PCN works on the front lines to connect with the homeless and other at-risk people who live in poverty. We seek to build trusting relationships by nurturing, nudging, encouraging, feeding, and simply loving broken people.
PCN would like to thank everyone from KaBOOM and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation as well as all the playground builders that came and helped us build not only an amazing playground but a few side projects that will bring hope, healing and education. The playground was built by volunteers in an impoverished area in Madison (Lexington Gardens). Residents at Lexington Gardens, a low-income community, have limited access to adequate playgrounds or facilities that provide a safe place for kids to play in view of their parent’s watchful eye. 80% of the adults at Lexington Gardens live on disability underscoring the need for easily accessible play areas for their children.
As full-time missionaries living in Nashville, we are learning a new culture and using the resources that we have to share the love of Christ. Our home has become a safe place for friends to gather. We use our home to minister to the hurting and lonely, and sometimes for laundry. We frequently transport people to church, to see a doctor or a job interview. Just like missionaries that serve abroad, our “work” is the work of relationship. We need people who will catch the vision and help us continue the important work of connecting individuals in need to churches and families. The areas we serve are resource deprived. Help us connect with hope and opportunity.Alan & Michelle
When I’ve served overseas in third world countries, I prepare my heart for seeing conditions that we don’t see in America. People in the United States have it good, right? There are programs to always help those in need, right? But then I stepped out of my comfort zone. Instead of just donating items to Goodwill, I donated items to families. Instead of just sending canned goods or a monetary donation to a food bank, I went and served the food myself and sat with those that are hungry. And I saw that there is a need here. I experienced culture shock just 20 minutes from my home! There are real people with real stories and real pain. And but for the grace of God, I’d be walking in less comfortable shoes and tattered clothes and debating each month, “do I pay for my heat or do I pay rent? I don’t have enough for both.” God is using Project Connect Nashville, working through this ministry and building up His church to be His hands and feet to the least of these. He is tearing down the stone walls around the hearts of His children and giving eyes to see the needs of those around us. I have been blessed to see Alan and Michelle’s hearts as they pour their lives into loving the people they serve, living by example, and rallying others to do the same.Emmie