Actively Visiting Orphans, Widows, Elderly and Disabled
"This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (James 1:27, NASB)
What Does AVOWED Do?
Commonly known as the "Nursing Home Ministry". However, we are much more than that. We are also:
Church Planter: as we establish regular worship services in care centers and provide many forms of spiritual care;
Street Evangelist: as we explain the Gospel to the unreached among the corridors, halls, rooms, and outside courtyards of care centers;
Hospice Chaplain: as we hold hands of the dying, as we sing songs, read Scripture, pray and tell them they are loved. Listen and comfort widows, the grieving and lend a shoulder to weep on;
Encourage, Equip and Facilitate others to engage in similar compassionate activity.
Our mission: To actively visit the lonely and forgotten, ministering to their emotional and spiritual needs, and to encourage, equip and facilitate others to engage in this compassionate activity.
Nursing Home Song Booklets
Tax Exemption Status & Other Documents
Tax Exempt determination effective date of July 12, 2011
Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent provided by the law
IRS Determination Letter with Effective [...]
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After AVOWED filed for Tax Exempt status with the IRS, we did not hear anything back from the IRS for a significant period of time. We had various attempts to inquire what if any problem for the long delay, but it fell on deaf ears at the IRS; Until we contacted Congressman David Jolly and soon after our Determination Letter was issued by the IRS. The IRS Determination Letter was sent out with their date of June 20, 2014, but the effective date was back-dated to July 12, 2011. We are very thankful for the help of Congressman David Jolly and his office.
Letter from Congressman David Jolly.pdf
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AVOWED's Vision: to be the Circuit Riders of the 21st
In the early years of the United States, clergy were assigned to travel around specific geographic territories to minister to settlers and to organize worship. They were referred to as "Circuit Riders". They carried at least one Bible and one hymn book in their saddle bags, which is why they were also sometimes called "Saddlebag Preachers".
In a similar fashion, we travel to care centers and individuals in specific geographic areas to visit those without the luxury or freedom to go to a worship service or participate in other activities and friendships as they wish.
AVOWED is thus an outreach-visitation program to those who are the confined and convalescent in Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Homes, Health and Rehabilitation facilities, hospice and related care centers. This ministry gives legs to our Christian faith, by going to places where opportunities for witnessing and fellowship abound. This is a good example of the church going to the people. This is not something we could have done on our own; any success we experience is the Lord's work.
Our visitation programs are based on an audience participation music ministry which gets us "in the door" at the facilities. We produce our own songbooks for the residents to use in a sing-along environment that is relaxed and informal. The programs usually last one hour and provide the opportunity to worship, fellowship, and minister with the lonely, and sometimes forgotten, members of our community.
The music-type program activities will usually attract Christians and sometimes interest the residents because there's nothing else to do at that time and they want to be entertained. The opportunities abound for the Christian who recognizes that these "Fields are white unto harvest..." For many residents this may be their last chance to hear the Gospel message and have an opportunity to respond. They are "souls in danger" and we try to offer them some comfort, fellowship, and guidance in a gentle, peaceful way. Since there are no projectors or even hymals availble, we provide our own large-print songbooks that include public domain hymns.
Who will help? The workers are few and the resources are even fewer. Will you prayerfully consider helping? We need support. Please come along side us and help ease the burden of ministry.
May God bless you,