Sunday, February 8, 2009

Life's Journey

Dear Faithful,
We had seen an increase of 26% in family visits from January '08 to January '09 and the weather was bad for several days. We have already seen over 70 families this month. Our needs will continue to increase. I praise God for His miraculous supply. In a few days we will be receiving the second half of our CERF grant, an additional $10,000. We won't have to fret about the rent this year. PTL!!!!!
We visited one of our new supporting churches, LifePoint Church, the last two weeks. We tried something new. We used yellow bags with a list of pantry staples on it for the folks to return the following Sunday. They left the bags behind their cars and trucks and the 5th and 6th graders went around the parking lot picking them up. Yellow bags filled our truck. After we got the final count we had collected 2,397 items. The clients had a variety this week they don't normally have. Thanks to the Zone 56 kids for organizing the food drive. We are excited about LifePoint partnering with us.
I would like to tell you about two people that God had brought back into my life this week.
First, I would like to tell you about a young mother who we helped several years ago. She lived in the inner city in not a very good place but we shared God's love with her. We helped her get furnishings for her house when she had nothing. She had made some bad choices in her life and they caused her to loose custody of her son. Just last week God had put her back in my path to help. She has moved into the Beech Grove area now. She is trying to make better choices this time around to get her son back. Pray for us as we try to minister to her and her son.
Second, God reminded me of an old friend last week, Jim Flanders. Jim and his wife Judy attend church at LifePoint Church. Our newest supporting church. God put Jim in my life 41 years ago when I was an eighth grader in his math class. Jim took a liking to me and took me under his wing. You see, Jim invited me to the Methodist church in Beech Grove where he attended back then. He and one of my other teachers, Ron Melbert, were my Sunday school teachers. They had a positive influence on my life. In today's mixed up world they might not have had the freedom to ask a young man to church. I was so thankful to share with Jim a couple of Sundays ago that God may not be using me in the ministry today, if it wouldn't have been for that eighth grade math teacher sharing God's love with me.
Has God used someone in your life to have an impact on you? Call them up or drop them an email to let them know how God is using you today.
In His Service,

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2008 Blessings

Dear Faithful,

We were so blessed in 2008. We had seen the number of total client visits jump from 2204 in 2007 to 2561 in 2008. As the number of clients continued to rise God continued to supply the need. We had received three grants in the last quarter of the year. We were blessed with $10,000 from St. Paul's Episcopal, $13,500 from the Efroymson fund, and $20,000 from the CERF fund. In November, we were seeing as many as 80+ families per week.

We had seen food drives from schools, corporations and civic organizations. Our holiday projects were such a miraculous blessing. At Thanksgiving, dozens of volunteers came and pack boxes. We had 301 cars come through our world famous "Turkey drive thru" and we served 46 families hot meals on Thanksgiving morning. All total God supplied over $11,000 worth of food to feed 1,283 people.

Once, Thanksgiving was completed our Christmas project began. Times were very hard this year for our clients and our sponsors. Yet God rose up folks that had never been involved before and those who have helped us from the very beginning. South Grove Intermediate School in Beech Grove graciously allowed us to use the gym for wrapping and distribution. What a blessing to spread everything out one time. We had corporations and school students and teachers adopt families. After all the deliveries were done, we were able to help 196 families and bless 493 children.

I had gotten an email from one mom that I just want to share. Because, it is how God uses us to make a difference. This mom had a 4th grader whose class room had adopted a famliy were the special request of a pair of little girls was bicycles. The classroom had not collected enough money to get the bikes. So, she went home to share with mom that she really wanted to see the girls get the bikes. Mom set her down and told her she would work an extra shift but she would have to give up part of her Christmas, too. Well the little girl was okay with that and the mom was able to get the bikes. Mom said it really made for a wonderful Christmas for them to give to others. That is how God touched this family through us. He continues to touch families every week. Come and help us serve the needs of families in 2009.

In His Service
Bill Boone