Sample Answers for Question 40-01
Over the years, we have been asked many times for a examples of an answer to question on activities on Form 1023 (our question 40-01]. The following answers were used by previous clients, and in some cases, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status was achieved for these clients in record time. We conclude, therefore, that the agent who looked over their applications thought the answers were more than adequate. Some of these were submitted before percentages were required by the IRS. Don”t YOU forget these.
35 days including mailing time to the IRS.
Eagle’s Nest Youth RanchPart IVThe primary focus of our organization is to reach out to children at risk with physical, emotional, or behavioral problems, and mentor them through the love of Jesus Christ. We partner these wounded children with equines in our program to build bonds of love and trust. This partnership can involve either healthy horses or horses in our rescue program. The children are given attention by a mentor who always endeavors to follow the guidance of the Lord in ministering to the specific needs of each individual child. In some cases, actual equine therapeutic methods are used. In others, simple instruction combined with much love, acceptance, encouragement, and praise is the best avenue to reach the heart of the hurting child.
We strive to accomplish these goals primarily through 90-minute one-on-one sessions with a leader in which the child learns horsemanship, safety, riding, horse care, and general ranch work. Through this interaction, the leader builds child/leader and child/horse relationships, encouraging positive self-image, responsibility, confidence, and Godly values. Our sessions comprise approximately 60% of our activities. They are conducted at the Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch. At this time, the primary session leader is XXXXX, president and co-founder of Eagle’s Nest. More leaders are being sought and trained from our volunteer base. These sessions take place from approximately April through November when snow is melted. There is never any charge for any of our services.
We have special occasions where all the families that are involved in the program come to the Ranch to have a fun day of activities geared toward continuing to build a healthy self-image and positive outlook, and improving family bonds while getting a temporary respite from difficult or traumatic home situations. These activities include games, BBQ’s, special trail rides, worship, and devotional times. At this time, these events happen 2-3 times per year, however, we are building toward special events such as these at least once per month during the working season, and additional special activities to continue interaction with children and families during the off-season such as Christmas parties, story-telling evenings, movie nights, etc. These special events make up approximately 5% of our ministry’s activities.
The other major focus of our organization is to rescue abused and neglected equines. As horses are referred to us, we plan strategies to acquire them from their abusive/neglectful situations. Actual rescue activity is planned to account for approximately 2% of the activities of the organization. We partner with our local veterinarian, XXXXX, to restore them to health. Insofar as possible, we rehabilitate and train them, with our goal being to adopt out each horse as a usable saddle mount or family companion, unless we feel they can be an asset to our riding program outlined above. Rehabilitation and training will account for approximately 20% of the organization’s activities. The horses are housed and maintained at the Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch. The person primarily responsible for care is XXXXX, along with her family, with help coming from XXXXX, Secretary/Treasurer, and additional volunteers who have partnered with Eagle’s Nest.
The remaining 13% of our ministry’s activities will be generating funds from fund-raising events, personal, mail, and email solicitations, applying for grants, and web-store sales and donations. These activities will be conducted by board members as well as volunteers of the organization.
83 days including mailing to the IRS
‘How Great Are Thy Works’ has no past. We are now applying for the 501c3.
The plan is to help anyone of any creed, color or ethnic background with the help of their higher power. In other words it is a complete or holistic approach to wellness.
Standards are high. Teams of 3 qualified people fill out applications. If they are accepted, they will volunteer their time. The 3 Directors are either Pastors or Doctors or both. The Directors will serve in giving advice.
1. Time spent – Two to four hours once a week. Now planned to meet each Thursday. This is to be posted on a web-site. Twenty percent of the time will be spent by the Director in keeping paper work. 80% of the time will be spent in appointments.
2. Place – At the Director’s home in Palm Springs, California unless it is more convenient to meet at one of the volunteers homes closer to the person coming for help. All homes are provided with no compensation or money taken from the 501c3.
3. What takes place during the appointment . Who is involved.
a. Upon entering at the scheduled time, an intake form is provided. The intake form is studied by the 3 volunteers. This usually takes 20 or 30 minutes. The man, woman or child can look into the book room to select a free book or pamphlet on healing and wellness. There are books on Prevention of sickness also. These books cover physical, mental, emotional or spiritual healing. The books are given and not sold. If they are not interested in books, they may just sit and contemplate as they listen to music.
b. There is no charge, but donations may be given but in no way encouraged. Most people have little money to pay for expensive help. They sometimes need just to have someone listen to their problems and make suggestions, if they are led to do so. The team is made up of men and women. Usually 2 women to one man because it is hard to get as many men volunteers. The volunteers may be retired or able to find a few hours each week.
c. Often people come back over a period of time. 20% of the Director’s time is spent in keeping a record of progress. If people come back at all there is expected to be progress. Even in terminal cases, the person has found love, support and caring until the end.
4. Why do this. We do this because it is needed. This is being done by so called Healing Rooms all over the world. The director started this but it was not tax exempt. As the work grows, the expenses are growing and we need to be tax exempt. It would help if donations are ever given which has not happened yet.
It is already necessary to help start similar endeavors in other cities. These are anticipated in Thousand Palms and Cathedral City which are the neighboring cities to Palm Springs. The Director will then donate another day with similar % of time spent. Others from Palm Springs may join the future if they wish.
1. Diet For A New America by John Robbins
2. The Science and Fine Art of Food and Nutrition by Herbert Shelton
3. The Hygienic System: Fasting and Sun Bathing by Herbert Shelton
4. The Vegetarian Primer by Peter Burwash and John Tulllius
5. Dear Teenager “If you only knew” by Peter Burwash
6. The Famous Bircher-Benner Raw Fruits and Vegetables Book
7. 9 Steps for Reversing or Preventing Cancer
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
1. Life is a Test by Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
2. High Performance Living by Barnet Meltzer, M.D.
3. Stress Less by Don Colbert, M.D.
4. The Kindness Factor – The Transforming Power of Love and Compassion by Randy Brodhagen.
5. The Helpers Handbook by Randy Brodhagen
6. Excellence by Randy Brodhagen
7. The Safe Place – Overcoming Trouble and Terror by Randy Brodhagen
8. Patience by Randy Brodhagen
9. Getting Well: A Step by Step, Self Help Guide To Overcoming Cancer
10. Dear Teenager, If You Only Knew by Peter Burwash
11. The Power of Your Words by Don Gosset & E.W. Kenyon
1. The Torah – The first 5 books of the Old Testament of the Bible with dietary and hygienic laws. The remaining O.T. with inside views of Jehovah Rapha, The G-D that Healeth Thee
2. The New Testament with passages and insights for healing
3. The Meal that Heals by Perry Stone
4. The Essential Guide to Healing by Randy Clark and Bill Johnson
5. God”s Creative Power for Healing by Charles Capps
6. How to Hold Your Healing by Kenneth E. Hagin
7. When Heaven Invades Earth by Bill Johnson
8. Glory Invasion by David Herzog
9. Invitation to Love: the Way to Christian Contemplation by Thomas Keating
10. Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God by James Finley.
11. The Lord’s Prayer by Kathryn Kuhlman
12. Lord Teach Us To Pray by Kathryn Kuhlman
13. Power in Praise by Merlin R. Carothers
14. Prison to Praise by Merlin R. Carothers
15. The Power of Your Words by Don Gosset and E.W. Kenyon
ASAPH Teaching Ministry exists to enable Andrew C. Stump to teach full-time in the community of Passe-bois-d’ormes, a typical rural Haitian community located on the southern coast of the island. Haiti’s poverty reaches deeper than empty pockets. Rural Haitians live in academic poverty, often with less than three years of schooling in their lifetime. Math skills are poor. Reading and writing skills are poor. Historical, geographical, and scientific awareness are minimal. Lack of education affects Policemen, doctors, teachers, and every single family. For many Haitian students, academic experiences are negative…full of falsehoods, archaic teaching methods, physical and emotional abuse. A qualified, loving, motivational teacher is something many Haitians never have the chance to experience.
Mr. Stump’s public school education equipped him with the basic skills and knowledge that are notably absent in the lives of the people to whom he ministers. A Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University prepared him to teach. With nineteen years of experience in rural Haiti, Mr. Stump uses teaching as a tool to present Jesus Christ in the community of Passe-bois-d’ormes.
The students that Mr. Stump teaches are unable to pay for the services he provides. Churches, organizations, and individuals financially support ASAPH Teaching Ministry allowing Mr. Stump to teach full-time in Haiti.
DEVOTIONS (10%): Mr. Stump leads 2 daily devotions with his friends and neighbors at his home in Passe-bois-d’orme. Participants (1 to 5 people daily) grow in their understanding of scripture and mature in their faith.
CLASSROOM TEACHING (13%): At different times since 1992, Mr. Stump has taught full 1-year courses in English, Creole, music, art, Bible, and physical education in a formal school setting at the Help-From-Above School sponsored by Water For Life (based in Kalona, Iowa) and at the MEBLH (Mission Evangelique Baptist Lumiere d’Haiti) Baptist School in Flammands. Classes contained 25 students on average and ranged in level from 1st grade to 8th grade. Students learned basic skills and creativity.
TEACHER TRAINING (3%): Mr. Stump has prepared and presented pedagogical seminars for the teaching staff at local schools. He has helped improve over 50 local teachers in the areas of basic skills (handwriting, communication, math, science) and in educational psychology and pedagogical techniques.
LOCAL CHURCH (20%): Mr. Stump is currently serving in his local congregation in Haiti (Chapelle Evangelique Passe-bois-d’ormes) as worship team leader and in children’s ministry. He teaches instrumental music lessons and leads rehearsals for 12 hours each week. He preaches and teaches in weekly services. He teaches a children’s class each Sunday morning for about 40 children. He leads a youth drama program on Sunday afternoons with up to 20 young people.
AREA INSTITUTIONS (1%): Mr. Stump responds to invitations to teach in neighboring schools and churches and plans to increase those opportunities. He will focus on creating regular teaching opportunities in three neighboring congregations: the Baptist Church of Flammands, the Church of God in Passe-bois-d’ormes, and the Church of God of Prophecy in Passe-bois-d’ormes.
TUTORING (10%): Mr. Stump includes tutoring in his list of teaching activities. He works informally with students in the areas of reading, math, English, and the sciences. Tutoring creates improved academic performance.
ENGLISH (10%): Mr. Stump teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) for area teachers and students. He has organized afternoon seminars and will do so regularly in the future. English creates job opportunities for Haitians.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (2%): Mr. Stump develops and presents Vacation Bible School programs. Each program is a weeklong study of specific Biblical teaching. Mr. Stump has written and presented programs in the past, and will do so annually. VBS programs improve students understanding of the Bible, morality, and life skills.
SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES (1%): ASAPH Teaching Ministry opens the door for Mr. Stump to prepare 10 annual audio-visual school assembly programs and present them in area schools (Secours d’En Haut Passe-bois-d’ormes, MEBLH Flammands, Pain Aux Hommes Passe-bois-d’ormes, Secours d’En Haut Puits-Salees…). Computer slide-shows, DVD’s, a sound system, and a portable source of electricity are some of the equipment required to realize these presentations in schools accustomed to relying on chalk as the main teaching tool. Programs will address reading, writing, math, science, morality, and Bible.
FUNDRAISING (15%): Mr. Stump spends between one and three months per year at home in Pennsylvania raising funds. He visits individuals and churches who support ASAPH Teaching Ministry. He organizes and presents fundraising activities along with his local congregation, Christ Lutheran Church in Dallastown, Pennsylvania. In January of 2012 he presented a fundraising concert that raised $6000.
EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS (15%): Mr. Stump also spends time in the United States acquiring useful teaching materials including DVD’s, books, computer programs, and visual aids. He develops many of his own teaching materials (books, songs, DVD’s) while at home in the US and also while in the field in Haiti.
This organization travels to Southeast Asia several times a year. The country that is being focused on right now is the Philippines and the group of people chosen is the Xxxxxxx tribe. This tribe has never had a place of worship or educational facilities in any of its villages and the organization found that the Xxxxxxx people were eager to learn more about God. All of the board members have traveled to the Philippines and are actively involved in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as developing resources of the Xxxxxxx tribe.
Travel to the Philippines makes up 40% of the activities of the organization. Last year (April 2001), the president of the organization along with two board members and the secretary constructed three bamboo church huts and one training center in various tribal villages. Seeds to plant corn were also donated to the Xxxxxxx tribe. The children were taught English and books were brought so they could learn to read. The teaching of the children takes place in the training center.
Most of the activity was initiated last year (2001). Future activity will be conducted by board members as well as individuals who will plan short-term mission trips to the Philippines together with various other churches. Mission trip planning will make up 20% of the organizational activities. Lord willing, most trips will take place in April , August and September of each year, but are not limited only to those months.
Visiting churches and holding awareness seminars will account for another 20% of the activities of the organization. This will be done twice a month. Board members and other volunteers will visit other churches to encourage them to get involved in the great commission which is found in the Bible in the book of Matthew chapter 28 which says to go throughout the world and preach the Gospel to all peoples.
The remaining 20% of the activity will be generating funds from mail outs, church donations and individual donations. This will be carried out by the board members on a quarterly basis. Other volunteers will assist in preparing pledge cards and sending out letters and attending fund raiser events.
The main purpose of this ministry is to preach and teach truth, based on the Bible, as the infallible word of God, endeavoring to lead the lost to Jesus Christ, and building up those who already know Christ. This will be accomplished through various forms of outreach. It is our desire to see the church of Jesus Christ be all that God intends, thus, being a blessing and a help to all people.
We will preach, teach and provide spiritual guidance for equipping Christians to mature in Christ, thus, enabling them to be responsible citizens, accountable to God and man. This will be performed in churches, conferences, bible studies and prayer meetings, and will account for approximately 80% of all the organizations activities, and will be conducted by Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxx. We are currently involved in these activities.
We will also minister to the poor and needy through various means, such as the distribution of clothing, food, and finances, as the needs are made known to us. This will be an ongoing form of outreach, showing the love and goodness of God toward our fellow man. We are currently doing this.
We also plan to arrange prayer vigils with area pastors in our local community, endeavoring to promote unity amongst God’s people for the common purpose of reaching the lost and building relationships with other Christians for the cause of Jesus Christ. In this effort, our goal is to have regular meetings, utilizing the gifts and talents of musicians from the varied churches, to come together in worship glorifying God, and pray as a community for our community and our country. We plan to initiate this in the very near future.
We will also be involved in hospital and home visitation, praying for the sick and the shut-ins. We currently and actively are doing this.
We will on occasion take short-term missions trips to minister practical aid to some of the poorest areas of the world, providing for their physical and spiritual needs. It is our goal to take one short-term missions trip per year.
The remainder of the items mentioned above will account for approximately 20% of the organizations activities.
THE XXXXXXX CHURCH of Xxxxxxx, XX; located at 15th and Upland Sts. In Xxxxxxx, XX.
Our mission is to know the Lord Jesus Christ: Exalting Him as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King; and complete His Great Commission: Evangelizing and discipling persons throughout the United States, and Incorporating them into Christ-centered, community-focused congregations,
Mobilizing them for active involvement in a missionary effort designed to plan Great Commission churches among both unreached and responsive peoples at home and worldwide. We have called a pastor to help in every ministry our church is involved in. Being ordained he teaches the Bible and provides sacraments available to us. Church membership is limited to those who give testimony to their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Such individuals must meet the requirements for membership listed in our bylaws.
We hold weekly Christian education classes to disciple youth and adults in what is means to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in faith by teaching the Bible in our Sunday School classes that meet at 9:30 AM at the Xxxxxxx Church here in Xxxxxxx, XX. We take up a freewill offering to help pay for the cost of the education material that are given freely to those that attend our Sunday School classes. We also have a free reading clinic where adults and children can learn to read so they can be gainfully employed. We also offer two days a week free English as Second Language classes for the internationals living in our city and county, teaching about American culture and preparing them for citizenship; so they can learn to live in America.
We have a youth meeting every Sunday at 6 PM where various members are guests at invited to share a Christ centered message to help our youth to be challenged to decide to live godly lives. Our pastor helps our youth to discover various educational opportunities beyond high school so they can be trained to hold good jobs and support their families.
Our Lord’s Day worship services are held every Sunday at 10:45 AM and 7 PM. Our pastor delivers messages from the Bible, and with the help of various families we worship the Holy Trinity together in song, prayer, sharing prayer requests, and taking up a free will offering to support God’s work at home and our missionaries worldwide. We celebrate the sacraments of baptism and holy communion together. Our youth and adults work together to plan special worship services for Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and other holidays. These events give our youth and adults a special time to develop and share their talents.
Our midweek prayer service is a time to seek the help and blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ on our church families, our city and nation. We also pray for special individual needs to be meet by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our pastor works with people in our city that are having difficulty with substance abuse, unemployment and various personal problems which need biblical counseling and assistance.
XXXX XXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX exists to see people saved by the gospel of Jesus Christ and their families transformed by aligning with the principles of God’s Word, the Bible. In other words, we are an evangelistic Christian ministry designed to partner with the local Church in helping Pastors and Ministers strengthen families. We will fulfill this mission by conducting Biblically based Marriage and Parenting teaching Seminars for local Churches. We will begin presenting them in June, 2003 and will be targeting Churches in the southeast United States so that we don’t have to travel too far from our home base in Xxxxxxx. The Seminars we offer are original and composed of five individual sessions, each lasting approximately an hour and a half. Xxx Xxxxxxx will teach the Seminars. The attendees will sit at tables in a room provided by a hosting Church. They will listen and take notes as they are taught God’s principles for improving their marriage or parenting skills.
We have set an attendance fee at a Seminar of $75. This figure was determined in several ways. First, this is the approximate fee of similar ministries. Ex. Xxxxxx Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx charges $89 for their weekend Seminar. Second, the average cost of a one hour counseling session is about $75, so we find our fee reasonable and a good value. Third, when we calculated our overall expenses for the ministry, it appears this amount will allow us to cover them without making a profit. We will request half that amount for singles who want to attend. To show our support for Leadership, the Pastor of the hosting Church and his mate will always be our guests. To show our support for the poor, those unable to pay will be allowed to attend for free. We will not be selling any products. The manual each attendee receives is included in their attendance fee. When a Church agrees to host a Seminar, we will ask them to cover the travel expenses and overnight lodging for Xxx Xxxxxxx.
We will contact Christian Churches who we believe would share our doctrinal positions and be receptive to the content of our teachings. We will promote the Seminars by ads, mailings, personal contacts, and our web site. Seminars will be open to the people in their Church and anyone in the community. We do see this as an evangelistic outreach into the community to fulfill our mission. We believe that in helping their family they will witness the love of Christ through our care.
Xxx Xxxxxxx has developed our two 5 Session weekend Seminars and will be conducting them on Friday nights and Saturdays. Signing up and fees for the Seminars will be handled by each individual Church or through our web site, whichever the Church prefers.
Promoting, preparing for, conducting, and following up these Seminars will be 90% of what this ministry does in an average month. The other 10% will be Xxx Xxxxxxx preparing and speaking for a Church in a one time setting. He will allow them to select the marriage or parenting topic for this teaching. We will receive donations the Church makes to the ministry when they request Xxx to teach the Scriptures at one of their Services.
INNER CITY EVANGELISTIC OUTREACH / TRAINING AND TEACHING AT THE LOCAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH: 75% of Ministry Activities
A major focus of our organization is to reach out to inner city families. These families are the ones who have not been widely exposed to the gospel message of the Bible and have little desire to attend or be part of a local church fellowship. They are usually part of the lowest economic levels, uneducated, morally lost and socially handicapped.
It is our desire to plant seeds of the message of the Bible to as many as will listen. Thereby presenting them the opportunity to receive Jesus the Messiah into their lives.
Our organization desires to reach deep into the local inner city community. In most cases the inner city is composed of densely populated apartment complexes. This is where we need to reach the families and children that need our help.
Xxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxxxx Xxxxx, Xxxxxx Xxxx and other of our volunteers go into these complexes with evangelism teams. Their goal is to make acquaintances and friends. Through various means we invite everyone to come and join in on our evangelistic activities.
We also select various streets that have large populations nearby or empty lots where groups of children and families can gather and participate in our activities.
We partner with local Christian churches in the community. We share facilities with them to develop programs to achieve our goals. Under this local church umbrella, we develop classes that teach the truth of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus the Messiah.
Typical Saturday Church Worship Service:
Location: Local church: Xxxxx Xxxx Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx of Xxxx Xxxxx, Ca.
Schedule: 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm each Saturday.
Responsibilities and Activities:
Xxx Xxxxxxxxx and Xxxxxx Xxxxxxxxx drive and pickup the children and the youth in the Xxxx Xxxxx Cambodian community. This responsibility takes approximately two hours.
Food and refreshments are prepared by Xxxxx Xxxx a youth leader of our group. Hot meals are prepared along with other amenities usually brought by our other volunteers as the children and youth arrive.
The children and youth take part in the refreshments and play, make crafts and or rehearse for various plays or musical presentations and learn Israeli dance before our worship service.
At 5:00 pm our worship service begins. Xxxxxx Xxxx, Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx and Xxxx Xxxx along with the youth volunteers lead our singing and worship time.
Xxx Xxxxxxxxx leads our Israeli Cultural Dance with the children and youth during the singing and worship time.
At 6:00 pm our teaching hour begins. All our teaching volunteers; Xxx Xxxxxxxx, Xxxxxx Xxxxx, Xxxxxx Xxx, Xxxx Xxx, Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx, Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxxx Xxxx and Xxxx Xxxx lead our children and youth in Bible study classes (broken down by age group).
Xxx Xxxxxxxxx and Xxxxxx Xxxx during the teaching hour visit and follow up on children and youth that have not attended our group recently. When possible, they visit other neighboring apartments and invite other children to visit our church group.
At 7:00 pm class ends and another play time and refreshment time is provided. At approximately 7:30 to 8:00 pm the younger children are transported home. The older youth from Junior High School age and up stay for the evening worship time.
During this section of church the older youth play games, rehearse future plays or musical songs, practice Israeli dance and partake in the refreshments. At 8:30 pm our evening worship time begins with songs and prayer times, led by our volunteers as listed above.
At 9:15 pm Xxx Xxxxxxxxx takes the youth home while the cleanup team remains to clean the facility led by our volunteers and youth for the next day of worship on Sunday.
Our classes reach inner city children from the age of five years old to college age adults. There are Bible study classes, teaching, and lessons on how to live the Christian life today and practical classes on cooking, social skills, etc. The activities take place at the church facility and or various homes of our volunteers.
All of the classes are focused to train and equip the children and young adults to live the type of Christian life as described in the Bible. From this education and training they can implement these lessons into practical solutions in their everyday lives. Our focus is to teach parental and supervisory respect, godly behavior, respect for others, and a positive optimistic Christian perspective of life.
By this training and education, the children and young adults are to transition into their individual environments and effectively transfer these life-changing perspectives to their friends, acquaintances and fellow work persons.
They are to be witnesses of the teachings of the Bible and establish themselves as responsible citizens. Within their personal relationships, they are to share and give testimony of the life-changing effects of their belief in Jesus the Messiah. Hopefully, they will provide good evidence to the truths of the Bible and invite those around them to receive Jesus the Messiah as their own personal Savior.
This is a multiplication process to effect as many in the community as possible. Thereby bringing new attitudes of respect, compassion and true Christian love to all who will receive it. Eventually, bringing to the local church more and more of the people of the local community to be trained and encouraged in like manner.
Sunday Activities as Planned:
Sundays are optional days for various planned activities. Xxx and Xxx Xxxxxxxxx take various age groups out on different activities such as movies, picnics, trips to the mountains, beach, parks, sporting events, evangelical crusades, etc.
Other activities on Sundays (on selected weekends) may include evangelical outreach and home visitation activities in the local neighborhood. Xxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxxxx Xxxx and Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx will visit local apartment complexes to invite more children and youth to our church group. Others of our youth group are invited along to participate and develop their outreach and evangelism training.
Typical Monday Evening Activity: Apologetics class:
Each Monday evening Xxx Xxxxxxxxx picks up and transports the older youth of our group to a Bible Apologetics study class. Dr. Xxx Xxxxx of Xxxxxxxxxxxxxx leads the class in Xxxxxxxxxx, CA. This is an excellent opportunity for the youth to listen and learn how to defend their faith in Jesus the Messiah from another Christian leader in the area.
Typical Tuesday or Wednesday Activities: Bible Study and Training:
Each Tuesday or Wednesday (as schedules permit) at our local church, Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxxx leads a girls youth group. Their main focus is to learn how young Christian women are to live in our society today.
Xxxxxxx has various classes that center in on house keeping, cooking, sewing and Bible study courses. She helps the female youth learn solid Biblical teaching how to utilize the teaching and knowledge of the Bible to benefit their everyday lives.
Typical Tuesday Bible Training and Israeli Dance Class:
Throughout the year Xxx and Xxx Xxxxxxxxx attend Bible study classes to further their knowledge of scripture and understand the truth of the Bible. The class is offered at the Xxxxxx Community Church, Xxxxxx CA under the teaching of Xxx Xxxxxx. Xxx Xxxxxxxxx also teaches an Israeli dance before class begins. She helps train other Christians the priority to use this tool as an outreach opportunity to their Jewish friends.
Typical Thursday Activity: Bible Study Class:
Each Thursday Xxx Xxxxxxxxx and Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx lead two separate Bible study groups at the local church. They both use this study time to teach directly out of the Bible. It is a high priority to learn what exactly the Scriptures say. Each group selects and studies various books out of the Bible.
Typical Thursday Hebrew Language Training:
Throughout the year Xxxxx Xxxx and Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx enroll in Hebrew language training. The class is offered at the Xxxxxx Community Church, Xxxxxx CA under the teaching of Xxx Xxxxxx.
This class helps train our leaders to communicate with Jewish individuals in their own language. It also is very valuable in learning Biblical Hebrew. It is important in understanding and communicating scripture from a Jewish perspective.
Friday Activities as Planned:
Fridays are another day of the week that can be used for various planned activities for the children and youth of our church. Xxx and Xxx Xxxxxxxxx may select various groups from the children and meet with them for planned activities.
Many of these activities are rewards for outstanding achievements and behavior at church. Scripture memory, Bible reading, faithful attendance and exceptional behavior are rewarded by outings that the children and youth are not so commonly used to. Movie nights at the home of some of our volunteers or at the church, dining at special restaurants and attending sporting events etc. are provided.
EVANGELISTIC OUTREACH TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY THROUGH ISRAELI CULTURAL DANCE: 10% of Ministry Activities
Israeli cultural dance is hugely popular in the Jewish community. It is a cultural form of closely identifying with their roots and being Jewish. This tradition was established centuries ago and is very popular today.
In most cities, the Jewish community establishes its own Jewish Community Center. Within this facility they have various community activities and socials. One of the most popular activities is Israeli cultural dancing.
Wednesday Night Israeli Cultural Dance Outreach:
Each Wednesday evening Xxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxxxx Xxxx and Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx attend the Jewish Community Center in Xxxxx Xxxx, CA. At the beginning of the evening they attend dance classes and learn new and older traditional Israeli dance steps.
The rest of the evening is spent building relationships with the local Jewish community at the center. Sharing the good news of Jesus the Messiah is a major priority. When opportunities arise they lovingly share with them Biblical truths of scripture from a Jewish perspective.
At our local Christian church in Xxxx Xxxxx, and in our volunteers homes we also teach basic Israeli cultural dancing and develop dance groups that desire to learn the dance steps. Through these relationships we share our love for the Jewish people and support their heritage as established in the Bible.
From these relationships, we encourage and share the message of Jesus the Messiah with those who are willing to listen. A clear message of Jesus the Messiah is presented and further opportunities to share this message are always offered.
Invitations to other dance groups are offered as well as attending Bible studies to learn more about Jesus as the Messiah. Personal invitations are also offered to attend local Jewish Messianic congregations.
We also train Christian assistants to teach Israeli cultural dancing. This expands our outreach opportunities to the Jewish community.
LOCAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY EVANGELISTIC OUTREACH TO JEWISH STUDENTS / EVANGELISTIC OUTREACH TO LOCALIZED JEWISH COMMUNITIES: 5% of Ministry Activities
This specialized outreach is targeted to the Jewish student on the local college and university campuses. These outreach activities are designed to give the Jewish student information that is consistent and true to Christian Biblical teaching.
Jewish Student and Jewish Community Outreach:
Presently there are two specific locations. Xxxxxx Xxxx and Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx manage an information table at the University of California at Xxxxxx each Wednesday (during school sessions) under the leadership of Xxx Xxxxxx. They coordinate the information and meetings on campus. They reach out to Jewish students on campus with a message from the Bible with a Jewish perspective.
With the approval of the campus Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxxxx Xxxx and other volunteers set up information tables for the students. The information and activities are designed to educate and provide opportunities to grow in their knowledge of their Jewish heritage and history. They are also invited to attend study classes on campus and attend a local Messianic congregation that will provide them with further information related to their Jewish roots in the Bible.
Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx and Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx attend another Jewish community information table on the Xxxxxx Xxxxx boardwalk each Sunday (approximately 8 months of the year) under the leadership of Xxxx Xxxx. Their evangelistic outreach to localized Jewish communities is very similar to the outreach to Jewish students on local college campuses. The identical information is presented. The only difference is the location. These outreach and information tables are located in centers of popular activity where large groups of Jewish people gather.
These centers may be located on boardwalks, shopping centers and malls, near Jewish activity centers and large Jewish gatherings like fairs, conventions or celebrations. If the Jewish person is interested, they are invited to attend various Bible study groups or attend a local Messianic congregation.
ASSISTING THE POOR AND NEEDY WITH SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PROBLEMS: 5% of Ministry Activities
In many cases within the inner city the majority of the people belong to various ethnic groups. We have found that these individuals, families and children come from foreign lands. They are usually uneducated and helpless in many ways to take care of simple social, economic and law enforcement problems.
We prioritize our efforts to assist the families and children that attend our local church. Common cases include; traffic tickets, arrests for stealing and gang-related activities, immigration communications, as well as, helping to meet specific domestic and financial needs.
Xxx Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxxx and other of our volunteers attend at the local municipal courthouse and meet with the families and law enforcement authorities. This brings great comfort especially to the adults as they usually cannot speak English and have difficulty trusting assigned government workers. Unfortunately, many of the parents have children involved in gang-related activities and their children are arrested or are already in prison.
We help coordinate the various agencies and lawyers to assist family’s work thru the maze of administrative levels within the city government. We attend meetings and assist in clarifying all the information for them to make sensible and reasonable decisions.
Through donations and donated services, we help families obtain the basic living needs such as; food, clothing, furniture, kitchen supplies and appliances, automobile needs, education materials and simple computer-technological type items.
INTERNATIONAL EVANGELISTIC OUTREACH – ISRAEL / CAMBODIA: 5% of Ministry Activities
Our desire is to support evangelistic outreach internationally. It is a goal to support Christian evangelists, teachers, administrators and trainers to areas of the world that desperately need them.
Presently, we support a work in Nation of Israel. Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx is working and learning Hebrew in the country. His purpose is to share with Jewish people and learn to read, write and speak Hebrew.
Israel is in great need to understand their heritage as described in the Bible. The Bible is very descriptive of the role the Jewish nation plays at this time in history.
It is our purpose to make as many aware of these present day events as possible, especially to the Jewish people themselves. By presenting them with the truth of the Bible we believe the Nation of Israel will come to believe and receive Jesus as their Messiah. This is a Biblical truth that we trust in and it is our desire to be part of this work that will be fulfilled.
The Nation of Cambodia is another country and people group that is in great need of the message of the Bible. Presently, much of our inner city work is in connection with Cambodian refugee families.
As we raise potential young Cambodian evangelists through our programs and activities, it is our goal for them to return to their own country and spread the message of the Bible. Cambodia is in great need of Christian evangelists, teachers, administrators and trainers.
In our training fields within the inner city and in our classrooms at the local church, our young Cambodian men and women are learning the importance of reaching out to the needs of others. As they grow they can see the evidence and fruit of changed lives, lived out in their own community.
This training is vital for future involvement to reach a difficult people group half way around the world. The inner city is a good training ground and they are learning well the fundamentals necessary to work in their own country.
It is our ministry intention to fulfill the following scriptures:
(Psa 7:17 KJV) I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
(Psa 9:2 KJV) I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
(Psa 13:6 KJV) I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
(Psa 33:2 KJV) Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
(Psa 33:3 KJV) Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.
(Rom 15:9 KJV) And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
(1 Cor 14:15 KJV) What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
(Heb 2:12 KJV) Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
To fulfill these scriptures Xxxxxxx & Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxx will be conducting Gospel Music concerts for churches and religious organizations at their individual locations. The Concerts, lasting around one hour or more, will declare God’s love and forgiveness through song and testimony edifying and bringing spiritual encouragement to those in attendance. Instruments used will be the piano and guitar.
These activities will be at the invitation of other churches and religious organizations and conducted at their individual locations. We will use various means of communication to inform the churches and religious organizations of our Concerts. Scheduling will be as invitations come in. It is anticipated that most concerts will be held on Sundays and a few through the week. This activity will consist of 60% of our ministry’s activities and resources. Admission to the Concerts will free and open to the public. The Church or organization hosting the concert will either receive an offering or provide our ministry with an honorarium.
Long range plans: To visit Military bases and assist the chaplains in their Church services by providing uplifting music for all faiths – thus encouraging our service men and women working under difficult situations. This could be done by teaming up with other like-minded ministries with a vision to do something good for those who serve our nation.
It is our ministry intention to fulfill the following scriptures:
(Mark 16:15 KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
(Mat 28:19 KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
(Rom 10:8 KJV) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
(Rom 10:9 KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
(Rom 10:10 KJV) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
(Acts 2:21 KJV) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
To fulfill these scriptures Xxxxxxx & Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxx will be conducting Evangelistic Crusades for churches and religious organizations, which will be conducted at their individual locations. The Crusades will declare God’s saving grace by the preaching of the Holy Bible.
Typical Crusades would start with an introduction and the singing of hymns. A gospel message will be then shared from God’s Holy word. All Crusades will conclude with an invitation for those in attendance to pray for God’s free gift of salvation. Crusades will open to the public and vary in number of days.
Scheduling will be as invitations come in. Evangelistic Crusades will be 20% of our ministry’s activities and resources. The Evangelistic Crusades are to provide information about who Jesus Christ is and why he came to earth. The hosting Church or organization will either receive an offering or provide our ministry with an honorarium.
Long range plans: To combine all three phases of this ministry into a single weekend event. Starting out with a Gospel concert on Thursday evening, followed by and Evangelistic meeting on Friday, and concluding with Training seminar on Saturday.
It is our ministry intention to fulfill the following scriptures:
(Eph 4:11 KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
(Eph 4:12 KJV) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
(Col 1:28 KJV) Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
(Col 3:16 KJV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
(2 Tim 2:2 KJV) And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
(Mat 28:20 KJV) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
To fulfill these scriptures Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxx will be conducting Teaching Seminars. These Seminars are designed to strengthen and equip God’s ministers, lay leaders and believers for the work of the ministry who want to increase their knowledge of how to serve God and their congregations by growing in their individual callings.
Typical Seminars would start with an introduction and course outline and the singing of hymns. A lesson on leadership will then be presented. This teaching will be from God’s Holy Word. All Seminars will conclude with a question and answer time followed by prayer. Teaching Seminars will last about one to three hours or in a weekend retreat format.
These activities will be at the invitation of other churches and religious organizations and conducted at their individual locations. We will use various means of communication to inform the churches and religious organizations of our Seminars. Seminar scheduling will be as invitations come in. This activity will be 20% of our ministry’s activities and resources. The hosting Church or organization will provide our ministry with an honorarium.
Long range plans: To conduct Teaching Seminars for female Pastors, lay leaders, believers and minister’s wives. This would be done by Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxx using the same format as the other Teaching Seminar but having the focus on the unique set of circumstances that women in ministry encounter (Loneliness, fatigue, boredom and helplessness etc.).
Xxxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx has hosted Sunday worship services each week since January 4, 2004. The services are held weekly from 10am to 12:30pm. It is currently meeting at the Xxxxxxx Xxxx Xxxxxx Xxxx located in Xxxxxxx Xxxx, Xx. The services are always open to the public. Service begins with approximately a half-hour of praise and worship followed by about ten minutes of inter-personal prayer time. Then the Pastor teaches on biblical passages in an expository manner through various books of the bible with a large focus on relevant application.
In addition, Xxxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx hosts two simultaneous age-appropriate children’s ministry classes for children each Sunday. The children learn simple truths about God’s love. They are taught through means of the arts, games, bible stories, and various learning tools as such. These classes are taught by the Children’s Ministry Coordinator, the Pastor’s wife, and other parents serving as lay leaders on a rotational basis.
Further, Xxxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx also provides mid-week discipleship programs (understanding biblical disciplines) for both Men and Women. The women’s discipleship meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday night from 7:00-9:00pm and this group is lead by the Pastor’s wife. The Men’s Discipleship group meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday night from 7:00-9:00pm and this group is lead by the Pastor.
In the future, Xxxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx plans to develop additional Christian based programs that are in line with its mission statement, which is, ‘Knowing God and Making Him Known’. The 4 Pillars of Core Values are Worship, Discipleship, Evangelism, and Family. Xxxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx will continue to provide bible-based ministry to meet the needs of the community in these following areas:
To share the Good News to all who live in the Xxx Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxx.
To nurture people so they may walk in intimate relationship with Christ.
To build people up according to God’s WORD (the Bible) so they can passionately embrace God’s specific calling and plan for their lives.
To help singles embrace God’s plan for marriage and to nurture healthy fruitful marriages and families.
Obtaining our tax-exempt status will allow Xxxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx to collect the donations needed to subsidize the ministry needs.