His WarehouseHis Warehouse is a Christian outreach to the inner-city of Jacksonville, Florida. As part of Words To Works Ministries, its focus is on the adult community that is found on Main Street every Friday night. Many of these live in the nearby trailer parks; many of these are homeless; all of these are loved by our Lord.
Located at 7111 North Main Street, His Warehouse is opened up on Friday nights to welcome in those who will come. Mission groups from around the city and around Florida provide a meal, entertainment and, for those who need it, a shower and fresh change of clothes. It is our greatest hope that some will take this opportunity pray and come back to the Lord God who calls to them.
For those who wish to expand on this one night ministry, we invite you to participate in our 24-hour Late Nights @ His Warehouse outreach. Following the Friday night event, you will spend the night at our Missionary Training Center and the next morning, after breakfast, embarq on a totally different mission experience such as light construction, painting, food/clothing pantry. Back for lunch and then out again, this time for an afternoon children’s day camp at one of the nearby multi-family complexes: games, crafts, Bible stories. Then you’re packed up and out by 6pm. 24 hours, 3 missions, $39 per person. The next morning you can share your experience with your church body, giving testimony to how, in such a short period of time, you’ve touched lives and been changed yourself!
No matter who you are or where your talents lie, there is a place for you to serve at His Warehouse. Youth, adults, senior citizens, choirs, family groups, drama teams, Sunday school classes, and so many more are all welcome. While we work closely with Southern Baptist Convention churches, we invite all who love the Lord and want to spread His love and Good News. Denominational lines become irrelevant when our focus is on mission, evangelism and God’s kingdom. Our primary emphasis is to show the lost the love of God, teach them that Jesus is the only answer, and encourage them to surrender themselves to the Holy Spirit who can empower them to have victory in every area of their lives.
We invite all Christian organizations to partner with us in this outreach. The opportunities to participate are many, on-site, with supplies, or financially. Groups may come for just a Friday night or stay in our facility to take advantage of our complete Late Nights @ His Warehouse 24-hour mission trip. You will find here on our website information on this 24-hour experience. As part of the Words To Works Ministries, we also offer 3– and 7-day mission trips. Please contact us about tailoring a successful trip for you!
Who can come on mission?
Everyone! We believe that the Great Commission is a command to all therefore it is one of our goals to make obedience to this command a reality for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ. While we work closely with the Southern Baptist Convention churches, we invite all who love the Lord and want to spread His love and Good News. Denominational lines become irrelevant when our focus is on mission evangelism and God’s kingdom.
We're here to serve God. Why do you charge us?
Words To Works Ministries will both feed and house you during this period. Additionally, we are a year ‘round ministry with year ‘round expense. The money from mission groups is the primary source of our funding. All money collected goes back into our ministry.
Is it safe?
Your safety is our primary concern. We have never had a safety issue, and if you follow our simple guidelines, you should not have one either. Always travel in groups of four. Never travel without a man in your group. Do not go into the local stores. Do not wear flashy jewelry or flash money. If you follow these simple, common sense rules, there will be no problems.
Where will we stay?
Words To Works Ministries is located at 7137 North Main Street, on the corner of 63rd and Main. Groups stay in our Missionary Training Center (MTC), a two-story building adjacent to North Main Street Baptist Church. We will provide a bunk bed and pillow, but ask that you bring your own twin sheets and blankets. If you need sheets, please let us know ahead of time. Showers are available. Please provide your own towel and toiletries.
Where will we eat?
There is a large kitchen and fellowship hall in the MTC. We’ll do all the cooking Sunday morning through Thursday night. Fridays are a free day for both groups and interns, and Saturday is our clean-up day, so on those days groups eat out in the community.
Where can we keep our valuables?
Please don’t bring them. You will be here a short time, so please leave at home your laptops, i-pods, jewelry, etc. Keep your cash on you in a wallet. Avoid bringing a purse. And, while we’re talking money, please do not give money to the people you meet. They will ask. Your answer is that you do not carry money with you.
His Warehouse MInistry
What is His Warehouse?
His Warehouse is a ministry set up out of the warehouse adjacent to Words To Works Ministries. Mission groups open it up to draw in the adult community found on Main Street every Friday night. Many of these live in the nearby trailer parks; many of these are homeless; all of these are loved by our Lord.
What do the mission groups do at His Warehouse?
Mission groups provide a meal, entertainment and, for those who need it, a shower and fresh change of clothes. It is our greatest hope that some will take this opportunity pray and come back to the Lord God who calls to them.
What is the 24-hour Late Nights @ His Warehouse outreach?
Late Nights is our high impact, minimum time mission trip. It starts with the Friday night outreach from our warehouse. Following the Friday night event, you will spend the night at our Missionary Training Center and the next morning, after breakfast, embarq on a totally different mission experience such as light construction, painting, food/clothing pantry. Back for lunch and then out again, this time for an afternoon children’s day camp at one of the nearby multi-family complexes: games, crafts, Bible stories. Then you’re packed up and out by 6pm. 24 hours, 3 missions, $39 per person. The next morning you can share your experience with your church body, giving testimony to how, in such a short period of time, you’ve touched lives and been changed yourself!
What is the cost of His Warehouse?
The 24-hour Late Nights @ His Warehouse trip is $39 per person. With that, you spend the night at our facility, are fed breakfast and lunch, and experience three mission opportunities.
For those who desire to only do the Friday night outreach, it is $10 per person. This is a great opportunity for local churches to schedule into their church calendar, to allow all of their members to get a taste of mission, to perhaps open their eyes to a part of Jacksonville that they do not usually see.
What should we wear for Late Nights?
Comfortable, casual clothes: jeans or longer shorts, t-shirts or sweatshirts. Closed-toe shoes, not sandals. Ladies, please do not wear short shorts or tight-fitted/low-cut tops. These prove to be a distraction and may bring undue attention to you. If you have team t-shirts, we encourage you wear them on Saturday. If you wish, you may buy Words To Works t-shirts for $10. Please do not wear matching shirts for Friday’s His Warehouse - you do not want to send an "us/them" signal.
Where is His Warehouse?
His Warehouse is located at 7111 North Main Street, adjacent to our Missionary Training Center. You will be cooking hot dogs just outside the chain link bay door, in the parking lot of the convenience store. You will control access to the building from the main entrance on the street. There is a small toilet room and separate shower room inside. Please check them frequently for cleanliness.
Why do we collect money from Christians who come to His Warehouse?
This is an opportunity for these brothers and sisters in Christ to be obedient to the command to Go! by supporting this outreach. Also, we most definitely welcome Christians, but we do not want His Warehouse to become a hangout exclusive to Christians. That would defeat the purpose. We welcome all but we do not want to inadvertently make the lost feel unwelcome. Be sure to immediately pass any money collected to a staff member so it can be locked away. Avoid flashing cash as much as possible.
What should we do for entertainment during Late Nights?
Remember that the entertainment is not the goal; it is a mechanism and a tool to help people relax and be receptive to conversations about Christ. Friday night you can set up a band or play music on our sound system, play a movie on the screen, perform a skit, offer karaoke, hold a comedy club,…. Be creative. At day camps, you’ll be working mostly with children under the age of 12. Bring crafts, sing songs, play games,…. But again, don’t forget the purpose - sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
How do we share Jesus with the different people we will meet during Late Nights?
First pray. Pray for opportunity. Pray for boldness. Pray for humility. Pray to have your heart broken for the people you will meet. And ask others to pray for you. Imagine the impact if you know that there are prayer warriors gathered together to pray for you while you are ministering!
When you are meeting with people, listen to them. If you are only there to talk and not to listen, they will know and shut down on you. Listen to them. Hear their story. Genuinely care. And pray for opportunity. When the Holy Spirit nudges you, share the hope that is in Jesus Christ. At some point in the evening, it may be appropriate for your team to share their testimony and offer a time of one-on-one and group prayer. Let God move in His Warehouse.
This may be totally new territory for may in your team so prepare ahead of time. The Go Manual has a lot of material to help you in this area. Also, an excellent book on one-on-one evangelism is The One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven by Mark Cahill.
How many people should we expect during the weekend event?
There is no predicting this. The Lord draws those whom He draws. Some Friday evenings there may 60 people. Others there may be just 6. Saturday day camps can draw 100 kids or just 10. It isn’t about the numbers. You have made yourself available to the Lord. He will plan the divine appointments. You just show up ready and willing!
What type of people will we meet during Late Nights?
All types, ranging from residents of the trailer parks to people looking to buy drugs on the street corner. Friday night you can expect to meet drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, homosexuals, and those just going through hard times. These are the same people that Jesus sought out, bringing upon Himself condemnation from the religious leaders of His day. Pray for a soft heart. Pray for understanding. And pray for boldness in Christ. Again, if we hide from these people then they will never be reached.
Why do we need to bring so much food for Friday night?
We never know how many people you will be ministering to, so you want to be ready for God to open the floodgates! Should there be anything left over, don’t worry - it will be used in the ministry.
Why do you specify Bush's Baked Beans in the food list for His Warehouse?
If we don’t specify, we get a lot of generic brands that taste, well, let’s just say not so great. It’s even worse when we mix cans together. Plus Bush’s Bake Beans are Pastor Nick’s favorite, and if he's happy, we're happy! And don’t bring chicken and turkey franks! Yuck. Consider the food as if you were feeding to Him or angels unaware!
Why do we have to set up the Party Room for Saturday morning?
His Warehouse is converted into Go Inflatables Party Room on Saturday. Go Inflatables came about as a way to generate financial support for Words To Works Ministries. Rather than rent inflatables from businesses for our day camps and block parties, Pastor Nick decided to set up an inflatables business that others could rent from, with the profits going to the ministry. The Party Room is just another part of this. It provides a safe environment for those who want to have an inflatables party for their child but not living in an area that permits this. Since the proceeds go back into the ministry, we save every penny we can. By helping with the set up, you are essentially donating the money that would otherwise have to be paid to an employee!