A Quick Update

A lot has been going on, so I will quickly try to keep you in the loop.

First off, thank you, thank you, thank you for all those who have donated to us during this Christmas season. From gift cards, to Christmas trees, to commercial kitchen access, to just plain old money, this Christmas outreach has greatly benefited from your benevolence. So once again, thank you.

We have baked about 8,000 cookies so far. This weekend, we'll bake another 4,000 thanks to the generosity of Ed Hoffman and his catering company, Hoffman & Company, who has allowed us to use their commercial kitchen to bake these cookies (a commercial oven makes a big difference)!

This is our fifth and largest year for the cookie outreach. When we're done, we'll land somewhere between 12,000 and 14,000 cookies. Because the word has spread, this year, we got started early with our Cookie Promise program. This allowed people to preorder sets of cookies to use at their own outreaches, or at their workplaces. We have also been using these cookies to jump start various church plants to break the ice in these new areas. Tonight, we were in Laurel, MD where Pastor Love is beginning a new church, and through the coming weeks, we will be doing the same in areas like Federal Hill, Maryland, York, Pennsylvania and Silver Spring, Maryland. Each cookie tag still has the same gospel message, but the backs have been customized to promote whatever church or events are going on in that particular area. In addition, we will still continue to hit the popular areas of Baltimore as well as our own highly populate apartment complex to share the good news of Christ's birth and love for His people.

Lastly, this year we partnered with New Vision House of Hope to help with their annual Christmas party for the homeless. (This is the same non-profit that we worked with on Thanksgiving to serve two of their women's shelters.) It was such a joy and a blessing to be there. Charles Culver, the founder of New Vision House of Hope, who we met in York, PA, is quite an incredible guy. His heart for the people he serves is hard to put into words, but let's just say... astounding. There were probably about 150 homeless there. We went from table to table caroling their favorite Christmas songs as well as giving out the cookies. By the end of the night, some were singing carols to themselves with such joy. One of the board members looked at us and said, "you really started something here". We look forward to joining hands again next year, this time with a full Christmas production in mind. Glory to God, He is doing great things. As the days continue, more and more cookies will reach the hands and hearts of those who are hurting and need a touch from God. Please continue to pray with us that He would anoint every step, every word, every cookie, that souls would be reached, comforted, and added to His kingdom. God bless you all.