I dedicate this site to:
My sons, Brandon and Caleb, and to their mom. May the fire of Jesus Christ one day burn in their hearts.
My mom and dad, my mentors in the faith, who showed me what it means to have a servant's heart.
Anyone who has ever asked God, "Why?"
Jesus Christ, my Savior, in whose name I cast this bread upon the water.
From Me to You...
TelaCare Ministry was originally founded in 1988 by my parents and I. Using mainly word of mouth, we compiled a list of people who were lonely and received very little if any contact with the outside world. The people who made up this list were mostly found in prisons and a few in nursing homes. We sent them a monthly newsletter, a free Bible, a card on their birthday, and cards on other special occasions. Changes in mailing regulations for prisons however forced a shift in our outreach, and in 1998 the internet became the main focus of the ministry.
Jesus Cares About You (the site of TelaCare Ministry) became a very active site and grew quickly, averaging over 35,000 unique visitors each month and growing. The steady stream of visitors, emails, prayer needs, and requests for free Bibles kept us very busy, and reports of how God was using the site to minister to people was a blessing. It was during this time that my marriage suddenly ended, and my family broken apart. Shortly thereafter, I could no longer emotionally bear the burden of the site and regretfully had to end it. Only God knows where it could have been today.
A few years later, I started the site again out of the same desire to help those who are hurting and to offer a word of encouragement and hope. But the site has never grown again over the years. Regardless of where God takes me at this point, these pages will still be here, if He so leads, to humbly offer strength for your journey, and offer hope to the wayward stranger.
Note. The domain name telacareministry.com became available again, and the site is now active again under that domain name in memory of my mom and dad who are now enjoying the presence of the Lord.
About this Site
The symbol of TelaCare Ministry is a cross, broken heart, and dove, and our slogan is, From God's Heart to Your Heart. Originally, the dove was holding a letter in its beak, symbolizing our mail outreach to people in prisons and nursing homes. Through the broken heart of Jesus Christ for a lost and suffering world, the Holy Spirit desires to send us to lost humanity, to help the needy, to ease the suffering of the poor, to visit the sick and lonely, and to preach the good news of the gospel to every person. We are His hands and His feet. Make this your prayer today: Here am I, Lord. Send me.
Within the world, and within the body of Christ, there is a "pool of Bethesda," a plethora of hurting, lost, and lonely people. This site is for you. Through its pages, may you come to know Christ more intimately, or perhaps even meet Him for the first time. May you find balm for your wounds, and renewed strength, hope, and determination for tomorrow. And ultimately, may you grow to be more like Him.
One look at the modern church with all of its majestic music, choreographed services, award shows, meticulous media features, and standing ovations, speaks that something is off center. My prayer and hope is that we not forget the truth of what really matters. I hope we, as a chosen generation, rise up against the simple premise of being entertained. I want to be His Hands. I want to be His Feet. I want to bleed on my knees planting the seeds of His Kingdom. I want to veil myself in the Love of Christ, seeking delight in making His Name higher than any other name. There is no higher purpose, no other reason for living.