Bryan’s Blog

Helping Folks Access Healthcare

You may not know it, but people living in poverty face many challenges to accessing healthcare services. And many times, the healthcare industry doesn’t understand those challenges, either.…read more

Help with healthcare

Getting to the Root Cause of Substance Abuse

I’m often asked, “Is there a substance abuse problem here in Branson?” Sadly, the answer is yes. When Jesus Was Homeless started nine years ago, about one third of the people…read more

Run Away

It All Comes Down To A Job

I’m going to tell you a secret: homelessness isn’t about not having a permanent place to live. It’s often about dealing with poverty. I am convinced that the only way out of poverty is through work. You want to truly address the problem…read more

JfL Class

The Story Behind Our New Thrift Store

Have you heard about Branson’s hottest new place to find bargains? Lots of people are getting a good buy and helping a good cause – at the same time. The Jesus Was Homeless Thrift Store opened for business on August 1, and…read more

Thrift Store

A New Building, A New Beginning

Something about a new beginning really appeals to us. A clean slate, a do over, starting fresh from scratch. That’s why we stay up till midnight every December 31 to ring in the New Year. It’s why we’re excited when a baby arrives and we celebrate …read more

New Building


For those of us living in the Ozarks, we probably consider ourselves a neighborly people. Our communities are built around neighborhoods. And yet, there’s a skill set necessary for being a good neighbor. And unfortunately, too many people today have lost it. …read more


Think you know what it’s like to serve as a volunteer? Think again! Volunteering with Jesus Was Homeless may look different than it does with other organizations. That’s because in most cases, our volunteers create a culture of family and relation …read more


Plain Talk About Poverty

Let’s start with some plain talk about something we all dislike (and secretly dread): poverty. When we hear that word, the first thing that comes to mind is material poverty. Having no money to pay for food, housing, a car or life’s other…read more


The Power Of One

A few weeks ago Amy & I had the priviledge and honor of traveling to Israel. One of my favorite spots was just outside of Jerulsalem where we visited a Jewish cemetary. People there don’t decorate graves with flowers, but with stones.…read more

Schindler Grave

400 Precious Childern

It is estimated that about 400 children live in poverty in extended stay motels in Branson… 400 precious children. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus to feed them this Christmas season. No child should ever go hungry. No mom should ever have to put their kids to…read more



I am completely overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. We set a goal of $3,075 for 2,500 meals for children living in poverty in the extended stay motels in Branson. The final total raised was almost…read more

thank you

You Are Not Going To Believe This

$8,424 Raised! Can we make it to $10,000?…read more

Giving Tuesday

Oh My Goodness!

You did it! We surpassed our goal of $3075. As of 4:00, our generous donors had given $3,624! That’s about 2,946 meals for children. We would like to issue a new challenge. Can we get to 3500 meals? That’s just another $681. That would be …read more

New Goal

Holy Cow!

We are only a few hundred dollars away from reaching our goal of $3,075 that will provide 2,500 meals to kids in Branson! Can we make our goal by 4:00? Will you join us to make sure kids living in poverty in Branson get a good meal this…read more

Holy Cow

400 Precious Children

It is estimated that about 400 children live in poverty in extended stay motels in Branson… 400 precious children. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus to feed them this Christmas season. …read more

Child In Window

Looking For Soldiers!

As the holiday season approaches we are flooded with information about “amazing deals” on Black Friday & Cyber Monday. At Jesus Was Homeless, we hope you have room for giving this Christmas season.…read more

little girl

We Need Volunteers For Thanksgiving

There are lots of areas you can use your gifts in but being a “Table Companion” is the most important job of the day. You will be assigned an individual or family to sit and share a meal…read more

Thanksgiving Volunteer

Don’t Clown Around This Thanksgiving

We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having you as a part of Jesus Was Homeless. Here are a few ways you can still make the Thanksgiving holiday special.…read more

Thanksgiving Turkey

Love Your Neighbor This Thanksgiving

We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having you as a part of Jesus Was Homeless. Here are a few ways you can still make the Thanksgiving holiday special.…read more

Thanksgiving Dinner

Our Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner Is Coming Up!

Don’t know how to vote in the upcoming election? Watch this video of between two feathers!…read more

Between Two Feathers

We All Scream For Ice Cream!

Who can turn down Coldstone Creamery ice cream…especially in July when the temps are hot, hot, hot! Come beat the heat with us and “Get the Scoop” on Jesus Was Homeless On July 12th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m…read more

Ice Cream Social

More Meals Through Our Cookbook

Eight years after delivering their first meal to the homeless, Jesus Was Homeless is releasing a cookbook targeted at helping the people they serve by teaching them how …read more

Microwave Cookbook Blog

Build A Campus, Build A Future

Attention World Changers, When Amy and I started making 48 meals in our kitchen, we had no idea that eight years later, it would lead to serving more than 250,000 meals to…read more

Building Campaign

It’s Giving Tuesday!

Did you know…that Jesus Was Homeless is dependent on your generosity and grants only?
Did you know….that 55% of our Jobs for Life students that started the program homeless or in a motel have moved to …read more


Thanksgiving Is Almost Here!

Share the Thanksgiving love this year and “Give Thanks, Buy a Plate” for someone this Thanksgiving. By purchasing a plate for someone else your name will go on the …read more


Fear the Walking Turkey and Volunteer

It’s not too late to be a Thanksgiving Day Dinner volunteer. As you can imagine it takes an army of volunteers to feed the more than 1000 people expected…read more


It’s Thanksgiving Time!

“Love Your Neighbors” Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Thursday, November 26, 2015 – 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Every year we feed over 1,000 people on Thanks…read more


Let’s Get Something Straight

I often hear “because of the non-profits giving away free stuff, homeless people are flocking to Branson”. You don’t know how ridiculous of a statement this is. We actually…read more


I am NOT a Christian

July was a whirlwind month for our country. We had the confederate flag issue and the Supreme Court ruling on marriage. There seemed to be a lot of heated and passionate opinions on both sides…read more


You Are Changing Lives!

It’s been 6 months since I have been able to send an update out and in that time a lot has happened in Branson in regards to weekly and extended stay motels, homelessness and…read more



Thanksgiving 2014 Update – December 17, 2014

Hurry You Still Have Time – November 25, 2014

It’s Not Too Late To Help This Thanksgiving – November 18, 2014

Give Thanks, Buy A Plate! – November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Volunteers Wanted! – November 5, 2014

Jobs for Life Update – August 22, 2014

Amazing Stories of Life Change – April 8, 2014

It’s Not Too Late To… – December 10th, 2013

Bryan and Amy want to Thank You – November 26, 2013

Don’t Be A Turkey This Thanksgiving – November 13, 2013

Volunteer This Thanksgiving – November 5, 2013

Donate Now for 70% Tax Credit – October 29, 2013

YOU Can Change A Life – October 22, 2013

You Helped Make Us The… – September 17, 2013

Change Someone’s Life – June 3, 2013

Help Wanted (Jobs for Life) – April 2, 2013

40,000 Meals Served In 2012 – January 2, 2013

Changing Lives One Meal At A Time – December 11, 2012

Change Lives This Thanksgiving – November 20, 2012

You Can Still Help This Thanksgiving – November 13, 2012

Famous Game Show Helps This Thanksgiving – November 6, 2012

5th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner – October 30, 2012

Over 30,000 Meals Served So Far – October 16, 2012

The Soul Revolution Experiment – September 6, 2012

Yellow Bike Open House & Community BBQ – August 22, 2012

Community BBQ with Live Music Sunday – July 24, 2012

Feed the Children Food Drive – June 2012

Over 16,000 Meals Served – June 19, 2012

Church for people who don’t like church – May 30, 2012

Paddle for the Hungry June 23rd & 24th – May 8, 2012

After the Branson Tornado – April 17, 2012

Help Your Neighbor – March 7th, 2012

How Much Is A Life Worth? – February 28th, 2012

Prayer Night – January 16th, 2012

2011 Year In Review – December 28th, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Almost Here – November 22nd, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Items Needed – November 16th, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Volunteers Wanted – November 8th, 2011

Bryan and Amy Need Your Help – October 19th, 2011

CONNECT with People – September 6th, 2011

Over 15,000 Meals Served – August 24th, 2011

The Workers Are Few – July 12th, 2011

Serving with Love – Joplin – June 14th, 2011

Vote for the Yellow Bike Program! – June, 2011

Just Do Something – March 30th, 2011

2010 A Year In Review – February 24th, 2011

You Can Still Volunteer – December 1st, 2010

Thank You – November 23rd, 2010

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week – November 16th, 2010

Still Need Thanksgiving Items – November 9th, 2010

We Need Thanksgiving Donations – November 2nd, 2010

Lots of News – September 30th, 2010

Volunteers Needed – September 15th, 2010

Do you have the time? – August 18th, 2010

Food Drive – July 27th, 2010

You Are Personally Invited – July 8th, 2010

Can You Help? – June 30th, 2010

All Church Members – June 9th, 2010

Service. Period! June 1st, 2010

Who’s Judging Who – May 17th, 2010

Are You A Goat or Sheep – May 6th, 2010

Garden Day & BBQ Day – April 27th, 2010

Shiny-itis – April 19th, 2010

Sacrifice and Serving – April 12, 2010

Happy Face

There Is HOPE

A Hand Out or a Hand Up

Wah Gwan Mon


We Are The Body

If We Don’t Who Will

A Year In Review

Building Community and Giving

The Widow

Golden Corral Supports Jesus Was Homeless

Prayer, Help & News

Thanksgiving Survey Results and Comments

Thanksgiving Dinner Summary


Brighton Raises Money for Jesus Was Homeless

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov. 15-21

Give Thanks Always



Rain, Rain, Go Away

Make A Difference Day – Maybe?

Thursday, October 22nd Meal Deliveries

Love Your Neighbors BBQ IV

Prayer/Needs List

Rain, Sleet or Snow, JWH Will Go


Thursday, October 1st, 2009

7000 Happy Meals and Counting

Thursday Night Sept. 24th

Amazing Night That Started During The Day

501c3 is Official

Another Amazing Night of Community

Good Stories by KY3

Good Friends, Good Times, Great Concert!!

Thank You Jesus!

Saturday Night PITS Service

Payless Inn BBQ 8-2-09

4000 Meals and Counting

Heart Warming Letter

Dawn’s Baptism July 19th, 2009

Thursday Night, July 16th, 2009

Incredible Stories of Life in Branson Motels

Thursday Night, July 2nd, 2009

KOLR 10 Reports of Jesus Was Homeless

KY3 Reports about Church Army Branson

Homelessness in New York Relevant to Branson

Homeless Counts Eye-Opening

2nd BBQ

Drug-free, alcohol-free barbecue scheduled in Branson

Gearing Up for Homeless Count