MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020

 

 

Category: SOFM Ministry

Happy New Year!

We hope your New Year is starting off well! Here are just a few events to bring to your attention as we begin 2017…

NEW SHOE COLLECTION

Since 2007 we have been collecting new shoes for Danita’s Orphanage in Ounaminthe, Haiti. The shoes are given to image4all of Danita’s children who wear them to church and school. You wouldn’t think a pair of shoes was so important, but try buying for over 100 children each year! Our New Shoe collection allows many to make a difference in the lives of a child in Haiti.

This year’s shoe collection begins this Sunday, January 29th. If you attend Redeemer Fellowship, Calvary Presbyterian, St. Paul’s Methodist or True Life Church, you will have an opportunity to pick up a shoe tag starting this Sunday. If not, and you would like a shoe tag, please email: pamhess67@gmail.com.

 HAITI MISSION TRIP

IMG_3663We will be return to Haiti this summer during the first week of July with a team consisting of people from New Jersey and South Carolina. Our preparation has begun and we will update you on all that this team will be doing as we draw closer to our departure date.

ATLANTIC CITY MISSION TRIP

This will be SOFM’s 7th trip to serve along side Pastor Santo and New City Fellowship Church in Atlantic City. AC (12 of 241)

The dates for the trip are: Sat., August 5 – Friday, August 11.

Our first team meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb 7th at 6:30 at the Maple Leaf Clubhouse. 255 Sawmill Rd., Brick
Cost is $350 with fundraising opportunities.
Please keep the above opportunities in mind and in prayer.
Just One Drop ~

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Merry Christmas Family and Friends,

We hope  you are well as you prepare to celebrate our Lord’s birth. It is during this time of celebration that we would like to share a Praise Report of the Lord’s work throughout 2016.

There is so much to be thankful for this year as we look back and see the Lord’s hand upon the ministry, the volunteers and those we serve. The Lord continues to show Himself in the tiny details as well as the big events. How humbling it is to see how much He loves his people by concerning Himself in all the details. The message of the gospel continues to be spread while meeting tangible needs throughout New Jersey, Haiti and beyond. A term that best describe the journey this year seems to be “connecting the dots”.

The dots are connecting a lot in our Jerusalem, the town of Brick. The Maple Leaf Tutoring Program that began in 2013 continues to be a beacon of light in this community. As individuals share the vision of ML with others, the amount of local churches that are involved grows; each one bringing the love of Jesus to the students on Tuesdays as well as other special events.

The Brick Police, spearheaded by Sgt. Jim Kelly, made Maple Leaf a district this year, which means a group of officers are assigned to Maple Leaf all the time. The officers frequent the Tuesday homework club, knowing almost all the students by name, coming inside to talk with them and even helping with homework. As some of the younger students come off their bus they run and jump into the arms of the officers. Older students are seen playing football or basketball with them as well. The PAL mentorship program continues in 2016 allowing older students to learn how to mentor younger students as they address important life issues.

So many churches are offering their talents, gifts and service to make this year extra special. Whether someone is writing a letter of recommendation for a senior looking to go to college or Grace Bible Church in Wall providing a one day soccer clinic at Maple Leaf, in the pouring rain, complete with a Gospel message and BBQ, the children are being blessed. Students were invited back to St. Paul’s Methodist VBS and Grace’s Soccer Camp during the summer and over 20 students were bused to Allaire Community Farm for their first Bible Farm Adventure Camp that True Life Church sponsored. Backpacks and school supplies were collected by various individuals; over 50 hats were knit by women of St. Paul’s as well as Christmas presents provided through some of St. Paul’s school students. Many children are also attending the 4th annual Christmas Party at Maple Leaf where they will hear the true meaning of Christmas. So many relationships continue to grow, gospel centered one-on-one conversations are happening and growing number of families are go to local church services and youth groups.

A bible study for a few of the older students continues as one of the students was baptized and currently serves in a local church body. If a family is in need, the need is made known and someone answers. Lots of dots are being connected.

Dots are being connected through individual needs elsewhere in Ocean County as well. One example is a family of 5 that lost everything in a fire during the fall. With the need being made known, a bulk email blast and a couple of text messages all of the family’s needs were met through Good Stuff Thrift Store as well as a local family providing Christmas gifts.

A little further south in Atlantic City, our partnership with New City Fellowship Church continues to grow with our fifth mission trip this past July. With a large contingent of volunteers from Life Chapel of Point Pleasant, we once again took part in helping to rehab homes while presenting a 3-night Bible Club at Carver Hall. Next summer may be our first AC team that will include a few Maple Leaf students.

This Christmas many children in AC are going to unwrap gifts that are once again provided through Life Chapel Church, and brought down to fill the New City Christmas Store. This store provides the opportunity for local families to come and shop for their own children at a very reduced cost. What a great way to see Jesus in action.

Our ministry to Haiti continues to grow in many ways as well this year. We returned in February with a team from St. Paul’s Methodist of Brick. The team carried down 65 pairs of new sneakers that were provided once again through Grace Methodist of Wyckoff. We brought down an art project to Danita’s Orphanage through Reborn Fashion and Aspiring Artists in which 30 students took part in. This art project will be providing a trust fund for the students to be accessed once they graduate from high school. The team also did a 4-day Bible Club and various work projects during the 8 day trip.

The July trip to Haiti included team members from various states including South Carolina, Colorado and Alaska. Some team members served in the Medical Clinic, alongside Dr. Daneste while others helped on a work project and Bible Club. Many graduates were treated to a day at the beach, which for some, was their first time.

For the first time 15 young adults who had put their faith in Jesus were baptized in the local river. This day was so special as it showed how the Lord is raising up future Christian leaders.

By the end of the summer the funding for the Grains of Grace Feeding Program only had enough to supply the 92 families for one more month. Yet after making the need known through one email, the funding is now available for more than 2 years! With this support we can begin to transition into a more sustainable provision through animals such as chickens and goats.

In America we can take bathrooms and clean drinking water for granted, however in Haiti it is very rare and so needed. Through a wonderful donation this year we will be able to provide a community bathroom on the Aslan property, next to the church, along with a daily provision of clean drinking water. This project will begin in February 2017.

In addition, through your support we continue to bless the children at Danita’s Orphanage through our New Shoe Collection each January, supplying a pair of new shoes to their 100+ children. Also with your help through our ongoing Nutrition Supplement Sponsorship Program we are currently supporting almost 30 of Danita’s children.

Our Education Sponsorship continues to provide education for both Haitian and Albanian students.  With 40 Haitian students going to primary school, three Haitian students enrolled in college and two Albanian students enrolled in college in Albania. Three of the college students are in seminary and serving in their local churches already.

We end with our final praise and also a need. The Aslan medical clinic has been open since July of 2015; with a full medical staff providing care for the people in and around Lac’ajue. The clinic has been open a half a day / 5 days a week during times when other local hospitals closed. The funding to run the clinic is very low. There is a current need to help keep the medical clinic up and running. If you are able to help you can do so through our Paypal account or send a check to: Step of Faith Ministry / PO Box 805 / Brick NJ 08723

We are so grateful for your participation in the various ministries and your prayers. None of this would be possible without the generous donations and involvement by people like you. We are so thankful for you and your desire to support the ministry of Step of Faith.

We pray that you would have a joyful Christmas season and look forward to continuing our relationship with you in 2017!

Serving Him Together,

Step of Faith Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas Family and Friends,

We hope that this letter finds you well as you prepare to celebrate our Lord’s birth. It is during this time of celebration that we would like to share with you the exciting journey that the Lord took us on during 2015.

This year was full of many wonderful surprises and opportunities. The Lord continues to be on the move in and through Step of Faith Ministry for the benefit of bringing the gospel message to many while meeting tangible needs throughout New Jersey, Haiti and beyond.

Our Jerusalem, the town of Brick, has experienced amazing growth for the Gospel this year. The Maple Leaf Tutoring Program that began in 2013 has become a beacon of light in this community. An apartment complex that once only brought thoughts of ‘trouble and tension’ is now receiving positive attention and interest from many local churches, the Brick Police, the Brick PAL and the Brick School System.

We have continued to see between 50-70 children each Tuesday afternoon coming to the Maple Leaf Clubhouse for homework help, something to eat, relationship building and hearing about the love of Jesus Christ. Along with the weekly homework help and once a month Youth Group and Bible Club, our kids have been visited once again by the Brick Police K9 Unit. This year Max and his handler were accompanied by the Brick EMT which allowed the kids to go inside an ambulance and hear about how they could become an EMT. Chief of Police Burgquist also came and spoke to all the kids about making good choices and answered a lot of questions. Volunteers have come to spend an afternoon with the kids doing a cooking class as well as speaking about how they can help an orphanage in Romania.

Kids were encouraged to bring $1 in to provide 1 pair of socks for a child in Romania this winter, who would otherwise not have any socks on their feet. This point was emphasized when the kids had the opportunity to put their foot or hand into an ice bucket and were then told that children feel this type of bitter cold for 4-5 months each winter. A couple of children reached into their pockets right there and pulled out money, while others brought in their dollars the following week.

We had our first Mom’s luncheon along with many other opportunities to build relationships one on one with families that have resulted in families and individual students coming out to the various churches involved with the program.

Our summer was full of opportunities for the kids to once again go to not one but three different Vacation Bible Camps as well as a Soccer Camp that was offered by three of our local churches. Over the summer we were also contacted by the Brick PAL with a very special idea for our Maple Leaf kids. Due to the growing interest in this community and the growing positive feedback that is being circulated, the PAL chose Maple Leaf to launch a new mentor program for the older kids. Over the past several months this has been taking shape with applications being filled out and meetings starting to be planned. One of our partnering churches, Life Chapel of Point Pleasant, has a group of men who are eager to become volunteers for this program. We are so excited to see how this is going to continue to bring hope to the kids of the Maple Leaf community!

Our third annual Christmas Party took place in early December as well as another bus trip to see the Christmas on Silver Pond play put on by the Agape Faithworks Homeschool Group. Many families attended the play and over 60 children came out to the Christmas Party. This year Christmas trees were donated by St. Paul’s Methodist Church and Allaire Community Farm that truly made Christmas special for some of our families. Jesus was so evident in all that took place in and through the volunteers.

Also during the month of December, our first weekly bible study began. With a couple of students, one who put her faith in Jesus recently, and some of her friends who are still searching, are coming out each week learning about Jesus, reading scriptures both at the study and at home, and building relationships with the volunteers. These young ladies have also recently begun going to church and really like it!

In Atlantic City, our partnership with New City Fellowship Church continues to grow with our forth mission trip this past July. We once again took part in helping to rehab various homes while presenting a 3-night Bible Club to one of the poorest areas in Atlantic City. We are hopeful that this summer more of our Maple Leaf volunteers and some Maple Leaf students will join us so that we can all grow deeper in urban ministry discipleship.

This Christmas many unwrapped gifts were provided through Life Chapel Church, and brought down to fill the New City Christmas Store. This store provided the opportunity for local families to come and shop for their own children at a very reduced cost. It was a beautiful day to see Jesus in action.

Our ministry to Haiti continued to grow in many ways as well this year. While we took a year off from physically going to Haiti, it did not stop the ministry from growing. Grace United Methodist Church of Wyckoff collected 65 pairs of new sneakers and they were brought down in January by St. Paul’s Methodist Church of Brick. This was St. Paul’s first trip to the area that we minister in and this coming February we will be taking them down to once again bless the people of Ounaminthe and Lac’ajue. And once again Grace United Methodist is providing new sneakers for the children.

The Grains of Grace Feeding Program continues to flourish and currently supplies food for 92 families, up from 65 families at the beginning of the year. An amazing thing happened with the families of Lac’ajue this summer. A community that was once starving and didn’t know where their next meal would come from, went to Joseph Isreal (the overseer and liaison between NJ and Haiti) and told him that they wanted to share their food with more families. So the original families asked to receive a little less food each month so that others could eat. This is unheard of in Haiti. Yet, through God all things are possible. And through the continued teaching of Jesus, these families are seeing Him in remarkable ways and now becoming His ‘hands and feet’ to those around them.

The Aslan medical clinic is now fully operational. It officially opened for a half a day, 5 days a week, in July.  The clinic is staffed by a Haitian doctor and two Haitian nurses who have been put through school by Aslan Youth Ministries and SOFM. Many patients are being seen and lives are being saved. We are so excited to see how the Lord is moving in this small town of Lac’ajue.

In addition, through your support we continue to bless the children at Danita’s Orphanage through our New Shoe Collection each January, supplying a pair of new shoes to their 100+ children. Also with your help through our ongoing Nutrition Supplement Sponsorship Program we are currently supporting 41 of Danita’s children. This is an increase of 10 children from last year! Through these supplements there has been an incredible difference made in the health and well-being of the children.

Our Education Sponsorship continues to grow too. With 58 Haitian students going to primary school, three Haitian students enrolled in college and two Albanian students enrolled in college in Albania. Lives are being changed!

We are so grateful for your participation in the various ministries and your prayers. None of this would be possible without the generous donations and involvement by people like you. We are so thankful for you and your desire to support the ministry of Step of Faith.

We pray that you would have a joyful Christmas season and look forward to continuing our relationship with you in 2016!

 

 


Contact Step of Faith

    Step of Faith Ministry, Inc.
    PO Box 805
    Brick, NJ 08723
    United States of America