Shepherd’s Hope has sought to begin urban farming in our community for over a year. By GOD’S grace the 5700 block of Lowe Ave is about to become the food center of Englewood. Over the winter the LORD placed on the heart of Executive Director Brian Anderson that HE wanted us to use a different method of urban farming in the Englewood community. A relatively new type of farming that could take place year-round. After doing some research, it sounded relatively easy and used very little water compared to conventional farming. The method would provide protein, fruits and vegetables using a symbiotic relationship in a greenhouse environment. The LORD had peaked his interest and so he and another team member from Shepherd’s Hope attended a 3-day seminar in Milwaukee on aquaponic farming. After 3 days their heads were spinning and the LORD was right again; this would be the perfect way to farm this Englewood community.
Trafficking is hell. 27 million slaves. 1.2 million trafficked each year. Sold for sex. Sold into slavery.
There are great organizations who rescue victims every day…but then what? How does a trafficking victim reintegrate into society?
In Moldova, one of the top exporters of sexually trafficked women, Beginning of Life offers a new chance at life through a specialized restoration home program. Together, we are establishing the Center for Self Defense to teach women how to protect their bodies from sexual violence.
Once operational, the Center will serve trafficking victims and other vulnerable women. Specifically, we will use self-defense training like mixed-martial arts to rebuild confidence, and develop inner strength.
Mostly, we want to make sure these women can literally fight sex trafficking if they have to. To stop sexual violence against their bodies, and to have the confidence in themselves.
Housed in the basement of a church in Chisinau, Moldova, the Center for Self-Defense is a joint project of Children’s HopeChest and Beginning of Life.
Help us stop sex trafficking, and empower women to protect their bodies and fight sexual violence.
Financial pressure is a leading reason cited by men and women for considering an abortion decision. Often, the difference between life and death is as simple as knowing that he or she is not alone and that she has material help from someone who cares. Understanding this, the Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center invests in our clients’ long-term health by more than just serving them with life-affirming education and options. We come alongside them with education that will help them to succeed as prudent, responsible parents and with supplies that will lessen their financial pressures. Donations to the SSPRC will help us encourage and empower young moms and single parents with cribs, car seats, baby equipment and supplies, and diapers and wet wipes—supplies they will earn through their participation in an education program that allows them to meet weekly with a personal advocate. This project not only affirms life, it promotes an abundant life for our clients and their families.
We give life to the children we serve by being The Voice of More for foster children who have been physically, sexually, and emotionally abused and neglected. Children 6 to 12 years old head up to cam in the mountains with us for five days of positive memories. We share God’s plan for their lives and teach them how to build a firm foundation, pray to God, trust God, and follow a Godly plan…with the partnership of the Department of Human Services here in El Paso County in Colorado Springs. Royal Family KIDS’ Camp occurs in 36 states around the country each summer, reaching about five percent of foster children each summer. Here in Colorado Springs, we have a tea party one afternoon for the girls to speak identity, affirmation, and encouragement into them - and treat them royally - and have Camp Grandpa and Grandma pray over them and show them that men can value them just because they’re valuable. We have a Birthday Party for EVERY child in the middle of the week since most have never had a birthday party, tried cake, nor have they been celebrated. We also have a variety/talent show that the kids can sing, dance, whistle, kick dirt…whatever their talent is. We go crazy with applause! Each day is spent with time singing songs, listening to Bible Stories, watching puppet skits and dramas with camp staff, and loads of activity time to swim, ride horses, paint, play basketball, and other activities.
In 2011, Relational Tithe began development on ‘Common Change’ - a web tool to facilitate collaborative giving amongst other groups. The spark has caught and now we are finally launching the platform that helps make this possibility accessible to hundreds and even thousands of people!
In 2005, compelled to action by their faith, a group of friends founded ‘Relational Tithe’, a collaborative giving plan that enabled them to pool resources and meet needs of people they were in relationship with. Fast forward 8 years and it is time to share this little experiment as a workable tool with the rest of the world.
In the years that Relational Tithe was in motion, we were able to touch the lives of over 1000 families and individuals in over 15 countries including Ghana, Cuba, Egypt, Syria, Mexico, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Israel/Palestine and the United States. Over $500,000 has been given directly to people in need.
LTi invests heavily in various forms of “burnout prevention” serving those in full time Christian ministry work (pastors and ministry leaders) all over the country (and occasionally in Eastern Europe). The stats on full-time ministry people who crash and burn, struggle with ongoing discouragement or depression, leave the ministry within 5 years of seminary, etc. are staggering and we are endeavoring to reverse those stats. We are convinced that these are soul level issues and, ironically, we find that the soul is the most neglected aspect of the Christian leader’s life – usually because they are so focused on caring for the souls of others and it feels like selfishness to care for their own (this is a well crafted and effective lie of the enemy). The video below captures a taste of LTi’s ministry in 2012:
By E4 Project
One of our ministry partners in Gabon is Bon Samaritan - a ministry that serves widows and marginalized women. E4 Project has served with this ministry in several ways. We have led training for the women to start businesses in beading, sewing, soap making, baking and agriculture. We have also provided seed money to the ministry so that they can build and provide kiosks for the women, as well as seed money for the women to start their businesses. Since E4 Project started serving alongside Bon Samaritan about two years ago, we have trained over 100 women. We have provided funds for about 8 kiosks that have been built and are now impacting over 70 women and their children by providing income for families who had nothing before finding Bon Samaritan and the Church.
The Simple Way is going to create another beautiful mural in Kensington. We believe in healing and transformation and so we are committed to painting and planting in our neighborhood as we PRACTICE RESURRECTION!
The Simple Way, is a web of subversive friends, conspiring to spread the vision of “Loving God, Loving People, and Following Jesus” in our neighborhoods and in our world. We are committed to the restoration of families, neighborhoods, and our planet. We have always been active in areas of advocacy and justice, such as combating the criminalization of homelessness (anti-homeless legislation) and gun violence.
But something happened on June 20th, 2007 at 4:30AM, that changed the trajectory of our work in Kensington. We woke to a 7 alarm fire, being fearlessly fought by over 170 firefighters - one of the worst fires our neighborhood has ever seen. This was an historic turning point for our organization, when that neglected, city-owned factory caught on fire and burned down a block of our neighborhood, displacing over 100 families.
Since then, it has been our dream to restore the land burnt by the fire, where the factory used to be, and after 5 long years, we now have access to this city owned land! We have had success stabilizing families who lost their homes, we have restored nearly a dozen abandoned houses, and created community gardens on 5 formerly vacant, trash-strewn lots.
Many of you have been faithfully praying with us for the Lord to provide a property for the establishment of a local church and teaching, training and resource center. We thank you for those prayers, which were heard and were answered! In January of this year the Lord provided us with a property with 10 single family homes on it, 6 of which are occupied by foster parents caring for orphans, and a church/preschool building which we are operating the Naledi Christian Preschool and Sunday church services out of. The preschool is currently 32 3- and 4- year olds registered and has provided employment for five local women.
With a long-term home secure, we are now planning to expand the facilities used for the preschool, church, and teaching/training/resource center by adding a second, larger (2,000 sq. ft.) structure made largely out of cargo containers which will constitute the exterior load-bearing walls. Our hope is to have this second structure ready for use when the new school year starts in South Africa in January. We currently have two 6 meter cargo containers in South Africa which will make up one end wall. Plans are to receive a 12 meter container before year-end from our friends at Cargo Of Dreams, which will serve as the opposite load bearing wall and be built out to include the kitchen, bathrooms and a sickroom, and be filled with supplies and the roof trusses and roofing materials to cover the structure with.
We have the opportunity to create a video series with the topics Training Ground uses in its summer program. This would meet the need of additional revenue and impact.
In 2013, Youth Missions International wants to increase our ministry's ability to train more of our nation's youth and young adults in evangelistic ministry.
Our Spring Chickens project is designed to supply the needed chicks for our new poultry operation in Togo. In 2007, we established Kalaveria Primary School just outside a rural farming community near Badoughbe, which is 45 minutes east of the capital city of Lome’.
Unfortunately, the farmers in the area find it difficult to pay school fees to cover the costs of the school. Thus, the school requires subsidies from the our ministry. Our model is to create projects that are self-sustaining, so to make the school sustainable we are building a poultry operation.
We have secured two hectares of land adjacent to the school and are just finishing up the poultry barn. We have introduced a drip irrigation system to help with the crops and will be digging three water wells complete with new hand pumps. We are also planting corn and other vegetables on the land and have successfully harvested one season of crops.
The poultry operation and growing of crops will be manned by the school faculty and the students. The poultry operation will allow the children to learn animal husbandry, irrigation, and better farming methods, along with getting their products to market. The school will receive 100% of the profits and the children will learn the skills needed to provide for their families when they are adults.