The Love the ‘Ville Movement knows no boundaries as we seek to unleash love in all parts of the world.
KRM – Kentucky Refugee Ministry
Every day, people around the world are forced to flee their homes to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster – becoming refugees. There are more than 65 million refugees in the world today, and each year a small number of them are resettled in Louisville. Here at Northeast, we see this as a unique opportunity to make a global impact right here in our own city.
So, to aid with the resettlement process, Northeast partners with Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) to provide housing, counseling, ESL classes and job training to newly resettled refugee families. Volunteers who serve with KRM are assigned to a refugee family for 3 months, building a relationship with them and helping to provide some of their basic needs during that time.
For each refugee family Northeast sponsors, we need a dedicated team of approximately 10 volunteers to commit 3 months of their time to do the following:
Set up an apartment with all necessary furniture, toiletries, bedding, groceries, etc.
Pick up the family at the airport and provide 1 culturally appropriate welcome meal for them.
Drive refugees to/from doctor’s appointments, ESL classes, school registration, etc.
Help teach life skills that support self-sufficiency (public transportation, etc.).
Guide the family around their new city, teaching them about the things that make Louisville special (parks, zoo, food, etc.).
SOS – Supplies Over Seas
Hospitals in the United States generate nearly 6 million tons in medical surplus each year. A large portion of this consists of unused and/or fully functional medical supplies and equipment. Northeast partners with Supplies Over Seas (SOS) to collect and distribute these surplus medical supplies and equipment to meet critical healthcare needs in developing countries around the world.
SOS has an ongoing need for volunteers to sort through supplies at their local warehouse. Sorting generally takes places every Monday-Thursday in the morning and every other Saturday of the month in the morning; however, special times can be arranged for groups of volunteers. Once donated materials have been thoroughly sorted, SOS loads those materials into containers and ships them out to medically impoverished communities to treat under-served patients around the world.WebsiteFacebook
Jasper House Haiti
Jasper House Haiti is a faith-based organization that offers a transitional home, education, therapy and job training to young women in Haiti who have left lives of prostitution, exploitation, and abuse. They seek to turn oppression, tragedy, and misfortune into opportunities for empowerment and renewal for young women in Haiti. They aim to bring the light of Christ to the darkness of this world, by helping young women break free from the bonds of oppression and realize their worth, value and capabilities. They exist to bring restoration and healing to the lives of those they serve with the message of love, hope, and grace that comes from the life and gospel of Jesus Christ.WebsiteFacebook
EMA – Earth Mission Asia
The Karen are a minority people group concentrated along the Thai-Myanmar border. As a whole, they are well acquainted with the hard side of life. Although deeply community oriented, one of the world’s longest civil wars has forced many to flee their homes to distant countries. Even as peace in Myanmar struggles forward, many of those Karen who stayed still struggle to scratch out a living as farmers. In mountain and jungle areas, little is left over for education or healthcare. Earth Mission Asia’s programs are focused on developing a sustainable training program for indigenous healthcare teams to serve these marginalized areas. EMA works at several levels to ensure solutions are efficient, culturally sensitive, practical and permanent. They’ve developed a clinical training curriculum that aims to empower students, whose educational backgrounds are incomplete, to reach the functional equivalent of a Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant, over the course of five years. Other educational programs, needed for healthcare support, are in development (i.e. engineering technology, etc.).WebsiteFacebook
El Oasis is a campus ministry that began in Santiago, the capital city of Chile. They have now opened a new ministry in the bustling beach town of Viña Del Mar. There are over 140,000 college students in this area! Chile is a very culturally Catholic country, but as with the majority of college students around the globe, most have a nominal faith, at best. The El Oasis team’s goal is to make El Oasis “the place to be” for college students almost any day of the week. The ministry seeks to touch the students’ lives both physically, spiritually and emotionally. Campus ministers, teamed with interns and US exchange students, host a variety of activities designed to promote community and an introduction to Jesus Christ (Bible study, worship events, service projects, mental health counseling, retreats and discipleship & leadership development).Website
Compassion and Stadia
Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult. Compassion is the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. They partner with local churches (planted by a church-planting organization called Stadia) to ensure “every child has a church.”
Compassion & Stadia work through local churches in Bolivia’s valley region to create child development centers throughout the region. Compassion helps churches expand their outreach by becoming places where children can go to escape the bitter realities of everyday life. Compassion also provided the GAP program, which aims to reduce the number of students leaving the program. It continues to be part of holistic discipleship and helps prevent children from falling into gangs or drugs or making poor decisions regarding sexuality.WebsiteFacebook
Neverthirst is a faith-based organization that transforms unreached communities with clean and living water. Currently working in seven different countries, they partner with indigenous Christian leaders to deliver clean water solutions. New wells, bio-sand filters and rain tanks are installed and the community is trained how to raise funds and repair their system giving them ownership. At the same time, the Christian leaders are given the opportunity to build a Christ-centered community in these locations. It is amazing to see the Gospel take root in areas it was never allowed in before because of the gift of clean water. They are currently making a difference in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Chad, Uganda, South Sudan & Myanmar.Website