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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
(as of October 1st, 2018)
 

Our 6th Annual "Golf for Freedom" Charity Tournament was held on September 22nd at Holston Hills Golf Club in Marion! It was a beautiful day! We had 6 teams and 28 hole sponsors! THANK YOU TO EACH ONE WHO PLAYED AND WHO SPONSORED A HOLE! More info and pics coming soon!

We have Christmas Banquets coming up at Northeast Correctional on Tuesday the 4th, Friday the 7th and Thursday, the 13th! Please pray and email us if you would like more information!



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 saw 115 from the Faith Community gather!
  • For the 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!

In 2018...
  • In February we leased an apartment in Glade Spring to provide housing for men coming out of the TOP program at Abingdon Regional Jail; so far each of the men living with us have had children, have done well while with us and have been extremely thankful for the assistance. While with us each man also gets wrap around services and mentoring from our volunteers.
  • We continue our collaborations with the local and regional coalitions; there have been 5 Faith Community Initiative meetings in our region since November, 2017 and more than 300 people from the Body of Christ have attended and have learned to more effectively minister to those in prison, returning from prison, and those struggling with addictive behaviors and their families; many from the Faith Community have been trained in Mental Health First Aid, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Care as well as REVIVE! (Naloxone training); 
  • We have increased our efforts to raise funds in order to provide even more educational programs inside the facilities, and provide more reentry assistance for those coming out of incarceration, including help with housing deposits, utilities, work clothes, tools and possibly finding a way to provide vehicles for ex-offenders;
  • Pen pal – we have began exploring a program 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.
  • We will partner with the Washington Co. Prevention Coalition and Mountain Movers - Damascus to do prevention work at the schools in Damascus and in the community – H&F will sponsor the SADD program and get involved as permitted with the FCA at HHS; bringing in programs; teaching workshops, etc. Also work with Wash Co School Board and get the “Handle with Care” program started in our schools (alerting the school's counselor when children have experienced a an adult in the home being arrested or removed from the home.)
  • Mentoring programs – “Take One” through TDOC and through the Abingdon Regional; Jobs for Life (we expect the pilot class in Abingdon/Damascus to begin in January.)
  • Will  have board development trainings – 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 150+ volunteers (from various churches and even various denominations) for all they do!  We are the Body of Christ, doing the gospel together! We are so blessed to have so many amazing people who use their talents - preaching, singing, playing instruments, and just plain loving 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 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 to 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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