Christmas for the children

Hey there,

For the last four years it has been our joy to help provide food and presents for the precious children who are enrolled in our children’s meal centers in the Philippines.

April and I have had the opportunity to be there for some of these celebrations and it is so awesome to see the happiness on their faces as they receive these gifts that are so rare to them. This year, our team has selected about one hundred kids who will benefit from these blessings of food, clothing and other items.

We plan to send the funds over to our Filipino team on the first of December and we need your help to make it wonderful. A gift of any amount will be a real blessing because these children are very poor and their families, for the most part, cannot provide special things during the holidays.

Our team has all the plans in place and they will begin to purchase everything that is needed as soon as we send the funds. A great idea is to consider adopting a child or two as part of your own Christmas giving this year. It will take $40 per child and their entire family will benefit from the gift.

Of course, we really appreciate anything you can do to help make this Christmas more of a joy for these kids. I’ve included a few pictures of past Christmas celebrations for you at the bottom!

To give your gift….

  • with your credit or debit card please click here.

  • by check, please make check payable to Unsheltered International and mail to:
    Unsheltered International
    Po Box 2625
    Cullman, AL 35056

  • by bank draft, please download the bank draft authorization form here.For more information please call Tara Philyaw at 256-737-0112, ext 180. You can also email her at







Thanksgiving Meal and Fish Fry

Hey there,

I want to tell you about two very great events that are right around the corner. Both of them are happening on Saturday November 23rd.

Free Thanksgiving meal

First, we have a Thanksgiving meal for our local community here in Cullman. This is a free meal that we will be delivering to anyone in need on that Saturday between 11 am and 2pm. We have put out the word locally and people are already calling us to get on the list.

For this, we will need volunteers to help us deliver the meals. Lots of manpower will be needed so please help if you can. Simply call Tara at 256-737-0112, ext. 180 and let her know you want to help serve that day.

And, if you know someone who might need a meal delivered to them, they can call the same number and request a meal. I hope that many people are blessed by this outreach.

Fundraising fish fry

THEN, later that evening, we are having a fish-fry right here at our warehouse to raise money to purchase some badly needed new tents for our resource clinic ministry. Howard Dye is coming over from Georgia with his mobile kitchen and the fish, hush-puppies, and all the trimmings will be cooked fresh on site!

If you have ever had his cooking then you know how good it will be. We have an opportunity to purchase several tents from a tent company that is going out of business. These tents are greatly reduced in price and we need to raise the money quickly so Howard offered to come do the fish fry in an effort to help meet this need.

The fish fry will be at our warehouse from 5pm-7pm. The warehouse is located at 479 County Road 827 Cullman, AL 35057.

I hope you will spread the word about both these events and come on out and participate. The meal will bless people on that day and the tents will bless people at all of our resource clinics in the future.

Of course, if you are out of town, or cannot make it but still want to give for the tents, you can use the link below or the address at the bottom of this email.

Click here to give!

Thanks so much for your help!

Full report from New Orleans 2019

This past weekend marked our last resource clinic for this year. Once again, we ended the season in New Orleans partnering with Pastor Terry Rodgers and Terrytown Family Baptist Church.

Friday, the day before the clinic, Steve Battles and Paul Stensrud led a team of over 30 people who spent the day out on the streets ministering to the unsheltered population. They gave out hundreds of snack bags, passed out flyers, prayed with many people and even provided some medical assistance. Their hard work really paid off the next day when 159 people showed up for the resource clinic that was held at Shiloh Christian Fellowship.

During our event we had great weather and all of the guests were happy to be there with us. Many of them stayed around all day enjoying the food and fellowship. April and Shaun cooked hotdogs and chili and that was a tremendous hit. We had 90 volunteers and several of them helped to serve the meal.

The service was full of people and Pastor Terry preached a great message. By the end of the day, five people trusted Christ as their Savior.

The most popular resource was the clothing. For more than an hour there was a long line waiting to take advantage of the free clothes. Many people were looking for winter outfits, blankets and jackets.

It was a great day for sure and we appreciate all of the help from everyone who participated. We will be going back to New Orleans in February for our winter revival and we still have some spots open for that trip. If you are interested in coming please let us know and we will get you signed up!

Here are all the totals from our day.

5 salvations
159 guests
90 volunteers
320 meals
58 medical
45 Bibles
25 birth certificates
113 Hygiene
84 reading glasses
40 haircuts
108 clothing

God has blessed in a BIG way!

Hey there,

This is the kind of email that I LOVE to write! I wanted to tell you that our God has blessed our rescue center and street ministry sponsorship program in a BIG WAY. Are you ready for this?

As of today, that program is now sponsored in full. God has blessed us with 21 sponsors who are giving various amounts that come to a total of $1,100 per month. That’s what it is taking right now to operate the rescue center and street ministry.

We are praising God for the generosity of these sponsors who are giving on a monthly basis.

Of course, there are other financial needs throughout the year such as Christmas gifts and special projects. But having the basic operating cost covered each month is definitely a game changer.

Below are some recent pictures from the rescue center and street ministry. Please continue to pray for the vulnerable children and adults who are being introduced to Jesus each week through the hard work of our Filipino team.


Travis Sharpe


Full Report from the Augusta, GA Resource Clinic

We had a wonderful day in Augusta, GA at Garden City Rescue Mission. The resource clinic was truly a blessing for everyone we served as well as those of us who were busy doing the serving.

The director of the Mission, brother Patrick Fiestel, did a great job of having the facilities in tip-top shape when we arrived. Many of the men who are on the program at the Mission worked all day helping us set up and run things. The Lord was so gracious in all of it!

Brother Kenny Marr delivered a powerful message during the worship service. There were dozens of prayer request cards filled out and our evangelism team counseled and prayed with each one. Praise God that 16 souls received Christ at the clinic.

Howard Dye of Dye’s Southern Catering prepared a delicious meal of BBQ, slaw, hash and rice, and peach cobbler for dessert. One thing is for sure, Howard will always provide a good meal and keep us fed!

We want to extend a BIG thank you to all of our hard working leadership team and volunteers who came out to make today’s event happen. These awesome events truly are team efforts and we are thankful that God has blessed us with faithful servants who love people. Also, special thanks to the local churches in the Augusta area that gave and served to make the clinic possible.

Here’s a total of the clinic results

Salvations- 16
Attendance- 176
Volunteers- 125
Hygiene- 114
Birth certificates- 47
Clothing- 97
Reading glasses- 58
Bibles- 33
Haircuts- 47
Medical care- 21
Meals- 259
Children’s Area – 4
Here are a few pictures. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for lots of great pictures!

Full report from the Baltimore resource clinic

This past weekend was full of adventure, mishaps, sickness, and success as we held our first resource clinic in Baltimore, Maryland. Many of our team members were stricken with sickness before and during the event. Several vehicles broke down and one was even broken into at the hotel. But here we are a few days later, and everyone is excited about what God did. We are ready for the next one!

We partnered with Charm City Church, led by pastor Mike Kemper. He has been ministering in the worst parts of Baltimore for several years and his heart is for the homeless, drug addicted, mentally ill, and anyone who needs help. His church is comprised of precious people who have been rescued by Jesus and now serve each day to help others.

Pastor Kemper preached the message and the people hung on every word. He used several real-life stories from his own difficult past. Connecting on a personal level, he then brought in the Word of God and shared how that Jesus can save anyone who will come to him. Several people responded during the invitation time coming forward for prayer and salvation. By the end of the day, at least fifteen people trusted Christ to be their Savior.

Our medical team did a wonderful job of caring for people with all types of physical problems. Doc and Kim worked patiently listening to patients about their many ailments. As they carried out their examinations, they shared the love of Jesus with people who otherwise, may not have been able to see a doctor.

As usual, the haircut tent and hygiene tent were busy all day long. We had plenty of barbers and hair stylist this time and that was a big blessing. A free haircut for someone who is homeless or living in poverty can be a difference maker in  many ways. Most of all, it gives a boost of confidence which is definitely needed.

Chris and Lisa Russell joined us again to head up the clothing tent. They serve selflessly and share the gospel with everyone who comes through their tent looking for clothes. Some come in believing their greatest need is a new wardrobe, but leave understanding that their biggest need was Jesus.

The kitchen crew and servers, along with everyone else who worked all the other resource stations did a fantastic job serving throughout the entire weekend.

We are especially thankful for the group of twenty-seven who came from Fellowship Baptist Church in Canton, OH. They not only served with us, they also brought many supplies for the event.

Here are the totals for the event.

Guests- 198
Volunteers- 139
Meals- 350
Salvations- 15
Birth certificates- 16
Reading glasses- 27
Clothing- 72
Bibles- 48
Haircuts- 34
Medical care- 41

Hygiene- 129

Thanks again to everyone who helped in any way to make this resource clinic a success. Our next one is in Augusta, GA at Garden City Rescue Mission on August 10th.

If you would like to help us financially with the resource clinic ministry, you can donate here.

Successful Auction and Baltimore Bound

This past weekend, the Lord truly blessed our BBQ and cake auction fundraiser here in Cullman, AL. We gathered together at our ministry warehouse and enjoyed a great meal and time of fellowship. We want to say a special thanks to Johnny’s BBQ for providing the delicious meat and everyone else who brought sides and desserts.

After dinner, the cake auction began and it was tons of fun. Several of the homemade desserts brought over $300 and one sold for more than $400! We all laughed and bid against one another and when it was all said and done, over $8,000 was raised for the ministry.

Special thanks to everyone who made these special desserts for the auction. We could not have done it without you!  Next year’s date has already been set for July 18th so mark your calendars for that!

Baltimore, MD Resource Clinic

Most of our team left today headed for Baltimore, MD where we will be holding our third resource clinic for this year. We are partnering with Pastor Michael Kemper and Charm City Church for the event this weekend. We are praying for 300 people to attend. This will be our first year in Baltimore and the team is excited to begin a new relationship there.

We would ask that you pray for souls to be saved and the safety of our team as we travel from many states and converge together this weekend.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support that makes our ministry happen!


Travis Sharpe

Philippines Medical Mission Trip 2020

We have a wonderful opportunity planned for a medical mission trip to Dapitan City, Mindanao, Philippines. Here are some preliminary details:

Dates of the trip: April 27 – May 8, 2020 (these dates could adjust a day or two depending on flight schedules)

Cost: $3400 (includes airfare, lodging, meals)

Team leader: Pastor Todd Crusenberry, Unsheltered International Board Member and pastor of Community Baptist Church in Bristol, TN

Who can come?

At least 10 team members are needed for this trip. It will be a medical trip so doctors, nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are greatly needed. Non-medical participants are also needed and will be able to do things such as assist the medical team, soul-winning, VBS with the children, etc.

Travel details

The team will travel on April 27-28, 2020 and arrive in the Philippines on April 29th. The next day will be a day of rest, refresh, and organization for the medical mission days. There will also be an additional day of shopping and fun on one of the days of the trip.

What do you need?

You will need a valid passport and you will need to be in good health for traveling. Each participant can carry one large suitcase for your clothes and one carry on and a personal item such as a backpack or purse. You might be asked to also bring a suitcase for medicines or supplies.

How to sign up

Download the medical mission application below and mail to Unsheltered International, PO Box 2625 Cullman, AL 35056.

Application For Medical Mission Trip pdf

For more information about this trip, you can call (Ph# 423-646-8760) or email Todd Crusenberry at

Please read: Matching Funds Request

Hey there,

You may have already heard about our fundraiser that is coming up in Cullman, AL on July 20th. It’s going to be a fun get together with some of our local supporters and a few out of town guests as well. We will be having a BBQ dinner (with delicious BBQ provided by Johnny’s BBQ here in Cullman) and a cake auction.

We did this once before and it was so much fun. Several people got in a bidding war over the cakes and by the end of the evening, a little over $4000 was given to Unsheltered.

Prayerfully, there will be lots of people here this time and they will fight for the cakes again!

Here’s where we need a boost. We are asking the Lord to provide a business, a church, or even a couple families who would make some matching funds available to us for this fundraiser. Maybe you are the answer to our prayer?

We are seeking someone who would lets say, match dollar-for-dollar the first $1000 that is given at the fundraiser. With a generous matching funds challenge or two, the money we raise on the 20th could be easily doubled.

Think about it like this, if we raise $1000, we can serve 1,250 meals to hungry children. But if those funds are matched dollar-for-dollar, we can then take $2000 and feed 2,500 children!

If you are interested in becoming a matching funds donor for this event, please reply to this email or call our office at 256-737-0112 ext 180. Just ask for Tara and she can give you all the details. Most of all, please pray with us that God will bless all our ministries and that he will get the glory.


Easy, Practical Ways to Help our Ministry

Most of the time when you hear of ways to help a ministry it has a dollar sign attached to it. And that is a big part of a ministry, the monetary donations. But did you know there are also other ways that you can help not only our ministry, but other ministries as well?


Maybe you don’t have a big donation that you can forward to us. Maybe $25 a month would mean a tank of gas for you instead of giving to our ministry. But, do you know someone else that could help? Maybe you work for a hotel that can donate washcloths and towels to our ministry once they recycle theirs. Or, maybe you have a friend that works for a company that distributes toothbrushes or deodorant. Our most prized donations that we receive are sometimes as simple as a bag of hard candy to put in our snack bags.

Short, simple emails or phone calls that ask “can you donate” can make a huge impact.  For example, a couple weeks ago, someone emailed a company that manufactures reading glasses on our behalf. That email resulted in them donating 600 pairs of glasses to us.

That will save us over $1,200.00!!! It’s the same as receiving a $1,2000 donation.

If you have a contact that you would be willing to touch base with on behalf of Unsheltered International, please do so. YOUR contact could actually save us hundreds of dollars by donating gifts-in-kind.

Here are some things we use a lot of:
  • Toothpaste and tooth brushes
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Reading glasses
  • Razors
  • Bottled water
  • Individually wrapped snacks like peanuts, granola bars, etc.
  • lotion
  • Wash cloths
  • Hand sanitizers

 If you need additional information on what resources we are in need of click here. Or you can always call our office at 256-737-0112, ext. 180 and speak with Tara.

As always, regardless of what you can or can’t give, you can always offer prayer for our ministry.