The PABC staff welcomes help for this homeless ministry from people with a sincere desire to help others in need. The Bible teaches not to give offerings simply to look good to others (Mathew 6:3-4) or to cover up sins in our lives (Matthew 5:22-24). The best way to assist anyone is to help them help themselves.
Those who are local have a great advantage here. They can come to PABC and take charge of one of our simple on-site projects. Others may want to become an “I Care” Sponsor for one or more PABC guests. Those with sufficient faith and facilities might consider housing one or more Guests themselves in our Off Campus Housing Ministry. Almost anyone can easily participate in our Gleanings Ministry, which allows our Guests to provide for themselves from other's unwanted items. The biblical basis for this is explained in our article PABC's Ministry to the Homeless: What We Do and Why. Those who want to make financial contributions to this ministry can simply skip down to the end of this page.
Gleaning is the gathering of the leftovers of a harvest after the main harvesters have efficiently gathered the main crop. The Bible teaches the poor should be allowed to work for their living, even though they do not own any land or crops, by gleaning the leftovers.
Today's laws prevent most people from gathering or selling agricultural gleanings from another's field. Indeed, very few people are farmers and the poor usually do not have access to their fields. However, most people do own unused things from which homeless people could glean and earn their living. These are the things we find in our basements, attics, garages, sheds or even parked outside. All too often, people pay monthly storage fees to keep items in a mini-storage that they no longer use or need.
(This writer has helped several people clean up the estate of a deceased parent who had multiple full storage units. Some items were brand new, others were quite usable and then there were many cubic yards of trash—some saved every bottle and box they had received. Their children usually looked upon this inheritance as more of a burden than a blessing. It would have been much better for them to have put these things to use while living!)
If you have unused items consider letting them serve to help homeless people. We can use these items in five different ways:
- Things PABC needs now. They do not need to be pretty, just functional. Things that need inexpensive repair are fine.
- Gas cards—to buy gasoline for Guests going to work
- Ongoing PABC Needs. These items are consumed on a regular basis. We are always grateful to receive such supplies.
- Paper goods: Toilet paper, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, feminine supplies
- Cleaning supplies: Laundry soap, dish soap, household cleaners, hand soap, shampoo.
- Household Items: Razors, laundry baskets, trash cans, batteries
- Kitchen Items: Can openers, cooking utensils
- Linen: Towels, wash cloths, pillows, pillow cases, double bed sheets (we have enough blankets and other sheets).
- Furniture: Desks, double (not queen) beds with mattresses, book cases, night stands, etc.
- Food we use that is rarely donated: Peanut oil, olive oil, cheese, turkey, chicken, fish, fresh fruits
- Things PABC needs for eventual use. These things may be used directly by PABC or given to homeless people when they leave for their own housing.
- Household and kitchen items: Pots and pans, utensils, dishes, alarm clocks, etc.
- Appliances: Electric heaters, fans, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, ranges and toaster-ovens and vacuum cleaners. We have these items in multiple locations and all of them are used and subject to breakdown. We have fixed some broken items, used other for parts.
- Canned or dried food: Especially fruit. (We prefer items without artificial sweeteners, MSG, and other synthetic chemicals.)
- Clothes: There are helpful, especially children's clothes, new underwear and children's clothes. We have a fairly good supply of other used clothes now.
- Things for our yard sales. We have held several successful yard sales in our PABC gym. We can eventually sell almost anything of value here.
- Items to sell on-line. We have sold successfully on eBay, Amazon.com, half.com and craigslist. Functional, lighter weight items are best here. Things that cost more to ship than their sale price are not good. One can easily lose money if an item is defective and the buyer returns it.
- Scrap metal. Heavy old items can be taken apart and sold for their metal value--quite high right now. Copper, brass, aluminum, lead and electric motors all sell for a premium. We have already taken two truckloads of metal and paid over $1000 of bills from the proceeds.
PABC will accept your "gleanings"—surplus stuff—in whatever way is most convenient for you. You may drop them off at PABC or request that we send a team to pick them up. We will send one of our PABC ministers and as many people as are needed to do the job. We do not mind cleaning up an area and disposing of the trash if our ministry receives items of significant value in the process. You may contact us at:
Port Austin Bible Campus, 8180 Port Dr
PO Box 474; Port Austin, Michigan, USA
For those who are not able to help with "gleanings", we always appreciate your prayers, encouragement or labor. We especially need help with construction projects, building maintenance and grounds maintenance. A stable person who would want to manage our on-line sales or yard sales would be welcomed.
While it is our ultimate goal to make PABC self sustaining through our on and off campus labor, we are not able to do that yet. We do not ask for financial help lightly, as we are well aware that many churches, charities and even individual poor people often misuse what they receive. Many of the places in the Bible where others were asked to give an offering, it was for a specific purpose—a purpose that they could see fulfilled (Exodus 25:1-8;
1 Corinthians 16:1-3). Similarly, we encourage friends who want to help us to contribute to a specific project below, and to observe (if possible) its progress and completion.
Everyone is welcome to come to PABC to observe the work here, or to examine our methods of using the offerings given to us for our projects. We will e-mail or mail documentation or photos as requested. To help with our utility bills, checks may be made out directly to our utility companies.
||Project Number, Description & Completion Details
||#9 – Drug testing system for opiates. With this, we will be able to test people for the presents of narcotics and get them to someone who can help them. People with these difficulties frequently lie about them continually. Testing helps them face their issues.
||#1 – Utility bills in arrears. After three full years of electric bills, for which DTE Energy had required only $300/mo to $600/mo payments, are now requiring $2500/mo. Praise God, we have made thouse payments for over a year.
|Check or Money Order
||Write the Check or Money Order to:
Port Austin Bible Campus
PO Box 474
Port Austin, Michigan, USA 48467
Indicate the project number in the "memo" line. If no project number is indicated, offerings will be used for the most urgent need.
||It is best to bring cash in person, as nothing can be done if it is lost in the mail. However, if we receive cash in the mail, we will apply it just as checks or money orders, above.
|Direct Utility Payments
||Some people have made payments directly to our utility companies either by check or on-line. If you would like to do this, e-mail PABC@portaustin.net or call 989-738-7700 to receive details.
||We have not filed IRS form 1023 to receive
“501(c)3 tax exempt status”; but the instructions for form 1023 are in
IRS publication 557 (Rev Nov. 99, page 21, col. 3.) which says:
“Although a church, its integrated auxiliaries, or a convention or
association of churches is not required to file Form 1023 to be exempt
from federal income tax or to receive tax deductible contributions, the
organization may find it advantageous to obtain recognition of
We rely on the Constitutional tax exemption of ministries and churches, rather than apply for “501(c)3 tax exempt status”, which brings an organization under federal government control to some degree. (For more information on this topic, click here.) It is our understanding that when a check is made to an entity that is not in the list of 501(c)3 organizations, the IRS judges from the name on the check whether to allow deductions or not. If the name does not appear to them to be a church or ministry, they may disallow the deduction, requiring the taxpayer to prove that it is a functioning church or ministry. If tax-deductibility is important, an offering to the Port Austin Bible Church is the most likely to be unchallenged.
Thank you very much for your help.
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