Check out this month’s newsletter and how God is moving through the ministry!
Celebrating the Annual Fundraiser
Joshua’s Place wants to thank everyone again for making the Annual Fundraiser a great success! Through generous contributions, Joshua’s Place was able to raise over $105,000. The funds raised from this event enables the ministry of Joshua’s Place to continue to help individuals and families overcome the barriers in their lives that cause instability through programs such as the Food Co-Op, Whiz Kids, PowerPacks, Celebration Recovery, Celebration Place, Summer Camps in current school districts and plan to grow in future districts. We appreciate everyone who played a part in this special night through planning, decorating, sponsoring, and attending the event!
As this year comes to a close, we wanted to thank you for being a part of the battle against generational poverty and helping is care for at-risk families in our community at Joshua’s Place.
Before 2019 comes to a close, we want to encourage you to make a year-end contribution. You can make a year-end gift through safe and secure online giving using the link, here.
Your gift will go toward continuing our mission through initiatives like the Food Co-Op, Whiz Kids, PowerPacks, Celebration Recovery, Celebration Place, Summer Camps
All of your online contributions are tax-deductible and will be included in your year-end giving statement.
Once again, we thank you for your faithful service and generosity to Christ and Joshua’s Place. It is our prayer that in the coming year, Joshua’s Place has a greater impact on our community for Christ than ever before!
Melissa and Mick Kowitz
“Seeing the generosity of the community nearly brings us to tears every year – but so do the stories of those in need. Seeing the math God works by providing exactly what we need each year is very moving.”-Melissa Kowitz
This month’s Volunteer Spotlight is dedicated to Melissa and Mick Kowitz, who have run the KingsUKnight in the Kings School District for the last five years. They have also helped get the MasonCares ministry running in the Mason School District. This program, which provides Christmas gifts to children of families in need, has been successful in the Kings School District. In Kings, there are currently over 100 sponsors with plans to serve over 300 children in 130 families this Christmas. Each child receives three gifts (2 clothing and something fun, an approximate value of $75). The gifts are delivered to parents unwrapped so that the parent/guardian can participate fully in Christmas morning – knowing what is under the tree. The goal is to present the gifts as coming from the parents, not from the school district/sponsors. Melissa says the goal of KingsUKnight is not to try and give them “the best Christmas they’ve ever had” but to provide a cushion so that the “next year when Mom/Dad are back on their feet, they can recreate Christmas in their house without it feeling insufficient.”
Through serving with Joshua’s Place and the Power Packs, Summer Camps, and KingsUknight, the Kowitz’ have “learned about the cycle of poverty and how it isn’t something people deserve, but a situation that people are in. We need to have more compassion for those in need, as many of us are only one crisis away from poverty ourselves.” The goal of these ministries is to shine God’s love on those that are hurting.
Melissa says she likes Colossians 2:7 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” The Kowitz’ want every child to know and feel love and to understand love comes from above. No one is alone, and they hope that is the message received.
When asked, “what would you say to others considering to serve in any ministry at Joshua’s Place, Melissa said, “Watch out! It is contagious. You may find yourself doing it over and over. It may spread to those closest to you too. It feels that good!”