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Hello Everyone,

We wanted to reach out to Travis’ friends, family and ministry supporters to simply ask you to help us rally together and thank Travis for all he does by simply donating $40 for his 40th birthday toward the fall fundraising campaign. You will help to fuel the fire that God has set in Travis’ heart for this ministry and all the people that it affects.

God has worked miracles through Unsheltered International over the past several years. Through his leadership, we have and will continue to serve hundreds of meals on a weekly basis to children and adults 9,000 miles away, while still serving churches in the US with their homeless ministries. Medical care, resource clinics, training classes, and soul winning is always in the for-front of his mind, and his passion shows in everything he does.

You have an opportunity to say “thank you” for all that Travis does. Donating $40 for hisdonate cupcake copy 40th birthday will help us kick off our fall fundraising campaign.  Now SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Share this message of gratitude with your friends; let Travis know how much his hard work is noticed and appreciated. Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers for Unsheltered International.

Thank You,

The Team

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“UNSHACKLED!” Features Travis!

PGM logoWe are honored to announce that Pacific Garden Mission’s famous “UNSHACKLED!” radio series is featuring our President and Founder Travis Sharpe!

The powerful testimony walks with Travis from a naive child with a broken family, to a curious young adult who struggled through temptations, to his salvation and his very first endeavors as a preacher and missionary to the homeless. The 2 part series starts Sunday, January 11th, 2015. You can tune in and listen live to part one, or listen later online here!

Click here to find a station is specific to your location!

old recording sessionFor 65 years the world around us has been listening to powerful testimonies right from the convenience of our radios. Brought to us by the Pacific Garden Rescue Mission, it is broadcast around the world over 14,000 times each week on over 2,900 radio outlets. Translated into 14 different languages to reach the multitude! Each testimony carries the intentions of reaching people who may have walked the same walk, or carried the same burden, and allow them to hear the changes that God can make in their lives.

If your ever in Chicago, you can even go watch a live recording! Visit the Pacific Garden Mission online HERE to find out more!

listen lliveWe encourage you to tune into “UNSHACKLED!” as often as possible! We promise the stories will touch your heart!

As always, Thank you for your support and encouragement to Unsheltered International, and don’t be afraid to tell someone your story, it is a great way to show others the love of Christ through our mistakes and His forgiveness.

 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28

Ministry Update 1/16/15

Hey Guys! Adrienne here, posting this update for Travis while he is working hard for the Lord in the Philippines. The internet is very spotty where they are, and he said to let you all know he would update you as often as possible!

Greetings from the Philippines!
We have been here for a little more than a week now and we are off to a great start. We have been extremely busy, but I want to share with you some of the highlights so far.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We have a place to live now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We rented a house in Talisay City which is about three miles from Bacolod City. It is a three bedroom duplex in town.  The house had no furniture or anything. Not even curtains! So we have purchased many of the necessary items such as beds, a stove, refrigerator, table and chairs, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We have a long way to go, but slowly this house is becoming a home for us. Initially we planned to live in the ministry center that we are going to establish but that plan proved to be harder than we thought.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is just not an adequate facility to rent in Bacolod. Pastor Ner looked for several weeks before our arrival but couldn’t find anything available. However, we think now that living here in Talisay is actually going to be much better for us.
We are real close to the church we are working with and Pastor Ner lives there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We are very close to a supermarket and we can ride a tricycle there and back (motorcycle with a sidecar).
This house is very safe and secure making it easy for me to leave and April and the kids to be home by themselves.This house will serve as a great “mission house” and we can use it to help house and care for mission teams from the U.S. and it will be used by the church for various purposes while we are in the U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Once again, the Lord knew better than we did! I’m so glad that he is paving the way for us.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We are looking for a building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please help us pray that we will find a great building in Bacolod City that we can use for our ministry center. We are actively searching for a place that we can rent. Once we get that, we can set up some daily hours of operation and begin to consistently operate in one location.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In the mean time, we are visiting the needy areas, the squatter’s villages and the city streets in order to familiarize ourselves with our surroundings and learn how to best serve the people here.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I got to see them!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Since last September, with the help of our supporters, we have been funding the Saturday meal centers that Pastor Ner and the church have. They currently have 10 meal centers and serve upwards of 200 children each week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   60% of these children are members of squatter families. Their living conditions are very poor and they rely upon the nutritious meals that are served each week. Before the meal, in each different center, they sing songs and share Bible stories.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My heart was overflowing with joy as I got to see the precious little kids that we have been investing in for five months now. Thank you to everyone who is supporting us in this!
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We need a vehicle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It has become very apparent that we will need a vehicle. Since we live three miles away from Bacolod City, we are going to have to invest in a good used vehicle. We are looking for a Nissan van because Pastor Ner feels like that would serve us the best. We will be able to transport 12-15 people at a time and shuttle people to and from church as well as the meal centers on Saturdays.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Please help us pray that the Lord will provide this need quickly for us. A decent used van will cost between 7-9 thousand dollars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A few other notes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I have preached twice in the church since my arrival and I have already begun to teach in the Bible College here. They have five students and they are eager to learn. Our house is very close to the dormitory so today, (Thursday), April cooked a big lunch for all the students. They loved it. They really struggle to have enough food to eat every week so I’m sure they will be here a lot!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Thank you for your continued prayers for us. Hunter was sick real bad for a couple of days but he is better now. Sarah has also been a little sick. I think our bodies will take a little while yet to become fully adjusted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We really appreciate your financial gifts to make this ministry possible. Please visit here for details on how you can donate today!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   God bless,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Travis Sharpe

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The Power of Prayer

Sometimes our inability to “fix” or even “see” the Big picture, will lead to a feeling of hopelessness that can radiate to the people around us.

What we have to remember though, first and foremost, our most powerful tool in ministry is PRAYER!

And, the smallest act on our part has an opportunity to move mountains in another mans journey.

Here are only a few journeys that we have been blessed to see come full circle.

Mike…

We met Mike in 2013. He was homeless, with a criminal record that still held him down, and a drug addiction that seemed to have a hold on every chance of success he had.

Though not much could be done to help Mike until his addiction and criminal obligations were taken care of, we were able to give clothing, food, and blankets to tide him. Our volunteers Tim & Paul have kept in close contact with Mike through out the year,  praying with and for him as often as we could.

Today we are happy to report that Mike made it home to Ohio. Has his own apartment, his own job, and says he is clean and sober today!

Though we may not have been able to move Mike’s mountain for him,  we we’re blessed to feel like a small part of his journey was filled with powerful prayer!

Jeremy…

Jeremy had lost his job, his place to live and vehicle it seemed all in one swift motion. But still had a young daughter to take care of and giving up, or living on the streets was just not an option.

We were able to help Jeremy get involved with a local community program called The Link of Cullman, AL and in weeks time he is now in a new apartment, has a job and great people willing to help with transportation to and from work.

Recently, Someone purchased a refrigerator for their new apartment, and our volunteer Paul was able to be a part of hand delivering it to his apartment!

Sometimes, things just don’t always go the way we hope, and everything it seems can go bad in an instance. Jeremy is so grateful for all the little steps everyone took to help him get back on his feet.  He and his daughter as of today are well on there way to getting back to normal!

Greg…

Greg was drunk the first time we heard of him needing help. The first call we received was from a nurse at the hospital, who anticipated that he would need us. He was beat up, homeless and jobless.

Our volunteers Adrienne and Tim picked him up from the hospital and got him a hotel room for the night. We made immediate plans to take him to a local shelter the next day. Little did we know how broken physically and spiritually he was.

He cried on the way to the shelter, as he talked with our volunteer Paul about the healing power of Christ. That day, on I65, Greg asked Christ into his life.

One year later, Greg lives in Virginia, is sober, and a faithful member in his church!  He calls our Paul from time to time, to check in on us and let us know, he is praying for our ministry!

 

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Cullman, AL 2nd Annual Superhero Scramble 5k & Fun Run!

2x 5k logo copyWe will be holding the 2nd annual Superhero 5k and 1 mile fun run this year in Cullman, AL!

All proceeds benefit Unsheltered International in its mission to bring help and hope to those experiencing homelessness and disaster, and the Look Ahead Foundation.A non-profit organization whose goal is to help support those affected by broken homes and encourage those who must overcome unbeatable odds obtain scholarships!

Door prizes and awards will be given!

Groups of 8 or more will get $5 off each person.

Click here to visit Active.com to sign up today!