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FHL Week 2016: Youth Group Helps Out At FHL Warehouse

FHL Week is about a week of faith-based outreaches in the Indianapolis area.  But that doesn’t stop volunteers from outside Indianapolis from coming to help and being  blessed by God for so doing.

This past week a group of young volunteers from Evangelical Community Church  in Bloomington , IN came in their van with their youth pastor, Rob Girvin to help out with the FHL Warehouse stocking shelves, lifting refrigeration units and doing general clean up both inside and out. Before coming down to Indianapolis, the group stopped by the home of a local disabled woman who works from home and blessed her with some groceries that the children had donated.

Listen as Merlin talks with this youth group about how volunteering with FHL to help others has blessed them

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FHL Week 2016: Soup Kitchen Clients Thank Volunteers

Merlin spoke with one of the winners of the FHL $50 Challenge at the 25th Street Baptist Church on 525 W. 25th. during FHL Week 2016: a group of clients from a soup kitchen.

The  25th Street Food Ministry serves a group of very appreciative clients with a community soup kitchen (what is called a “reverse soup kitchen”) and they in turn wanted to give back to the volunteers who serve them.  So they put together a meal prepared by a working chef who volunteered his time.


Listen as Merlin interviews the clients of a very special soup kitchen in Indianapolis, 46208

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FHL Week 2016: A Gift of Faith Hope and Love

One of FHL’s Staff received a kind gift marking FHL Week 2016 this year.  It’s a beautifully worked cut glass picture celebrating Faith Hope and Love!


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FHL Week 2016: Schedule of Projects and Outreaches

How can you be a part of FHL Week 2016?

  1. The current schedule of projects and outreaches for FHL Week 2016 is available.
  2. If you see a project that you would like to volunteer for, please sign up here.
  3. If you want to plan a project for your neighborhood, download the project planner here.
  4. If your want to sponsor a neighborhood outreach, take the challenge here.
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FHL Week: A Mission Trip In Your Own Backyard

2016 is The Year of Love!

Since 2005, every other year we celebrate one of the words of “Faith Hope and Love” – the year of Faith, the year of Hope and the year of Love. So for the 12th year of the Annual celebration of backyard missions, we are celebrating Love. As stated in Ephesians 2:10:

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Although we planned and worked hard to put together projects and outreaches, they were already in God’s plan – even before we were born.

Projects that are Love-directed

In the final weeks of this year’s FHL Week preparation, we found that the projects are in line with bringing the love of God to the neighborhoods. For example:

The $50 Challenge

This idea was inspired by a documentary about 2 young American men who went to Guatemala. They wanted to experience living there for several weeks on a dollar a day – the standard cost of living in a rural village. As soon as they got there, they tried to connect with the locals to learn from them how to live on just a dollar a day. They immediately planted vegetables, learned the way of living and ways to stretch every penny. After several days, they got sick and after several weeks, they lost a lot of weight. In the end, they appreciated what they have in the US but most especially, they experienced what it felt to live like many people around the world (and thousands of people in the US) with very little money or resources.

I thought why not offer a seed money of $50 to the best 5 projects that can multiply it and engage the local community to serve. The main aim is to encourage the groups to be resourceful and engage and involve the local community in solving the hunger issues in our city.

Happy Birthday to everyone!

Our first entry happened July 13. The leader of the feeding ministry of Barnes UMC celebrated her birthday by celebrating every clients’ birthday today, no matter when their birthday may be. She decorated the dining room with balloons and special table cloth. Many volunteers provided delicious food, keepsakes and a large birthday cake for everyone!

Another FHL Week Challenge Project is also very creative.  As part of a soup kitchen, clients will be cooking for the volunteers on July 28th. This means that clients will be going around the community to find donations to cook a delicious meal for the volunteers. They are planning to make it really special to show their appreciation for the volunteers!

For more information about the FHL $50 Challenge or the FHL Week Sponsorship Challenge

Four Neighborhood Cooperative Outreaches

A vision to help one another extended to neighborhood associations helping other neighborhood associations. Some of the projects and outreaches are:

  • Indianapolis Police Kids’ Bike Outreach,
  • Kitchen Repair for a Fire Station,
  • Food Drive,
  • Food pantry clean ups and upgrade,
  • Various children outreaches,
  • Neighborhood public prayers and other creative ways to reach out in their own backyards.

All of this year’s projects are propelled by love. God has already established and decreed these things to transpire.

Some special things are happening during FHL Week 2016. I know God is pleased to see unity through the practical application of the Kingdom. I may be looking too deep into the occasion. Perhaps throughout the years, it became part of me – a backyard mission to serve one another unconditionally, not an event but a lifestyle of Love just as our Lord had shown us some 2000 years ago.

Here is a complete list of projects and outreaches for the FHL Week 2016 (July 24-30).

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Coming Soon: FHL Food Pantry Training Center

The FHL Food Pantry Training Center is shaping up!

As a part of Food Pantry Training, FHL will be opening a food pantry which will operate once a month. FHL will train a food ministry volunteer about what will be involved in the operations of an actual food pantry to help them gain experience.

If you would like to help, we need the following:

  • canned goods,
  • canned meat
  • and non-perishable breakfast items

so we can provide more variety to our clients.  Please message us if you are looking to bless the community through this food pantry or if you are looking to be a part of the training.

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FHL Week: Helping a DayCare Become Food Sustainable

FHL Week 2016 will include helping a local day care in upgrading its surroundings and creating a vegetable garden in the backyard. This 24-hr daycare is a ministry of a couple who have a heart for the children of Central Indiana. The daycare is located in a neighborhood that is high on the list of socially deteriorating areas in Indianapolis.

Would you like to help?

Sign up for FHL Week or donate and see how you can be a part of blessing these children and their families.

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FHL Week 2016: Bringing Four Neighborhoods Together

In the past, FHL strives to bring the different denominations to work together. This year, FHL will focus on bringing the 4 contiguous neighborhoods in Indy – Meridian-Kessler, Butler-Tarkington, Crown Hill and the United Northwest neighborhoods.

There will be outreaches, projects and services all around these neighborhoods for this year’s FHL Week which will be from July 24th-30th.

There are already several projects in the planning stage and more will come. You are invited to join and witness the convergence of 4 neighborhoods in Indy. Contact Merlin at for more info.

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FHL Community Announces FHL Week 2016

MKNA Mission Week Meeting with other community leaders joining, coached and brought together by Merlin Gonzales of Faith Hope and Love Community. We are exploring opportunities to serve TOGETHER to see God’s presence in the multiple neighborhoods represented during FHL week July 24rd -July 31st — at Midtown Vineyard Community Church.

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