|UTLOT - Unto The Least Of These Ministries|
Bringing the love of Christ to the needy.
1. Purpose: Unto The Least Of These Ministries is a para church ministry. Our purpose is to support churches and other designated and established ministries. UTLOT members will always be submissive to church leaders, or other ministry leaders who may have assigned and designated authority. We will provide ministry outreach where no other church or designated ministry are present.
2. Vision. Ephesians 3:20 shares a view of a glimpse of ministry that had not been revealed to me until the beginning of the year 1999. That scripture tells us, "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us ..." The vision that had previously been in mind did not include such things as:
a. Ministering to prostitutes, homosexuals, alcoholics, drug addicts, and the homeless.
b. Becoming an advocate for anyone who may need such support, including those who are not homeless, but may be classified as the working-poor.
c. Assisting in the staffing of national and international ministries.
d. Using the forces of personal evangelism and Internet media to make thousands of believers around the world aware of the burdens that God has placed on my heart.
e. Supporting U.S. military forces around the world, based on the type of request.
3. Overview. Matthew 25:40 has challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone, and to respond to the needs of people who seem to have been overlooked by much of the church of Christ. In that scripture, our Lord says to us, "...inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."
a. When I stepped outside of the area of comfort, that had previously shielded me from a very dark side of life, I began to share the love of Jesus in a way that had never entered my mind. To take the hand of a prostitute and pray with her - to see her closing her eyes and joining me in praying to our Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth - to see tears flowing from her eyes ... these are all special moments of my life, and will never leave my mind. To walk under a bridge and view a homeless city; to see homeless people devising ways to protect their personal belongings, such as putting all that they own in a grocery store shopping cart; to see a makeshift bed, that extended from one steel girder to another, so that a man and his wife would be able to sleep five feet above the dirt that was beneath them; to see women selling their bodies so that they could sleep in a real bed, and have food to eat; to see homeless people walking the streets all day long, with no place to go; to see the vacant houses where those without homes would make their homes, for a night, for a week, or until a police officer would tell them that they would have to "find some other place to sleep" - which might be a park bench, a bridge, or another abandoned house; to know that many homeless people die each winter's night, because they don't have clothing that is warm enough to protect them from subfreezing temperatures - to know that the heat of summer takes the lives of those who can not escape the deadly temperatures of June, July, and August.
b. When I have become an advocate for one of "the least of these;" when I have tried to "do what Jesus would do;" when I have tried to "be Jesus to the less-fortunate;" it has been very challenging and fatiguing, yet very rewarding.
c. As a ministry seeks to recruit volunteer ministers, it is very rewarding to be asked to assist in the recruiting and logistics effort of the growth of that ministry.
d. As I have been invited to explain the ministry of "Unto The Least Of These," to churches and church groups, it has been more of a blessing than I could ever have imagined.
e. The challenges of the United States armed forces are numerous. Many troops have no relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Military chaplains need the assistance of churches, individuals, and civic groups, in providing bibles and personal items to the troops. It is a blessing to be a part of that supply process.
f. Displaced persons ministry needs are overwhelming. UTLOT is attempting to respond to the needs of any people who are living outside of their designated homes. We attempt to support ministry and medical leaders who oversee displaced personsâ dwelling places.There are many churches that need to be made aware of the needs of "the least of these."
g. There are many churches that need to be challenged to seek out that demographic of society that seems to slip through the cracks of our minds. But, there is only so much that can be done by a few people. Other people, of similar sentiment, need to become affiliated with this ministry. That will allow more churches to embrace the message that scripture has so clearly been given to the Church, as it relates to the less fortunate. More sermons need to
be preached about meeting the needs of the unfortunate. More hurting and lost souls need to be told about he love of Christ, and need to have more of their daily needs met by the Church. May God help this ministry to be all that it can be to share the message of Matthew 25:40, "in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."
4. Ministry Objectives. Matthew 25:35-40: Benevolence; Matthew 28:18-20: Evangelism; Ephesians 4:11-12: Equipping The Saints.
President and Senior Pastor
Unto The Least Of These Ministries
Members Of The Board Of Directors
(Each member may have specific ministry designations that relate to the basic roles that they serve)
Pastor Dr. David Colburn, Executive Vice President/Director of Media And Communications, Georgia
Chaplain Dr. Thomas Kollars, Public Health And Medical Missions Consultant, International
Teresa Clyne, Consultant For Assault-Related Victims, Washington State
Pastor Michael B. Mitchell, Chaplain For Urban Ministries, Alabama
Pastor Marty Sweazea, Ministry Consultant, Missouri And Illinois
Lisa Vinson, Hospitals And Nursing Homes Consultant, Georgia
Michael Curlin, Chairman Of The Board Of Directors, Georgia
Dorrine Armstrong, Community Housing Consultant, Georgia
Angela Petrocci, Education And Finance Consultant, Georgia
Misty Roberts, Patient Modesty Consultant, North Carolina
Kathy Riggs, Jails And Nursing Homes Consultant, Georgia
Jane Harkleroad, Displaced Persons Consultant, Georgia
Pastor John Prater, Consultant, Africa, Asia, And Europe
Pastor Dr. William Eckles, Ministry Consultant, Georgia
Buzz Jordan, Law Enforcement Consultant, Alabama
Pastor John Long, Benevolence Consultant, Georgia
Michaela Colburn, RN, Medical Consultant, Georgia
Pastor Bear Petrocci, Administrative Pastor, Georgia
Pastor Doug Gibson, Ministry Consultant, Georgia
Shahn Shumacher, Disabilities Consultant, Georgia
Chris Yaughn, Foster Families Consultant, Georgia
Deborah Curlin, RN, Medical Consultant, Georgia
Karen Marable, Jail Ministries Consultant, Florida
Travis Hodges, EMS Medical Consultant, Georgia
Billy Murphy, EMS, Medical Consultant, Georgia
Melissa Murphy, Education Consultant, Georgia
Terri Ash, Senior Housing Consultant, Georgia
Terri Jordan, Evangelism Consultant, Alabama
Susan Porter, Executive Secretary, Georgia
Zoe Ellis, Missionary, Canada