Stirred up works to instill in the children the hope that has been taken from them through the negative aspects of life. The various outreach ministries we have to serve the children are listed below:.
A safe haven for boys to find purpose and vision for life. We meet regularly with about 20 boys to assess their growth, help them mature in their faith, and to provide discipleship in a home atmosphere.
Stirred-Up sponsors an after-school mentoring/tutoring program that meets once a week. Students are paired with an adult to foster a one -on-one relationship to enhance the students chances for success. During the meeting a hot meal is provided for all participants. The bond that is created from these interactions is life long for all involved. Each participant bringing their gifts together within the body of Christ gives everyone insight into another life prospective thus widening their world view.
Point your kids in the right direction – when they’re old they won’t be lost.
Proverbs 22:6 (MSG)
This core group of youth meets regularly in Darrell’s home to fellowship, sing, share, and learn life skills. During these meetings, group members grow in their faith, assess how they are doing, and experience discipleship in a home environment. This group has an average of three kids a week who stay with Darrell overnight and approximately twenty kids come to the house each night for dinner. The ministry also provides three kids a month with a complete set of clothes.
Live-in Accommodations – With parental consent, selected youth live for a time in Darrell’s home and experience God’s blessing of family life. Plenty of food and love and teaching are served up in his home.
Stirred Up Ministries works with students at the following area schools:
- Frederick Wilson Benteen Elementary School (APS)
- Burgess-Peterson Academy (APS)
- L.P. Miles Elementary School (APS)
- Harper-Archer Middle School (APS)
- Frederick Douglass High School (APS)
- Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School (APS)
- Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School (APS)
- South Atlanta High School (APS)
- Columbia High School (Dekalb)
- Ronald E. McNair Middle School (DeKalb)
- Ronald E. McNair High School (Dekalb)
- Tri-Cities High School (Fulton)
Stirred Up Ministries has partnered with local congregations to build relationships between youth and adults who can help them with their schoolwork. Ten kids met nightly for tutoring at the Refuge Center, and another ten received personal, individual tutoring.
Salt and Light
This program consists of teams in six academic areas (Math, English, Science, etc.) who would work towards competing and winning competitions in their disciplines. The program would include devotionals and Bible study, with the goal of winning kids for Christ.
On Purpose Group
Darrell visits area high schools and works with administrators to provide mentoring to at-risk youth. He teaches a class, twice a month to students selected by the school administrators. During the past year the class has been at M.H. Jackson High School and consisted of fifty 9th and 10th grade students.
The aim for this program is to assist teachers by supplimenting educational time with fun activities to aid in specific academic areas of need. This time also allows the teachers to get a bit of a respite in their busy day.
99 Plus 1
Darrell and others who work with Stirred Up ministries visit youth who have gone through the program and are now enrolled in college to encourage them and to help them in their discipleship. During the past year, they visited 59 students monthly at the following colleges and universities:
- Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College
- Albany University
- Atlanta Metropolitan University
- Barber-Scotia University
- Clayton College and State University
- Columbus State University
- Emory University
- Fort Valley University
- Georgia College
- Gordon College
- Mercer University
- Middle Georgia College
- South Georgia College
- Savannah State College
- Valdosta State University
- West Georgia University
The ministry also runs a summer jobs program for students starting college.