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J.O.Y Ministries recaps successful year 2017

Jesus said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all." ~ Mark 9:35

J.O.Y Ministries 2017 Recap by Krystal Cundiff

J.O.Y Ministries wants to take this opportunity to thank our partnering churches, businesses, individuals and students that continue to make the ministry so successful and allow you to see what your support has done for your community and the Kingdom in 2017.

J.O.Y. was in charge of all the food prep, service and serving of food to the students at ACHS Project Graduation for 2017.

This year our foreign mission work includes supporting missionaries to Nicaragua, Uganda, Costa Rica and Cambodia as well as sending 10 missionaries to Puerto Rico.

U.S. missions included: working at the Feeding America warehouse in Elizabethtown. We also held a Saturday of Service in the spring in which around 100 people served in some capacity throughout the community.

From June through August we ran the JOY van for children to receive free "Square Meals" from the Farmer's Market. We also ran a van during the month of June to help transport students for the Summer Feeding Program to ensure children in our community were adequately fed this summer.

Our community helped 70 of our local children from low income families receive Christmas gifts and 20 families received Christmas meals.

We had our 6th annual JOY Mission Week this past summer; with approximately 130 middle & high school students along with college age and adult workers in attendance. During this week we were given the opportunity to stay at Columbia United Methodist Church. We had the opportunity to do a variety of community service projects. We did backyard Bible schools in several low income areas, cleaned and organized storage buildings, sent out around 300 meals with help from Lindsey Wilson College Campus Kitchen, cleaned and painted various areas, worked at the Crisis Resource Center, went to adult day facilities and ministered to the elderly.

We helped renovate a church in Green County. We did free car washes and scattered rocks of kindness, worked doing repairs and chores for a widow and helped stuff backpacks for the Feeding America backpack program. We had our Back-To-School bash in which we invited 100 students. Those that participated received a voucher for new shoes, new backpack, gently used clothes and a new haircut to start school as well as our youth campers cooked and served a meal to each family that participated.

During Missions Week we had 1 young person accept Christ as their Savior, 7 rededicate their lives to Christ, and 7 be baptized with 1 announcing a ministry call to missions. 14 churches helped in some capacity to make this week a reality. Each year we have been able to see our young people step up and take more of a leadership role in the camp.

This year our worship team was student led, students brought some of the nightly messages and students that have been with us for years now were work crew leaders. We are so excited to see even more youth leadership in 2018.

We did a back to school clothing give away in August serving several families.

We created our first Youth Leadership Team in which we will mentor and work with in 2018.

We became a Feeding America site!! This means we can get an abundance of food at a discounted rate. We already loved Feeding America and are so excited to partner with them!

We also reached out to each of you to help us help with hurricane relief. Your generous giving allowed our small community to send 3 semi trailers full of items to help with disaster relief. Not only did we have many people donate, but we had a huge turn out to come by and help sort, stack and load all the items that were sent. We also had people come by and offer prayer over the loads as they departed. We saw God's hand in this endeavor in a mighty way! When the first truck arrived, the people in Houston told the driver they knew this truck had been prayed over because it was exactly what they needed at that moment. God is good!

The Crisis Resource Center was in full swing all year long! We had some volunteers from the community, as well as many Lindsey Wilson College Bonner Scholars and practicum students from both the Human Services & Counseling and Christian Ministries Programs to work with us. Bro. Billy Payne, who runs the day to day operations at the Center, had been funded by a grant called "Experience Works" for older individuals to gain work experience through non-profit organizations. Billy's time ran out with the program but God saw a way for us to be able to hire him as a part-time employee. His love, compassion and stern hand when needed has been a God-send to the ministry.

In addition, "Experience Works" sent us a new grant funded employee, Mary Hendrickson. Mary is a familiar face in Columbia as well. We are so excited to have her join our family! We had 130 individuals and 21 churches that regularly supported us last year, as well as organizations like Bull Run Charity, and businesses, individuals and churches that supported specific events and activities. In the fall, we moved locations to 411 Greensburg Street as Mike Curry generously donated an empty warehouse space attached to A-1 Transport Services, where we have obtained space for the next 3 years. God blessed us so much this year through some awesome people!!!

Approximately 500 families received food, clothing, furniture, toiletries or financial assistance through services at the Crisis Center. Almost 2000 food bags were given out in 2017. We had thousands of volunteer hours in 2017 also.

Hotels for those without a home or traveling through - $1495

Rent for those without homes or in danger of losing homes - $4117.87

Help with utilities, electric & water - $1150.01

Groceries, misc. - $869.71

Total for this assistance: $7632.59

Mission week expenses (t-shirts, gas, shoes, food, cleaning supplies, backpacks, etc) - $5741.27

Mission trip expenses (Puerto Rico) - $10,443

Elizabethtown & Saturday of Service & Beauty For Ashes Ministry - $2,607.69

Mission Work output - $18,791.96

Total ministry giving (Crisis Center, Mission week & Mission Trips) - $26,424.55

Hearts on Fire Youth Conference (35 youth and chaperones) - $2353.69

JOY Operating expenses, storage, garbage, auto, gas, rent, internet, phone, taxes, utilities, insurance, etc - $9563.04 + Payroll - $1688.67 = $11,251.71

Our grand total for all ministry given away, ministry training and operating expenses is - $40,029.95

This also does not include individuals (like you) that volunteered to do hotel nights, gas, food, Christmas gifts, etc. for those in need throughout the year.

Jesus commanded us in Matthew 29:19-20 to "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Then again in Acts 1:8 He told us exactly where to do this... "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem (our own city), and in all Judea (our state) and Samaria (our country), and to the ends of the earth (everywhere)." It is important to us to be an Acts 1:8 ministry and we feel so blessed God provides us to do that!

The main blessing we saw this year was a community that comes together when needed. There are so many instances where we saw an outpouring of love from individuals, churches, businesses and organizations. No words could ever express our gratitude for all you have done over the past year. One of the visions we have seen over the years come to fruition is so many denominations coming together for Kingdom growth without concern of doctrinal differences. We are all working together to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Five years ago we started with a couple of people giving here and there to help those in need. To look at where God has brought and blessed us over the last 5 years is the most amazing and humbling thing ever. Jesus says when we are faithful with a few things; He will put us in charge of many things. (Matthew 25:21) Pray for us that we continue to be good stewards of God's business.

Thank you church partners, businesses, local organizations and individuals for any part you played in serving, donating and praying for these things. We look forward to serving God with you next year!! We are already looking forward to new ministries in 2018 and can't wait to see what God has in store! To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

This story was posted on 2018-01-12 15:17:47
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