I want to ask you to remember the children under the bridge as the holidays approach. I would like for you to prayerfully consider buying a toy and/or toys for an underprivileged or homeless child for Christmas this year. Can you imagine the impact this would have on the life of a child who may very well not receive a Christmas gift without your help?
I have a dear friend who has already gone on to be with the Lord, Fred Cobb. He was a police officer here in the Nashville area. He told me that many years ago he was called to the scene of a crises situation. There was a young man inside of the home with a weapon, firing shots at officers and threatening anyone who would try to approach. Fred was called in to negotiate with the gunman, to talk him out of doing himself harm, or the other officers on the scene. Fred stepped onto the porch of the house and yelled inside, “I am unarmed, I’d like to come inside to talk with you.” The reply from inside stunned him, “Come on in. I still have that little transistor radio you gave me when I was a child.”
As it turned out, the police department had a program to help underprivileged children. Each officer “adopts” a needy child at Christmas. They buy the child a gift, and accompany them to a Christmas party where the children are the “guests of honor.” Many years ago, this young man had been the guest of Fred Cobb. Fred had befriended him, bought him a transistor radio, and together, they attended the party. No doubt, this act of kindness years prior, had saved a life that day. Fred was able to convince him to lay his weapon aside, and turn himself over to police. Maybe the life of this young man, the life of Fred, or one of his fellow officers.
Would you think about buying a gift for a needy child, and mailing it to P.O. Box 463, Goodlettsville, Tn. 37070?
Last year was such a great year for The Bridge Ministry, and we want to thank all of you that have given your time and money to make it successful! In 2011, the Bridge Ministry was able to provide approximately 1.2 million pounds of produce and non-perishable food items, along with serving approximately 25,000 hot meals to the poor under the Jefferson Street Bridge. In addition, 11,000 snacks and meals were provided to underprivileged school children in our Food for Kids program. Also, 65 orphans and school children were housed and educated in the Candy House in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Also, our Christmas service under the Bridge was our largest crowd to date with approximately 1,200 people in attendance! We were able to give away 800 sleeping bags, hats, scarves, gloves, toys, and candy to all of the underprivileged that joined us. We are so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in 2012, and pray that with your continued support we will see more lives changed than ever before! Together we can make a difference!