On Christmas Eve 2011, those attending one of the Asbury Church Christmas Eve Services were informed that their offering that evening would go towards something bigger than them – something that would transform the life of someone in our community in a real and lasting way.  They were told to pray for this project.  Pray that God’s will would be had and that those that call Asbury home would be step outside their circle of comfort and join together for a life-changing cause.

In February, Asbury Church joined together for its annual Unity Service, held at Century II in downtown Wichita.  This Unity Service was a time for Asburians from across the Wichita Metro Area to come together for worship and fellowship, in addition to hearing a message from Senior Pastor Dennis Wallace about Asbury’s one church, one purpose, multiple locations vision.

Asbury Church is a multi-site church with worship experiences across the metro area on a Sunday morning.  Its principal location, the Central Campus, is located at 15th and St. Paul in Wichita’s Indian Hills/River Bend area.

At the Unity Service, the project Asburians had been praying about since Christmas Eve was revealed.   The project would be called “The Nehemiah Project.”  The project was well received and immediately grew the excitement and interest of Asburians.

The Nehemiah Project will take the home of a complete stranger and remodel it, helping that individual break the chains of disrepair to the home as well as emotional discouragement.

Nomination Packets were sent home with Asburians with the goal to pray about anyone in your life that could benefit from this project.  After prayerfully considering a nominee, return a completed packet to the Asbury Church Office for consideration by the project’s Dream Team.

Many nominations were received.  Nominees included people that attended Asbury Church as well as individuals that didn’t.  One nominee’s project and story stood out and was ultimately chosen.

Maxine is a single Grandmother responsible for raising several grandchildren.  She is a retired school counselor and volunteers her time to mentor girls ages 18-30.  With these life commitments, it leaves Maxine with little time or ability to do home repairs.

That is where The Nehemiah Project will step in.

A remodeled kitchen and family room, extensive landscaping and exterior work will get Maxine back on track to best care for her grandchildren and herself!

Close to 200 volunteers will tackle this project at Maxine’s home and the amazing part; it will all be completed in one weekend.  We will start on Friday night and complete it on Sunday!  The work will conclude with an outdoor concert and celebration at Maxine’s house.

The project will take place September 21st – 23rd 2012.

Volunteer recruitment and training is underway and supplies are currently being prepared to tackle this project.

HOW CAN YOU HELP: Tax deductable donations can be made out to Asbury Church with a memo of Nehemiah Project if you would like to help with this project.