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Hands and Feet Ministries
Linda Austin, Executive Director
P. O. Box 507
Damascus, VA 24236
handsandfeetministry.org
laustin@bvu.net

 


Ministry Update and A Look Ahead
 
In 2017…
  • Our first ever Easter service inside a correctional facility – (Appalachian Detention Center, 7 salvations!);
  • Partnered again w/Forgiven Ministry to do the “One Day with God” children’s camp at Northeast Correctional Complex; we had many volunteers, including 10 new ones, did the food again for both days, 24 salvations, 15 of them children;
  • Have continued our Bible Studies & services at NECX & Abingdon Regional Jail (4-5 svcs and 10 studies each month);
  • Christmas Banquets & Svcs…4 at NECX, 1at ADC w/41 salvations!
  • Helped many ex-offenders with clothes, educational material, hygiene kits, food, household goods, utility deposits and car repairs;
  • 5th Annual “Golf for Freedom” tournament held in Sept. $2,000;
  • Collaborated w/regional coalition (Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition for Prevention and Treatment) to start the VA Faith Community Initiative; 1st meeting held on 11/27 in Lebanon, 96 people attended! Second meeting in Damascus on February 22nd!
  • For 1st time, we were able to buy Christmas gifts for 3 children with incarcerated parents! We were able to spend $200 on each child and get everything on the wish and needs lists given to us by their care takers!
  • Served 2,000 meals inside correctional facilities – the most we’ve ever done! We are thankful that the Lord continues to expand our territory!
  • Altogether in 2017, we saw the Lord save 128 souls; God is at work and graciously allowing us to be a part of it and we are so thankful!

A look ahead…in 2018:
  • Plan to continue our collaboration with the local and regional coalitions to help plan and hold 5 Faith Community Initiative meetings in our region, equipping the Body of Christ to more effectively minister to those in prison, returning from prison, and those struggling with addictive behaviors and their families;
  • Grants and additional funding – will start looking for grants in order to do more reentry work, including help with housing deposits, utilities, work clothes, tools and possibly finding a way to provide vehicles for ex-offenders;
  • Pen pal – we will begin exploring a program, either through Washington County schools, or through the juvenile court system, wherein troubled children write model inmates (coordinated with the chaplain’s office) and model students write troubled inmates. All of it done through our ministry; each letter will be read and any issues addressed. The pen pals will know each other’s first names only. We are praying and waiting to see which door the Lord will open. We will at least begin a pen pal program with those involved at Samaritan House Ministries (in Glade Spring) and the inmates asking for a pen pal in order to grow spiritually.
  • Will partner with the Washington Co. Prevention Coalition to do prevention work at Holston High School and in the community – H&F will sponsor the SADD program and get involved as permitted with the FCA at HHS; bringing in programs; teach workshops, etc. Also work with Wash Co School Board and get the “Handle with Care” program started in our schools (children who have suffered trauma in the home when an adult was arrested or removed from the home.)
  • Mentoring program – “Take One” through TDOC and through the Abingdon Regional; Jobs for Life through Bristol United Way (I am on the steering committee for this new program in Bristol and will approach Highlands Community Services about helping us get this started in Abingdon/Damascus as well.)
  • Will begin quarterly gatherings – educational workshops, testimonies from ex-offenders, strategic planning meetings…Not “official” board meetings, but just gatherings so we can spend some time together and to better equip us to do what we do.
 
We are so thankful for our 100+ volunteers (from various churches and even various denominations) for all they do!  We are so blessed to have so many amazing people who use their talents - preaching, singing, playing instruments, and just plain loving on people - to minister behind the walls and beyond. God uses each of them in amazing ways and we are so thankful for them!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH OR SIMPLY ATTEND, ANY OF THESE CLASSES AND/OR SERVICES, PLEASE LET US KNOW. Those of us involved, whether going in or behind the scenes, are being so blessed! God is pouring himself out on us and through us; He is doing amazing things and we would love for you to be a part!
 
If you would like to have more information about Hands and Feet Ministries
and/or would like for someone from the ministry meet with you,
your Sunday School Class, Small Group, Missions Team or speak at your church,
please get in touch! We would love to have the opportunity!
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