centers, orphanages, micro-finance, vocational training, literary training, and much more. There are many compassion projects including our 18 Mercy Homes and Helping Hands program, which together serve over 440 children. Reaching Indians Mission International is involved improving health awareness through various medical training seminars and by building a 100 bed hospital in Nagpur. They are also establishing village English medium schools, providing employment opportunities through micro-finance, and providing vocational training for poor and marginalized people.

This year about 500 students will be trained to become tomorrow's influential leaders for transforming South Asia and Beyond. For more information: Reaching Indians Mission International

Tinjau

Indonesia

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Asian School Ministries We are called to serve God among the villagers and unbelievers.  god puts burdens on our hearts to help the poor children, to teach them as we believe. By teaching them we can lead them to come to know Jesus. We realize that no matter how high or good the education of a person is, as long as they do not know Jesus, then they are not saved.  However, many people want their kids studying at a high standard school.  But we at the Asian School Ministries realize that low cost school/education might help the poor children and teach them daily about Jesus. Our vision is to provide pastoral ministry and reach out to the remote places of our villages.

 Kathy Hall

Choose Life of North America

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Choose Life is a non profit ministry whose purpose is to offer life-affirming choices, education and compassionate counsel to those facing pregnancy-related decisions. 32 years ago, a small group of local individuals came together with a big vision…a vision that grew into an organization called Choose Life of North Alabama. We address the abortion issue at its core; in the hearts and minds of the women facing the decision. We offer free services like pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and counseling, and we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with every client.Choose Life is a 501C3, non-profit ministry, which means we are completely supported by private donations from churches, businesses.For more information: Choose Life of North Alabama

Elaine Dickson                                             

Christian Women's Job Corps  

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With the support of trained volunteers and staff, utilizing financial contributions from supporters, and guidance from the Board of Directors, the Christian Women's Job Corps® of Madison County is committed to assisting area women become self-sufficient by equipping them with essential educational, employment, and life skills so that they can become viable contributions to the community.Women chosen to participate in the Christian Women's Job Corps® program attend intensive life and work skill courses that include Bible study and computer classes. The classes vary in length and are free of charge. The curriculum is designed to give the CWJC® students a firm foundation on which to build a successful life and career.Each student is assigned a mentor, and each mentor is committed to a one-on-one relationship to help build the student's self-esteem, self-confidence and skills essential to success in life and work.For more information: Christian Women’s Job Corps

Tom Reynolds

His Way

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The way is a supportive, family atmosphere located on a beautiful three acre natural wooded setting in Huntsville, Alabama. Residents enjoy a comfortable, secure environment. The residence has 13 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms with several common areas for meetings, study, fellowship, and entertainment.The mission of the way: We endeavor to reclaim men from a life of addiction, establish them in a spiritual sobriety in Christ, and restore them to productive, Christ-like service in society. The Way teaches Christ-centered recovery through vocational training and experience. Each resident will be employed in order to create a forum for training as well as help them become self-supporting residence of The Way. Under the direction of Heritage Homes, a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization, The Way continues to offer Christ-centered recovery to men throughout North Alabama.

For more information: His Way

Corey Buckner

Downtown Rescue Mission

World Home Briefing Host:  Bryan and Teresa Walker 256-682-4393

The Downtown Rescue Mission is a nonprofit organization serving the homeless living throughout northern Alabama and southern Tennessee. For more than 30 years, we have saved numerous lives and have had a profound impact on thousands of others by providing Christ-filled, enriched and compassionate services to those in desperate need.

Mission Statement: “To meet the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless by providing food, clothing, shelter and education to break the homeless cycle in the name of Christ.”For more information: Downtown Rescue Mission

Melvin and Sylvia Allen

Harvest  Youth Center

World Home Briefing Host:  Greg and Cindy Horlick (256) 430-5470

Battlefield Ministries, Inc.Founder and Director of Battlefield Ministries, Inc. and the Harvest Youth Club, a full service ministry in one of Madison County's highest risk areas.More than 500 missionaries passed through the grounds of the Harvest Youth Club in 2013. Their services, efforts and gifts touched hundreds of youth, parents and others who were served through our ministries. Through gifts of homework help/ tutoring more than 90% of our after-school youth made the ABC Honor Roll. A special thanks to the Asbury UMC Youth Ministries for their weekly support. One hundred percent of our youth were promoted to the next grade. This is a modern day miracle and we give God all the Glory for this great thing He has done!!!! More than 70 youth used our computer Lab for research and reports each day after school, thousands of lunches were served and hundreds of youth were transported afterschool and on various trips. Thousands of clothing, household items and other things were donated and distributed through the Harvest Youth Club Thrift Store. We are very thankful for the hands, hearts and prayers from all of the disciples of God who were led by Holy Spirit to come and serve on the Mission Field in 2013 at the Harvest Youth Club. For more information:Harvest Youth Club

Gayla Kidd and Connie Carter

Huntsville Assistance Program

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The Huntsville Assistance Program is a group of Christian congregations who desire to provide a ministry of assistance and referrals to needy individuals and families of Madison County, Alabama. This ministry focuses on the non-homeless and strives to achieve its mission by the pooling of volunteers, information and financial resources of its members. The Huntsville Assistance Program also makes every effort to cooperate with the different organizations, agencies, ministries and other faith groups who have a similar desire to support the needy and the mission of the Huntsville Assistance Program. For more information: Huntsville Assistance Program

Ellen Ditto and Chris Cone

Upper Sand Mountain Parish

World Home Briefing Host:  Jackie Norton (256) 830-1728

Upper Sand Mountain Parish is a cooperative ministry of eight small membership, rural United Methodist Churches serving near 1000 square miles of Southern Appalachian Alabama. The cooperative seeks to strengthen member congregations that they may better serve their members and to provide local and global opportunities for them to become involved in service and community development ministries. Local community people, partner churches and organizations across the U.S.A. enable ministries to take place that could never happen without their support For more information: Upper Sand Mountain Parish

 Larry and Debra Ward

Inside Out Ministries

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Larry and Deborah Ward founded this organization in January of 2008. It was created to serve primarily Madison city and the western part of Madison County in two ways: Their purpose is to help those who are struggling with providing basic needs of food, clothing and shelter for their families by giving financial and resource assistance while offering hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ to affect a change from the inside-out of each individual; and partner with local churches and civic organizations, becoming a point of contact between the churches and the community to affect a change from the inside-out of each organization. Asbury collaborates with IOM to be a reflection of Jesus’ love to our community by assisting with financial and volunteer resources. We believe this partnership allows us to multiply our ministry, making us more effective in our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission. For more information: Inside Out Ministry

Ali Howard

Mercy Ministries

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Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge,voluntary, faith-based residential program serves young women from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Using proven methods, a holistic approach and professional counselors in a structured residential environment, Mercy has helped thousands of young women be restored to wholeness. Mercy’s goal is to help these young women find freedom from their issues and empower them to serve in their communities as productive citizens.Mission:Mercy Ministries exists to provide opportunities for young women to experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power.Vision: Mercy Ministries is committed to being an effective and well-respected global organization dedicated to transforming lives of generations searching for truth and wholeness. For more information: Mercy Ministries

Pam Chambliss

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

World Home Briefing Host:  Mitch and Cindy Edwards (256) 922-1663

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. The FCA Vision- To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.The FCA Mission-To present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. For more information: FCA

Danny Jones

Urban Ministry, Inc.- Birmingham

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Urban Ministry is the inner city ministry of the United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Our mission is to serve poor and low-income persons in the Birmingham area with programs of compassion and wholeness. Compassion programs address immediate human needs, while wholeness programs address long-term human needs. Although Urban Ministry maintains its historic identity as a faith-based organization, all of our programs are offered on a completely non-sectarian basis. Urban Ministry was founded in 1976 in North Birmingham as a response to the economic downturn that came as the steel factories moved overseas, taking many jobs with them. We responded by providing for basic needs through our Community Kitchen, food assistance, and emergency care programs. These programs have continued uninterrupted since that time. We also partner with the Church without Walls to offer a Transportation Ministry to our clients. For more information: Urban Ministry
 

Brad Schelling and Laura Davidson

First Priority

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First Priority Of North Alabama Inc is a corporation located in Madison, Alabama. Charitable donations to this organization are deductible. The First Priority Of North Alabama Inc benefits youth development, focusing specifically on youth development programs, other programs. It also operates under the secondary name/chapter First Priority Of North Alabama. The organization IRS foundation code is a 170(b)(1)(a)(vi) organization, which indicates it receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public. First Priority Of North Alabama Inc IRS classification is a charitable organization. We are about uniting the Church to reach the campus for Christ. Uniting—the Body of Christ in prayer, relationships, resources and strategy. Serving—student leaders, adults who support them and the local church. Empowering—students to carry out the Great Commission on CampusFor more information: First Priority of North Alabama

 Andrea Williams

305 8th Street- Jehovah Jireh, Inc.

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305 8th Street is a 6500 sq. ft. home located in the heart of Huntsville, AL that was built in 1949 by the McDonald family.  In 1962, the home was purchased and occupied by the Booker family.  The Booker family leased rooms to NASA contractors.  This home, with  11 bedrooms and 4 living rooms seemed ideal to meet the vision of Irene Smith.  She purchased the home in 1979 for the purpose of serving mentally ill adults who had been living in the local missions.  Her vision was short lived when she had an unexpected death, but her dream did not die.Inez Bastin, Ms. Smith’s sister assumed responsibility in 1980 to carry out her sister’s vision.  A few months later, Gordan Bastin joined his wife in the mission of Eighth Street Group Home.  In 1982, two intellectually disabled adults were released from the Department of Human Resources after having been in foster care the majority of their lives.  The Bastin’s decided, without hesitation, to accept these two individuals as members of their special family.

This decision to house two intellectually disabled with mentally ill residents caused Eighth Street Group Home to lose state subsidized funding.   Out of adversity, a new vision was born to serve disabled adults with diverse needs, who all required special care and structured living, in a place where they could be a family.  In 1992, the Bastin’s received not-for-profit, 501 (c ) (3) status and changed the name to Jehovah Jireh, Inc. meaning “The Lord Provides.”Today, we continue to operate on faith and call ourselves 305 8th Street to honor the family that has called it home for more than 30 years. Our mission is to cultivate a family of diverse disabled adults who are ineligible of receiving state assistance and provide them with a home and opportunities that enable them to grow in their community. For more information: 305 8th Street

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