Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 2014 Update: Help Pack Given Away

Larry and his cart after we gave the help pack

   Blessings in Jesus Christ. 

   August has been a hot month in the Willamette Valley as usual, hot and dry for this region at least. My wife and I normally do see many people on the streets who are hurting and in need of prayer and help. We try to make it a point to give people some change, a dollar, Bibles, or something to eat when we can. 

   Jesus Loves ministry hasn't been very active, but we have enjoyed the concept of having a formal structure to give us impetus to help people. With the drudgery of regular life and navigating bills, new jobs, money issues, and growing in the Lord - we are learning how to find the energy and time to reach out to others. Basically that means we are growing in the Lord, learning what it means to be a Christian.

    One night we decided to buy a cheeseburger meal and give it to a certain homeless character we knew as Dennis. He ended up not being there, so we drove around a bit and found another man on the corner. This man was in a wheel chair clearly disabled and hardly able to talk and use his hands. He was all smiles as we handed him his still warm cheeseburger meal from a local restaurant. We also gave him a small New Testament Bible and told him God bless you sir. These types of acts are very rewarding for the giver. It's God's money we have, and we need to remember all good things we have are because of God. 

    A couple weeks ago we found someone to finally give our Help Pack out too. This man goes by the name of Larry. We know him from seeing him collecting cans around the city and the markets we shop at. We have given him cans and money before, as my wife was moved by his gospel singing. He is a black man who has a deep lovely voice singing praises to God. When we see a person who is homeless pulling around a cart, singing praised to Jesus, this is what a relationship with Jesus is all about. 

   We met Larry one day when we were at a garage sale, he came by and was looking at stuff to buy as well. The garage sale people were a little weary probably with this black man pulling his cart with all kinds of seeming "junk". We though were happy to see him and struck up a conversation. As he explained what he'd been up to, we realized he was a very industrious man who had many projects he was working on. He also had some distant family in the area he visited sometimes. 

   We talked to him about Jesus to find out indeed he loved the Lord Jesus. We asked him if he needed a Bible, but he already had a few. We knew he read his Bibles too, we could just sense the peace in his soul. We shook his hand and said we were happy to see him, then gave him $5. After driving away, we realized we had the help pack in the trunk. So we pulled sort of went after Larry and pulled over to the side of the road. I got out and opened the trunk and got the Help Pack out. 

   The I just told Larry, we wanted to give him something. This pack has all kinds of good stuff in it to help you get by. He looked in there a bit excited and said "thank you." We knew he meant it, and we also knew we couldn't have found a better person to give it out to this time around. 

    We have the money for another help pack now, and so we are soon going to go shopping for the items. We may just make two of them with half of the items we put in the first. So, as for now Jesus Loves Ministry has been responsible for at least one Help Pack being given to the community we live in. Of course we put a couple Bibles in each one, as this is the major reason we are doing this ministry at all. 

   Telling people about Jesus and edifying people is something we do every chance we get in our lives. Customers, neighbors, strangers, and co-workers all know we are born-again believers! We have hopes to grow Jesus Loves Ministry to doing much more than we are currently doing. We are honest to say it's not money we need as much as motivation and growth in the Lord Jesus and his mighty Word. As for now, we are staying consistent and holding the ground we've been given. Always looking to go forth with strength and further our personal ministries to save souls for the kingdom of God. 

  Pray for our ministry and we pray your ministry is growing as well. Jesus is worth all our efforts. Pray for the persecuted Christians all over the world as well as our troops in harms way. God bless and may Jesus keep you and give you and families favor. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jesus Loves Ministry Update July 1, 2014

Downtown Eugene Oregon

  Blessing in Jesus, I wanted to write an update for Jesus Loves Ministry. We launched this formal ministry to give us some structure to our efforts for the Kingdom of God. Our hope is it will inspire us to put more of an effort into helping the community around us and give us an opportunity to gather more resources to give to those who need it. 

  Some new ideas or developments for the ministry is our YouTube channel which we are going to place videos of our favorite Christian preachers and teachers. Also, later we plan to make videos of the ministry in action, possibly some interviews with testimonies. An update post that is weekly or bi-weekly is an idea as well. 

   I had an idea of a way for the homeless person or poor person to have their own fruit stand business. It would take simply a couple boxes, some containers, and a portable stand. Then they could pick some free huckleberries, apples, grapes, cherries -- or go to the U-pick places and pay a small amount -- and then sell them on the streets? I like this idea, but it needs some work. I like the idea of giving people the chance to work and do something honest to get them some money to try and get back on their feet. It's so hard anymore to pay deposits and pass the application tests to get a place or job anymore, not to mention the credit check thing. 

   My wife and I drove by a family last week that were sitting on and in their car with signs asking for help. They were on a corner  by an intersection before town. In Eugene and Springfield there a lot of people on the corners. Some of them are regulars, others are drifters coming to the hippie festivals, and others are people in real need. We try to help the ones in real need. Something told me these people were in real need. 

  So we turned around and went there to talk with them. The family was a man with cancer who recently had major surgery, a distressed wife, a 15 year old boy, and a 10 year old girl. They ended up even being believers in Jesus Christ, as they had on their cardboard sign (on the back) a prayer to God, Jesus Christ. They were a homeless family not from around this area. I think she said they were waiting to get disability or some assistance. The man even showed us his stomach where there was a fresh foot long scar where he had been cut open. They were looking to get a hotel for the night at the Hotel 6 nearby. 

  We don't have a lot of money, but we were resolved before we even talked to them to give them $10 and also we gave them two King James Version Bibles. The kids were excited to get the Bibles, and before we were done talking, the boy had his out of the package and was flipping through it. The money wasn't very much, but we were able to give them the number and address of the Mission. The Mission is a homeless shelter in Eugene, where we pay part of our tithe to each month. It is a Protestant Christian Shelter which does a great job helping people get back on their feet again. We gave them the phone number and directions and then said goodbye. I think giving them this information was what God really wanted us to do, so then they could have a place to stay until they got on their feet. 

   Other than this Jesus Love Ministry effort, we gave out probably three Bibles, some DVD's of Pastor John Torrell, some newsletters from Hand of Help, Voice of the Martyrs, and The Mission, and maybe $5 to people on the corners. This isn't to brag, cause it's nothing to brag about, it's just a way to relay what this ministry is doing to help the homeless, poor, and the lost. We haven't received any donations as of yet, but I believe we have received some prayers. We only want God's will to be done and whether there is donations or not, we will continue to grow this ministry and try to be more effective for the Kingdom of God. 

   Soon, Fawn will post an article about what's on her heart for the ministry. I will continue to provide updates and build up the YouTube channel (in the tabs at the top of page) with relevant videos to edify and teach my fellow Christian brothers and sisters and reach the lost who need to know Jesus Christ as their savior. The Holy Bible isn't just another way, it's the only way to God and eternal life in heaven. May God bless and protect you and families in Jesus name. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Help Packs

This is generally what our Help Packs will consist of:

  • (2) King James Version 1611AV Holy Bible, large complete Bible, small New Testament Bible.
  • (2) pairs of socks
  • (3) packets of tissue
  • 30 oz water bottle
  • Back Pack
  • Razors for shaving
  • Nail clippers
  • Ibuprofen
  • Deodorant
  • (4) AA Batt.
  • Band Aids
  • Lighter
  • Toothbrush w/case and floss
  • Tootpaste
  • Body wash/shampoo
  • (2) forks, (2) spoons
  • Organizer clips
  • Can opener
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • (3) wash clothes, dish towel
  • Gloves
  • Tarp 4' by 6'
  • Garbage bags
  • Flashlight
  • String
  • Notepad
  • (2) ink pens
  • Tupperware Container
  • (2) Trail Mix
  • Tuna fish in can
  • Sardines
  • Tuna Salad w/crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Cheddar crackers
  • Vanilla wafers
  • Fruit snacks
  • Resource lists information
  • Ministry info list

   This help pack consists of about 50 items in all. We get the back-packs from St. Vincent or Goodwill and the items mostly from The Dollar Tree. Depending on if it's a male or female focused pack, we will include some different items (this is a male pack). Also, depending on the time of the year, we'll include certain items like ponchos and/or umbrellas.

   The resource list information consists of local places for people to get food, whether a meal or boxes of food. Also, resources for places to stay, try to get work, get Biblical counseling and other such local resources we think would help their situation.

   The ministry list information consists of the ministries we listen to, support, and are helped by. In this list will be names, websites, phone numbers to shows and other information. Mostly this will begin to be helpful later on when they get on their feet more, but if they do have a phone or access to the Internet here and there, they can connect to some edifying Christian brothers and sisters.

   As time goes, our help pack will improve as we think of better ways to help people with the items we include. For now, these are the items that we can think to put into a help pack. Since we shop cheaply at the Dollar tree and the second hand store we are able to keep the cost down as low as we can. Basically a help pack costs $50 in all.

  Are goal is to include the most useful items at the lowest cost, so in time our help packs should only improve. Thank you for reading, if you would like to help then use the PayPal donate button on this site. God bless, and remember the poor in your prayers.  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Helping The Poor and Lost Find Jesus

Yellowstone Park  June 2014

Proverbs 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. 

Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. 

Ecclesiastes 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

   One thing that brought me back to the Lord Jesus was that he came as a servant. His humility and realness was profoundly refreshing in this pretentious world. Reading the Bible, we can see the nature of God is one of love, especially loving those who are humble and looked over by the proud and arrogant. That Jesus isn't a respecter of persons makes him stand out in a world where the outward man is what matters to most. 

   Asking the questions of why are we here, what is the meaning of this life - we seek the truth without compromise. What else matters than the truth, what else is real? And can't there be only one truth? What sense does it make that there are billions, trillions of truths? There can only be one truth, the rest are lies. 

   Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) 
  We can believe a man who came as a servant and did miracles throughout his life, in whom there was found no evil, and was killed without cause. Or, we can believe flawed people who have evil fruits and loose ends that lead nowhere. 

   Jesus Saves Ministry is being started to answer the call of the Lord to help the poor and lost. Those who are lost are poor in their spirit, and those that are poor physically need help monetarily. Both need support from a God who has the confidence and strength of a victor in this battle waging for our souls. God just needs people to be his vessels he can work through to help those he loves. 

   My wife and I are willing to be those vessels, we have died to this world and it's pleasures. We are the broken and poor in need of a savior. Jesus Christ showed himself to us through faithful servants and we have been made free from the lies of the world and the bondage of sin. 

    We leave it up to God, as we all have to do at a certain point. God will use this ministry as much or as little as he wants. My wife and I just have to be willing to do the work. We, like many people just can't stand to see people in need of a helping hand go by without helping them. Yes, we help here and there when we can like you do to, but it takes time, it takes money to have time. Most of these people just need someone who cares and has their head on straight to have confidence in them. 

   The world is such a lonely place with everyone running around too busy to even spend time with their family. Their sins are consuming them as they secretly vent their frustrations through their dark outlets. In the meantime, our communities are becoming a wasteland, and those that were ready to be converted to Jesus have slipped into a deeper demise and even eternal darkness. "Someone has to care", Win Worley said, "and if the people of God aren't going to care, I don't know who is", said Win...

  This blog is our meeting place, this is where my wife and I will come to relay everything that we are doing in regards to this ministry. We will have pictures, stories, articles, statements, interviews, testimonies, progress reports, and general edification. Join us in this ministry and we can do this together. In time the blog here will fill out and the details will emerge about the focal points we are planning on working to reach the poor and lost. 

   As of now, we plan on making help packs, ministry packs, and visiting rehab centers and jails to try and minister to people in need. In time we hope to expand on this, and have an office in Springfield where people can gather to have coffee and get resources for getting jobs and housing. Also, we can conduct showings of Christian Watchman broadcasts and videos to help edify the people, as well as Bible studies. The Christian watchman we give to and follow are on this blog, I will make a more extensive list later in a post, but these are who we give our 10% tithe to. 

   We always want to rely on Jesus Christ to be our light and guide and if it is God's will, this ministry will grow and we will therefor have new ideas to reach the poor and lost. Thank you for coming by and God bless you.