December 1st marked my 5th month with the ministry. Since September, we have been to 9 different states and have done over 30 events. During these events our speaker, Justin Fatica, brings the message of hope and God's love. We focus on the pain and suffering; the one thing we have in common is our pain and our suffering. We invite the youth to see the pain that others are going through and that they are not alone. During the Catholic/Christian events we also have Prayer Ministry, where we pray with the people who need prayer and give them encouragement. Being with this ministry has shown me that sharing my story, no matter how uncomfortable I feel, will always help someone else.
Through HAN we will be able to touch 300,000 lives with the Gospel this year. Some might wonder why this is needed, but the reality is, we live in a world where our youth are lost and have forgotten about God’s love and endless mercy for us. So many struggle with issues like depression, physical/sexual abuse, addictions and they feel as though they have nowhere or no one to turn to. They fail to realize, usually because they have not been taught, that God is there with open arms ready to heal us from our past and our failures and make us new. I, myself, struggled with my own issues and had a beautiful encounter with God that began a real conversion in my life. I hope to reach others and let them know God can do even more than what they imagine when they open up their hearts.
Our key program is Follow Up, which is done back at the office in Syracuse, NY. Two weeks after an event, we reach out to the kids who signed up for follow up, see how they are doing and walk them through the 8 step program to “Win it All.” Some of these steps are recognizing your importance, discovering your mission, making your mess a message, among others.
In order to be a missionary I have to fundraise minimum $8,000. I have reached half of that goal, I currently have about $4,400 (gofundme deducts a good amount from the donations). Our mean of transportation is by our “You're Amazing” Tour bus which we drive to every event we go to. The money goes towards gas, food, and travel expenses while on the road and for housing while in Syracuse.
I am begging for prayers and monetary donations. Whatever you can give, no matter how small, please do not hesitate. The Lord will bless you in abundance.
Hard as Nails is a 501c nonprofit organization, any donation is tax deductible.
If you would like to donate please send cash/check/money order to
Hard as Nails Ministries
P.O. BOX 15191
Syracuse, NY 13215
Thank You and God bless!!!
P.S. here is the link to their site just incase you would like to check them out! :-)
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