First, I’d like to thank you personally for your support of Mendenhall
Ministries over the years. Many of you have been with us through ‘thick and thin’ and we don’t want to take your partnership and friendship for granted.
Just a short while ago, Mrs. Ernestine Skiffer, former GOCS Principal of
the ministry with a true servant’s heart for children, came across a single
mother experiencing a dilemma. She spoke with her and discovered her desire to provide a Christian education for her child. The only problem was her income level. She made too much to qualify for a voucher which would have enabled her to receive free childcare at a local agency, but she made too little to afford to send her child to GOCS. And this is not a unique case. There are scores of single mothers and families in similar situations.
Recently, I was speaking with a few friends about an interesting text of Scripture that’s been on my mind lately. It comes from Nehemiah 6:3 which says “…I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” ESV
I believe the Lord honors that kind of commitment to His work and it is in this spirit that we share with you today. God has blessed Mendenhall Ministries to deliver hope and help to a multitude of families and scores of communities throughout the 49 years of its existence. Next year we will celebrate 50 years of service to Mississippi and other ministries around the country who’ve been inspired by our call to Christian Community Development. Like many community and faith-based ministries we are feeling the pinch of a sluggish economy but we are determined, by the grace of God, to be like Nehemiah, and not allow ourselves to be detracted or discouraged by the forces around us. God has called us to “stay on the wall” and build up His kingdom.
And we need YOUR help!
We’ve done all we can to adjust and tighten our wallets to the tough economic realities of the day while remaining focused on our mission, but the truth of the matter is we can’t do it alone. If there was ever a time we needed you to stand with us it is now!
When it comes to weathering the storms of life, the natural tendency is to focus inward on ourselves. We put up defenses and slip into survival mode. But we, as believers, recognize the spiritual dimension to storms as well. We know that God sometimes uses the trials of life as a test while we seek to live a life of service for Him and the well-being of others.
And this is the approach we’re taking at Mendenhall Ministries…
HERE’S THE PLAN…the Genesis One Child Development Scholarship Program!
We have less than twenty students currently enrolled at Genesis One Child Development Center. This number is far less than our enrollment this time last year. Yet we have scores of families in low-wealth communities around us looking for a safe, secure, Christian learning environment for their child. There is an agency here in Simpson County, Mississippi that offers free childcare to families who qualify but they are already full and are operating with a waiting list. Families are in desperate need of these services. Many families know of Genesis One but simply can’t afford it, even with the sponsorships we offer.
It costs approximately $600 per month to educate a child at Genesis One. We’ve asked parents to pay $200 per month while many of our generous partners like you have underwritten the rest of the costs. Would you consider partnering with us to make scholarship opportunities available for these little ones? Most of us are not in a position to cover the full costs of $600 per month (and if you are, we obviously welcome your support) but maybe you can give $200 or $100 or $50 or $25 per month to help educate a child and provide them with a head start at Genesis One. Our goal is to raise $120,000 to provide a full scholarship for 20 deserving children.
Once we’ve raised enough support to cover full tuition costs for a year, we’ll begin making scholarship opportunities available for the young mother Mrs. Skiffer met and other families in search of a Christ-centered, academic learning environment for their child without the added financial burdens to go with it.
Your faithful one-time or ongoing, regular support will help continue the work of Mendenhall Ministries and provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for families desiring to provide their little loved ones with a Christian education.
Will YOU help us? If you’re already a sponsor and in a position to make a special gift over and beyond your current level of support for our scholarship program we would certainly appreciate it. Simply complete the form enclosed and send it with your gift today! You may already support Genesis One as a sponsor. We appreciate your support. Perhaps you’d like to consider sponsoring an additional child or encourage your friends, family, or church to reach out and touch the life of one or more of God’s children in Mississippi.
If you’re familiar with our current sponsorship program, it works the same way. We’ll send you updates on the progress of the child you sponsor so that you can follow their progress and growth. With Mississippi’s children at the bottom of 7 of the 10 national indicators of childhood well-being as it relates to issues such as education, poverty, and many other social ills…there’s not a more needed place in the United States than here….and there’s no better time than now!
Thanks so much in advance for everything you do to help minister to “the least of these” and for helping us, as Nehemiah so passionately proclaimed, “do a great work for God so we cannot come down!”
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