Great Commission Ministries, Inc. is
a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation. It is not affiliated with any
other group with a similar sounding name. We were originally
Headquartered in the Tri State area of NY,
NJ, and PA. The corporation was founded in 1984 and incorporated in New
York in 1987. We are an
Evangelical/Charitable organization, not a Church. In this way, we can
fulfill our responsibilities to both
the laws of God and the laws of man, as the Bible requires of us. As of
July 20, 2002 we made a further
change. We became a completely autonomous Organization, and will begin
to issue credentials and
charters to individuals and organizations who need them, and agree with
both our Statement of Faith and
Mission Statement. Information packets are now available to all who ask.
Should you have any questions not covered here, please feel free to contact us for additional information, about our work and its objectives. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Or write to us at:
P.O. Box 484
Caroleen, NC 28019
Tel (828) 657-6752
Fax (828) 657-6627
All GCMI programs are provided through partnerships with churches and other organizations, as well as the donations and love of many people around the world. We also plan fund raising campaigns throughout the year.
GCMI is dedicated to helping those in need (physically, spiritually or financially) wherever they may be found. We are also dedicated to sharing the love of God and His word to those who wish to hear it.
The founders of G.C.M.I. began their work in 1979, by counseling troubled youth who were hanging on street corners in small gangs. Following this, a very active youth group was formed by these young people where they learned about God, morals and how to earn what they wanted. Fund raisers were held to pay for trips to local amusement parks, these young people also preformed various help activities for the elderly and shut-ins of the town. By the following year our founders had become trusted enough by the local youth, to receive calls from runaways who wanted to contact home. (In most cases, arrangements were made that returned the teens to their homes.)
The natural outgrowth of this work came when people in another town, who had heard of their work, called to seek lodging for a teenage girl. Arrangements for this 16 year old to come and stay in their private home were made. This young lady stayed with them, helping them with various tasks, for over a month.
The work continued and expanded:
It was during this time that victims of domestic violence and unwanted pregnancies, also began to seek both counsel and lodging. At times, due to the limits of space, sleeping bags had to be used on the floor of the founders' living room to provide shelter. Phone calls were received from the local police and other agencies, who were seeking safety for some of these victims. An advocacy relationship was formed with both a county safe house program, the National Association Against Domestic Violence and the Physicians Against Domestic Violence. We began a transportation program for these women who no longer felt secure in their local communities. If we received a call from a Safe House anywhere in a 300 mile distance which informed us of a woman needing relocation, it was provided free of charge. Several women were relocated to one of four different states, where at times other organizations moved them again to still different locations. In essence, this proved that the only really safe opportunity a woman would have for rehabilitation was to be removed from her own home town.
During 1985 the founders had begun visiting a local prison with another group. Within two years they were granted regular volunteer status and, for 15 years, provided at least two services per month. In addition, the chaplains of two facilities, would call them to fill in for other groups who could not make their designated service. That work continued to grow over the years, to include additional services and programs. Our founders became certified facilitators of the Alternatives to Violence Program and were active in those seminars for 3 years. Also, they were asked to become involved in the organizing and assist in heading of a Child Advocacy Program. Through this program contact was made with the families of inmates and successful, supervised visits were arranged with the children to visit their fathers. Thus serving to show the children what life was like for their incarcerated parent.
1986 found us organizing Tri-State Full Gospel Bible Institute. This was a branch school of an organization in Pennsylvania. We taught the courses and ran the school. Some of our graduates were trained to also teach. Various outreach programs were formed with local nursing homes and our students were trained to go into hospitals, nursing homes and prisons. TSFGBI ran until 1991 when, due to changes at the main office in Pennsylvania, the affiliation was ended.
In 1987, New York State required that all groups aiding victims of domestic violence be incorporated as nonprofit corporations. In response, Great Commission Ministries, Inc., became an incorporated entity in November of 1988.
Many other facets have developed over the years. It has been the policy of GCMI, and its founders, to aid in meeting the needs of any who call, and are seeking material and/or spiritual help. For the needs that cannot be met at a particular time, we work with other local agencies.
GCMI's first web page was hosted at GeoCities in 1993. In 1995 we purchased our own domain, http://www.gcmi.net, which is still in use today. That same year we began our automated Prayer Page which reaches around the world (in 2003 we are sending prayer requests to 16 countries and most US States).
Our first International visit was in 1994. We traveled to Barbados to speak at a convention for the National Baptist Church. Three more trips were made back to Barbados, including one when we helped sort and distribute a large portion of 3,000 pairs of shoes for the needy.
In 2000, we changed our name to reflect the International portions of our work and Great Commission Ministries International, Inc. was born. Then in 2001 we moved our headquarters to North Carolina where we continue to enjoy a fully approved non-profit status.
(See the About Us Index for information about our various programs.)
Statement of Faith:
Statement of Faith
1. We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written word of God.
2. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God the Father, in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule for a thousand years.
4. We believe in the Blessed Hope --- the rapture of the Church.
5. We believe the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
6. We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
7. We believe the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer.
8. We believe in the Baptism of The Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4, and that it is given to those believers who ask for it.
9. We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Holy life.
10. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved to everlasting life in Heaven, the lost to everlasting life in Hell.
Objectives for Fiscal Year Beginning 01/01/2002
Complete the renovations to the building that is to house the offices and warehouse.
Expand all area of our Organization to serve those who are in need.
Karl E. Uhlig North Carolina
President & Co-founder
Jeanne D. Uhlig North Carolina
Exec. VP & Treasurer & Co-founder
Mark W. DuSharm Alabama
C. A. Weaver New York
Director & Co-founder
Patricia F. Hemion Pennsylvania
Jerome Cohen New York/Florida
Rev. Thomas Dillard New York
Rev. Sinclair Rudder Barbados
Esther Yarborough New York
Arthur Green New York
David E. Uhlig Louisiana
Lise Fluette Canada
James Phillips New Jersey
Frank Faucette, Jr. North Carolina
Food Bank & Pantry
While still in NY we worked in conjunction with Omega Bridge Mission providing food to the needy in three counties that encompassed two states.
Now in North Carolina we have begun working with the needy of Rutherford & Cleveland Counties to provide Food Security for those who are in need due to low income and/or unemployment. This is being done in two ways.
The GCMI Storehouse is delivering food to eight organizations who, in turn, provide it to the participants of their programs. This includes three other food pantries, two soup kitchens, two small schools and a crisis pregnancy center.
This is GCMI's personal outreach to the community. We are reaching thirty families in two counties.
This is an income based program and participants must be re-certified every six months to be certain that they still meet the income criteria. This is necessary due to the fact that situations change. The changes that are encountered are that the unemployed find jobs, people re-locate and families have new additions. Sometimes even unexpected medical expenses create a need that is also soon eliminated.
Listening, assessing and offering appropriate guidance and help to the troubled peoples of our community. Those people are victims of domestic violence, child abuse, unemployment, and various other crisis situations which can include unplanned pregnancy, and homelessness.
Our counseling is only Biblically based.
In addition to offering Bible Studies (both local and abroad), we offer several other types of tools to those in need. Contact us for information concerning the Bible Studies available, and/or visit our Bible Study page (http://www.gcmi.net/bible/index.html)
Not only do troubled people need someone to listen to them, but sometimes they need to learn new skills. Among other things, we teach
Budgeting skills (Help with learning to live within one's income and assistance in becoming in charge of finances.)
Parenting skills (Biblical parenting skills which, among others, teach that it is the adult who is in charge, not the child.)
Self Discipline (without being able to discipline one's self, how can one ever expect to succeed in life and/or parenting)
Computer skills (basics in computer literacy and some select software)
Literacy (the program we use comes from the Christian Literacy Project. It teaches people to read both secular and scriptural material as well as improve one's cognitive abilities.)