February 2024 Update


Feb 19

Don’t Fear the Darkness

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day. (Eph. 6:12-13)

There is so much evil and darkness around us. Satan is trying daily to make us give up. His greatest pleasure is to make us miserable, but we have a Father who is mightier than evil, and if we take up His armor we can stand fast and not fear the darkness!

Hello from my desk at Lighthouse Publishing. I am Suzy Hartzler. My husband Rodney and I have been married for three months, and live in Bedford, Pennsylvania. I have been working at Lighthouse Publishing for six months. It’s been a joy and an honor to continue the work that Pastor Jimmy was so passionate about. I mostly do exactly what he did—I even get to use his desk.

I process the mail several times a week. Each piece is either a generous donation to help keep our mailroom running smoothly or a letter from someone searching for something to read that teaches them more about Jesus. It really gives me joy to answer each request and give them something that encourages them.

There are so many lonely, spiritually hungry souls, and I am often reminded how blessed I am to have a husband, family, friends, and church that love the Lord and are a wonderful encouragement to me. I want to pay it forward, and if I can in some small way encourage one person to put on the whole armor of God and stand fast and serve our God with their whole heart, then my goal will be accomplished.

Thanks to each one of you that contributes to this work. Wishing God’s blessing on all of you as you live for Him.

—Suzy Hartzler, Office Assistant

Corridor of a modern prison

Issue 51 Update

Our team is currently working on editing Loaves & Fishes issue 51. We expect to be print-ready by mid-February. Based on our current schedule of three issues per year, this issue would normally ship in April. However, because of your generous support,
I am glad to say that funding is available to print the next issue earlier than expected.

We are hoping to be able to ship issue 51 in March, one month ahead of schedule. The long-term goal of Lighthouse Publishing has been to publish Loaves & Fishes quarterly, and with God’s help and your support, we know that all things are possible!

It is energizing to observe the Lord sustaining our work by providing staff, volunteers, supporters, and funding, not to mention the hundreds of you who distribute Loaves & Fishes in prison. Thank you!

—Mike Fisher, Manager of Operations


2023 Cost to Publish & Distribute Each Issue of Loaves & Fishes (based on expenses): 62¢