In a nutshell, Acts III seeks to glorify the Lord by being a tool in His hand be used as He sees fit through both local and foreign ministry and missions.
On the home front, we seek to meet both spiritual and physical needs of those in our communities through our church and thrift stores. For the physical needs of our neighbors, we offer everyone in the local community to come in and apply for and receive necessity items for free. These items include things like clothing, shoes, dishes, bedding, kitchen items, etc. They simply come in and fill out an application, go through a simple interview, and are approved the same day. To date, 100% of all applicants have been approved and received assistance. That is our mandate… none to be refused.
For the Spiritual needs of our local neighbors, we seek to live up to our name. Our ministry is named after Acts chapter 3 in the Bible. Here is the text of Acts 3:1-9 in the King James Bible:
“1Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9And all the people saw him walking and praising God:”
This lame man, immortalized in the word of God, had real physical needs. Later on in Acts we find out that he was above 40 years in age. I am sure that his physical needs could have been met temporarily by money. Yes the money could have bought him food and clothing and shelter. But no amount of money in the world could buy him salvation. Money only addressed his temporary needs and not his eternal ones. Maybe this is the very reason Jesus sent His Disciples in the world without money.
I sure most Americans have been confronted with someone begging for money at one point or another…maybe a man on the Exit off of the expressway, maybe a homeless person downtown. The easiest thing to do is to shove a dollar in their hand. This makes us feel good about ourselves and lets us sleep at night. But what have we really accomplished?
Acts III’s roots came from a secular charity that gave away more than $8 Million in clothing, cash, furniture and other necessities over a 10 year period. But what the Lord had shown us was that all we had done was to glorify ourselves. All of the people that we had “helped,” had only been given temporary help and not eternal.
The Lord burdened us, to tell people about Him…i.e. to meet the spiritual needs of the people first, and then all of the blessings they receive will glorify Him and not us as individuals or even as a ministry. So now we share the true Gospel of Jesus Christ locally with all those that the Lord opens a door for us too.
On the foreign front, we seek to take the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the world as the Lord leads. We are not seeking to build a ministry, rather only to be obedient to go and do as the Lord bids us. He may send us to a foreign country only to reach one family and make them true disciples…and then leave for the next family or individual. That’s the Power of One.
To date, the majority of our work has been in Malawi, Central Africa, but we have also ministered in and supported missionaries in Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, South Africa, the UK, Ethiopia, India, Mozambique and Ghana. In Malawi, the Lord led us to establish 1 church in January 2003.
In the future of the ministry, the Lord seems to be guiding and positioning us to publish and produce videos, evangelical and discipleship material, as well as produce other teaching aids.
If you would like to learn more about Acts III, check out the links below. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us. Our ministry is incomplete, and we are always looking to see whom the Lord will raise up to provide the missing pieces.