Ministry Update - August 2010
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 which, due to space limitations at the Lighthouse Ministry Center, was held at the Community Center in Elkhorn City, Kentucky, on Thursday, July 29, 2010. We always come back from these trips recharged as we see firsthand how your contributions meet the dire needs in these areas. This was our second visit with Pastors Terry and Butch Thacker and the team was warmly welcomed. We look forward to supporting them for a long time.
NOTE: The turnout for the distribution was lower than expected because of the MAJOR flooding in the area, but by the end of last week all of the clothing and shoes were distributed!
This year the TLC Team consisted of seven (7) adults and (2) children, in addition to Ed and myself. The clowns “Grace ‘n Mercy” and “I-Say-Ah” (Diane and Nick), Gretchen and Mark and their children, Ainsley and Ashlyn, Marge and Larry and Ellen.
Here are some words from Mark: “God cannot bless what you do not do.” That message by Bishop T. D. Jakes was in the book that my family and I were listening to on our drive from Cleveland, Ohio. In preparation for our trip, we had spoken at our church, collected clothing and food from our friends and used our vacation time from work. When we spoke to people, the most common question was, “Why?”. Because Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves; because they will know we are Christians by our love; because our daughters ages 6 and almost 3 need to learn now that it is important to serve God by showing compassion for our fellow man. All very good reasons, but frequently in my mind I thought “Why wouldn’t you?”. But, until I heard that statement on the ride down, I didn’t realize why we truly were doing this.
God takes those opportunities in our actions to bless not only the families in Kentucky but our families through our actions. To see the overwhelming joy in the eyes of the Pastors when we unloaded the food and clothing collected in Ohio blessed our hearts. To watch the New Life Clown Ministry teach a message of salvation to the children and their parents and afterward have those same children ask for prayer from members of the team was a blessing for all of us.
To have my daughter, Ainsley, age 6, become so close with another girl in Kentucky, in just 1 day, that they exchanged addresses and want to become pen pals shows that not only are we being a blessing now, but we are teaching our children to bless others with their life.
We did, and we allowed God to bless what we did! What blessings do you miss because you didn’t seize the opportunity? What simple actions throughout the day can you take that would allow you to give God the opportunity to bless you and someone else? I know that after this trip I am reflecting daily on the fact that “God cannot bless what you do not do,” and I look for those small opportunities for blessing and pray that you will also.
Ellen wrote: I was blessed by being a part of the team and seeing firsthand what wonderful work is being done by TLC for the children of Eastern Kentucky. As I watched I could see the joy on the faces of the boys and girls as they chose a new outfit of clothing, shoes, care kit and school kit.
Larry gave a devotional from John 13:1-17 – Humble Service, Teach by example, Leadership by example. He also quoted Ann Landers – “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”
A Deaconess from a church in Ohio sent this: The distribution on Saturday went very well. We served 124 children giving them new clothing, shoes, care kits, school supplies and registering them to receive a new Hear Me Read Bible. (The bible was provided by the church.) Please accept our thanks to you and your volunteers for their continued support and payers. Your gifts make a difference in the lives of these families. About a half-dozen families travel more than 15 miles to the church because their need 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?”
317 girl’s outfits, each one included a dress, slip, socks, undies, purse and barrette, and 55 dresses only. We also provided 26 summer night gowns. NOTE: We continue to receive requests for dresses sizes 3, 10, and 12 so please consider making some. Also, we need slips sizes 4 thru 10 and can send you the patterns. They are easy to make.
323 boys’ outfits, each one included pants, shirt, briefs, t-shirts, and socks. We also provided 24 pairs of summer PJ’s.
479 pairs of shoes, a few sent to our office with clothing, but most shoes were purchased with money donated to the shoe fund.
360 personal care kits for boys and girls and 100 school kits.
As you know, it is you our partners, whose generous contributions of clothing and monies make this all possible. A very special thanks to all of you. We want you to know how thrilled and blessed we are to have the volume of beautiful clothing that is donated for the children.
Our SHOE FUND is ongoing and we need shoes for the upcoming holiday season. The price of shoes for the girl’s has caught up with the boy’s -- $15.00/pair.
Special thanks to Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church for their most generous donation to the shoe fund and the “Sew ‘n Sews” for the lovely clothing they make for the children.
We will send WINTER COATS again this year. The cost of each coat is $30.00. These coats are of high quality that retail for at least twice that amount Again, last year we were able to reach our goal of 1,000 coats, and it is our prayer that we will be able to again provide this number. Recently we received a special gift to the coat fund from one of our contributors which will provide many new coats.
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. 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 boy’s or girl’s 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.
THANKSGIVING, deadline is OCTOBER 15th. Feel free to ship earlier.
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.
If you would like to help us in our Mission, please send a gift today. We have enclosed an envelope for your convenience. This is our only appeal for the holiday mailings. For those of you who send contributions on a monthly basis please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation.
Last year one of our contributors advised us of a very generous program by Verizon. They will make a contribution to a charity in return for hours of community service provided by an employee. If you or your spouse works for Verizon, please check it out. Also, many corporations have a matching-grant program under which they will match your donation.
The economic downturn along with the recent severe flooding continues to impact the areas we serve. Many were “just making it” as it was and are truly in need. Please realize your check or clothing donation is going to help VERY NEEDY 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
“Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10