South Georgia Ministries, Inc. is a Christian non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) ministry formed in November 2009.
It’s founders are Leslie Broome, LaRae Moore, and Amy White. These women felt called by God to form a ministry that would meet some of the many needs of women and children in the South Georgia area, particularly the overwhelming needs of pregnant teen girls. They soon realized that there was no one to help the girls/women in crisis pregnancy situations that needed shelter.
Being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer in the Coastal Plains district, and as a Volunteer in the “Earn While You Learn” parenting program at the Tifton Pregnancy Care Center, founder LaRae Moore’s eyes were opened to the severity of the problems faced by many pregnant women and felt strongly that a home should be established in the south central Georgia area to meet the needs of these women. So these ladies began to pray, seek God’s guidance, and got to work.
And God has blessed. As the Board of Directors has been working on funding for the home, they were also seeking ways to minister to the needs of these women in the interim.
One very important area of ministry they sought to offer is education. Many pregnant teens will drop out of high school and spend most of their lives living in poverty. In January 2011, Lifehouse Ministries began operation as a part of South Georgia Ministries, Inc. offering parenting classes and other educational classes. They began at 403 East 2nd Street.
They held their first class on January 31, 2011. They wish to thank the Pregnancy Care Center for all their support and encouragement, as well as many churches and individuals who have rallied alongside them and helped get this ministry off the ground. Please pray for them as God leads them forward.
In December, 2012 they bought their own facility. God greatly blessed them and they were able to purchase their own facility with office and classroom space, located at 402 North Park Avenue, Tifton. They were also blessed with so many donated goods that they opened a thrift store in 2015 called Redeemed, located on Main Street. They outgrew their facility and desired to have the thrift store and classroom/offices at the same location. In 2017, they purchased the old bank located at 300 Commerce Way in Tifton. That is where they are located today, with Lifehouse Ministries on the south end of the building, and Redeemed thrift store on the north end.
They currently serve many men, women, and teens in the Tift County area, offering classes on parenting, Life Lessons, Basic Computer Skills, Finances, English as a Second Language, Bible Studies, and more. They provide transportation within Tifton to their students who need a ride to class, and they offer child care during classes. Students earn Boutique Bucks that they can spend in Redeemed to help provide for their families.