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Layman Lessons Church

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Causes: Christianity, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Religion, Religious Media & Communications

Mission: Layman Lessons Church Ministry Team has no paid staff since 2001, a unique all volunteer Mobile Church serving the Homeless, Poor & Needy by providing food, drinks, clothing, meds, supplies, and a MOBILE Showers & Laundry Center, with Spiritual food, prayer & counseling in Judeo - Christian love. We are the ONLY Nashville partners of Midwest Food Bank, Feed the Children, 700 Club Operation Blessing food distribution and we have our own National Network of USA Produce farmers and transporters donating fresh produce.

Results: Since 2001 registered in North Carolina and Tennessee as Layman Lessons Church and Welcome Baptist Church Inc., under IRS 501c3 approved EIN 56-2209129, we operated Homeless Shelters, Men's and Women's Homes in multiple states for those in Recovery to transition from addictions, homelessness, hopelessness. Since 2001, over 10,000 changed their lives to be productive in society and local Churches nationwide. As of July 1, 2017 we provided food for 1,836,000 meals for our homeless & needy, so our normal 2 million meals annually will be 3 million+ in 2017...remember, with ZERO paid staff since 2001.

Target demographics: Homeless, Poor & Needy

Direct beneficiaries per year: $9 million in DONATED Food, drinks for homeless/needy in 21 total states, coast to coast. , for 3+ million meals, vital pharmacy items, rescue blankets, supplies, serving hundreds of thousands nationwide, also serving spiritual food and counseling in person and via world wide web to countless numbers of people.

Geographic areas served: From our Nashville, TN base, we serve 21 states, coast to coast.

Programs: Nashville, TN Mobile Church Ministries, including Mobile Showers and Laundry to hidden Homeless outdoor camps, to providing $9 million annually in donated food/drinks for the Hungry, Hopeless, Poor & Needy, IN 21 TOTAL STATES, COAST TO COAST. Our Food Distribution is through hundreds of Churches and faith based groups who personally know their local people in need...remember, with ZERO paid staff since 2001.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Katherine Grant H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know the founder/leader of this vey essential ministry to the homeless in Nashville. LL ministry embodies the love and care of it's leader to the least of these in our city. I am very familiar with their mission of clothing, feeding and supporting our homeless. LL leads the effort in our county by far to seek out those who have only the most meager of shelters to protect themselves from the elements. The passion that has driven this ministry to care for the homeless is demonstrated by the volume of food brought in and given out to the needy.

Russell F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of serving the homeless population of Nashville through Layman Lessons. This is a truly service oriented, Christ honoring organization that is 100% volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Layman Lessons is Christ centered organization meeting the basic human needs of Nashville's homeless population. Our volunteers come from various parts of the city, some working in the tithe barn receiving shipments and organizing supplies throughout the week, while others meet Saturday mornings to deliver food, water and donated clothing to the homeless camps. In addition to delivering supplies, volunteers pray with the homeless sharing the love of Christ. I would encourage anyone interested to volunteer, it will open your eyes and provide a different perspective on our homeless brothers and sisters.

Vilma J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the fact this charity operates with no paid staff. They provide food, drinks, shelter, and clothing to the homeless. Superb ministry, superb leader ship, Caring and compassionate hearts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Layman Lessons is a superb ministry focusing on feeding and clothing the homeless, providing rescue blankets, ministering to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the homeless, veterens, pregnancy centers, etc. ALL WITH NO PAID STAFF.

Fred C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization headed by a great leader !!!

Gayna C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of knowing Louie for many years. He has done his best to follow our Lord Jesus Christ in every way of his life. This is especially true of his work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The impact that this ministry has on the homeless community, Nashville, and the souls of men and women is immeasurable!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome all-volunteer ministry helping so many in need with no paid staff!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Layman Lessons Ministry is an amazing ministry and does a lot of good for a lot of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit I’ve ever been involved with as in my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Layman Lessons for about 8-9 years now and I believe they are the only non-profit ministry that feeds and clothes the hungry and needy, where 99.9% of every dollar donated goes directly to those in need. That is unheard of. There is no paid staff, it's all volunteers coming together to go out on the front lines meeting the needs of the people who really need it, including praying for them. With the mobile RV unit now available, Layman Lessons are able to provide showers and laundry service for those on the streets, helping restore their dignity. Truly a God-centered church charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Layman lessons ministry is a superb organization that provides food, clothing, and basic necessities to the homeless. They have no paid staff so 100% of donations go directly to those in need. I cannot recommend them highly enough as I have never seen a more effective and efficient army of volunteers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the homeless for years, but I always worked in shelters or churches where they came to me. Working with Layman Ministries gives me the opportunity to go into their hidden camps and see personally the hardships and trials they encounter on a daily basis.
What a blessing this has been for me, it has profoundly changed my life. Seeing their needs has brought me to my knees asking God to forgive me for my selfishness and pride. My greatest joy is visiting with them each Saturday and watching the joy in their eyes as we provide their basic needs.
And I know every dollar that is given goes directly to provide those needs, no one is paid to do this work, it's a heart thing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish I had found this ministry Years ago.......... I mean years. I would have made God laugh for sure!!! www.LaymanLesssons.org has transformed my life. I've worked many ministries over the years. I'm 65 this year. We go into the woods to love and hug and feed and witness to the least of these each week, Louie does an amazing job . You would not believe how much he gets done. As he says in spite of Louie Johnston..:-) Please join this ministry, There is a great bunch of just every day Christians that love people and love their Jesus. This is by far the best run machine I have ever known about. Every single penny goes to feed the hungry. The best accounting of what gets done, No staff or volunteers gets paid. We all can't wait for our day to serve with this great team to arrive. I love every bit of what we do. We cry and laugh, hug and shop for our people.... This is how you do church folks.. Outside the walls of worship..

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Donor

Rating: 5

Layman Lessons ministry does amazing work serving the homeless population. They maximize their donations to change lives every day. I highly recommend this ministry and fully support giving and serving alongside their efforts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

You can count on your donation going to feed the hungry with Layman Lesson Church Ministries.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Layman Lessons Ministry is such a blessing, not only to the people we serve, but the volunteers that serve as well!
We deliver food, clothes and other donated items right to the people where they live. In the tent camps, in the woods, under bridges (most of the camps we go to remind me of the poor third world areas I have visited on mission trips.) We are able to spend time getting to know them and show them that we care.
We are also able to misister to them spiritually and leave tracks and Bibles and we always take time to pray together. It is awsome and humbling to have a homless person want to pray for us and then pray right there on the spot!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that this ministry does to serve the homeless population of Nashville is unbelievable. I have had the opportunity to witness first hand the compassion that is shown through food, clothing, survival essentials and relationship building with this underserved population of people. God is good!

1 Deena J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Laymen Lessons is a ministry that I fully trust to use 100% of donations for the homeless in Middle Tennessee. They are a God driven ministry and have helped many people through their work. They are very organized and always coming up with a new way to help those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to help prepare Boxes of Love for this organization. The amount of food and services they provide for Nashville and surrounding area homeless and needy is staggering.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Layman Lessons is a wonderful ministry to volunteer with if you want to find a place to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus to those that are so often forgotten. I have been a donor/volunteer for 8 years. Every dime that comes into this ministry goes directly to meet the needs of the homeless, poor and needy with needed food, clothing, etc. Not only are their physical needs met, but also their spiritual needs too, with volunteers sharing God's Word and praying over each one giving them hope and encouragement. Matthew 25:40 "Truly I tell you whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you did for me."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Layman Lessons for 6 years and have witnessed first hand the sacrifice, dedication and commitment of this ministry and its founder Louie Johnson to provide for our homeless community. I highly recommend this ministry to anyone looking for volunteer opportunities to help provide food, clothing, rescue blankets, etc. to those in need. Come and share the blessings of being the hands and feet of Jesus...serving Him by serving others!

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