IT HAS BEEN MY JOY to see Step uP Chattanooga come to life.
From the first “What do You want?” God-desire in Stephanie Toombs’ heart, to a working, growing, community entity used for God’s glory —Here’s the story from the outside looking in:
FINDING A FRIENDLY FACE in Stephanie after I had left a 30+ year home in another state, I literally was amazed by her relentless crisscrossing the Chattanooga region and beyond, networking to share and reshare the vision God was sharing with her. (Besides daily morning runs uphill and lifting weights at the “Y”!)
▪︎Encouraging/Counseling women in transition homes
▪︎ Holding youth job seminars
▪︎ Working with the Chattanooga Gang Task Force
▪︎ Teaching classes at the “Y”
▪︎ Traveling out of town to learn first-hand what approaches God
is using for lasting transformation in individual lives that
impacts the surrounding community
▪︎ Facilitating classes for the generationally impoverished in
church, community, detention center, and ministry outreach
▪︎ Creating a “Come to Jesus” event for local reentry inmates
▪︎ Facilitating group training to certify leadership
PLUS ESTABLISHING A MINISTRY BOARD of directors which has evolved into a membership of solid, Christ-loving men and women who offer critical skills, collaborative strategy, and are willing to go past talking to be personally involved in actual training and teaching and reaching activities. Some helping to fulfill whatever red tape necessities that unfold with paperwork and people-work.
ITS ALL COME DOWN TO AN INDELIBLE VISION:
To influence significant community change. HOW?
By helping the generationally impoverished or underemployed discover their God-given purpose in work and life. ALONG WITH —
Engaging in alliance with churches
Equipping them for better ministry
Networking with community resource organizations
Offering job training and recovery programs
Encouraging the life-change that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I SEE THE BUDGET NEEDS EXPLODING for obtaining physical space, certification of teachers, training of volunteers, curricula for participants, and then integrating resources from community partners into the lives of the class participants and those being referred to the ministry for help.
SO LET ME SUM THIS UP with a personal invitation for you (or someone you know?) to partner in this quest to overturn the grim grip of generational poverty through Christ-centered teaching and outreach —