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BEACON FOR HIM MINISTRIES
A Light of Hope to Those in Need

March 2015
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What started as an idea, blueprints, planning, and faith, ended up in a beautiful masterpiece! Thank you to the home community group from Parkcrest Church that came together to help support Beacon For Him Ministries by designing and building this beautiful backdrop (pictured above). We love it! You are all an inspiration and example of what we can accomplish together, with all of our talents, as a team, to glorify God. Well done!
 



As generous as everyone has been, we continue to need your support. Our biggest needs are coffee, lots and lots of coffee, sugar, and creamer. We need large cans of mixed vegetables for the big vats of soup we make. And now that we are serving the public several days a week, we have a great need for plastic utensils, and paper products like coffee cups, soup bowls, plates, napkins, facial tissues, toilet paper, and paper towels. We also need lots of hand sanitizer, toothbrushes and toiletries. Oh, and let's not forget our furry little friends, who are in need of dog and cat food. 
 

What shall we feed?


And what shall we starve?

In these days of burgeoning hatred, violence, madness, and terror, we are a people called to more and more love and more and more diligence while reflecting more and more of God’s glory.

Something is going to grow. Something will get more of us. Will it be hatred? Coldness? Addiction? Sensuality? Perversion? Devotion? Affection? Belief? Blessing? Ask yourself this question as I do the same: knowing the propensity of things to grow, which way do I want to go? “More and more” one direction will force its antithesis into “less and less.” We get to decide which we want to feed and which we want to starve. ~from Children of the Day, by Beth Moore.

At Beacon For Him Ministries, we strive to go beyond filling empty stomachs. We work diligently to feed life-giving feelings, emotions, and behaviors, thereby starving their opposites. We want to increase compassion, love, and hope, thereby decreasing indifference, hate, and despair. And we’re not alone.

Long Beach is a city overflowing with compassionate, generous people—people who continually allow love to envelop more and more of themselves, and this burgeoning love has lifted our ministry beyond our wildest imaginations. There are countless Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and students, and an army of regular volunteers pouring their time and energy into Beacon. There are professionals and people with specialized skills…a plumber, a dentist, an architect, a photographer, contractors, community promoters, city employees, animal activists, and garden enthusiasts. And there are groups, like several churches of varying denominations, women’s ministries, small groups, and families, including a heartbroken mother and father who are donating time and money to help build an animal sanctuary in honor of their daughter. There’s also an unhoused man who recently donated reading glasses to the library, another who spent an entire weekend knee-deep in sewage to help dig out our clogged pipes, and all the other men and women who volunteer and give to Beacon regularly, while simultaneously experiencing homelessness.

Have I missed anyone? I’m sure I have, but this isn’t entirely about what has been given. It’s about what has come from this generosity. Relationships have been formed. People in need have been connected to basic resources. The invisible have been seen. Hope has risen. Smiles and laughter abound. This ministry has become a movement, and the direction of that movement is forward, where loving, life-giving qualities are becoming more and more and their antitheses are becoming less.

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the LORD. (2 Cor. 3:18, NIV).

**OUR CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION

 
MONDAY
Soup Outreach, Clothes Closet, Library
9:00am until noon.
 
TUESDAY
Sack lunches and bottled water handed out at the door
Every 3rd and 4th Tuesday only
From 10:00am until 1:00, or until supplies last
 
WEDNESDAY
Bible Study
Dinner at 6:30pm, Study at 7:00pm
 
THURSDAY
Community Prayer, hosted by The Branch
10:00am, 1st and 3rd Thursday only
6:00pm, every Thursday
Food Distribution, hosted by The Branch
10:30am, 2nd and 4th Thursday only
 
FRIDAY
Spanish Church Services, hosted by Belen Church
7:00pm
Meal outreach, every 3rd Friday of the month
10:00am until noon
 
SUNDAY
Church Services, hosted by The Branch
10:30am
Spanish Church Services, hosted by Belen Church
1:00pm
Celebrate Recovery
Dinner at 5:00pm, Worship, Testimony, and Teaching at 5:30pm

**Beacon For Him is a fast-growing organization and our hours are ever-changing. The above schedule represents our hours of operation as they stand today.

A Poetic Aside...



Ireland is so green,
Sun and rain make it so keen,
This land must be seen.



~Haiku by Jim B.

All proceeds will be donated to:


Beacon For Him Ministries
a homeless outreach
in Long Beach
www.beaconforhim.org

All Donations Welcome. If you have any donations for our fundraiser, please drop them off by April 4th at Beacon For Him: 439 Anaheim Street,
Long Beach 90813
Questions about the yard sale? Call Rachael: 562-234-1970

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