Progress and Special Beginnings

Loaves & Fishes

Jan 25

Dear Supporter,

The Lord has given us a wonderful year so far, filled with good progress and special beginnings.

Loaves & Fishes Update

Our hearts are thrilled to see another issue of Loaves & Fishes go into the prisons. The bulk subscriptions of Loaves & Fishes volume 8, issue 2 mailed out in December. And just last week, we were able to prepare and send the presort mailing for the single subscriptions.

The postage to mail these 80,000 copies topped $16,000. Thanks to your diligent support, we had around $5,000 left after covering the postage!

It’s been a year since we published the previous issue (volume 8, issue 1). It doesn’t feel like we are reaching our goal of four issues per year, but we trust the Lord has a plan. We desire to work with Him each step of the way.

Mailing Photo Tour

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Ministry Structure

Lighthouse Publishing is now legally a ministry of our local church, Pikeville Christian Fellowship. We believe this will benefit the ministry is some major ways. Now we can qualify for non-profit postage on all presort mailings, such as single subscriptions to Loaves & Fishes and newsletters. Also, when you give to Lighthouse, your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Click here to give or set up a monthly sponsorship.

Speaking Engagements

We have ministry presentations scheduled in two churches:

  • January 30: Spring Garden Church in Gap, PA.
  • February 4: Silver Lake Mennonite Church in Perry, NY.

It’s always a blessing to go out and connect with churches in this way. If you would like for us to share with your group, call us at 423-447-3567.

Distribution Partner

We’re publishing the first issue of the “Distribution Partner,” our brand new newsletter for Loaves & Fishes distributors. This includes chaplains, churches, and individuals who get the Loaves & Fishes magazine in bulk. It will be a great way to keep our distribution team informed and share resources that are helpful to those in prison ministry.

Mailroom Update

The fish are biting. Mail from prisoners is pouring in by the handfuls, as the new issue of Loaves & Fishes circulates throughout the prisons.

We’re hiring Robert and Verba Miller to handle the mail on a regular basis. They’ll be working here a day or two a week, Lord willing, for $600/month. Their help in the past has been totally volunteer.

Feedback From Readers

“I like how today’s times are used in accordance with the Scripture. Science in Creation was very fascinating. I would like to read more. Please add me to your list of subscribers.”
Raymond Smith

“I’ve read a few religious magazines in my life, but Loaves & Fishes was an exception to many. I want to really tell you about “Putting off Anger.” This article was… really inspiring to make a difference in my life.”
Mariano Alatorre • FSP • Represa, CA

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for more workers in the harvest field. There is seemingly no end to the hungry hearts in prison reaching out for truth.
  • Pray for wisdom in the mailroom to correspond with prisoners.
  • Pray for Anthony and me as we prepare another issue of Loaves & Fishes. Also those who will write articles. We need inspiration and direction from the Lord in this great task.
  • Pray for guidance in recruiting more partners in this work. We want to wait upon God in faith, but also do our part to inform and inspire the church to rise up and work before the night comes.

May God bless you richly for your prayers and support. You are a vital part of the work.

For the Kingdom,

Lavern Gingerich

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