Service Over Self (SOS)
Thousands of homes in Memphis are in shocking condition. Many are unsafe to live in. Elderly persons and families live in fear, dreading the next rain, the next cold snap, the next inflated utility bill due to poor insulation, or the next salesperson promising a quick fix for a small monthly payment. SOS seeks to improve the housing conditions of disadvantaged persons in Memphis. They are committed to providing free home repair service to deserving families in Memphis neighborhoods. SOS seeks to have a Kingdom impact on our neighborhood, city, country and world: Their main strategy for reaching the world for Christ begins in the neighborhood of Memphis. It is from Binghampton that SOS operates workdays, weekend retreats, and weeklong mission camps. Many homeowners are physically or financially incapable of maintaining their home. SOS offers free home repair to these homeowners. Through volunteer labor, homes are made drier, warmer and safer. The volunteers and homeowners strip and shingle roofs, replace rotten floors and leaky plumbing, repair damaged sheetrock, scrape and paint, and clean, to list a few examples of SOS repairs. SOS volunteers have repaired more than 700 homes during these years. Their mission for Binghampton is that SOS seeks to meet the needs of the poor in the name of Christ and to encourage every family into a healthy church home.
El Ayudante - Nicaragua
In 1999, a group of missionaries from Brownsville, Tennessee took a trip to Nicaragua to access the need after feeling God’s call to help the children following a trip to Honduras. The team was heartbroken over the plight of the children and returned home with a vision to constructa protection center to serve children most at-risk. In 2001, El Ayudante purchased 31beautiful acres in Leon and began construction of a base of operations to facilitate mission teams which would play a vital role in the mission to Nicaragua. El Ayudante means “the helper.” El Ayudante is acknowledged as one of the most effective, respected and influential mission organizations serving Nicaragua. They are dedicated to partnering with the Nicaraguan people to transform the nation—one child, one family, and one community at a time. Since 2001, El Ayudante has pursued this goal through a two-pronged strategy... First, they care for twenty-five children and their families through our Family Enrichment Center (FEC). The FEC partners with each child and their family to improve their quality of life and to give them opportunities to rise above poverty and succeed. They strive daily to give each child and family in their program a hopeful future through spiritual nurturing, housing, proper medical care, nutrition, and excellent education. Second, they host anywhere from 25 to 35 short-term mission teams each year from the states to work with local community leaders to help bring tangible change to people’s lives in the areas of education, medicine, construction, and training. They hosted their first team in 2002, and since have coordinated over 8000 international missionaries to Nicaragua.
For more information on El Ayudante, visit www.nicamissions.com.
Appalachia Service Project (ASP)
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia, specifically in the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. ASP provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation — bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families, elderly, and disabled. Every year more than 1,300 teens in youth groups travel to Appalachia to make homes warmer, safer, drier. ASP helps to teach new skills, create friendships, build confidence and deepen faith lives. We stay in a local school or community center for the week and spend the days working alongside one another. In the evening there is time to hang out with friends, worship, sing, play games and learn a little about the Appalachian culture. ASP helps to make homes more livable but it is also a time of relationship building. Each day offers opportunities to interact with the family you’ve been assigned to serve. Working alongside your crew members forges abiding friendships. Serving others opens you to God working within you.