This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18)
Purpose of Our Ministry
The purpose of 1 John 3 Ministries is “To communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed to those in poverty.” We seek to carry through this purpose by a verbal presentation of the gospel as the Lord opens the doors; making decent, suitable and affordable housing available to them (rent to own); encouraging parents and children in education and life skills (e.g. tutoring, financial management, job training, parenting, etc); helping remove barriers to employment and breaking out of poverty through coming along side as needed (e.g. Individual Development Accounts, medical and educational help); and helping create communities that are more free from crime and blight where children and parents alike feel safe.
We began with five men from Westminster Presbyterian Church of Clinton
1 John 3 Ministries began with five men in a Sunday school class earnestly seeking God’s guidance through prayer and His word on what it means to love as He does and to serve “the least of these” in response and action. In January of 2009, we formed a provisional board and in April and November of the same year we were incorporated and were granted non-profit (501(c)3) status.
Scope of Work
The means by which we will accomplish our mission are three-fold.
- First, we seek to purchase and renovate homes in Clinton through the financial/material gifts, hard work and passionate hearts of the larger Clinton community (e.g. partner with United Ministries for utility assistance and job training, with Carpenters for Christ for renovation).
- Second, we desire to help those in need by loving them as Christ loved and loves us and by using rental income (minus insurance, taxes, etc.) for educational, health, and other issues brought on by poverty (e.g. buying a car).
- Third, we are seeking training through the Chalmer’s Center for Economic Development to implement “Faith and Finances” courses right here in Clinton in 2016. This is designed specifically for poor and low income families wanting help with their budget and savings. Many adults have never been taught how to plan meals, cut coupons and compare costs at a store. Because of crisis some families take on debt that they can’t pay for and ruin their credit so that the only financing available to them is very high interest loans. There is a cost to poverty and it is the Church’s responsibility to help the weak and weary with our words and deeds.
How Can You Get Involved?
- Pray for poverty in our community. Pray for resources and relationships that will further the mission to demonstrate the Gospel in word and deed.
- Serve at a workday, volunteer your talents in a creative way, or become a mentor.
- Give financially through a one-time tax deductible gift or commit to monthly giving, donate building supplies, cars, or items for our annual auction.
- Host an event to raise awareness with your small group, church, or work.
- BUY Bagged COFFEE through pre-order from Red Rooster Roaster and $5 from each bag sold goes to 1 John 3 Ministries. call Yo’Cup 864-547-1657 to pre-order.
1 John 3 Ministries
1387 Highway 56 S
Clinton, SC 29325
Mail any donations to attention Treasurer Jody Lipford or donate online at 1john3.org