It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a ministry update so I thought I’d let you know what I have been doing and where my focus(es) currently lie:
- Homeless: Our work with the homeless reached an exciting near-conclusion and has shifted primarily to emergency situations, hospitalization needs/visits, and drug/alcohol rehabilitation. In 2017, I led a documentary crew through Tent City as we talked about how we got Veteran Homelessness down to 0% in South Mississippi. (Power Ministries housed the last veteran after many trips to the VA in Biloxi. He is still doing well!) Through filming, many people saw the no-longer nameless faces of the homeless and EVERY SINGLE PERSON in Tent City was offered housing. We were able to work with a local organization to turn over the day-to-day needs for new and returning homeless to the area, though we are still in touch with many of the men and women we’d grown close too. (Sadly, we have also conducted 7 funerals as well. It is a hard life and we pray daily for those still out there.) I am also still serving as chair for the governing council of the Open Doors Homeless Coalition.
- Drug/Alcohol Rehabs: We minister at the local Christian-based drug and alcohol rehabs in South Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama weekly. We receive 5-6 calls per week asking for help in securing a bed to one of these facilities. NEEDS: Snack cakes (we hand out approximately 100 a week)
- Senior Citizens/Nursing Home Residents: I currently have a list of 479 people in South Mississippi and Mobile, AL who are in nursing homes and live-in rehabilitation centers without any visitors. EVER. (I discovered this when I went with a church member to visit her mom- a woman MY AGE with physical and mental disabilities- in a facility and learned that 35 of the residents NEVER had visitors. I started visiting when I could and later added another facility. When my sister-in-law went into a similar facility in Mobile for a short period and I saw all of the people there who had no family to visit, I was devastated. I realized my reaction was a call to do something and I began visiting every facility within a 75-mile radius and compiling a list of those who had no visitors.) As of right now, I am just visiting empty-handed, but I have written a book that is being published to hand out on my visits in the (hopefully) near future. The book will be a tool for sharing the Gospel. I am writing as many Christmas cards as I can to hand out before the 25th but will switch over to Happy New Year cards to ensure everyone gets a card!!
- NEEDS: Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, or GENERAL greeting cards
We also have continued our online ministry tools (Facebook, websites, blogging) as well as a (pre-recorded) weekly radio sermon each Sunday out of Lucedale, Mississippi. Dale conducts a Pastor’s Bible Study every Tuesday and we try to host a young couple or family each week for dinner to minister and fellowship with. We believe it’s important for us to help others along the road we once traveled.
I am still writing and have found a publisher for my book Pruning With Proverbs. It will come out in 2021, along with Seeds of Glory, the book mentioned above. I have a few other children’s books I’m searching for a publisher for. It is a long process! But in the meantime, I’ve received my TEFL and will begin teaching online English courses in January. I’m excited for the new direction, both in ministry and in how the Lord is providing.
If you can help with either of the needs listed above, please send them to me at: Power Ministries, 14701 Lily Orchard Rd. Moss Point, MS 39562. Thank you for your continued love and supportt.