Layman Lessons is dedicated to providing food, clothing, and the Love and Spirit of the Lord for the homeless. They make their round in all kinds of weather because they know that these people depend on them to be there and they do not let them down. The mini-sermons, prayer requests, and personal prayers they provide for the homeless to let them know that they are loved by the people that come out each week. And by the Lord that makes possible all the donations, and volunteer work of all the wonderful Laymen Lessons brothers and sister who assist each week to make things happen. Louie and Karen Johnston work relentlessly making contact with the homeless to provide special needs items when possible as well as medical help. They also organize each team that goes out to the homeless camps to make sure everyone follows the safety rules that are provided.
Layman Lessons is an outstanding ministry centered around helping homeless people receive essential items, such as clothes, food, and shelter. All the people associated with this ministry love God and love His people, no matter their circumstances. It is a true blessing to be part of such a wonderful organization!
Our church has been partnering with Layman Lessons for over 2 years now with monetary support and on site missionary work. This top notch organization is the real deal. Unlike other non-profits, over 99% of the donations go to directly help feed, clothe and minister to the homeless in the Nashville and surrounding areas. Personally I am shocked that more churches do not utilize this as a mission opportunity. I have personally been in many of these homeless camp and observed the compassion and genuine love the dedicated volunteers have for these unfortunate souls. And the most humbling aspect is seeing these homeless folks spirit light up when they see these volunteers coming. Their positive attitude simply amazes me and most importantly, many want to hear the Word of God spoken and to be prayed over. This is certainly a place where the modern day Beattitudes can be observed. Thank you Layman Lessons for fulfilling God's mission.
In-action and on the ground. I have never seen any organization mobilize a more massive deployment of resources to the needy with less overhead. What they do with no paid staff, would dwarf organizations 10 times their size. I and some of my friends have helped unload massive semi loads of food to assist in creating "boxes of love" for the homeless. They have helping and heart down to a science.
I've known Louie for several years now. I have helped organize groups of my friends to help when they had extremely large shipments of food to disperse to the downtrodden. Having been to his facilities and seen first hand, I am in awe of how he optimizes what he has to reach the masses of poor. He is an unsung hero to the community.
This wonderful ministry provides boxes of food to the homeless along with clothes, necessary living items (sleeping bags, etc) and Lots of LOVE on a weekly basis. They are literally saving lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually. There are NO PAID STAFF—everyone is a volunteer. Money goes ONLY for the needs of the homeless.
On Saturday mornings Layman Lessons gave me the opportunity to fellowship with people who are normally deprived of the most basic human interaction - eye contact. I loved listening to their stories and encouraging them with the hope of the gospel. Jesus Christ went to prepare a home for all who believe in him - a permanent home for the homeless. Layman Lessons gives volunteers the opportunity to obey the commands of Jesus by ministering to the most basic needs of the needy in Nashville by distributing food, drinks, clothing, hugs, handshakes, prayers, and communion on Saturday mornings.
I became involved with this ministry in October of 2019, and have volunteered hours on a weekly basis sorting clothing donations and packing and distributing food donations to the hidden homeless camps and ministry partners in the Nashville area. NO OTHER MINISTRY works as efficiently as Layman Lessons Church Ministries, where 99.5% of every dollar donated goes to feed, clothe or shelter the homeless, hungry and truly needy. Layman Lessons Church Ministries has NO PAID STAFF. EVERYONE, including the Director and Executive Director, is a VOLUNTEER. Yet this ministry manages to distribute $9 million in donated food and drinks annually. NO FEDERAL GRANTS, just the unfailing, persistent donations of God fearing, God chasing men, women and other congregations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The impact that this ministry has on the homeless community, Nashville, and the souls of men and women is immeasurable!
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.
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!
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!
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..
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.
You can count on your donation going to feed the hungry with Layman Lesson Church Ministries.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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."
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!
God is definitely working in this ministry! It has been a privilege to serve the people of Nashville whom are without homes. Please continue to pray for financial support to keep the ministry running smoothly as all of God’s servants are volunteers only and the provisions that are handed out to those in need have to come from somewhere. More importantly, please pray for souls to be saved and God’s love to be shared!
It’s been such a blessing to be a part of this ministry. The efficiency and the ability to impact and assist many is amazing.
Selfless, Christ-centered, compassionate, committed, are all words to describe this group and their leader, Louie Johnston. I'm proud to help out and proud to know this guy!
Few ministries in Nashville receive so little and do so much as does Layman Lessons.
This is an outstanding ministry that serves the homeless by providing food, clothing, shelter and most importantly ministering to those that are in difficult circumstances. All this is being provided by 100% volunteers with no paid staff. This is very rare in today's world.
This organization is the real deal! No paid staff which means "ALL" donations go directly to helping those in need. This is a great local mission that feeds, clothes, shelters, trains and ministers to the homeless. Our church was looking for just the right local mission to support both monetarily and physically and this one fit the bill. The founder Louie Johnston Jr. is a great on hands leader of this organization, as he actually spent 8 years physically living with them by sacrificing the comforts of a "normal" life and instead accepting God's calling to this valuable mission.
Since 2001, Layman Lessons has been selflessly serving the homeless in the Music City community. Through the tireless leadership and dedication of Louie Johnston, humble volunteers and donations, they've lovingly touched so many who desperately need hope, understanding, support, food, clothing, basic necessities and the love of God shared with, and shown to them. While their mission is simple, " to serve as the hands of feet of Jesus", their reach is profound, as they relentlessly minister in a myriad of ways to thousands who feel forgotten and forsaken.
This is an absolutely wonderful ministry that does so much good for so many who are truly in need. I am honored to be a volunteer for such an amazing ministry!
This is an amazing ministry, that does so many wonderful things for the homeless community! I plan to volunteer and help this organization in the future. I cannot praise Mr. Johnston enough, for his heart as a servant and his dedication to the ministry and the people he serves.
I am pastor of the First Christian Church in Linden, Tennessee. We recently chose to support this ministry, both with monthly financial support and periodic hands on support with packaging and distributing food. We particularly like the fact that there is no paid staff and all our money goes to those in need.
Our church attended packing the food boxes 2 weeks ago, what an awesome experience it was! A warehouse truly filled with LOVEfor our God & Love for our fellow man! We worked, we prayed & we praised our precious Lord!
Great ministry to donate to. 100% goes to charity & feeds physically & spiritually. SAVE SOULS. donate today
Our church volunteered to help pack boxes for the Layman Lessons ministry. And WOW! What an amazing opportunity that was. My heart was truly touched that day. Not only was this the most organized ministry I've ever been a part of, but it also dontates 100% of its proceeds to the homeless community of middle Tennessee. I can't speak highly enough of Layman Lessons.
The morning went better than expected. Items were in a good location. Assembly line was set up and groups were assigned task to accomplish the the end game. The work being done is a great service to the community.
This ministry has been instrumental in helping to feed the people at Sophias Heart which is a ministry that helps homeless families get jobs and get established so that they can get on their feet.
I have been involved with Layman Lessons for the past year. During this time I have found this organization to be totally trustworthy and reliable. The volunteers and organization administrators are totally committed to helping needy people, Their attitude and dedication are commendable. I would have never became involved and or given to this organization otherwise. I know without a doubt every dime I can give will be used to assist and help those in need. God bless this organization. Daniel Williams
Layman Lessons Church Ministries is ALL about helping those who need it the most. At the helm is Louie who has given all he has to help the homeless people find hope and be fed and clothed. His mission is single-focused: to glorify Jesus with his life by helping those that others choose not to see.
Louie Johnston is a true Patriot not only fighting for what's right out there for America but working hard in the trenches. Gorilla warfare each day trying to save just one off the streets!
I am so impressed by this charity that has ZERO overhead costs, and 100% of donations go to charity. There is such a need to feed the homeless and this charity takes it directly to the streets with no intermediary.
I have worked with Layman Lessons for approximately 12 years as a volunteer/board member on projects such as Campus for Human Development, creating boxes of love, feeding homeless on the streets of Nashville, and serving Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless. Louie Johnston does an outstanding job with limited resources to offer a compassionate hand to many of the down trodden people in the Nashville community.
I have worked alongside Louie Johnston and Layman Lessons since 2008 and have seen the tremendous impact on the lives of the poor and needy in Middle Tennessee. The organization has no paid staff and depends on volunteers so the dollars donated truly go to those in need.
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.
Layman Lessons feeds the hungry with NO PAID STAFF. 100% of donations goes to feed hungry bellies and clothe cold bodies. I highly recommend this ministry!
I've watched Louie Johnston, Jr. of Laymen Lessons work tirelessly over the ten + years that I've known him to make sure the homeless have food, shelter, warm blankets and spiritual healing. I've attended dinners where we serve the homeless, charitable events to raise money to carry on the work of Laymen Lessons. I've been particularly impressed that there are no paid staff members or federal funds supporting this charity. Of all the charities I've worked with out there, there's not one that accomplishes the magnitude of support for the homeless as Layman Lessons under the leadership of Louie Johnston, Jr.
I came to Layman's Lessons as a volunteer. In 2014. All I did was help to serve the homeless for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. The grateful glow in our homeless guests eyes and the humble humility they expressed as we served them still touches my heart today. My simple smile and God Bless you for every guest I served just seemed to warm these people.
The founder and CEO of Layman's lessons, Louie Johnston gave up his personal Fortune entirely in order to give back to the people on the street as well as and including homeless veterans.
In 2015 Louie Johnston asked me to join Layman's lessons in the women's ministry. I have been blessed to be able to give counsel to homeless women facing many heart rending challenges. I interview these women to determine how best to assist them and their children by gathering facts about their lives including job skills, what they like to do and how they got where they are and what they are willing to do to prevent being in the situation again.
Sometimes I have to be pretty frank and upfront but we always begin and end with prayer. All of the candidates are advised Layman's Lessons is a Christian organization and if the applicant is willing to follow biblical procedures; we will do everything we can to help with food, clothing, shelter and even rehabilitation though we will not guide them to a detox facility because detox is a quick fix with only a 15% success rate.
There are those who believe that is harsh but Layman's Lessons is a hands up organization. Not a hand out organization. We provide food, water, clothing and cold weather survival gear for the lost souls on the street.
I will continue to help Laymans lessons in any way that I can. The other Ministry that I was a part of turned out to be a false Ministry. There was personal gain and profit for many of the people who were on staff. Volunteers were ill treated and contracts and promises were broken with little regard to the volunteers.
However; Layman's Lessons is strictly volunteer labor with no pay or compensation to any of the members including Louie Johnston the founder and CEO of laymans lessons. Louie gave up his personal fortune in order to give back to the people on the street.
I love working with Louie and his other volunteers. I will do so as long as I am needed. Louie gave up millions, won't you help by giving a little of your time or money?
God Bless you all,
I came to Layman Lessons as a volunteer to serve Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to the homeless. I was blown away by the Christian love given to those who might not otherwise have a hand up.
Since then I've joined the Women's Ministry Team and am a voting board member. I'm proud to share my time and talents to help lead these lost souls to Jesus and hopefully lend a hand up so they can turn their lives around.
We feed the poor, shelter the homeless and clothe the naked. Just as we are directed to do and I'm the better for it.
The Layman Ministry has helped & helps so many. Louie Johnston, Jr. Is a true follower & believer in our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you, Louie, for all you do for Nashville Homeless.
I have been dealing with Mr. Johnston for many years, at least twenty and in all that time I have found him with a heart for those who have found themselves down. Mr. Johnston has always used the power of GOD'S word in everything his organization does. I encourage anyone to support his efforts. GOD BLESS: KEN BINKLEY
Laymen Lessons is an awesome ministry that serves a much-needed area in the community.
#LaymanLessonsChurchMinistries is a blessing to those in need of food, clothing, blankets, water and many other needs. This is a great "#volunteer" ministry where all the staff are strictly volunteers that do NOT get paid. God has richly blessed this ministry to help thousands of people. They go above and beyond and love what they do and are called to do.
My daughter has been a volunteer with Layman Lessons for a few years now. I always enjoy hearing her tell how God is moving in the lives of the people this ministry serves and how they provide food, clothing, bottled water and also rescue blankets to the homeless and the needy. I highly recommend anyone looking for a ministry to serve in to consider Layman Lessons. You will be blessed!
I have volunteered with Layman Lessons for about 4 years now. I enjoy serving those less fortunate and seeing their smiles and gratitude for the food and clothing they receive through this ministry. I highly recommend Layman Lessons to anyone looking for a place to serve.
No one in this ministry is "paid staff". They do an excellent job getting food to the hungry and even partner with ministries like the Salvation Army to get food where it is most needed. Clothing and shelter needs are also addressed competently and compassionately.
Many people just talking about their passion, Layman Lessons Church Ministries is doing it. Furthermore, they are doing it continuously with the same passion. It desires 6 starts.
Layman Lessons has NO paid staff--strictly volunteers. They feed the hungry, provide shelter and clothing, and even help people get the mental health help they need. Great organization!
I have worked first hand as a board member with layman lessons and have witnessed the blessing that they have been to numerous people that society has forgotten about. They have a great mission and are changing lives.
Hi, I'm Stevie Hewgley, a college senior in a human services & counseling program. All my life I have wanted to help people. I found Layman Lessons when looking for an organization to work with for my second internship. I fell in love with everything they do to help the homeless, poor & needy. I couldn't believe I had never heard of them before! The founder & director is also an awesome, selfless man who truly wants to help people. I wanted to help in all the ways I could. I am currently working as a Volunteer Coordinator & Board Member for Layman Lessons and I love helping this organization!
-Stevie, Volunteer Coordinator & Board Member
My name is Ken Jakes and I am a Board Member of Layman Lessons. I own Jakes Produce and have donated millions of pounds of fruits and vegetables to Layman Lessons over the years. I know that every apple, orange, potato, etc. is going to help the homeless and needy. With Louis Johnston's leadership, I know that God's work is being done daily.
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.
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.
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 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.