Corruption. Deception. Freedom that isn't. In wielding its power and lack of transparency, Washington, D.C. continues to hasten our country's moral decline. As Washington goes, so goes the country. "Treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power," as told in 2 Timothy 3:5, describes our country's environment. This is our state of emergency.
Our society wants to do its own thing and achieve happiness by any means necessary—without relationship with God. From ungodly relationships, to unethical business practices to policies that enslave, our society is not free. Living in D.C., I see the destruction first-hand that is replicated throughout society. We have strayed from living as "one nation under God."
Hi. I am Nicole D. Hayes, founder of Voices Against the Grain.
Founded in May 2013, Voices Against the Grain is a
D.C.-based ministry that operates with a mantra and mission of "Advancing God's Kingdom in a 'do your own thing' society." Through spoken and written content, we bring clarity where there is confusion, we educate and equip you in God's Word, we encourage you through the shared testimonies of others, and we love you as we're telling you the truth. We help you experience true freedom and abundant living as Jesus Christ intends. Great news: You can help us bring godliness to Washington, D.C., and our country. UPDATE:
When we invited you to join us in May 2015 to help bring godliness to DC and our society, it was initially to help us fund airtime for a weekly 30-minute radio show w/a mainstream D.C.-based station. Many of you supported us in donations, encouraging words and prayer. Thank you.
While this is still in our line of sight, the increasing burden placed on our hearts (that we're doing at this moment), is mentoring our youth, one-on-one. The Lord continues to bring us young people ages 15-26 to pour into, to share with them His Love.
The immediate burden is to provide consistent, Christ-based youth mentoring in Southeast DC, a community that increasingly suffers from high rates of violent crime, of which many of these incidents impact and involve young people. Unstable home and external environments, a lack of parental guidance and lives not led by Christ are the issues. Poverty and households led by single mothers also disproportionately affects SE DC/the District's Ward 7 and Ward 8.
Presently, there are 28 youth-serving organizations operating in SE DC out of more than 320 youth-serving organizations operating in the entire District. As one SE DC-based ministry leader sadly told us, “There is a need for mentoring because there is not enough. “There needs to be more people invested in our youth.”
We're doing this work now and will continue as the Lord wills. Rather than trying to reach the masses with quick, temporary "fixes," we will pour into one heart at a time, consistently to see true transformation. We will also collaborate with those who God leads us to partner with in this Kingdom work.
The need to pour into consistently pour into our youth is dire. Sharing the love of Christ will help to preserve their future, their lives, their families and the community. Our desire is to help them successfully in Christ Jesus navigate around the societal trappings that seek to destroy them. We desire that by being provided clarity and truth, our young people will successfully confront and overcome confusion and deception and lead their peers in truth. We pray for them to be successful navigators in all situations. We pray for them to throw off the things that seek to ensnare them so they can run with perseverance the race marked out for them (Hebrews 12:1). You'll help us to equip them as critical thinkers. Better decision-makers. Servant leaders. Forward-thinkers. Community changers.
Ignorance of solutions needed to truly transform and restore communities, is extensive. City council suggested an intiative to pay a $9,000-per year stipend to youth as an incentive to deter them from crime, particularly for those who would be at-risk for committing crime. Lord help us.
There is no quick fix. Society will always provide temporary solutions that will ultimately fail to deliver the desired outcomes of communities and futures restored. We must each invest the time and care—
one heart at a time. At Voices Against the Grain, we understand the true answer is found only in consistently sharing the love of Christ Jesus.How can you help?
Partner with us. *
Every contribution helps in the general operation of our ministry. In addition to donations received, we are primarily self-funded. Giving is a ministry as you help to extend the reach of God's Kingdom beyond yourself to to transform the hearts of others. Your gifts help us cover:
*Transportation for ministry outreach
*Food and beverages provided at outreach events
*General operating/admin costsPray for us.
Your prayers will continue to embolden us to share God's Truth, to set free the oppressed (Luke 4:18). Your prayers will help us say that the status quo is not acceptable. We will each be "Voices Against the Grain."Serve where you're planted.
However God has called you to serve, do so. The harvest is plentiful.
To learn more about Voices Against the Grain:
to my 3-minute message
which gives an overview of our show mission and topics. *Read About Us *Meet Our Ministry Team
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