Ministry Update 1-24-19

New Spanish Sunday School lessons available

I’m happy to announce that we have had our one-year children’s Sunday School Curriculum translated into Spanish and it is now available on our website for free to all missionaries and churches.

This simple, yet very theologically thought through lesson plan is complete with memory verses, pictures, songs, a first aid guide, and instructions. We have found it extremely useful on the mission field in the Philippines so we wanted to share it with others.

Here’s a picture of one of our teachers using the material in the Philippines

To download this 177 page lesson plan, visit this page on our website. You can also feel free to share this with friends or missionaries who might be able to use it. On the website, it’s also available in English.

Winter Revival for the Unsheltered coming soon

Our winter revival for the Unsheltered will kick off on February 2nd in New Orleans. I hope you will join us in prayer as our team of 33 people will seek to love and help the unsheltered during that time.

Pastor Clemon Chappell from Gary, IN will be our guest preacher for the week and God always blesses his dynamic preaching. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates form the revival.

Facebook Live Fundraiser

Our live fundraiser is getting closer! It will be broadcast on Thursday evening March, 7th from 7-9 pm eastern time. This is our big fundraiser for the year and we are asking all of our friends and supporters to give in a sacrificial way to help us reach our goal of $30,000. That’s a big goal but we serve a great big God!! Be on the lookout for more information.

You can click here to read more about this special fundraiser.

Thank God for the gift!

This precious picture was sent to me by Mrs. Rachel Remada who is one of the pastor’s wives in the Philippines. Her and her husband operate one of our meal centers and they gave gifts to the children during Christmas.

She said that the boy was so happy to receive these new slippers that he didn’t want to put them on because they would get dirty. (He probably has never had a new pair.) But the best part was that the lesson they taught the children that day was about thankfulness. This boy held these slippers tight and prayed, thanking God for the gift!

A thanks to you

As always, thank you for reading our updates and praying for our ministry. God has truly blessed us and we seek to be a blessing in return!

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 $30,000 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 along with pastor Steve Dixon 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 7th from 7pm-9pm EST.

How to Donate

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

  • Call in with your credit or debit card- phone numbers will be on the screen during the broadcast.
  • Text- “give” to 256-579-1571 and follow the instructions to donate via text message.
  • Make your donation right here on our website by clicking here.
  • You can donate anytime before the live broadcast and your gift will count toward the goal.

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 along with pastor Steve Dixon. 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 $30,000 during the two-hour live broadcast.
  • We will be broadcasting from our board of directors meeting in Hilton Head, SC.
  • The money raised during the broadcast will be used for our USA resource clinics and our Philippines homeless ministry as well as other projects.
  • Hunter and Sarah Sharpe will be appearing to talk about missions from a teenagers perspective.

Click here to donate now 




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During the live broadcast on Thursday, March 7th from 7-9 pm eastern time.

A few examples of how your donations are being used to help people in need

Your gift will help us continue to bring God glory through preaching the gospel and helping people in need.

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Live Fundraiser Announcement

I have some great news that I wanted to share with you. We have scheduled our second annual live fundraiser and it is only two months away! Last year was very successful and the Lord blessed us with over $23,000 that we put directly into our ministry.

The success of that fundraiser had such a positive impact on our 2018 ministry that we were able to accomplish several great things such as:

  • Give special financial gifts to five other homeless ministries
  • Fully fund two of our seven resource clinics
  • Expand our Philippines homeless ministry
  • Make much needed repairs to equipment in the Philippines ministry

After last year’s success, our board of directors decided to make the live fundraiser in the first quarter of each year our biggest fundraiser that we do. It was successful because the Lord blessed it, our entire board of directors got involved and everyone gave generously.

This year our goal is to raise $30,000 at the live fundraiser on Thursday, March 7th. For that to happen, we will need to pray hard and give generously as unto the Lord.

Here are the details about the broadcast

  • The date and time is Thursday, March 7th, from 7-9 EST.
  • It will be a Facebook live video broadcast from our board of directors meeting in Hilton Head, SC
  • It will be on Travis’s Facebook page (send me a friend request if we’re not already friends)
  • Travis and April will be the hosts along with Pastor Steve Dixon.
  • 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 $30,000.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing how to donate and get involved more. Thank you so much for being a part of our ministry and praying for the Lord’s provision. This is an exciting and challenging task for a very worthy cause.

Ministry Update 12-19-18

I hope this update finds you doing well and ready for Christmas. We are within one week now so it’s almost time to start the shopping. Well, for us guys, we will start promptly on the 24th I guess!

I wanted to let you know what we were up to this week so here goes.
 
Philippines

Our Philippines team has been busy with the rescue center, street outreach and meal centers. They have added another night to the rescue center ministry so now they are open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

This ministry is going great and we are so happy that it is expanding. You can read more about this ministry that rescues children from the streets by clicking here.
 
Off season repairs and preparation

It is currently our “off season” as far as resource clinics go and that means maintenance time and preparing for the coming year of ministry that will begin in April. This week I had lots of suspension and brake work done on one of our trailers and we also purchased a new set of tires.

We have been blessed with some new-to-us kitchen equipment so we will be converting this 16’ trailer into a dedicated food service trailer for the resource clinics and in-state mission trips. After the new year I will pull the trailer into our warehouse and we will begin refitting it for that purpose.

We also got another big semi trailer moved to our warehouse property and are using it to store the boxes of clothing that we will use throughout the year. It’s all separated by size and gender.

Here’s another great way we are growing. Tim Barbee has been busy getting all of the insurance, DOT numbers and everything else that is necessary to put the semi truck that was donated to us on the road. Hopefully it will all be finished up and we will be ready to roll with it by the first week of February.

Gearing up for New Orleans

Our trip to New Orleans is February 2-7 and all the spots are now full. Our volunteers have been very busy here at our warehouse on Tuesdays and Wednesdays making up snack bags and sorting clothing to take with us.

We are excited about this upcoming trip and our local volunteers have done a fantastic job getting us ready with supplies.

New Years Eve Party

Our New Years Eve party is right around the corner and it’s going to be lots of fun.

I hope you will join us for this. It will be an open house event so we can show you our new facilities that we moved into this year. We want you to be familiar with where we are and see how God has blessed us this year! There will be lots of food and fun stuff throughout the evening so please join us.

Prayer requests
I ministered to five people here in Cullman this week who were sleeping in cars. Please pray for their safety and for a home.

Please pray for new sponsors for our rescue center. You can learn more about that need here.
Our second annual Facebook Live fundraiser is coming up on March 7th. Please begin to pray with us for God’s great provision through this.

April has been battling migraines the past two weeks and she really needs healing.

Thank you

Many of you have been giving lately and we appreciate your generosity. Thank you for sharing in the Lord’s work!

New Years Eve Party!

This New Years Eve we are having a party and You’re invited!

We will be gathering together with family, friends and ministry partners to ring in the new year with lots of food and fun. Because we are always on the go, we wanted to have this get together and spend the afternoon and evening with you!

Brother Howard Dye, who is our board chairman and also happens to be a professional caterer, is preparing some delicious food. He will be fixing his famous catfish stew and chicken and dumplings! The senior group from Temple will be bringing great desserts and others are bringing lots of finger foods. There will be plenty to eat and we need you to come enjoy it with us.

As the evening goes on, I (Travis) will be giving a short presentation about our accomplishments this year and sharing some of our future plans. This will be a great time to learn all about the ministry of Unsheltered International and what we do.

There will be a big bon-fire and we will have lots of fireworks late in the evening to celebrate the new year. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend. Kids, adults, just bring the whole family.

This is all going down at the new warehouse and headquarters that we have been working on this year and it’s going to be an open house of sorts. You can take the tour and see how we collect and distribute donations, see our semi-trailer that we take to the resource clinics and much more. We have lots of our regular volunteers and workers that will be here so it will be a fun party and also informative about our mission.

Please RSVP by emailing us at info@unsheltered.org, or calling us at 256-385-1679.

The address is 479 County Road 827 Cullman, AL. That’s out Why 278 west in the Bethel community for those of you familiar with the area. Here’s a picture of the warehouse so you know what to look for.

We will get started eating around 6pm and the party will last up until about midnight. I hope you will join us and ring in the new year praying for the Lord to do great and mighty things through the ministry of Unsheltered International.

5 Ways We Are Making A Difference

I can hardly believe that we get to do the things that we do through the ministry of Unsheltered International. God is blessing in amazing ways and I am glad to be a small part of HIS agenda! Thanks to our ministry partners and generous supporters, the gospel is being preached and people are being helped. Today, I’d like to share five ways that is happening.

Through our street ministry God is bringing hope.

Every week, our Filipino team hits the streets of Bacolod City with a simple meal of rice soup and lots of compassion. They make several stops through the city to feed and pray with children and adults who are unsheltered. The soup is served in cups but the love is served through prayer, soul-winning and first aid. Learn more

Through the rescue center, God is giving a better connection.

 

Every Friday evening (and soon to be Tuesday also) the same team brings the children and adults to our rescue center where they can take a bath, receive new clothes, have a better meal and join in a worship service with singing and preaching. Learn more

Through the resource clinics, we are preaching the gospel to the unsheltered

 

This year, we partnered with seven different churches here in the US to conduct resource clinics where we preach to hundreds of people who live on the streets or in other comprimised situations. Valuable resources like medical care, haircuts and counseling are also given throughout the day. Learn more

Through our mentoring and ministry, missionaries are being helped.

 

I just returned from Albania a couple weeks ago where we were able to visit with four hard-working missionaries and teach them about ministering to people who are vulnerable and even despised in their community. We helped by giving a blueprint on how to move forward with a ministry to the gypsies that will eventually be turned into a new church. Learn more

Through the meal centers, God is caring for hundreds of children each week.

 

In the Philippines, Burma and Honduras, our meal centers are reaching over 600 children each week. We feed them and teach Bible lessons and also care for minor (and sometimes major) medical issues. Our partners who lead these meal centers are dedicated and compassionate and the children have no doubt that they are loved. Learn more

There are other ways too.

These five activities are the main things going on right now but we also preach in mission conferences, do mission trips, help start other ministries and help the homeless in our own hometown. Thank you for partnering with us and praying for our team as we try our best to send the gospel light where God has called us. Without you, it wouldn’t happen. Most of all, we thank God for his provision and guidance.

To God be the glory!

Ministry Update 11-12-18

Today I’m writing from the Republic of Albania. Pastor Robbie Burton from Lighthouse Baptist Church in Abbeville, SC graciously paid for my trip so that I could help the missionaries that his church has sent to this unique  country in the Balkin region of Southeast Europe. Brother Robbie and I went to Bible College together so it has been great to spend this time with him. Their church has been focusing much of their missionary efforts here in Albania and they are making a huge impact.

Missionary Daxell Wells arrived with his family in Albania in March of 2018 and his main objective is to plant churches among the Roma Gypsie people. This people group is looked down upon and despised by almost everyone else in this region of the world. They travel often and live in makeshift encampments in dire poverty.

We have visited two gypsie camps so far. At the first one, Missionaries Aaron Wilson and Tim Lord came with us. They played guitars and we all sang Albanian songs together. It was humbling to sing with these precious people. I was able to give valuable insights about ministering to marginalized people. We discussed the importance of the gospel and the impact that an on-going discipleship based ministry can have. We also discussed principles that guide us as we minister to people in poverty-stricken areas.

One family showed us their living quarters. They reside in an old ampitheatre that is still standing, but very unsafe. There is rubbish everywhere from what used to be walls and buildings. Their bedrooms are in smaller rooms that leak profusely when it rains.

We are training Daxell and equipping him to start  meal centers at the gypsie camps. The idea is to begin with our meal center ministry, then progress to an adult Bible study, and then that will be the catalyst of a new church plant. We have seen this model be successful in the Philippines and we believe it will be a great way to compassionately help here while also beginning new churches. Please pray for this exciting new adventure and for the Wells family as they work hard to promote the gospel to these precious people.

Today we are going on a six hour journey to look at other towns and villages that don’t have churches. With us on this trip is brother Sam Hull, who has surrendered to missions in Albania. He is in the planning and preparation stage and surveying these potential areas.

Thanks so much for your prayers and partnership as we promote the gospel among some of the most marginalized and despised people in the world. I recall the words of the Lord Jesus when he said “I came to seek and to save that which is lost.”Thank you for helping us as we seek to ensure that they hear the good news!

Report From New Orleans Resource Clinic

What a great weekend here in NOLA! Here is the full report.

 

We were blessed to once again partner with Pastor Terry Rodgers of Terrytown Family Baptist Church right here in New Orleans. Terry ministers each week to the unsheltered and we come to support his ministry. It’s a good partnership because we help him have a BIG outreach and then he follows up with the people when we are gone.

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

 

Pastor Terry Rodgers preached a fantastic message and Temple Baptist Church from Fairview, AL provided the music.

 

 

 

This picture captured my heart because it embodies what we are all about. Coming alongside the hurting and helping them to Jesus.

 

 

Here are some of the groups who made the day happen

Exit 0- Jeffersonville, IN
Sardis Lake Baptist- Sardis, MS
Parkway Baptist- Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Mount Pleasant Baptist- Susan Moore, AL
Temple Baptist- Fairview, AL
Unity Baptist- Ripley, MS
Terrytown Family Baptist
Grace Baptist- Marrero, LA

Here’s a total of today’s results

Attendance- 119
Volunteers- 155
Hygiene- 92
Lunch bags (filled with snacks)- 120
Birth certificates- 18
Clothing- 85
Reading glasses- 67
Bibles- 50
Haircuts- 31
Medical care- 42
Meals- 149

Here are a few pictures. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for many more great pictures!

 

 

 

 

Help needed for New Orleans

Next weekend, our ministry team, partner ministries, and a host of volunteers will be in New Orleans, LA for our annual resource clinic for the Unsheltered. Once again we will partner with Pastor Terrytown Family Baptist Church, Cosmopolitain Evangelistic Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church to hold this much anticipated event.

On Friday, some of our leaders, along with Exit 0, will be ministering on the streets meeting practical needs and inviting people to the big event the next day. The resource clinic will begin early on Saturday morning and conclude late in the afternoon. We will be providing food and clothing, hair cuts, medical assistance and many more vital resources.

We will be joined by Temple Baptist Church from Fairview, AL along with some other churches from out of state. They areaways a blessing and help during the labor-intensive resource clinics. The very best part will be the singing and preaching. The choir from Temple will be leading the singing and Pastor Terry Rodgers will bring the message.

These resource clinics are always a boost for the local church that we partner with. In fact, last year the church attendance doubled in the weeks after the event. We care about what happens after the big day is over and that’s why we always work in conjunction with a local church. They will be there long after we are gone.

We need your help

Since we don’t receive funds from the government, (and we don’t want to), we rely upon the generosity of God’s people to make these important events possible. We will minister to over 300 unsheltered and broken people next week and I have to tell you that it’s not cheap!

Your tax-deductible gift of any amount will go a long way to help us make a difference next weekend. Please pray and consider a generous gift to help us provide the meal and resources that are so desperately needed by those whom we will serve.

$20 will provide one birth certificate.
$10 will provide two meals.

$500 will help us transport our 53’ semi trailer that hauls all of the supplies.

You can click here to give online.

Thank you for your support as we strive to preach the gospel and make a difference!

Ministering to Body and Soul by Travis Sharpe

A few weeks ago, I was reminded of the importance of our missionary endeavors among some of the poorest children in the Philippines. One of the unique things about our ministry is that we ministry to the body and soul. In other words, we care for physical needs as well as spiritual needs. And the rewards are wonderful.

Sometimes, it takes an act of kindness in order to open the door to someones heart. Such was the case with Jossel, a ten-year old boy whom our team found with a severe foot wound. He lives in a small village where Pastor Jezer and his church family operate one of our Unsheltered International Philippines meal centers. He is very shy, and would not attend the meal center activities and Bible study until our team helped him with his wound.Their compassion opened his little heart.

This wound was caused by a machette style knife that he was using while working in a rice field. He accidentally sliced it into his foot. However, like many families who are extremely poor, no medical help was sought. When our teachers found him, the wound was packed with mud and it was severely  infected.

Filled with compassion, the teachers brought him back to the church so that the pastor’s wife,  Sister Russell, could use the first aid kit to help.

They washed his feet with boiled guava leaves to clean everything, then applied betadine and antibiotic ointment. Lastly, they wrapped it up in a clean new bandage.

Although Jossel is ten years old, he is only in the first grade. Plus, when he hurt his foot and was having trouble walking, his father was going to take him out of school. Thankfully, our team was there to lovingly help him. Since then, he has attended the church and began to participate in the meal center and Bible study.

Please pray with us that Pastor Jezer, his wife, and the teachers can continue to make a difference in Jossel’s life as well as the many other children they minister to on a weekly basis.

To learn more about our meal centers and how you can get involved, click here!

Here are more pictures of Jossel that our team sent me!