Friends, as we walk through the jails, the prison, the schools, and around our community, it is not hard to realize that we are surrounded by hurting folks. So many have gone through life without a relationship with their dads or moms, and in some situations neither. These people are carrying around a load of trauma, and because of this, they head into addiction most of the time. At the end of the day, many of our friends, family, and neighbors are looking for HOPE. Thankfully, many of these people are turning to Living Free looking for this HOPE. We want to be a refuge for them.
In this great need to help hurting people, we will take our Thanksgiving meal and offer a Night of Hope. We will have our friends from the Home of Grace here to share. The date will be November 16th. This is the Thursday night before Thanksgiving. Our friends from Chewalla Baptist will furnish the meal that night, and it is always fantastic! This night will be a night of praise, testimonies, and great fellowship. We will start at 6:00pm with the meal, and then begin our Night of Hope at 6:45pm.
We will also take this night and challenge folks to give to Living Free. We believe that giving back is part of recovery. We challenge folks throughout the year to give back to help the community and help others. We take up about $15,000 a year in our KFC bucket to help folks in our communities with medicine, food, gas, power, or other life needs. This year, we have helped more people get into residential programs than ever before. This year, we have fed more meals than ever before. We are also meeting with more people on a weekly basis and hosting more meetings than ever before!
With all of this activity, we have about $12,500 in debt that we need to take care of. This consists of $4,000 on our meals, $7,500 on our Home of Grace bill, and the remainder is from various other expenses. We are for the first time in our history using this night as a fundraiser to clean out our debt before the end of the year. We ask that you pray about how to help us reach our goal.
Thanksgiving is always a time that we pause to look back and be thankful for what God has done in our lives. We are very thankful for the year that Living Free has had and how He has brought countless hurting folks into our lives. So many of you have helped us throughout the year in helping so many of these folks. We praise God for your help and for using you this year in the life of Living Free. Don’t forget about our Thanksgiving meal. Come be part of this special night to see what God will do in the life of hurting people. It truly will be a Night of Hope.