Good News Fall 2014

by Shannon McAllister on November 2, 2014


Hello, everyone! THANK YOU!! As we have just celebrated The John 3:16 Center’s 10th Anniversary and as CARE reaches its 16th anniversary, that is my most frequent thought. THANK YOU to God, who gave Juli Jenkins the idea of beginning an organization like this and the strength to help it grow. THANK YOU to Juli, who followed His leading and began CARE in faith. THANK YOU to all of those who have served on our Board of Directors and as volunteers to help manage and assist with implementation of programs. THANK YOU to all of you…our amazing donors, prayer warriors, and champions! I truly feel blessed to be given the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people in this community. Each of you is a partner in the programs we offer at The John 3:16 Center.

For those of you who were unable to attend our 10th anniversary celebration, I want to share the following quote from a reflection written by one of our original afterschool children: “The John 3:16 Center is more than a building to me. It is a place where I have been nurtured and guided, and had the opportunity to do the same. It is a place where I have been pushed out of my comfort zone only to be comforted by the love and support of those around me. A place to learn and succeed, not only academically but also spiritually. I am forever grateful for all the opportunities and times I have had at the John 3:16 Center, it will always be in my heart and always serve as a reminder of who I can and should be not only for myself, but for my community as well.”

This is our hope for all that we do here! We desire to surround children and their families with love, support, and guidance…to help them step out of their comfort zones in order to take on even greater challenges for their own good, as well as that of their family and the larger community. Our board has recently completed and approved our strategic plan. It contains some big goals for growth for our organization! However, I am certain that with God’s provision and your support—in the many ways you offer it—we will achieve these goals and perhaps even move beyond them in the next 5 years.

We’re approaching Thanksgiving and the Christmas season…times of thankfulness and joy we share with family. It is also an exciting time of the year for staff and volunteers here; we are preparing for our Annual Fundraising Banquet AND for our Christmas Outreach program. We would love to have you attend our banquet and enjoy an evening of music, a silent auction, a good meal, and a time to share what God has accomplished through The John 3:16 Center. Also, consider partnering with us for Christmas Outreach— one of my favorite programs—and a great way to share God’s love with our community! We serve about 160 children each year, providing an outfit (often a school uniform), socks, underwear, shoes, and a coat to each child. Toys are donated by the community and a few of these are added to the clothing for the children. Every gift is wrapped and gets a label with the child’s name and “A Gift From God”. We check to ensure that the children we serve are not on the list for any other agency and have them all come to a big Christmas party. Taking part in this program is an awesome experience and will touch your heart.

Thank YOU for all you do for us throughout the year! Please continue to pray as we seek to improve and grow our programs serving children and families; pray also that God sends us the right people to serve as new board members and lead us as we implement our new strategic plan. Have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!

In Christ,

Shannon McAllister

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