Just one year ago, Mary Ellen’s Hearth opened its doors in the Nellie Burge Community Center in the heart of Montgomery. With the desire to offer hope, help and healing to the homeless women and children of Montgomery, the staff provides an environment that allows women to focus on rebuilding their lives successfully. And it’s not just a shelter or a transitional home. Mary Ellen’s Hearth allows women to dream and pursue an independent lifestyle, one where they aren’t worried about the things that pertain to basic survival, like a place to sleep and food to eat. Instead it allows them to open up their minds and hearts to all that God has for them. In this way, they can begin to pursue those things in the comfort of a place they call home for up to two years before they begin the transition to true independent living.

Deep in the heart of the Washington Park neighborhood in West Montgomery stands what was once an old mill building with a tower stretching toward the sky – a landmark of sorts for this historic neighborhood that housed Civil rights activists and leaders of the 1950s and 60s. It’s been over 50 years since those days and much has changed. Due to numerous circumstances too complicated to hash out here, the Washington Park community went from thriving to dying. Crime, drugs and failing schools made headlines. The once thriving neighborhood was wilting away. Decades passed and businesses closed.  Boarded up buildings and homes lined what was once a bustling street. 

The writer of Hebrews 10:24-25 states: “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” (NASB)

Monday, 08 July 2013 14:03

Praying Through the Dark Night of the Soul

Written by Brad Wesner

Ever have things completely bottom out?  Maybe you are David being chased by Saul (I Samuel 19), Samson without hair (Judges 16:20-22), Job without worldly goods (Job 2:13), John the Baptist in prison (Mark 6:27) or Jesus on the cross (Matthew 27:46).  Just because you are a Christian does not make you immune from your world crashing and your entering into a Dark Night, a feeling of isolation – a feeling of being abandoned by God.  Like Jesus on the cross, we cry out, “My God.  My God.  Why has thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

John Ed Mathison has been a fixture in leadership for years. After 36 years serving as senior pastor of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, John Ed and several close friends began praying about the next season of ministry. Out of those prayers came the formation of John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries. Since 2008, this ministry has grown and ministers to a wide range of pastors, leaders and world changers all over the globe. John Ed travels and speaks to groups of leaders, sharing with them the best leadership practices that he has developed over the last 45 years. Journey Magazine recently sat down with John Ed to pick his brain on leadership and the new generation of emerging leaders. 

Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:55

When It Looks Like God Has Failed Us

Written by Chris Chambers

We are told that God is faithful, that he always keeps his promises. As long as our experience of God lines up with such beliefs, all is well. But what if it appears that God has not kept his word? Or what if he fails to meet certain expectations that we had of him as the all-powerful God of love?

Situated on 22 acres of beautiful wooded land outside of Wetumpka, Adullam House has been called one of the best-kept secrets in the River Region. It’s here where children of incarcerated parents find a safe haven and are provided with an opportunity many children in situations like theirs have not been given. 

Friday, 10 May 2013 12:11

Connecting with Your Children

Written by H. Kent Hughes, Psy.D.


Do you feel the pressure and obligation to raise Godly children in a godless society?  We place our children in private schools.  We home school them.  We involve them in church youth groups.  We parent them with Christian values and do our best to train, protect, and guide them through the maze of childhood and adolescence.  All these decisions are an attempt to give them what they need to face this culture and take a stand for what is right.  I would like to suggest one other priority that will empower your children into a healthy adulthood. 

Monday, 06 May 2013 13:13

2013 Vacation Bible Schools

Written by Staff


Beth left the retreat determined to follow through with the commitment she made to go to bed earlier and get up early enough to have a daily quiet time. She also pledged to stop eating junk food and manage her time better.

When she got home, her laptop beckoned. She’d been away from it all weekend and really needed to check her emails. Three hours later, Beth had skimmed emails, tweeted about her weekend, posted retreat pictures on Facebook, and consumed a whole bag of cheese puffs.

Health care has become a much debated issue in our country, especially over the past five years. And while there are many different voices and programs offering their best efforts to help curb this growing issue, Medical Outreach Ministries in Montgomery is working to help those affected by the poverty that keeps them from getting the medical assistance they need right here in the River Region.


Jesus told his disciples, “The poor will always be among you” (Matthew 26:11). This same sentiment was also expressed in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy when the Lord spoke through Moses, “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brother and sister and toward the poor and the needy in your land” (Deuteronomy 15:11).

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:30

Freedom Through Forgiveness

Written by Carmen Falcione


Jesus states in Luke 4:18 that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him to proclaim liberty (freedom) to the captive and set the distressed, downcast, and downtrodden free.  This verse states Jesus’ work on the cross (His obedience in taking on our sins and the wrath of God); His resurrection procured for us healing and deliverance spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The unbelievers are unaware of this, but sadly some of God’s children are either ignorant or negligent in embracing the totality of the work that Jesus purchased for us.

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