We would like to thank everyone who made our 2020 Banquet a huge success! Thank you Tony McCoy for speaking for us that night! Also, Ben Iles who came out from Louisiana to share with us about the relief efforts. The night was a huge success with raffles and auction items. We were able to draw one raffle the night of the auction and drew the other two raffle tickets the other day. Congratulations again to those winners! We are looking forward to next year already.
Don’t forget to keep praying for Green Turtle Cay. We are in the process of getting material on a barge this next month. Excited to see some progress. Hopefully we will be able to make a visit soon.
This month, we want to share with you a missionary that we support, Idols Aside Ministry. We are blessed to be able to support a great ministry serving the fatherless. Below is an update from them and some pictures. Please follow them on Facebook for more information.
Ministry Opportunities Abound… even when all seems “Shut down”
The intentional ministry structure founders of IAM set out to establish years ago, attempting to keep our retreats at or under 5 youth at a time, was still feasible to do during the unprecedented times of 2020! Even when federal, state and/or local authorities asked us all to socially distance or keep gatherings under 10; we were been able to continue to serve these incredible youth at the amazing new facility in Kentucky and the original Florida lodge! This summer we hosted day retreats and now we have gone back into our fall overnight retreats. We are so humbled to see what God is doing in their hearts and lives, one fishing and hunting trip at a time!
Some call it a leap of faith, but this year we have seen growth in our ministry team and would ask your prayers for God’s blessing as we continue to grow. We added additional full-time staff positions to both our Florida and Kentucky teams. Matt Wentworth, recently retired from the Paducah Police Department, came on board full time this summer in Kentucky. He and his wife have already proven to be invaluable to our team and to the youth we serve! Jeff Stabe came out of a teaching position to answer the call of full time ministry to the fatherless. He and his precious wife MacKenzie have a contagious love for our Savior and passion to see fatherless youth surrender their heart and lives to Christ and break the statistics the world says they are headed for.
We know that the harvest is plentiful and we are rejoicing to have added new laborers to the field of reaching the fatherless! The more workers in the field, the more kids we can impact!
This past month we were able to get some supplies out to Leesville, Louisiana after Hurricane Laura came through. We are working on having supplies on hand so we can deploy them much quicker the next go around. Please continue praying for all those affected by this storm and the others.
This month, we want to share with you an organization we support here locally. It is called Hand in Hand. Here is the description from their website:
“Hand in Hand is a Christian, Faith Based and science driven, in-house recovery community. This is where our staff helps residents change the relationship they have with their lives by providing connection and purpose. We bring recovery by offering resources through mentoring, guidance, and training for all positive life skills. We make a difference in our community by rebuilding lives and identifying potential of those in need as we instill the core values of G.R.I.T.”
It is an honor to support them monthly while they work to help our community. Please visit their website for more information.
This year is flying by. We have been very busy
getting ready for our banquet. We have emailed and mailed invita-
tions, but there is also a link here in the newsletter if you would
like to RSVP. Our guest speaker this year will be Tony McCoy. We
are looking forward to seeing everyone.
This month, we want to share with you a missionary that we sup-
port, Glen and Summer Knight. Remote Island Ministries is cen-
tered in the Republic of Palau. Their goal is to share the good
news of Jesus to the people who live in this region. They live on a
sailboat and travel around to the different remote islands. They
take basic human needs and supplies to them as well. Please fol-
low them on Facebook for more information.
Summer is definitely here in Florida! It has been very hot and very humid. We know times have been very challenging over the last few months. This virus has disrupted a lot of lives and activities. It has put a damper on us getting back over to Green Turtle for sure. Our plans are still to get over there, we are just not sure when it will be yet. We have been in contact with them and they are doing well and looking forward to everything opening back up as well.
Here locally we have been able to help a few families that have been struggling financially over the last few months. We have also been able to contribute to a new community center being built in our area. Things are moving, not as quickly as we would like, but we know God has a plan.
As a new addition to our newsletter, we are going to start highlighting someone we send monthly support to. This month, we want to share our newest addition, Matthew Staples. We are so excited about being a part of his new ministry.
Matthew is working with a college ministry, called the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, as a campus minister. They work with students all across the U.S. on college campuses. Matthew is currently working on the Oklahoma State University Stillwater campus helping to lead as many students as possible to follow Jesus and to help them lead others to do the same. His position specifically deals with the communication and digital media side of the ministry. Matthew helps create and manage all the video, graphic design and other content that the BCM uses on social media, printed materials and other digital avenues. He will also work with a team of students to guide them in leading small group bible studies and meet with students one-on-one to help them walk closer to God. For more information you can reach Matthew at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still moving forward with plans for our annual fundraising banquet. If you or anyone you know would like to be invited (and weren’t last year) please let us know. If you would like to donate an item or excursion to be auctioned off, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. Thank you all for the continued support!
We would like to take a moment to thank our supporters for continuing to donate. We know times are tough right now, and we want to let you know that your contributions are greatly appreciated.
We have been busy getting things prepped and organized for our trip back to Green Turtle Cay. The Bahamas are expected to reopen on July 1st, and we plan on getting over there as soon as we can. We will be focusing on two rebuilding projects right now – the local community church and a couple’s home that was completely destroyed. Please continue to pray for the people over there. They are still a ways off from being recovered and we are now in hurricane season again. Pray for a hedge of protection to be placed around them this year.
As a new addition to our newsletter, we are going to start highlighting someone we send monthly support to. This month, we want to share the ABA Disaster Relief Ministry with you. Their mission statement is, “Proclaiming the Gospel through a labor of love.” When a natural disaster strikes, a team, which is made up entirely of volunteers, is immediately deployed to that location to help the community with whatever is needed. If you would like more information, you can visit their website, https://www.abadrm.com/
We are still moving forward with plans for our annual fundraising banquet. If you or anyone you know would like to be invited (and were not last year) please let us know. If you would like to donate an item or excursion to be auctioned off, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you all for the continued support!
We hope this newsletter finds everyone well in these uncertain times. We have been moving forward with plans for our banquet in October. Looking forward to seeing everyone there. We will keep you updated over the next few months.
Please pray for the people on Green Turtle Cay. They have been hit pretty hard over the last year. Just as they were starting to recover from Hurricane Dorian, along came this virus and everything has stopped on the island. They are now facing hurricane season again. Our plans are to get over there as soon as possible. Please continue to pray for us and the residents of Green Turtle Cay.
We have been busy here locally as well. We have been able to help out some with rent expenses as well as add to our monthly donations!
If you or anyone you know would like to be invited to Anchored Support Foundation’s annual fundraising banquet (and weren’t last year) please let us know. If you would like to donate an item or excursion to be auctioned off, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. Thank you all for the continued support!
We hope that everyone has continued to do well amidst the uncertainty that we all have been faced with over the past several weeks!
Anchored Support Foundation held a board of directors meeting last week to discuss upcoming projects and ideas. Unfortunatley, most everything is at a stand still until COVID-19 passes and normal operations can resume. We very much look forward to getting back to work and sharing the projects with you all!
Also, If you or anyone you know would like to be invited to Anchored Support Foundation’s annual fundraising banquet (and weren’t last year) please let us know. If you would like to donate an item or excursion to be auctioned off, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you all for the continued support!
First of all, we hope and pray that everyone is doing well dealing with the circumstances of the Corona Virus and that each of you are staying safe and healthy! We had originally planned on sending a group of people to the Bahamas this May to help rebuild a local’s home. Due to the virus, our travel plans are on hold for the time being but we can’t wait to make it back there as soon as possible.
Currently, Henderson Hope is there getting the project started and when our group eventually does arrive, they are going to be working on getting the house “dried in”. This includes a roof, trusses, siding, rough plumbing, electric, AC and windows! We want to say thank you to Henderson for being there now and to our group in the future for being a part of a project that will change a family’s life!
As we mentioned last month, we are in the early stages of planning for the second annual Anchored Support Foundation banquet. If you or anyone you know would like to be invited this year (and weren’t last year) please let us know. Also, if you would like to donate an item or excursion to be auctioned off, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. Thank you all for the continued support!
2020 has been off to a great start. We have still been working in the Bahama’s on rebuilding a church and one of the local’s homes. We are hoping to get back over there soon. Weather is not cooperating for a boat trip. We will keep everyone updated as those projects continue to progress!
We are also in the early stages of gearing up for the SECOND annual Anchored Support Foundation fundraising banquet! It is hard to believe it has been almost four months since the 2019 banquet. In hopes of making this year’s banquet a success, we are already in discussion of what we hope to achieve and how we can go about achieving it. That being said- we are starting to put out feelers for silent auction items. If you or anyone you know would like to donate an item or excursion to be auctioned off, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, thank you all for the continued support. We hope you all are having a great start to 2020.
Happy New Year! We hope that all of you had a great Christmas and a very happy new year. Aside from the Christmas presents for the kids, we were also able to deliver a very special gift to someone in the Bahama’s… her daughter!
A local Bahamian’s daughter has been in the United States since the storm passed in September. It’s hard to imagine the excitement and joy they must have felt after being separated for so long. We feel so blessed to have been a part of their reunion.
We are also in the final stages of getting everything together to help rebuild a local church! This has been such an exciting project to work on and we are looking forward to the locals being able to have a place of community and worship once again. We have also started working on rebuilding one of the locals homes. Seeing construction & rebuilding on the island gives everyone hope that Green Turtle can be restored! We want to thank all of you so much for your continued support. We are looking forward to all that this year will have in store!
This month, our efforts were still focused in the Bahama’s but in a slightly different capacity. With Christmas rapidly approaching, we wanted to find a way to ensure the children on the island had a joyful Christmas. Many of their most cherished toys were broken or damaged during the hurricane. We worked with the Green Turtle Cay Foundation to gather a list of names and wish lists for the kids. We were able to fulfill the Christmas wish of each child! We want to thank everyone who donated for this project. Aside from the children, the people of the Bahama’s are still facing daily challenges. Buddy and Connie have become close with one couple in particular that has some special medical needs and not having a stable place to live has caused them a lot of grief. Anchored support was able to purchase an RV for the couple to live in so they could have a stable home. The RV is leaving on a barge for the Bahama’s in the next couple of days and we are so excited for them to receive it.
October has been a very busy month for Anchored Support! We hosted our first annual fundraising banquet at the beginning of the month. The evening was a huge success and we cannot thank everyone enough for the support. This month, we have continued to focus our efforts on aiding restoration in the Bahamas. While the process is slow, there is progress being made on the Island! We have been able to send a lot of every day supplies down as well as some building supplies and heavy machinery. We are looking forward to continuing to be a part of the cleanup & restoration of Green Turtle Cay.
Currently, our hearts are in the Bahamas. Particularly, Green Turtle Cay. We have spent time there over the years and just love the little island. We have delivered some supplies by plane and we are now working on getting heavy equipment and building materials over on barges. Our efforts are focused on clean-up and rebuilding the island. We cannot help the entire Bahamas but we can impact the 300 families on Green Turtle Cay.
We were able to help a family purchase a vehicle. Their old one had a blown motor and they were struggling with just one vehicle. They had 3 kids and both had jobs. It was a great blessing to be able to help them.
We have had a very busy first year. We have been able to join forces with a great friend of ours, Matt Manzari. He visited Rwanda with World Vision this summer learning about the well drilling project. We offered our support as well and made a large contribution to this project.