Tuesday, September 8, 2015

KH Update September 2015


Been a while since we posted an update, but please don't think an absence of writing means we have been absent in the Word or planning our next missions outreach.  In fact, this very week, our group of 7 men will experience our inaugural mentorship visit to Heritage Academy. This has been an almost 6 month process of listening to God, praying on "what's next," and planning with the administration and ourselves structuring our visits to be purposeful.

So, we are writing this update to let you know the next chapter of Kingdom Here, and to ask for your prayers that His will be done. Also, to pray for each boy in the 3rd grade. There are 6 boys, so we have an opportunity to have quality time with these young children. We have been told that most of the children we will be mentoring have little or no men involvement in their day to day lives. Wow!! Can you imagine?? We have an opportunity to show these children that real men love Jesus, are involved, and invest in the next generation.  

We have a great example from our Heavenly Father, who has accepted us with all of our shortcomings...He loves us even though we have done nothing to deserve it. We pray we will be able to show these children unconditional love from our Savior. Also, to raise up a generation of fatherless to be strong men living for Jesus and reverse the trend that is paralyzing not just our community, but our nation. Lastly, please pray specifically for the 3rd grade class at Heritage Academy and for the men who are bringing His word to them.

Looking forward to this next adventure!

Graham for KH

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Quick Update!


It's been a while since our last blog post but please know we are not sitting idle. We have had over four years of consistently bringing hope through the gospel and basic hygiene and clothing needs to our areas homeless men and women. We have thoroughly appreciated and covet your prayers, financial and volunteer support, and encouragement along the way.

Earlier in 2015, after much prayer and deliberation, we determined our calling has changed a bit. We are all parents of young children and feel a strong push to shift our focus to inner-city children – specifically at Heritage Academy. We aren't exactly sure what this will look like, but it will more than likely be some type of mentoring program. It will be for a specific grade of boys initially, but our hoping goal would be that other men will join us and cover these children in every class in the school.

We are still making periodic visits downtown to some of our regulars and hope to pass this mission along to another group.  We have a lot of momentum and have laid a lot of the ground work for the homeless side of our ministry.  A lot of hard work, effort and progress is invested and it would be ideal for a transition to occur there.

We will keep you posted as these tentative plans become reality and look forward to your continued support going forward.

God is good.  Jesus is Love!

Graham for KH

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Where did the year go?

Hello friends! As I’m writing this post I am having a hard time convincing myself that we are in full countdown mode for Christmas and an even harder time believing that 2015 is only a few weeks away. Where did 2014 go?! One thing is for certain: God was good in 2014.

At Kingdom Here we continue to see God moving and faithfully providing resources for the needs of the homeless in the greater Augusta area. This past Thanksgiving Day marked our 4 year anniversary of reaching out to the needy. Looking back it is clear that God has his hand on this ministry and he is using the hands and feet of men and women here to help bring hope to those who otherwise would have none.

This year Kingdom Here has been blessed with several new team members whose passion, dedication, and energy have spurred on those of us who have been involved from the beginning. We’ve taken everything from book bags to stocking caps…from sleeping bags to deodorant. If these people have been in need of it, we’ve done our best to provide it to them.

Would you pray for us? Would you pray specifically that we would “not grow tired or weary of doing good”? (Gal. 6:9) We desperately want to see God continue revealing himself to the men and women of Augusta who are struggling. Would you pray that we would have the energy & passion to continue doing all we can to be Jesus to these people and show them how good He is?

Thank you for the support. Thank you for the prayers. Thank you for the resources. The homeless community in Augusta needs to know and see a God who cares deeply for them. Thank you for helping them to see Jesus in what we are doing. This is Kingdom work. I truly believe that there is no greater work that we could be doing.


Jamie for Kingdom Here

Friday, December 13, 2013

3 Year...And Counting

Wow!  3 years, over 75 visits every other week since Thanksgiving day 2010.  We have been blessed to have support and encouragement from so many individuals and organizations.  If we listed everyone out, this blog post would be way too long…one very special person, Mrs. Lynn Winters, has been especially consistent and faithful to our ministry.  Thank you Lynn!!

When I look back on the 3+ years of planning, praying and putting feet on the street, I think of two words: perspective and reality. 
Perspective because when we see what we see regularly, we are reminded of how blessed we are—even in our own individual struggles and issues—to have the standard of living that isn’t a guarantee.  Perspective to be constantly reminded, and to remind others, that our treasures are stored in heaven;  perspective to appreciate raising children who have clothes, shelter and meals, schools and parental involvement, Godly examples of moms and dads, and the confidence of knowing where home is.  We gain perspective in lots of little things:  when it’s hot or cold, we can simply adjust a thermostat and within a few minutes we are comfortable.  We don’t risk losing all of our worldly possessions if a bad thunderstorm rolls into town.  We don’t carry everything we own in a back pack.  Perspective by understanding and appreciating how much a smile, and encouraging word, or even a new pair of socks can make so much difference in someone’s life.   Perspective to realize how good we have it.

Reality because in our day-in, day-out lives, we take so many things for granted.  We all pass by others struggling—not just homeless—with addiction, abuse, effects of poor decisions every day, and we don’t even give it more than a thought of “glad that isn’t me.”  Reality because most of us are only a few poor decisions away from a life 180 degrees different than the comfortable ones we take for granted today.  Reality because the issues we see aren’t limited to a race, age, or sex.  Also, reality to know that Jesus Christ’s death was for everyone—regardless of race, age, sex, etc…That his ministry wasn’t to the affluent, the rulers, or even the religious elite.  His ministry was others-focused, not self-focused.  He hung out with the poor, outcasts, and even tax collectors!  To me, the ministry of Christ, and the passion of Kingdom Here can best be found in Matthew 25:21-46 in the Parable of the sheep and goats…v40 “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”  Wow, what an indictment!! What a reality check!!

As we journey through the next 3 years, our hope is that you will continue to support this ministry in prayer and by either going downtown with us, or simply buying a pack of socks or underwear.  We can do much with very little.  Thank you for having our backs!

Graham for KH

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I'm sure you have noticed the days getting shorter, the leaves changing and the temperature dropping (it was a cold morning today as we visited our friends downtown!).  It comes as no surprise, as this happens every year… and every year I complain that it’s dark when I get off, too cold to enjoy being outside, and there are leaves and pine straw all over my yard.

What I often tend not to see is the importance of the changing seasons.  A tree, grass, plants and every living thing goes through, and needs, season changes.  As I sit here and type this, I am in the middle of a change… a new job which brings new roles and new responsibilities. 

You may not be going through a big change like I am, but I am willing to bet you are in a “season” of your life right now.  It may be the “spring” where everything is blooming and the birds are chirping or it may be the “dead of winter” and there seems to be no sign of life anywhere.  No matter what “season” your life is in, you can be certain you will make it through.  The flowers will bloom and the sun will shine again.

A synonym for season is opportunity.  I think this fits perfectly… what you and I are going through is an opportunity for new things to happen and new growth to occur.  Each winter I completely cut back my lantana bush and each summer it comes back bigger and more beautiful.  I give it the opportunity for new growth. 

What “season” are you in and what opportunities are there for you in this “season?”

Stephen for KH

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dressed for Battle

This morning was a great time with the homeless men and women of Augusta.  We had a great devotional by Beau Brandenburg on being attacked and what our response should be (Ephesians 6). We hear about different types of attacks all time… bears, sharks, dogs, another person, or even terrorists.  There are books and articles written on how to survive these attacks with the hope that if you are ever faced with one you will know how to respond. 

We may never personally be attacked by any of these things but as Christians, we are in a constant battle for our souls.  There is one who is constantly waging war against you and me… Satan does not want us to be a part of the Christian life.  There is good news… we have a survival plan (Ephesians 6:10-17).  Paul, the writer of Ephesians, knew we would face these types of attacks and has given us the ultimate strategy to survive.  Just as a solider goes into battle with protective clothing and armor we are to be clothed with the Armor of God each and every day.  I don’t know about you, but this is not something on my “to do” list each day.  We live in a culture where we celebrate many freedoms and most of us do not face a real danger of being attacked on a daily basis (military, police, firefighters, etc.. not withstanding).  We are still in a spiritual battle and need to be prepared.  There is one piece of great news… the war has already been won… Jesus was victorious on the cross and has given us victory.  We still face the day to day “battles” and need to keep the faith and wear the armor of God but the ultimate victory is ours.

I hope as you read this, you are encouraged and challenged. 

Each morning, think… “Am I dressed for battle?”.

Stephen for KH

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Living in the World of "I"

Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

This morning while spending some time with the Lord, I read these verses.  As soon as I did, I thought of Kingdom Here and the men who live these verses out each Wednesday morning.  Then, I began to think about my life and how I act outside of the Wednesday mornings we go downtown.  I realized, as a follower of Jesus, I am called to live this way each day in everything I do and everywhere I go… whatever the situation.  Jesus is the perfect example of someone who lived these verses. (See Philippians 2:6-11).

So often we look out for #1 (ourselves) and don’t worry about anyone else. In this passage, Paul, is telling us not to live this way.  He understands our selfish nature and wants to show us a better way to live life.  Not only is it better for us but it is better for those around us.  Imagine the impact of a community where we took these verses to heart and truly lived by them each day… thinking of others and their needs first instead of our own.  It doesn’t have to be a huge act… just something as simple as holding a door for someone, letting someone out in traffic, smiling at the cashier, praying for a friend, loving your spouse, and the list goes on.  Often the small things in life are the ones where people find the most joy.

In a world where the “I” is all some people think about; let us be a people who “take an interest in others.”  After all, we are called to a higher purpose and to live our lives not as the world lives them but as Jesus, the one who called us to himself and gave us the example. 

As you live your life today, are you thinking of the interest of others?

Stephen for Kingdom Here