LAYMAN LESSONS INC

Rating: 4.82 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Education, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Religion

Location: Private Street Address to protect Recovery Programs Nashville TN 37216 USA

Mission: Feed the Hungry Clothe the Naked Shelter the Homeless Preach the Gospel (good news of God) Train Disciples
Results: Ending our 8th year, since 2003 Serving 2,000 Homeless Meals weekly. 8,400 Homeless Men and Women responded to our Church service invitation seeking God, of which we see only 100 or so still on the streets!
Target demographics: Homeless, where they live, on the streets.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,000 + Homeless
Programs: Mobile Homeless Street Ministries Residential Christian Men's Training Centers

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Rating: 5 stars  

Been working with Layman Lessons for over five years. Layman's Lessons is 100% about helping the down and out. Few ministries achieve as much for zero compensation. Faith walk from A to Z. The need is out there. This nonprofit is getting the job done. Day in and day out providing food to the homeless and hurting.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have been supporters of Layman Lesson's both through financial donations as well as volunteering our time since 2006. Louie Johnston and the army of Layman Lessons volunteers work tirelessly on behalf of the homeless and those less fortunate. Whether it is a desperate plea for shelter, organizing food donations, or providing skills necessary to find a job, Louie Johnston is ALWAYS willing to assist. I wholeheartedly endorse the work of Layman Lessons and in particular the servant leadership of Louie Johnston.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been impressed by the strength of conviction in each volunteer and in the leadership. It's amazing how faithful this team and it's helpers have been week after week, rain or shine. They provide a spiritual connection for men and women who don't always get the opportunity to connect with God with others. The leadership welcomes new volunteers at any time and is determined that each person sees how integral their part was to the whole work. I don't know many organizations led by someone who actually sold their earthly possessions to go help the poor. This is one. I'm thankful they are part of our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing pictures every week of men and women choosing faith in Christ.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

regularly communicate of services and work beyond the Saturday event.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Layman Lessons, Inc. is led by one of the most in-tune, in-touch and informed individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Louie Johnston's personal crusade has evolved into a thriving outreach which ministers to Music City's homeless in a myriad of pivotal ways. Through Layman Lessons and Louie's many friends and crucial sponsors, 100s of the streets' homeless and hopeless have been clothed, fed hot meals and received much-needed encouragement and Christian counsel. The homeless who are touched by the Layman Lessons experience, consistently witness, and have the opportunity to receive, the love of Jesus Christ through Louie and the many mentors, volunteers and donors who ensure Layman Lessons' Saturday services are a weekly reality.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many positive and life-changing testimonies of the homeless who've benefited from the mission and ministry of Layman Lessons.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage others to become involved in making a marked difference in the lives of those who crave encouragement, opportunity and the love of Jesus Christ.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a donor as well as I have been a volunteer with Layman Lessons, Inc. As a volunteer I worked with Louie Johnston on Saturday's as his group ministered to the homeless or street people. They were fed, clothed and ministered to no matter what their circumstances with no questions asked and nothing required except to be respectful of those around them during the service. Louie has a passion for the work and a love for his fellow man as he serves with tireless energy everyday to make their life a little better than he found it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By being a witness to changes being made in people's lives as they attend the services and recieve the love and concern from fellow Christians.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grant Louie more hours in the day to get everything done that he wants to get done.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization and I have been able to be apart of the great work Mr. Louie is doing with Laymens Lessons in Nashville. They feed the men good food every week and clothe them. It doesn't get any better than that.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing these men prayed for, ministered to, fed and clothed weekly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not Do A Thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

A few years ago, I went with the church I was attending and we took bottles of water and shoes to Layman Lessons Ministries. I never thought that helping the homeless would be what I would enjoy doing. I thought that I was going to be blessing these people. Before my time was even over serving that morning, I realized I was the one being blessed, it was my life being changed. Now, I go as often as I can and this ministry is simply beautiful. Not only are they given a cold cup of water, a hot cup of coffee and a hot meal.. but a sack lunch to go, clothes from the clothing bus, the word of God and the feeling of knowing that they matter to someone! Mr. Louie Johnston has put his everything into this ministry for almost the last eight years. The ministry has been ran solely on donations, which are scare. Rain, shine, snow... Louie is operating this mobile homeless ministry on Saturday mornings and every other day of the week he is training men to become self sufficient. The ones that stay with the program are learning living skills, and holding jobs. It has been such an honor to volunteer with this ministry.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing men and women turn to Christ. Men getting involved in the training center, and hold down jobs and becoming financially accountable and able to sustain themselves and return to their families. I have seen men come off of drugs and alcohol as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything that I could change except more volunteers.. more community involvment thru donations, tutoring and transportation .

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege of being involved with Laymen Lessons, Inc. since 2003. I serve on the board and for 4 years was involved in the day to day ministry with the homeless in the streets of Nashville. Louie Johnston and his team of tireless volunteers give of themselves physically, spiritually and financially to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless of Nashville. From feeding them a hot meal, providing clothing and sharing the free gift of salvation every Saturday morning year round whether blazing hot or freezing cold, sack lunches to get them through another hungry night, bottled water to quench their physical thirst, to providing a home for those who choose to start a new life with job training, life skills and learning to live as a contributing member of society, Laymen Lessons provides all this and more. Noone, including the director are paid workers. All contributions are turned right around and used to feed, clothe and shelter the homeless. Giving to this ministry could help save a life! If you are in the Nashville area, I encourage you to stop down at the parking lot some Saturday morning and see Christianity in action. Your life will be changed! I watched my 12 year old daughter take off her shoes and give them to a lady who could barely walk because her feet were so swollen and infected from walking because she had no shoes. What an incredible moment to see my little girl be Jesus in the life of someone else.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing men restored to their families through this ministry.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more organizations to help support them.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Layman Lessons is a ministry that helps to feed and clothe the poor right here in Nashville Tennessee. I have been involved with the ministry over the past year and really believe what they are doing. By feeding the poor and homeless six days a week and distributing clothing they have made life a little bit easier for those less fortunate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how the homeless have felt welcomed and ministered to.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more people rec eive the blessing by serving

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Layman Lessons of Nashville has been a blessing to 1000s of homeless men and women over the 9 years they have operated in Nashville. I have volunteered each Saturday for 3 years to work with this ministry to serve the homeless. We provide them a wonderful hot meal, clothing and message of hope through the Gospel each Saturday. I have had the men and women come to me after we are done and thank me for a wonderful meal and church service. I have counseled men who responded to the church message and watched them express concerns and hopes for the future. The message they give me usually revolves around wanting to re-unite with family; stop an addiction; or find a job. We pray together and then sit them down so we can serve them a hot meal. It is important to understand that during the 3 hours they are with us we serve them, they stay seated, enjoy the music or mediate and we bring them water, coffee and their meal, they do not wait in line, we want to show them respect and appreciation for them being with us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally receive great satisfaction each Saturday in serving these men because it allows me to be the "hands and feet" of Jesus Christ showing Christian love to these men and women.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Volunteers to help each Saturday sometimes a challenge, but we find each Saturday just the right number show up to help, however, I would like to see more churches involved in this service.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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