Blount Small Group Serves with the United Way RED Program

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This past weekend, on one of the hottest days of the year, two small groups of guys from our Blount County Campus, the Balser and Langley groups, tore down a rotting porch and rebuilt a new one for a wonderful woman named, Mrs. Russell. The United Way RED program supplied materials for the build and the guys in small group donated their time and labor. They put up a tent, brought a big fan, and lots of  water to get the job done. Check out the missions Facebook page for more photos from their day of serving. Got a cool serving story to share? We’d love to hear it. Email missions@faithpromise.org. read more

Back2School Supply Drive

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Faith Promise Church’s Annual School Supplies Drive is BACK!

With a new school year just around the corner, we need your help! We are partnering with lots of awesome local schools and ministries to help get the school year off to a great start for children in at-risk environments.  Please read below to see how you can help with resources and volunteering. You can purchase and bring in supplies to your campus July 22nd/July 23rd. Thank you so much for your generosity and heart of compassion! read more

World Refugee Day

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Are you or your small group looking for a fun way to get involved in serving in your local community? Are you looking for a family friendly way to get be Jesus’ hands and feet right here in your own back yard? The Bridges Refugee Services is hosting a World Refugee Day and they need our help. The event will be held at the Bridges Refugee Offices at 3839 Buffat Mill Road from 6 pm-8 pm on June 17. read more

“These are the days of great triumph”

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Today is my third Monday in Monterey, Mexico. When I think back on my past two mission trips to this amazing place I see how much God has changed in my life… Growing up I didn’t have a father, and my mother was always working to support myself and my two older siblings. There was no real connection there, and I learned that the best way to deal with emotions and problems was to internalize them, because nobody cared/ did anything about it. I’ll come back to this thought later on… When you come to Monterey they give you lessons on Trauma Competent Care, or TCC, to help you deal with children dealing with abuse or neglect. In these lessons they teach that the best way for these children who have emotional and social problems to heal is through forming a relationship with somebody they can love or trust, somebody who cares about them. Just like me a lot of these children didn’t have a father growing up, and if they did he was a negative presence in their life. Nobody has spoken into these children and told them that they are loved, they have a purpose and that they have a father who loves them no matter what! read more

“I am a daughter of the Almighty King!”

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When I came to Monterrey, I didn’t really know what to think. I had come three years before, and I thought it was just another trip. But it wasn’t even close to that. Not in any way. In Mexico, I’ve learned a lot about myself, others, and God. I have had issues with self-worth, depression, and severe anxiety. But here, as I work alongside of a wonderful team of people I have gotten to know and pray with, I know that God is moving in my heart. I know he is telling me I am worthy and beautiful. Today I woke up with my normal everyday thoughts of negativity. I felt horrible about my life and others. But during my quiet time, God really spoke to me. And for me, as a thirteen year old girl, I had never really felt that feeling before. It was like a wave of love and compassion. He told me something I would never forget. That I am made in His reflection. That I am made perfectly imperfect. And He loves me, just like He loved His son. That even my thoughts and actions don’t define who I am. I am the daughter of the almighty king. When it came time for small group, my leader read out of the pamphlet, and sure enough, it reflected what God had told me. The plank in my eye is keeping me from seeing the true beauty inside of me, and that when I tell my best friend that she is beautiful, and to never say she is ugly, I have not thought about that for myself. That I have not yet fixed that same issue for my own. How am I to tell her that she is beautiful, before I accept that I am beautiful first? A lesson I have really started to learn here is that you must love yourself before you can love others. Another lesson I have learned is humbleness. When we went to a children’s home called Douglas, the child we sponsored had found a handful of beads. We laid them down on the table and named the colors one by one and laughed together. He took the beads everywhere we went. When he played, when he ate, even when we held hands. I thought to myself, I would take those little beads for granted. But this orphan boy thinks these beads are amazing. He told me to come as I walked with him. He put the beads in my hand, and tipped my hand into the Ziploc in my backpack. He said in English “For you, friend.” I began to tear up and told him, “No. You keep.” But he refused. I couldn’t believe he gave his beads to me. He looked up and smiled at me, as he ran and told me to come again. What’s so precious about that moment, is that he could give the beads to me, even though he loved them so much. Out of the little he had, he gave what he loved most. It really reminded me of when God gave up Jesus. To have me. Maybe I am what God tells me I am. Maybe I can walk around with a smile because I am worthy. I now feel an overwhelming load of confidence and happiness. I couldn’t have asked for more out of this trip. read more