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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.
> Holiness Compassion Summit at Olivet Nazarene University - BoH to host information table: God is calling BoH to be more available to Pastors, to lend support, encouragment and offer a positive, safe outlet for these servants as they fulfill their calling. BoH will be offering more support to those in pastoral ministry.
> SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 8th Annual Golf Event - check out the golf page for lots more information
> TEAM Day Teaching, March 8: Director, Kyle Thompson, will be presenting two workshops to the three Michigan Districts of the Nazarene Church with the topic of Compassionate Ministries and the other on Pastoral Burnout: Where do Pastors go when they could use some assitance. Beacon of Hope is establishing services to be such a place for pastoral support.
> 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
> CONGRATULATIONS: to Kyle Thompson for completing his training to be an approved Supervisor for LLPC's (Limited License Professional Counselors).
> "Festival of the Tables": Director, Kyle Thompson was recently the guest speaker for the Portland Area Ministerial Association's (PAMA) Festival of the Tables, a fundraising event for their group. PAMA is the group that brought BoH to the Portland/Ionia County area. Please keep Kyle in mind to speak for your next event.
> 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.
> THANK YOU: Hager Park Reformed Church & Montello Park CRC for choosing our ministry to receive a special Thanksgiving offering.
> THANK YOU: Stone Plastics for conducting a 3 shift contest to see who could bring the most food in for our pantry. The winners threw a pie in the eye of their choice of Stone Plastics leaders. The 3 shifts together brought in 3 skids worth of food - wow, thank you!
> Christmas Blessings: Christmas gifts were brought to 23 families this year impacting the lives of 89 people. Thank you to those who adopted families for Christmas: Tranthams, Blakes, Lubbers, Root generations, Maxeys, Andersons, Stevens, O'Briens, New Holland Brewing, Sam's Club of Holland, Generation III Excavating, West Michigan Commerce Bank, VanDam Farms & Stone Plastics.
> THANK YOU: Holiday blessings for the pantry and ministry from Wal-Mart and Sam's Club of Holland, Macatawa Bank, Stone Plastics, NuPath Credit Union and Koops I
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.