Upward Movement Ministries exists to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God and to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged, marginalized, and oppressed. We especially focus on empowering women and children through the redemptive love of Jesus Christ.
It was in the month of March 2017, during a quiet morning worship that the inspiration came forth to start a non-profit corporation. Natanya suggested the name Upward Movement Ministries (UMM) and that name was quickly adopted, and it was further confirmed in a dream that the Lord gave to Jeannette and thus the name was settled.
Upward Movement Ministries first major blessing came by the way of a mission trip to Malawi, Africa in April. We were privileged to be part of a team led by Harry and Judy Sabnani. We put on a VBS program for the kids, five days with over 200 in attendance. Jeannette led out in an incredible program for ladies called “God in Shoes” where she spoke and demonstrated the value of a women. We conducted about three devotionals simultaneously on different campuses almost every morning. During the day we had two teams, one visiting the villages where we prayed and encouraged the people to attend the nightly meetings, the second team was led by Jeannette and it was a sewing class for ladies. She taught 25 ladies to sew. We wanted to somehow donate sewing machine to the ladies at the completion of the program, but we did not have the money or was prepared financially to purchase the machines, but the Lord provided. As the classes were winding down, a group came in from a Rotary club in England and donated 42 sewing machines. Every evening we conducted evangelistic meeting under two adjoining tents. We experienced a lot of rain but by the grace of God we were blessed at the end with over 160 baptisms.
As we consecrated the work of this ministry to the Lord we found that he used us to directly impact those who were critically ill, to encourage those who lost love ones, those who were facing financial issues, prison, homelessness. By the grace of God, we crisscrossed the US and preached and conducted meetings in well over thirty churches in 2016 where a lot of people, young and old, male and female responded to calls to follow the Jesus Christ.
That is what Upward Movement Ministries is all about, extending redemptive empowerment for all.