Video about the ministry:
What do we do?
- Walk the streets daily
- Go into the camps reaching the homeless
- Being a friend
- Helping through life
- Encouraging them to keep going
- Drive them to appointments for job interviews, housing, rehab, hospital and doctor, etc
- Bible studies
- Prison visits
- Work within community court helping homeless to get their assignments done
- Help get id
- Help to bring justice
- Buy food
- Buy tents
- Find housing
- Buy Bible's
- many many more things...
When I Was In Jail You Visited Me:
We met Dawn in one of the homeless camps right before she ended up in jail. We saw her life change as she decided to follow Christ. Angela and Mike visited her every week for two and half years, teaching her, encouraging her, and just being a friend. What an amazing lady she has become. This is one of the things we do in the ministry, visiting the ones in jail. If you want to see Dawn's story, go to www.angela-snapshotsoflife.blogspot.com
I Was Hungry And You Fed Me:
We love spending time daily helping the homeless, but it is a special time, as a family, when we get to just have some fun and feed their stomachs.
One particular thing we do in the ministry, is we pass out Bibles to ones desiring to read and learn more about our God. This is Ruthie. She was so excited to receive her Bible we got for her. She shed a few tears and then began smiling from ear to ear. It is one of her most important possessions and she has it with her at all times.
Helping to bring Justice:
One of our passions in this ministry is to fight for justice. One of the things mentioned in the Bible over and over is how we are to help fight for justice. We work behind the scenes and see a lot of injustice especially for the poor and/or homeless. We help with this cause and are going out speaking and teaching others how to help fight for justice. This does not mean protests, but hands on work in helping get word out and helping the ones that need a voice, hands and feet to help them out. We also work within the legal system to hold accountable those who oppress others or abuse their authority.
A Holistic Transition Out of Homelessness
Help Us Help Them Now:
As we began going on the streets and during the time when we experienced homelessness ourselves, we began to experience firsthand the challenges these people face every day. We believe God gave us this firsthand experience to help us see and understand the huge needs within the homeless and prostitute community. We have learned that you cannot meet these needs with a strict, "one size fits all" program. Each person is uniquely made and has their own tragic story of why they are into prostitution, drugs, and living homeless. As we have worked with individuals, we have learned to look hard at their unique situation and to meet them where they are at.
One of the most important things we have discovered is how critical it is to get a homeless person off the streets.
They cannot focus on overcoming their personal challenges while they are homeless because time and things mean nothing when they are on the streets. Homelessness is a desperate situation in which all a person can do is just try to survive each day.
In order for us to provide long-term life-transforming help to the homeless, we need a place for them to live. We need property and a building to provide them enough stability to focus on the root causes of their homelessness. In this place, we will have the capacity to invest time in them as individuals, identify their root needs, and help them address these needs, in addition to teaching them the life skills they need to stay off the streets in the future.
What We Will Offer On the Property
- A Safe place to live so the formerly-homeless can focus
- Physical Help: medical care, healthy meals, education on good eating habits, help with addictions, showers and bathrooms, clean clothes
- Spiritual Guidance: Bible studies, Biblical counseling, discipleship
- Mental Help: Counseling and care for mental issues both on-site and in the community
- Social Help: practice with social and relationship skills
- Work Skills: job training, internships, stewardship training by working on the property, computer skills
- Parenting Classes: parenting skills, counseling on keeping families together, abortion alternatives and pregnancy support
- Urban farming: become self-sufficient, learn work and survival skills, practice work ethics, learn to value and care for God's creation
- Office Space: storage for files, home base for ministry work
- Residence: Knowing Me Ministries staff will live on-site to facilitate the growth of the Christian community and provide daily accountability and encouragement. They would be readily available for emergencies and to complete daily work.
How You Can Help:
- Donate Money for the purpose of the property and construction
- Donate yourself or services. You may feel God's leading to join us whether it be to move here and live as a community on the property or to volunteer your services daily, weekly, or monthly.
- Donate materials
- Help build the homes on the property