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In each issue of the newsletter you will find: * Current events, news & thank-you's under Beacon Briefs * Prayer Requests & Praises * An encouraging or challenging article from Director, Kyle Thompson * Special event information (Golf event, Friends Dinner, etc.) * Much more - check it out today.
> SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 8th Annual Golf Event
> Matching Gift Update: We were blessed in August to have received a matching gift of $7,500. You, our friends, responded in a big way, giving $9,200. The result? $16,700 was given for the ministries of Beacon of Hope.
> CURRENT FOOD PANTRY NEEDS: Canned Fruit, Canned Veggies, Tuna (in water), Canned Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Pasta, Pasta Sauces, Canned Soup, Peanut Butter, Cereal, Saltine Crackers, Pancake Batter, Pork-n-Beans
> GIFT IN HONOR: This Christmas is there someone on your list that doesn't need, want or expect anything? If so, consider a gift in their honor by donating to BoH. A special card will be sent to you to then share with them.
> STOCK DONATIONS: BoH has been blessed with receiving our first stock donation. Make note of this as it could provide tax benefits to you and will definately bless our ministry. Call for more information on how you could donate your stock.
> TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES: Has your church, company or small group been searching for a special speaker? Kyle Thompson, Director of BoH, has provided talks on many subjects, most recently at Calvary Baptist Church on Biblical Counseling & Communication. Contact our offices to schedule Kyle for your event.
> THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU: to those who have made personal donations to our pantry. Also, thanks to these businesses who have donated much needed items:
Teerman's for hosting a knife sharpening clinic that rasied over $350
Maplewood Reformed Church
Sam's Club of Holland
Forest Hills Foods
Panera Bread of Holland
and all our volunteers that make our food ministry possible
> ONLINE SHOPPING: Doing any Christmas shopping online? Use GoodShop and choose BoH (Holland) and our ministry will receive a % of your shopping total.www.goodshop.com
Past Years Highlights
Year # 11 in Review
Stats July 12-June 13
8,274 Lives Impacted for the Kingdom
3,144 Counseling sessions provided in Holland
441 Counseling sessions provided in Portland
335 Counseling sessions provided in Grandville
2,110 Food Boxes distributed in Holland
1,914.5 Volunteer hours logged by 97 different people
$27,000 Vision Project completed with $4,693 our ActualCosts
Year #10 in Review
Stats July 11-June 12
7,975 lives touched by one or more services of Beacon of Hope!
3,024 counseling sessions provided, 380 of those sessions were in the Portland area
2,072food boxes given away
1,993 volunteer hours provided by over 119 different people
Year #9 in Review Stats July 10-June 11 7,903 lives touched by one or more services of Beacon of Hope! Praise God that He has allowed us the honor of shining hope to each one of these people, His children! 2,670 counseling sessions provided - 19.4% increase (248of those sessions were in the Portland, MI area) 2,572.5 volunteer hours provided by over 118 different people 2,135 boxes of food given away - 32.9% increase $92,580 estimated retail value of food given away 37 men participating in Community CARE 31 students at area schools received educational counseling/tutoring 23 families (96 people) adopted at Christmas
Year #8 in Review Stats July 09-June 10 6,505 lives touched by one or more services of Beacon of Hope - 34.5% increase from last fiscal year 2,236 counseling sessions provided - 68.8% increase 2,187.5 volunteer hours logged with 184 different people serving - 18.3% increase 1,607 boxes of food given away - 27.4% increase 307 boxes were emergencies $67,655 retail value of food given away 210 meals served at Thanksgiving 181 men participating in Community CARE 19 families (84 people) adopted at Christmas ONE Amazing God we serve!
Year #7 in Review Stats July 08-June 09
4,835 Lives touched by BoH Ministries, 41.1% increase and 94.6% increase in overall services the past two years 1,325 Counseling sessions held, 21.7% increase 1,848.5 Volunteer hours logged with 116 different volunteers serving 365 Emergency boxes of food given out 896 Food boxes given @ scheduled monthly distributions $59,920 Retail value of food given away with 1,261 total boxes of food which is 52.1% increase 17 families (69 people) adopted @ Christmas 126 Meals served @ Thanksgiving 321 Men participating in Community C.A.R.E.