Happy New Year! We are looking forward to what God has in store in 2013 for His ministry at Forest Park Ministry Center. This past year has been full, and for me personally, a great challenge due to added responsibilities regarding graduate school and internship. With these completed, however, I am excited to report to you that the outreach opportunities into the community have the potential to expand in the coming year through Forest Park Ministry Center.
First, I want to share some 2012 statistics with you. 1,760 guests visited the center for assistance, representing 4,277 family members who were assisted with food and / or clothing. That translates to 46, 736 pounds of food given to families in need during the year 2012. 62 of those families received financial assistance for utilities, at least 90 of those families received baby items. There were 15 newborn babies that we had the privilege to visit in the home, pray and talk with the mom, and present them with a layette of beautiful new necessities for the baby made possible by the groups who have so graciously supplied the layette ministry throughout the year.
All of these statistics are “small potatoes”, though, compared to the lives that have been won for God’s Kingdom. During 2012, 14 people prayed during their visit to receive Christ as their personal savior. All of the statistics above pale in comparison to the fact that these souls that were lost and hopeless now know the joy and hope of faith in Christ.
A stressful year has ended with bountiful joy as we have seen God answer prayer in several ways. A dear friend wrote on her Facebook page about the reminder that God grows us in our trials. This is so true – and those challenges are the very venues in which His glory shines! Friends and colleagues have had trials followed by God’s grace and blessings, and my own family has been through illness and healing as well. And here at the center, God has raised some men who are seizing the opportunity to mentor men in the neighborhood. Please pray for these efforts, bathed in prayer, to be rewarded with fruit for the Kingdom!
We are so thankful for your prayerful support. We are all a team, including each of you, carrying out the Great Commission in our community. May each of you have a blessed 2013.
Donna McCullough, Director
Forest Park Ministry Center