This month we have big news—Lighthouse Publishing is moving north. The ministry had been under our local church, Pikeville Christian Fellowship, but when our church closed its doors earlier this year, we needed to find a new home for the ministry. Burning Bush Mennonite Church in Bedford, PA has officially adopted Lighthouse Publishing. Lord willing, we will be moving the ministry to PA as soon as everything comes together.
My wife and I have also decided to make Bedford our home once we sell our house and find a place to live. Lighthouse will need a building with offices and a mailing area. A board will be set up to help direct the ministry.
Meanwhile, we are operating Lighthouse under Burning Bush Mennonite Church from here in TN. We’ve opened a new banking account and are moving everything over. Donations received as of August 15 will be under BBMC. If you donated $25 or more this year prior to that date, you’ll be getting a year-end statement to show what you gave to Pikeville Christian Fellowship.
We have peace about these changes. The unknown future looks daunting, but God has a plan. We are looking to Him to help us work through every part of this transition. I believe these changes will be a blessing to Lighthouse and help us grow and reach our goals faster.
New Loaves & Fishes Ready to Mail
In a recent email update I wrote that we have another issue of Loaves & Fishes magazine almost ready for printing and lack some funds to release it for printing. It’s sent to production now, and we’re expecting them to arrive in a week or so.
It has truly been exciting for me to watch this issue come together. Our burden for this issue is “hope”. Many prisoners are struggling with despair, feelings of failure, and frustration every day. We can bring the miracle of hope and the love of Christ to them!
In this issue, Anthony, my fellow editor, shared some powerful lessons from the life of Joseph. In the editorial article, I tried to inspire prisoners to trust God to restore their hope even after they’ve made bad choices or things outside their control “mess up” the plan. We’ve also included poems and testimonies from prisoners to provide a sense of fellowship. This is just some of the content packed into this issue.
It will cost us around $8,500 to mail all the subscriptions. The plan is to mail them soon after they arrive. Our church owned a small portable kitchen, which we have sold for $8,000. We also have a paper cutter we’re hoping to sell for $2,000. These funds will be used in the ministry and help us get this issue out, but we still lack a cushion of several thousand dollars for overhead.
As you might know, our goal has been to publish a new issue every 3 months. We published one in February and one the first of June; we are very close to getting this issue out 3 months later!
We’d like to prep the mailing the end of next week, but it will depend on the sale of this paper cutter and some extra cash to float us so we don’t need to drain the account for postage.
If you feel led to help us get this issue mailed next week, you can give online or send your gift in the mail:
14377 Old State Highway 28
Pikeville, TN 37367
Let’s get the presses rolling! 🙂
For the Kingdom,