Ministry Update - August 2009
CHOICE CHRISTIAN GREETINGS
TO ALL OUR PARTNERS AND FRIENDS!!
Praise God for all that He has done!!
It is with great joy that I bring this report of our back-to-school distribution in Elkhorn City, Kentucky, on Saturday, August 1, 2009. We always come back from these trips recharged as we see first-hand the dire needs in these areas. This was our first visit to the Lighthouse Ministry Center where Pastors Terry and Butch Thacker warmly welcomed us, and we look forward to working with them for a long time.
The children from St. Elizabeth’s Elementary School (Maryland) hand painted 55 tote bags for these children in Kentucky, and TLC filled the bags with school supplies such as pens and pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, crayons, notebooks, glue sticks, scissors, tissues, etc. Each bag contained a note from the child who painted it, along with a post card for the recipient to acknowledge receipt of the bag and express thanks. In addition, this elementary school collected a quantity of miscellaneous items—books, toys, small games—for the less fortunate in Kentucky.
One young boy wrote, “I hope you like my bag. Remember to always be happy! Be kind to everyone and NEVER give up!” He then quoted this noteworthy verse: “Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; but today is a gift, and that’s why it is called the present.”
Also, the children from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bethlehem PA made small, stuffed turtles during Vacation Bible School for these children, and the turtles were included in the tote bags.
Our friends and committed supporters—Ruth and Lloyd from Pennsylvania, faithful contributors since 1993—also joined us this year to help as we set up on Friday, and again for the distribution on Saturday. Here are their remarks: The three days Lloyd and I spent with Carole and Ed in Kentucky held so many new experiences I can hardly describe them all. The area is so beautiful with rock formations and roads which curved around the rocks for miles.
We met such lovely, loving people at Lighthouse Ministry Center. Pastor Terry is full of energy and love for “her” people. The children were in awe of all the gifts given to them by TLC. With the help of Pastor Terry and the volunteers from TLC, everything ran smoothly.
The time we spent with Pastors Terry and Butch Thacker and their family was an inspiration, just in case any of us needed to be pumped up. The Lord truly is great!
TLC sent the following items to children in Kentucky and Ohio for the back-to-school distribution, and included with each outfit was a children’s biblical tract entitled, “Get a Clue—How special are you?”
336 girls’ outfits, each one to include a dress, slip, socks, undies, purse and barrette, as well as a child’s tract. We also provided 24 summer night gowns. NOTE: We continue to receive requests for dresses sizes 3, 10, and 12 so please consider making some. Also, we have slip patterns in sizes 4 thru 10. They are easy to make.
262 boys’ outfits, each one to include pants, shirt, briefs, t-shirts, socks and a child’s tract.
24 pairs of summer pajamas and 75 shirts for the boys.
445 pairs of shoes, some sent to our office with clothing, and other shoes purchased with money donated to TLC Ministries. (Thanks to all who make donations to the shoe fund.)
327 personal care kits for boys and girls.
NOTE: Less than 100 children showed up on August 1st because it was the end of the month and so many parents did not have money for gasoline to drive to the church. Pastor Terry told me that during the next two weeks, other children came and received new outfits in time for school. She also related that she would like the partners in this ministry to know that she has prayed for many years for God to provide new clothing for the children and that God would bring them to salvation. She gives thanks to God for all of the hands and hearts who minister through TLC Ministries, and expressed her love “for each and every precious one” who has contributed to the children.
TLC also provided for the children at Beaver Creek Elementary School in Kentucky a quantity of school supplies such as pens and pencils, erasers, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, and crayons.
A very special thanks to all of our partners; we want you to know how thrilled and blessed we are to have the volume of beautiful clothing that is always donated for the children.
Our SHOE FUND is ongoing and we would like to have shoes for the upcoming holiday season. Even with our volume discount, shoes for the girls cost $13.00, and boys’ shoes cost $15.00.
We will send WINTER COATS again this year. The cost of each coat is $30.00; although this is expensive, these coats are of high quality that retail for at least twice that amount Last year was the first year we were able to reach our goal of providing 1,000 coats, and it is our prayer that we will be able to continue to provide this number.
In keeping with the winter theme, please remember that we have a knit pattern for the hat, scarf and mitten sets…just the right size for the children we service. I will be happy to send you a copy if you will please send a #10 SASE, or you may print it from our website.
ATTENTION: TLC HAS A WEBSITE! www.tlcministries.info
A copy of this and prior newsletters are posted on this website. Please share this information with a friend and suggest that if they can’t sew, they might consider purchasing boys’ or girls’ clothing in sizes 4 to 12. Or, if they would prefer (as some do), they may make a donation to TLC Ministries and we will purchase the clothing. 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 there is a real need to fill this gap in God’s mission.
Our next mailing is for THANKSGIVING, and the deadline is OCTOBER 15th. Feel free to ship earlier.
Our CHRISTMAS DEADLINE is NOVEMBER 15th. Again, ship earlier if you would prefer.
LONG SLEEVES on the garments for Thanksgiving and Christmas, please. Please mark sizes on all garments.
Please continue to remember TLC Ministries in your prayers as we continue to reach out to our needy children of Appalachia. I am not sure if you saw the ABC 20/20 special by Diane Sawyer earlier this year. Many of the things you saw were representative of the areas of Kentucky where we distribute our clothing.
The economic downturn has hit the areas we serve harder than most because many were “just making it” as it was. During the past year two more organizations have contacted us asking for support. Due to your generosity we were able to send boys’ and girls’ outfits, shoes, care kits, sweaters, knit sets and coats. We would like to help them on a continuing basis but need your help. Please realize your check or clothing donation is going to help VERY NEEDY CHILDREN.
If possible, please send a gift today to help us in our work. We have enclosed an envelope for your convenience. This is our only appeal for the holiday mailings. If you have recently sent a gift, please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation.
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
“Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10