Mission: Diakonia ministries, inc. Is a response to the challenging message found in i peter 4:8-10, "above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering god's grace in its various forms. " diakonia ministries focuses its efforts to be faithful to this admonition through establishing ministries that serve those in the pittsburgh neighborhood of homewood-brushton and then to the entire greater pittsburgh area. Each of the ministries programs operate on the principles of hospitality and respond to both the physical and spiritual needs of those who are "weary and burdened".
Programs: Meeting the needs of homewood - this includes a series of programs to meet the needs of children and adults in the homewood-brushton area of pittsburgh. Included are the following: the master's kitchen, bethany center summer youth program, the lamp program, and girlfriends together. The master's kitchen - the master's kitchen was established as a program to provide a nutritious meal (presently served on friday afternoon) to those in need in our community. An agreement with the pittsburgh community food bank is also in place, making it possible to run a food pantry for the homewood community as well. Summer youth program (syp) - the syp is an outreach ministry to youth, dedicated to the strengthening of the greater community by providing to the school-age children of homewood an opportunity to develop morally, physically and spiritualy in a safe and caring environment. The program seeks to support the school year's academics through activities in science, math and reading. The program also seeks to reduce delinquency-related risks through character building with faith-based activities and games; some sports activities and field trips to cultural exhibits. The lamp program - diakonia ministries also works in cooperation with another non-profit, family guidance, and their learning assistance and mentoring partnerships (lamp) program to provide mentors for children attending the faison elementary school in homewood. Girlfriends together - this is a mentoring collaboration with the homewood children's village to foster healing and hope in the lives of women in homewood and surrounding communities. Its vision is to see women mentally, physically and spiritually prepared to be role models for the next generation. Its five main focuses are child advocacy, health & wellness, employment readiness, information referrals and life skills.
anchored in jesus radio ministry - this is a radio ministry that airs daily (monday through friday) on radio station word. It is part of the biblical teaching ministry of dr. William r. Glaze. Until 2012, the ministry was under bethany baptist church. In january of 2012, the ministry was moved to diakonia ministries.
biblical counseling this is a certificate program developed by christian stronghold church in philadelphia. The program equips laypersons from churches in the greater pittsburgh area to counsel others.
pittsburgh laymens bible institute this is a non-accredited institute which equips laypersons and pastors from churches in the greater pittsburgh area to better understand the word of god.
Diakonia Ministries provides many helpful services, but one service that consistently serves 50 - 90 members of the Homewood & surrounding communities by providing a nutritious, delicious meal every Friday at 11:30 am is the Master's Kitchen. A small, but dedicated band of volunteers prepares and serves lovely meals. The 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month members of the community may visit the Food Pantry for bags of healthy food.
Diakonia Ministries has made an impact in the Homewood/Brushton Community. Among the many outreach ministries of Diakonia, one thing that they have done is taken a big step in reducing hunger in the neighbor. Each week residents of the community come for a well-prepared and delicious meal. They are also directed to resources that will aid them in their personal lives. The food pantry, another arm of Diakonia, has provided groceries for families with children in times of need. No gift is too small and all gifts are well spent.
The Board members, volunteers and staff have all had a long-time association with this ministry. Most of the people associated with Diakonia live in Homewood or neighboring communities such as Wilkinsburg and Penn Hills. Programs like Master's Kitchen and the Summer Youth Program have made a signficant impact in the lives of the individuals they are serving. I am in the third year of leading the Board, and I have served on the Ministry Board for at least seven years. We are able to make a little money go a long way, because we operate with very little overhead. Our ministry space is made available to us through Bethany Baptist Church. Bethany is about to add a worship center on to the facility, which will enable Diakonia to have access to expanded ministry space. If you want your dollar to make a difference, know that this ministry will be responsible and effective in following through.