Imagine being trapped in silence because you can not speak the language of the land. Remaining strangely isolated in a land of millions, only able to mingle with those from your family or your native home country. If only you could communicate maybe you could get a better job, learn new things, after all you left all for a new beginning.
The outreach to refugees and immigrants is designed to help break the language barrier with the hope that we may also be able to share the love of Christ.
The Family adoption outreach is based on the book of Acts Chapters 10 and 11. This is when the apostle Peter goes to the house of Cornelius and gentile. After telling them of Jesus crucified, all those who were gathered in the home of Cornelius received the Holy Spirit. Cornelius and his household, family were saved!
Thus in faith we pray for the Holy Spirit to lead and bring us into contact with families in whose homes we may lift up the love of Jesus Christ, that these households may receive the savior into their hearts.
"...naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me" (Matthew 25:36)
We follow our Savior’s footsteps of love exemplified through service. Devotion to God above all else will inevitably lead to loving our neighbor as ourselves and seeking to bring them solace during their time of distress or ill.
- Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance through prayer to establish a group of volunteers
- Identify a local nursing home where visitations can be made, specifically to minister to those who do not get visitors, reminding them that they are neither forgotten nor unwanted by the family of God. Also conduct a monthly worship service that can be for all residents.
- Establish contact with and gain permission from the nursing home Administrator or social worker to conduct ministry services.
Set a group meeting date to determine the visitation schedule which can be biweekly or monthly.
- Nominate a communications coordinator who will remind/inform visitation group of upcoming visitations via email/text/various media forums.
- Each volunteer must commit to God their time and plans to allow for visitation schedule consistency, a MUST. Consistency leads to trust.
- Visitation group should meet for prayer before and after each visit.
- Be on the alert for & diligently comply with specific impressions from God on how to bless those visited with tokens of cheer such as cards, flowers etc.
- Continually encourage other believers to join the visitation group or start up additional groups to cover more ground as the harvest is plentiful!
Keep your local Pastors and Elders informed of the visitation group’s ministry & programs.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:18
‘Enslaved in America” is the heading of one article that talks of the sex trafficking industry in America. Millions of women from all types of backgrounds, nationalities and race find themselves victims of this, stripped of not only clothing but of worth and identity. Strip clubs are some of the fertile ground that the enemy has used for this type of work. The iHeartMySister annual Drive is designed to reach out to our sisters trapped in this life through literature and gift bags that will contain clear reminders that they are dearly loved and a mighty Savior whose name is Jesus Christ has sent us to them for he has never forgotten them.
This will be a one day literature and goody bag outreach program close to thanksgiving time and will involve going into the streets and possibly into places where our sisters are working such as some strip clubs.
Psalm 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."
Matthew 4:4 "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God"