About Us

Creating positive change in the lives of children in the heart of our city
and the communities in which they live through the hope of Jesus Christ.

Sidewalk Hope is a mobile children’s church making weekly, year-round visits to low-income housing developments within the inner-city of Spartanburg, SC. Using a modified box truck with a drop-down side that converts into a stage and complete with media needs, Sidewalk Hope takes the gospel of Christ to children directly where they live. Each visit consists of praise and worship, Biblical teaching, scripture memory, games, incentives, a meal or healthy snack, and individual or group prayer time. Sidewalk Hope currently serves 200-250 children per week and is currently the only organization of its kind in the Spartanburg community.

OUR HISTORY

 

Late in 2014, a need was identified in our city for children who had limited access  to church. After much prayer, a search began for a truck that would suit the purpose of ministering to large groups of children in the heart of our city, specifically within the Highlands community.  A specialized truck was located that would meet the needs of a mobile children’s church. Hope Point Church graciously purchased the truck so our Sidewalk Hope ministry could begin. During this same time, we began designing our logo, establishing a Prayer Advisory Team, and planning how we would minister to the children in our community.

In the Spring of 2015, Sidewalk Hope began going into three housing developments within Spartanburg.  Site visits were made weekly in each community and attendance grew. As Sidewalk Hope began to grow, more volunteers were trained and supporting churches came on board to co-labor in taking the gospel to children and their families right where they live. In addition to the weekly site visits, a Discipleship School grew as a need for those children who made a decision to follow Christ or who expressed an interest for more in-depth learning. Each year, thirty-six children in grades 1-8 are chosen to complete an annual nine-month discipleship program.

We were thankful to receive our 501(c)3 status in 2017, which enabled us to continue doing even greater work God called us to do within this city. We have been able to expand our ministry to include not only the spiritual needs of our children, but also some of their physical and emotional needs through special events such as Back-to-School Backpacks, Christmas Blessings, Truth and Treat, and benevolence needs. 

In 2019, a fourth site was added to the weekly schedule. Approximately, 55 more children are now able to hear how precious and valuable they are to Jesus and their Heavenly Father, and how they can have a personal relationship with someone who loves them dearly.  Sidewalk Hope remains in prayer and is always willing to go where God leads….

Today, we continue to build on-going relationships with over 250 children and their families each week and serve a little over 500 children annually. Sidewalk Hope is committed to being a long-term presence in these communities and ministering to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the children we serve ~ all to His glory. 

 

 

OUR MISSION

The mission of Sidewalk Hope is to positively impact the lives of children in the heart of our city
and the communities in which they live
through the hope of Jesus Christ.

                                            OUR VISION

 

The vision of Sidewalk Hope is for all children living in areas of concentrated poverty to have access to the Gospel and the hope it provides for a brighter future through the life-changing love of Jesus Christ.

By meeting children where they are, personally investing in their lives and presenting the Gospel in a fun, accessible way, we believe we can build long-term relationships that lead to a brighter future and better lives for the children in our city.

 

Join us and make a difference!