DSC_6293 internet versionWelcome to Nicholas Hood III Ministries which is a non-profit, 501 c-3 organization in formation and awaiting its determination letter from the IRS with the purpose of funding and supporting missions both within the United States and throughout the world. Currently, there are three missions which are supported by the Nicholas Hood III Ministries: The Gregory, Johnella and Marie Moses Computer Mission of the Plymouth United Church of Christ, which donates brand new computers to inner city students in Detroit, Michigan; the construction of a high school in Liberia and the Ethiopian North American Health Professions Association.

DSC_7155 internet versionSince 1997, I have been involved with several mission projects on a local and global level. The 1997 and 1999 missions were focused on providing specific relief to the Sarbo Tribe, which is part of a larger tribe in Liberia known as the Grabo Tribe. Dr. Johnson Jewlee Weah Tweh, who is a member of the church I pastor in Detroit, Michigan, the Plymouth United Church of Christ, is a member of the Sarbo Tribe, and together along with the support of our church, we have raised thousands of dollars and medicines that we personally provided to his people when they were refugees of war during the civil conflict in Liberia in 1997 and in the years following. These two missions were comprised of small groups of individuals who accompanied us into refugee villages in neighboring Cote D’Ivoire. $27,000 was raised by the DSC_7345 internet versionPlymouth United Church of Christ which enabled over 2000 members of the Sarbo Tribe to return to Liberia from Cote D’Ivoire after the civil war. In 2013, my wife, Denise accompanied me and Dr. Tweh to Liberia to reconnect with several of the persons he and I assisted in their efforts to return home after the war. One of the things that was apparent when we visited the ancestral home of Dr. Tweh, the village of Sweken, in the River Gee area of Liberia, was the need for a high school. Currently, there is a junior high school, but there is no high school in their area for graduates to matriculate. So, a need has been born and I have promised Dr. Tewh that I would help him raise funds to construct a high school for that remote part of Liberia.

017 enhancedThe Ethiopian Mission was founded by another member of my church along with his wife, Dr. Ingida Asfaw and Dr. Elizabeth Asfaw. The name of the mission is Ethiopian North American Health Professions. Together, the Asfaw’s have brought several innovations in health care to Ethiopia including the first open heart surgery. I have accompanied the Asfaw’s to Ethiopia four times. My last mission to Ethiopia was in 2012 for the dedication of a Maternal Child Hospital that the Asfaw’s developed in Awassa, Ethiopia. To learn more about this vital mission please go to www.enapha.org

Why am I doing this at this point in my life? Simply because I want to be a help to those in need. I believe that Jesus the Christ demands and expects that those of us who would follow him must serve others. Listen to the words of Jesus regarding serving others:

42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” [1] (Mark 10)

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33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” [2] (Mark 9)

Listen to how the Apostle Paul interpreted the insistence of Jesus that those who believe in him serve those who are in need:

For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. [3] (2 Corinthians 4)

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself[4] (Galatians 5)

So, here we are at the “Launch” of Nicholas Hood III Ministries. I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about this new ministry. If you would like to partner with me in this ministry and if you would like to know more about what it is all about, please go to www.nicholashoodIIIministries.org

Prayer Book-CoverI would also like you to consider picking up a copy of my new book, which is also my first book, entitled, “The Test, The Strength, The Endurance and the Way Out.” This book is a compilation of some of my favorite prayers and photographs that I have written and taken. Proceeds from the book will go to support Nicholas Hood III Ministries and the missions that it supports. The book can be purchased on line at www.nicholashoodIIIministies.org for $15. However, the book can be purchased at a special discounted rate of $10 when purchased at the Plymouth United Church of Christ – 600 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, Michigan (9AM to 5 PM daily).

Thank you.

Nick

Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Additional prayers and meditations that I have written can be found at http://puccdetroit.wordpress.com/

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Mk 10:42–45). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Mk 9:33–37). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (2 Co 4:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Ga 5:13–14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.