Category : Parachurch Organizations
This is Ben Savage, who works at Children’s HopeChest. He was the leader of my recent trip to Guatemala and Haiti, and he has a lot of “personality.” Hanging out with Ben was some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Ben has such a heart for the Lord and for orphans.
Ben getting some big air over Antigua, Guatemala.
I have seen workers for The Salvation Army every Christmas, but I somehow failed to grasp that it’s a Christian mission. The Salvation Army website succinctly states:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
This is Jim Singleton, the “chaplain” at Courtside Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I ran into Jim while walking back from court and asked him about this unique ministry. Jim said he and a staff of volunteers set up on the sidewalk outside of the El Paso Courthouse each day and pray with people walking in and out of court. I was surprised to learn that the staff at Courtside Ministries prays with a different person about every five minutes. Jim has lead 19 people to faith in Jesus on the El Paso County courthouse steps in the past couple of years. What an idea to minister to people who are coming in and out of court. Many people going to court are broken and discouraged. As a lawyer, I have seen many people who where shaken to their core by the stress of court – no wonder they are more open to prayer at such a time. I thank God for this great new ministry and hope it can spread to many other courthouses.
Another aspect of the ministry is to refer people to local churches and appropriate professionals who can help them with special needs such as counseling and drug and alcohol treatment. Jim also showed me a full table of Bibles, resource materials and tracks that are distributed free of charge.
Courtside Ministries is a ministry of the Christian Legal Society – Colorado Springs Chapter, and attorney Tyler Makepeace has played a key role in starting and supporting the ministry. Jim Singleton said the ministry is expanding to Chicago. You can contact Courtside Ministries at 102 South Tejon, Suite 105A, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 and 719.362.6388 if you want more information.
You are looking at two answers to prayer, Matt and Jenny at VisionTrust. For years, I have longed to volunteer time photographing VisionTrust’s awesome ministry to orphans and very poor children around the world. The problem has been that VisionTrust needed communication/media specialists that could take my photography and incorporate it into a comprehensive campaign. I kept hoping and praying VisionTrust, which is based here in Colorado Springs, would put together a communications/media team. The years rolled by, and I thought about this every time I drove by VisionTrust’s building along I-25.
Recently, I felt God was calling me to focus my photography on Christian missions, and I called my old friend at VisionTrust, Matt Storer. When I told him what I felt God was calling me to do, he said VisionTrust had hired a communications manager, Matt Reed, and he said the organization was in real need of my photography. I also learned that VisionTrust hired Jenny Stoecker as a communications specialist. The communications/media team is now is place.
I am extremely excited about the prospect of serving as a volunteer photographer for VisionTrust. We are currently discussing when Waverly and I can go on trips given my work as a lawyer and Waverly being in the middle of her junior year in high school. I can’t wait to see where God takes us during the coming years.