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The Three Most Underserved People in Your Community 

underserved people in your community

The heart of outreach is loving people enough to do something about it. Here are three underserved people in your community that you and your church can adopt, Bibles designed specifically for them, and organizations that can help you get started. 

1. Prisoners Are Underserved People in Your Community 

There is no life so broken that it can’t be restored and made whole again by God. Your church can bring hope to the men and women behind bars. The family members of prisoners are often also in need of assistance and encouragement. 

WAYS TO HELP: 

  • Our friends at Prison Fellowship make it easy to get involved and connect with local chaplains. Visit PrisonFellowship.org to learn how your church can minister to prisoners and their families.
  • The Free on the Inside Bible features personal testimonies, extra study helps, the easy-to-read complete Bible text of the New International Reader’s Version, a generous 9.3-point type.

2. Law Enforcement and Emergency Personnel Are Underserved People in Your Community 

Police, firefighters, and EMTs dedicate their lives to protecting others and saving lives. We can show them our gratitude by delivering homemade cookies, notes of thanks and encouragement, and prayers for their safety and protection as they serve. 

WAYS TO HELP: 

  • Two organizations, Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers and Fellowship of Christian Firefighters, can connect you with more ways to serve your local emergency personnel. Connect with them at FCPO.org and FellowshipOfChristianFirefighters.org.
  • Peacemakers and Answering the Call are compact and portable New Testaments with Psalms and Proverbs featuring real-life stories and the easy-to-read New International Version.

3. Immigrants and Refugees Are Underserved People in Your Community 

There are so many ways your church can help displaced families who are now living in your community, from English classes to clothing drives—even something as simple as helping them navigate the grocery store for the first time. 

WAYS TO HELP:

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Christine Yount Jones is Content Director for Outreach Media Group. She has published several books and hundreds of articles about ministry in the last three decades. Before his death in 2003, Michael Yount and Christine had three children. Now, she and her husband, Ray Jones, together have five grown kids.