IMAGINE a city where 62% of the children live below poverty, where 40% of the housing are abandons—where life for many is one big dumpster burn. Then imagine that some of these people in this urban setting (80%) hope for things we take for granted. They hope for a warm home, a roof over their head, health care, transportation, food and safe drinking water. Such a place exists. It is Flint’s east side where the Lutheran Church (LCMS) has planted Franklin Avenue Mission (FAM) to serve the poor, hungry and homeless. Watch the video for a closer look. God’s Holy Spirit has IGNITED the missional servants of FAM to be the hands, the feet, the face and the voice of Jesus Christ to the poor ones—to be a boots-on-ground church. Accept this invitation to experience being a missionary in one of the more challenging areas of urban America today. You are INVITED to be the church and to walk with us in this effort. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8
How Franklin Avenue Mission Affects People in the Real World What does it mean to be homeless, without a job, and mouths to feed? Watch the video to hear Mike’s story—and the happy ending he found at FAM.
There are a people in our world that Scripture refers to as “the least of these.“ They sit on the fringe and landscape of our streets. There is a sub group within this setting. They are “the least of the least of these”—women and children who are in need of support and shelter from the street. Franklin Avenue Mission is in the process of providing a safe place for “the least of the least of these.” We have purchased an abandoned house adjacent to our mission and will begin interior demolition, redesign and remodel of this structure in order to give their lives a shelter from the storms of life. Please join us in being the church that brings the Gospel “to the least of the least.”