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May 5, 2014

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Friends start outreach ministry

PLAINFIELD — A group of friends have started a new ministry called Active Grace that will reach out to Marion, Morgan and Hendricks counties.

The mission of Active Grace is to display the grace of Jesus by meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people in the community. They will walk alongside them in their time of need, encouraging the development of healthy, Christ-centered families and relationships.

The ministry was started in January 2014 by Ryan and Amber Chapman and Matt and Michelle Nysewander, all who live in Hendricks County.

“We wanted to do some kind of ministry and last November we got together and brainstormed,” Ryan Chapman said. “Two weeks after, we decided to start something after my wife met a homeless lady and we started working with her.”

The programs Active Grace is and will be offering include a gardening project where families work together to grow healthy food; a housing program where Active Grace provides both short- and long-term options to people to help lower the homeless rate; classes in cooking, budgeting and basic life skills designed to develop families and lift them out of poverty; and homeless help kits that include basic necessity items and healthy foods.

“Active Grace is a not-for-profit, relationship based organization,” Ryan Chapman said. “The leftover food we have from the gardening project, we’ll give to food pantries and shelters in the area. We also have placed two families so far into long-term housing, and we’ve been working with them for job training too.”

Active Grace is looking to get funding for one location and they eventually want to expand to towns all around the county. They also want to partner with other businesses and organizations in the area.

As part of their education program, the Nysewanders have started a tutoring program at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library.

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