Difference Makers: Restoration Ministries

Restoration Ministries focuses on the mission found in Matthew 25:35-36 which says, “For I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.”

This ministry was established to help men struggling with addictions. Founded in 1988 in Harvey, Illinois, Restoration Ministries now emphasizes at-risk and disadvantaged children and teens.

The Harvey House is a free, residential, 18-month Christian training program for men who have overcome their addictions. Opposite that, Tabitha House is a training facility for woman who have struggled with addictions. Restoration Ministries also has thrift stores, senior ministries, a food pantry, and a prison outreach.

During the month of December, Resoration Ministries opens up a Christmas Toy Store (see flyer below). These toys are affordably priced to help families who would otherwise struggle to give their children Christmas presents. Toys donated to Restoration Ministries can be dropped off by December 11 at 253 E. 159th Street in Harvey, Illinois.

Get to know more about this month’s Difference Makers on 88.3 Shine.FM!

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SACKed Dec. 2, 2013

Today’s shining act of Christmas kindness is to leave a dollar bill taped to a toy at the Dollar Store.  Have fun! Let us know about your experience!

Lisa’s home School: SACKed

Going to a dollar store? Have an extra dollar? Lisa shares a great way for you and your family to help others at a dollar store.


Good News Story: Girl’s Dream Comes True

High school sweethearts Leslie Rivera and Daniel Mendez tied the knot last week in California, but the ceremony was filled with many emotions. Discover Leslie’s story here:

Good News Story: Girl’s Dream Comes True


Church and State


A U.S. Senator talks tough about the so-called “separation of church and state”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio says America’s morality is at risk. Rubio spoke at a fundraising dinner for the Florida Family Policy Council.

He told the group the debate in Washington should not be whether issues about moral values should be debated, but rather which issues to debate.

He also said the argument about whether God should be allowed in schools or in the government is ridiculous because God is everywhere and doesn’t need permission to be in either.

In other faith news, a taxi driver in New York City is using his job as an opportunity to minister to the people of New York.

Joseph Djan drives a cab, but he’s also an evangelical pastor. He plays Christian hip-hop music while driving and says the music is what usually gets the conversation started with his passengers.

Djan says, “About ninety percent of the people love the message, once in a while you come across people that don’t want to hear anything. You just can pray for them.”

Djan says driving a cab is just a side job.  When he’s not behind the wheel, he’s studying for a master’s degree in theology

And is Ted Turner re-considering his position on Christianity?  Ted turned seventy-five last week and he says he no longer considers himself an atheist.  He also says he prays for friends who are dying of cancer.

Turner says he’s a skeptic by nature, but he now allows for the possibility that God exists.

As a child, he wanted to be a missionary. But he lost faith after he watched his little sister, Mary Jean, die of complications from a rare form of lupus. He says Mary Jean’s death shook his faith in Christianity.

Let’s pray that Ted will come to know God in a very real way!


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