Arrows Nest Memphis
A Refuge for Children in Crisis
'Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward of him, Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full.' PSALM 127:3-5
Arrows Nest serves as a refuge of comfort and love for children in crisis in the Memphis area, and an open door for friends and neighbors who may have never experienced being welcome and accepted into the family of Christ. We host children who live here full-time, visit here short term, attend backyard bible clubs, and have an open door for children to have a safe place to play when school is out. Here, family comes in all colors, sizes, and backgrounds to support and love one another with Christ at the center of it all.
MK Hill - I grew up in church and attended Christian school, but the gospel really came to life while working with children from hard places. I have participated in 20+ overseas mission trips, and love to serve and love alongside people from various backgrounds. Upon returning to Memphis, I began connecting with some of the cities' children who are living with homelessness, extreme poverty, abuse, incarcerated parents, mental illness, human trafficking, neglect, and found that the need right here is urgent for people and places to come alongside and be available to those in crisis situations. I moved from the middle class suburbs, to a very low-income urban neighborhood and have lived for 3 years with an open door for dozens who need a place to call home for a day, a month, or forever while caring for the physical and spiritual needs of those around me. I do not do it alone however, as I have a strong support system of friends and family who are consistently providing materials, food, activities, community, prayers, and resources for all involved in this home.
I often get questions about why and how I do all of this, and the simple answer is Jesus. Practically living out the gospel and a biblical life means laying down your own comforts and going to the places where you see the most need. I continue to say yes when I receive the hard calls for cases that no other home will accept, because how could a true Christian with open beds say no to a child who God calls his beloved, and are the orphans and the widows who He calls us to go to in James 1. The statistics are outrageous, and once you have been inside the homes of hundreds of families in extreme poverty, there is no possible way to go on with daily life and not do all that you can to support them. Choosing to get into the mess of others' stories is hard, and I believe God calls us to do hard things and to make the most of our time here on earth for His glory.
I have had children in my front yard asking to go to church with me, and I have had to tell them no because I couldn't fit any more in my car. This breaks my heart, thinking of how many cars have empty seats which could occupy a soul begging to go and hear the gospel.
Current Material needs-
Childrens clothing and shoes- all sizes
Kids Picnic Table
Weekly popsicle and monthly pizza during summer
Weekly bible study leaders
Men to disciple and build relationships with young boys
- Department of Children's Services
- Safe Families for Children
- Fellowship Memphis
- Mercy Hill Missional Community
- Downline Ministries
- Memphis Athletic Ministries
- Binghampton Development Corporation
- Street Reach Memphis
- Restore Corps.
- Memphis Family Connection Center
- 1:17 Moms Foster/Adoptive Moms Group
- Vollintine Evergreen Community Association
- Living Hope - Vollintine Evergreen
- Collierville First Baptist Church
- Arrows Nest Tribe(friends and family)
It takes a village to raise a child, thank you for being a part of ours.
VENMO - @MK-Hill-1