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Ministry Update - December 2011
A MOST HAPPY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS
TO EACH OF OUR PARTNERS AND FRIENDS!
To God be the Glory; great things He hath done.
Dear Partners and Friends,
How I rejoice to be able to send you this report on the bounty that you provided through this ministry to the children of Appalachia for Thanksgiving and Christmas 2011! In spite of the economy, you have again demonstrated your willingness to sacrifice in order to help children who have dire needs. Shipments have been made to Elkhorn City and Topmost, Kentucky; Chillicothe and Otway, Ohio; and Alderson, West Virginia.
We remain ever grateful for all that God has privileged this ministry to accomplish through Him. It is our earnest prayer that TLC ministries will continue to expand and bless additional children who will come to know Him as their personal Savior because of your love gifts.
I continually stand in awe of God’s mercy and graciousness to those who give as He speaks to our hearts and compels us to share that with which He has blessed us! All praise to God and thanks to you—new partners and those of long standing—who are dedicated to TLC Ministries. We can rejoice with all of Heaven because of Him and the way He “makes a way” for each of us to participate in His vineyard. I pray this report will bless your heart and that you will prayerfully share it with someone. We are trying something new and will send this newsletter via e-mail to those of you who have provided your addresses so you can forward it to your friends. Many times new contributors become aware of this ministry through you.
Shipments consisting of the following items have been made for Christmas:
Coats 656 This includes coats received at our office. The need for donations to this fund ($30.00/coat) is constant. Our numbers are down this year because regular contributions are off and our significant benefactor from the past 2 years did not make a contribution this year.
Hats, scarves and mittens sets, 919 Plus 63 Hats and 63 Scarves only. The children very much appreciate the matching hat/scarf/mitten sets. There are patterns for knitted mittens and a knitted scarf and hat set which you may download from our web site; or, if you make your request by mail, please include a #10 SASE.
Boys’ outfits, 226 (pants, shirt, underwear, socks), plus 119 knit shirts. We accept store-bought jeans for BOYS ONLY in sizes 4 through 12.
Girls’ outfits, 265 (dress or jumper/blouse, tights or socks, slip, undies, hair bow, bracelet, small crocheted purse.)
A Biblical tract entitled, “Happy Birthday, Jesus” was included with each outfit.
Sweaters, 70, lovely hand knitted.
Shoes, 444 pairs. The Shoe Fund is ongoing. And the cost of boy’s and girl’s shoes are now both $15.00.
We also shipped 246 quilts, blankets, afghans and baby blankets, 79 nightgowns and slippers for the girls and 66 PJ’s with slippers for the boys, and 99 pieces of infant clothing, plus 119 books.
Personal Care Kits, 250 You may download a specific list of items from our website, or make your request known by mail, being sure to include a SASE, please.
Beanie Babies and Stuffed Toys 75, and 250 “Santa faces” filled with candy kisses.
In addition, we shipped 61 pair of pants/jeans, 9 Sweatshirts, 28 T-shirts, 43 Thermal Tops, 24 pair of Socks and 7 girl’s Dresses.
The work of the Lord is endless, and our next shipment will be for Easter. The deadline is March 9, 2012 but you may ship earlier.
Boys need pants and SHORT-SLEEVED cotton knit shirts in sizes 4 through 12.
Girls need solid color or floral patterned SHORT-SLEEVED dresses, and SLIPS, in sizes 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8; designs and fabric must be appropriate for young girls. Also, we have requests for girls’ dresses in sizes 10 and 12; please consider making some in these sizes. Don’t forget to mark the size on each garment.
Nothing I could say would be sufficient to thank you for your meaningful and valuable contributions to TLC Ministries; I just pray that God will interpret from my heart to yours just what this means to me personally and to the ones who receive your gifts. Along with my expression of deep gratitude comes my prayer that God’s choicest blessings will be yours at Christmastime and throughout 2012.
It is also my prayer that you would seek the will of the Lord in the matter of sending a year-end gift at this time to enable us to begin now to prepare for the 2012 Easter Season in meeting the needs of children, and may God bless you as you follow His bidding.
In line with my being a good steward of TLC’s finances, please notify me if you do not wish to remain on our mailing list and/or if you have a change of address. We would also like your e-mail so we can send the newsletter via e-mail. The way the Post Office is raising the price of postage and the other problems they are having we need to start thinking of alternate delivery methods.
We are in need of a Manual Gummed Tape Dispenser with a water reservoir that can accommodate 3” wide Kraft reinforced gummed paper with a cut length of at least 30” on a pull. If you know of someone that has one to donate or if you would like to donate one please let us know.
1922 - 2011
We thank God for her and her
years of service to the 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