Ministry Update - August 2011
CHOICE CHRISTIAN GREETINGS TO
ALL OUR PARTNERS AND FRIENDS!!
Praise God for all that He has done!!
Because of your sharing spirit as a result of God at work in your life, it is my pleasure to present this report to you about our latest distribution.
The TLC Team traveled to Elkhorn City and Prestonsburg, Kentucky, for this annual back-to-school event. In addition to Ed and me, the following people served on the team: New Life Clown Ministry, “Grace ‘n Mercy” and “I-Say-Ah,” Dianne and Nick; Pastor Darren from Bridge Church in Perry, Ohio, and parishioners Kathy, Nate, and Gretchen and Mark with their children Ainsley and Ashlyn, and Jill and Tyson from San Diego. There were approximately 200 children who received their clothing at the Town Branch Church in Prestonsburg. It was disappointing to see a rather small turn-out of approximately 35 children at Elkhorn City because parents did not have money for gasoline—end of the month as it was—and the church van was in need of repair, leaving them with no available transportation.
We met with Jackie, from Top Most, Kentucky, who provides social services support to 20 families with infants. You would be saddened to hear her stories about the effects of drugs on the babies and the poverty of the families. She also distributes the TLC clothing to the elementary school children.
The following items were donated from TLC to locations in Elkhorn City, Prestonsburg and Top Most in Kentucky, and in Chillicothe and Ottway in Ohio, with a Biblical tract entitled Get a Clue—How Special Are You? included with each outfit:
Boys’ outfits: 305. These include pants, shirt, briefs, t-shirts and socks.
Girls’ outfits: 271. These include dress, slip, undies, socks, purse and barrette.
Boys’ pajamas: 24 pairs.
Girls’ night gowns: 24.
Shoes: 510 pairs for girls and boys. As always, the Shoe Fund is ongoing and the price is $15/pair for both girls’ and boys’ shoes. We had an amazing
experience when buying these shoes. A salesman at Payless asked what we were doing with all of the shoes. When we explained that we were sending them to the underprivileged children in Appalachia, he personally purchased two pairs and gave them to us. He said that when he was younger his family was poor and he was happy now to have the opportunity to help with our cause.
Personal care kits for girls and boys: 213. (Please see our list of recommended contents.)
School kits: 174.
Layettes and Quilts: 2 for boys and 2 for girls of each.
I repeat my earlier request for dresses in sizes 3, 10 and 12, and slips in sizes 4 through 10. Let’s all pray for God’s guidance and provision to fill these needs. Is He speaking to you or to someone you might recruit?
We look forward to providing winter coats again as usual. We are able to purchase high quality coats that retail for twice the amount of our low price of $30 each, and welcome your monetary donations for this great need. As God has enabled for the past couple of years, we hope to clothe 1,000 children with coats for the coming winter.
For those who are able to knit hat, scarf and mitten sets, there is a knit pattern on the website for the correct children’s sizes. Or, please send me a #10 SASE and I will mail the pattern if you prefer.
My very special word of thanks comes to each of you who partner in this ministry. Together, we accomplish much and we are all blessed to have such a volume of beautiful clothing donated for the children. Your generosity and willingness to be a partner makes all of this possible.
How we appreciate those of you who responded to our request for an additional $5.00 or $10.00! Many of you were able to do this, which helped significantly with the back-to-school distribution.
I give special thanks, also, to the talented “Sew ‘n Sews” at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church for their beautiful gifts of love.
THANKSGIVING DEADLINE is OCTOBER 15.
Feel free to ship earlier.
CHRISTMAS DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 15.
Feel free to ship earlier.
REMINDER: LONG SLEEVES ONLY on garments for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and sizes to be marked on all garments.
Current and past TLC newsletters appear on the website, and it would be appreciated if you would share this information with as many people as possible. Those who do not sew are invited to participate in this ministry by purchasing boys’ or girls’ clothing in sizes 4 through 12 and mailing them to me, or by making a monetary donation to TLC Ministries to enable us to make the purchases. This is a convenient way for many to make a difference in the lives of young people, and I praise God for each one who responds. Please make this a matter of prayer, as there is a very real need to fill this gap in God’s mission.
Some corporations, to include Verizon, have a program whereby they will match an employee’s charitable contribution in return for hours of community service. Many corporations, like GE, have a matching grant program under which they will match employee donations. Please inquire of your employer to determine whether this applies to you.
Please remember to include TLC Ministries in your prayers as we continue to reach out to our needy children of Appalachia where the impact of the economic downturn we all feel is exacerbated. You can rest assured that every donation made is used for the benefit of children who desperately need help.
It is my prayer that you will please send your gift today in the enclosed envelope as this is our only appeal for the holiday mailings. To those who contribute monthly, please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation.
On a bright note, Ed and I recently drove to Madison, Wisconsin, at the invitation of Nancy Zieman, where she interviewed me to appear on her public television program, “Sewing with Nancy.” This segment of her show was taped and will be aired in November (more on this later). I view this as a door being opened by God, an opportunity to promote this ministry by enabling me to introduce TLC to a broad new audience and explain the dire needs that exist in the Appalachian Mountains. Please pray with me that many will hear and that hearts will respond by joining in our effort to spread the Word with our gifts.
Congratulations and thanks are in order to all of you who have so faithfully given of yourselves to grow and sustain TLC over its past 24 years; as of July 2011, this ministry begins its 25th year of service to the less fortunate!
On a sad note, some wonderful TLC contributors have gone to their eternal reward during the past year. I would covet your prayers that God would be with their families and will bless this ministry by calling others who will provide boys’ outfits and who will sew dresses.
1931 – 2011
VIRGINIA L. ZEMLER
1945 – 2011
We thank God for them and their
years of service to the children.
Joyfully in HIS service,
Founder & Director
Then the righteous will answer him,
"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
Or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in,
or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"
The King will reply,
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least
of these brothers of mine, you did it for me. "
Matthew 26:37-40 NIV
“Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10