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.

http://www.unsheltered.org/2021-live-fundraiser/

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

Ministry Update 10-28-20

The Lord has been blessing on all fronts here at Unsheltered International and we wanted to give you an update. Our team in the Philippines has been hard at work serving underprivileged children in the meal centers and serving the many unsheltered children and adults who live on the streets of Bacolod City.

Meal Centers

In the last couple of months, they have served over 2,800 meals in the various meal centers that we operate. We are so grateful for Pastor Antonio Ner, Pastor Raul Remada, and Pastor Jezer Manguilimutan who lead the various meal centers and operate them through their local churches.

Street Ministry

The street outreach ministry in Bacolod City is led by Merliza Ner who has an unwavering love for the many vulnerable people they visit each week. Even in the difficulty of a pandemic, the team has been faithful to share God’s love with everyone they come in contact with. Sometimes it is heartbreaking for them because they don’t see the immediate results they hope for, but even then, they serve with continued hope and optimism.

The Village at Unsheltered International

Our work on the tiny-home village land is continuing to happen. Last week we cleared a little more land as we dodged the wet weather.

God has blessed us with a local surveying company who has agreed to do the survey work at no charge. This will be a tremendous savings for us and they she be getting started any day now. Once the survey work is done, we can begin to work with the engineers on the design of the village!

We also received our brand new brochures detailing the tiny-home village project this week and are in the process of getting them mailed out now.

Thank you for your prayers and support as our teams continue to serve!

Ministry Update 8-21-20

The Lord sure has been blessing in the past week or so. On Monday evening, we had a special conference call with our board of directors about the dream of building a tiny-home village here in Cullman, AL. There is not a place for homeless men or families to go in this county. The closest place is thirty miles away.

What came out of that meeting was great because we were finally able to free up room in our yearly budget to get the tiny-home project started. We were able to allocate a little over $12,000 to establish a land fund. Then, on Thursday afternoon, a generous donor gave us another $6,000. That puts our total to just over $18,000.

We have also identified a 17 acre tract of land that we decided to pursue for the project. I had looked at this same land a few months ago, but it was part of a bigger piece of property and the owners were unwilling to separate it. Now however, they have decided to sell this portion by itself. The price for the land is $60,000. That puts us only $42,000 away from making the purchase. Of course, there may be other fees associated with the purchase such as closing costs, perc tests, and so on. But we are closer than we have ever been.

Here’s how I would like you to pray. I’d like to make an offer on this property in the next few days so it doesn’t slip away from us. It’s our desire to pay cash and not have to finance anything. Please pray for wisdom in this and also for God’s quick provision. After we do make an offer and give them some earnest money, we will only have a few short days to raise the remaining $42,000.

I believe whole-heartedly that God, through his people, will supply for this need as He sees necessary. Help us pray that if this is God’s will, the door will be opened to us and that no man can shut it!

We have a single mother in a hotel right now whom we have been helping for two months now. Every place she has tried to rent has fallen through. There’s simply a shortage of affordable housing so we have been keeping her in a cheap motel. She works two jobs and even with that effort, is hitting wall after wall. The village would be a tremendous blessing for someone like her because it would be a quiet, peaceful place to call home while she was in this transition period. In the mean time, please pray for doors to open for her to get out of the motel.

To see the complete Tiny Home Village plan visit the web page here.

To make a donation towards this project click here.

Thanks so much for praying and helping us with this important project!

Ministry Update 4-15-20

We are giving God the glory today for his goodness and mercy during this global pandemic that we are experiencing. Last week we put out a call to action for our Philippines ministry and many of our supporters responded generously.

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Because of that response, we were able to send $1,600 to our Philippines team to purchase relief food. They began to purchase the food as soon as they received the funds. Although it was difficult because of limited travel and shopping abilities, they were able to secure several bags of rice and other food items.

As soon as the team was able to prepare individual food bags that contained a few kilos of rice and the other canned goods, they began distribution. The primary areas of focus were the meal centers where we normally have our weekly feeding ministries. Those ministries have been disrupted for the last couple weeks due to the stay-at-home orders which are in place.

Because of those orders, many of these families are really suffering and don’t have adequate food. Some are only able to eat one time per day. That’s where the relief foods come in! Sister Merliza reported to me that they have already delivered more than 318 bags of food in several of the villages where our meal centers are located.

Our team has worked tirelessly to package these goods and get them distributed to the most vulnerable people. Please continue to pray with us for their protection and for God’s provision. This first round of relief was a blessing, but they will need more.

We are planning on sending another offering at the end of this week so if you wanted to give before but couldn’t, this is your opportunity. You can use this link to give now with your card, or, mail in your gift using the address below. If you are planning to mail your gift, please reply to this email and let me know so that we can count your gift in the total and get it sent ASAP.

I don’t know of anything much better than feeding hungry children in Jesus’ name. As a matter of fact, that’s exactly how God has opened the door in the last few years to enable us to share the gospel and see hundreds of people come to Christ for salvation!

Thank you for giving and being a part of this critical time. It does me good to know that together, we are making a difference! To God be the glory.

 

2020 Winter Revival for the Unsheltered

 Winter Revival for the Unsheltered 2020

New Orleans, LA

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

A few more details

  • You are responsible for getting to New Orleans and your transportation when you are there.
  • All of your lodging and most of you meals are covered with the price of the trip.
  • Children under 18 are welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A $75 non-refundable deposit is due by December 1st to hold your spot. Remaining balance is due by January 3rd.
  • Our lodging will be at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary dormitories. You need to bring twin size bedding, towels and all toiletries.

How to register

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

Payment information

Important: space is very limited so sign up today!

Trip cost: $425

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

Balance is due by January 3rd.

 

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

Unsheltered International

NOLA mission trip

PO Box 2625

Cullman, AL 2625

To pay now online:

Click here to pay deposit now.

 

Click here to pay any amount now

 

Below is the preliminary schedule:

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

 

Our team lodging will be at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

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

 

 

The revival services will be held at Shiloh Christian Fellowship.

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

 

 

 

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

 

Pictures from the 2019 trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional pictures from our ministry trips to New Orleans

 

We look forward to partnering with you!

Full Report from the Bristol, VA Resource Clinic

This past weekend we had the privilege of hosting our third resource clinic of this year. Our ministry partnered with several local churches in the area. The clinic was held at Community Baptist Church which is pastored by one of our board member’s, Todd Crusenberry. The meal for the day was provided and prepared by Joel Wray and his team from Soup for the Soul, a local ministry that has a mobile kitchen and serves meals.

Here is a full list of the results for the day:

Guests- 138
Volunteers- 113
Meals- 375
Salvations- 2
Re-dedications- 2
Birth certificates- 22
Reading glasses- 58
Clothing- 84
Bibles- 34
Haircuts- 43
Medical care- 18
Hygiene- 105
Face paint – 11

Narcan packs given – 45

Friday visitation

Friday several of our team spent all day on the streets of the community handing out flyers about the clinic on Saturday, praying, and witnessing.

Volunteer Meeting and Fellowship Dinner

Friday night Community Baptist Church was gracious enough to host a fellowship dinner for our team and volunteers. The Friday night before the clinic is our time to hold a meeting about the clinic set up, function and expectations for the next day. We are able to go over any questions or concerns that volunteers might have.

Great Preaching and Singing

At this clinic we were blessed to have The Sampson Family providing our worship and singing. Billy Sampson and his three daughters, Ashley, Sarah and Emily provided wonderful singing during the worship service. Billy’s son-in-law, Justin Williamson, preached the message to our guests. We are praising God for two salvation’s and two re-dedication’s.

                            

One of the souls saved at the clinic was Randy. Here he is pictured with one of our team leaders, Denny Mitchell, our Board Chairman, Howard Dye and another guest. Randy was also blessed with a brand new lawn mower. Pray for Randy as he begins his new life in Christ.

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

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

Here are some other pictures from the clinic.

           
           

Giving children a fighting chance

I believe that no child should EVER have to live on the streets. But here in the Philippines, that’s the daily reality for thousands of children. Most of them have a family, or at least a partial family. Most of them have some sort of house to go to late at night. But it’s never a good situation.

Many of the children I have personally met are being raised by young parents who themselves were born and raised into a life of making their living on the streets. They might sell face cloths or help park cars. Some beg for money and others collect scrap plastic and cardboard to sell at the recycle shops.

They lack education and the resources necessary just to be healthy, much less enjoy a normal childhood. They get sick easily because of their living conditions and the younger children are eventually lured into drugs and crime by the older, wiser ones. Worse yet, many of the young girls are being sold over and over again as sex slaves. It’s like Satan has laid a perfect trap through poverty.

While I absolutely love ministering to these precious young souls, I am also thoroughly disgusted with the conditions that parents, authorities, and local government allow these vulnerable children to exist in.

Here’s how our team is giving underprivileged children a fighting chance.

Sharing the gospel

Without a doubt, the number one act of compassion that we can do for anyone is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Every time our ministry team goes out, they are aware that the the greatest need is salvation. That’s why everything we do is centered around the gospel.

Many children and adults also, are drawn to us because of the food or the clothes or maybe just the love that our team gives. But those things are just the beginning. Behind every other compassionate act is our desire to explain that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. Our team members hand out gospel tracts, preach, and have one-on-one conversations. Every year dozens of children hear about Christ for the first time because of their efforts.

Serving nutritious meals

Three times per week our team hits the streets with meals. That’s the outreach part of the ministry where we give food to current clients and also seek to meet new ones. Two times each week we bring children to our rescue center for a sit-down meal.

If we had more funding, and more team members, we could provide meals every day of the week. But for now, we are serving when we can and our meals help to supplement what little bit of food they get during the week. Sister Merliza, who is in charge of the meals, always tries to make each meal nutritious so that it nourishes them as much as possible.

Providing showers and clean clothing

Every Tuesday and Thursday when children come to our rescue center, they are given personal hygiene products, a clean towel and clean clothes. We have four showers for them to use. These aren’t traditional showers like we have in the states, rather they are simple rooms with buckets of clean water and a dipping pail.

This type of bathing is what is common here and it doesn’t scare the kids. We have brought streets kids to our home before and they were literally scared to death of a regular shower that rained down water from above.

Some of the clothing and hygiene items are shipped from the states and some of it is purchased here locally. Last night I met a little boy about ten years old who had on nothing but an old pair of shorts and a dirty t-shirt that was about four sizes to big for him. A bath and clean clothes sure does go a long way!

Motherly love

We have four mothers who work in our rescue center and street ministry team. Merliza, Jovelyn, Melanie and Rama work hard every week to not only help with the physical needs of the children, but also to provide the motherly love that is usually missing.

They are able to guide and mentor with that special kind of love and intuition that only a mother has. They know when to comfort and they know when to discipline. They know when a hug is in order and they know when a stern talking to is important.

Medical care

Our team members always carry backpacks with first-aid supplies. When they encounter a child who has a would or some other type of problem, they are quick to assess the situation and apply the proper care.

There have been many instances when the situation was severe and the child needed professional medical attention. In those cases, we coordinate with local health offices, hospitals, or doctors and take the necessary steps needed to protect the child from further complications.

We have helped kids with tuberculosis, pneumonia, bacterial infections, open wounds and more. Over the years, several lives have been saved due to the quick action of our team.

In conclusion

Our team is not perfect, and we want to do much more than we are currently capable of. These children need love and protection twenty four hours a day. We fully realize that in order to see the results we long for, much more will need to be done. We will need to address their home life and education especially.

But one thing’s for sure, we are in the fight with them. Trying our best to give them a fighting chance!

I’m asking you to join us by becoming a monthly sponsor. For $25 or $50 per month, you can have a part in rescuing these children from their sad reality. Please consider your part today.

Click here for more information. You can also contact Tara at our office at 256-737-0112 ext. 180.

BBQ Fundraiser & Cake Auction

SAVE THE DATE!

 

 

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

Here are the details:

What: BBQ Fundraiser & Cake Auction

When: Saturday July 20 beginning at 5pm

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you there!