“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. All for the sake of the gospel…”
1 Corinthians 9: 22-23
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Shirlynn Kelly was called to youth ministry in 1994. She has served hundreds of youth in Georgia, Haiti, Peru, New York, and London, England. The common denominator in every people group is their need for Jesus Christ, and the hope freely given by Him. Her passion to share the Good News of the Gospel with youth has afforded her the privilege of serving as Youth Director at Awakening Fires Ministry. Committed to Jesus Christ and His command to “go”, she believes that a youth culture that trusts and obeys God’s Word is the transforming power that cultivates hope not despair, and light rather than darkness.
Joshua Club meets every Wednesday evening at 6:00pm. Shirlynn leads this outreach effort to the children of Ft. Hill; games, activities, bible study, fun, and food. This ministry serves as an open door to the community. It leads to getting children involved in summer activities as well as connecting children to martial arts, community choir, Camp Grace, summer gardening, football, and tutoring.
“…for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous!” Joshua 1: 8-9
Obedience brings blessings. The Word of God is our compass. Joshua Club meets every Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 in the youth room of Redeeming Hope Center, a safe and fun environment, we encourage and equip youth to develop personal relationships with Jesus Christ. Our mission is to share Jesus Christ through Word and deed transforming lives to The Glory of God.
Before there was a Hope Center or any other outreach effort, there was a vision to take the presence of God to the hardest places of our city through prayer, praise and intercession. This will always be the core mission of Awakening Fires Ministry, and we look forward to these tent events returning in 2019.
We believe the Lord wants to do something in our city that will be a blessing to the world. If you have a burden to pray for our city, we would love to have you join us in an effort to cover our city in prayer and praise.
We have a city in need of God’s Presence. We are also a city with such a rich musical heritage. Music is a powerful weapon and tool in delivering God’s presence. God responds to the cry of his people. We are gathering experienced worshipers, raising up young singers and musicians, training them to both cry out to God and sing and pronounce the hope of His response.
On Mondays we are developing a community choir and training and preparing Worship leaders for upcoming tent events this coming spring.
Partnering with Northeast Raiders
Our intention is to use football as a vehicle to engage the young men of Fort Hill. Our practices are held in Davis Homes, and we are actively pursuing relationships with the coaches and team at Northeast High School. We desire for our football teams to feed into the middle and high school team on the “Eastside.”
We also enjoyed serving the Northeast High School Raiders varsity and JV teams a spaghetti dinner each Monday night for this past season (2018), and we believe they enjoyed it as well. We look forward to building and expanding our relationships with the Northeast High School coaches and players, and cheering them on.
Football and Mentoring
We love all the children of Macon. At Awakening Fires Ministry, we are especially drawn to support, nurture and develop young men. We want to see young boys flourish mentally, socially, physically and spiritually. We believe football is a high impact solution to the heart of young men. As coaches, we have the opportunity to spend 10 to 15 hours a week with young boys teaching them about teamwork, responsibility, and physical and mental toughness.
In 2018, we partnered with the Central Georgia Raiders and joined the Metro Atlanta Youth Football Conference (MAYFC). Our young men enjoyed the opportunity to play teams from all over the state of Georgia. We had four teams compete in various age groups from 5 to 12 years old: 5-6; 7-8; 9-10; and 11-12-year-olds. Two of our four teams made the playoffs in this, our very first season.
We look forward to growing our teams and deepening our relationships in the years to come.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Martial Arts is a great tool to teach discipline and self-control. We are called to make disciples, it is impossible to be a disciple without discipline.
Sensei Caleb Antoine and Sensei Chris Cole have faithfully served the families of Awakening Fires and Fort Hill for over three years now. They conduct workouts and training on Mondays and Wednesdays each week. They do this year round.
They both enjoy engaging in the development of their students. One of their favorite events is to take their students to competitions around the state.