Changing Lives, One Woman at a Time

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In 2004 Kimberly Robinson took a class through the Women’s Ministry Institute of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  She knew she had been called to women’s ministry but just did not understand exactly how or where.  She vowed to wait for God’s timing.

While at SBTS a lady introduced Kimberly to Christian Women’s Job Corps, a ministry of Woman’s Missionary Union.  This peaked Kimberly’s interest and she and her husband gathered more information.  Through CWJC women are equipped, in a Christian context, for life and employment.  CWJC offers life skills, job skills, mentoring, and Bible study.  The timing did not seem to be right yet, but somehow, the interest never did completely leave Kimberly, and she eventually went for both Level 1 and Level 2 training.

Twelve years later, Kimberly’s dream and calling have come together.  Today she is one of our newest Kentucky Mission Support Catalysts, serving as Director of “Hands of Hope 4 Women,” a Christian Women’s Job Corps ministry.

Through Hands of Hope 4 Women, many women in Louisville are finding a new way of life.  This ministry helps to bring dignity, the love of Jesus, self-confidence and hope to women who might otherwise remain trapped in addiction, abuse, poverty, and despair.  Through classes, mentoring, networking, friendships, and spiritual development, women are recognizing skills, and faith to become what God intends them to be.

Hands of Hope offers clothing to the women through their clothes closet.  They provide food for ladies who need food.  They conduct Bible studies, where childcare is provided and a meal is served.  They work with a local drug rehab center by providing drug education and by bringing in nurses to teach nutrition.

Hands of Hope 4 Women offers “Jobs for Life,” is a sixteen week curriculum which pairs each lady with a mentor/encourager and helps to prepare them for employment. GED classes, budgeting classes, and other life skills are also taught.

Soon to be added is a Moms of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) program.  In the Spring of 2016 a woman’s tea and fashion show are planned, with the ladies they minister to doing serving as models.

The Gospel message is always shared and, this past year, 5 ladies found new life in Christ, as they prayed to receive Him into their lives.  Two of these ladies were baptized.

And, the stories could go on and on, thanks to the commitment of Kimberly and many volunteers that work with her.

Kimberly serves as a “self-funded” missionary in Kentucky and, has a great need for persons to assist with the ministry.  This could possibly be financially, although there are other needs as well.  Volunteers are needed to serve as encouragers for the women.  Persons are needed to teach classes, to sort clothes, to provide meals, and serve as prayer warriors.  Items such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, sheets, towels/wash cloths, and cooking utensils are needed for the women and, Kimberly’s big dream is for a building, house, or apartment as transitional housing.

If God seems to be nudging you to serve alongside this ministry, contact us at [email protected].  We would love to introduce you to Kimberly and Hands of Hope 4 Women.

Why short-term missions?

imageJesus’ commission to make disciples of all nations is clear (Matt 28:16-20). The early church saw clearly the responsibility of Jesus’ command as given to them (e.g, Acts 1:8; 13:1-3). But the question remains, Is the church today commissioned to simply send long-term missionaries or might there be room for short-term mission teams too? While the list below is by no means exhaustive, I offer eight reasons why the church should include short-term missions as part of their overall missions strategy.

1) Jesus commanded us to make disciples locally and globally (Matt 28:16-20; Acts 1:8). While both seemingly stating the obvious and being repetitive, Jesus intends for the church to reach people with the good news and to teach them all things. The Scriptures do not give us an option of whether we make disciples here or there; it’s both/and.

2) There is more work than workers (Matt 9:37-38). Jesus tells us to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest. The number of workers needed is directly related to the prayers of God’s people. Every country I am privileged to share in disciple-making, I hear from our NAMB and IMB missionaries that they need more partners, not just the traditional long-term personnel (though that is true), but short-term teams as well.

3) Long-term missionaries and churches need encouragement ( Acts 14:19-23). Paul understood the importance of encouragement well. Every minister of the gospel needs someone to come alongside of them as a source of encouragement. Weariness easily sets in and our missionaries and churches need to know that they are not alone.

4) We can accomplish more together than we can alone (Matt 10:5). Cooperation is more than our dollars; it is our efforts too. As Jesus discipled his followers, he sent them out together for gospel impact. In short, Jesus planned for multiplication of impact. He knew that this kind of impact required team work.

5) To be a farming system for long-term missions (Acts 13:1-3ff). Paul begins his missionary journeys in Acts 13. Throughout his journeys, he constantly brings others with him. Often those with him are more short-term in nature. Take Mark for example, while his first journey with Paul is short-lived, he later becomes a valuable partner in gospel impact.

6) To open our eyes to the need of the gospel world-wide (Matt 9:36). In looking over the crowds, Jesus is moved with compassion that leads to action. Staying in our comfortable bubbles at home isolates use from the reality of a world desperately in need of the Savior. Out of sight, out of mind becomes our motto. Going somewhere else besides our home allows us to see a world filled with real faces and names, with real hurts and needs.

7) To disciple disciples (2 Tim 2:2). Paul taught Timothy who taught faithful men who taught others. Short-term missions offers a platform for discipleship like no other. Taking people away from their comfort zone and into the vastness of the world is a great crucible for Jesus to work in incredible ways.

8) Because 98+2= 100. People often say, “Why should we go over there when people need Jesus here?” Yes, people need Jesus here, but they need Jesus everywhere. As if Jesus’ command alone is not enough (Go and make disciples of all nations!), the truth is I live “here”. Why can’t I make disciples where I live 98% of my year and give 2% of my year making disciples over “there”? You see, it’s not hard math, but 98+2= 100.

Short-term missions should be part of an overall strategy for making disciples locally and globally for the glory of God. What other reasons would give for short-term missions?

Rebuilding the Walls

IMG_0135The physical damage from disasters can be catastrophic to communities, families, and individuals.  Everyone who is affected faces a long recovery.  Once the immediate crisis has passed, it can be months and even years before lives begin to normalize.

Rebuild ministry is a way to help families and vulnerable populations restore their lives and recover from disasters.  Rebuild construction teams offer continued help, healing, and hope to those devastated by disaster. Your church can be part of God’s compassionate hand to those seeking to recover from crisis.

Southeast Michigan Flood Recovery

Detroit was once known as the “Motor City”, but now is becoming known as the “Vanishing City”  with unemployment rising above 15% .  Sadly, it has also become known as the city of the “Vanishing Church”.  Most estimate that 9 out of 10 in this city do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  The recent woes in the Detroit area have caused many to begin searching for spiritual answers.  God is using many circumstances including the floods of 2014 to open doors for the Gospel.  Would you like to be part of what God is doing in the Detroit area?

Rebuild efforts are underway in the Detroit metro area of Michigan, where floods damaged 129,000 homes in the fall of 2014.  Teams are working in partnership with Warren Woods Baptist Church, Michigan Baptist Disaster Relief, and the North American Mission Board to bring help, hope, and healing to thousands of families in the greater Detroit metro area.

The rebuild effort will continue through August 31, 2016.  

Currently, their is a great need for experienced construction volunteers or teams.

There are ministry opportunities in construction and survivor care.  Recruit a construction team, grab your tools, and join us in bringing help, healing, and hope to our neighbors in southeastern Michigan.  Or, recruit a team to come and assist church planters and pastors in follow-up and survivor care to the thousands who suffered damage and loss. 

Teams will have housing and meals provided at Schofield Elementary school in Warren, Michigan.  Sleeping quarters are dorm style with bunks and cots.  Cost is $25 per person.  This includes housing, meals, and supplemental insurance.

To schedule a team or for more information, contact Southeast Michigan Recovery staff at    (770) 410-6271 or [email protected].

I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.  They replied, ‘Let us start rebuilding.’  So they began this good work.”  (Nehemiah 2:18)