2020 Winter Revival for the Unsheltered

 Winter Revival for the Unsheltered 2020

New Orleans, LA

 

 

 

We are excited to announce a special mission trip again to New Orleans, LA February 1-6 2020. Once again we will partner with Pastor Terry Rodgers to reach the homeless community with the gospel. This unique mission trip opportunity will be unforgettable in many ways. You don’t want to miss it!

We will be having a special three day revival that is specifically for the people of New Orleans who are living on the streets and in the missions. We hope to encourage them with powerful singing and preaching each day. There will also be organized opportunities for everyone to minister out on the streets and under the bridges as we invite people to the revival and provide for their basic needs.

Pastor Clemon Chapell from Sunrise Baptist Church in Gary, IN will be preaching and there will be special music during the services! You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful Spirit-filled time!

The cost of the trip is $425 per person and there are only 30 spots available. The cost will cover your lodging and most of your meals. You will still have opportunities to have some meals on your own in New Orleans!

A few more details

  • You are responsible for getting to New Orleans and your transportation when you are there.
  • All of your lodging and most of you meals are covered with the price of the trip.
  • Children under 18 are welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A $75 non-refundable deposit is due by September 30th to hold your spot. Remaining balance is due by January 3rd.
  • Our lodging will be at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary dormitories. You need to bring twin size bedding, towels and all toiletries.

How to register

To register, email Tara Philyaw at tara@unsheltered.org. Send your name, date of birth, address, phone number, home church and pastor’s name.

Payment information

Important: space is very limited so sign up today!

Trip cost: $425

$75 non-refundable deposit is needed to hold your spot.

Balance is due by January 3rd.

 

To pay by check, make check payable to Unsheltered International and mail to:

Unsheltered International

NOLA mission trip

PO Box 2625

Cullman, AL 2625

To pay now online:

Click here to pay deposit now.

 

Click here to pay any amount now

 

Below is the preliminary schedule:

Saturday Feb 1
  • Groups arrive at various times
  • 6 pm Pizza and group meeting in the evening. This will be in the fellowship building attached to the dorms where we are staying . We will have introductions and cover over our plan for the week.
Sunday Feb 2
  • 7:45 arrive at Terrytown Family Baptist Church
  • 8 am- Breakfast for group and all guests at Terrytown Family Baptist Church. (provided by TFBC)
  • 9 am- Kickoff service at Terrytown Family Baptist Church
  • Lunch after service (provided by UI)
  • Free after lunch, no more activities for the day. This, and Thursday afternoon are your only free times to see the city, eat out, etc.)
Monday Feb 3
  • 7:30-8:30 am continental breakfast in fellowship hall by dorms.
  • 10 am- Meet at Shiloh Christian Fellowship to set up sound equipment and see the facilities.
  • After we are done at the church we will hit the streets for homeless outreach. We will split into groups and go out to pass out snack bags and invite people to the revival which will start the next day.
  • We will provide items for a bag lunch. Make your lunch when you eat breakfast.
  • 6 pm- Dinner for group at Grace Baptist Church with special message by Pastor Shannon Foote.
Tuesday Feb 4
  • 7:45 am- Arrive at Shiloh
  • 9 am- Breakfast at Shiloh for group and all guests.  (provided by UI)
  • Revival service immediately after breakfast (around 10 or whenever finished with breakfast)
  • Resources available after the service
  • Lunch after the resources for group and all guests (provided by UI)
  • Homeless outreach after lunch and ministry in French Quarter
  • 7 pm- Dinner for group at fellowship hall by dorms (provided by UI)
Wednesday Feb 5
  • 7:45 am- Arrive at Shiloh
  • 9 am- Breakfast at Shiloh for group and all guests.  (provided by UI)
  • Revival service immediately after breakfast (around 10 or whenever finished with breakfast)
  • Resources available after the service
  • Lunch after the resources (provided by UI)
  • Homeless outreach after lunch
  • 7 pm Dinner and chapel service at fellowship hall by dorms
Thursday Feb 6
  • 7:45 am- Arrive at Shiloh
  • 9 am- Breakfast at Shiloh for group and all guests.  (provided by UI)
  • Revival service immediately after breakfast (around 10 or whenever finished with breakfast)
  • Resources available after the service
  • Lunch after the resources (provided by UI)
  • Everyone is free after cleanup following lunch
  • No dinner provided Thursday night

 

Our team lodging will be at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

This is a beautiful campus that is safe and secure. They have their own police force and security force and it is a retreat in the middle of the city. Our entire group will be in the Nelson Price dormitory.

 

 

The revival services will be held at Shiloh Christian Fellowship.

They are opening up their facilities for us to use and we appreciate their partnership very much. This church is located in a great area for our revival. It is a short van ride or walk for the unsheltered.

 

 

 

For more information email Tara Philyaw at tara@unsheltered.org.

 

Pictures from the 2019 trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional pictures from our ministry trips to New Orleans

 

We look forward to partnering with you!

BBQ Fundraiser & Cake Auction

SAVE THE DATE!

 

 

Hey everyone, we are planning a fun party at our warehouse and you are invited!

Here are the details:

What: BBQ Fundraiser & Cake Auction

When: Saturday July 20 beginning at 5pm

Where: Unsheltered International Warehouse, 479 County Road 821 Cullman, AL 35057

How to give: We will have a bucket that you can drop in your donation of any amount (you don’t have to give to come). If you write a check, make it to Unsheltered International. There will also be a fun “live” auction of desserts like cakes and pies. (We did this once before and it was the highlight of the whole thing!) If you are out of town and want to contribute, you can use this link to do so online, or you can mail in your gift to: Unsheltered International PO Box 2625 Cullman, AL 35056.

If you would like to donate a baked item for our auction please contact Tara at tara@unsheltered.org or call our office at 256-737-0112, ext. 180.

Above all, please pray for our family, the ministry that God has entrusted to us, and those to who we preach and help.

Hope to see you there!

Below Me, But Not Beneath Me by Travis Sharpe

After a short stay in Korea, my daughter Sarah and I made it safely to the Philippines a couple days ago. Typically, when here in our second home, we have a rented house that is off the beaten path. Unfortunately, that house was recently sold and we had to find other accommodations for this trip. After an intensive search, our friends found us a 320 square foot condo on the eleventh floor of a downtown building.

 

My wife and son will be joining us next week and although extremely small for a family of four, the condo is quite nice and has a terrific view of the South China Sea. Directly across from us is the provincial capitol building and a beautiful lagoon where people spend the early morning hours exercising while it is still somewhat cool. Right behind the capitol building is the brand new, state of the art, Ayala Mall.

 

There is a nice coffee shop beside us and other businesses and homes behind us. Here we are in the heart of Bacolod City, nicknamed the City of Smiles. There is a tiny balcony on our condo that is just big enough for the air conditioner unit and one small chair. From this vantage point, eleven stories above it all, you can see for miles and get some fresh air. I like to see all the sights from here, especially early, before everything awakens for the day, and late, when the city is finally winding down.

This morning however, it was not what was in front of me, beside me, or behind me that grabbed my attention.

I was drawn to what was below me.

Directly below our condo unit, behind a bustling fast food restaurant, I saw two boys sleeping on a trash pile on one side of the parking lot, while another cluster of boys slept quietly under a large tree on the other side.

These children are well known to our UIP street ministry team because they feed and clothe them each and every week. Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, the team makes their regular stop to check on this group of “street children”. On Tuesdays and Thursdays our team brings the children to our rescue center where they can shower, get new clothes, and enjoy a sit-down meal and Bible study.

Most of these children are extremely dirty, under educated, and sick. The truly sad thing is they have become part of the landscape. They seem to “fit in” with the dirt and the garbage and the surroundings.  For the most part, they go unnoticed. And all too often, they are unwanted and unloved.

Today, what God seemed to be impressing upon my heart was, “while these children are below you, they are not beneath you.” Or to put it another way, they are equally valuable to God as anyone else.

My prayer is that God would open our eyes and our hearts to the suffering of the world. I pray that He would help us to see as He sees and love as He loves. I also pray that God would help us to realize that although many are living right below us, none are beneath us.

Note: Our homeless ministries in the Philippines have two parts. One is called the Rescue Center and the other is called the Street Ministry. The two are inner connected and they reach the same people. The part we call the Street Ministry is when our team goes out on the streets to serve meals and share the gospel. This is where we first meet people who need our help.

After we meet them on the street, we try to get them to come with us to our Rescue Center that is located a few miles away. This happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we also refer to this ministry as “TGIT” which stands for thank God it’s Tuesday or Thursday! Here, we can offer showers, a good meal, clean clothes and Bible study.

These ministries are currently under-funded and we need new sponsors. You can visit this page to find out how to help.

Thank God It’s Thursday

Merliza Ner is the wife of Pastor Antonio Ner and the leader of the street ministry for Unsheltered International Philippines. Merliza and the rest of the UIP team serve the homeless, runaways, mentally ill and other vulnerable children and families.

Merliza’s tireless work ethic and servants heart shines through in all she does. She truly cares for those whom no one else cares for. The following is an update she shared on Facebook recently that really touched my heart. These are her words describing just one portion of one evening of their ministry.

Thank God it’s Thursday!

Thank God It’s Thursday! Thank God for the opportunity to serve to 19 precious souls in our rescue center! Thank God It’s Thursday and we had the privilege to serve good meal, prepare their hygiene and most of all, untiringly sharing the Gospel and God ‘s love. Although we have a good attendance for tonight, some are asking if we still have street ministry! But because we are already used to share TGIT to our street ministry, we will still go out to reach the other homeless roaming around the busy street and downtown area of Bacolod. Our clients are also excited for our food delivery and so very thankful.

Because it’s campaign time for the upcoming election, most people are asking if we are running for a politics. We told them that we are Christian and wanted to share God’s love to them.

As we continue looking for new contacts and needy, we saw Celine, aka Amor, lying on the sidewalk. So thankful that our team is always on the go, not only first aid kit is on our bags but also extra tops or shirts, just in case! Amor is almost half naked so Sis. Rama gave her a t-shirt. Amor also enjoy talking with Richard.

We are also looking for the lady with no name but we did not see her and we conclude maybe because of the rain that’s why she is not there in her area. She is a person we met last week but she would not speak and would not tell us her name. It was clear that she was suffering from some type of trauma or mental illness.

But the heartbreaking scene was on our way back home. I saw a naked person not sure who she/he is. I requested Bro. Julito, our driver to make a U turn to help that naked person.

But to our surprise, it was the lady with no name. We only have extra shirts on our bags so I requested again our driver to make a U turn going to downtown area and we will buy a legging for her. At first, she is uncomfortable when we go closer to her maybe because she is just covering her naked body with a small piece of old sack. But when we showed her the clothes that we have for her, i can’t explain her face. Again, she is very hungry and thirsty. I think, she is suffering trauma. When we said “bye for now”, she don’t like to look at us. I requested Pastor Tuazon to pray with her.

We covet your prayers for this special ministry.

We covet your prayers for God’s continues provision for this special ministry.

We need more prayer warriors for these precious souls.

Wow!

This is just one example of why we love the partnership that we have with Mrs. Ner, Her husband pastor Ner, and everyone in Unsheltered International Philippines. They are the real deal. When you support our Philippines ministry, this is where it goes. Thank you for your prayers.

 

Full Report from the Elkton, MD Resource Clinic

Today marked our first resource clinic of 2019 and it was a real success. Hollingsworth Manor is the neighborhood that was chosen as our location and many church and community organizations partnered with us throughout the day.

One local organization, The Paris Foundation, went over and above to coordinate and help facilitate todays event. Mike Brandon, who is the director, worked with Pastors Steve Dixon and Michael Moore, along with the other groups involved for weeks in advance. Their diligent planning shined throughout the day.

Our day began around seven this morning with Logistics manager Tim Barbee leading the set up crew. Once things were all set up, Steve Dixon opened us in prayer and all the leaders provided training for the 167 volunteers who came to serve.

Several local groups who serve children were present and the kids had many activities to keep them occupied throughout the day. We’re thankful for these meaningful partnerships.

Bekah Dixon and April Sharpe headed up the meal that Shaun Taylor prepared. It was delicious pulled BBQ, slaw, apple sauce and chips. All of the servers and kitchen helpers did a fantastic job of serving the guests and making sure everyone ate well and had plenty. Howard Dye was also with them helping out.

Music was provided throughout the event by a local group called Surrender. Brother Tony Haywood from Rising Sun, MD gave a stirring testimony about how the Lord saved him out of a life of dealing drugs and violence. It was definately applicable and many people were blessed by his story.

Throughout the day we offered our free resources to all the guest. Clothing, birth certificates, personal hygiene, reading glasses, medical screenings, and Bibles were a blessing. Sometimes something as simple as checking a person’s vital signs can lead to them obtaining more vital medical help that they were unaware was even needed. The resources are intended to help with things they might be missing because of homelessness or poverty.

We want to thank all of the selfless volunteers, churches and organizations who made this great day possible. Without their help we couldn’t have pulled all this together.

Listed below are the totals from today.

Total guests-334
Total volunteers-167
Salvations-2
Birth certificates-35
Reading glasses-49
Clothing-100
Bibles-67
Haircuts-40
Medical-17
Meals-450
Hygiene-172
Churches represented-4

Organizations represented-9

And here’s some more pictures from today!

Welcome Tara Philyaw-Administrative Assistant

We are excited to announce that our long-time book keeper, and administrative assistant, Tara Philyaw, has joined the Unsheltered family in a full-time capacity. Tara has been my assistant for the last seven years and is one of the few people who have been involved with our organization since the very beginning.

Along with Tim and Adrienne Barbee, and my family, Tara has been a part of every facet of unsheltered since 2011 helping to grow the ministry in many ways. She began with us during our response to the deadly tornadoes of 2011 when we, along with our home church, Temple Baptist, (and many others) spent two long weeks serving our community of Cullman, AL. It was there that she earned the nickname “Shadow” because she filled a big need by following me around and helping with anything I needed during those challenging times.

Tara and her husband Shane live in Cullman and are members of Temple Baptist Church. They have two sons, Jaiden and Sylar. Jaiden has recently graduated high school and Sylar is in sixth grade. Tara has taken a big step of faith to leave the job she has held for the past nineteen years. Please pray for her as she begins this new and exciting chapter in her life.

Here is what Tara has to say in her own words about her joining Unsheltered in this capacity.

 

I feel that the Lord has gifted me with a servant’s heart. I get great satisfaction out of helping and assisting others. Whether it be helping someone on the street that is homeless or helping Travis in an office weekly. Unsheltered has been a big part of my life for the past seven years. I have prayed for the past several years that the Lord would provide a way for me to be able to be a full time employee with Unsheltered. I receive much blessings from assisting Travis and “taking the load” off of his and April’s shoulders of directing this ministry. I feel anything that I can do to take just one more thing from him to do, hopefully relieve a small burden from them. I am beyond overjoyed that the Lord has provided and that I will be able to devote more time and effort towards HIS ministry! 

 

Tara can be reached at tara@unsheltered.org or at 256-737-0112 ext 180 Tuesday-Thursday or 256-841-5225 on Mondays. Her first full day will be April 1st.

Together- We Did It!

As I’m sure you know by now, our live fundraiser last Thursday evening was a HUGE success. With the help of our generous supporters, and the touch of God, the $30,000 goal was EXCEEDED by $1,491.25! Together, we did it!

We were blessed with a very engaged viewership for the two-hour broadcast and it was a lot of fun for me as the host to interact with everyone. April Sharpe and Steve Dixon did a fabulous job as my co-hosts throughout the evening. There was lots of great discussion about our ministry.

We were all surprised at the response when my daughter, Sarah Sharpe, joined in. After she shared about her upcoming mission trip to Honduras, many people also gave generously to that need. Sarah just cried tears of joy. I think she now has all her mission trip money raised.

Several churches, businesses, and families joined in the giving and I realize that this was a big group effort. I am so thankful that the Lord touched many hearts and the giving was over the top again this year. To God be the Glory!

As always, the live fundraiser was held during our annual board of directors meeting. This year it was in Hilton Head, SC. A special thank you is due to our board members who worked so hard on this fundraiser.

Below are a few pictures from the fundraiser and the week in Hilton Head.

Growing Up With Unsheltered

Twin-Twin is a happy young boy whose life has been impacted by the Remada family who operate the Unsheltered International Philippines meal center in Dapitan City. In spite of the poverty he lives in, he attends the activities each week wearing a big smile.

Like far too many young children in the Philippines, Twin-Twin lives in poverty and food can so often be difficult to come by for his family. The reality is, many parents daily work only provides for food, and sometimes a very meager living. “Getting ahead” can be such a far away dream for families living in severe poverty that it’s simply not thought of much, or at all. Daily survival consumes the thoughts of mothers and fathers and becomes the driving force behind every decision.

Most of the children that we help in the street ministry and rescue center have come from families who are so desperate, they wind up making very poor choices. The parents can’t earn enough money for the family, so when the children are old enough, (sometimes as young as 7 or 8) they are sent into the streets to collect scrap that they can sell at the recycle shop. This effort earns enough money to purchase rice.

As if young kids being forced to work and miss school wasn’t bad enough, most of these vulnerable children will eventually be sucked into the darkness of street life. Older teenagers and sometimes adults, who have ill intentions, become their main influences on a daily basis. This leads to drug abuse, petty crimes, running away, and in some cases, prostitution and human trafficking.

The darkness that can come from severe poverty is truly heartbreaking. But even more heartbreaking is the spiritual darkness. It’s one thing to be poor and not see hope for a better life here on earth, but an entirely different thing to have no spiritual hope that Heaven is your true home. Most children that our team ministers to are being raised in this heart-breaking environmental of no hope.

That’s where we are making a difference.

Since 2017, Twin-Twin, and over 500 other children that out UIP family ministers to each week, is receiving hope. Our teachers not only serve a good meal and provide first aid, but most importantly, they teach the Bible and demonstrate how to know and love God. They give hope to the hopeless.

In 2018, our UIP team served 25, 293 meals in the meal centers and reported that 141 children trusted Christ as their Savior. The best part is that they strive to include the children and their families in their weekly church services. On Saturdays we go to them, and on Sundays we bring them to us. In other words, we are making disciples.

We are told in the scriptures that God’s Word will not return void, and we know that children, like little sponges, soak up everything they hear. Thankfully, they are hearing about the Lord and growing up with Unsheltered!

I certainly appreciate every one of our meal center sponsors and ministry partners and supporters. Together, we are making a difference, an eternal difference.

Full Report from the 2019 NOLA Revival

This past week we had the privilege to host our second winter revival for the unsheltered in New Orleans, LA. We had a great team of thirty three people who came from out of town and the Lord blessed in many unique ways.

There’s no way to fully express all the blessings and special things that God did throughout the week, but I want to share some highlights with you. Let’s start with the numbers.

A total of 242 guests come to the revival meetings. 186 of them were men and 56 were women.

  • 170 people received clothing.
  • 746 meals were served.
  • 195 people received hygiene products.
  • 77 people got haircuts.
  • 72 people received a new Bible.
  • 5 people received Christ as their Savior.
  • 600 + snacks bags were given away on the streets.
  • Several blankets, tents, jackets, etc were given.

Powerful preaching and testimonies

Our guest preacher was brother Clemon Chappell from Sunrise Baptist Church in Gary, IN. Clemon preached during all three services and did a fantastic job. Also preaching was Patrick Feistel, Terry Rodgers and Shannon Foote.

We also heard great testimonies from Tim Barbee and Howard Dye. Bothe of them are Unsheltered team members and they shared about how God lifted them from homelessness and drug abuse.

Visiting on the streets

Throughout the week. we split into four teams and hit the streets. During these times of visitation, we passed out snack bags and invited everyone we could to the revival services. This is always one of the most exciting parts of the trip.

Unusual spirit of prayer

During two of the revival meetings, we were blessed to really sense the presence of the Lord. I gave the invitation and dozens of people flooded the alters. Men and women were praying for God to help them in various ways. There is no doubt that many victories were won on the altars during these times.

The revival spilled over

One of the greatest testimonies came from a man named Keith. He came to the revival all week and on the last day he shared some great news. He told us that on Wednesday evening at the New Orleans Mission, twenty two people received Christ as their Savior. Then he told us that many of those people had been attending our revival. It just spilled over at the Mission.

You can watch a short video clip about this here.

Over and above

Several of our team went above the call of duty during the week. Some spent long hours, walking miles and miles to find people and invite them to the revival. Some went into the darkness of abandoned buildings. Some gave away their own Bibles to strangers. The picture below is the gentleman that Pat Feistel gave his Bible to.

I could go on and on about how hard our team worked and how much God did. But I will just tell you that God showed himself mighty all week long!

Thanks to everyone who prayed and worked on this event!

Ministry Update 2-1-19

This week has been a busy one! We have been getting everything ready for our big winter revival for the unsheltered in New Orleans that will begin this Sunday morning. I am so thankful for the great facility that God has given us to work in here at our new warehouse in Cullman, AL.

We have been loading the trailers and thanks to the new warehouse, we have a heated space to do that in.


Please pray for our team of thirty five people as we descend upon New Orleans next week. Our emphasis will be preaching and encouraging the people on the streets to come to Christ. What some people may not realize is that many homeless people are Christians. They are struggling to make ends meet and are in desperate need for fellowship, instruction and encouragement. We plan to provide as much of that as we can in order to strengthen our brothers and sisters as well as throw the lifeline to those who are not yet believers.

One way that you can help us is to pray for our upcoming Facebook Live Fundraiser that we are having on Thursday March, 7th. This is our push to raise as much money as we can to help keep everything operating, keep our trucks rolling and keep preaching the gospel. Simply stated, we need all of our supporters to be super generous and help us next month to reach, or even exceed our goal of $30,000.00.

This year, my mom, Suzie Greene has joined with us to make phone calls telling about the fundraiser and soliciting support. Her goal is to get pledges before the March fundraiser happens. Mom worked with me for many years in Augusta, GA at the Garden City Rescue Mission and she is a true servant of the Lord.

In the last couple of years, mom has not been able to do much because she has been caring for my step-dad who has Alzheimers. They have had a very difficult time to say the least. But mom is a warrior. She is excited to be able to work with us on the fundraiser and do her part to serve. Please pray for her as she makes the calls and talks about our ministry to current and potential supporters. And if you see a Florida number on your caller ID, be sure to answer and encourage her! Here is a picture of mom and my step-dad Ray.

If you would like mom to call and speak with you personally, just reply to this email with you phone number and I will have her get in touch. Last year, several people made very large, sacrificial gifts to the ministry and we were so appreciative of that. Several people also gave $25 or $50 gifts. Every gift, no matter how large or small is a blessing and they enable us to help more and more people come to know Christ.

Thank you in advance for your gift and if you would like to learn more about the fundraiser, just click right here.

 

Blessings,

Travis Sharpe