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About His Love Ministries

His Love Ministries is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Christian Ministry.
It is based on Matthew 25:35-40. The Key Verse is 40, And the King will answer and say to them, `Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

It is based on Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, `Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 `When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 "And the King will answer and say to them, `Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' and James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Marty McKenzie was called to preach in 1992, but he answered: "I can't talk in front of people!"

It took five years of struggle before he started preaching at Effingham Prison in 1997. Now the ministry that he began - called His Love Ministries - has grown to the point where McKenzie has two fulltime and two part time helpers on his payroll and together they do as many as 90 services every month.

His Love Ministries goes to places where most other ministries do not - prisons, nursing homes, assisted living, jails, youth and adult treatment centers, truck stops, and youth detention facilities.

McKenzie saw a need to do more, so he offered a full church service with singing, praying and preaching. The services would last about an hour.

From the start, McKenzie had to rely on God for everything - especially the courage to speak in public. His friends laugh and remind him that Moses had trouble with public speaking, too.

His main message is that Jesus is the Savior.

"I stick to Jesus because that's the Gospel," he said. "However, I vary what and how I say something. The only way to change life is through Jesus. I use scripture to make my point."

The ministry was set up in 2000 as a nonprofit organization that can take donations. However, the ministry does not ask for money from the people it helps. There are only a few regular contributors and no fundraisers except a shrimp boil once a year.

"The Lord takes care of our finances."  

In 2011, Douglas joined the ministry full time. Last year, Erik Lacanilao joined part time and this year Ronnie Nichols has also come on board. The four of them, with the help of some volunteers, offer as many as 1,000 services throughout the Coastal Empire each year. They are always looking for dedicated helpers to grow the ministry and take some of the burden.

"We started this ministry to serve the forgotten in our community," McKenzie said. "We consider ourselves an extension of mainline churches, even though we don't have church buildings for ourselves. Our office is our homes, and we don't buy many supplies. We provide services - that is our goal."

The goal of HLM is to spread the gospel to those who really need to hear it and equip those who know Christ as Lord and Savior to minister to others. We reach out to those the World has forgotten.

How You Can Help

....You Can Pray

Pray that many people in other countries will hear the gospel and be saved. That they will grow and become catalysts that will start revivals in the area they live in. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless His Love Ministries as a ministry that will reach many for Christ. Some passages that you can pray are Colossians 1:9-12 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Also Philippians 1:9-11, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, and Colossians 4:12.

Pray for volunteers to help grow and strengthen HLM for the cause of Christ. Luke 10:2 Then He said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

Please Help Support Us

The ministry is currently supported by churches and other concerned individuals who feel the need to reach out to those who need salvation. The people in nursing homes, youth homes, homeless shelters, and prison need to hear the gospel and be encouraged. Some may never hear the gospel if we do not reach out to them. HLM needs funds to continue as a full time ministry that can reach out to many people. See our Contact us page for information on giving or click on the Donate Now Through Network for Good Button or the PayPal link.

Please Volunteer

We need your help. If you want to volunteer please visit our Opportunities for Involvement Page to see all of the ways you can help. Or if you have a suggestion do not hesitate to contact us. If you are interested in Nursing Home Ministry contact me at (912) 398-0573 or visit our How to do Nursing Home Ministry web page.

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