Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sun Ministries has filed the deed on a donated property at 1515 Newhouse Avenue in the Hyde Park Neighborhood. The building was donated to us yesterday. This building will give us a base of operation in the area. There are some very exciting things in the works. As the new year opens we will continue to work on the future home of the Opportunity Center. We will continue making deck chairs and expand that effort to other furniture in hopes of bringing jobs to the area. We will begin a massive board up effort of the nearly 900 vacant buildings in the area. We will begin to offer training classes in music, poetry, writing, crochet, woodworking, and many other things. God has opened the doors of ministry opportunity for us and we give Him the Glory.
Monday, November 30, 2009
You can volunteer to help cut, sand, or paint parts for the chairs. You can donate materials to the project. You can purchase chairs for $75.00 each.
Volunteers from around the city will cut and prep the parts and we will take them to the city and hire people to assemble the chairs. This will provide income to support the ministry and jobs for a very impoverished area of our city.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
■ We collect donations of items that are not readily available through other social service organizations. Food and utility assistance are available through many different agencies in the St. Louis area. There are many types of assistance that are not readily available.
Help Stop Homelessness Before it Happens
■ If your house is broken and you can't afford to fix it you can become homeless. We need your cash or gift card donations to help people that are at risk of becoming homeless. Some of our city's working poor have a home and an auto but they are just one breakdown away from losing them. By collecting these resources, our trained volunteers can assess the needs of these people and deliver timely assistance to make that repair and keep someone in their home or keep their car running so they can keep working.
The Things Most Take for Granted
■ We need new items donated. Items that most of us take for granted. Small Kitchen appliances like toasters, coffee makers, can openers, etc... We need new clothing so that when we meet the need we encourage the individual. Some children in our city will never have anything but hand-me-downs without your generous donation. New clothes, shoes, or coats are a simple way to show you care.
Gift Card Donations
■ When you give a gift card you help us bring help where other assistance is not available. We collect the gift cards and only use them when we have verified the need. We don't hand them out. Our trained volunteers go with the individual in need and use the gift cards to purchase the items needed. We need gift cards for auto parts, home improvement stores, school supplies, and gasoline. Gift cards are an easy way for you to donate. Drop them in one of the collection boxes and we will take it from there.
Drop Your Donation at One of These Fine Businesses
Picasso's Coffee House 101 N. Main St. Charles
C. Bennett Building Supply 1700 West Terra Lane O'Fallon
Affordable Accounting 513 W. Pearce Blvd #A Wentzville
Excel Sports Physical Therapy 4800 Mexico Road Suite 104 St. Peters
Excel Sports Physical Therapy 9331 Phoenix Village Parkway Winghaven
State Farm - Jay Maitland 2957 Highway K O'Fallon
Or you can donate online at by clicking the Donate link at the top or bottom of our web page.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
We have partnered with The Vine on Lindenwood Campus. They have sent volunteers to help us work in Hyde Park and we will be scheduling an awareness event on Campus soon.
We have been asked to assist with boarding up vacant properties in the area. We will be cutting and decorating plywood for the windows and then our volunteer crews will install them. With over 900 vacant properties in Hyde Park we can see what a visual impact this will make.
Campus Crusade for Christ has offered to let us share the vision of the Isaiah 61 Initiative with their groups. We will be working out the details of that effort in the coming weeks.
We are getting ready to launch Show Me Compassion. This effort will raise resources for the poor and single parents in Hyde Park. The uniqueness of this effort will be that the resources will be delivered to people in need by people that work in the area on a regular basis. The goal is to help these people break the cycle of poverty by making a plan, working the plan, and assisting with resources to break the grip of poverty. There is no better place for your charitable giving this year than with Sun Ministries and Show Me Compassion.
We have been offered a purchase option on the Opportunity Center building. We will be completing that contract and hope to begin clean up and stabilization work soon.
Here are some of the works in progress that we hope to have firmed up soon.
We are organizing an event in Hyde Park where a group of Christian astronomers will present the God of creation and teach the neighborhood kids about the universe. We hope to include the Guardian Angels and offer refreshments to the residents.
We will be joining the Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. in collecting donations of Bikes for kids in the neighborhood. The bikes will be given away to kids in need at the Hyde Park Christmas Party. About half the residents of Hyde Park live below the poverty line. Last year they collected and gave out 60 bikes. We hope to help them reach 100 this year.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sun Ministries is coming alongside several single parent families in the Hyde Park Neighborhood. Our goal is to work with these families to address the specific needs of each family in an effort to improve their quality of life. The needs of each family will be different. Our goal is to show them the love of Christ as we help them to escape the grips of poverty and empower them to live up to their full potential. As the families are chosen we will be sharing the specific needs of each.
We are partnering with several area businesses to offer convenient drop off locations for donations. We will begin our efforts in November with no set ending date. Unlike other holiday time efforts, we will seek to make a year round and life long difference in these people's lives. We hope you join us in showing comapassion to the poor right here in the St. Louis area.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Any financial support is gretaly appreciated. If you would like to help us with a one time gift or with regular monthly giving you can email me or visit our web site and give online through our secure payment system.
Thank you for helping us to help those that are less fortunate.
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Thursday, October 1, 2009
If you have basic wood working skills you can volunteer to cut out the simple patterns for us. This can be done at your convenience and in your own shop or garage. We will then transport the "kits" to the city and hire people to sand, paint or stain, and assemble the parts. This prevents us from needing to work with power tools and allows us to hire unskilled people to assemble.
If you want to contribute more you can purchase the wood and donate the "kit" to our ministry. If you cannot afford to do that but would still like to help we will have a limited number of openings for "kit" cutters that will use wood we purchase.
Once the items are completed under our supervision we will be offering them for sale to the general public. You can also help by getting on the list to purchase an item. We will begin with a simple deck chair and flower pot hanger. If you know of a retailer that would like to support this ministry and sell a product that makes a difference please have them contact me.
If you would like more information on this project as it develops just email me with the words "Inner City Jobs" in the subject.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Post Dispatch Video
Post Dispatch Story
In addition to these, I was invited by DJ Hank Thompson and Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. to speak on 1490AM on Tuesday night and take calls from the community. We met with the mayor's office, the police department, and other city officials. The Alderman is trying to arrange for me to speak to the 3rd ward and will have me address the upcoming community meeting in Hyde Park.
Friday, September 4, 2009
If you would like to help us restore this property by donating money, materials, labor or expertise, please contact me. We can use all the help we can get.
Friday, August 28, 2009
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Monday, August 24, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
If you are interested in helping us start a chapter in St. Louis contact me soon. Curtis Sliwa and the Chicago chapter leaders will be visiting us soon to explore this possibility.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
By the time we left them they had already seen bear, moose, elk, antelope, and bison up close. We look forward to hearing of their experiences this summer as they learn to minister to people from all walks of life in an area that is outside their normal comfort zone.
Most of the interns will return in mid August. Some will be staying through September. Thank you to everyone who made their summer possible.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
We have been given the support of the Alderman over Hyde Park to proceed with purchasing and rehabbing this building for our base of operations. This is a critical first step in our future relocation of Sun Ministries to North St. Louis.
We have enough money to pay the purchase price of the property but before we can buy it we must raise the money needed to completely rehab it. We plan to apply for an option for the property that will give us some time to raise the money. If you can help with cash or material donations please contact me.
Our teams continue to work and serve in the area as we prepare to take the Isaiah 61 Initiative to North St. Louis. This property will give us a much needed presence in the community and be instrumental in helping our missionaries to relocate to the area.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thank you to everyone that has supported our interns financially. Without your help they could not have participated. Thank you for your prayer support. The goal of the internship is to raise up the next generation of spiritual leaders that will minister in non-traditional ways in the most oppressed parts of the world. We are excited to see these groups from St. Louis and Indiana take this step.
Some have asked me how I can think that sending them to Wyoming can accomplish this task? Jackson Hole is a very transient society in the summer. Many people travel their to seek summer employment or to vacation. What our interns will find in Jackson Hole is an area with a large diverse population and limited ministry resources. There will be homeless, druggies, transients, foreigners, wealthy, and many others. If you want to experience a mixed culture with limited ministry resources then this is the perfect place.
The population of Jackson surges in the summer. The valley boasts a year round population of about 5000. The average summer population is around 60,000. There is no ministry comfort zone in such an environment. You cannot rely on your church to reach out. You cannot understand the demographic of the population you are in because it is so diverse. We see this trip as the first step into a new way of looking at the world and our ministry calling. I am sure that some of the interns will meet someone of a race, culture, or lifestyle for the very first time. We look forward to a fun eye opening experience for our interns.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Project Epiphany Video
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Sun Ministries launched the Isaiah 61 initiative on February 2, 2009. There are many ways for you to be involved. If this video stirs your heart and you would like to join us in making a difference in the devastated areas of America's inner cities then email me.
If you would like to support our efforts financially you can donate online at www.sunministries.org/is61.html
If you would like to support us with prayer send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our regular prayer updates.
if you would like to participate in summer work crews in this area then send an email to email@example.com with the subject line - Work Crews - I will keep you posted of dates and opportunities.
The problem is huge and will require many people working together. We are experiencing an outpouring of support for this effort. Will you join us in making a difference in the most desperate places in our country?