Featured people, organizations and/or projects that are in need of your support are listed below.
Featured people, organizations and/or projects that are in need of your support are listed below.
What is your current title and what do you do at AMG?
My title is the Maintenance Technician. I fix anything that needs fixing or if it is beyond fixing I get prices on replacing it. I also do monthly preventive maintenance things like changing air filters, testing emergency backup lights, etc. And of course, there is also the “other duties as assigned” which includes a wide variety of things: loading, unloading, set up, clean up, move things, trimming bushes, spraying weeds, spreading mulch, as well as: “What’s that noise?” “What’s that smell?” “Catch that critter!”
When and how did you start working here?
I started on December 26, 1990. And it happened like this: After being laid off from my first Electronic Technician job after college for some reason I expressed to a group at my church, a desire to work at a Christian Organization and they prayed for that. But in reality I thought it would be highly unlikely that a Christian Organization would need an electronic technician and I also wanted to stay in Chattanooga, which made it even more unlikely that this prayer would be answered. And it wasn’t… right away. But 2 ½ years later… when the company that I did go to work for started having serious financial trouble, I decide to glance at the newspaper ads to see what was available in case they did go out of business. And… to my surprise, there was an ad that read “Christian Organization seeks an Electronic Technician”. They hired me! And later, I was moved to the Maintenance Department, and here I am, 24 years later, amazed at the way God answers prayer.
What is something you enjoy doing outside of the office?
I really like Christian Movies and Christian Music, and believe that stories and song go beyond the logic and reasoning of a person and touch the emotional core of the heart. So I love to go to Christian Movies and Christian Concerts and experience God working beyond “learned information” and touching and moving hearts, mine and others, as well.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
First, I must first confess that unless there is a structure with the book (like a group going through it or daily dated readings) I not really good at finishing a book. I’m just not good at sitting down daily to read. That said, I am going through a book from Answers in Genesis Ministries with a friend. It is called The New Answers Book One by Ken Ham and we are learning so much about Creationism that we never knew. Secondly, I was given a One Year Bible a few years ago, which has daily dated readings including sections from the OT, NT, a Psalm, and a Proverb for each particular day. For some reason this structure connected with me, and I still try to read from it daily. I use the NLT version. Thirdly, another way I can get totally through a book is to get it in an audio book. My favorite recently is by Max Lucado and is called Grace: More than we Deserve, Greater than We Imagine. Another audio book that I’ve recently been listening to is Fathered by God by John Eldredge.
Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?
I used to want to go to some foreign country and live there. I even purchased several 3-level language courses to learn the language before I got there (Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, etc.). But it never worked out. So now I am going by the philosophy of “grow where you’re planted” and recently I do seem to be growing, by the Grace of Jesus in many areas, relationally, emotionally, and in my walk with Jesus. And I really like living here in Chattanooga, TN. So if I could go anywhere in the world, I might visit a few places, but then come back home to Chattanooga.
What would you be if you could be anything in the world?
I used to want to do great things for God and be a missionary, but that never worked out either. It seems that my personality, relational skills, communication skills, and talents didn’t match well with the Missionary Job, but they do match well, at least somewhat, with being a Maintenance Technician. Uhm, how about that? And working at a missionary organization in Maintenance is almost like being a helper to a missionary. So if I could be anything in the world, I would be… a maintenance technician for a Christian organization in my hometown. And since this job was an answer to prayer and I did start the day after Christmas, it was almost like this job was God’s Christmas gift to me. And if God gives you a gift, you should be thankful for it forever…at least forever, if not longer. :)
What is one thing that the Lord teaching you right now?
Two things, actually: First, as you can tell from the last two questions, He is teaching me to be content. Neil Anderson defined Being Content as “Wanting what you already have” (from his book, Victory over the Darkness). Secondly, He is teaching me so much about Grace. His Grace flowing in and through His followers is so much deeper than I previously realized. It is forgiving, giving, hoping and expecting good, joy, peace and so much more. He started teaching me about this, first from Kyle Idleman’s study called Not A Fan. One phrase captured my attention and sums it up well. The phrase is “Followers of Jesus are humble and are quick to give the same Grace to others, that they received from Jesus Christ.” This is easy to say, but I’m still growing in actually living it out, each day, and I’m sure that I will be for the rest of my life. Second in my learning about Grace, was the audio book by Max Lucado about Grace (mentioned in question 4). I learned so much from that audio book and he brings it to life with so many real life stories. Thirdly on the Grace subject, He led me to a music CD by MercyMe (a Contemporary Christian Group) called “Welcome to the New.” Every song on that CD is about Grace and how new and different it is from when we try to live the Christian Life in our own effort.
Tell us something you remember about Dr. Z:
I think that one thing I remember about Dr. Zodhiates, besides what others have already mentioned, is that he was thrifty. I think he was like this in his personal life, and he definitely was with the ministry of AMG. He would try to do a project as inexpensively as possible. He would try to keep the overhead cost of the ministry down-- I think the sole reason he started the profit-making companies of AMG (CLW and AMG Publishers) was not to make a profit, but to pay for the overhead cost of the ministry. Also, He would always give an invitation, as he spoke in churches, for people to come to Chattanooga in their retirement years and be volunteers at AMG, which again reduced the overhead of the ministry. I think that as the people who donated to the ministry saw this, it built their trust in AMG, as they realized that their donations would go to the mission field and be used effectively there.
AMG International has multiple support opportunities that will align with your heart in touching the world with God's love. Check out these opportunities today!
AMG's Bridge to Life childcare ministries are funded through sponsorship, to provide a special connection between individual children and their supporters.
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Each of us has committed acts that are sinful. But more than that, because we are born with a sinful nature, we fall short of God's standard of perfection.
Because God is holy, He cannot look upon sin or accept sinful man into His presence. Yet because of His great love, He has made provision for man's sin...
Jesus is not just a good man, moral teacher or historical figure. He is God in a human body.
The death of Christ demonstrated the love of God and satisfied the demands of His holiness. His perfect sacrifice paid for our sins and took them away.
We cannot come to God on our own terms. God, who created us, has provided a way for us to know Him, but that way is only through His Son, Jesus.
It is not enough to believe intellectually that there is a God, or that Jesus existed as an historical figure, nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. Each of us must respond to God through an act of the will.
Salvation is turning from our old way of living, independent from God, and turning to Him and the new life He offers.
"...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." - Romans 10:9-10
Salvation is a result not just of intellectually believing or of having an emotional experience. Salvation comes when we are ready to surrender our wills to Him. It is not just the words we say, but the attitude of our hearts. If you would like to receive Christ, this is the attitude He is looking for...
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One-Click Donate allows you to quickly given one-time donations to causes that interest you by using the billing methods you have saved to your account on AMG Online.
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There are two ways to financially give to AMG International: personalized and general. Choose which option works best for you.
List below are the most common questions that we receive concerning child sponsorships. As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 800.251.7206, ext. 421.
Child sponsorship includes prayer and financial support for your child. It costs $32 dollars a month, or $384 a year to sponsor a child. But equally important is the prayer support that your child receives from you. This is the advantage of pairing children with sponsors - the individual attention.
Yes! We encourage you to write to your child . The letters that you write will help build a valuable relationship that your child will never forget. Usually twice a year your child will write to you.
You can write a traditional letter and mail it to AMG, or you can create an account online and write to your child, as well as your childâ€™s development center, from your account page. (Please note that all communications to and from donors come to the home office for processing. No direct communication is permitted for the security and safety of children, donors, and field staff.)
Yes! We receive gifts for sponsored children around the world â€“ from toys to books to clothing. You may not know, however,
that once shipping, duties, and other expenses are included, even something as small as a box of crayons and a coloring
book could cost over $50 to send to the field!
If you plan to give a special gift:
We recommend a minimum of $15 but a good average is $25 to $50 by most sponsors. You may go up to $100 if you so desire. We request that you do not exceed the $100 amount on any single special occasion. If you have a unique situation you may contact the sponsorship department at 1-800-251-7206 and a staff member will discuss this with you.
AMG's mission is to advance the gospel with compassion. Impacting a child and a family with the gospel includes an awareness of the children's needs and a purposeful participation in helping those in our sponsorship program. Our child development centers are designed to impact a child mentally, physically, emotionally and most of all spiritually. There is no end to the needs and difficult circumstances every child brings to AMG and this is why our sponsorship program helps each child with nutrition, medical care, personal development, Bible study and spiritual training. AMG does not facilitate the building of homes or major lifestyle changes for the families connected to AMG. This type of involvement from outside sources very often creates serious problems for the family and the local community the child and family live within. Please see FAQ "How Much is Appropriate To Give For Special Gifts".
Children under the care of AMG receive a hot, nutritious meal and a snack each day along with access to medical care if needed. Children are provided educational opportunities and are tutored if necessary. Childcare center staff members encourage children to take advantage of every opportunity they have to learn new skills. Children are given new outfits of clothing and shoes once or twice a year. Each child is given a clear presentation of the gospel, with the hope that they will become a Christian, and reach his or her world for Christ.
AMG has always approached the care of children with a holistic emphasis...daily food, education, access to medical care and most of all, the gospel. Every child receives more benefits and access to services than any one sponsorship could provide therefore all sponsorship funds are pooled for the maximum benefit of your child and all of those attending their center. Your sponsorship dollars are combined with your fellow sponsors so that every child receives uninterrupted care regardless of the possibility that a sponsor misses sending their sponsorship donation on any given month. Your faithfulness and that of every sponsor giving regularly will ensure the maximum benefits for your child as well as all the children in the Child Sponsorship program.
We understand that circumstances change and sometimes it may be necessary for you to give up your sponsorship. In this situation, notify us and we will begin looking for another sponsor for your child.
While we ask that your sponsorship commitment last at least one year, the length of time during which you sponsor a child is up to you. Sponsorship programs help AMG provide food, clothing, medical care and education to children until they reach age 18 or complete their final year of education and leave the sponsorship program. Most of the children AMG serves rely on these programs for their wellbeing. When a sponsorship lapses or is discontinued, AMG will seek out another sponsor rather than discontinue or interrupt the care for that child. Sponsors wishing to extend their relationship with a sponsored child beyond age 18 may do so if the child continues their affiliation with AMG either as a Bible student or National Worker.
AMG sponsors short-term mission trips around the world. Frequently, we will go to countries where childcare centers are located. When we go to the country where your child lives, we encourage you to participate in that trip. Short-term trips are a great way to share the love of Jesus and meet the child that you have chosen to sponsor.
If you are ready to sponsor a child now, write, call, or click here to select a particular child. Or, if you would like us to assign you the child in greatest need, simply write to or call us. As soon as we receive your first donation of $32, we will send you a photograph and biographical and family information about your child. If you are interested, but have more questions, click here to email your questions or call 1-800-251-7206, ext. 421 and we will be glad to assist you.
Listed below are the most common questions that we receive concerning national worker sponsorships. As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 800.251.7206.
National worker sponsorship includes prayer and financial support for your national worker. It costs $50 dollars a month, or $600 a year to sponsor a national worker. But equally important is the prayer support that your national worker receives from you. This unique partnership is an important part of a national worker's ministry.
Yes! We encourage you to write to your national worker. The letters that you write will help build a valuable relationship as you come alongside your national worker to encourage them in their ministry. Your national worker partner will send personal letters and ministry updates to you at least twice a year.
Yes. We do ask that you send money and not gifts-in-kind because of the difficulties involved in shipping packages. The money that is sent for the national worker will go 100% to them. Other gifts that are designated for family birthdays, specific ministry projects or personal needs are welcome as well.
Your support is intended to supplement the income and ministry needs of your sponsored national worker. For some national workers, sponsorship funds enable them to acquire basic necessities like food staples and clothing or to pay their children's school fees. Other national workers may be amply provided for personally, but welcome the sponsorship assistance to print materials, equip facilities, hold special ministry events, or purchase supplies. In either case, your support is a significant contribution to the effectiveness of a national worker's ministry.
Not necessarily. Many factors help define a meaningful support level for each national worker, including the cost of living for the country in which they serve; therefore some national workers are assigned more sponsorships than others. We work closely with our field directors to assess the needs of each national worker.
We welcome regular sponsorship as well as one-time ministry gifts for all of the national workers who partner with AMG. Each and every gift is a valuable contribution to the effectiveness of a national worker's ministry.
We understand that circumstances change and sometimes it may be necessary for you to give up your sponsorship. In this situation, please notify us and we will begin looking for another sponsor for your national worker.
While we ask that your sponsorship commitment last at least one year, the length of time during which you sponsor a national worker is up to you. Sponsorship programs help AMG provide support to national workers until their ministry reaches a self-sustaining point or the national worker has completed their term of service. Many of our sponsors have enjoyed lengthy, fruitful relationships with the same national worker; others have had the opportunity to assist multiple successors.
AMG sponsors short-term mission trips around the world. Frequently, we will go to places where sponsored national workers are serving. When we go to the country where your national worker partner serves, we encourage you to participate in that trip. Short-term trips are a great way to share the love of Jesus and minister alongside the national worker you have chosen to sponsor in a whole new way.
Currently AMG partners with national workers in 26 countries. You can click here to view the majority of national workers that are available for sponsorship. However, for security reasons, not all of our national workers are individually represented on the site. If you do not see a particular country or ministry represented in which you are interested, please feel free to contact us at 800.251.7206 for further information.
If you are ready to sponsor a national worker now, please write, call, or click here to select a particular national worker. Or, if you would like us to assign you the national worker in greatest need, simply contact us. As soon as we receive your first donation of $50, we will send you the photograph, biographical information, and ministry testimony of your national worker. If you are interested, but have more questions, click here to email your questions or call 800.251.7206 and ask for Meredith.
There are no age requirements for MA team members. All applicants are subject to approval by the MA Team Leader. Minors (under 18 years old) who apply to participate must have a guardian that is at least 21 years old who will also be a participant on the trip. The type of ministry of certain trips on the field may preclude a minor's participation on the trip. Families are encouraged to participate on MA Teams.
Yes. Appropriate training is provided covering areas of cultural training, support development, spiritual preparation, etc.
Immunizations vary from field to field. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has recommendations for all fields. The basic immunizations recommended are Tetanus and Hepatitis A. However, some fields require additional immunizations and medications.
AMG will provide assistance in writing support letters and developing a Biblical understanding of support raising.
The trip cost covers all related travel and in-country expenses (i.e. air transportation, housing, food, insurance, in-country travel, etc.) You would be responsible for transportation to and from the originating airport, meals in the airport, and any personal items you would purchase on the field (i.e. snacks, souvenirs, etc.).
Typically a $100 deposit is due at the time of registration for the trip. One half of the balance of the trip is due 60 days prior to departure and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to departure. All documents should be submitted 90 days prior to departure.
Yes. Each Mission Adventure has its own designated page where you can give to support a team. To find a specific Mission Adventure, go to the Mission Adventure Trip Schedule Page and click on your trip. Then click the "Click Here to Support Trip" button to begin the payment process.
If a trip is organized for a specific church, school, or other group, it is typically not "open" for registrations outside that group. These designations are reflected on the trip schedule. However, if you have a particular interest in joining one of these teams, you can contact us as some teams are open to additional team members.
First-time trip registrations begin with an Online Missions Profile. Log in or create a new account, then click "Account" to access your Online Missions Profile under the "Mission Adventures" heading. Once the six sections of your profile are completed, find the trip of your choice on the Mission Adventure Trip Schedule and register for the trip. AMG will then approve your registration, and you will receive an email explaining how to upload the documents needed for the trip. You will be able to pay more toward your trip from the same page where you upload documents. Upon uploading all documents and paying the rest of your trip balance, the registration process will be complete.
An Online Missions Profile (OMP) serves as your application for a trip and contains personal information such as contact information, your personal testimony, passport information, etc. You only have to complete an OMP once; after that the OMP can be updated at any time. With second and subsequent trip registrations, you can simply check to make sure all of your information is current.
Log in to your account and click "Account". Under the "Mission Adventures" heading, click "Your Enrolled Trips." There you will see the trips that you are registered for and where to upload your documents. Download the documents needed by clicking the blue text, complete the documents, scan them to your computer, then use the "Submit Now" buttons to upload your documents.
You can still begin the registration process for a Mission Adventure, even if have applied for but have not yet received your passport. On your Online Missions Profile under "Update Your Primary Information," check "I Have Applied for My Passport and Have Not Received It Back." When you do receive your passport, you will need to go back and update your Online Missions Profile with your passport information. If you are considering going on a Mission Adventure and do not have a passport, be sure to apply for your passport well in advance of the registration deadline of your chosen trip. Also, if your passport expires within the next 6 months, you will need to renew your passport before registering for a trip.
Log in to your account and click "Account". Under the "Mission Adventures" heading, click "Your Enrolled Trips." There you will see the trips that you are registered for and the button to pay more toward your trip.
To share a trip on Social Media, go to AMG's Home Page and go to "Click Here to see all AMG Countries, Sponsorship & Support Opportunities." Use the "Narrow By" tool to the left to find your trip. Open the trip page you are looking for and use the Social Media icons on the trip page to share the trip with your friends and family.
During the process of registration, you will be asked to choose between the options of paying for your deposit or of notifying AMG that your church/school/group is paying for your deposit. Type the name of your church/school/group in the text box when completing the next step of registration.
Log in on the website and then click "Account". Under Mission Adventures, click "View Trip Reports." This will allow you to see applicant information including Registration Status and which documents team members have submitted to AMG.
Most likely, you are typing in the wrong password. To reset your password, click "I Forgot My Password" on the login screen. Type in your email and then click "Reset Password." You will be sent an email with a link to reset your password. It is also possible that you are attempting to log in with an email address other than the one that was used to create the account. If you do not remember the email address associated with the website account, please give us a call at 800.251.7206.
The pencil icons beside each section indicate whether a section has been completed or not. If there is a + sign beside a section, that section is not complete and needs more information. When you attempt to save that particular section, anything that needs to be corrected will be highlighted in red.
If you see that your trip registration has been declined, this can mean that your Online Mission Profile is lacking important information or contains obvious errors OR that you have registered for a trip for which you do not qualify. You will receive a follow-up email that will give you further instructions or explain why your registration has been denied.
Once you receive the approval email notification, log in to the website and click "Account." Under the "Mission Adventures" heading, click "Your Enrolled Trips." This page contains the next steps in the registration process, which are to upload your documents and pay the remaining balance for your trip.
If you are not able to upload your documents, the second option is to mail the documents to our Home Office in Chattanooga, TN. Send your document copies to AMG International, ATTN: Mission Adventures, P.O. Box 182200, Chattanooga, TN 37422.
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