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CHAPTER 11.-- MINISTRY TO CHALLENGED

A. INTRODUCTION

Within every community are those who cannot care for themselves. Whether they are abused or abandoned children, severely challenged, abusers of alcohol or other drugs, the aged or infirmed, American society responds by creating institutions of mercy where specialized and extended care can be provided. Or, other agencies and Mission Organizations provide service for some of these challenged.

It is necessary that total care be made available for those who cannot help themselves. The best in facilities, trained personnel, and medical attention are the results of a Biblical ethic that postulates the inestimable value of the individual regardless of his ability to care for himself. However, it is ironic that provision is made for all of man's needs except the most important--his spiritual needs.

Seldom is a resident chaplain available in some facilities. Their residents are virtually isolated from the larger community of Christians in general and the church specifically. Few churches have prepared either evangelistic programs or pastoral care on a continuing basis to meet the special spiritual needs of the residents; therefore, the church has commissioned home mission societies to minister in institutions of mercy primarily by creating Christian facilities and / or Chaplains. The missions are now providing programs to train laymen in the church to assist them in institutional ministries. They are also assisting the local church in establishing programs within the church ministry to reach certain neglected segments of the community.

B.                 MINISTRIES TO ABANDONED AND ABUSED CHILDREN

God ordained that families should be fruitful and multiply and that they should "train up a child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 11:6). It is a great tragedy for the child, the family, and the community when parents do not fulfill their privilege and responsibility. If that happens, the child becomes a ward of the state.

The Biblical institution of the marriage of a man and a woman has come under vitriolic attack, especially by women’s rights proponents. In the 1950s 80% of marriages were traditional. In 2000s the figure had dropped to %50. “Innovative families” so called, range from serial-monogamy, live-ins to same sex unions. Whatever the arrangement, the children are almost always the losers or least pawns in horrendous struggles. Paternity suites are now the rage with DNA testing the vehicle for proof against ‘paternity fraud’, the result of loose living and ‘daddy shopping’ for the best source of ‘upkeep’ for the child. More and more regulations are being created by a proactive government.

In the year 2004, there are 10,000,000 households headed by women. In 2011 40% households woman primary breadwinner.

Another tragedy in the American psyche, is the concept that single parenting is not harmful to children. It is said that they are resilient and can rise above the stress of one parent missing. However, all studies indicate that parenting is the job of two parents, one of each sex. This flies in the face of the ‘gay agenda’ of course and is vehemently denied by those who do not wish to recognize the facts. No where is this fact more obvious than in the Black community where the ‘disposal of fatherhood’ is endemic. What with 68% of children born out of wedlock and raised by a single mom, look at the statistics which indicate that black children are suffering, and that not because of white slavery which has not been a problem for a generation. One of the greatest tragegedies of our first Black president's two terms in office is what he did & did not do to his own people. He increased another kind of 'slavery' of welfarism.  He increased their dependency of welfarism, by among other thinhgs, increasing their income by having out of wedlock children; therefore, helping to destroy the Black family. On the other hand, he did not improve their schools and their job opportunity. This is certainly contributing to the indemic problem of so many Blacks killing Blacks in our major cities. If indeed 'Black Lives Matter", then why are they not addressing this problem themselves.

Phyllis Kilbourn in TEDSBridge [Spring 2003] writes, “missiologists say that children are one of the greatest mission fields today”. In the US, 2011 there are an estimated 1.3 million street children left to fend for themselves on danger-filled streets. Children of war, suffer deep traumas from the atrocities of destruction. Child laborers number more than 300 million. Girls are the most maltreated. Sexually exploited children numbering some 10 million are added to by one million or more each year. There are an estimated 21 million children orphaned by AIDS. World Vision suggests that by 2010 the number of children orphaned by AIDS will be 25 million.

USNWR magazine reported that trafficking in children for sex was once thought to be a problem overseas. Now FBI has discovered that thousands of both boys and girls, prepubescent are victims of pimps or 'daddys' who move them from state to state, making it a federal case. The younger the children of the night are the more they're worth on the street. It is primarily a problem in the cities and truck stops. Estimates range around 300,000 children nationwide are at risk. Probably a third of the 1 to 1.5 million runaways per year get trapped into prostitution. Many are 11 to 12 year olds. It is suggested that child pornography on the net is contributing to the explosion of child prostitution, also the fear of HIV/AIDS, thought to be less of a problem for children to be infected. The average age life expectancy of a child after getting into prostitution is seven years.

In the US, at all times, 862,000 children were in need of out-of-home care, out of 3 million cases investigated. The state’s first concern is to provide permanent placement for those wards by adoption, but for the older child or for the child who has been in trouble adoptive parents are seldom available. Therefore, two-thirds of state children are placed in state schools, reform schools, or in foster homes where surrogate parents are paid to rear the child for the state. The other 200,000 children are remanded by the courts to public or private facilities known as children's homes.

1.                   CHILDREN’S HOMES

Children's homes were once known as orphanages because most of the residents had lost one or both parents, usually by some incapacitating tragedy or by death. Orphanages were begun by churches in the early 1900s to provide care for orphans. The number of orphanages multiplied to 400 by 1920 following serious outbreaks of influenza that orphaned up to 3 percent of the populace. Even then, only one in ten orphans could find refuge.

Following the decade of the 1950s, the orphan population declined because of improved health care in the country. However, the population of childcare facilities did not decline as rapidly because it was offset by residents whose parents were living. The children were now psychologically orphaned by parents who either could not or would not care for them. The dereliction of parental responsibility was often the result of alcoholism, prostitution, child abuse, or serial monogamy. The National Center of Child Abuse and Neglect estimates that 10 percent of all children are severely abused or neglected. In 1990 over 2 million cases of child abuse were reported, half of which were substantiated.

Historically, denominations provided children's homes for their constituency. By 1973 Social Security was providing funds for the maintenance of children who needed out-of-home care. As public funds became available, privately-chartered children's homes declined to 400 units, and government sponsored facilities nearly quadrupled to 1,500 units.

Perhaps 100 of the 1,900 child-care facilities in 1981 were considered missionary enterprises.  Virtually nothing is being done for children spiritually in most childcare facilities that are not Christian. In the mission-run childcare homes, every effort is made to provide Christian surrogate parents and a Christian homelike atmosphere. For instance, the stated purpose of the Dessie Scott Children's Home, founded 1902 [now Buckhorn Children and Family Services] is

to give love and care to needy, neglected, at risk children. It is the aim of this home to see boys and girls truly born again and become established in the Word. Devotions are held regularly at breakfast and bed times. The children are taught to memorize the Scriptures. It has evolved into a psychiatric, residential, foster care adoption agency serving 200 in the services.

Children's homes maintain a variety of ministries including day care, summer conferences, family counseling, alcohol and drug counseling, and psychological counseling for abused children.

Children's Haven, 1943, in Douglas and Worcester, MA, founded by an evangelist, Robert M. Murray, who was also a prison chaplain, who was challenged to do something for the children, that "they could start right". The ministry to the children was such a blessing, he was challenged to start a "Children's Haven for every saloon in America".

Resident population in children's homes changes rapidly because the current philosophy maintains that a child should be permanently placed. Miracle Hill Children's Home [1937] in Greenville, South Carolina, [now Mircle Hill Ministries] is an illustration of an evolving ministry to "those who have lost everything". They started by making a home for boys, and then Shepherd's Gate for girls, using the foster care method of providing parental care. Those who 'age out of Foster Care', a Home for Life 2012, is also available. They now work in 4 counties with 9 facilities.

New River Ranch in Fayettville, WV, 1988 is a Christian residential program for boys age 10-18. They provide horses for equine therapy for behavioural health care where residents live in cottage type homes with teaching parents who are a husband wife team.   newriverranch.org

Sometimes a children's home is a branch of a rescue mission. It is perceived that the home is a ministry for rescuing children. Brookside Children's Home, for instance, is a branch of the Union Gospel Mission in Charleston, West Virginia. Several ministries include: Nourished Hearts Emergency Shelter for single mothers, Cornerstone Maternity Home for expecting moms, Grace Home for longer-term transitional needs.

Financing the children's home as a mission is a growing problem. Arch Cammeron, formerly of Eliada Homes, founded in 1903 in North Carolina, [now Eliada] "Helping Children succeed" indicates that 60 percent of their funding has come from individuals and 30 percent from state funds, but only 10 percent derives from the church. They provide numerous services and care for 900 families and children in a year. Programs now are directed toward helping to prepare for and tranfer into work force. RISE program is an internship program to work with at-risk children.

Bethel Bible Village [1954] is a unique children's home, for it provides shelter for children whose parent or parents are in prison. The children are often emotionally neglected, abused, or abandoned because of incompetent or immature parents. These parents often will not allow the children to be adopted. To call attention to abandoned children, the home has prepared a film, Crime's Forgotten Children. There is an on campus school, Bethel Chrisitan School, including the AdvancedEd program.

C.                MINISTRIES TO YOUTH IN TROUBLE

Not only are children in need of spiritual help, but so also are a substantial number of the 35,000,000 teenagers of America in serious trouble. A half million youths under the age of 18 are jailed annually, 5 to 10 percent for serious crimes, the others for running away. A recent survey indicates that 15 percent of high schoolers are routinely unhappy and not doing well in school. There are 3,000,000 teenagers who have few friends and many psychosomatic complaints. Their lack of direction in life is a reflection of the troubled conditions at home.

The 21st C. teenager is in serious trouble according to an article in TIME magazine, 11/7/16, pp. 44-51. Susan Schrobsdorff's menatal health article is entitled, "Anxiety, Depression and the American Adolescent". She proceeds with a lengthy description of the "spectrum of angst that plagues 21st. C. teens" which too often leeds to the "signature symptom of self-harm" or cutting which is not suicidal. She explains that teens today have a "digital identity" which blurs the line between 'real life and online life'.  I was shocked to go in line: to find numerous: #selfharmmm, #ihatemyself, #sadness, #suicidal, #cantsleep, #cutter, etc. etc. The notation suggested 1.9 million hits. Then there was this: http://www.iWiLLNOTFORGETYOU.WiX.COM. IWN4GY is the official Twitter for self-harm support. Medical doctors and psychiatrists have sites which seek to explain this phenomenon as a self-coping mechanism or strategy starting around age 11 or 12 now. Other research is suggesting an outgrowth of the Goth subculture. A struggle for self-identity in a society gone mad. In reality it is a symptom of a society which has sought to abandon God, who is the Great Physician.

In 2016, each year 1.6 - 2.8 million teenagers run away. 146,000 were arrested. Their median age is 15. Thirty percent were pushed out of their homes as children nobody wanted. They are called "throwaways." Many of the girls become prostitutes (25 percent of America's prostitutes are under 18). Baptist Mission to Forgotten People has ministries to those children inthe inner city.

For many girls such circumstances lead to teenage pregnancy and early dropout from school. The National Institute of Education reports that 80 percent of pregnant teenagers drop out of school. Pastor Ronald Williams, sensing the need of these girls, led his church (Believer's Chapel at Winona Lake, Indiana) to establish Hephzibah House, 1971, as a private boarding school, rehabilitation and discipleship center for teenage girls. The name of the mission is taken from Isaiah 62:4: "Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken ... but thou shalt be called Hephzibah," which means "my delight is in her." They provide Christian education in a Christian School. [It is not affiliated with the Hephzibah House NYC.]

The permissive US society is not only forcing teens out of the house to find acceptance, but is also creating a no-win sexual revolution. USNWR ran a cover story on Teens and Sex, 5-2002, in which they reported that 10% of teens begin experimenting by age 13. Sixteen percent of high school sophomores have had at least 4 partners. Fifty percent of high schoolers have had intercourse. One third say they regret it. Twenty-five percent of sexually active teens [SA] will contract a sexually transmitted disease [STD]. Twenty percent of SA teens will become pregnant. Health clinics report Mondays as the busiest day of the week, after co-ed sleepovers. The newest development is the explosion of Gonorrhea of the throat, the result of thinking that oral sex is not sex [shades of a former president]. Half of SA teens confess to having oral sex. Another fantasy for 24% of SA teens is that anal sex is considered abstinence, although it is a contributer [18 times more likely]to HIV Aids.

Another problem for those with unwanted pregnancies is the availability of abortion on demand. In the US, about 35% of women will have an abortion in their lifetime. This equates with 20 to 33% of pregnancies end with abortions. This rate is relatively low, when compared to Russia where the average woman may have up to 4 abortions, resulting in 2 abortions for every live birth. The sad truth is that there is little realization of the emotional trauma, which often follows, when Biblical truth is violated. Since 1973, when the Supreme Court made abortion legal, [Roe vs. Wade] some 76 million babies have been murdered, well over 1.3 million abortions per year. Fifteen million African-American babies have been aborted  Most pastors have no idea of the numbers. Ninety-four percent of abortion clinics are located in urban areas and 7 of 10 in minority areas. Only 2% of pregnancy resource centers are located in the same areas. African-American women make up 13% of the population, but 36% of abortions, three times the rate of white babies. If you combine with the African-American abortion figure the Hispanic figure, they account for 52% of all abortions, while making up on 25% of population. In America, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned and about half of them are aborted.

New Horizons Group Home [1921-1996] was established in Marion, Indiana, for boys who get into trouble at home, in school, or in a foster home. It is called a home away from home where Christian love, guidance, and male role models are ever-present. The parent organization, New Horizons Youth Ministries, was founded by Gordon Blossom and with a goal of ministering to troubled teenagers in unique ways. He developed the Wilderness Survival Academy in northern Canada and Carribe-Vista in the Dominican Republic. The latter program, which provides strong Christian training and experience in a missionary setting, is a Christian coeducational school for troubled American teens. The latest ministry is the New Horizons Christian Academy. It is a boarding high school in Villa Park, Illinois, offering intense, personalized instruction in a sheltered setting. New Horizons was morphed into Lifeline Youth and Family servicres. There were problems with the Dominican Republic work which according to Mark Terrell, the current director, is now Crosswinds Carribbean Mountain Academy. If further information is needed, it can be found on the internet. The current ministry looks very promising.

His Mansion, located in New Hampshire, is a "place of healing for troubled youth." The one year live-in residential care facility provides help for junkies, dropouts, pregnant teenagers, prostitutes, and those with severe emotional problems. The ministry is summarized in the acronym CHRIST, which means Christians Helping Rehabilitate Individuals by Scriptural Therapy. The ministry was inspired by reading the life story of George Mueller of Bristol, famous founder of orphanages. Following Mueller's lead, there are no charges levied or funds solicited. Another ministry includes a Christian Counselor Training Program, which is a course designed to prepare dedicated Christian young people for greater usefulness in their home assembly.

D.                MINISTRIES TO CHALLENGED [HANDICAPPED]

All American communities include an invisible group of special people who are handicapped [challenged]. Every fifth home has a challenged person. One in every ten persons in the world is challenged. In 1992, 4.5 million challenged were in government sponsored educational programs. In America there are up to 54,000,000 disabled persons who all have significant spiritual needs, but especially the 80 percent who are unchurched. In fact, "the challenged and their families are one of the most neglected mission fields that exist." Eighty-five percent of churches have no ministry outreach to challenged.

Joni Erickson, a Christian who was disabled in a diving accident, indicates that only 5 percent of churches have programs for the handicapped. Another handicapped person says, "For the most part, the body of Christ, hindered perhaps by fear and lack of love has failed to reach out to individuals who are handicapped. As a result the church is indeed handicapped." Harold Wilke, handicapped from birth and founder of the Healing Community, says that the church has a unique opportunity to respond to persons with handicaps.

A special person may be handicapped physically, mentally, or both. A physical handicap restricts a person's ability to learn in conventional ways. Some physical handicaps such as deafness and blindness may lead to learning problems. Handicapped persons have differing degrees of incapacitation. The 21st C. medical profession is making amazing strides in seeking to minimize the handicap with surgery and electronics.

The church should recognize two areas of ministry with the handicapped. First, institutions of mercy could be provided for the 2,000,000 special people who are severely handicapped, disabled, or abandoned. Many are in the latter category because four out of five exceptional people are from broken homes. An already faltering marriage often is not able to survive the stress caused by the presence of a handicapped person. These institutions may take the form of residential homes where 200,000 mentally retarded live, or non-residential ministries such as camps for handicapped persons.

Second, the church should develop programs for the 6,000,000 handicapped persons who remain in the community, but who are often hidden away from the mainstream of life. The church could help provide support groups for the one in four families which is affected by serious mental illnesses. For instance, there are two million who suffer from schizophrenia which is devastating to the family. Pastor Steven Waterhouse says,

Christian ministry must not ignore them or classify them as having a sort of modern leprosy. Christian ministry and pastoral care certainly should extend to the families of any chronically struggling person. Indeed, one almost has to try to avoid such families. Consider that 25% of all beds in our hospitals are filled by mentally ill patients--more than beds for the victims of heart disease, cancer, and respiratory ailments combined [p. 79, Strength for His People].

 For those who are less severely handicapped, personnel from institutional ministries are prepared to help the local church develop ministries within the church. They will train laymen for this ministry and survey the community to discover the handicapped. They will help the church prepare their facilities to receive the handicapped and then teach the church how to aggressively evangelize these special persons and prepare programs that meet their spiritual and physical needs.

Shepherd's Home 1957 in Wisconsin is a residential home for 100 mentally retarded. In this Christian facility the total needs of the retarded person are provided on a level that he can comprehend. Twenty live independently on campus. Shepherd's Enterprises opened Shepherd's College 2008 as a 3 year post-secondary college, fully accredited, for intellecturally challenged students. Most are capable of learning about the Lord Jesus Christ and memorizing Scripture.

Hope Town and Camp Hope 1952, are ministries of the Children's Bible Fellowship 1942 in New York City. Hope Town was a residence and school for physically handicapped, but NY State requirements caused it to be shut down. Camp Hope is a camping facility staffed with those who are highly trained to work with handicapped in a camping ministry. It was a most unforgettable experience to see wheelchairs parked around a swimming pool waiting for their occupants who are in the pool. Camp Joy is for NYC's non-handicaped Forgotten Youth. The mission maintains a church planting ministry in the city which is ongoing. They also established a 'SALT' program = Student Apprentice Leadershp Program to train leaders for inner city ministry. It gives credit through Urban Ministry Institute.

The Christian League for the Handicapped in Wisconsin has established an occupational community where the handicapped live either in the home for total care or in apartments for independent living. Opportunities for employment are provided on campus for those who can be gainfully employed. A Bible conference center is provided for the residents and for those who wish to drive in. It is a complete Christian community for the challenged.

The Bill Rice Ranch in Tennessee is a Christian conference center and camp for the deaf. It is the world's largest camp for the deaf and the South's largest independent conference ground. Through the ministry of evangelist and Mrs. Bill Rice, Cumberland has become the most renowned missionary work for the deaf in the world. It all began because their daughter became deaf as an infant because of the ravages of a high fever. Having effectively trained their own deaf daughter, they were asked by others to help train their deaf children.

The Rices then became aware of 4,000,000 in the United States who need special help because they live in a world of silence and loneliness. About 1 million use sign language. Perhaps there are 28 million who have hearing problems, but do not use hearing aids. Some 8 million need assistance even with hearing aids. They also discovered that only a few Bible-believing churches have ministries to the deaf.

The Christian Deaf Fellowship sponsors an annual World Bible and Missionary Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. It is held on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College.

DOOR International [Deaf Opportunity Outreach] indicates few churches have a program for Deaf, nor do they adequately understand the Deaf Culture or Values. There are 70 million global deaf with perhaps 2% being Christian. Deaf Bible Society has prepared Deaf Bible Apps availbe for both Android, Apple and kindle fire, at DeafBible.com. The have the Deaf Bible available free on: DVD, USB, SD Cards, Podcasts and digital platform. These are available in 20 of 400 different Sign Languages. By recordiong 22 languages per year, they hope to complete all by 2033.  Their goal this year is to engage a million Deaf in Bible Study in 2016. One major problem is to correct the lack of formal education for  deaf children.

Cecil Etheridge, consultant for the visually challenged, indicates that there are 6,400,000 persons with some visual impairment. Statistics revealed that 1,700,000 have 80 percent loss of their vision and 600,000 are totally blind. Social Security payments are received by 85,000 for blindness. Seventeen thousand of the blind are also deaf. He also concedes that few churches have a visible ministry to the blind, largely because they do not know how. He says, "We've treated the blind as we have the blacks; we've overlooked them because they were out of sight."

Southern Baptists have 700 congregations which minister to the hearing impaired, 80 are primarily deaf congregations.

Dr. Ralph Montanus, America's blind evangelist, founded the Gospel Association for the Blind, Incorporated. It sustains several ministries including a free circulating library of braille books, records, cassettes, Thanksgiving dinners for the blind at different locations in the country, and a week of Bible conferences at Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire. It publishes the Gospel Messenger, a fifty-page monthly magazine in braille and sends it without cost to the blind worldwide. The association also publishes tracts, a Bible study course, Christian books, and commentaries. The largest outreach of the ministry is the weekly national broadcast "That They Might See." Mrs. Montanus, now the director, carries his burdened for the 25,000,000 sightless in the world of whom fewer than 600,000 or 2.4 percent are Christians.

Christian Fellowship for the Blind, by means of an extensive printing ministry, provides free Braille literature to blind ministers and laymen. They print Decision magazine, Power for Living, Bible study books, and commentaries. The cost per Braille book is fifteen times that of a conventional book.

Christian institutional ministries to the handicapped are effectively ministering to the small percentage of severely handicapped who are resident in their facilities, but little or nothing is being done for those in non-Christian facilities.

The handicapped are resident in every American community. They are hidden away in homes where families are trying to cope with their special problems. The Christian church and community can have a very effective ministry, not only to the handicapped, but also to the family.

Melvin Howell, pastor of the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California, appointed a special education staff and developed a ministry to the handicapped. They discovered that an effective ministry to the handicapped must first include an aggressive search for the special people. Second, the church must demonstrate compassion for the exceptional people. Third, it must be recognized that the gospel is for everyone, including the handicapped, for most of them can understand the message of the gospel.

A ministry to the blind can be very effective. But it must have the support of the whole church, not just a few of its members. The ministry must not only be with the blind, but also to the blind. The program should develop slowly to allow time for the training of staff. Sufficient staff must be trained so that they can be rotated. Materials are available from several missions specializing in ministries to the blind.

Assistance in starting a ministry to the deaf can be found by reading Edgar Lawrence's book Ministering to the Silent Minority, with the subtitle, "How to Develop a Church Ministry for the Deaf." Bill Rice Ranch personnel are available to come to the church to hold a two-week seminar to train church members for ministry to the deaf. They will be taught to interpret and to understand the problems faced by the deaf. Several other ministries to the deaf are available.

Ministry in the church to the mentally retarded is also needed. Dr. Andrew Wood, executive director of Shepherd's, has prepared a manual for reaching retarded children for Christ in the church. In the introduction he says:

 Today, the mentally retarded and their families represent a vast mission field scarcely touched for Jesus Christ. Many of these families are looking for help and hope, yet, all too frequently they find little more than scorn or indifference. As more and more programs are developed on the community level to meet the physical, emotional, educational and social needs of the mentally retarded, fundamental Bible believing churches should make provision for the most important need of all--the spiritual. Thus, it is not only the responsibility of these churches to reach this segment of the population for Jesus Christ, but it is their glorious privilege to show the way!

 

Sunday School for the mentally retarded in the local church is one concrete way of meeting a pressing need. Pastor and people working together can be a real force in reaching these children and their families for the Savior.

Handi-Vangelism, a ministry of the Bible Club Movement, helps establish Sunday school departments for handicapped in local churches. They offer six training sessions in the church for laymen as well as seminars and workshops on how to deal with the handicapped. Literature and resource people are available from numerous missions and other sources. Concordia Publishers provides a curriculum for the mentally retarded.

The United Nations proclaimed 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons. The Christian church should take the lead in providing ministry to the invisible minority in the community—the handicapped.

An interesting new window on the world is now available to handicapped who can use a computer. Surfing in cyberspace now offers Christian bulletin boards, opportunity to interact with others, prayer opportunities, reading of Christian materials, Bible study groups, etc. EcuNet contains 20 mainline Protestant and Catholic groups with some 3300 users daily, including the Prayer Chapel. SBCNet is maintained by the Southern Baptists. Christianity Today maintains Christianity OnLine. This is only a sampling of the many nets out there, with others added daily, creating a caring on-line community. Information can be obtained from any one of the On-Line services: CompuServe, America Online, Prodigy, etc, all such services have religious forums and discussion groups.

E.                 MINISTRIES TO ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS, GAMBLING, HOMELESS

The National Institute of Drug Abuse estimates that 120 billion dollars a year is spent by 12.5 million Americans on controlled substances and their consequences. Seventy-six percent of users are white, 14% Black and 8% are Hispanic. It is suggested that 48% of high schoolers have tried an illegal drug. A survey in 1982 revealed that 22.5 million persons had used cocaine. Another 500,000 are heroin addicts.  While gold sold for $435 per ounce, heroin cost $10,000. In New York City, 70 percent of those arrested for robberies had prior narcotics arrests. Sixty percent of all accidents are alcohol related. In 1992, there were 10,000 substance abuse ‘servicing centers’ for a million clients. About 50% of these clients have a drug problem and the other half an alcohol problem. One fourth of the clients abuse both drugs and alcohol.

The Statistical Abstract [1994] indicates there are 10,000 substance abuse ‘service centers’ servicing one million clients. About half have a drug problem and the other half an alcohol problem, while about a fourth have a problem with both.

About one-half of all Americans drink the social lubricant, ethyl alcohol, a habit-forming drug. Twelve percent drink heavily, 10 percent have a problem, and 5 percent are addicted. Notice what happens to the odds that a person will develop a drinking problem or become addicted when the figures are compared with those who drink as revealed in the following chart:

55% of Americans drink    -- 100 million [16 percent are teenagers]

10% have a problem          --  20 million (1 in 5 drinkers)

 5% are alcoholics              --  10 million (1 in 10 drinkers)

10% of alcoholics are on skid row    --  1 million (1 in 100 drinkers)

It is important to note that although only 10 percent of Americans are problem drinkers, of those who do drink, one in five will develop a problem. The median age to start drinking is now 11 years, for the drug is available in the family liquor cabinet. Studies show that the younger the age at which a person starts to ingest alcohol, the greater the probability that he will develop into a chronic alcoholic. Three-fourths of all teenagers will drink before graduation and one-third with regularity. Latest studies indicate that teen drinking threatens brain development and the earlier they start drinking, the greater likelihood they will abuse alcohol later in life.

Five percent of Americans are addicted to alcohol. But notice that one in ten drinkers becomes addicted. The addicts are equally divided between the sexes. Nearly 1,000,000 addicts are hard-core juveniles under the age of 20. Fifty percent of all alcoholics have at least one alcoholic parent. The problem is likely to continue because it is estimated that 32,000,000 youngsters are living with an alcoholic parent. The risk of a child becoming an alcoholic is four times greater if the parents are alcoholics.

The typical alcoholic now has a respectable source of income for his habit. He is probably on welfare. But no amount of money can satisfy the progressively debilitating disease that is destroying him. Alcoholism is a total sickness. He is sick physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually.

Christians who have been saved from drug addition know better than others the total enslavement from which the Holy Spirit has delivered them. They know that "once drinking has passed a certain point it becomes alcoholism, an affliction which cannot be met effectively by the unaided efforts of the victims.

DRUG ADICTION BY OPIOIDS [TERM FOR ALL DRUGS] & OPIATES [OCCURING NATURALLY IN POPPY PLANT]

Alcohol and tobacco are both adictive, but have tragically become accepted in society. Various programs to treat these addictions have become common place as well. The real plague of the 21st C. however, is the epidemic abuse of of "prescription drugs". The death rate from opioid abuse from 2001[6,000] to 2014 [18,000] has trippled. Heroin abuse death rate in 2001 [2,000] to 2014 [10,000] has mushcroomed 5 times. Heroin users since 2011 has increased by 607,000 per year. This translates to 78 deaths from opioids per day. Wickipedia further reveals that statitisions suggest there are 33 million illegal users of opioids which are psychoactive compounds effecting the central nervous system. It impairs alertness, there is risk of dependence and more accident prone. Over perscribing of 'pain killers' is endemic, so that new laws are being discussed to curtail doctors who become pill mills. It is reported that 21 million have "Substance Abuse Disorder: [SAD]". Studies show that Medicade patients are 2 times more likely to have SAD. Children in Junior High are users. The US has become the largest consumer of opioids of the industrialized nations. Opium use has been eclipsed by heroin use and morphine. The largest medical use is for treatment of cancer patients.

Opioid use in the USA is so epidemic, the Net is full of programs to try and meet the need. There are TV adds and even local newspapers are seeking to alert the public of ther problem. Todays newspaper article 11/15/16 opines, "Opioid epidemic affects more than 2 million Americans and 15% of US prison population" The headline shouts: "Prisons fight opioids with Shot"... of Vitriol, an expensive [$1,000.00 per shot], unproved monthly medication which "blocks the high and extinguishes the urges or cravings... to prevent relapse". It has no street value like methadone or buprenorphene. The evidence "is thin but promising" as the nation searches for ways to ease the epidemic because addiction is stubborn. It is amazing that there are those who feel that inmates have a "constitutional right to all FDA-approved addiction medications throughout their incarceration".

The liberal agenda includes legalization of cannabis or marajuana for recreational as well as for medical use as of 2012 [in CO & WA]. Other states are being added as we speak for Gallup polls suggest that 51% Americans approve as of 2014 of legalizing the 'weed market'. TIME Magazine reports in [N-D 2016] that CA based Humbld Co. is offering [in CA] 'Cannabis Vaporizer Pens' to offer a dose of cannabis oil to make people "feel calm, sleepy & relieved of pain---without getting high". What's next?

The only programs that can possibly suceed in true deliverance from addiction is one that involves at least a year of enrollment in a Christian approach which requires a personal decision to accept Jesus Christ as personal savior and recognition that it is the Holy Spirit which will empower not only to escape and keep clean, but total rehabilitation of the individual and their family [Note, the Holy Spirit is free!]. One such program is Brian Safehouse for men and the Nest for women, in Beckley, WV. Contact Leon Brush at 304.763.7655.

Christian Addiction Network

Christian Drug Rehab Centers

National Association for Christian Recovery

Christian Recovery International

RESCUE MISSIONS

The greatest concern for the alcoholic has been shown by the redeemed alcoholic who founded missions to rescue his fellow alcoholic. Rescue missions began in the 1870s with the founding of McAuley Water Street Mission [now Water Street Mission] in New York City (1872), Bethel Society for Men in Duluth, and the Pacific Garden Mission (1877) in Chicago. The Pacific Garden Mission is perhaps the best known because of its famous radio program "Unshackled," in which stirring testimonies of saved alcoholics are professionally presented. Among the mission's famous converts are Billy Sunday, who became an evangelist, and Mel Trotter, who founded sixty rescue missions. New York City also had its Bowery Mission and Los Angeles its Union Rescue Mission, which has now become the nation's largest rescue mission.

More than a century later (1995) 250 rescue missions from all states and provinces, representing 1,500 missionaries from all states and provinces, hold membership in the International Union of Gospel Missions [IUGM]. This fellowship of missions founded in 1913, traces its roots back to the McAuley Water Street Mission of NYC. It’s stated purpose is to foster ‘fellowship and cooperation with all engaged or interested in Gospel Missions’. A growing ministry of the IUGM is the ‘Sister Mission’ project which promotes the development of Gospel Missions in Third World countries. For instance, they are promoting planting a rescue mission in Mexico City which has none. Further information is available from IUGM, 1045 Swift St., N. Kansas City, MO 64116-4127 or Ph. 816-471-8020 or fax 816-471-3718.

Over the years the program of rescue missions has evolved from a less complicated offering of "soup, soap, and salvation" (which meant that at the mission a meal, a change of clothes, and the gospel were available) to a ministry that has been greatly enlarged to meet the alcoholic's total needs and those of his family.

The plant and personnel of the mission also changed from a storefront and a saved alcoholic wish a vision to a multidepartment complex and a highly trained staff that is skilled in many services. Programs that once served only men now minister to women and children.

A rescue mission is defined as a home mission organized for the evangelization, the physical relief, and the rehabilitation of the whole person in areas where local churches are unable to minister, and to people not ordinarily reached by the church. The primary aim of the mission is the whole, new person in Christ.

The programs of the rescue mission may include an industrial division for salvage operation of usable clothing, furniture and appliances, a sheltered workshop, a store to sell used items, repaired by the men, welfare for the family, rehabilitation and counseling, and evangelism to the "least, last, and lost." Seventy percent of those helped by the rescue missions have a problem with alcoholism. It is a discouraging work, for fewer than 25 percent of the men remain recovered from their problem.

Missionary activity in alcoholic rehabilitation began with William Raws at Keswick Colony of Mercy in 1897. Raws recognized that the alcoholic who accepts Christ as Savior in a gospel rescue mission has little chance of living a successful Christian life without help. One survey indicates that less than one-tenth of one percent of alcoholics remain committed to the Lord because they have not been discipled and have no church home.

Raws established the "colony approach" to rehabilitation to overcome this problem. To enter the colony the alcoholic must personally want to be shown a completely new kind of life, be willing to cooperate with the efforts of the mission, and stay for at least three months. During that time he will work for the colony and learn how to live the Christian life. In almost a century of ministry 17,000 men have been introduced to the life-transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Colony ministry has in addition a women’s ministry nearby.

The colony is usually located in a remote place away from the temptations of the world. It is completely free to the resident, although he is expected to help in the colony. While resident he will receive:

      The equivalent in Bible teaching of several years of training in the average church. Thus the alcoholic can return to his home environment with hope--hope established upon a foundation of Biblical principles that he can resist temptation and function normally in an acceptable Christian fashion.

About twenty Keswick-type organizations in the eastern United States meet annually for fellowship under the auspices of the Christian Addiction Rehabilitation Association [CARA].

During the decade of the 1970s, eighty rescue missions developed rehabilitation programs to maintain a longer contact with the saved alcoholic. Forty of those rescue missions with such programs also maintain membership in CARA.

It should be noted that most of the missions maintaining membership in CARA also hold membership in IUGM. The IUGM lists 250 organizations ministering to 17 million per year. CARA lists sixty missions. Those missions with rehabilitation programs (80) and the Keswick-type (20) total 100 organizations with an estimated membership of 600 missionaries.

An IUGM affiliate, Alcoholics Victorious, publishes materials for those recovering from drug dependency.

In Langley, BC, Canada, Wagner Hills Farm has been established by Helmut Boehm in a rural area to provide Christian Gospel and rehabilitation for 30,000 addicts in the greater Vancouver area. The ministry was established in 1981 and now has some seven salaried staff and 15 regular volunteers to service the capacity of 37 men whose average age is 36. The residents normally stay 4 months and pay $30.00 per day if able. They all help with chores on the farm and attend Christian services.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) [claim 2 million members] began as a Christian organization in 1934 to give encouragement to the dry alcoholic. In fact, "the greatest number of recovered alcoholics have been restored to sobriety within the fellowship of AA." However, AA "is a way of salvation for alcoholics, [which] they have experienced and believe that there is a valid spiritual awakening, not necessarily Christian, in which alcoholics receive from God what they need to stay sober." ALANON is AA for the alcoholic's family and ALATEEN is AA for the alcoholic's teenagers. There are some 28 to 30 million children of alcoholics. Alcoholic's Victorious (1948) is a Christian AA, designed to assist the local church in more effectively meeting the needs of alcoholics that look to it for guidance.

The Salvation Army has an extensive work with alcoholics; however, it is not a mission, but is recognized by the government as a church. The Volunteers of America is an outgrowth from the Salvation Army. It, too, has a large network of rescue works scattered over the country. The government recognized it as a church in 1958.

GAMBLING ADDICTION

 An article in USNWR, 3/03, indicates that gambling addiction is at an all time high, making up 3 to 5% of adult populations in most states allowing gambling. Although there are treatment programs, nationwide there are more than 5 million problem gamblers. Atlantic City, NJ, has 12 casino resorts and 45 Gamblers Anonymous meetings weekly. [see ch 3-13 Native Americans]

This blight in our society needs attention for spiritual ministry, the only real cure.

HOMELESS

Every city has its problem with the homeless. There are SOUP KITCHENS, Shelters of various kinds. An illustration is the Albuquergue Homless Shelter, a ministry of Joy Junction [1986] in that city. They provide 200,000 meals a year, including 60 to 80 children daily, offering shelter 300 nites. They have a unique Homeless Directory system for families to seek to locate a loved one who is missing. The city has studied a system of comparing cost of providing numerous public assistance services versus a Heading Home Iniative of providing housing. There are those who are now challenging the idea of seeking to provide spiritual counceling along with social assistance.

F.                 MINISTRIES TO HOMOSEXUALS, HIV/AIDS

We are witnessing an explosion of HIV/AIDS worldwide, involving 40 million globally, 25 million in Africa. Ninety-five percent live in developing countries, with a devastating incidence 70% in Africa, especially South Africa, the worst in the world. It is said that in Sub Saharan Africa that it has touched the life of almost every person--you are either infected or affected. Here is the highest incidence in the world, with some 39 million infected. AIDS is the leading cause of death with 3.1 million dying in the year 2002 alone. In 2004, there are 13.2 million AIDS orphans worldwide, 10.4 million in Africa. That number is expected to double by 2010. South Asia has 7.6 million infected, East Asia and Eastern Europe have 1.5 million, Latin America has 1.6 million. North America has some 1.3 million infected or 1 in 250. An article in USNWR, July ’04, indicates that African-Americans account for more than half of all new HIV infections, although they represent only 13% of our population. AIDS is not only a white, gay, male problem. It is said that AIDS is the world’s worst disease ever to afflict humanity, passing the bubonic plague. By 2005, 25 million have died since its discovery in 1981 and 35 million are living with HIV. In 2006, 4.3 million were newly infected.

In America, there are 1.2 million infected with HIV with 42,000 new cases annually.

There are said to be 14 million AIDS orphans worldwide. That number is expected to rise to 25 million by 2010.

USNWR 10/17/05, p.48, reports that data reveals gays, lesbian and bi teens have at least three times the rate of teen suicide and suicide attempts.

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association suggests that they have 1200 members and 23 chapters in the US. Their agenda, of course, is more about advocacy for sexual ‘minorities’ than journalism.

Alice Park in November/December 2016 TIME magazine article in the section, 'Health', addreses the US problem of the incidence of new HIV  infections. She sardonically suggests that there are "encouraging signs" of progress being made on seeking to controll the epidemic, but "diagnoses of new HIV infections hasn't changed much". Yet, "nearly a dozzen US cities have pledged to drastically reduce new infections and deaths from HIV/AIDS to zero by 2030...progess has been uneven at best...infection rates remain stubbornly high" The goal is laudable, reduce the epidemic to ZERO? Wonderful, but why is it not happening? She intones:1. People don't know they are infected, 2. Poverty, 3. Stigma against HIV and Homophobia, 4. Lack sex education in schools, 5 Lack of condoms in prisons. Question? What is the real cause of the infections? She reports: 1, "Nearly 70% of New Orleans new infections are among young African American men, with most transmission occurring from men having sex with men", obviously unprotected. 2. The use of dirty needles. Where did the US problem begin? The "ground zero for HIV in the US is San Francisco". The number one city for the "highest rate of new infections is among men & IV drug use in our Capitol", Washington, DC. The second is New Orleans [Mardi Gras?]and the third is "Providence where new infections are most from unprotected sex among gay men...". Number four city is Miami where "since 2004 has the fastest-growing rate of new infections". Dr. Dery, HIV specialist at Tulane 'T-Cell Clinic' in New Orleans, [note name doesn't use those three stigma-filled letters = HIV], is testing an approach to 'disease management' to those living with the virus are given immediate 'federally funded' treatment. His angle is, test everyone who comes in for whatever reasdon for the infection and if positive, start  treatment immediately and follow up. If the person tests HIV-Negative, he prescribes Truvada as a 'pre-exposure prophalaxis" for those who are at hight risk of infection; however, Truvada is very dangerous for causing liver disease. It is only effective if used with "reducing risky sexual behavior". Is it not amazing that the only true protection is abstinence, but since that isn't what society wants, Dr.s grab at straws at public expense of course. A great tragedy of those who practice this kind of behavior are also guilty of infecting the unborn. Born with HIV? Yes, sadly so.

NOTE: Alice reminds her readers, "there is no effective HIV vacine, it doesnt exist". She could also have said, "there is no cure". Then, Alice, what is the method of seeking to get to ZERO new infections? Her response, "Today people who start taking the latest class of antiretrovirals can often bring down the HIV levels in the blood to undetectable levels. At that point. it becomes highly unlikely they would ever spread HIV during sex." This seems to imply that those already infected can continue the life-style probably without infecting others. Oh, yes, there is the Truvada "protection"? That is in effect, "The Race to Zero". After all, the LGBTQ Community [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender, Queer Community] is now obtaining legitamacy through such Advocacy groups as GLAD [Legal Advocates and Defenders] who demand 'full equality', free from 'discrimination' for those 'with infection','gender identity expression, sexual orientation or same-sex marriage. It is true, same-sex marriage is now legal [2015] as approved by 63% of Americans, but only .6% of Americans would use it, according to the Budget Office.

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES [STDS]  The new morality is really the old immorality, built on the Hollywood lie that one can live as one pleases without having to pay the piper. Truth is, the ‘alternate lifestyle’ comes with a very high price tag. Andree Seu, writing in World magazine [June 12-04 p.71] suggests that “Sexually transmitted diseases are proving to be brutal teachers”.

In the 60’s gonorrhea and syphilis were thought to be curable by a shot of penicillin, with only 1 in 32 students infected. By 1996 it was 1 in 4 were infected, and STDs had multiplied to over 30, with 30% incurable. The sad truth is, 1 in 5 Americans over the age of 12 has genital herpes, which is an incurable virus. Chlamydia, a bacteria, has no symptoms, but carries a high rate of infertility. A whole new area of medicine now involves seeking to understand how parents with STDs affects newborns. As many as 20 million Americans carry the herpes virus and 40 million have the genital warts virus. She concludes with the statement, “thanks Satan, for more knowledge than we ever cared to have”.

Faith-based therapies and ministries are multiplying as listings on the Internet indicate.

Exodus International 1976-2012, largest Christian ministry to Homosexuals, networks 85 Christian Counseling Centers, reports that hundreds of gays and lesbians are being liberated annually. It fields 400,000 inquiries a year at headquarters in Orlando, FL. The number one call is from men struggling and second from parents. Although EI itself no longer operates, most of the counseling centers do, cooperating under the new name, Restored Hope Network 2012. [restoredhopenetwork.com] .

G.                MINISTRIES TO SENIOR CITIZENS IN REST HOMES

A unique subculture of citizens over 65 years of age has been growing in the United States over the last several decades to 13% of population. Americans are now living longer, and senior citizens are capturing a larger percentage of the total population because America has one of the world's lowest birthrates. Some of this minority group gravitates to retirement villages. Others retire in their own homes or go to live with their children, but 8 percent of the 35 million citizens over 65 [1.8 million] have been forced to enter one of the thousands of rest homes that have been described as "half-way houses somewhere between society and the cemetery." It is said that 5 to 12% face imminent death. These Seniors are in deep trouble, for although they comprise only 13 percent of the populace, [18% in FL. Further, FL has the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest concentration (20 to 30%) of older persons], they account for 20 percent of all suicides, and is rising, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the 6500 who take their own lives, 81 percent are men. It is also important to note that predictions suggest that the number of seniors is to double by 2030, producing what is called the ‘graying of America’.

Prior to 1935, older persons who could no longer care for themselves had to retire to poorhouses, county homes, or infirmaries, because there were only 300 rest homes in this country. With the advent of social security, some could afford to pay for limited care in private homes called "Mom and Dad Operations," which catered to semi-invalids.

By 1965 Medicare and Medicaid funds revolutionized the $96 billion dollar industry. In 2001, 17,000 homes, clustered in seventy chains, five major, emerged as developers recognized that there was gold to be had in geriatrics. Eighty percent of 1.5 million living in rest homes, reside in facilities developed to make a profit. Many of those residents are poor; therefore, public funds pay three-fourths of the bill. Only 10% of patients are on Medicare, but they pay 25% of nursing home revenue. The cost is some $300.00 per day, but Medicaid pays only $128.00 a day for a loss of $9.00 per day; therefore, Medicare is paying, picking up much of the tab.

Tragically, 31% of residents are abused in these homes.

Only 1,500 rest homes (6 percent) are religious in nature. Within those homes reside 117,000 whose spiritual needs are being addressed. Paul Sweeney, president of Nursing Home Ministries, observes that most of the 2,000,000 residents in non-Christian nursing homes have never heard the plan of salvation. Nursing Home Ministries was developed in 1975 to recruit and train volunteers to visit care centers and to appoint chaplains for service in the 24,000 rest homes in the United States. They field 165 chaplains in 15 states and minister in 260 nursing facilities.

There is a great need to minister to this hidden subculture where 85 percent never have a visitor and 90 percent receive no mail. One-half of the residents have no living relatives and 85 percent will die in the home. One-third will live only one year in the facility, and another one-third will remain only three years. Many (37 percent) need not be in the home except they have no other place to go. Even though 87 percent have some amount of brain damage, an effective ministry is possible. One of the most important ministries is to prepare these forgotten souls to meet their Maker and assure them of a proper burial.

Mission societies are on the cutting edge of spiritual ministry to those who, because they cannot help themselves, are institutionalized. Much more needs to be done for these minorities; therefore, missions are developing training programs to equip laymen to assist them in ministry.

Missions are also helping the evangelical church to visit handicapped minorities in the community and develop ministries for them within the context of the local church.

Finally, missions are reminding the church about the growing community of the elderly. Churches need to be planted in retirement villages and pastoral programs developed for those living out their years in rest homes. It is a great task, for ministries of mercy face a mission field of 50,000,000 souls.

H.                MINISTRIES TO POLITICIANS

America's legislators also need the Gospel, that their lives and decisions may be effected on a higher level. They are called on to make ethical decisions that are far ranging and impact many for long periods of time. Some are already Christians and need fellowship. Others need to hear the Truth and commit themselves to Christ. Capitol Ministries is one such organization committed to impacting the lives of politicians in capitols across this nation. Their mission statement: to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every legislator, in every capitol, every year, by installing ambassadors in all 50 states.

In WV, Mr and Mrs. Tim Pauley work in Charleston.

I.                MATERIALS FOR SERVING THE HANDICAPPED

1. Abingdon Press, 201 Eighth Avenue, S., Nashville, TN 37202 (resources for exceptional

    persons)

2. Waterhouse, Steven. Strength For His People. Amarillo: Westcliff Bible Church, Box 1521, TX

    79105.

3. Alcoholics Victorious, publish materials for those recovering from drug dependency. Write

    IUGM, 1045 Swift St., N. Kansas City, MO 64116-4127, 800-624-5156, 816-471-8020

4. Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc., Yucaipa, CA. [make Braille Bibles and other books in 201

    centers, shipping 12,000 per month. Source: Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, Sun City, AZ.

 

J.                    CHILDREN'S HOMES

 1.  Bethany Children's Home, Kentucky

 2.  Bethel Bible School, Tennessee

 3.  Dessie Scott Children's Home, Kentucky

 4.  Edwin Denby Memorial Children's Home, Michigan

 5.  Eliada Homes, North Carolina

 6.  Grace Children's Homes, Nebraska

 7.  Hephzibah House, Indiana (live-in rehabilitation for girls)

 8.  Joy Ranch, Virginia

 9.  Lazy Mountain Children's Home, Alaska

10. Lester Roloff, Texas

11. Miracle Hill Children's Home, South Carolina

12. New Horizons Youth Ministries, Wisconsin (group home for boys)

13. Oneida Baptist Institute, Kentucky

14. Youth Guidance, Inc., Pennsylvania (for abused children)

K.                  MISSION BOARDS SERVING THE BLIND

1. Christian Fellowship for the Blind

2. Gospel Association for the Blind (Ralph Montanus, radio, Magazine, circulating library,

    camping)

3. John Milton Society for the Blind (service providing braille Publications)

4. National Church Conference for the Blind

5. Oakley Kimble Gospel Tape Ministry

6. United Missionary Fellowship

L.                MISSION BOARDS SERVING THE DEAF

  1.  American Mission to the Deaf

  2.  Baptist International Mission, Inc. (helps to establish deaf ministries)

  3.  Bill Rice Ranch, Tennessee (conducts seminars; distributes tracts, newspapers, Bible correspondence courses, and 

       tapes)

  4.  Christian deaf Fellowship

  5.  Deaf Missions, RR 2, P.O. Box 26, Council Bluffs, IA (provides daily devotions for the deaf, color films, Bible visuals, and

       Christian newspapers)

  6.  Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention (consultant deaf ministries)

  7.  National Association of Deaf, 5125 Radnor Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46226 (monthly publication: The Deaf American,

       814 Thayer Avenue, Silver Springs, Maryland 10910)

  8.  World Bible Translation Center, Inc., Arlington, TX 76010. (The New Testament: English Version for the Deaf, 1978;

       distributed by Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan.)

  9.  First Assembly of God Deaf Ministries, 8825 Airline Highway, New Orleans, LA 70118 (tracts for the deaf)

10.  United Missionary Fellowship

M.                 MISSION BOARDS SERVING THE HANDICAPPED

  1. American Rescue Workers, Pennsylvania (serves socially and physically handicapped men; a breakoff of the Salvation 

      Army)

  2. Baptist Mid-Missions

  3. Child Evangelism Fellowship (workers often work with the handicapped)

  4. Children's Bible Fellowship, New York

  5. Children’s Haven, Inc. [inner city]

  6. Christian Discipleship Center [Christ-centered alcoholic rehab for Indian believers]

  7. Christian League for the Handicapped (occupational home)

  8. Echoing Hills, Inc., Route 2, Warsaw, OH 43844  

  9. Handi-Vangelism (Bible Club Movement), Pennsylvania

10. Joni and Friends, P.O. Box 3225, Woodland Hills, CA 91365 (fellowship to serve handicapped and assist the church in

      Reaching the handicapped and his family)

11. Joy Ranch, Virginia

12. Martin Luther Home, 804 S. 12th Street, Beatrice, NB 68310

13. Shepherd's Home (resident home; college of special education; Sunday school curriculum; Guidebook for Ministries in

      Local Church; Andrew Wood, director)

14. Teen Challenge [drugs]

15. Teens, Inc. (camp for disadvantaged children)

16. Youth Guidance, Inc. (abused children)

 

N.               MINISTRIES TO HOMOSEXUALS

1. B C M International

2.NExodus International

3.Homosexuals Anonymous

4. Lambda Report, 42640 10th St. W, Lancaster, PA 93534   1.800.462.4700

5. Regeneration Books, PO Box 9830, Baltimore, MD 21284  410.661.4337

O.                MINISTRIES TO POLITICIANS

1.  Capitol Ministries, P.O. Box 22.22.22, Santa Clara, CA 91322, Ph. 661.288.2622, ralph@capitolministries.org.. www.capitolministries.org

P.                MISSION BOARDS SERVING INSTITUTIONAL MINISTRIES

ADVENT CHRISTIAN VILLAGE

ALM INTERNATIONAL

AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, INC

AMERICA'S KESWICK COLONY OF MERCY

BETHANNA

BIBLICAL MINISTRIES WORLDWIDE

BILL RICE RANCH

CAMPSITE EVANGELISM

CBM MINISTRIES, INC

CHRIST'S HOME

CHRISTIAN APPALACHIAN PROJECT

CHRISTIAN BLIND MISSION INT'L

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP CENTER

CHRISTIAN HAVEN HOMES

CHRISTIAN LEAGUE FOR HANDICAPPED

CHRISTIAN PRISON MINISTRIES

CHRISTIAN SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

CITYTEAM MINISTRIES

DEAF MISSIONS

 

FRIENDS OF ALCOHOLICS INC- Men's Div

GOSPEL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND

GRACE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS

HEPHZIBAH HOUSE

HIS MANSION MINISTRIES

HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS-Freedom

HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN'S MINISTRY

IMPACT INTERNATIONAL INC

INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN AID CANADA

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH TO THE DEAF

JOHN MILTON SOCIETY [BLIND MINISTRY]

JOY RANCH, INC

L'ARCHE NORTH AMERICA

LIGHT BEARERS CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

LUTHERAN CHURCH-MISSOURI SYNOD

MEXICAN MEDICAL MINISTRIES INC

MIRACLE HILL MINISTRIES

MISSION OUTREACH SOCIETY

MISSION TO THE DEAF, INC

MISSION TO THE HURTING

MISSIONS OF BAJA / MEXICAN MEDICAL

MOUNTAIN T.O.P. MINISTRIES, INC

NEW HORIZONS MINISTRIES

NEW LIFE

NEW LIFE REHABILITATION CENTERS  INC

NURSING HOME MINISTRIES   INC

NURSING HOME MINISTRIES

OUTREACH TO TROUBLED TEENS

PACIFIC GARDEN MISSION

SALVATION U.S.A.

SHEPHERD'S HOME

ST PAUL'S HOUSE

THE FOLD, INC.

THE LEPROSY MISSION CANADA

THE MASTER'S MISSION

WORLD VISION

WAGNER HILLS FARM-CANADA