Sunday, August 23, 2020

We Need Your Help to Expand Food Ministry




We have an opportunity to expand our food ministry to levels we never have before. We have just built a 2,400 sq. ft. warehouse to store and distribute food to those in need. We are currently helping 12,000 people a month with food. A critical part of this warehouse that we need is a 10 ft. X 30 ft. walk-in cooler and freezer. We need to raise $15,000 to purchase this cooler and install it. This will allow us to accept meats, dairy products, eggs and more produce, that we currently have to turn away because of the lack of refrigeration space. Being able to provide perishables along with non-perishable foods will be a huge blessing to people living in great need in Dothan, the Wiregrass and tri-states region. We will easily be able to double our reach with the new warehouse and walk-in cooler/freezer. That means, we will double those we can reach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we share the Gospel through acts of compassion.
Please help us if you can. Every donation will add up to help us reach this goal.
You can mail your tax-deductible donations to:
Love In Action, P.O. Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302
You can also give securely online via PayPal through the donation page on our website by clicking on the following link and then clicking on the "Donate' button -
https://loveinactionministries.com/donate
Thank you and God bless you.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Mobile kitchen outreach continues to grow

Ken and Shaun praying with a man during a mobile kitchen outreach.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us," - Ephesians 3:20

When we first started our mobile kitchen outreach, we knew God was going to do great things through it. What He has done has exceeded our wildest expectations. But, then again, isn't that like God.

Each week we take our mobile kitchen to 12 different sites. There are four other sites we visit on a semi-regular visits. That's 16 different places we are able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ while meeting the vital need for food.

We serve delicious hot meals and also distribute boxes of produce and grocery items. It's a joy seeing people's response of thankfulness. We have heard such comments as, "We didn't have any food and didn't know what we were going to do." Other comments have been, "Thank you. May God bless y'all."

The need for food continues to be real. It stems from the poverty that was here before the pandemic, and has only gotten worse since the pandemic began.

We couldn't put in the 12-14 hour days without the help of volunteers. Some serve on specific outreaches that fits in their schedules, and others go with us for every outreach.

We also couldn't do this without everyone who donates financially to support us, or those who donate items we use on each outreach, such as bottled water, three-compartment togo boxes and cutlery packets.

We definitely couldn't do everything without those prayer warriors who keep us lifted up in prayer. It takes all of us to make it happen.

We thank God for everyone who supports us in every way. May God bless you all.

Monday, May 4, 2020

International Food Relief



Women in Myanmar distribute rice and other foods, provided by Love In Action,
to people who are in dire need of food during the pandemic.

It is amazing watching God provide for needs all around the world during a pandemic that has crippled economies.

We partner with indigenous pastors in the Philippines, Pakistan, India, Haiti, Myanmar, Nepal and China to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through acts of compassion. During this time of crisis throughout the world we have been able to help provide food for the neediest in the world.

As these countries have locked down people, even more than here in the US, those who struggled greatly when they did have jobs, are facing even tougher times now. When you think that most earn $1-$3 a day, you realize how hard it is for them to survive and purchase food for their families. When those jobs were taken away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then being able to provide food for their families has become nearly impossible.

Thanks to people giving financially to help with relief efforts in these countries, we have been able to provide rice, beans, oil and vegetables to those who have absolutely nothing. This has opened many doors to sharing the Gospel with people who have never heard it before. Souls are being saved. To God be the glory!

Please continue to help us provide food for people who have little to no hope of being able to purchase food. The situation is dire. By doing so, you are not only helping to keep people from starving to death, but you are also helping to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with unreached and unengaged people groups.

Please mail you tax deductible donations to: Love In Action, PO Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302, or give securely online via PayPal through the donation page on our website, https://loveinactionministries.com/donate

Please write, "International Food Relief" in the memo of your checks and on your PayPal giving, so we can direct it to our international missions fund.

Thank you and God bless you.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Harvest is Ripe, Go Pick It


When the COVID-19 crisis first hit our area, I did as many pastors and ministry leaders did, I prayed. I asked God for direction and what to do.  I clearly felt God's direction was to keep doing what we are doing.

Two weeks after most churches canceled services, we were still having Wednesday night Bible study. Then, Gov. Kay Ivey ordered there should not be gatherings with more than 10 people. So, we added another mobile outreach to our schedule for Wednesday nights to replace Bible study. We also started meeting needs of the homeless and needy on campus differently by doing everything outside except for the showers and laundry, of course.

We started moving people through quicker, but still making sure we made time for praying and talking with people. We found out about some areas where people were in need of food, so we began more mobile outreaches ... taking Jesus and food to more people.

My heart hurt as I saw so many people struggling; people who were doing good before losing their jobs due to the crisis. As more places closed, I sought God's continual guidance. I cried tears of sadness for those suffering, tears of joy for God telling us to keep going, and tears of determination to be obedient to God.

During one of our outreaches, God gave me a vision of an orchard with trees filled with fruit. I clearly heard, not with an audible voice, but in my heart, God say, "The harvest is ripe. Start picking." So, without questioning Him, we have continued with the ministry God has called us to, and we have already seen a harvest reaped. So far, 45 people have made decisions for Jesus since the coronavirus crisis began, seven have been baptized.

We have been scattering many seeds of the Gospel in the hearts of thousands of people. A great harvest is coming. People are open to the Gospel more than I've ever seen in the U.S. It is time to be spreading the Gospel and meeting needs. It's what God's church does. It's what the church has always done.

I told our small staff and volunteers at the beginning that if they felt uncomfortable doing ministry during the crisis they did not have to do it. Some of our wonderful volunteers have stopped during the crisis, mainly because they are in the older age bracket, which has been the most susceptible to the virus. We miss them tremendously, and look forward to when they can return.

New volunteers have joined us, and they have been a tremendous blessing. When our other volunteers return we are going to have a tremendous army of volunteers to serve.

We have witnessed some intense salvation moments, amazing times of prayer, and overwhelming provision from God. Every need is being met. Recently I thought about the Israelites when they were wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. Day by day God met all of their needs. They had food, water, and their clothes and sandals never wore out. We are seeing God's provision daily. Sometimes Martha and I just cry tears of joy because of being overwhelmed by our Father's great provision.

He is working through His people. Day-in and day-out people are coming by LIA with donations of food, cleaning supplies and more. People are donating finances to keep us going strong and having all of our financial obligations met.

While I hurt to see so many people struggle and suffer due to loss of jobs, and hearing about those who are sick and have died from the virus, I am excited about what God is doing. He is moving mightily in the middle of this crisis.

Idols have been taken away - sports, entertainment, economy, church buildings - and God is clearly saying "Worship Me and Me alone." As more and more people are turning to Jesus, we are going to see a lot of great things happen as we move through and come out of the crisis.

I firmly believe those who are moving with God and being obedient to what He is saying will see amazing things happen in them and through them. Those who don't listen and obey will get left behind.

Let's keep praying and keep moving forward in Jesus. Together, we are doing what God has called us to do. We can't do it without everyone supporting us through prayer, finances, donations, and volunteers. Let's do what Jesus tells us in His Great Commission, let's, "Go and make disciples."

Monday, March 23, 2020

Please help us help others through this crisis




Good morning. We pray you are all doing well this morning. Here is a list of needs as we continue sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting physical needs through the coronavirus crisis. We are seeing needs rise for hot meals and groceries. These needs will only increase as more people lose their jobs.
We have been given two large smokers/grills, so we can easily cook for the masses. We grilled 180 pounds of chicken this past Saturday. In addition to our regular food distribution to the homeless and the needy we already serve, we are mobilizing into two impoverished apartment complexes (one large and one small) and impoverished one trailer park. These places have elderly and families with children who are falling between the cracks.
Needs:
- Finances
- Perishable meats like chicken, hamburger, etc. we can freeze until use.
- Cook casseroles and other dishes we can serve
- Bread, peanut butter and jelly
- Non-perishable foods
- If you can find: Vienna sausages, beanie weenies and other snack items for snack bags we give to the homeless.
- Three compartment togo containers. Every meal we do now is served in Togo containers. No eating on premises.
- Plastic ware, the kind that are already packaged together are the best, but we will take individual forks, spoons and knives as well.
- Napkins
Food and items can be dropped off at Love In Action this week Tuesday-Saturday. Tax-deductible financial donations can be mailed to: Love In Action, PO Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302. Or, you can give securely online via PayPal through the donation page on our website, https://loveinactionministries.com/donate
Please pray and share this post. Thank you and God bless you.
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." - Philippians 2:3-4

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