AUGUST 2005 ISSUE NO. 33 —PHONE NUMBER— Sharing Hope Ministry 358-7803
—ADDRESS— P.O. Box 19985 Amarillo, Texas 79114
—STAFF— April Riggs, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh Link, Secretary email@example.com
—STATISTICS— Total Life Recovery Bibles Distributed:
29,371 Total Bible Study Workbooks Distributed:
—VOLUNTEERS— Pen Pal Volunteers: 100 Office Volunteers: 36 Prayer Group Volunteers: 4 Stepping Stones Volunteers: 8 Visitation Team Volunteers: 7 Teaching Team Volunteers: 14
Saturday, October 1 10 am - 5 pm Sunday, October 2 1 pm - 5 pm Amarillo Civic Center South Exhibit Hall Admission: $2.00 for adults (children 12 and under - free)
—BOARD OF DIRECTORS — Brenda Blakley, President Sammye Stark, Vice President Connie Hodges, Secretary Chris Brady Jim Burgess Dan Hetrick Rod Jones George Snell Becky Logsdon Jack Westbrook Newsletter Design Courtesy of
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The “Christmas In October” is another great opportunity to help Sharing Hope continue our ministry to assist incarcerated women in the State of Texas, in their recovery from destructive behavior by sharing God’s love and hope though the teaching of His Word. Some of the exciting things that can be found at “Christmas in October” are a wide variety of booths that offer gifts and handmade crafts. This is sure to help you get started on the holiday season. While you are there, stop by and the beautiful Sharing Hope quilt. A $1 dollar donation will give you a chance to take this wonderful quilt home. We are also gearing up for one of Amarillo’s largest Bake Sales. If you have not participated in this event, you will be amazed at the sea of fabulous food. Can you help? Check out the items needed in the “HELP” section.
Satur day Workday Schedule
Sharing Hope Ministry Has Several Needs: ❖ People to rent booths at the “Christmas in October” event. Contact the office for more details. ❖ People who can paint wooden containers in holiday themes for the “Christmas in October” Bake Sale
New or current volunteers are welcome the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to mail Bibles or work on projects. In case of holidays, we move the workday to the 2nd Saturday of the month. We have group projects available for organizations. The Next work days are scheduled for:
❖ Supplies for decorating the food items. Gift cards from Hobby Lobby and Michaels or donations of “wire” ribbon in holiday themes or colors, holiday plates and clear cellophane wrap are also needed. ❖ Hundreds of volunteers are also needed to provide baked items, candies, teas and special treats. These can be delivered to the Paramount Terrace Christian Church Gym on September 29th after 1:30 p.m. or on the 30th. We’ll need lots of help on those 2 days to “fluff and foof” the baked goods. If you are interested in helping, contact the Sharing Hope office at 358-7803. ❖ Provide or help make white tablecloths to fit 8’ rectangular tables.
August 6 & September 10
❖ Yard work-pruning and trash removal from the office yard ❖ More Pen Pal volunteers. Can we come to your Bible study class to talk about the Pen Pal Program?
Come try us out!
❖ Receptionist for one afternoon a week.
TASTE -of- GOODNESS Sharing Hope Cookbook The “Taste of Goodness” cookbook has arrived and is already getting rave reviews! Volunteers, board members and staff have put together 500 wonderful recipes for our first ever cookbook. The cookbook is a hard-back 3 ring binder and is available at a cost of $12.50 each. Cookbooks can be purchased through the Sharing Hope Office. Please feel free to stop in or emailed your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. These cookbooks make great Christmas presents and are great gifts for any occasion. Please help support Sharing Hope Ministry by committing to purchase one or more of these cookbooks. Proceeds will be used to help incarcerated women experience God’s love, encouraging them to make changes in their lives to break the chains of destructive behavior. Page 2
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT Sharing Hope Ministry, Inc. has several different ministry opportunities available. This month we will highlight those opportunities as an office volunteer. “It is through your guidance and studies that I am the person I am today. I just wanted to let you know that your ministry is appreciated. I am no longer the “lost-soul” I once was. God Bless you” Patricia - June 2005 (released April 2005) Patricia first requested her Bible in October of 2004 when she attended prayer sessions utilizing the Life Recover Bible with other inmates in Plane State Jail. Patricia had been borrowing a friend’s King James Version but was finding it difficult to understand. A dedicated office volunteer sent her a Bible along with Psalm 23 as encouragement. Patricia wrote back in November, “…this Bible clearly explains everything in layman’s terms. Thank God and thank Sharing Hope Ministries. Do you have any Bible studies? I’m so excited about what I’m learning”.
Christians such as yourself, I have just the strength I need to stay on a clean drug-free God-fearing lifestyle.”
Volunteers started Patricia in the Bible study program. Each time Patricia completed a study, she would write back summarizing what she learned and asking for a new study. In six months, Patricia completed 7 studies. Her last correspondence in jail explained that she was an addict and her family had been torn apart by her bad choices and addiction but due to the changes she made through God, she was going to be reunited with them.
Sharing Hope now sends out an average of 600 Bibles and 297 Bible studies each month. Volunteers are utilized in every step of sending out these requests. Not only do we need women to package the Bibles and study material but there is also a need for women to answer phones, make folders and sort the mail. Contact the Sharing Hope office if you would like more information on becoming a volunteer.
Patricia took the first step in establishing a relationship with Christ by joining a study group in jail and requesting her Bible and study material. She was encouraged in every step by caring volunteers that provided not only the Bibles and study material but the encouragement and prayer that she could stay strong in her relationship with Christ.
Patricia’s story does not end here. She wrote shortly after her release that “by God’s good graces, blessings and interested
DONOR CARD I would like to partner with Sharing Hope Ministry in providing Bibles and study materials to female inmates in Texas. Name ______________________________________ Home Phone ____________________ Work Phone____________________ Address ______________________________________ City __________________________ State _______ Zip _____________
❐ I will make a contribution of $ ____________________ each month. ❐ Draft my bank account each month for this amount. (Please complete the bank draft authorization below.)
ONE TIME GIFT:
Enclosed is my one-time contribution of $___________________________.
BANK DRAFT AUTHORIZATION I authorize Sharing Hope Ministry to initiate debit entries to my checking account named below. (You may attach a canceled check or deposit form in lieu of filling out the bank information requested below, but your signature is still required.) Depository Name _________________________________ City _________________________ State _______ Zip ____________ Transit/ABA No. _________________________________________ Account No.__________________________________________ This authority remains in full force and effect until Sharing Hope Ministry receives written notification from me of its termination in such time and in such manner as to afford Sharing Hope Ministry a reasonable opportunity to act on it. Name (print)_____________________________________________ Social Security Number _______________________________ Date _____________________ Signed _________________________________ Signed _________________________________ Page 3
Non Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Amarillo, Texas Permit No. 237 P.O Box 19985 Amarillo, Texas 79114
UNITED WAY CONTRIBUTIONS Federal employees in the Amarillo /Canyon communities have the opportunity to designate their contributions to area organizations. Please consider supporting Sharing Hope with your United Way contribution.
Thank You for Your Support
Sharing Hope Supporters MARCH â€“ JUNE 2005 Sharon Albracht
IN HONOR OF
M/M Richard Dyer
M/M Don Stark
Amarillo National Bank
The Mays Foundation
Jim McKee by Jan Coburn
Faith City Mission
Westclif Bible Church
M/M Gary Fletcher
M/M Bob Garrett
New Beginnings Class
M/M Marvin Willis
M/M Gerald Barry
M/M Mickey Wildon
John and Brenda Blakley
M/M Ben Green
Paramount Terrace Christian Church
Dr. and Mrs. Chris Brady
M/M Doug Briggs
M/M Earl Holmes
M/M Keith Clark
M/M Ken Johnson
Sharing Hope Office Volunteers
M/M David Kampschroeder
M./M Larry Cross
M/M Fletcher Smith
M/M George Snell
Linda Stafford Page 4
Women of Grace Class
Lydia Rodriguez M/M Bruce Sadler Samaritans Class
L.T. Blake by M/M Jerry Cates June Ingram by M/M Danny Fulton
Bob Garner by M/M Bob Garrett
IN KIND DONATIONS
June Coon by M/M Bob Garrett
Rev. and Mrs. John Riggs M/M Dave Riggs
IN MEMORY OF:
Brenda Blakley Connie Hodges Carolyn Holmes Janice Johnson
Truman by M/M Dan Hetrick Leone Green by M/M Jimmy Williams Bill Fulton by M/M Jimmy Williams