The Upper Room Family really stepped up this year! We are very encouraged! Every family gift bag came in, and 95% of the other items we requested!
Monday, we were able to deliver gifts to two local charities that do fantastic work in our community. They were more than grateful! They loved the items, the gift cards, and wanted to know where we purchased the dot bags.
Today, clothing, toys, and other gifts will be taken to three schools in our area. Pastor Nichole Simmons is the relational connection to the schools. I’m honored to be able to serve with her.
We are partnering with our school counselors. They give us the wish lists from the families. Our generous people shop, fill the bags with two items of clothing per child, and gifts on the kids wish lists. They bring the bags back to Upper Room. We then sort, label, then deliver the Dot Bags to the schools for the counselors to take to the families. This year our kids made Christmas Cards for the families.
Yesterday I was able to be with my pal Jeff Sorrell. He is the director of the Life Enrichment Center. Many years ago The Life Enrichment Center was launched from the Dayton Vineyard. It was launched as a separate non-profit. Today the center has grown and expanded more than we ever imagined! Many other organizations, business leaders, and churches now support the LEC to help meet needs in East Dayton.
Jeff is retiring from the LEC. He is now in process of launching another center in Greene County as part of the Emerge Team. Please pray for Valerie and Jeff as they move into their new adventure.
My friend Kevin Hoffman is in ICU. Please pray for a miracle. His lungs to clear and respond to treatment. He’s been my friend and coach for 2 decades.
Pattie and I leave for New Mexico this Saturday. We will be with our grand-kids for ten days! We are excited!
Thanks again for you support and prayers. We’ve been battling some sickness and value your prayers for our bodies as we travel.