Pontiac, Michigan: Coleman Yoakum
It is our pleasure to support the ministry and work of Cole Yoakum and his team at Micah 6 Community, who are serving in an impoverished suburb of Detroit. By faith, Cole moved from Searcy, Arkansas to the metro Detroit area in August of 2011. In his first year there, the Lord opened doors for Cole in many different ministries from pouring his life into high school students in downtown Detroit, to putting on barbecues that fed over 1,000 homeless people each month, to working with the Central Detroit Christian Community Development organization which started several small-businesses in a neighborhood in Detroit to provide jobs and fulfill community needs.
After spending a year learning valuable ministry skills from an array of ministries, Cole was led to begin a ministry called Micah 6 Community. Micah 6 Community is a group of Christ-followers living in the city of Pontiac, Michigan working to bring about Kingdom difference in their city. Pontiac is a city in great need. Cole soon learned that it is a city with as much need as Detroit, but is too far removed to reap the benefits of Detroit’s nonprofit sector. Pontiac has high unemployment, low high school graduation rates, and infant mortality rates that are comparable to a third world country.
With this in mind, Cole and his team have created an intentional community in the heart of Pontiac. They have purchased and renovated two houses and have purchased an acre and a half of vacant lots in which they have planted large scale urban gardens as well as hosting monthly community barbecues to love on the people of Pontiac and form lasting connections with their neighbors. Through these connections they have planted a small church and have started a weekly Bible study to reach out spiritually to the same people they are helping physically. In 2015, they plan to start two small businesses to employ and serve their neighbors in that community including a lawn-care company and Sprout Fresh Food Store, a store that will sell fresh produce year-round.
To learn more about Micah 6, their history, and how the Lord is at work in and through this ministry, please visit their webpage: www.micah6community.com
How to Become a Financial Supporter
There are three wonderful ways that you can give financially to the ministry of Micah 6. The first way is by directly supporting them by writing a check made out to Micah 6 and sending it to this address:
Micah 6 Community
PO Box 431704
Pontiac, Michigan 48343
Another really neat way to support them is by going to their webpage, www.micah6community.com, and picking a specific item that they are currently in need of for their latest project and giving directly to that project!
Finally, Kroger has also partnered up with Micah 6 so that by signing up, through their community rewards program, a portion of your purchase goes directly back to the Micah 6 ministry! To learn how to give in this way, please see the instructions below:
- Go to: https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
- Make an account
- Link it to Micah 6 Commnity and we will recieve a small portion of each purchase you make at Kroger