Ministry Update - August 2007
CHOICE CHRISTIAN GREETINGS
to all our partners and friends!
Praise God for all that He has done!!
It is with much joy that I give you this report on our Back-to-School distribution in Huntersville, West Virginia, on Saturday, July 14, 2007.
This was our third trip to Huntersville, but our first Back-to-School distribution. The previous trips were to meet with the pastor and the staff that would oversee the distribution. During the past year we have added two new churches to our support network, one in Huntersville, WV and one in Portsmouth, OH. We have been able to expand due to the generosity of you our Partners!!
We were accompanied by the clowns, Grace 'n Mercy and Isayah. We are blessed to have them join us and minister to the children about the Lord. It is amazing to watch the faces of the children light up when the Word is brought to them by the clowns.
Huntersville is located in Pocahontas County in the eastern part of the state and it is a very depressed area. The median income is $21,000.00 vs. the median income of the US of $42,000.00. These people are truly needy and we are thankful that TLC can help in some small way.
On Saturday afternoon we went into Marlinton to see the Pioneer Day Parade and saw a child wearing a dress and a pair of Mary Jane shoes, both provided by TLC. She probably received them at the Christmas distribution and the dress had been worn quite a bit. Most likely it was the only dress she had. It pleased me to see the product of your generosity.
Now, here are the facts and figures on what was sent to the children in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.
355 Girls outfits, including dress, slips, panties, socks, purse, barrette, and a child's tract.
265 Boys outfits, including pants, shirt, briefs, t-shirts, socks, and a child's tract.
386 Pairs of shoes, including those sent to our office with the clothing plus 24 pair of sneakers.
328 Personal Care Kits for boys and girls.
All outfits contained a biblical tract for children entitled, "Get a Clue - How special are you?"
This year as a result of requests from Huntersville we shipped 100 packages of school supplies, containing 4 pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 eraser, 1 box of 24 crayons, 1 small notebook, 1 glue stick, and 1 ruler.
NOTE: Many people were not able to attend the distribution on Saturday so the local volunteers were available on other days to ensure that as many children as possible received new outfits.
Just a word here to let all of our partners know how thrilled and blessed we are to have the volume of beautiful clothing that is always donated for the children. However, I would be negligent, if I did not inform the readership that somehow the boys were once again short-changed!
A few of you did send money specifically to be used for boys clothing and we thank you. As we said previously, we would appreciate it if more of you would help us to make it possible to meet the needs of more of the male gender! You might suggest to your friends and relatives who feel they cannot participate in this mission because they do not sew, that they consider purchasing boy's clothing in sizes 4 to 10. Or, if they would prefer, as some do, they can make a donation to TLC Ministries and we will purchase the clothing here. This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of young people and I am thankful to God for each person who responds. Please make this a matter of prayer as a real need exists for this gap in God's mission to be filled.
Our SHOE FUND is on-going and we would like to have shoes for the up-coming holiday season. The price of shoes has gone up to $12.00 per pair even with our volume discount.
Yes, we will be sending WINTER COATS again the year. The cost of each coat is still $25.00. If you have already sent a gift for the coat fund, thank you very much!! If not, please consider doing so very soon as I will be placing the order in the next couple of weeks. Last year we were able to provide 400 coats for the girls and 400 for the boys. As we have said previously, our goal is to provide 500 of each. That means we would need to receive an additional $5,000.00 for coats. This is an opportunity for you to make some child warm and blessed.
In keeping with the winter theme, please remember that we have a knit pattern for the hat, scarf & mitten sets … just the right size for the children we service. I will be happy to send you a copy if you send a No. 10 SASE or you can print it from our website. (More about that later!)
Our next mailing is for THANKSGIVING and the deadline is OCTOBER 15th. Feel free to ship earlier.
This year our CHRISTMAS deadline is NOVEMBER 15th. Again, ship earlier if you would prefer.
LONG SLEEVES, on the garments for Thanksgiving and Christmas, please. All garments should have size marked on them.
If possible, please send a gift today in the envelope enclosed for your convenience.
This is our only appeal for the holidays.
With the rising cost of postage and because I want to be a good steward of the finances, if you do not wish to remain on our mailing list, please let me know. Otherwise, I will look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Also, if you have, or are planning to move, please send us your new address.
ATTENTION TLC NOW HAS A WEBSITE!
We are grateful to Dr. Stephanie Harakal, one of our volunteers for creating our website.
Check us out at: www.tlcministries.info
A copy of this newsletter is posted there. Please share this information with a friend.
After many years I have published my testimony in booklet form. If you have not received a copy and would like one please let me know and I will send you one. Here is an excerpt from it.
"From a humble beginning, God has blessed this ministry to the monumental proportion that it is today, serving several thousand children every year in areas of Kentucky and West Virginia. Even though TLC has reached out to a large number of children, there are many more who need God's touch upon their lives. This ministry always welcomes those who feel led of the Lord to help these children."
Joyfully in HIS service,
Founder & Director
Then the righteous will answer him,
"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
Or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in,
or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"
The King will reply,
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least
of these brothers of mine, you did it for me. "
Matthew 26:37-40 NIV