Howdy, web surfer, and seeker of truth, knowledge, and fellowship!
You have found the blog/site of Amos Ministries and home of the “Help4TheNeedy.”We are focused on providing an opportunity to fellowship with people, from around the world, studying the Bible, and offering chances to grow with you. We are also dedicated to bringing about a better world. This can range from:
Why all people should take an active role in their community, and government.
Genocide happening in South Africa, and to raise awareness of it.
And many other topics.
Amos Ministries is led by a disabled US Navy veteran, of Operation Enduring Freedom, living in eastern Washington. He has been out of the USN since Sept. 2004. During that time, he was in a horrible auto accident, and experienced, first hand, the hardships of being homeless, no transportation, and limited resources, living in a very rural area, where the closest small towns were 60 miles away.
The passion is to not only help veterans, but as many people as possible, who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless, or otherwise in need. The line, just to be on the HUD voucher list, is long, and can be two years or longer! Then, to actually get a voucher can take another couple of years, minimum! 25% of the homeless are veterans. Another statistic is that for every homeless person, it’s estimated that there’s between 3 – 6 vacant homes.
Amos Ministries' goal, with it’s “Help4TheNeedy” aims to address this, and many other problems that The People endure.
This is a bit more about “the man with the plan,” and to help give you a little more of the “why I’m doing this.”
I’m a disabled US Navy Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. I was aboard the USS Essex, stationed in Sasebo, Japan. I arrived at my duty station on September 7, 2001. As you may imagine, on the day of September 11, 2001, was beyond words. As a new enlistee, I didn’t really have duties, per say, and was told I could go out on the base. However, most everything was closed. During that time, I traveled throughout the Pacific, including Australia, Guam, and much of southeast Asia.
Between then and now, I had the misfortune of being a homeless vet. I got into a nasty auto accident, driving up in the mountains [I spent about 1/2 my life living in Florida, so mountain driving is rather different]. Messed up my car, bad, railing, and wasn’t able to work so well. I was also located in a very rural area, with a tiny population of less that 1,000, and the closest “towns” were about 60 miles off.
VA and other such resources were overtaxed, and it was only from friends who lived another 3 hours south, and their church, that I was able to get to the city, and get my car “redneck rebuilt,” and get back on my feet. And that begins what I’m looking at.
I’ve “been there, done that, and lost the movie rights.” 25% of the homeless are veterans; but it’s not only veterans I want to help. It’s estimated that for everyone homeless person, there’s between 3 – 6 vacant homes in the US. HUD and other such programs are maxed, in many parts of the US. Just to get on the list can be 2 – 4 years, and another few years, to actually get the voucher…and life goes on, while they struggle.
One project will be to work towards helping homeless vets. Others will differ, as we need.
Tamzi LaFleur is the granddaughter of Jen & AJ Doenier, co-pastors of one of the church groups we associate with, ECOG.
Tamzi is compassionate and caring to people. While she has no formal training, she is the oldest of of kids, with many cousins, which has helped her to learn much about natural medical care, ranging from first aide to various medicinal herbs and other plants.