Report on last night’s charity dinner

There was quite a turn out at this year’s charity dinner!  It was held at the Big Red Barn at Riverwood Plantation in Evans Georgia.

The unsheltered team was up early to prepare for the event. Chairs, tables and decorations flying! The event was sure to be a hit! With only a few hiccups in the way, the team seemed to pull together and overcame all obstacles like good team truly should.

Many guests came from far and near to show their support, some old friends and many new. But all with a heart prepared to give! Laughter and fellowship echoed from wall to wall.  While Ginny Rochester blessed us all in song with her beautiful voice!

Three hours seemed to fly by. Though it was late, we were almost disappointed to see the night end and our friends leave. But during clean up, if one thing was certain, we were reminded ever so quietly of our purpose and mission by one girl named Brook.

Brook was actually one of the waitresses who helped cater the party with our board member Howard Dye. She approached many of the team quietly after the event to give one amazing testimony, and simply say thank you.

In just a few minutes, she brought us back several years to a dying life filled with drug addiction, homelessness and shared her grief of when she lost of her children due to her lifestyle. She said she met Howard in the midst of the decaying life, and he directed her to the Garden City Rescue Mission.

This is the homeless mission Travis and his family opened in 2001. It would soon become Brook’s saving grace. There, she found safety, love, Christ, and the opportunity of second chances.

“I didn’t mess my life up over night, and it won’t be fixed over night either.  But as much of me as I put into screwing up, I started to put double of me into fixing it.” She said with tears in her eyes.  “I have a new life now! I have my kids back, I’m clean, and I am about to graduate college.”

“You’re making a difference…” she repeated several times.  As if to remind us just how many “Brooks” we have touched.

People call or write us sometimes, to tell us how our help meant something to them. They thank us, and carry on. But there is just something about a girl, staring at you face to face. Tear swelled eyes, and a quiver in her voice, telling you “… you helped save my life.”

That is the real reminder of just why we do, what we do. It is a tremendous reminder that God can use any one, even this team, from completely different walks of life, to come together and save if any, just one life.

We are grateful for everyone that supports Unsheltered International. It is because of your support, that  we are able to touch the live’s of so many who have just about given up. Last night you gave almost $5000.00, thank you!!

By staff writer: Adrienne Barbee

 

Tonight’s charity dinner

I hope you are looking forward to tonight’s charity dinner in Evans, GA. All of us here at Unsheltered International sure are! Our entire staff will be present. Everyone made it in from Alabama last night.

We enjoyed a great dinner and evening of finalizing all of our last minute plans. In just a little while we will be headed over to the barn to begin setting everything up for tonight.

The dinner starts at six pm and we will have some finger foods for you when you arrive. It’s going to be an awesome evening!

If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, its no problem. You can do that at the door.

Don’t forget that we will be receiving a love offering tonight and all of the donations will go toward funding our programs for the homeless and disaster victims.

I wanted to give some detailed directions for you in case you have never been to Riverwood Plantation.

This link will take you to the Mapquest map of the location. Just click here.

If you are coming from Augusta, just follow Washington Rd. on out through Evans, past Club Car, and keep on going. Riverwood Plantation will be on the right hand side about two miles pas Cushman Paint and Body.

Turn right into Riverwood Plantation. That is Riverwood Parkway. The road will take a hard left. Then just stay on Riverwood Parkway. You will go through a round-a-bout and the Old Red Barn will be after that down on the right.

The address is 5123 Riverwood Parkway Evans, GA.

We hope to see you there!

October 13 Resource Clinic Results

Today’s resource clinic was for sure God ordained. Just when it seemed to be another routine day, a moment would come that would almost take your breath away.

In one corner, a guest and volunteer laughed and seemed to reminisce, as if they were old friends. The servers seemed at time like old pro’s greeting and serving the guest as soon as they arrived. While our guest singer Ginny Rochester entertained with beautiful music. The sight of raised hands, just praising God was quiet a site to see, under that rickety bridge.

During the service, Brother Tim and Brother Mike gave there testimonies. Both were homeless, and had been so wrapped up with addictions they had lost sight of who they were supposed to be for God. As they poured out there stories to the crowd, many heads begin to nod. Some in agreement to the addictions, others relating to life on the streets. But the silent eyes spoke much louder. As if to say, “Lord, have you been there?

The moment the prayer tent was announced open, a wave of people rushed to talk to God. One guest stumbling to get in front of the others, as if this might be there only hope.  Another grasping tightly to the handles of a walker, dragged her frail and broken legs behind her, to be last, but certainly not the least.  The prayer area over flowed so much at one time, there was a rush to get more chairs. What an amazing thing to see; the excitement in prayer.

Below: Paul shares a Bible story with some of the kids that came

Today, we spent the day with old friends and new. The hum of fellowship, and the smell of a home cooked meal engulfed under that bridge today. We were home, in that old parking lot.

 “I’m not just a number in line, ‘cause I can tell you care. The Lord has blessed me today.” Said a man named Maurice, who currently lives at the Salvation Army. He received a hot meal, a resume and birth certificate, and spoke of his new life with light in his eyes, as if he could see the change that was about to happen.

Though Maurice was just one of many today with the chance of change, we can only give what the Lord allows. Many ask after a clinic, “now what? What can we do? I want to do more?!” Well, now, after the tables and chairs are folded and put away. The food and resources packed and the clinic closes. It becomes time for the real work to begin.

What can we do now?  Now, at the end of the day, we pray. Because now, it’s time for God to work in their lives. It is our job, to be in constant prayer that everything that was done today, no matter how big or small the gesture, becomes the light of Christ.  We pray that seeds were planted in those silent hearts and broken lives, and we pray that God may use, the least of these.

Today we were able to give 62 pairs of reading glasses, 45 haircuts, dozens of  bibles, 22 Emergency Contact Cards, 33 birth certificates, wrote 12 resumes and 4 letters!

But more importantly, there were 3 people that accepted Christ into their lives today and one person that rededicated their life.

A special thanks to all the volunteers that came out to help today! If you would like to help at future events, please visit our website atunsheltered.org and check out the upcoming events often, to see when we will be in your area!

Please continue to pray for Unsheltered International and all the people God allows into our path.

Quick overview of today’s results

133 total guests

3 Salvations, 1 rededication

62 pairs of reading glasses

45 haircuts

33 birth certificates

12 resumes

Dozens of bibles

4 letters

22 emergency contact cards

 

Below: Marie creates a resume

 

Below: We help a guest apply for a copy of his birth certificate

Homeless ministry training and info session

Tomorrow evening we will be at Temple Baptist Church in Cullman, AL. We will meet at 6:30 in the Rock (the small building).

We will be getting everyone prepared for our Saturday resource clinic in Birmingham. This will be an evening mixed with some training, question and answers, and a lot of instructions.

You don’t have to be signed up for Saturday to come get the information on Thursday. You are welcome to come Thursday even if you just want more information about what we do in the homeless ministry.

The church is located at 30 County Road 1184 Cullman, AL 35057. You can call Travis for more information at 1-877-277-5838.

Hope to see you there!

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Gary, IN Resource Clinic’s 2012

All I can say is Praise God! We were so blessed last week in Gary, IN to have over 50 volunteers on Wednesday and Thursday for our two resource clinics. We had pastors, church groups, individuals, and married couples as well. Two groups came from as far away as Bristol, VA and one lady even came from PA to help out.

These volunteers cooked, served meals, cut hair, wrote resumes, served as hosts, and so much more!

Below is Pastor Todd Crusenberry as he ministers to some of our guests.

Here is Evangelist Kenny Marr with his son Gabriel. They were the grill masters!

What was unique about this event is that we had so many quality people from different places. We even had a nurse who helped by giving free blood pressure checks.

There were at least four pastors there the entire time as well. This really helped out our witnessing and soul winning efforts. Many were prayed for and encouraged.

Brother Kenny was able to lead a you man named Joseph to the Lord just before taking down the tent on Thursday afternoon.

I am extremely proud of everyone that helped and thankful for their volunteer spirit. Unsheltered International is a great ministry because of those who volunteer and support our programs. With your help we are making a difference in the lives of the homeless in many places.

Report from New Orleans

Hurricane Isaac Tore through New Orleans 7 days from the anniversary of the hurricane that all but destroyed the city 7 years earlier.

Although this particular time the damage was not as severe, the winds still blew swiftly and 16 inches of rain poured down in a city who still remains in repair from the last disaster.

People who had lost their homes in Katrina still reserve spots under over passes, in plain sight. Some left the city completely, leaving the rebuilding to others, and some seem to just lay in despair and displacement.

However, in the 7th ward of New Orleans, off Bienville St. at the Cosmopolitan Evangelistic Baptist Church, there is a ray of Hope.

We found a faithful congregation that is determined to serve the Lord regardless of hardships.

This weekend Unsheltered International and a team of volunteers were invited to come and help reach out to a community still shaken over hurricane Isaac.

With over 400,000 people without power for several days, and flooding in some areas as well, it was a very hard couple weeks.

The first day for us started early as our group of volunteers devoted their time to cooking, and serving meals under an over pass in the middle of New Orleans.

Many tears were shed as the realization of God’s mercy was shown through these simple meals.

We spent the evening at the New Orleans Mission. I was blessed to preach in the chapel in service. During the invitation Tim led one man to Christ.

After chapel our group served up a meal to over a hundred hungry guests.

Over 1000 hotdogs, buns, snacks, and desserts were donated to help supply the needs! While spiritually, God showed up and showed out.

Unsheltered International would like to humbly thank you for your support and prayers. To all those volunteers, a special thank you from us, and the 7th Ward!

We are also very excited to announce that Pastor Amedee, of the Cosmopolitan Evangelistic Baptist Church expressed interest in an ongoing relationship with Unsheltered International!

This means, that in the event of another disaster, or need in the community we are welcome and will have a base to operate out of for years to come!

They also want to partner with us to host a resource clinic for the homeless there in New Orleans.

We are thankful for this opportunity, and look forward to working more with them!!

Breakfast in Birmingham

Saturday, January 26, 2013 the Unsheltered International team and some volunteers will be going to Birmingham armed with hot coffee, sausage biscuits and the word or God!

Every so often its good to do these type of visits. It allows us to build lasting relationships with those that are currently struggling. In the long run we are able to watch their lives change, hopefully for the better. We can offer encouragement and prayer as well as a warm belly of food.

God has graciously put this burden on us and we intend to fulfill the request of Jesus, by going to the street and telling all that we can about his forgiveness and love.

Join us in Prayer as the team of volunteers hit the streets early that we can reach the lost!

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