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Layman Lessons Church Ministries

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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 both Feed the Children and 700 Club Operation Blessing food distribution and we have our own National Network of 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: Food, drinks, 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 the continental USA providing semi trailer loads of fresh produce consistently. We have a missionary in Pakistan risking his life daily to win souls there, and reach the entire world via our websites video streaming services so the entire world can personally know and love our God of The Holy Bible we love and obey.

Programs: Mobile Church Ministries to thousands of Homeless living outdoors, to the Hungry, Hopeless, Poor & Needy, Food Distribution to hundreds of faith based groups who personally know their local people in need, God & Country Religious Education Programs training Christian Patriots & Patriot Pastors, and in August 2017 our new Motor Home with 3 showers and 3 Washer/Dryer units our Evangelists Eddie St. James (Homeless Men) and Tina Toler (Homeless Women) will drive to dozens of homeless camps in Middle Tennessee to consistently serve those in greatest need...remember, with ZERO paid staff since 2001.

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64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Gao Yi S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Sarah E.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

RSteveR

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Few ministries in Nashville receive so little and do so much as does Layman Lessons.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Know this organization for almost a year and a half. It is well organized and every penny is maximized to reach people, but most importantly is that it is all done with a pure heart for people.

Vilma J.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!