Please go to the Kid's Explosion page for times and locations.
Who We Are & What We Do:
Together We Can Make a Difference is a ministry to the communities of Jackson City & County.
The multi-purpose ministry house is located at: 224 W. Wilkins Street Jackson, MI 49203 517-740-8444
The missionof Together We Can Make a Difference is to seriously make a difference... • in our community by connecting needs with resources. • for churches by being a point of contact with the community. • for our neighbors by being a resource center and telling them about Jesus.
Our core valuesare that... • All people matter to God. • We welcome all God brings us. • Everyone has value and something to give. • We ask God for direction every inch. • This will only work if God is the Owner/Leader. • We recognize that we are in a spiritual battle and prayer is the answer.
Our core beliefsare... • God is real. • The Bible is real Truth. • There is one God in three parts: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. • Jesus was really born of a virgin, died on a cross for our sins and rose again. • There is a real heaven for those who follow Him. • There is a real hell for those who don't.
CONTACT US TODAY: 517-740-8444 or Click Here for easy-to-use on-line contact form.
We are always blessed to hear from you. Please take a moment and write to us using our contact form. Your information will be kept private and never sold or shared. Please inquire in confidence and with no obligation.
Programs and Ministries:
OUR NEWEST PROGRAM: First Fruits Groceries – First Fruits Mission: To provide healthy food at reduced prices for Jackson families & individuals. We are now purchasing the food from local suppliers. Starting in June 2012, we will have an assorted meat box from Prime Cuts and an assorted produce box from Keyes Produce (both are local Jackson suppliers). You can find information and order forms here on the website, at the TWCMAD house on Wilkins Street or at various locations through out the community. Orders must be received by 10AM on the designated Friday (eight days before the delivery date) and will be delivered on the last Saturday of the month (or you can make arrangements to pick up your order Saturday morning). Delivery days will vary at Christmas and Easter. Members of many local Christian churches make it possible for TWCMAD to fulfill their mission of helping families with limited transportation or are homebound get quality groceries. The bargain is not just the low price, but the high quality. Healthy - Happy - Good food for your body and your budget. CLICK HERE for the First Fruits web page
Kids’ Explosion – Teaching our kids about the love and grace of Jesus. Weekly parties provide fun, games, music, Bible stories, t-shirts and prizes in neighborhoods all over Jackson. This program runs February to April, June to August, and September to November. Teens are mentored to develop leadership skills as “interns” with weekly training and opportunities to lead. CLICK HERE for the Kid's Explosion web page Community Gardens – “The Big Seed” - Networking people interested in gardening, and promoting gardening as a way for Jackson citizens to help provide for their own food needs. Annual Garden Giveaway providing portable or small gardens to families and a contest for the biggest vegetable plant the Saturday before Memorial Day.
Vet Quilts – Teaching sewing/quilting to Jackson Residents. Giving more than 800 hundred prayer quilts to Veterans in partnership with Julie Waltrous and Kelly Trudell, a local singer/songwriter with a heart for our Armed Services. For more information visit: KellyTrudell.net
Baby Quilts – Providing quilts for the community baby showers, area shelters, and thru the Priceless Gift Toy Store. Helps young mothers know they are loved and supported.
Priceless Gift Easter Baskets – Connecting Jackson’s Children with the 1,700 residents who live in our local nursing homes hoping to grow long lasting relationships between a child and a senior. The children make art at Easter time and deliver the gifts themselves.
Community Prayer – Come join us on a prayer walk, Monday thru Friday, at different locations all over our city and “walk/stomp the ground” with us (2 Kings 18) – or join in other regular prayer meetings as we meet and pray for change in our City and County. We also pray for such things as the current needs of people we know, our local and national leaders, teachers, parents, health and finances, and whatever God lays on our hearts. We also have a listing of other prayer meeting times and locations in Jackson. Click Here City Wide Prayer Walk - Join us annually on the third Sunday in May to walk each block in our city asking God to bless and heal our land. Watch what God will do when the bride of Christ unites with one purpose.
New Jackson – New Jackson is a grassroots transformation movement of a community in unity. Be a part of bringing the Church in Jackson together to speak positive declarations and prayers over Jackson City and County. We pray for, and network, the 7 sectors to our society: government, education, family, church, media, business, and the arts. Join the email notification list for events and news. NewJackson.org 517-795-3342 Priceless Gift Toy Store – Serving several thousand Jackson children each Christmas with recycled, home-made, and new toys - plus hundreds of gift baskets of personal care items. This is one of our most effective annual outreaches to our city. Each year it grows tremendously - the need is there. So is Jesus in every detail, large or small. Made possible because of volunteers and partnerships with St. Vincent DePaul and more then 100 other business, schools and churches. Visit: svdpjackson.com Dave Kemler: firstname.lastname@example.org 517-784-0609 CLICK HERE to go to the Priceless Gift Toy Store information page.
Father’s Love Letter – We share 54 amazing Bible promise verses put together as a plain English and intimate message, or love letter, from God to each of us. Anyone that memorizes the letter receives a $25.00 award. Visit: FathersLoveLetter.com
Men & Women's Prison Re-entry Programs – Providing a safe and friendly place for support as people come out of the prison system and re-enter our local communities. Ministers to the children and spouses also. Ministries known as: Image Group (men) & Women Moving Forward. The Women's group meets on Mondays from 6-8 at 224 West Wilkins Street. Contact Brenda at 917 8863 for mor info. The Image group meets on Thursday evenings from 6-8 at 224 West Wilkins Street. Contact Tom at 395 5674 for more info. Cooking & Healthy Eating – Helpful healthy eating classes held each Wednesday. Learning to make changes in cooking choices to be both healthy and economic. individuals and families learn how to move one step closer to health.
Little Mama's Clothing Store – Provides elementary age children with a new or gently used clothing. Parents can shop by appointment - each item is only 25¢ Call Wendy at 740-8444.
Food Pantry Partners – Christ’s Kingdom Ministries food pantry has partnered with us to provide food for those in need. We have worked together at Thanksgiving and Christmas to provide holiday meal boxes to Jackson’s financially hurting families. We do this in the Love of Christ.
Sisters in Ministry – We partner with this local group who’s goal is to build up our city by providing spiritual, educational, social, and physical resources to equip women to serve the Lord as they serve their community. Annual Fall Conference, Board Meetings, and many other events share our building to help Sisters in Ministry achieve their goals. Visit: SistersInMinistry.net
Lazy B’s Ranch – Where Awesome Kids Roam. A wonderful ranch setting for kids to grow and learn integrity and character skills for life using horse riding, archery, crafts, multiple outdoor activities, campfire cooking and live music. We support Bill and Bonny Livernois in mentoring youth at their ranch throughout the year. Visit LazyBeesRanch.com and also on Facebook: LazyBs Ranch
Laundry Angels – Help a neighbor with laundry service for 1 month. A single mom with more kids then money and no car, or someone who is very ill, and has no family close. See for yourself what a difference this small act of kindness means for a struggling family! Adopt-a-Grandparent/Grandchild – A program to pray for someone who may have no one praying or caring for them. Adopt some of our Kids’ Explosion at-risk kids for prayer coverage or let one of the kids adopt you. Also builds long term relationships.
Programs we dream of starting:
Jackson Missionary Openings – Help the Together We Can Make a Difference ministry team continue to grow by financially supporting new missionaries working full time with us right here in Jackson County. Missionaries to Jackson raise their own support from family, friends, and local churches and businesses. Your monthly support adds up to help in a major way.
Business Training – Help Together We Can Make a Difference to develop an opportunity for our residents to be retrained, break the welfare cycle, and run a small business. Use proven ideas from Junior Achievement, and Jesus Himself, to teach a new way of thinking and self support.
Discover Your Passion – Everyone can do something. What did God have in mind when He created you? Are you busy doing it? Do you need help getting started? Everybody can do something to better themselves. We train and encourage the kind of personal growth that opens a new life for people.
What is God calling you to do or help with? Feel free to call and chat at anytime about your ideas and dreams. We will pray with you and ask God to lead you.
Together: We can help so many. See chart below for the list of ministries we are involved with:
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