A Life Saving Mission by Travis Sharpe

Last year, we partnered with missionary Raul Remada to help him start a new church in Dapitan City, Philippines. Brother Raul and his family began a children’s meal center first, then after several months they began having weekly church services. Their new church is going great and so is the weekly meal center.

A couple weeks ago, Raul and some helpers rode their motorcycles to a mountain village so they could preach and show a Christian film. After crossing a couple rivers and climbing a mountain, they arrived.

While in the village they met a very sick, bedridden man named Rodito. They learned that Rodito was suffering from high blood pressure, malnutrition and some other unknown illnesses. He also had a legion on his shoulder that looked infected.

Of course, this man’s condition was concerning for brother Raul and he spent time talking with Rodito and helping him the best he could. He returned to the village this week and brought more food and medicines and even took time to wash the bedridden man and clean his wound.

Raul and his wife Rachel are committed to ongoing help to try and get him back into good health. The man is afraid to go down from the mountain to the hospital so they are going to him. We are partnering with Raul to help Rodito and his family by giving them the tools necessary for some type of livelihood so that they can earn money to feed themselves for the long-haul. But in the mean time, Raul is doing a great job of meeting the immediate needs.

How you can help

This is only one recent example that shows why our ministry is so important. Rodito would most likely not live much longer without intervention from our team. Not only do we and our partners bring the gospel to the lost, we also care for the poor and vulnerable.

But in order to be ready to help people like Rodito, we count on love offerings and donations from our supporters. A couple times each year we have fundraisers and the money we raise goes a long way to help needy people.

With that in mind, I’d like to invite you to tune in to our first-ever, live video fundraiser on Thursday, March 8th from 7-9 pm. April and I will be hosting this live video on my Facebook page and we are asking the Lord to provide $10,000 for our ministry on that day. (It will be somewhat like a telethon except it will be a Facebook live video)

You can be a part of helping suffering people just like Rodito by tuning in and giving your best gift during this event.

 

I’ll be sure to send you another couple reminders as the time draws closer for this special event and I hope you will be praying about the amount you can give to help us reach this $10,000 goal.

Also, for easy giving, you can now text your donation to us. Simply text “give” to 256-579-1571. It’s a super easy and convenient way to donate!

Please be much in prayer also for Rodito and brother Raul as he ministers to him over the coming days.

Blessings,

Travis

P.S. Click here to download  a flyer for the Facebook live fundraiser. You can print it and share it at church and with friends and family to help us get the word out.

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.

A Great Start in New Orleans

The time we have been waiting for has finally come and God is already blessing! Our first service of our revival for the unsheltered here in New Orleans was held yesterday at Terrytown Family Baptist Church.

It was a great day and the Lord brought us a record number of people for our kickoff service. The Sampson family did a fantastic job singing and Brother Billy Sampson preached a convicting message from the Word of God.

We are praising the Lord for the four souls that were saved yesterday morning! Three at Terrytown Family Baptist Church and one saved at Cosmopolitan Evangelistic Church where Brother Denny Mitchell preached.

Please pray for our mission this week as we will be soul-winning, visiting on the streets and preaching through Thursday. What an exciting opportunity to serve the Lord by serving others! We will have a full update next week but you can follow our Facebook page for daily updates.

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.

Facebook Live Fundraiser

 

We are excited about our upcoming fundraiser that will be broadcast live via facebook. This special two-hour event is going to be a time where we share about our ministry and ministry needs. We are asking God for $10,000 on that day which will help us feed, clothe and preach to many people who are in need. Travis and April Sharpe will be the hosts and they are looking forward to sharing stories from their time in the Philippines and other missionary adventures.

Also joining in on the broadcast will be some of our board of directors and the Sharpe children, Hunter and Sarah. It will be broadcast on Travis’s Facebook page so if you’re not friends with him yet, go ahead and send a request today! Please be in prayer about how you can help us reach our goal.

 

How to Watch

 

This event will be broadcast via Facebook live video on Travis Sharpe’s Facebook profile. We will share it to the Unsheltered International Facebook page also.

  • Send brother Travis  friend request if you are not already Facebook friends.
  • Go to the Unsheltered International Facebook page and Click “like” and “follow”.
  • The date and time is Thursday, March 8th from 7pm-9pm EST.

 

How to Donate

 

There are four easy ways to give during the live broadcast:

  1. Call in and donate with credit or debit card. Phone number TBA.
  2. Make your donation right here on our website by clicking here.
  3. Call in during the live broadcast and make your pledge.
  4. Comment during the live broadcast with you pledge.

 

How to Spread the Word

 

  1. Share our Facebook posts from Travis’s profile or the Unsheltered International page during the weeks leading up to the broadcast.
  2. Forward our emails to your friends. Not our our email list? Click here to sign up.
  3. During the event, like and share the video, comment to let others know you are watching, participate in the question and answer times.

 

Other details about the broadcast

 

  • 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 during the two-hour live broadcast.
  • We will be broadcasting from our board of directors meeting in Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • The money raised during the broadcast will be used for our USA resource clinics and our Philippines homeless ministry.
  • Hunter and Sarah Sharpe will be appearing to talk about missions from a teenagers perspective.

 

 

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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.

Ministry Update 12-19-17 by Travis Sharpe

Here’s a look at what’s going on right now at Unsheltered International.

 We were blessed to be with Unity Baptist Church in Ripley, MS this past Sunday for their Christmas program and with Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church the Sunday before. As always, we appreciate the invitations we get to share with our partner churches. I’m especially thankful for my family who travels with me and makes it so much fun!

Philippines

In the Philippines ministry, our team had to delay their Christmas program for the children because of a typhoon that came through and caused massive rainfall and some flooding. They have re-schedueled the festivities for December 23rd. That’s good because it gives us a little more time to bring in the needed funds. So, if you would still like to donate toward the children’s Christmas, you can do that here.

Also in the Philippines, God has REALLY been blessing our meal center ministry with new sponsors. We currently have sixteen meal centers and out of those, ten of them are fully sponsored. Another four of the centers are partially sponsored and only two of them have yet to receive sponsors. I am truly grateful for the families and churches who have committed to providing for these children through our sponsorship program.

You can see who is sponsoring them by clicking here.

New Orleans mission trip

Our trip to New Orleans is right around the corner and everyone is getting really excited. We have over ten people who have paid their deposit and we have about ten more who have said they are going to be doing so real soon. If you are interested in joining us, you might want to go ahead and jump on board while there is still room.

 I’m expecting several people to sign up after Christmas but we only have hotel rooms for 30 people so I hope we won’t have to turn anyone away. We are doing something new this time by having a morning revival for three days in a row. Prayerfully, it will be a great week of ministering to people who are so often forgotten about by most of society.

I’m excited and ready for January 27th to get here! That’s our arrival date. The trip goes from Saturday the 27th- Thursday, February 1st.

You can see all the information about the trip by clicking here.

The Christmas catalog

People have been giving as a result of our gift catalog that highlights many of our ministries and unique ways to give to them. If you haven’t seen the catalog yet, you can view it on our website by clicking here. Thanks so much to everyone who has already given!

Thank you!

That’s about it for now. Thank you for following our ministry and for your prayers and support. There’s just no way we could continue without YOU.

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.

New Orleans January Mission Trip

We are excited to announce a special mission trip to New Orleans, LA January 27-February 2, 2018. Once again we will partner with Pastor Terry Rodgers to reach the homeless community with the gospel. This unique mission trip opportunity is being put together by Billy Sampson and Unsheltered International.

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 the Sampson Family will be singing during the services! You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful Spirit-filled time!

The cost of the trip is $475 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!

To sign up, call Billy Sampson at 219-805-8826. Travis Sharpe is organizing the ministry on the ground but brother Billy is organizing the trip and handling all the payments.

Use #unshelterednola2k18 on all your social media posts about this trip!

 

Below is the preliminary schedule:

Saturday January 27th- Groups arrive  (no scheduled activities, just arrive) You are on your own for meals that day.

Sunday 28th

  • Breakfast and service at Terrytown Family Baptist Church. Sampson Family will be singing.
  • Lunch after service (provided by UI)
  • Free after lunch, no more activities for the day

Monday 29th

  • Groups on their own for breakfast
  • 10am-2pm homeless outreach. (meet at the church at 10) We will split into groups of 6-10 and go out to pass out snack bags and invite people to the revival which will start the next day.
  • Groups on their own for lunch
  • 6 pm- Dinner at Grace Baptist Church with special message about ministering to the homeless by Travis Sharpe (dinner provided by Grace Baptist)

Tuesday 30th

  • Breakfast at church at 9am. (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 until 4pm
  • Dinner at 6pm at Cosmopolitan Baptist Church (provided by UI)

Wednesday 31st

  • Breakfast at church at 9am. (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 until 4pm
  • Attend church at Cosmopolitan Baptist and have dinner there after service (dinner provided by Cosmopolitan)

Thursday 1st

  • Breakfast at church at 9am. (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

I hope you can join us for this exciting week of ministry. Again, to sign up, call Billy Sampson at 219-805-8826.

Payment information for trip fee:

Important: space is very limited so sign up today!

Trip cost: $475

$100 non-refundable deposit is needed to hold your spot.

Balance is due by January 15.

To pay by PayPal, use sampsonmusic@juno.com

To pay by check, make check payable to Billy Sampson and mail to:

Billy Sampson
PO Box 2129
Hammond, IN 46323-2129

Use #unshelterednola2k18 on all your social media posts about this trip!