Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Love and Greetings in the Name of Jesus!
Welcome to our web site! Below you will find updates for Keepin' It Real Ministries:
These are uncertain times for the homeless in Columbia. City council continues to work to pass new ordinances, which they would like to go into effect soon. Pastor Oscar is actively gathering information and praying. He is waiting to see exactly what is enacted before he makes ministry decisions. I know that he would be grateful for your prayers that God will lead us in the right direction so that the ministry can continue its mission to share the gospel, provide for the homeless, and assist people in recovery. As you might imagine, all of this is weighing heavily on Pastor Oscar. Please pray for strength and encouragement for him and his team.

Current ministry needs are as follows:

  • Financial assistance 
  •  Men's clothing (items go very quickly)
  • New men's socks and underwear (critical need)
  • New hoodies, t-shirts, and backpacks (for the Thanksgiving Bash)
  • Pledges of prepared food (for the Thanksgiving Bash)
  • 2 clothes dryers for the men's transitional homes (current machines have died)
  •  Donations for Operation Christmas Child (see below)

The Thanksgiving Bash is still scheduled for November 10th, at 2pm. Volunteers have been collecting items for distribution. If you and your small group are interested in making donations, hoodies and t-shirts (especially sizes L-XXL) and backpacks are what are most needed. Online sources offering irregulars and seconds are most cost effective. The food sign-up has been progressing as well. Still needed are starches (mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes), cranberry sauce, veggies, and canned sodas. We also need someone to make a very large pot of gravy! If you would like to participate, please contact us! We will add you to our list.

Last but not least, the ministry is starting to feel a critical need for financial assistance. A donor, who sponsored the men's house, is no longer able to help. Pastor Oscar has been unable to work in recent months, and donations have been down over the summer. Monetary donations and/or sponsors are needed to cover shortfalls in rent and utilities at Real House (men's transitional home), gas and repairs for the ministry van, and for prescription and other assistance for the homeless. Your gifts would be a true blessing and can be mailed to Keepin' It Real Ministries, 1037 Elmwood Ave, Box 11, Columbia, SC 29201. 
Keepin' It Real will participate in Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. On Sundays, there will be a collection tub in the park. Shoe boxes will be packed and sent to children overseas in the name of Keepin' It Real Ministries.
We pray that God will continue to bless the homeless through Keepin' It Real. Thanks be to God! We are ever grateful for your support and assistance! E-mail us at if you have any questions. Blessings to you!

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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