Our History

Missions4Jesus began in 2003 when founding Volunteers: Marvin Tarlton, Sam Helms and Hastings Jialosi (of Africa) were called by God to take their previous African missions to the next level. Each had been part of many other mission assistance programs, but none that prepared the villages for self-sufficiency after the mission team was gone. That was their vision. God’s vision has continued to expand and provide resources for their projects year after year. The wheels of change are ever turning.  Missions4Jesus was formed in 2004. We incorporated and received our 501c3 non-profit status in 2005. Our Ministry exists to reach the ends of the earth with the Gospel message. We do this through providing Shelter, Agriculture, Vocation and Evangelism along with medical assistance to those in need.

In 2008 Missions4Jesus formed a subsidiary, Operation SAVE. A Movement in the Making … In January 2017 we merged the two names, re-branded our Ministry and officially incorporated Operation SAVE. This included adding an additional website and logo design. Our additional website is www.operation-save.org. Jesus is still at the core of everything we do and the missions4jesus.com website still exists. You can view either website for information. We covet your prayers as our mission continues globally in Malawi, Africa and locally in North Carolina and across the US. We are excited about the future and will keep you informed on Events and upcoming Mission Trips.

Founding Member

Sam Helms

Sam was one of the original founding member of Missions4Jesus who shared the love of Jesus Christ with every person he met.

Samuel Leigh Helms, 59 of Monroe joined his Heavenly Father on August 11, 2005 after a courageous battle with brain tumors. He was born September 10, 1945 in Knoxville, TN and graduated from Sun Valley High School of Monroe, NC in 1963.

At the age of 21, Sam voluntarily joined the US Army and fought in the Vietnam War, where he earned a number of metals, including the Good Conduct Metal and a Purple Heart. He loved his country.

Sam also had a passion for helping others and a goal of becoming a police officer. In 1976 he became a firefighter, but continued training at the Charlotte Police Academy. In 1980 he graduated and became Monroe, North Carolina’s first Public Safety Officer, having been trained in the areas of fire, rescue, and police. Sam enjoyed a very rewarding career in Public Safety, received numerous awards and was promoted to Lieutenant before retiring in October of 2002.

Sam also loved working with his hands and making things.  After retirement, he started a Home Improvement business as a hobby, but soon found his true passion. He joined a mission team going to Malawi, Africa to build an orphanage. This God given opportunity allowed him to help others who could not help themselves.

In March of 2004 Sam was diagnosed with cancer, but this did not lessen his desire to help the people of Africa where he had developed an overwhelming passion and love for them. On November 12, 2004 Sam returned to Malawi, Africa along with three other founding members of Missions4Jesus. During this trip, hundreds of villagers and several hospitals received food and medicine and construction of a maize mill was started.

Sam Helms loved the Lord. He was a member of Unionville Baptist Church in Monroe, NC where he loved his church family. Sam is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Vickie Baucom Helms who stood by him faithfully during his illness, his mother, Mae Helms of Monroe, and his late father, Worth Helms, two sons, Todd Helms of Wingate and Jason Helms of Monroe, three grandchildren, Taylor Helms, Bailey Helms both of Monroe and Triston Helms of Wingate. We love and miss you Sam!