Little Lights Urban Ministries

2008 Fall Newsletter

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Little Lights Times To fully accept the acceptance of God and to spread love to those perishing without it. Volume 8, Issue 3 In this Issue • Letter from Steve • Article • Student, Program, Event Highlights • Student Voices • Volunteer Stories • Supporter Update • "What Little Lights Means to Me" • Meet the Staff and Teen Interns • Poems Mark Your Calendars November 8: New Volunteer Orientation, 10-2. Hope Center Christmas Party Informational Meeting, 10-12. Hope House November 21-23: Alive Junior High Conference November 26-28: Thanksgiving break December 13: Christmas Party, 4-7. Chinese Bible Church December 22-Jan. 2: Christmas/New Years break January 12: Programs return from Christmas break Fall 2008 Letter from Steve Ronada Hewitt and guest speaker Brian McLaren giving a speech at the Fall 2008 Annual Banquet & Silent Auction. ...Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. (Hebrews 13:5) Challenging words from 2000 years ago and perhaps even more challenging today. Brian McLaren, in his talk at the Little Lights Fundraising Banquet, said the week before the banquet was probably the worst possible week to try and raise money. In one stock trading day, Americans lost 1.4 trillion dollars. Insecure and nervous times like this remind us where our true security lies. Not only for individuals, but for organizations like churches add urban ministries. Crisis can be tough on the heart (and in this case, the pocketbook), but it can be an opportunity to grow our faith individually and collectively. The banquet on October 4 represented a significant moment in Little Lights' history. Our faith in God and in others grew as we raised the largest amount ever for a Little Lights fundraising event and many people stepped up to support the kids. One of the night's highlights came when Ronada Hewitt, one of the students who grew up in our program recently read a poem she had written. At 18, she had the audience capitivated with her penetrating and thought-provoking words. The choir also gave a tremendous performance and thoroughly entertained the audience, especially the hotel staff. Brian McLaren, author of Everything Must Change and chairman of the board at Sojourners, gave a convicting message about the authentic Christian life. That people would give sacrificially for the benefit of others, even as their personal assets are declining showed the dedication of our donors. Even though we have had cuts in grant funding over the past couple of months, our generous individual donors have been stepping up throughout this fall to ease the burden. Even through these tough economic times, God is answering prayers through both our donors and ever-increasing pool of volunteers. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. Your generosity and committment to the kids and staff here at Little Lights lifts us. We look forward to partnering with you to better the lives of the children and youth in the city.

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