April 2, 2011

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5 Homeless Men were led through the process of receiving salvation from God. Pastor Richard Gay counsels each man thoroughly each week while a couple of men, sometimes youth, watch, pray, and learn what you cannot learn in class.

GOD CAN USE YOU… JOIN HIS ALL VOLUNTEER ARMY OF COMPASSION!

If you can pray one minute every week for this ministry…God can use YOU!
If you can phone, email or sort food/clothing for this ministry…God can use YOU!
If you can DRIVE, pick up food donations for this ministry…God can use YOU!
Serving the Homeless, Hungry, Lame, Blind, Poor, and Oppressed is not optional for Christians.
TRAINING YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, MAKES GOD SMILE, AS WELL AS THE HOMELESS…PRECIOUS MEMORIES.

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The Bridge Fellowship, Mt Juliet, TN, Crosspoint Church, Bellvue, TN, Judson Baptist Church, Nashville, TN, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Millersville, TN, and Richard Gay from Lifelines Ministries, made up a small army of compassion, bringing their Youth and Adults alike to be Trained as Disciples to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked… terrific group of Christian Disciples today…made God smile.

ALWAYS THE MISSION OF LAYMAN LESSONS MINISTRIES…TO FIRST UNCONDITIONALLY MEET THE PHYSICAL NEEDS OF THE POOR AND OPPRESSED, THEN SPEAK TRUTH IN LOVE by Preaching the Gospel, Training Disciples, and calling sinners (all of us) to Repentance.
GOD SAYS, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I WILL HAVE MERCY”…believe it? SHARE it!

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Martha Pfeil sings to start our Church service after getting our Clothes Bus restocked.

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Clyde Beavers sets the tone for the service by sharing his heart in a song each week, then Clyde and his son Marty counsel and pray with Homeless at the end of the service.

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American Airlines Pilot Steve Sinclair takes time to Train as a Disciple on Saturday mornings. Here Steve pulls out his Bible to counsel with 2 Repenters seeking a new life doing things God’s way, instead of their way, which is the consistent challenge they hear from our Message every week.

Do you need training, on the job, to point people to Jesus no matter what their circumstances? Can you show them how to walk in faith? More than can, is ARE you, your family members, Church Youth, Teens, all “The Church” as you know it, experiencing God in ministries outside the Church walls?

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BANK BALANCE…<-$4,200.00 (IF ALL BILLS WERE PAID TODAY)
Our Step Van still needs diesel engine repair, estimated at $1,500 but probably $3, 000 is closer to it. We
need a mechanic to work on it to find out. Our old Motor Home needs $700 for repairs, and now we may have a blown head gasket or radiator.

Our operating expenses are behind about $1,300 Our Vehicles need painting and lettering, and we could really benefit from “Graphic Wraps” on our 3 busses, Chevy Van, Step Van, to promote our Ministries or “rent” that mobile space to raise funds. A vehicle wrap on a bus is around $2,000, and about $1,200 for a van.

Special Thanks to our Board Leaders, the 5 people who donate weekly or monthly to this ministry, to JW
who wants to remain anonymous but who provides our nice Apartment Housing for our Training Center.
We operate only from these private donations, with no financial support otherwise from any Church other
than The Bridge Fellowship in Mt. Juliet, TN.

PRAISE REPORT, PRAYER REQUESTS…”God things”…
PRAISE! 8,519 Homeless Men and Women have now been called to Repentance and Regeneration through Layman Lessons Ministries in our 10 years…an incredible honor. PRAISE! We feed 2,000 Homeless meals weekly through partnership with Belmont Church’s Isaiah 58 program and the Rescue Mission, who get 500-700
Pizzas each week from our Food Collection Route. What an HONOR you who care, share!
PRAISE! Raised $450 from winning the Grand Prize at Judson Baptist Men’s Ministry!
PRAISE! OUR Clothing bus battery provided by Butch Baltimore class.
PRAISE! CELEBRATION BANQUET forming for Saturday night, April 30, at Christ Church, Brentwood! Email louie@laymanlessons.org if you want to support the Banquet. I need to finalize plans this week based on the support level of interest.

NEEDS… That’s Right, I’ve said it!
Strategic Partners…Churches to “Equip us for Ministry” with Resources Human and Financial so we can Train their Disciples to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Preach the Gospel, and Train others to be true Disciples! New approach is for me to bring a Seminar to a Church to provide advance training, so I can answer
questions about safety, security, and share how we operate to assure family can train together without fear…then schedule on the job training!

Sustain what we have grown to be…10th Year Now of serving! Expand to help others to help others across America…
(God’s vision given to us is 130 “Franchise Style” Layman Lessons by Churches who want to be Strategic Partners in their area!)

Downtown Building for full time Homeless and Needy Ministries…there, I’ve said it. When the Homeless are a priority for “The Church” at large, then “The Church” will unite their efforts to share a building or buildings where we can have truly Christian service lavished in love on the Homeless in need. We need a building where we, The Church, can bind together in scheduled, shared funding and service to the Homeless, to provide a safe, warm building to sleep in, spiritual guidance, and service responsibilites for the Church Members to take ownership of, to share the blessing.

Churches with the Human and Financial Resources AND calling of God to help expand these ministries to fulfill the original vision God gave me from the start for 130 “Franchise Ministries” operated by local Churches across America, with this Nashville Ministry being the “Franchise Headquarters” to Train and provide ongoing support! There, I’ve said it.

Volunteers to pick up and transport Food Donations wherever you live in Middle TN. Mechanic for our Busses, Truck, and Cargo Van, to keep them up and running. Secured Building and/or lot we can use for our vehicles and inventory storage OR EVEN HOST OUR STREET MINISTRIES ON ALTERNATE DAYS. OPERATIONS FUNDING…we need regular, dependable funding for our Operations. A volunteer with a “couple of hours a week” would help immensely in this area. An Operations Coordinator out there?

SATURDAY MORNING VOLUNTEERS…need 8-12 Volunteers every Saturday MORNING!
We are the ONLY ministry serving hot coffee to 100-160 Homeless, furnishing a 1,600 sf tent with nice chairs and tables, an Hour of Praise and Worship music followed by a full Church service with singing, preaching, spiritual counseling and prayer, a hot banquet meal, a sack lunch to go, and a change of Clothes from our Clothes Bus complete with underwear, socks, and grooming items. Caring for their physical needs provides opportunity to serve their spiritual needs, evidenced by 8,519 Homeless Repenters in this, our 10th year.

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