|Love In Action's new international headquarters is located at|
279 W. Main St., Ste. 2, in downtown Dothan.
The past 13 years has been a great adventure as God has continuously molded and shaped Love In Action into the ministry He wants us to be. For the past two years, God called us into a season of ministering to a community in downtown Dothan that needed to know God still loves them. It's a section of the inner city where no one was reaching out to the people.
LIA is not a church, but for the past two years we've had to fill the void of a church in this community, and we have seen God do great things at our building at 320 N. Foster. Nearly nine months ago, The Harbor Church started meeting in our ministry center. Pastor Dwight Deal and their members have a heart to reach that very community. We have been turning some ministries over to them, so they can further connect with the people. First, it was the Friday night coffee house, and then the Saturday Adopt-A-Block outreach.
Two weeks ago we signed a contract to sell our ministry center at 320 N. Foster to The Harbor Church. We are aiming for July 1 as the closing date. We are very excited about this, because now the community will have a loving church to minister to their needs and we can get back to where our heart is truly at, and that's outreach.
|This is a panoramic photo of Love In Action's building at 279 W. Main St. in|
downtown Dothan. It's about 7,000 square feet.
|The Samaritan Clinic is located at 279 W. Main St.,|
Ste. 3, at Love In Action.
|Volunteer dentists extract a tooth for a homeless man at the|
Samaritan Clinic at LIA.
|LIA volunteers serve food outside the|
We also have volunteers who pray with the patients and prepare and serve food every Thursday night. It's awesome seeing the Body of Christ come together to share His love with the neediest in our community.
We have also moved our offices to our West Main Street campus. They are located in Suite 2, there are seven suites in all. We have been calling the building the Love In Action Compassion Center to distinguish it from the LIA Ministry Center on North Foster. However, when the sale of the North Foster building is complete, we will just call our West Main Street building "Love In Action."
|This is Suite 6 at Love In Action, which will house many of our ministries like|
showers, laundry, clothing and food for the homeless, and Discipleship.
Once Suite 6 is complete, we will begin work on the upstairs part of the building - Suites 5 and 7. That is where we will have transitional housing to help the homeless come off the streets and transition back into society. It will not be a shelter for people to come and go, but it will be for those who are really ready to come off the streets and get their lives back.
|The upstairs suites - 5 and 7 - will be turned into transitional housing for the homeless.|
We will have a discipleship program that will keep them in the Word of God, because following Jesus is the key. Through the transition program we will also teach them life skills and work them to obtain a job. From there we will teach them how to budget their money. By the time they finish, they will have money for a down payment for their own apartment or house, deposit for utilities and money saved to give them a head start as they re-enter society living for Jesus Christ.
We are really excited about the transitional housing. This will be an answer to a long-time prayer. We have worked with the homeless for 13 years, and to know we will be providing transitional housing for them in the near future is exciting.
|This is the large parking lot behind LIA's buildings on West Main Street.|
We also have a large parking lot behind our buildings. We have been praying about different uses for it and are excited about what God is going to do with that area. We can see large outdoor evangelistic services and more buildings. We will continue to pray and follow God's direction.
It is easy to find our West Main Street campus. As you travel down West Main Street you come to intersection of West Main and Lena. You will see Dakota Coffee Works. We own that building, too. Dakota is a tenant. When I first showed my pastor, Ralph Sigler, the building last year he said, "A coffee shop? You know this is a God thing." And, Dakota does have great coffee and serves a delicious breakfast and lunch. Of course we want Dakota to succeed as they are a tenant, but they really do have great coffee. People who know me know I enjoy Starbucks, but Dakota is even better. Ron, the owner, roasts his own beans right there in the coffee shop, and it smells so good when he is roasting beans.
|Dakota Coffee Works is a tenant in our store front building. Our offices, Samaritan|
Clinic, and the rest of the space we will use for ministry is behind Dakota.
One question some of you may have is where do you bring donations of food? Until some point in June, keep bringing them to the 320 N. Foster location. Once we are set up in suite 6 on West Main Street, we will let everyone know.
If you have carpentry skills, including roofing, electrical and plumbing, we could certainly use your help as we remodel suite 6 and then start working on the transitional housing. If you are interested, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 334-494-4995.
Another exciting aspect of moving the ministry under one roof is, not only will we be able to focus even more on the homeless, but we will be able to focus more on international ministry as well. God has opened many awesome opportunities in the Philippines, Myanmar, Haiti and Ecuador. Jesus says to "Go and make disciples of all nations..." (Matthew 28:19) It is humbling and exciting to be doing the Great Commission as Jesus commanded us.
We thank everyone for your continued prayers and support as we move to the next phase of what God has in store for us to accomplish together for His glory.