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In February of 2019, tens of thousands of Christians gathered in Orlando as a variety of ministries beckoned the Church to wage war on inaction. Hearts of believers around the country were provoked to take action in the areas of adoption, fostering, public high schools, our neighborhoods and in the nations.
Avenue has the vision to see the church rise up to be the answer to each of those needs.
Avenue recognizes that the church lacks no good thing
and has the answer to each need in our communities.
Four young women met the summer of 2019 at a leadership training school in Orlando called 21 Project and put all the ideas of this together as they shared hearts to see homelessness end, the drop-out rate decrease and to see young hearts burn with zeal for the gospel. One of the founding women is from Detroit where the Soar Detroit program is seeing churches meet the need of struggling students who have low academic achievement by increasing literacy as an avenue for involvement. Two founding members are from Bradenton, where one has mentored and tutored a girl from age 5 to age 9 and has seen generational curses and lies break off her life as she went from a student who was possibly going to fail kindergarten to a student beginning fourth grade on the principals list for straight A’s.
Students around the country need hope as they suffer through extreme challenges like having parents in addiction, family members who are incarcerated, living in poverty and lacking the academic skills to propel them up and out of that life. In addition, many American families have left the church and this generation knows little about the gospel and the power of knowing Christ and being known by Him.
MEET OUR STAFF
Brenda is a middle school teacher at Electa Lee Middle in Bradenton. She teaches 8th grade Language Arts and has her MAT from UNCC. She believes that her role as a teacher is to speak truth and inspire the next generation to break off the chains of conformity and walk in the freedom that Christ has called them into.
Avenue exists to stir churches to wage war on inaction and open its doors throughout the week to the lost, reaching the next generation. Our desire is to see churches reach out to students in their neighborhood throughout the week to tutor, mentor and disciple public high school, middle school and elementary age children. We desire for the members of the church to adopt or foster homeless and orphaned children as well as be equipped to preach the gospel, make disciples and pray for the sick among theses students and their family members. We want to see entire cities discipled through the avenue of neighborhood churches that establish a safe place of community while increasing literacy and practicing brave love.
Avenue941 is the initial launch of this dream as we rally churches in Palmetto, Bradenton and Sarasota and begin the first launch on September 3, 2019 at St. Stephens AME Church in Bradenton.