In April 1998, Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, MS committed to staying in the heart of downtown to minister to the community the "heart of Jesus." In the early days of the ministry, the people of HIS Heart would go on what that they like to call "prayer walks." On these walks, they began to feel a tug toward ministering to the children and families of the West Park community.
In the beginning, all of the children in the program lived near the church and the HIS Heart Ministry was separate. As the ministry has grown and evolved over the years, many children have grown up and others have moved to new neighborhoods, but the ministry has always found ways to meet their needs and provide transportation to the church when needed. These days, the children of HIS Heart have become active members of Calvary Baptist Church and many serve the church on a regular basis.
The ministries of His Heart include a weekly Bible Club, Sunday morning Bible study and on Wednesdays the children are bused in for a night of worship, arts, crafts, music and a good meal. All of the programs teach spiritual development, talent development, knowledge of missions and promote strong character and discipline. The ministry also goes into the homes of the children to collaborate with their families to ensure that their physical, spriritual and emotional needs are tended to.
Also, a partner church provides a $500 scholarship to each senior who plans to attend college to help with tuition and book costs. The volunteers also assist graduating seniors with their college enrollment by providing assistance with registration and other financial aid and by providing transportation and the any tools needed to succeed.
- actively volunteering during weekly worship times, summer camps, holiday parties and festivals
- monetary donations
- praying daily for the children and leaders of the ministry
A great way to get involved this holiday season is by participating in their annual "Turkey Distribution Day." Each year, the ministry distributes around 100 turkeys to the children of HIS Heart for their families to enjoy on Thanksgiving. During the distribution of the turkey, each family receives a blessing and an offer of prayer by the volunteers.
Do you want to get involved? Throughout November, donations of $30 per turkey are accepted for this great cause. Donations can be made on their website here, mailed to the address provided below or you can bring your donation with you if you would like to volunteer for the distribution. This years "Turkey Distribution Day" will be held on Monday, November 25, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church. Teams will begin to go out into the community to distribute the turkeys at 4 p.m.
To find out more about this amazing ministry and the great things they are doing for the children in downtown Jackson, MS, please visit their website: www.hisheartofjackson.org . Here you can find their current needs, prayer requests, volunteer opportunities and more. You can contact them at the following:
c/o Calvary Baptist Church
1300 W. Capitol St.
Or by phone :
(601) 354-1300 x328
1 Peter 4: 10-11 (NIV)