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July 2018 Newsletter
” In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
I pray this newsletter finds you and your family well and that you are enjoying your summer as best you can. At LifeQuest it’s been an incredibly busy summer thus far. Of course, our 5th annual LifeQuest Charity Golf Classic was held on June 11. It was our biggest tournament to date and many who were not familiar with LifeQuest had a chance to hear about our work and meet some of the youth we serve. It was a great day!
The following two weekends we held events at two of the facilities we serve, John Paul Taylor Center in Las Cruces and Eagle Nest Reintegration Center. The young men were treated to a BBQ and other activities and it was a great time for building relationships. These times are priceless for just hanging out with young men, getting to know them and letting them get to know us a little better. Serving others is all about relationship and relationship requires a sacrifice of time on behalf of those that are serving. So I’d like to say a huge “THANK YOU” to the staff and volunteers that gave up their personal time to make these events happen.
I occasionally wonder if you know where your support for LifeQuest goes month in and month out. Obviously, we pay the bills everyone else has to pay…..staff, rent, utilities, etc. Of those staff is critical because without the staff there is no LifeQuest. But we also just spent thousands of dollars to do the events mentioned above. We bought groceries for a young man and his family who is out and doing well other than having a hard time finding work. We bought a gift card for a young lady that is being mentored and doing wonderfully who just graduated high school and is moving out into an apartment to live on her own for the first time. She starts college next month.
We are sponsoring a magazine for the facilities that is written by incarcerated youth and being read by other incarcerated youth nationally called The Beat Within. Our kids attend workshops that teach them to write and express themselves. Imagine what it means to a young man or woman to see their poem or writing featured in that magazine! That comes with a cost of over $4500 annually. And we’re doing so much more.
My point in sharing all of this is that we are doing SO MUCH with so little. We’ve increased our budget by 400% over the last five years all towards our efforts to better serve the kids. I need your help to continue doing so.
Can you give a special gift this month? Our reserves are very low right now and we need your help. Please prayerfully consider it…not for LifeQuest but for those we serve. Echoing the words of the above Scripture “we MUST help the weak.”
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Please call me if you have any thoughts or questions.