Missions at Abba's House

Living Free +Fully Alive isn't something we just live here at church. Whether it's feeding kids in the Dominican Republic or ministering to those incarcerated in a local jail, we want to help others find love, freedom and purpose no matter where they are. That's why we use part of your generous donations to do local and global missions.

Local Missions

You don't have to travel around the world to make a difference in someone's life. There are lots of opportunities right here in Chattanooga to help. Read on to learn about a few of them.

Get Involved 


ESL (English as a Second Language

These are free classes for anyone in the community who is learning English as a second language. We have beginner and intermediate classes that meet on Wednesdays from 6-8pm in Building B at Abba's House. (Meets weekly through May 26)

BackPack Project

We partner with the Nehemiah Project once a year in August to provide 1000 backpacks filled with school supplies for at-need students. Watch for info in August or contact Denise Craig.

Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families.  The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Kairos Prison Ministry is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a participant.  The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Kairos Prison Ministry is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a participant. The programs involve a structured model that includes the weekend experience, followed by guests or participants gathering regularly for accountability, support, and prayer.

If you are interested in volunteering in this ministry, please contact:
• Kairos Prison Ministry- Ron Jones
• Kairos Prison Women's Ministry (Inside and Outside) - Audrey Jones

Operation Christmas Child

We collaborate with Samaritan’s Purse at Christmas time to provide gift-filled shoeboxes for at-need children.

Prison Prevention Ministries 

They are a PREVENTION Ministry focusing on PREVENTING inmates from returning to prison and PREVENTING youth from going to prison through a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Gospel.  Talk to some of our church members to learn more: Brian Phillips, Scott Dean, Celina Alejandro and Brandi McIver. If you are interested in connecting with them please visit their website.

 Love's Arm

Love's Arm began ministering love in grace and mercy to persons in addiction related prostitution working the streets of Chattanooga in 2005. After thirteen years now, the dream to have a home for them came to a reality. Rahab’s Rest is a 24-month cost free holistic recovery home for women with disabilities exiting addiction, prostitution and trafficking. Rahab’s Rest was established in partnership with Thistle Farms in Nashville modeling their Magdalene House program of cost free housing in Chattanooga, TN with a justice enterprise model of employment and sustainability for residents. Love's Arm serves in the Thistle Farms National Sister Network with over 60 organizations throughout America.

Talk with Pat Rose or Judy Robinson to learn more or visit the website

If you or a loved one are in need of rest and healing from a life of addiction, prostitution or trafficking and live in the Hamilton County area, please review the documents below. If you meet our program criteria and would like to be considered for intake, please call 423 500-0400 or email


The InZone program is designed to respond to the emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and educational needs of youth ages 10-14. The InZone program provides tutoring, mentoring, individual and family counseling, adventure-based activities, along with an array of other interventions and supports to help each and every child and family navigate the challenges of life. Each program participant will be assigned a case manager that will work with the student and his or her family to develop a wrap-around services plan to address the unique and individual needs each participant may present with. Volunteers are needed to mentor, tutor, provide meals and more! Find your way to volunteer with us online or you can or call 423-227-6013

Global Missions

To help us stay connected with missions we support globally, we have Champions assigned to each mission outreach. These Champions are people who have a God-given passion for a specific mission field and serve as a liaison between Abba’s House and that mission field.  Learn more about our Champions and the ministries they represent.


Dominican Republic: Pastor José Rodriguez - Champion Jim Biggs

The Abba's House Children's Center in Cien Fuegos, Dominican Republic educates and feeds the children, many of whom were eating from the trash dump before the Children's Center opened.  

Contact Champion Jim Biggs

Thailand: Stephen & Angela Scarbrough - Champion Krystal Scarbrough

Stephen and Angela Scarbrough are currently serving as missionary Bible teachers in Lakeside, Montana.  Their desire is to be trained as Bible teachers over the next two years and equip young believers in how to inductively study God’s Word - observing the text, interpreting it with the author and original readers in mind, and applying the text to their lives.  After two years, they plan to return to Thailand and serve in this capacity. Angela has a heart to see Thai believers and missionaries grow in their understanding, love, and application of God’s Word.  Stephen has a heart to see those who have never heard God’s story to be able to hear it in their heart language and come to know Jesus. 

Contact Champion Krystal Scarbrough 

Ways to donate to Stephen & Angela Scarbrough:

Make check out to YWAM Montana and mail to:
Stephen Scarbrough
501 Blacktail Road
Lakeside, MT 59922
Please do not write their name anywhere on the check.

Online giving.ywammontana.org/support/4117

Bolivia: Andy & Andrea Baker - Champion Josh Steinmann

Andy and Andrea arrived to Bolivia in 2001. After researching the needs of the area, they identified a need in the red-light district of the city of El Alto and began an outreach to prostituted women and their families. Andrea now leads Word Made Flesh Bolivia, which offers street outreach, social services, therapy, discipleship, life-skills training, professional skills training and employment (see www.sutisana.com), as well as an after-school tutoring and outreach to children affected by prostitution. Andy serves as the South America Regional Director, overseeing the work of WMF in Bolivia, Brasil and Peru. The Bakers are an active family with 4 boys who enjoy adventure, value justice and celebrate family. 

Contact Champion Josh Steinmann

Track and follow their ministry on Facebook:
Andrea Baker
Andy Baker
Word Made Flesh Bolivia
And on the web:

Guatemala: LynnAnn Murphy - Champion Samantha Steinmann

Nestled in the Cuchumatanes Mountains of northwestern Guatemala, Huehuetenango has been home to LynnAnn and her daughter, Jessie, since June of 2010. Her primary passion is teaching the Bible to the Mam Indians, but after seeing the extreme physical need of the indigenous population, God led her to also start the Loving InDeed program in August 2014. Through LI, various widows and their children–over 160 people in total–receive food and housing assistance, training, free medical care, and spiritual support every week.  Right now they use a local church building, but are in the process of building their own ministry center out of which to run the program.  They will also be putting in a clinic run by local volunteer doctors and a workshop for teen boys to learn carpentry skills.  In January of 2016, the Loving In Deed scholarship program began to assist in providing an education to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to study past the 6th grade.  This year more than 15 students have received this assistance. 

Contact Champion Samantha Steinmann
How to give:  www.cten.org/lynnannmurphy and click on the donate button.

Batumi: Mark & Pat Rose 

Mark and Pat Rose have been missionaries in the former Soviet Union since 1991, planting churches and evangelizing in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan and now the Country of Georgia. Their ministry focuses on sharing the Gospel and teaching the Bible to the Georgian people. The Roses work to strengthen the few Evangelical Georgian Churches in the Adjara Region on the Black Sea. They live in regional Capital of Batumi most of the year and are currently planting a Church in the Dream City Ghetto outside Batumi.  The Roses are currently planning a major evangelistic outreach called the Black Sea Campaign 2020 which will distribute 200,000 John/Roman's scriptures and are recruiting 100 American volunteers to come and participate as part of Church mission teams.

If you are led to donate to the work in Georgia, you can send it to their mission board, Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC). Their web address is cmcmissions.org and they are a non-profit Christian mission so all your donations are tax deductible. Just go to cmcmissions.org and you can give online by registering (click the DONATE button) or you can mail in a donation to:
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
1-800-CMC-PRAY (1-800-262-7729)
Office: 281-599-7411
Fax: 281-599-7511

Burma: Brother Jay & Anna - Champion Josh Steinmann

Brother Jay and his wife, Anna, serve in Burma as micro-church planters and trainers.  They help train and disciple believers from both Muslim and Buddhist backgrounds.  Their vision is to see movements of multiplying churches in Burma and the spreading of the gospel into the entire Buddhist world.

Contact Champion Josh Steinmann

If you would like to keep up with our ministry please follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/justobeyjesus.

Myanmar: Adopted Rakhine People Group - Champion: Josh Steinmann 

We have adopted the Rakhine people of Myanmar as our Unreached People Group (UPG) in partnership with AIMS (Acceleration in Mission Strategies).  The Rakhine are an ethnic people group of 2.6 million people who are mostly Buddhist by religion.  They are only 0.1% Christian and are a frontier UPG since so few have heard the gospel.  We are working with AIMS to equip and send two indigenous missionaries to the Rakhine to share the gospel.  Please pray that God will equip these men and raise up more missionaries to go to the Rakhine.  You can find out more about the Rakhine by clicking here.

Contact Champion Josh Steinmann

Upcoming Mission Trip

We will be going on a short term mission trip to Uruguay on July 7-16, 2022. We will be taking a team of 20-25 people with two goals - construction and ministry.

For our construction project, we will be building an addition to an existing church. A team of 10 people is needed for this project.

Our ministry team has lots of opportunities including evangelism, children's ministry, working at a feeding center, a possible pastor's conference.

The cost is $1,650 per person currently. Costs could fluctuate due to global and travel circumstances.  

Interested in learning more? Our initial informational meeting will be on Sunday, December 12 immediately following the morning service.

Let us know you're interested in going

Make a payment on your trip or donate toward someone's trip