It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. I have a few things to bring you up to date on and ask for you to pray about. First, our Christmas Outreach project is nearing completion as our property missionaries will do their Christmas parties starting the week of December 10. This year 755 kids in 241 families will receive Christmas presents that they would not otherwise receive. While this is an awesome thing, ultimately, we want them to know that God sent His Son so they can have their sins forgiven. Please pray that the seeds of the gospel will be planted in these residents’ lives and that they will know they have a Savior that loves them.
Our shoe closet ministry is in full swing. So far this year, we have given away 636 pairs of shoes and have expanded the number of schools we’re working with to 41. It’s been a challenge to keep the shoe closet stocked at adequate levels. If you check out this link, http://www.missionamarillo.org/shoe-closet/needs , you can see that we have 6 men’s sizes and 5 women’s sizes that are out of stock. We have 15 men’s sizes with less than 3 in stock and 5 women’s sizes with less than 5 in stock.
We have implemented a few things to help us cope with this. First, we have collection barrels that we can put at your church, business, or civic organization. So far, three elementary schools, two campus organizations at WTAMU, and the advising office of Amarillo College have collected shoes for us. If you would like a shoe barrel to be brought to your location, please contact me and I’ll be sure to get you one as soon as possible.
Second, on Saturday, December 8, 9am-noon, at Paramount Baptist Church north parking lot, we are doing our first $5 shoe clearance sale. When shoes are donated, many of them are not the athletic type shoes we give out to students. Instead of giving these away, we have kept them to the point of accumulating over 1000 pairs of shoes. We will sell these for $5 a pair on Saturday, December 8 and use the proceeds to purchase more athletic shoes.
Third, we are seeking grants and encouraging churches, business, and individuals who do not want to do a shoe collection to give an offering to Mission Amarillo. Through these three methods, we hope the Lord will provide a steady stream of shoes so our attention can stay on getting them to the schools rather than put some much time and effort into collections. Please pray that the Lord who owns the cattle on a thousand hills will provide as He sees fit so we can continue to meet students needs.
We are constantly looking for new ways to help those in poverty, build relationships with them, and communicate the gospel through those relationships. We are currently looking at jobs curriculum that will teach people how to find a job, interview well, get the job, and keep it. The evaluation process involves several individuals I respect. We should have at least one meeting before Christmas and then will make final decisions after the first of the year. Please pray that the Lord would give us all wisdom and help us either find or develop a curriculum that will help those in poverty find and keep a job.
Last of all, please keep two churches in your prayers. First Presbyterian Church and Mercy Church are in the process of becoming involved in the lives of parents at elementary schools in our area. These parents face a lot of challenges that many of us could never relate to. Please pray that the Lord would give these two churches wisdom as they seek to not only help parents, but communicate the hope of the gospel to each family. My hope is that these churches could be a model for other churches to follow.
Thank you for your prayers and support. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section. I’ll be glad to answer as best I can.
Jeff Parsons, Director