Service Opportunities

The apostle James said, "Faith without works is dead." (James 2:26) The Psalmist writes, "Serve the Lord with gladness." (Psalm 100:2) Paul said, "Christ's love compels us." (2Cor 5:14) If we are fueled by the love of God, then we will supernaturally express that love through service. If you are looking for an outlet for personal service, or for ministry options for your small group or church, various FLM men have had fruitful experiences partnering with each of these ministries below.


Crisis Pregnancy Mentoring for Young Men

Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center helps young women walk through the process of a crisis pregnancy. Focused Living has partnered with Daybreak to help the boyfriends involved walk through this process too. Our volunteers meet one-on-one with the men while the women are being counseled by Daybreak staff. We focus on abortion alternatives, abstinence and the significance of a relationship with God.
 
No formal experience is required – only a heart for God and a desire to be used by Him. Focused Living provides training. Daybreak has offices in downtown Columbia and in Lexington, SC.
 
If you are considering volunterring with Daybreak, but would like to have a better idea about what is involved, peruse this manual. To download the Daybreak Application for Male Mentors, click here. If you have questions, please contact Perry at perry@focusedliving.com.

International Short Term Missions

Currently, we have ongoing relationships with two ministries in Central America.

Guatemala  

In Guatemala, we partner with Global CHE (Community Health and Evangelism) to help rural villages in their developmental process. An annual weeklong trip open to men and women happens every July. Ministry usually includes providing a medical clinic in a village, hut to hut evangelism, construction (material and some labor), and ministry to kids.  The audience is primarily Spanish speaking and sometimes Mayan dialects.  To learn more about the Guatemala trip, contact Bill Manley: wmanleysc@yahoo.com or Derek Gowdy: Derek.Gowdy@novolex.com.

2016 Trip dates 7/9 to 7/16
(watch short video from recent trip)



Belize

In Belize, we partner with MTW, the missions arm of the Presbyterian Church in America, to serve the urban poor in a section of Belize City called the “Burial Grounds.”  We anchor our ministry out of Unity Church in the center of this community.  An annual weeklong trip for men only happens every June.  The week includes a balance of light construction work, visitation, and an evening Men’s conference.  The audience is primarily English speaking. To learn more about the Belize trip, contact Fred Altman:  faltman1@yahoo.com or Perry Bowers: perry@focusedliving.com


Click here to see a some images from our recent trips.


Home Repair Service for Dad’s & Their Teens

HomeWorks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996 to repair homes of homeowners, usually elderly folks on fixed income. Their motto is “repairing homes, restoring hope. HomeWorks invites youth and adults to work side by side. Whether a one day home improvement blitz in Columbia or weeklong sessions in places like Johns Island, SC, a dad can have a great service experience with one or more of his teenage kids and their friends! For more information, visit these sites.
 
homeworksofamerica.org
HomeWorks of Columbia

Ministry to the Elderly - Agape Senior

Agape Senior operates four assisted living facilities in Columbia, Irmo, Lexington and West Columbia with a mission to provide residential and healthcare services to meet the needs of senior adults in a faith-based atmosphere. Agape's values reflect the nine Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, which guide the quality of care provided to residents, patients and their families.
 
Agape values the volunteer discipleship brought to their residents by men who are called to serve senior adults in their facilities. Examples of activities by men currently serving Agape include . . .

  • Assisting and substituting for Chaplains at scheduled Bible studies and devotion services.
  • Participation in men's fellowship functions and one-on-one visits.
  • Conducting group activities, e.g., current events discussions, music appreciation, etc.
  • For men who feel the call to serve as Jesus served, there are few opportunities as compelling as brightening the days of senior men and women in the closing years of life. Men heeding this call will find their efforts greatly appreciated and valued by the individual residents and staff of Agape Senior. For further details, contact Jim Reed, a member of the Monday morning forum at Hudson Smokehouse in Lexington, at 356-9424 or reedjj79@aol.com