Dec 07

Loaves & Fishes Issue #37 Preview

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Dear supporters,

God has provided the means for us to distribute over 300,000 copies of Loaves & Fishes to prison inmates this year. We would like to thank you for your generous support of Lighthouse Publishing this year, without which our work would be impossible. We trust the Lord for a bountiful spiritual harvest from the seeds you have sown.

The creation of Loaves & Fishes issue 37 is near completion. This will be our third mailing this year, and will be the largest mailing we have done at 117,000 copies. Both the printing and shipping cost of mailing this issue are fully funded, and we will be able to mail it as soon as it arrives. 

With this issue, we are switching to full color for the magazine. This upgrade was available at a minimal cost, and we are happy for the increase in visual appeal for our readers.

We receive occasional pen pal requests from prison inmates, and we try to connect them with those who are willing to write to them. Currently we have need for penpals, especially men. If you can give your time in this way, please contact us, and we will put you in touch.

If you are inspired to give to the mission of Lighthouse Publishing and of providing Christian discipleship literature for prison inmates, please feel free do so here.

—Mike Fisher, board member

Jun 13

Discipleship Tools for Prisoners

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Occasionally, as we process inmate requests or writings, we research the situation of an inmate. Many of them have been featured in news stories and information about their crimes is public.

Putting the pieces together, we find lives that are steeped in tragedy, often from childhood. Bad decisions compounded with bad circumstances create situations so complex and sad that a good resolution seems impossible for both the criminal and victim.

Our goal is to bring the love and power of Jesus to these situations. It is an overwhelming task, but tools such as the Loaves & Fishes magazine make the task more doable.

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Feb 01

Insights From the Team

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As we enter the new year, we want to acknowledge your support and participation in this work of reaching prisoners through the printed page. With your help, we were able to distribute 206,000 copies of Loaves & Fishes magazine, 30,000 Lighthouse calendars, and 3,000 miscellaneous tracts, booklets, and bookmarks in 2014.

Now that Jimmy Weaver is retired, he’s able to devote more time to Lighthouse. Things are going smoothly and he’s staying current with data entry and orders. He is also learning more about subscription management and how to troubleshoot undeliverable mail to prisoners who happened to provide a name the prison mail room doesn’t recognize.

My dad (Darold) works part-time from his office in Iowa. His experience and assistance as circulation manager is invaluable as we transition to more books going out in bulk and build connections with our vital distributors. He also enjoys helping to prepare new issues of Loaves & Fishes.

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Dec 11

Issue 25 Progress

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We are excited to announce that the funds have come in for printing Loaves & Fishes Issue 25! As it stands now, we will print 95,000 copies and the cost will be close to $15,000.

L&F-25-Cover, 3d Stack

This issue isn’t quite ready to print, but we hope to send it to press before the holidays, and the books should arrive shortly after the first of the year.

We estimate the postage will cost around $6,200. Our goal is to have enough funds to mail all the subscriptions by the time the books arrive so we can mail them promptly. So far we have a couple thousand dollars to put toward postage, but it will take at least another $4,000.

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