Ministry Update 6-8-21

It’s a busy week for us here in Cullman! We are blessed to have a great volunteer work team with us from Landmark Baptist Church in Shelby, NC.

These men and women have come to help us with one of the first big projects for our tiny home village- remodeling an old building and transforming it into a maintenance facility. When completed, this building will serve as the construction support and maintenance support facility for our village.

Work began yesterday with demolition. The took out the ceiling, doors, several walls, and more. The building was old and basically needed to be gutted. Today through Friday the team will be working hard to put it all back together. There will be a new roof, workbenches, all new electrical, and more.




We are also adding a 30×36 addition onto the back of the existing building to give us more space. Please pray with us for good weather so the team can work uninterrupted while they are here. Another prayer request is for the materials we need to come in. There seems to be a shortage on roofing metal and we are currently waiting on ours to arrive.

Thank you so much for your generosity and prayers as we continue to work for the Lord and help people with no other hope.





Ministry Update 4-9-21

I hope you are doing great today. I’ve got an update to share with you concerning our tiny-home village project.

We have been working very hard behind the scenes to get all of our ducks in a row as far as permits and site plans are concerned. As you know, we had an engineer in Augusta who did our conceptual drawings for us. Those were completed a few weeks ago and now we have moved on to the next step of hiring a local engineering firm here in Cullman to finish everything up.

This firm will finish the site plan, give us erosion control plans, help us through permitting processes with the highway department and the Environmental Management Agency. They will also engineer the septic systems and take care of the permitting required for that through the local health department. Those processes are pretty complex and require professionals to create plans and file all the necessary paperwork. In short, an engineering firm is a must when developing seventeen acres of land as we are doing.

Infrastructure work will begin just as soon as the engineering work is complete and the permits are obtained. The big variable here is the length of time that the permitting takes. Please pray for quick turn-around times for that!

We have a group coming from Landmark Baptist Church in Shelby, NC the week of June 6th. These men are going to remodel the old church building that we purchased and get it ready to be the maintenance facility. Please pray for them as they raise funds for their trip to Cullman.

Please also pray that the engineering work will be completed in a timely fashion and that the Lord continues to provide the needed funds for this great project. The engineering costs alone are several thousand dollars. Many people have asked why it is taking a while to get started building the homes. The simple answer is that we are committed to an excellent project and we are going through all the proper channels and doing it correctly! We are developing a supportive housing community that will help people until Jesus returns. Excellence takes a little longer but is well worth the wait!

As always, thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Annual fundraiser exceeds goal!

We are so grateful for how the Lord blessed our annual fundraiser last night. The generosity and support that was shown to our ministry was overwhelming to say the least.


As a matter of fact, the participation was so good, we moved our goal up from $100,000 to $125,000 and EXCEEDED that by $1,190!

When it was all said and done, you gave $126,190.

This outpouring of generosity will help us to have one of the best years ever and help more hurting people than ever before. I am excited to get to work and put this money to good use.

I am thankful to our entire board of directors who worked hard to share this opportunity with their friends and family. They have been working behind the scenes for several weeks and that hard work has paid off. A fundraiser like this is only possible when we all work together.

If you watched the broadcast last night, you might have heard me mention that just a few days ago we learned that one of the ladies we have been trying to get off the streets finally found a home. it took over eight months of working with her but praise God she is now housed and no longer living in her car! That effort alone took a whole lot of money. But it was worth every penny.

Thank you again for giving and helping us to help people. God sure is blessing and we sure are thankful.

Ministry update 2-26-21

Today’s ministry update is all about the Village project and where we are at this point. To say the least, God has been blessing in a big way.

Earlier this week April and I went and met with the manufacturer who is going to be building our tiny homes. (We will purchase the unfinished homes from them and then utilize volunteers to complete everything on the inside.) We talked about sizes and designs, color schemes and materials and much more.

The visit gave us a lot of good information and we were also able to get an updated quote for the first four buildings that we plan to order. With the lumber price increase that we have seen in the past few months, our new quote is $12,995 per building. We are projecting that each home, including purchase price, will cost about $42,000.

I was able to speak with the engineer who is designing our site plan last week and get an update on his progress. He is hoping to have us a first draft any day now. As soon as we get this first draft, we will be able to sit down and really see what the possibilities are for the property.

One question that many have asked is how many homes we are planning to build. I wish I knew! Those are some of the details that are completely dependent upon what the 17 acre property will allow with the wetlands and other challenges. I am really excited to see that first draft.

Next steps

The purchase is complete on the half acre lot with the old church building and we are starting to do a little work there already. Tomorrow we will be fixing the plumbing in the bathrooms and we have been moving junk out already this week. The building needs cleaning and new soffits and facia boards all the way around. New windows are needed also. This building will be our maintenance shop and I would like to add a 30×30 addition onto it. That would give us all the maintenance room we would need for the next little while.

After that, we will be looking to move the new office building on site and get it all set up and functional. There will be many needs for this such as building the pad, building steps and a porch, plumbing, etc.

After the shop is ready, and the office is up, more infrastructure work will be done and then it will be time for the houses! Of course, there will be unknowns and variables just like with any development project but we think this will be the progression of the work.

Thank you for praying and asking God to lead us and guide us through this awesome project!

Ministry Update 2-22-21

This weeks ministry update is all about our ministry in the Philippines. As you know, Unsheltered International Philippines does two main things: Ministering to children through the meal centers and ministering to the homeless through the rescue center and street ministry.

The challenges brought by COVID have had a very real impact on these ministries, however, our team has persevered and adjusted in order to continue preaching, teaching, and practically helping those in great need.


From Mindanao, Pastor Raul Remada reported to us recently that the Lord has really been good to them so far in 2021. They have started a new mission work in a place called Diboloc. They were able to baptize two men last week and there are Bible students and other pastors helping in this new ministry.

Their meal center had 176 in attendance during January with 13 salvations. Here are a couple meal center pictures.




From the Bacolod City and Talisay area, Merliza has reported recently that  they have had great challenges due to recent flooding that began on January 1st.  She said that despite the floods, and COVID, God is still reaching his creation with the gospel message.

The Christmas gift giving was a huge success, they were able to start a new church at the meal center in Handumanan, and commission four new pastors. The street ministry is also going well. They have been busy for the Lord! Here are some of their pictures.







Ministry Update 2-8-21

We are so excited about how the Lord is using his people to supply everything needed for the Village, our tiny-home community for the unsheltered that we are building here in Cullman, AL. I’d like to share some of these blessings from the last ten or so days.

First, Winston Home Builders in Double Springs, AL, contacted us about a 28’x60′ office unit they had. This commercial grade unit, was built several years ago but never sold. It has never been used and they asked us if we would be interested taking it as a donation. Of course, we were happy to say yes! We are planning to use this as our first office at the Village property. It will give us a place for administration and management and save us thousands of dollars.

Along with the office, the same business gave us a tractor-trailer load of sheetrock. This was left over material they no longer needed. We plan to use the sheetrock for the tiny homes!

We were also blessed last week with a generous memorial gift in honor of Mrs. Melanie Parker. Melanie loved our ministry and prayed for us often. This special gift was used to purchase an additional lot near the Village property and also a 4×4 heavy duty truck.

It would take a long time to tell you the whole story, but God had all of this planned out and we are thankful for his goodness and the generosity of the givers. There is a 1200 sq foot building on the lot that we intend to use for a shop to help support our building efforts. The truck will be put to use not only at the Village property but for whatever else we need.

Coming up

Our annual live fundraiser is coming up in only five weeks. It will be Thursday, March, 11th. This is our one big fundraiser we do every year that helps us to keep our doors open. In order to continue our projects, such as the Village, we need to have a successful fundraiser.

We have already had several people make pledges. To be honest, that’s how this one really does good. We work hard in the weeks leading up to the live share-a-thon style event to raise as much as we can. The goal this year is $100,000. We are praying for $80,000 to be pledged or given before before March 11th.

You can read all about this on our website by clicking this link.

Thank you for taking the time to read our update and for your prayers and generosity.

4th Annual Live Fundraiser Details

Preparations for our 4th annual 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 11th, from 6-10pm (eastern time).
  • It will be a Facebook live video broadcast from our board of directors meeting in Gatlinburg, TN.
  • It will be on the Unsheltered International Facebook page.
  • There will be a link to follow on our website
  • 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 answer questions from viewers.
  • Our goal is to raise $100,000.

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 2021 and I hope you will partner with us in that success.

Here is how you can help us meet, and even exceed the goal

  • Pray with us for open doors and God’s provision as we talk to potential donors.
  • Pray that the Lord would give us a large and engaged viewership on the evening of the broadcast.
  • During the broadcast on March 11th, like and share it to your own Facebook timeline. This will help others to see it.
  • Call in during the broadcast with your special gift to the ministry.

There is a way to help BEFORE the broadcast also

We are calling on our faithful partners to make their donation or pledge BEFORE March 11th. This will help us to go into the night of the broadcast with part of the $100,000 already raised. Last year, about $18,000 came in during the broadcast but more than $40,000 was given beforehand.

With that history in mind, we are asking God to provide about $75,000 BEFORE March 11th. We had several very generous gifts last year from churches and families and business that really helped. Please consider how the Lord would use you to help us go into that night with all of the $75,000 raised!

How to give before March 11th

  • I (Travis) would love to speak with you personally about your gift. I know that giving is very personal and for that reason, I want to give you my cell number. You can call me to let me know what you want to donate, or for more details. 256-385-1679
  • Go to and give with your credit or debit card. There is a large banner on our homepage that is for the fundraiser so click on that.
  • Mail check to Unsheltered International PO Box 2625 Cullman, AL 35056. Just mark fundraiser in the memo section.

Thank you very much for reading, praying and giving!

Ministry Update 01-19-21

Now that the holidays are behind us, we are back hard at work doing our best to make a difference each day. Speaking of making a difference, I thought I would share a very special Christmas blessing that our Philippines team was able to be apart of on Christmas day.  After the church service that morning, Pastor Ner and his team wanted to check on their precious homeless clients. Merliza, Pastor Ner’s wife, writes:

“My plan is to buy 30 orders of Spaghetti with chicken but when we were at the window of  the “drive thru”, we need to wait not less than 30 mins for our order. But since, we will have Christmas fellowship with some Church members at 3:00 pm, we need to minimize our time! And Unexpectedly, I ordered 50 orders of Hamburger and it was already available! This time, our priority are those people with mental illness and the vulnerable ones! But God also knows my desire! As we are roaming around the City, we saw many people sitting on the sidewalk in front of the Regional hospital! I was informed by a fellow Pastor’s wife working in that hospital, those people have patients in that hospital with critical condition and some are patients waiting for available rooms. That’s why, I wanted to bring additional meal every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for them!  50 pieces of Hamburger and fruits is not accidental order! I’m sure, it is God’s way to extend His compassion to these fellows and to make them realize, somebody cares! Thank God for always moving in so mysterious ways!  May we all have a  MERRY CHRISTmas and Blessed New Year”

The heart’s of our Philippines team never ceases to amaze me. I have included a few pictures from that morning .

Live Fundraiser

Our annual live fundraiser is scheduled for March 11, 2021. That evening from 6-10 pm EST, we will be broadcasting live on our Facebook page and there will be all kinds of great information, stories, testimonies and more. We will be sharing some future plans and letting you know what all God has done through our ministry.

Most of all, this is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we are asking the Lord to provide $100,000 that evening. I hope you will make plans to join us for this exciting event!

Thank you

We appreciate you following our updates and staying connected with us. Please remember us as well as those we serve in your prayers each day.

Save the Date!

I am so excited to send you this “save the date” information because our live fundraiser is the biggest and best fundraiser that we do each year. Plus, it’s awesome to see God provide through the generosity of our ministry partners year after year.

Our ministry has grown by leaps and bounds in the past year. We have expanded the Philippines ministry, doubled our warehouse operation in Cullman, and increased our local outreach efforts in Cullman. We have also began Phase I of our new tiny-home village that is going to be a real help to people in need of housing here in our hometown.

With all of these increases in our ministry, we have set a 2021 live fundraising goal of $100,000. I know that we have a BIG God and generous partners who give because they want to make a difference in the hearts and lives of people in need. So we are stepping out by faith and aiming for our largest single day fundraiser to date.

I hope that you will begin to pray about how you can get involved with us not only in giving yourself, but also helping our team in prayer and recruiting other to give with you. Be watching for more details to come in the near future.

Thanks for saving the date and praying with us!

Christmas for the children

For the last five years it has been our joy to help provide food and presents for the precious children who are enrolled in our children’s meal centers in the Philippines.

April and I have had the opportunity to be there for some of these celebrations and it is so awesome to see the happiness on their faces as they receive these gifts that are so rare to them. This year, our team has selected 150 kids who will benefit from these blessings of food, clothing and other items.

The picture above was taken at the Christmas party last year. Pastor Ner is in the white shirt and mom and her kids were happy to receive our gifts.

We plan to send the funds over to our Filipino team on the second week of December and we need your help to make it wonderful. A gift of any amount will be a real blessing because these children are very poor and their families, for the most part, cannot provide special things during the holidays.

Our team has all the plans in place and they will begin to purchase everything that is needed as soon as we send the funds. A great idea is to consider adopting a child or two as part of your own Christmas giving this year. It will take $30 per child and their entire family will benefit from the gift.

Would you be willing to help one, or a few families enjoy these blessings this year?

To give your gift online click here.

You can also mail your gift to:
Unsheltered International
PO Box 2625
Cullman, AL 35056

P.S. Here are a few pictures from this week in our meal centers. These are some of the children who will receive gifts.