During the past week of events in the Ukraine my heart has been on the people and especially on the ministry that I am ordained under, and serve on the Board of Directors. For many years my former congregation and my family have financially and spiritually supported the work of the House of James Ministries. And now with all the civil unrest and the unknown future of this country, this wonderful ministry could be in jeopardy. The House of James (HOJ) was started in 2003 by Sean Johnson, who is the current President and who also lives in the Ukraine with his wife and newborn son. They have been faithful to the LORD by providing homes to homeless children in the Ukraine that were living on the streets and in tunnels around and under the bridges near a polluted river. The children were dirty, hungry and hopeless. These children were homeless due to the high rate of substance abuse, alcoholism and poverty. HOJ started with one home and have added 2 additional homes, and now that some of the children are reaching college age they are looking to add a 4th home near the University. It has been my extreme pleasure to be involved with the HOJ. Of course there are dangers today due to the violence and the uncertainty of the government. Prayers are needed, prayers for safety, for protection, provision and continued support financially and mostly spiritually. Please join me in prayer for this ministry, the children, the house parents, for Sean and his family. God bless.
Below is some of what you will see on the HouseofJames.org web site along with videos of the homes, the children and the house parents.
There are many needs in the world… where do we begin to help? How do we begin to help? These are questions that some of us ask ourselves when we see so much suffering in the world. “House of James Ministries” is one place to start. Many children in Ukraine are in need of your help. At the “House of James” our mission is to provide shelter, food, clothes, education, a warm bed and a message of hope and love through the gospel of God through our family homes. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” Mark 6:34
Our vision, as we grow, is to open up various family homes located throughout Ukraine and even the world. It is a vital part of our ministry to show orphans and the forgotten children the same love and compassion that Christ gives. It is our philosophy to provide physical needs hand in hand with spiritual needs. The two are inseparable. “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15. Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17. In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-17 We believe this was the method in which Christ demonstrated compassion and reached the hurting, the hopeless and the lost. Showing them that there is a God who cares and who desires to not only provide their needs, but so longs to have an intimate relationship with them through His Son, JESUS.
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