“In America today and throughout the entire world, Almighty God is using people in varied ways to enhance His kingdom. I truly believe that the Lord has called me to sing, make music, witness and share my testimony to those who believe and to all that are not yet saved. Each one of us has a unique calling. My purpose, belief and prayer is to somehow be a part of a Holy Spirit revival, and help all those that I can to someday experience the wonderful majesty of God’s love through my music and lyrics. There is only one Almighty God. He is in three forms…The Father, The Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. It is through Jesus and His death on the cross that we have our salvation. His death was to cover our sins. No person comes to the Father except through Jesus… drawn by the Holy Spirit. In the book of Philippians 2:12 it states plainly that each of us is to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. My mission is not to work out your salvation for you, but rather, to inspire, encourage and support.”

How Cardboard Box Ministries Got Started

In the year 2000, Bobby Hayden Jr. found himself living in a cardboard box at the corner of 31st and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, California. After giving his life to Christ and 4 years of sobriety, the talk of Bobby starting a ministry came to the forefront. One day Bobby and his sister were chatting about what that ministry might look like, and both were marveling that it truly did start in a cardboard box. They looked at each other and knew immediately that a simple kraft box, temporal, but constitutive, providing shelter and protection until the hour of one’s redemption, was not only the perfect name for the ministry, but the only name.

Bobby has always known that his story would be wrapped around music, but he also knew there would be something more. When he became of sound mind, “something more” became more clearly defined–a God given destiny to give hope to the broken just as Jesus did for him, through music, prayer, and example. The Lord blessed Bobby with talent, the ways of the world were all too consuming, and the Lord took back what Satan meant for harm. Now Bobby travels the country with Cardboard Box Ministries, spreading the word of Jesus through his testament of faith and music. As Bobby says, “I am an evangelist first, a musician second.”

Why We Do What We Do

The degree of hopelessness that took root in Bobby Hayden, Jr.’s life during homelessness and addiction was far darker than many people can even imagine. With the light of Jesus Christ, Bobby realized that through Him, truly all things are possible. (Philippians 4:13) Bobby uses his gifts in the hope of opening the door for Jesus to come in and do the same thing in other peoples’ lives. Cardboard Box Ministries wants to see the transforming power of Jesus take root in all of the lives they touch, with just a single seed of hope.

The Mission of Cardboard Box Ministries

In order to glorify God, through faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, the music ministry of Cardboard Box Ministries, Indianapolis, IN strives to do the following:

1. To WORSHIP, through music, the one true God revealed through the Holy Bible and made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. Psalm 100:1-5

2. To TEACH the truths of the Bible, through music, to all ages and equip them for Christ-like living. Colossians 3:16-17

3. To PROCLAIM the gospel of Christ, through music, in our community and abroad. Matthew 28:19-20

4. To MINISTER, through music, to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of persons within and beyond our fellowship of believers. Galatians 6:10

5. To FELLOWSHIP together as a group of believers to strengthen our love for and service to each other and our love for and service to our Lord Jesus Christ. I John 1:7

6. To bathe all that we do in PRAYER. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2