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Here are some of the local missions we support. Take a moment to visit their sites to learn more about them and how you can get involved in being a bit of “Jesus with skin on” to others in our community!
AFC Ministries was founded to bring Christ to lives through fishing and the great outdoors. The gospel is presented through many events such as kid’s fishing camps, wild game dinners, speaking engagements & testimonials. AFC is currently building a local camp to host their events! Come help us to create “Reel Memories to Last a Lifetime!”
Appalachian Outreach began in 1984 as a home repair ministry for poverty level people, by the Campus Ministries Department of Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee. Since then Appalachian Outreach has expanded its ministries to include a homeless shelter called Samaritan House, a food distribution ministry, a used clothing and furniture ministry, a computer and GED educational program, a ministry to Hispanic people, a recycling program, Christian nurturing and counseling. The Appalachian Outreach Ministries Center is located at 190 Old Andrew Johnson Highway, across from the city park.
God has grown this ministry from providing not only food bags but also toiletry bags, school supplies, backpacks, and Christmas toys. In 2010, over 600 backpacks were passed out to area children! Over 1000 food and toiletry bags are given out each month. The ministry is also developing other community outreach programs to help reduce the number of homeless in the greater Morristown area and enhance the lives of the underprivileged.
God is changing lives through amazing ministries such as Wheels for the World and Family Retreats. And through Joni and Friends’ training and resources, churches in the U.S. and around the world are expanding ministry to welcome, serve, and include people with disabilities. Find out how you can become involved – and share in the joy of serving people and families affected by disability.
Life Outreach offers guidance and resources for anyone involved in an unplanned pregnancy. All services are free and confidential. The goal of the center is to provide spiritual, emotional and physical support, while upholding the sanctity of human life, encouraging abstinence, and discouraging the disastrous choice of abortion. Life Outreach Center also compassionately embraces cases where abortion has been chosen, while sharing the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
Based on Luke 14:12-14, Luke 14 is an annual party Manley hosts where the guests of honor are those with disabilities. This is an enormous blessing as we offer games, hayrides, a free meal, encouragement, a petting zoo and so much more for those affected by disability in our community!
Manley on Mission
Periodically, Manley hosts days where we go out into the community in small groups doing home repair, landscaping, painting, moving, etc. Our heart is to do projects for others that they can not do for themselves, and bring glory to the Lord by doing so! We usually start these days out with a pancake breakfast and wrap them up with soup, sandwiches or chili as a small thanks for your hard work.
Our mission is to provide Christian counseling and guidance to clients who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and may be considering abortion or seeking adoption. We counsel these clients through the Biblical belief that life begins at conception. Psalms 139:13-16
Our Center provides the following services to any client who seeks help from us: free pregnancy test, material assistance, prenatal classes, parenting classes, abstinence counseling, educational information on all the above and Biblical peer counseling. We minister to clients from all walks of life and on all life issues. The Pregnancy Crisis Center treasures your prayers and asks that you continue to pray for our ministry in the days ahead.
Stepping Out is a faith-based, non-profit organization committed to working in partnership with other non-profit agencies, churches, civic groups, and community leaders in a coordinated effort to meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of every person who asks for help, regardless of race, creed or religion. Our goal is to break the stigma of failure through mentoring, non-competitive activities, and various life skills workshops.
Life Skills Workshops focus on home management, budgeting, goal setting, and basic parenting skills. Additional workshops for both men and women including topics such as building a positive self-esteem, anger management, and conflict resolution.
Youth Specific Sessions provide hands on activities and includes instruction on self-esteem, relationships, honesty, and communication, with a special focus on how to seek positive relationships, make good choices, and work with others. All classes are taught by professionals such as social workers, pastors, ministers, and experienced, trained volunteers.
At Camp Celebrate, persons with disability and their families receive encouragement and care in the comfort of a safe family camp environment. Enjoy fully-accessible and age-appropriate fun activities, be nourished by hearty home-style meals, build lifelong relationships and glean from meaningful conversations from a network of families who understand the challenges of life with disability. You’ll leave camp encouraged, refreshed, and just maybe a little bit tired from all the fun you and your family will have! Family Retreat is designed for anyone who has a disability and their families, young, old and everyone in between.
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[wptabtitle] Missions Abroad[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
Here are a few of the mission opportunities going on at Manley. Several of these are trips taken at least once a year and are a great way to serve the Lord and build relationships with other believers as you do so! I will note here that we have a single young lady serving in the Middle East and a young family serving in east Asia who certainly covet your prayers as well, but can not be featured here for the sake of their safety and the safety of the believers in their midst. Please remember these brothers and sisters when you pray… the Lord knows who they are!
Manley has a unique opportunity to serve an unreached people group in South East Asia. This is an entire group of people who has never heard the Truth of the gospel! In 2011 we made the initial contact in this area to set the groundwork for future teams to continue to build relationships for Manley to adopt an unreached people group. In a country where believers only meet in secret, God prepared the way for this team to share the gospel, to baptize a new Christian, to encourage and pray for believers and to be part of a new salvation. To God be the glory for the things He allowed us to witness while making contact with the tribal groups. When our teams go to Manley they spend time praying with their contacts there, sharing the gospel at every opportunity, attending secret churches, encouraging the few fellow believers in the surrounding rural area, and getting to know the people we have adopted.
Hearts of Christ is a local ministry supporting children and families in Belize. Hearts of Christ Children’s Ministry is presently working with 800 sponsored children that are attending schools in Belize. Sponsors from the United States are supporting these children through the $225 yearly sponsorship that provides textbooks, school supplies, backpacks, new school uniforms, tuitions and other school fees for each child. In addition, over 1,000 more children will come to the mission house seeking help so they too can attend school.
New Roots is a ministry of Waialae Baptist Church that seeks to meet the educational, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the children and their families living in Palolo Valley Housing. New Roots intends to partner with local churches, schools, and other community organizations to provide after school programs, adult education programs, family related services, counseling, physical needs (food, clothing, school supplies, etc.), and Christian education. New Roots also focuses on the empowerment of those living in Palolo Valley Homes by training local youth to become leaders of positive transformation within their families and community.
Nueva Esperanza is translated into English as “New Hope”. Nueva Esperanza’s ministry is to provide new hope for children from families who cannot properly care for their small children. The majority of Hondurans are very poor and many struggle with single parenting, drug and alcohol addiction, spousal abuse and much more. Often the necessity to work leaves mothers with only two options. She must either leave her children at home by themselves or place them in an orphanage.
Nueva Esperanza provides an alternative by offering daily care to meet their physical needs. These include food, clothing, medical attention and education. By providing care for these children, Nueva Esperanza attempts to minister to Hondurans in such a way as to reflect the passage in Matthew that reads:
“…For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…inasmuch as you did it to the least one of these, you did it to Me”(Matthew 25: 35-40).