God's Presence

In the Bible in Exodus 33, we see God speaking to Moses, telling him to “go up” in verse one.  God is always calling us higher in Him.  God later tells Moses in verse 14 “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  Almost always, the easier path is not the right path.  We see this in the children of Israel.  They never entered into the promises God has for them, because of fear, doubt, and a lack of faith.  We should never allow fear to dictate our decisions.  Fear is contagious.  If you want to walk in faith you cannot be joined too closely to those that walk in fear.  The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.”

 

Whatever God is telling you to do always requires faith, but many times we do not receive a warm and fuzzy feeling before we step out.  If we know what we are supposed to do, no matter how hard it may seem, how much persecution we may face, or how many friends we may lose, we must step out believing God to provide the faith we need.  Once we step out, then He shows up strong on our behalf and promises us that “His Presence will be with us, and give us rest.”  What more could we ask for?  To be in God’s Presence and at peace, we have nothing to fear.

2017 Celebrate Salvation Banquet

Come and worship with us as we give God all the glory for everything He has done around the world!  Dinner, worship, and the Word, Saturday, November 4th at 6:00 PM, Shelby Mission Camp (302 Sharpton Drive, Shelby, NC, just off South Lafayette Street).  To reserve your place please contact us by going the the 'Contact' page on this website or by calling 704-471-1150.  Deadline to reserve your spot is October 14th. We hope to see you there!

Empowered to Be His Witnesses

In Jeremiah 17:14 the Bible says, "Heal me O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall by saved, for You are my praise."  The Bible also says in Romans 10:13, "For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."  It's not rocket science.  It's simple.  Even a child could do it.  'So why is it so hard to lead someone to Christ?'  This is what many Christians believe.  That leading someone to Jesus is for the church superstars, the pastors, the strong and vocally loud individuals.  Some church studies show that less than 5% of American church going Christians have ever shared there faith even one time.  But when we realize that it's not our ability, our resources, or our strength but rather on the strength of Christ.  Zechariah 4:6 tells us it is "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord."  We need to get filled up with The Spirit of God.  Some people are already filled, some are not.  When we get filled with His Spirit we become like the disciples after Jesus poured out His Spirit on them in Acts 2.  Before, they were trying to serve Jesus in their own strength.  Peter was making all sorts of mistakes, not exactly leading a lot of people to Christ.  Then He got filled with The Spirit of God and in one day he led over 3,000 people to the foot of the cross.  Wow!  What a difference.  When we step out in our own ability, it will never work.  But when we, like the disciples, wait on The Lord until we are empowered with His Spirit, then we go out with all of heavens armies at our disposal.  Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 that we should "go into all the world and make disciples."  But He also said in verse 18 that "All authority has been given to Me."  We must walk in His authority and His strength, and that only happens as we intentionally make time to wait on Him, seek Him, and desire all that He wants to impart to us. Jesus said, "or what man among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" (Matthew 7:9,11)  As we wait on Him by faith, expecting to receive good things from Him, He never disappoints. 

By Sam Stutts, Director Hands On Missions

We Must Stick to The Word

In Romans 1:24 the Bible says, "God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves."  There is a time when God will no longer strive with a person who continues to choose their own way.  We are seeing this today in America.  People who call themselves Christians choosing their own way, even though God is clear in His Word what is right and what is wrong.  He does not make it grey, or uneasy to comprehend.  The problem is that many do not believe that His Word is who He is.  John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." One cannot separate Jesus from The Word.  If you want to know who God is, then look at His Word.  Through the Word we begin to see who Jesus is.  And Jesus said to Philip in John 14:9, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father."  If we really want a close relationship with God we must start in His Word.  Then we discover who Jesus really is.  And then we are brought closer to God.  We then want to obey His Word, because we learn to trust that our true Father cares for us and wants the best for our lives.  All of the sins taking place today in America are a direct result of individuals choosing their own way instead of God's way.  We must repent of our sins and truly turn back to Jesus.  He can take a messed up situation, a messed-up life, and bring healing, redemption, and wholeness.  It's never too late!!!

Missions Trips - 2017, 2018

Brooklyn New York, December 2017 - Evangelism, Feeding Homeless, Prayer Teams

India, February 2018 - Orphans Ministry, Leader Training, Evangelism, Children's Vacation Bible School

Malawi Africa, April 2018 - Children's Ministry, Construction, Evangelism, Leader Training

Kenya Africa, June 2018 - Children's Ministry, Widows Ministry, Evangelism, Leader Training, Light Construction

Brazil, July 2018 - Evangelism, Children's Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Language Teams

India, October 2018 - Orphans and Widows Ministry, Leader Training, Evangelism, Sports Teams

For more information on any of these missions trips please contact the office at 704-471-1150 or email us by using the "Contact" page.   

Prayer Team Invades Hollywood

Hands On Missions just returned from Los Angeles California going there to lift a banner of prayer high.  This team focused on coming against strongholds in the Hollywood and surrounding area, praying for film producers and leaders in the area, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We beleive that God is calling us to take up this banner of intercession, not just talking about the problems in our country but advancing His Kingdom by faith.  We are thankful for those that answered this call and know we will see results as we continue to intercede for the United States of America.

Opportunity In India

Hands On Missions has been working in India for over 15 years and we have an incredible opportunity coming up in October of this year.  We will taking a team to India to work with slum children, widows, orphans, a leader training conference, and evangelism.  If you believe God is calling you to go with us email Sam Stutts at sams@charlotte.twcbc.com or use the Contact page to let us know.

Celebrating 20 Years of God's Grace!!!

We are so thankful for God's grace over the past 20 years of ministry here at Hands On Missions!  Founded in 1997 God has used this ministry to reach thousands with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in countries like India, Malawi, Brazil, Kenya, many parts of Europe, Central America, The Philippines, Haiti, Canada, Taiwan, and right here in the United States.  We give God praise for His continued grace and mercy as none of this would have been possible without Him!  If you would like to learn more about how you can be involved here at HOM locally or internationally contact us at 704-471-1150 or email:  sams@charlotte.twcbc.com

Will You Let God Lead You?

The Bible tells us in Mark 16:15 to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."  This is a command not a suggestion.  Why would God give us a command and then not equip us to fulfill that mandate?  The answer is that He would never do that.  But the problem we have many times is that even though He has told us to go, we really do not trust Him to take care of us, provide for us, or just to lead us.  We begin to reason and say things like, "did God really mean for everyone to go? He probably didn't mean me.  And by the way isn't that for the really spiritual people. You know, the ones that went to seminary, pray 10 hours a day, etc, etc, etc."  But the fact of the matter is that God loves to use regular, ordinary people, just like you and me to confound the wise.  All He asks is for us to trust Him and believe that He honors His Word.  And His Word tells us to GO.  Now that may be across the street or across the ocean but when we take one step of faith He takes control of the rest.  Will you believe Him today?  Will you simply take the first step toward Him, doing whatever it is that He is telling you to do.  Maybe it's sharing Jesus with a family member, or maybe answering His call to go to the mission field overseas.  Whatever it is, He will provide, calm your fears, and be ALL that you need.  He is indeed a good God and He loves to work miracles in our lives so that He gets all the glory!!!

Sam Stutts
Director, Hands On Missions

God Is Moving Around The World

We have seen God moving in incredible ways around the world in countries like India, Malawi Africa, Brazil, The Philippines, and right here in the United States of America.  If you would like more information about how to be ON MISSION with us please call or email us and we would love to talk with you and give you more details.  Upcoming Missions Include: Malawi, April 2017 - Los Angeles California, July 2017- India, October 2017 - Brooklyn, December 2017.  CALL 704-471-1150 or email: sams@charlotte.twcbc.com

America, Will We Go?

The Bible tells us in Romans 10:14-15(quoted below) that there are many around the world calling on Jesus and they don't even know it.  "What do you mean?" you may say,  "how can someone call on a God they do not even know?"  People all over the world are crying out for hope, redemption, and to be close to God because they are all created in His image.  They are trying to get to God in so many false ways that leave them empty.  What we have been seeing is the fact that as we go, preach The Good News of Jesus Christ, sharing His love in many different ways, many of these hungry people are completely opened to Jesus.  They want to know about the only One that has died for their sins, they want to know about how to truly find Peace, and they want to know that they can be sure of their future with Him.  "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent?" I am thankful for each and every one of you that have sacrificed to send our teams around the world during this past year.  We have seen many come to faith in Jesus Christ.  We have seen God heal many broken hearts, physical bodies, and deliver many oppressed by the devil.  I give God glory in all of this and I am also thankful for your partnership in the Gospel.  Almost every day I get more invitations of Christians suffering around the world asking us to come and help them.  By going this opens doors to share Christs' love and help build these local churches.  I am always so humbled being around men and women of God who are undergoing extreme persecution and opposition, and yet their faith and focus challenges me to press forward.  We have been so blessed in America.  Freedom to go to church, to read the Bible, to pray, to witness for Him.  I believe one of the reasons God has blessed America so much is because it is His desire to use us in His end-time harvest of souls around the world.  America has always been a missionary sending nation, will we continue in this?  God will hold us all accountable one day for what we did with all the blessings and freedoms He gave to us.  He expects us to give away all that He has given us.  To hold this all for ourselves, not thinking of our Brothers and Sisters around the world is a dangerous thing.  So I thank each of you that continue with us by praying, by giving, by going so that others may know of His great, immeasurable love.  That He loved us so much that He gave everything for you and for me.  How could we ever out-give God.  It is impossible.  May God Bless You today, and as we enter this new season celebrating and thanking God for all He has done, let us remember those that have yet to experience The greatest Gift of all, Jesus Christ. 

Sam Stutts
Hands On Missions
PO Box 279
Shelby, NC, 28151

Opportunities to be on Mission

Brooklyn, New York
December 13-17 - Evangelism, Feeding the homeless, prayer ministry, light church maintanence

Brazil
January 24-February 3 - Door to door evangelism, working with a drug rehab center, children's ministry

Malawi, Africa
April 4-15 - Working in remote villages to share the Gospel, children's ministry, widows ministry, light construction

Los Angeles, California
July 2017 - Soup kitchen, street ministry

India
October 2017 - Evangelism, children's ministry, widows ministry, orphan ministry, slum ministry, leadership training conference

***To sign up for one of these missions please email Director Sam Stutts at sams@charlotte.twcbc.com or call the HOM office at 704-471-1150.

When Suffering Turns Into Praise

We experience regular suffering as long as we are on this earth, no matter how young or old, no matter our background, or how long we have been a Christian.  It doesn't take long to figure out that life is not easy and things are always coming at us.  Recently, I was talking to an elderly lady who had lost her son.  She made a statement that I thought was very good.  She said, "there is blessing in this life and there is God's goodness, but there is also very difficult trials and tribulations.  But I have learned that God is always good and He is always with me."  I love that!  She has had to walk through one of the darkest valleys any human could ever go through but yet she has come out on the other side praising God.  Hallelujah!  That gets me excited!  I don't have to fear anything or anyone, I don't have to worry about the future, and neither do you!  We know, according to Romans 8:28 that "all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."  In the midst of all kinds of pain and suffering we do not lose faith in the God who holds the world in the palm of His hand.  Think about that for a second.  If God can hold the universe and all the planets in line, how much more can He hold your life, every detail, according to His will.  If we will just believe this and then walk it out every day by faith, even if we do not see immediate results, we keep on believing Romans 8:28.  The devil wants you to lose your faith, and how many do so right before the miracle takes place.  The miracle is coming!  How do I know this?  Because God's word tells me so!  I choose to believe His Word, even though everything and everyone around me may be screaming the opposite.  Even though everyone I may encounter during the day has a word of doubt for me instead of faith.  I will walk by faith choosing to believe that God is in control.  I love what it says in 2 Chronicles 20:12 when Jehoshaphat knew that unless God showed up, he was sunk.  He said, "Oh God, we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."  Lord help us to fix our eyes on You and You alone.  Help us to get up in the morning and look to You, even though we have no idea how You are going to fix this situation.  We choose by an act of our will, to look to You.  In Jesus' name Amen.

Sam Stutts
Director, Hands On Missions
 

Led of The Spirit by Sam Stutts

Luke 4:1- "Then Jesus being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness."  I have never met a Christian that did not want to be led of the Spirit.  If you ask nearly anyone in a Christian church in America they would say that they desire to be led by God.  But in this passage of scripture we see Jesus being led by the Spirit into the wilderness.  Now I don't know about you but if someone asked me if I wanted to go to a very hot, dry, lonely place, I would not directly say, 'Oh Yes I want to go there!'  Our human flesh always desires the beach, the cool mountain top, or a nice quiet place free from trouble.  But that's not where the Spirit led Jesus.  The Holy Spirit wanted Jesus to go to the wilderness because that is where Jesus would resist and defeat Satan during this battle.  This would help to prepare Jesus for many other battles He would face during His life on earth.  The same is true for us today.  We go to church on Sunday and say, "Lord use me, lead me, I want to follow You."  And then He leads us to a place that is difficult or hard, filled with temptation or persecution, and we begin to doubt and say, 'Lord what are you doing? Why is this so hard? I don't think I can do it.'  All the while God is saying, "if you would just stay in My Word and learn to trust Me I will use this challenge to make you stronger than ever before."  God wants to use all of us, but we must allow Him to lead us to places of wilderness, where there is no one else that can help us, no one else that can provide for us.  Then we begin to look to Him alone, finding out how strong He is.  God has so much in store for us but we must be willing to follow Him into difficult places.  Places our human flesh would never choose.  God may be calling you to something you are afraid to do, but if you will only learn to trust Him, you will experience victories over the darkness, and then you will develop spiritual muscle.  Later, like Jesus, The Spirit will lead you to greater things and you will find yourself walking above things that use to trip you up.  Later in this chapter, we see Jesus get up and preach one of His most powerful messages, right after the wilderness.  He wants to do the same with your life.  He wants to use your wilderness to tell others of His Great Love.  Be Led of The Spirit Today.  God Bless You!

Sam Stutts
Director, Hands On Missions
 

Annual Celebrate Salvation Banquet-Oct.22, 6pm

You are invited to our Annual Celebrate Salvation Banquet at New location, Shelby Mission Camp, Saturday, October 22nd, 6:00 pm, located at 302 Sharpton Dr, Shelby NC (google maps) or 1327 South Lafayette St, Shelby NC (i phone map) - behind the Southside Flea Market off Lafayette Street.  Tables are available now ($150 per table, seats 8) by calling 704-471-1150 or email Sam at: sams@charlotte.twcbc.com to reserve your table.  We will have chicken, rice, green beans, salad, and more!  Also there will be a Silent Auction with items from international missions trips.  If you would like to donate auction items please drop by the HOM office at 1305 North Post Rd, Shelby NC or call us for pick up.  We hope to see you for a night of giving God praise for ALL He has done!!!