Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Food is coming in

Before we moved into our warehouse, we did not have anywhere to store food for distribution. But thanks to God for blessing us with a 33,000 square foot warehouse recently, we were able to receive our first shipment of food this past Friday from Old Dominion Freight Lines. Thanks Shane for helping to set that up.

As most of you know, we're working on gathering food to ship to the country of Haiti. Last Friday's shipment gave us some much-needed items for Haiti, including oats and saltine crackers. We almost have our cargo trailer filled with food, water and diapers. Our goal is to fill two cargo trailers and take them to Miami to ship to Haiti. We praise God for everyone who has been donating food for Haiti and money for us to purchase food and to help ship the supplies.

A special thank you goes out to Southside Baptist Church in Ozark, Ala., Tabernacle Methodist Church in Taylor, Ala., and Eagle's Nest Community Church in Atlanta. They have been collecting food for Haiti, and that's why our trailer is nearly full. You are helping some of the neediest people in the world, and God will continue to bless you for doing so.

If any other churches would like to conduct food drives for our Food for Haiti project, please do. This won't be a one-time shipment. Haiti is a country where starvation and malnutrition exists. God is leading us to help the people in the Caribbean, and we know it will open the doors to sharing Jesus with them. It won't just be Haiti. We will also be working in the Dominican Republic, where we are raising funds to repair a school in a poor village. And, we will be working in Jamaica.

Please keep us in our prayers as we continue our work in the Caribbean and continue reaching out to the homeless here in the U.S.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Atlanta videos posted

I have finally finished editing and posting three videos of Atlanta Outreach '08 on our Web site - http://www.loveinactionministries.com
The first video is an interview with Pastor Harold Smith of Eagle's Nest Community Church and Day 1 of the outreach.

The second video is of me preaching at Eagle's Nest on Day 2 of the outreach. More than 60 people accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior after hearing God's Word.

The third video is a wrap-up of the two-day outreach.

A photo slideshow from the outreach is also on our Web site.

I encourage you to watch the videos and slideshow to see the body of Christ working together to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through acts of compassion. I believe it will encourage and inspire you. It was an amazing outreach, and we praise God for everything He did and is still doing as a result of that outreach.

Thanks again to everyone who volunteered with us in Atlanta. People came from Dothan and Ozark, Alabama, and Rome and Atlanta, Georgia, to take part in the outreach. Every one of them did an outstanding job. Thanks also to everyone who prayed for the outreach, and who donated money and supplies to make the outreach possible.

Most of all, I thank God. We serve an awesome God.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More good news from Atlanta

As Martha and I were driving back home today we talked with Pastor Harold Smith at Eagle's Nest and he was still excited from this past weekend. He said Sunday's service at Eagle's Nest went great with new people not only attending, but joining the church as well. And, most importantly, five more people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Harold said that was all a direct result from this past weekend's outreach.

Praise Jesus! God allowed us to see a bountiful harvest on Saturday with more than 60 people accepting Jesus Christ. He also worked through us to plant and water seeds, then more souls were harvested Sunday. That is awesome! Our God is awesome!

Martha and I are glad to be back home. After the two-day outreach in Atlanta, we went up to the mountains in north Georgia for a couple of days of resting and refreshing. God blessed us with beautiful weather and the scenery was as beautiful as always.

Before going to the mountains, we went to the Third Day concert Saturday night in Atlanta. After 16 years, Third Day still does a wonderful job in concert. It's more like a praise and worship service. They were great. Jars of Clay opened the concert, and they are still a real good Christian band. A band named Robert Randolph and the Family Band played next. Martha and I had never heard of them. They didn't have many lyrics, but they have some extremely talented musicians. Robert Randolph plays a mean slide guitar. That dude can rock! Then Switchfoot played. They were great. Their front man is perfect for a Christian rock band. He has all the energy, a great voice and very talented on the guitar.

Now we're back home and focusing on food for Haiti and repairing that school building in the Dominican Republic.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More than 60 saved

Atlanta Outeach '08 was an incredible weekend. We saw God touch people's lives, and during Saturday afternoon's altar call, more than 60 homeless people accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Praise God! That's what it's all about. That's why we do what we do. The most important thing any of us can ever do is accept Jesus into our hearts and turn our lives over to Him. For those we ministered to this weekend, the first step in turning their lives around, coming off the streets, being delivered from drug and alcohol addiction is committing their lives to Jesus.

I knew God wanted me to share Jeremiah 29:11 with the people on Saturday. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

That's a verse Martha has been sharing with people for years. God has wonderful plans for all of us, no matter if we're homeless or living in a $10 million mansion. He wants to prosper us and give us a hope and a future. Our hope is entirely in Jesus Christ. I will post a video of the message soon to our Web site.

The church was packed with nearly 100 homeless people. It was incredible, and truly an honor to preach behind the pulpit of Eagle's Nest Community Church. Each person who attended the service also received a new Bible. Thanks Dwight for those Bibles.

After the service, we served around 150 people lunch. We had delicious grilled chicken, baked beans, corn and homemade pound cake. I want to thank Bill Dorminy for the chicken; our "chefs" Dwight, Don, Bill and Todd; the women of Southside Baptist in Ozark, Ala., and Cross Pointe Community Church in Rome, Ga., for all of the delicious cakes. We had an awesome group of volunteers. There were volunteers from our home church of Harvest Church in Dothan, Ala., First United Methodist Church in Dothan, Ala., Southside Baptist, Cross Pointe Community Church, and of course Eagle's Nest Community Church. That's one of my favorite things about our outreaches. The body of Christ comes together with only one agenda -- sharing Jesus Christ with people.

We also gave away blankets and jackets as the nights have turned cool in Atlanta. We were also able to unpack, sort and fold all of the new blue jeans we brought up there, and help fold and organize the Eagle's Nest's clothes closet.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered, prayed and financially supported this outreach. I know God will bless you for it, and your reward in Heaven will be great.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ready for an awesome day

It's Saturday morning and Martha and I are about to check out of the hotel and head back to Eagle's Nest. We know this is going to be an awesome day. It's going to be a very busy day as we cook and serve the homeless lunch, organize clothes and distribute clothes, socks, blankets and Bibles. We know God is going to do awesome things today.

God has given me a word today that comes from Jeremiah 29:11. That's Martha's favorite verse, and one she has shared with countless homeless people. God has really been burning it in my heart recently. He has a plan ... a very good plan for all of us. He wants to prosper us and not harm us. He has a plan to give us a hope and a future.

Please be praying for us and those we minister to today.

I won't be able to post video this weekend. I forgot to download a program. It's the first time I have tried to post video from one of our events. It's always a learning process. I'll have it all together for the next one. But, visit our Web site later next week. I'll post all of the video then. You will enjoy the one from yesterday. Bro. Harold shared some wonderful things about what God is doing here in Atlanta.

Thanks and God bless.

Friday, September 19, 2008

A beautiful day




It's been a wonderful first day of ministry here at Atlanta Outreach '08. God blessed us with a beautiful day and beautiful people to minister to. Most of them can't see their beauty, but God does and we do too. They have a tremendous amount of potential. The key is turning their lives over to God and letting Him lead them.

We met Bro. Harold Smith at Eagle's Nest Community Church a little after 10 a.m. It's always great seeing Bro. Harold. He's a great friend and a great brother. It was the first time Martha and I had seen their new building. Tears filled our eyes as we walked through the doors. It's a beautiful facility. I told Harold that it was the faithfulness of God. We were with them when they had a very small storefront church. To see the new building was amazing. God is awesome!

We then unloaded all of the blankets, towels, soap, shampoo, and blue jeans from our cargo trailer. Harold was thrilled to receive everything.

We then set up in the parking lot at Eagle's Nest and cooked hotdogs. The homeless lined up to receive lunch. We served 160 hotdogs, 100 bags of individual-sized bags of potato chips and 10 gallons of lemonade. We also handed out copies of the Gospel of John.

We prayed with many of them. There are so many needs and so many people hurting. Some asked for prayer as they walked up, and others quickly said "yes" when we asked if we could pray for them.

It's always humbling to be used by God in ministering to the homeless. When we finished, Martha and I shared a cry. We see the potential in them. We want them to know that God loves them and that He has a plan for their lives.

It was a beautiful day ministering to beautiful people. We serve a beautiful and awesome God.

Arrived in Atlanta

Martha and I arrived in Atlanta around 2 a.m. local time. After six hours of sleep, we're ready to go. I don't mind traveling late like that, especially if I have some good music to sing to. We cranked Third Day all the way here. If you haven't bought their new CD, Revelation, I highly recommend it. Pray for Martha's hearing though. She had to listen to me sing all the way here. We're going to the Third Day concert here in Atlanta Saturday night. I was just practicing. Maybe they will let me get on stage and sing with them. Well, OK. Maybe not.

We're excited that Atlanta Outreach '08 is finally here. We've been preparing and planning this outreach for months. We filled up our cargo trailer with supplies to distribute to the homeless this weekend and for Eagle's Nest to use through their daily ministry to the homeless. We brought hundreds of new blue jeans, blankets, towels, socks, soap, and shampoo.

I will be updating this blog and our Web site throughout the weekend. We'll include photos and videos as well, so you can see and hear what's going on in Atlanta. Thank you for your continued prayers.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ready for Atlanta

Well, Martha and I are about ready to head to the ATL for "Atlanta Outreach '08." The two-day outreach to the homeless with our friends at Eagle's Nest is going to be awesome. This will be our first visit with Bro. Harold and Pastor Larry in their new church building. We can't wait to see them and the building.

We will be pulling our cargo trailer filled with blankets, jackets, towels, soap, new blue jeans, and more to distribute to the homeless and for Eagle's Nest's bath ministry for the homeless.

For those of you joining us this weekend, please be careful driving. For those of you who can't join us, please be praying for this important outreach. Pray for souls to be saved, lives changed and needs met. Pray for people to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and decide to come off the streets.

We will keep you updated on this blog and on our Web site throughout the weekend, so check back to see what God is doing. We're hoping to have video updates on our Web site as well.

Thanks and God bless.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hope and self-confidence can change lives



Here's a column I wrote for today's Dothan Eagle. Martha and I found this documentary fascinating.

By Ken Tuck

Published: September 13, 2008

Sometimes, all it takes is a little hope and self-confidence for people to turn their lives around.

My wife and I have a ministry that works with the homeless throughout the nation, and over the years it’s been amazing to see how giving people hope can give them a different outlook on life.

The hope we offer them is Jesus Christ and the hope that some people really do care about them. We have seen people come off the streets and live productive lives.

Thursday night we saw something else that shows how important self-confidence is to people.

We watched the USA men’s soccer team defeat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier match on ESPN 2. Following the game was a documentary called “Kicking It.” I was about to change channels when the narrator mentioned homeless people playing soccer. For obvious reasons, Martha and I kept watching.

An organization called the Homeless World Cup Foundation has developed an incredible program that brings homeless people together from around the world to play a soccer World Cup tournament every year. This year’s event, in Melbourne, Australia, Dec. 1-7, will be the sixth Homeless World Cup.

Many people may find it hard to imagine the homeless playing soccer. It certainly never crossed my mind. But, after watching the documentary, it makes perfect sense. If you have ever played a team sport, you understand how you learn discipline and teamwork, and how it can help develop a sense of self-worth. In other words, sports can help you gain self-confidence.

The homeless don’t play on a traditional soccer field. They play “street soccer.” The field is small and it’s four-on-four. It reminds me of indoor soccer, but the field is smaller and it’s played outdoors.

The Foundation has helped start local grassroots soccer teams in more than 60 nations with more than 25,000 homeless people participating. The homeless play soccer year-round, and eight players are picked to represent their individual countries in the Homeless World Cup.

Through watching the documentary, you can see the players gaining self-confidence. As they did, their attitudes changed, and many of their lives did as well.

The success rate of the organization is amazing. According to its Web site, following the 2006 Homeless World Cup:
92 percent of the players have a new motivation for life
73 percent have changed their lives for the better
93 percent of the players have successfully addressed a drug or alcohol dependency
35 percent have secured regular employment
44 percent have improved their housing situation
39 percent chose to pursue education
72 percent continue to play soccer

You have to remember the homeless are ignored by society and have no sense of self-worth, so these stats are incredible. It shows what can happen when people are cared for.

The Foundation hopes to support and fund grassroots soccer projects in more than 75 countries by 2012, and to involve between 100,000 and one million players worldwide.

Considering there are more than one billion homeless people in the world, those numbers are very attainable.

Ken Tuck is the managing editor of the Dothan Eagle. He can be reached at ktuck@dothaneagle.com or 334-712-7960.

On the Web:
http://www.homelessworldcup.org
http://www.kickingitthefilm.com

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Here are the needs



Hey everyone. It's been a great day of prayer and fasting. For those of you who were able to join us, thank you.
At the end of this day of prayer and fasting, I received the list of materials we need to repair the school building in the Dominican Republic. The need is great, but we serve a great God. The total cost for repairing the school and shipping food to Haiti will be around $10,000.

That's a lot of money for us, but we know God will provide. Please continue praying for these two very important outreaches. If you are able to give financially to help us raise money for these two life-changing opportunities please do so. If you know people who can help, please tell them about it.

God is doing so much all around the world, and I thank God that He is working through Love In Action here in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.

As I have been writing about recently, God has opened up two great doors in the Caribbean to minister and help those who can't help themselves. We now have contacts in Haiti, who we can ship food and other supplies to and they will make sure the people who need it will get it.

So many people in Haiti are in dire need of food. You have read and seen the reports of how devastated Haiti is after four hurricanes within the past month have pummeled the tiny island. Many of the people were already starving and malnourished before the hurricanes. Now the situation is worse. God has opened a door for us to help.

The other great opportunity is in the Dominican Republic. We can help establish a school in one of the small villages in the Dominican. The school would serve 162 children. We can help provide them with an education and food for at least one good meal a day. We may also be able to feed up to 900 people a day in that same village. It will be a continuous project, but the school building is in bad need of repair before the children can begin school.

Here is more good news about God's provision. As it turned out, we are going to have to pay rent on our warehouse. But the cost of the rent is definitely an awesome deal. It is $150 a month. However, a wonderful brother in the Lord has committed to paying the rent for us. That just leaves the utilities and insurance. God is so awesome!

I know I've said it and written it a million times, but Martha and I are so excited about what God is doing. It's so humbling and so awesome. God is awesome! That's still the best word in the English language I have found to describe God, but it doesn't even come close to really describing our God.

Thank you for your prayers and for your support.

Please go to our Web site at www.loveinactionministries.com for more information about these two awesome opportunities and about our upcoming outreach to the homeless in Atlanta.
Thank you again and God bless.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Prayer and Fasting

I sent this out as an e-mail to people on our Love In Action e-mail list. I wanted to share this important message with everyone.

Hello. I hope everyone had a great weekend. We did. It was busy, but great. We started moving into our new 33,000 sq. ft. warehouse this weekend. God is so awesome!

God is opening up more and more doors for Love In Action to minister to the homeless and poor. The most recent open doors are in the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Haiti is the poorest nations in the western hemisphere and there are a lot of people suffering from malnutrition and starvation. It has been devastated even further with three hurricanes hitting it in the past month, and now Hurricane Ike is dumping a lot of rain on it. Our goal is to ship a container of food out of a port in Miami at the end of this month. The key to distributing food overseas, especially in Haiti where the government is so corrupt, is to have non-governmental contacts. That way you know the food and supplies are getting to the people who need them. We have those contacts in Haiti now. This isn't just a one-time food distribution, however. We plan to do this often.

We also have a great opportunity in the Dominican Republic. The situation is much different than Haiti as far as the government, but there are still a lot of very poor people who need food. We have an opportunity to help establish a school. For just $4,500, we can help secure the use of a school building, which is part of a Christian church in a very poor village in the Dominican. The building needs repairing, so we're working on putting a team of volunteers together to go to the Dominican very soon - hopefully this month - to make the repairs. We know we can purchase the supplies in the Dominican, which is good, because that helps the local economy. Through this school, we can help bring education to 162 children as well as provide them with at least one good meal a day. Our hope is to also help provide at least one meal a day for 400 people a day in that village. That number could quickly grow to 900.

All of that is in addition to our ministry to the homeless and poor here in the U.S. We have a very important and exciting outreach coming up in Atlanta on Sept. 19-20.

God has blessed us with a huge warehouse for a reason, and that is to help the homeless,poor, starving and malnourished people throughout the world. It's a huge task, but one Martha and I are very excited about. We are taking a huge leap of faith, because we don't have the finances to do all of this, but we know God is calling us to do it. When God gives you a vision, He will provide the provision. We have been seeing that more and more. The more we submit to God and are obedient to Him, the more He will work through us.

God gave me a wonderful vision tonight at church during the last worship song. The Harvest Praise Team was singing "How Great Is Our God," and as I had my hands raise in worship to God and my eyes closed, I could see children, women and men in the Dominican and Haiti raising their hands toward Heaven worshipping God. The sun was setting over the mountains and the people were praising our God.

"How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great, How great
Is our God"

The people in Haiti and the Dominican have been pretty much ignored by the rest of the world. The United Nations does very little there and not many ministries distribute food there. The U.N. and the U.S. have fallen way short of their promises to supply food to Haiti. I was telling Martha tonight on the way home from church that God constantly leads us to go out and reach the people who the world ignores. He has worked through Love In Action to reach the homeless for more than seven years. The homeless are constantly ignored by society. And now, God is leading us to Haiti and the Dominican. Like we have shown the homeless, we are going to show the people in the Caribbean that while governments will lie to you, there is One who is always faithful and true. One who loves them so much that He died for their sins. And His name is Jesus! They will know that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

We are asking those of you who can to join us this Tuesday, Sept. 9, for a day of fasting and prayer. We need to fill that warehouse with food, hygiene items, blankets and other supplies. We will need finances to ship and distribute food worldwide. We know our God can do anything. We know God will honor our fasting and praying. He always has and always will. If for medical reasons you cannot fast, please pray. If you feel led to pray and fast for more than one day, or once a week, once a month, however God leads you, please do so. God will bless you for being obedient.

Martha and I are going to be at the warehouse at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. For those of you who can join us, please come out and join us in prayer at the warehouse. If you can't join us and are able to, please be praying at 6:30 p.m. central time.
There is power in prayer.

The warehouse is located at 1140 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, next to the Piggly Wiggly.

Visit our Web site at www.loveinactionministries.com for information about Food for Haiti and our new warehouse. We have videos on both subjects. Information about the Atlanta outreach is also on the Web site. A link to my Love In Action blog is also there.

For those of you in the Dothan area, if your church doesn't meet on Sunday nights, we have three more Sunday night services in the series called "Deeper Life" at Harvest Church. It has been awesome, and I know it will continue to be so. If you can, I invite you to come out. You will receive a blessing.

There is a lot of great things going on in the Kingdom of God. Our God is so awesome and so worthy of all our praise.

Thanks and God bless.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Responding to needs in Haiti and the Dominican

In my last post, I wrote how God woke me up in the middle of the night to pray for Haiti and starving people throughout the world. There were multiple reasons for me being up praying that night. For one, the people of Haiti desperately need our prayers. They have been hammered by three hurricanes in the past month and now they fear the huge Hurricane Ike will hit them. Let's pray it leaves Haiti alone. Another reason for praying that night is God wants Love In Action to go to work in Haiti.

Little did I know, at the same time I was praying that night, our friend Marie of Love In Action World Ministries in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was up crying out to God for the people of Haiti. She had just returned from Haiti, where she ministered for a month. We sent her supplies to help with the missions trip and also helped financially to get the container of supplies out of customs in Haiti. More than 150 people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in three crusades held on that missions trip. You can see pictures of people being baptized in Haiti on our Web site.

Two days after that late night prayer session, I called Marie. LIA Board Member Dwight Deal and I talked with Marie for an hour-and-a-half. God is about to do some great things over in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and Love In Action is going to be right in the middle of it.

We're currently working to fill a container of food to be shipped to Haiti to provide food for hundreds of starving people. We want to ship it by the end of this month.

Then, in the Dominican Republic, we have an awesome opportunity to team with Marie's ministry in establishing a school in a poor village and provide an education for 162 children. We will also be able to provide at least one meal a day for the children and nearly 400 adults in that village. It's a huge task, but one we know God will help us accomplish.

The first phase for the school is repairing it. We're working on forming a team of volunteers to go to the Dominican soon to do the repairs. We'll be able to purchase all of the supplies there, which will help the local economy, then in about three days we can have it repaired and ready for the children. Then we will need school supplies and food.

Martha and I are very excited about these opportunities, and Dwight is thrilled because he has a heart for Haiti and the Dominican. Dwight is an awesome blessing to LIA and all of the people we reach. We're excited and honored to have him on the LIA team.

Please be in prayer for us as God continues to expand the ministry. I'll blog soon about our warehouse. It's just awesome what God is doing.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My heart is heavy tonight

After sleeping for a few hours I found myself awake. I knew I needed to get up and pray. For what I wasn’t sure, but as I started praying I knew who I needed to pray for – the homeless, the poor, the starving children in third world countries, the men and women in poor nations who are suppressed and oppressed by their governments to the point of starvation.

The people of Haiti are on my heart. They have been devastated by two hurricanes – Fay and Gustav. We know how bad it is when a hurricane hits here in the U.S. The effects of Katrina are still a daily way of life for many people who live along the Gulf Coast. If hurricanes can be that tough on the richest nation in the world, imagine how devastating it is on the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.

There are people – children, men and women – starving in Haiti. They have been for years, and for a variety of reasons – drought, floods and civil unrest. Malnourishment rates are extremely high and the infant mortality rate is among the highest in the world.

The Sudan, Darfur, Somalia, Sri Lanka and India are just a handful of nations struggling with starvation and malnutrition.

Look at these facts:
- In its State of the World’s Children 2008 report, UNICEF reported that 9.7 million children died before reaching 5 years of age, four-fifth of them lived in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The United Nations reported in its State of Food Insecurity in the World 2002 report that most deaths of children in poor countries were attributed to starvation and diseases that strike vulnerable children whose bodies have been weakened by hunger.

You may ask what can be done. There are millions of people starving, so what can a small ministry like Love In Action do? My answer is, there is plenty we can do. I have long admired and supported Samaritan’s Purse. I believe they respond to problems like the world’s food crisis better than any other organization. But even as great a job as they do, they can’t reach everyone.

Love In Action can’t reach everyone either. However, we can help some of them. There are other Christian organizations doing great work in these poor countries. So, with all us doing our part, we can reach the starving and malnourished with food, which opens the door to sharing their most important need – Jesus Christ.

We were recently blessed with the opportunity to help reach the people of Haiti. And now, with God blessing us with a 33,000 square foot warehouse, I know He is opening the doors to expand Love In Action, and soon we will be able to provide food and other necessities to help the people in countries like Haiti, Darfur and Jamaica. Yes, Jamaica isn’t just a resort country. That’s the area they show tourists. But on the southern side of Jamaica there are some of the worst slums imaginable.

But it’s not just other countries. There are plenty of needs right here in the U.S.
Here are some sobering facts:
- 12.5 percent of Americans – 37.3 million people – lived in poverty in 2007, according to 2007 U.S. Census Bureau. This is an increase in the number of poor people from 2006, when 36.5 million Americans lived in poverty. With the current state of the U.S. economy, this number will surely increase.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that in 2006:
• 35.5 million people lived in households considered to be food insecure.
• Of these 35.5 million, 22.9 million are adults (10.4 percent of all adults) and 12.6 million are children (17.2 percent of all children).
• The number of people in the worst-off households increased to 11.1 from 10.8 in 2005. This increase in the number of people in the worst-off category is consistent with other studies and the Census Bureau poverty data, which show worsening conditions for the poorest Americans.
• Black (21.8 percent) and Hispanic (19.5 percent) households experienced food insecurity at far higher rates than the national average.
• The 10 states with the highest food insecurity rates in 2006 were Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Arizona.

According to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, on any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless.

According to a December, 2000 report of the US Conference of Mayors:
• Single men comprise 44 percent of the homeless, single women 13 percent, families with children 36 percent, and unaccompanied minors seven percent.
• The homeless population is about 50 percent African-American, 35 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Native American and 1 percent Asian.

As you can see, there is plenty of work to do. God has worked through Love In Action the past seven years to reach thousands with His love. To provide for the physical needs of thousands of homeless and poor throughout the U.S. We have seen thousands give their lives to Jesus. Now God wants to stretch us and do even more. Martha and I are excited and we can’t wait to see what God has planned.

Thanks to everyone who has joined us. Many are praying for us and supporting Love In Action with finances, supplies and their time. We couldn’t do what we do with you. Thank you and may God continue to richly bless each of you and your families.