We’ve compiled and edited the material for the new isue of Loaves & Fishes (11-04) and by next week sometime, Matt should have the layout ready for review. Our goal is to finalize this issue and be ready to print it before the end of November.
We have $11,000 on hand and the printing takes around $14,000. Once we gain another $6,000, we’ll be ready to start printing.
As you probably know, our goal is to publish four issues a year, or one per quarter. This year we’ve already done three, and it looks like we just might be able to reach our goal for the year. I am really excited about this progress and grateful for your help.
We have the building and land here at Lighthouse listed with a realtor. We are trying to sell this before we move the ministry to PA. Up to now, the land where Lighthouse sits was my Dad’s, and he gave Lighthouse a free lease for the past seven years. The ministry has purchased one acre from Dad for $4,500 so we can sell the building and land together.
Click here to help us get this issue printed.
Feedback From Readers
“Eric is a man to whom I gave an old copy of Loaves and Fishes. Wish you could have seen him reading his Loaves and Fishes all night until 5:30 A.M on Saturday. Today is Tuesday, and he is walking around with his book in his hand.
Money can’t buy his book!”
“When I was at my lowest, your words reached me in jail.… I pray these
Loaves and Fishes may reach others also.”
Chaplain Nelson Zeiset (SCI-Mahanoy, PA):
“It is truly appreciated and uplifting to be assured that in this time of world strife and economic crisis, there are still caring and concerned individuals and corporations that are willing to give. So on the behalf of our entire congregation and the Chaplaincy Staff, I offer our sincerest thanks. Any future donations of this nature would and will be accepted with our deepest gratitude.”
An Update from Darold
In late September I attended the Prison Ministry Summit hosted by We Care Program in Atmore, AL. It was refreshing to spend two days with people who have a passion to reach out to those who are in prison or just got out of prison.
One thing the speakers emphasized was the importance of discipleship. It doesn’t work to simply get people to the altar for a quick fix and a short prayer; if we intend to make a lasting difference in people’s lives, it will take discipleship. The “repeat after me” prayers often don’t produce lasting fruit.
Another thing they stressed was the need for people to reach out to those who are getting out of prison. A lot of people don’t want to live close to ex-prisoners, but with so many prisoners getting released everyday, it’s likely you already have some in your neighborhood. Many thoughts were shared on how the church should be involved.
They mentioned a few places that are starting up to meet the need. One is called “Prairie Lighthouse” in Hutchinson, KS, where an old nursing home is being remodeled to give housing and jobs to those who are getting out and have no place to go.
Truly, God’s people are not out of work yet.
Loaves & Fishes will be the publication used in
We Care’s annual prison crusade “Renew Hope” in January 2014.
We plan to provide 7,000 copies for this event.
Please pray for continued success with Loaves & Fishes, a smooth transition to PA, and continued openness in prison.
If you want to help us get four issues into the prisons this year, click here to give online or send your donation to the address below:
14377 Old State Highway 28
Pikeville, TN 37367
For the Kingdom,