Something is happening in the 6 dangerous neighborhoods in Indy..
Six dangerous Indy neighborhoods
God has been changing the spiritual climate of the Crown Hill neighborhood in Indianapolis in the past few years:
- Based on my numerous conversations with the local residents and volunteers, I found that many people have been praying for transformation in this area since 20+ years ago.
- Since Five years ago, FHL has been providing hundreds of volunteers in this area on a regular basis, mostly neighborhood clean ups.
- Three years ago our volunteers started to pray for a church in the area so that we can come along side them in the continued work of the Lord.
- Two years ago, on separate occasions, FHL got connected with Tree of Life Ministries who was planting a church in the area (40th/Boulevard).
- Last year, FHL trained and opened a food pantry at Tree of Life Ministries. Since then, the church has been growing and the immediate neighborhood is changing for the better!
- Because of the impact of the food pantry in Crown Hill neighborhood, the pastor of Tree of Life Ministries has sponsored Spiritual Awakening Tabernacle (located just 1.5 miles away from Tree of Life) to the “Missional” Food Pantry School.
Here’s an interesting article on Indianapolis Star, a leading newspaper in Indianapolis. It included maps of dangerous neighborhoods in Indianapolis.
If you will look at the maps provided in this Article,
Several of the food pantries that FHL has trained are located in those 6 neighborhoods. I think the Lord is sending us a message to be a part of the transformation of these neighborhoods. Through food pantries, we have demystified the word missions and we are setting up “Kingdom Hubs
” in central Indiana. Read more about this…
My sense is that FHL will be adding at least 2 more food pantries within the 6 Indy neighborhoods in the next 2 years. What if we develop Missional Communities through planting more missional food pantries strategically located in these neighborhoods? Or, what if we turn the existing food pantries into missional communities having the 3 Pillars of being missional, namely, Acts 6 – Outreach, Mark 16 – Evangelism and Matthew 28 – Discipleship
Every night 80,000+ kids in Metro Indy go to bed hungry
Last night (2/25/15) was the start of Winter “Missional” Food Pantry classes at Spiritual Awakening Tabernacle, 3363 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205. It’s a 4-week course every Wednesday from 5:30p-7:00p. In case you may be wondering what we learn together in the classes, here’s the…
Table of Contents
SESSION ONE: Missional Community
The History of Faith Hope and Love Food Pantries
SESSION TWO: Food Pantry Operation
Overall Organization of a Faith Hope and Love Food Pantry
Regulations of a Faith Hope and Love Food Pantry
Requirements and Agreement
Physical Layout of a Faith Hope and Love Food Pantry
Team Roles and Assignments of an FHL Food Pantry
SESSION THREE: Prayer Team
Focus on His Presence
Prayer Team Roles and Assignments
Ministry Cards and Instructions
SESSION FOUR: Community Relations
Developing Community Relations
Marketing of Food Pantry
SESSION FIVE: Food Safety
Permanent Safe Site or Mobile Site
Food Storage, Safety and Handling Certificate
SESSION SIX: Food Pantry Planning
Monthly Schedule for Food Pantries
SAMPLE of Monthly Schedule
Calendar for Food Pantry
Forms for Volunteers and Recipients
SESSION SEVEN: Accountability
FHL Food Pantry Network
Reports for Evaluation of Pantries
Review and Exam
SESSION EIGHT: Field Trip
Visit existing Food Pantry
Process of Receiving Food from FHL