Ministry Update 2-28-18

We were very blessed to be at Countryside Baptist Church in Guyton, GA this past Sunday. I preached in the morning service and then, before the evening service we had a delicious fish fry. Howard Dye of Dye’s Southern Catering came and catered the fish fry and everyone commented on how great the food was.

After dinner I gave a ministry presentation and they received a very generous offering for Unsheltered. We are always grateful when we have an opportunity like this one!

Announcement about our Facebook live fundraiser

I’m thrilled to tell you that two churches have offered matching funds for our Facebook live fundraiser that is quickly approaching. Our home church, Temple Baptist in Cullman, AL and Bel-Air Baptist in Augusta, GA are both giving dollar-for-dollar up to $1000.

S the first $1000 that is raised during the live broadcast will be doubled as will the second $1000. I am very grateful for these two generous offers that will no doubt help us reach our goal of $10,000!

All the details you need to know about how to watch and give to this fundraiser are below.

 

Here are the details

  • The date and time is- Thursday, March 8th, from 7-9 EST.
  • It will be a Facebook live video broadcast from our board of directors meeting in Pigeon Forge, TN
  • It will be on Travis’s Facebook page
  • Travis and April will be the hosts. Several of our team will be contributing with some “on-air” time.
  • We plan to tell some exciting stories from the mission field, give lots of updates and even answer questions from viewers.
  • Our goal is to raise $10,000.

 

FOUR WAYS TO GIVE

  • Call in with your card- the phone numbers will be on the on screen
  • Text- “GIVE” to 256-579-1571
  • Go to our website- unsheltered.org
  • Comment with your pledge

 

Of course, since we are a 501(c)3 faith based organization, we depend upon donations for our operations. This event will be critical to our first two quarters success in 2018 and I hope you will partner with us in that success.

We are depending upon our partners to pray, share and give for this event! We will have more details coming soon!

All About the Facebook Live Fundraiser

Hey there,

I wanted to let you know that preparations for our first ever, live fundraiser are coming along great and our team is getting excited (not to mention a little nervous also).

Today, I have some details to share with you about the fundraiser.

  • The date and time is- Thursday, March 8th, from 7-9 EST.
  • It will be a Facebook live video broadcast from our board of directors meeting in Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • It will be on Travis’s Facebook page.
  • Travis and April will be the hosts. Several of our team will be contributing with some “on-air” time.
  • We plan to tell some exciting stories from the mission field, give lots of updates and even answer questions from viewers.
  • Our goal is to raise $10,000.

Of course, since we are a 501(c)3 faith based organization, we depend upon donations for our operations. This event will be critical to our first two quarters success in 2018 and I hope you will partner with us in that success.

We are depending upon our partners to pray, share and give for this event! We will have more details coming soon!

Full Report from New Orleans Mission Trip

We are so thankful for the Lord’s goodness this past week as our team and ministry partners shared God’s Word in New Orleans. It truly was a unique mission trip and we witnessed God do several great things.

Here are just a few of the ways God blessed during the week.

  • The attendance of our revival was phenomenal. We had 234 in the services and God allowed us to minister to hundreds more out on the streets.
  • 13 people trusted Christ as their Savior.
  • Our food team, headed up by Howard Dye, served over 860 delicious meals.
  • 70 people received haircuts.
  • 915 care packages and snack bags were given away.
  • 153 people received clothing.
  • 200 backpacks with fleece blankets, gloves and hats were given away.
  • 30 hoodies and 5 coats were given away.
  • 24 pairs of boots were given away.
  • 14 people received new tents and 7 bed rolls were given.
  • 2 men were enrolled in treatment programs.

The entire worth of all goods and services given comes to a total of $27,515! But that number is nothing compared to the worth of the precious souls who were saved.

There are a few people we want to thank for making this week great.

The Sampson family did a great job of organizing the mission team, running the revival services and working hard to make sure everyone had what they needed.

Paul Stensrud and his ministry, Exit 0, was a tremendous blessing with the supplies they brought and their tireless work out on the streets. Many of the supplies we gave out were brought and donated by Paul.

The local Pastors and Churches were great hosts and they have a huge heart for their city. They are such a blessing to work with!

Howard and Debbie Dye did a fantastic job organizing all the meals and making sure the food was delicious.

All of the participants on the mission team worked extremely hard and that made the week such a blessing.

Of course, we are grateful for all of our partners who gave to make the week possible.

Here are some pictures from the week. Visit our Facebook page for lots more!

Mark your calendar!

Fellowship Day March 9th

You are invited to our 2018 fellowship day that will be held in Pigeon Forge, TN on Friday, March 9th. This is a time for us to gather with our volunteers and partners (supporters) to say thank you and enjoy an afternoon and evening of food, fun and fellowship.

Last year was super fun and everyone had a good time relaxing and getting to know one another. This fellowship day is open to anyone who loves Unsheltered International. It’s completely free and all we ask is that you RSVP by replying to this email.

Facebook Live Fundraiser March 8th

On Thursday, March 8th, we are going to have a special two-hour live fundraising event. This is going to be a time where we come to you live and give tons of ministry updates and share our burden for the lost with our partners. We are asking God to do something BIG for us on that day and we are asking you to begin praying with us for a great harvest. Watch for more information in the coming days on this exciting event and learn more about it here.

Ministry Update 1-22-18

Hey everyone,

This week is going to be exciting and we are asking you to join us in prayer as we descend upon New Orleans and partner with local churches for our winter revival for the unsheltered. We, along with Billy Sampson Ministries and Exit 0 will be partnering with Terrytown Family Baptist Church, Cosmopolitan Evangelical Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church to bring much needed help and hope to hundreds of needy people.

Volunteers will arrive Saturday and our first service will be Sunday morning with Pastor Terry Rodgers at Terrytown Family Baptist Church. Pastor Rodgers brings in the unsheltered each and every Sunday and we hope this coming Sunday will be a highlight for his ministry. There will be breakfast and lunch for everyone and special singing by the Sampson family.

We will spend Monday out on the streets and under the bridges passing out flyers and letting everyone know about the special revival that will start Tuesday morning. While we are out visiting, we will be prepared to meet basic needs like first aid and we will also have snack bags and other items available for those who need them. Paul Stensrud and Michael Bonacum who are with Exit 0 will be bringing many supplies that are specifically for the street outreach.

Tuesday-Thursday we will be serving breakfast and lunch, holding revival services, giving medical checkups and cutting hair. This will be our first time to do this in this manner and we ask you to pray for a few things specifically:

  1. Pray for a great number of people to come
  2. Pray for many to receive the Lord as their Savior
  3. Pray for strength for all of our mission team members
  4. Pray for the Lord’s provision for all the needs

We expect to serve more than 1,400 meals next week to those who attend. Many of the people we will serve are elderly and mentally ill and the meals we serve them will be the best they have had in a long time.

You can provide meals by making a donation here.

Mark your calendar!

Fellowship Day March 9th

You are invited to our 2018 fellowship day that will be held in Pigeon Forge, TN on Friday, March 9th. This is a time for us to gather with our volunteers and partners (supporters) to say thank you and enjoy an afternoon and evening of food, fun and fellowship.

Last year was super fun and everyone had a good time relaxing and getting to know one another. This fellowship day is open to anyone who loves Unsheltered International. It’s completely free and all we ask is that you RSVP by replying to this email.

Facebook Live Fundraiser March 8th

On Thursday, March 8th, we are going to have a special two-hour live fundraising event. This is going to be a time where we come to you live and give tons of ministry updates and share our burden for the lost with our partners. We are asking God to do something BIG for us on that day and we are asking you to begin praying with us for a great harvest. Watch for more information in the coming days on this exciting event.

Bro. Denny’s Trip to South Dakota-Full Report

Hey everyone!

If you read our most recent Ministry Update than you saw that Bro. Denny Mitchell took a trip to Rapid City, South Dakota, to meet with Pastor Eric Schafnitz to bring help and hope to the homeless.

The missionaries already there

Pastor Eric and Sister Dawn and their family are missionaries called to the Native American reservations. Just this September, Pastor Eric led the very first service of 1st Nations Baptist Church, their brand new church plant.

The work that was done 

Bro. Denny spent the week working hard to assist Pastor Eric searching the streets for those who are unsheltered and in need. They went out Tuesday through Saturday of that week finding people who were cold and hungry. They gave away items such as blankets, toboggans, coats, hygiene kits, and care packages filled with snacks and water. They invited people to church on Sunday and witnessed to everyone they met about Jesus Christ. They even ended up leading a woman to the Lord while she was on her break from work.

Bro. Denny noticed a difference from the homeless community in Rapid City compared to the others he has served in. For example, he and Bro. Eric could not find any homeless camps in the area like are common in most places he goes. He learned that the homeless there tend to stay mobile, traveling back and forth from the two reservations that Rapid City is located between. And if they should stay the night there, they will leave no trace by cleaning up all their trash.

Something else that Bro. Denny was not familiar with is the severe opposition from the gangs there. In other cities where Bro. Denny has gone, the local gangs recognize and even appreciate it when people are giving help to their people. But in Rapid City it is nearly the opposite, to the point that there have been threats against Bro. Eric and his family.

The growing church

For their mid-week service and their regular Sunday services, Bro. Denny was given the privilege to preach. Thursday night after Sister Dawn and the children sang and Bro. Denny preached, two Native Americans recognized their need for Jesus and were saved!

That Sunday marked the 10th service for 1st Nations Baptist Church and it experienced great blessings also. After taking the time that week to care for people and to invite them to church, they had a record attendance of 17 people come in to worship and be refreshed by hearing from God’s Word. Praise the Lord!

 We are very grateful and happy that God has allowed us to partner with them and be a help as they have a burden to reach the homeless in that community of Rapid City.

Special Opportunities to Give!

 
The Gift Catalog
 
If you have looked on our website or follow us on Facebook I am sure that you have seen us mention our brand new Gift Catalog. It tells of many different ways you can give to help others! It also gives you good information about each UI ministry highlighted in the catalog.
 

If you haven’t already seen or received a Gift Catalog you can click here and go straight to our online version.

Children Christmas Fund

We are very excited for our big Christmas Party for our meal center children in the Philippines! It’s going to be so much fun for these kids and a great blessing for their families with the gifts we are planning to give.

The total funds for this event is $5,000.

Ministry Update 12-5-17

Hey everyone, we hope you all had a great Thanksgiving this past November!

Bro. Denny in South Dakota

Just yesterday Bro. Denny Mitchell of our Unsheltered International team traveled back home to Virginia all the way from South Dakota where he worked and ministered with Pastor Eric Schafnitz to the homeless native Americans in Rapid City for the past week. Great things happened! The love of Jesus was shown and the needy were cared for. The Word of God was preached and souls were saved! We are looking forward to sharing all about it in the next few days with a full report coming your way.

Pictured above is Pastor Eric talking with a few people who have just received care packages from himself and Bro. Denny.

TGIF is Going Strong

Since our first night back in August of this year, TGIF has been blessed greatly as a ministry to those in the streets of Bacolod City, Philippines. That first night we brought in 23 guests to be fed and refreshed and now on an average Friday night, we have no less than 30. It has grown so much that two extra bath stalls are being built so we can be sure that every guest has a chance to shower before they change into their fresh, new clothes.

Our clients love to come to the Rescue Center every week to get help and comfort. Sister Liza, who leads this ministry with her husband, Pastor Antonio, even said, “They are all excited for Friday night! They feel like they belong.” What an amazing thing to hear. Not only are their obvious needs being met through a meal, shower, new clothes, and medical attention, but they know how loved they are by the care being given to them.

Checking In

Our Unsheltered International-Philippines street ministry team really makes an effort to keep good relationships with our clients. One of the main ways they accomplish this is to visit them during the week when its not one of the scheduled evenings to go out. Especially when there is an extra need of a client.

For example this past Sunday after attending and serving at her church, staff member Lovely Javier went to check on a young client who had been stabbed in the ankle by a banana stick. She took the time to clean up and bandage his wound, trying to keep it safe from the dirty, infectious environment in which he lives.

Here you can see Lovely in her Unsheltered International shirt during street ministry.

Special Opportunities to Give!

The Gift Catalog

If you have looked on our website or follow us on Facebook I am sure that you have seen us mention our brand new Gift Catalog. It tells of many different ways you can give to help others! It also gives you good information about each UI ministry highlighted in the catalog.

If you haven’t already seen or received a Gift Catalog you can click here and go straight to our online version.

Children Christmas Fund

We are very excited for our big Christmas Party for our meal center children in the Philippines! It’s going to be so much fun for these kids and a real blessing for their families with the gifts we are planning to give.

The total funds for this event is $5,000.

Full Report from New Orleans

We are very thankful for the great response today at our resource clinic in New Orleans. Groups from Mississippi, South Carolina, Indiana, Alabama and others came together to serve and the Lord added his blessing to it all.

We served meals, cut hair, provided medical care, gave items such as clothing and Bibles and much more. We also had singing and preaching and a real emphasis on evangelism.

Prior to today, Denny Mitchell with Unsheltered International and Paul Stensrud with Exit 0 spent many hours out on the streets meeting hundreds of people and inviting them to the event. Paul also brought many snack packs and other supplies that they gave away while inviting people to the event. We are grateful for everyone’s involvement.

Here are the totals from today

Guests- 155
Volunteers- 158
Salvations- 8
Resumes- 2
Birth certificates- 20
Reading glasses- 31
Clothing- 91
Bibles- 51
Haircuts- 27
Medical care- 36
Meals- 468

Snack/hygiene- 112 (Over 100 additional snack packs were given by Exit 0 beforehand)

We appreciate those of you who faithfully support our ministry with your prayers and also financially. You have helped us accomplish great things for God’s glory! Below are some pictures from the day.

Bristol Resource Clinic Report

What a great day in Bristol at the resource clinic!

Special Dedication to Eddie Crusenberry

The lot we used was dedicated in memory of our great friend and champion in the faith Eddie Crusenberry.

Many in the community had needs met and heard the Gospel as well as saw it acted out through our many volunteers. We were blessed to have so much help in this event. Thank you to every one of those who came out from different churches and ministry organizations such as Soup for the Soul and Exit 0 for this great day of doing God’s work.

Results from day:

  • 3 saved!
  • 289 guests 
  • 149 volunteers 
  • 1 resume 
  • 40 birth certificates 
  • 85 reading glasses 
  • 3 ECC 
  • 145 clothes 
  • 43 Bibles 
  • 59 haircuts 
  • 25 medical 
  • 159 giveaways 
  • 22 churches involved

God sure is good!

To see more pictures you can click this link and find them on our Facebook page.

 

Beyond the Wall by Travis Sharpe

The rusty barbed wire sat loosely atop the crumbling, graffiti covered, hollow block wall. Taking care not to step in the urine, human feces, or trash, Lovely leaned through the broken bamboo gate and called for the children.

I watched patiently, but wondered if it was an exercise in vanity. Who in the world would be in the dirty, nasty, empty lot behind this wall? From the street, on this side of the wall, there were dozens of people walking by, most of them coming from the eatery at the end of the block. There were also college students coming and going, still in their uniforms even though it was after nine pm.

The street side of the wall was bad enough, in fact, as we pulled up, I noticed a young lady squatting beside a power pole with her shorts around her ankles. Like the other young people who call the streets their home, the base of the wall was her default bathroom. Thinking to myself, I said,  “If it is this dirty here in the open, what must it be like beyond that wall? Could there really be people living there? Are kids living there?”

But to my surprise, after Lovely called out once or twice more, the children began to emerge. One older boy walked through the bamboo opening. Some of the thin, energetic, younger boys bounder over the top of the wall with what seemed like no effort at all. The teenage girl that had been squatting when we first arrived suddenly re-appeared, wanting to shake hands- which I did.

All-in-all, about thirteen kids crossed the wall.  From eight years old all the way to late teens, these street children live part-time in the empty lot behind the wall. There, hidden from sight, they sleep, hang out, eat, and do whatever else they do. Some are runaways, some have parents that know where they are, others go home in the early hours of the morning.

Why we were there

This “wall” area, is one of the newer stops on our street ministry route. Each week, the Unsheltered Philippines ministry team takes food, prayers and lots of love to the children living on the streets. On this night we were gathering kids to bring to our rescue center for a Bible study, baths, a good meal and new clothes.

We have discovered that it takes effort to uncover the hidden people in the city. We can’t simply open our doors and wait for them to come to us, we must be pro-active and go to them. Our team is learning how to do this in a gracious and loving manner.

Are the kids dirty? of course they are. Some of them are also sniffing glue which causes their minds to not function correctly which causes them to neglect their bodies. Yes, they are often extremely dirty and extremely hard to handle. They are also extremely precious in God’s sight and extremely loved.

The bigger question is, are we willing to go “beyond the wall” to bring hope to people who are the most needy? One nine-year-old little girl who came to our rescue center with her mother last week was wearing soiled shorts and she drools constantly because of some type of disability. We love all kinds.

Do you want to make a difference?

If you want to make a difference, you’ve got to be willing to go beyond the wall. I don’t know what that wall looks like for you, but generally, they are all the same. Going beyond the wall will be uncomfortable, a little scary at times, and it won’t win any popularity contests. You will find yourself going alone at times because your friends aren’t willing to go to those kinds of places.

But in order to help people, we must go beyond the wall where others don’t want to go. It will be dirty and messy. Some of the dirt will get on you and you’ll have to learn to live with that. But when you do, you will find joy in serving Jesus through serving others. I hope you will forge ahead and find the courage to love the people who are hidden beyond the wall near you!

Here are some beyond the wall pictures from our ministry

A Little Boy Who Needed Help by Travis Sharpe

Tonight, while visiting Children and families on the streets here in Bacolod city, we came across a mother and father who were sleeping on a bed made from cardboard underneath the protection of an extended roof in front of a closed business. I want to share part of their story with you because it is very typical of many families that we meet and minister to.

The first thing that our team noticed as we approached was the large amount of “scrap” that this family had collected. Like many poor families, they make their living by collecting plastic, aluminum, and cardboard that they can sell at the junk shop the next morning. They will work in the evening hours, sometimes all night long, looking for and collecting these recyclable items they refer to as scrap.

To the untrained eye, this family might seem like they are homeless and living on the streets with no ambition whatsoever. But nothing could be further from the truth. The father, who is twenty four years old, works hard to collect the scrap that he will sell on a per-kilo basis. I was told that plastic brings about five pesos per kilo. At that rate, he would have to collect ten kilos to earn one dollar.

This family does have a home. But the money to be made as a scrapper is on the streets. If they try to return home each night like a normal working family, they will more than likely lose their bounty to the many other scrappers who are also roaming the streets at night. So, as strange at it might seem, this is a hard working family.

Consequences

One of the very sad aspects of this type of lifestyle is that it puts the mother and children out on the streets where they spend most nights in a very unsecured and unclean environment. This takes a toll on the children the most. Their little boy’s name is Dino and, as you can see in the pictures below, he is suffering from bacteria infections in his scalp. He is only six years old and yet a hard life has already negatively affected his little body. These sores are caused by the constant dirt and filth that he is forced to sleep in day after day.

His mother washes him each morning but when the sores begin, they are hard to stop. Dino’s scalp was covered with about a dozen of these sores. Some of the sores are scabbed over while some of them are open and oozing mucus and blood. Noticing his condition, our team sprang into action. Lovely retrieved a tube of triple antibiotic ointment from her bag and instructed the mother in how to use it. The mom is only twenty years old and there is a good chance she doesn’t have a good education.

Patiently, Lovely and Lola showed her exactly how to use the ointment. He became restless a few times but for the most part, slept through the treatment. We left them with some ointment and our phone number and the mother was instructed to call us if Dino begins to run a fever. If needed, we will assist them with doctors care.

Every week

Three nights per week, the Unsheltered Philippines team lovingly seeks out families who are in need of care. They minister to children, some of whom are runaways. They minister to adults, many of whom are mentally ill. Everyone they encounter is loved and cared for in Jesus name. Please keep our team in your prayers and especially little six-year-old Dino. Pray that the sores on his head will heal and that his parents will be able to climb from poverty into a better position for their family.

Also, this Friday is going to be special because we will be opening our rescue center and inviting many families to come for a good meal, and a worship service. We will also be providing showers and clothing to anyone in need. Please pray for success and that God would bless these efforts.

One more thing

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