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Prayer and Relief for Tornado Victims

April 30th, 2024 No comments

Over the weekend an outbreak of violent storms and tornadoes impacted communities from Texas to Iowa with some communities suffering catastrophic damage.  At least 5 people lost their lives and thousands are in the process of sifting through debris and recovering.

Please join us in praying for all that were impacted and those lending aid.  A few ways to pray:

  • We pray for God to be close to the broken hearted and discouraged.
  • We pray for relief efforts to help those who are suffering loss.
  • We pray for protection over these communities as they work to recover.
  • We pray for strength for local churches in these areas who are ministering to their communities while also suffering losses

Samaritans Purse has teams on the ground and disaster relief units heading to lend aid.  Opportunities to volunteer and lend support can be found at their website.

Mennonite Disaster Services is currently gathering information on where there might be needs for MDS volunteers.  Your donation can be made online – please select 2024 Spring Tornadoes” in the drop-down box. You may also send a check to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543 and enter 2024 Spring Tornadoes” as the designation.

We will provide additional information on other relief opportunities as information is provided to us.

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Responding to Hawaii’s Wildfires

August 28th, 2023 No comments

The fire that devastated the historic town of Lahaina is among the deadliest US wildfires in over 100 years.  As Maui residents continue to sift through the ashes, they are in need of our prayer and support.  The following organizations are providing various types of relief.  We will continue to update this list as we receive additional information.

Samaritans Purse  “Our DC-8 cargo jet airlifted a volunteer team and 17 tons of relief supplies from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Maui, Hawaii, on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Among many other items onboard were solar lights, cooking kits, hygiene kits, and plastic tarp to provide immediate relief to survivors of the deadly wildfires. The plane also carried tools and equipment that will help our volunteers sift through ashes to recover valuables and treasured mementos for devastated homeowners.” To sign up to receive updates about volunteer opportunities on Maui, visit spvolunteer.orgContributions are being accepted here

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is also on the ground ministering to the spiritual needs of people who have suddenly found themselves in displacement centers due to the fires. These chaplains are also assisting local law enforcement offices with a variety of duties. So far, there have been two reported salvations. Please pray for the suffering people of Maui and for Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Rapid Response teams as they extend the comfort and hope offered in Jesus Christ.

Harvest Christian Fellowship   Greg Laurie’s church, Harvest Kumulani, is located on West Maui.  The church building was unharmed by the fires but the church family has been dramatically affected.  They have set up the Harvest Maui Relief Fund   They are there as a community of believers to bring hope, relief and the gospel to the hurting people of the island of Maui at this critical time.

The Salvation Army  The Salvation Army provides food, emotional and spiritual care to survivors of the Maui wildfires.  The Salvation Army has been providing feedings, food distribution, safe havens and other services at their local community centers.

Mennonite Disaster Service: Currently praying, monitoring and assessing the needs.  “MDS has been communicating with its partner organizations—including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster—about potential long-term needs on the ground in Maui. Please pray for emergency responders as they continue to face an unprecedented situation in their communities,” said MDS Executive Director Kevin King. As we assess needs, please be aware that, particularly in the aftermath of a wildfire, MDS may not send volunteers for another nine to 12 months, as fire cleanup and relief operations will be unfolding during that time. ” Look for updates at mds.org.

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Kids Cookie Break Fest 2023 – Volunteer Opportunities

July 5th, 2023 No comments

Volunteer spots are available for this year’s Kids Cookie Break Fest happening on Saturday August 26.

We have two identical programs from 10 to 1 and 2 to 5 that include music and entertainment from Kids Cookie Break artists and friends, interactive vendors with fun activities for the kids, barrel train and covered wagon rides, food trucks and more!

We’re looking for friends (age 14+) that would like to help us bless the community with our annual free, family event centered around Christ, Community and Music.  You could be a helper for a few hours or the entire day.  We could especially use help during our 2 to 5 pm session.  Spots include helping with Chick-fil-A meals, parking, carnival games,  ticket taking, trash, and more.

Visit the Sign Up link at https://signup.com/go/qACsgJR

Check out pictures from last years KCB Fest.

Please email  stacey@wjtl.com with any questions.  I’d love to tell you more!

 

 

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Prayer and Support – Tornadoes in the South and Midwest

April 4th, 2023 No comments

A series of tornadoes moved through Mississippi on March 24th and resulted in the loss of lives, immense damage and destruction to communities across the state.  Another weekend of tornadoes from March 31 thru April 1st has impacted The Mississippi River Valley region with storm damage reported all the way from Wisconsin to Delaware.  Please join us in prayer for those that have been impacted by the storms as well as the local first responders, churches, and volunteers assisting with recovery and support.

There are organizations sharing opportunities to contribute toward relief work or to volunteer.  We will update the list below as we receive details.

Samaritans Purse: Volunteers are working in Rolling Fork and in Amory – locations on the east and west sides of Mississippi. Teams are helping in Jesus’ Name tarping damaged roofs, cutting up fallen or damaged trees, and clearing debris from yards and homes.   They have also now deployed to Little Rock, Arkansas; Covington, Tennessee and Sullivan County, Indiana.  There are opportunities to volunteer or provide financial support.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are working alongside of Samaritans Purse volunteer teams.  They will be offering emotional and spiritual care to residents in these devastated communities.  They’ve also deployed Mobile Ministry Centers in each town providing chaplains a quiet place to pray, share God’s love and comfort to those who need it.  Please pray for these teams to have insight and wisdom from the Lord as they care for individuals.  Financial support is also needed.

The Salvation Army has mobilized teams to assess the damage and to begin distributing meals, snacks, and water to survivors and first responders. They also have staff offering emotional and spiritual care.  Giving Opportunities are Available 

 

 

 

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Prayer and Support for Earthquake Victims in Syria and Turkey

March 6th, 2023 No comments

Please keep the people of Syria and Turkey in your prayers.  Please also pray for those being deployed to lend aid and wisdom for all who are leading those efforts.

The massive Feb 6 earthquakes and aftershocks have been devastating to the region are resulting in widespread fatalities and injuries.  Freezing temperatures are also affecting relief and rescue efforts.

As we learn of opportunities to provide aid, we will post links here.

Barnabas Aid      Sending containers of food, blankets and medical supplies.  Supplies of rice, lentils, beans, chickpeas, bulgar and noodles were sent 3 days after the earthquake and distributed immediately.

Do Something – A group with Do Something/Petra Church is going to Turkey in May through a partnership with Dwell Global.  They will be helping to build sheds to house 2 families per shed, provide practical needs and spend time playing with children.  Opportunities to give toward trip expenses at Petra.church/give  or DwellGlobal.kindful.com and following the link to give a tax deductible gift.  Questions can be directed to Dosomething4christ@gmail.com  Lin Fisher will also be our guest on the Morning Show on Monday March 6.

Food for the Hungry  is rushing clean water, sanitation, hygiene training and kits, shelter, and other emergency aid to victims to help children and families survive.

MCC is working with partners in Aleppo, Syria to provide emergency assistance such as food baskets, clothing, hygiene supplies, winterization supplies and water resources. MCC will also be providing partners with psychological and trauma training.

Samaritans Purse  Staff are on the ground working along side partners to assess needs and share the love of Christ with those who are hurting.  They are deploying a 52 bed Emergency Field Hospital and staff to address immediate medical needs.  They also will be airlifting in critically needed emergency supplies.

Tying Vines crisis response team is working with partners on the ground to bring relief to those in need. All donations to this campaign directly support the effort to get vital resources and supplies to these communities.

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Hurricane Prayer and Relief Efforts

October 11th, 2022 No comments

Please join us in praying for everyone impacted by Hurricane Ian and those still recovering from Hurricane Fiona.  In addition to the very clear needs that need to be met in relief efforts and clean up, there are many that need the Hope of Jesus to sustain them.  Please also lift up all the first responders and those preparing to be deployed.

As we learn of relief efforts in the days to come, we’ll share those with you.

Mennonite Disaster Service

Christ in Action

The Salvation Army 

Samaritan’s Purse

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Kids Cookie Shop Card Game Releasing at KCB Fest!

August 16th, 2022 No comments

We’re really excited that the new family card game “Kids Cookie Shop” is being officially released on August 27th at Kids Cookie Break Fest as we celebrate our 10th year!  This brand new game is themed with favorite cookies and friends you’ve heard from on The Kids Cookie Break on Saturday mornings with Lisa Landis!

A sneak peek at the game and instructions are available on Youtube.  You can even follow along on Instragram.

The game will be available to Kids Cookie Break Fest attendees in the Artist Merchandise area at KCB Fest for $20.

 

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KCB Fest is Celebrating 10 Years! Can You Join Us?

July 26th, 2022 No comments

We are so excited to host our 10th Kids Cookie Break Fest on Saturday August 27th! Guests will enjoy performances on two outdoor stages and tons of fun family activities thanks to our sponsors. We’ll be collecting donations for Align Life Ministries, too. Free tickets become available on Monday August 15th.  

I’m searching for some older KCB fans who would like to join our team that helps make the event happen for all of the kids and their families who will attend. We have lots of friends who make this an annual event and we have a lot of fun together!  There are plenty of areas to serve for anyone age 14+. I’ve heard from a couple of families with teens who loved the Kids Cookie Break as children and are ready to be involved in a new way by helping!  We’ve had some aunts, uncles, grandparents and friend groups join us, too.

We have areas like Carnival Games, Handing out Chick-Fil-A Meals, Monitoring Inflatable Bounce Houses, Parking, Ticket Taking, Trash, and more.  You’ll even get a t-shirt and a free Chick Fil A meal.

Check out our Sign Up link https://signup.com/go/fCXEKgv to sign up,  or email stacey@wjtl.com and I can help find a good spot for you! We’d love to have you join us to celebrate our 10th KCB Fest!

 

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Ukraine Crisis Disaster Relief

April 20th, 2022 No comments

The conflict in Ukraine has left many people vulnerable and in need of aid.  As we continue to pray for all that are impacted by the invasion and unrest; there are organizations providing opportunities to lend critical support.

MCC is accepting donations for a response in Ukraine.  From their website: “MCC’s response will be focused on longer-term scale up of existing programs that support vulnerable people and extending those services to internally displaced populations. It will likely include psychosocial support and trauma healing, temporary emergency housing, emergency distributions of locally purchased emergency supplies such as blankets, and distribution of food packages. MCC also plans to resume shipments of material resources once the in-country conditions are stable enough to do so.”

Samaritans Purse is operating multiple medical facilities in various parts of Ukraine and providing food and non-food relief items through church partnerships in both Ukraine and Moldova.

Hope International has created a Hope Ukraine assistance fund

World Vision  is on the ground in Eastern Europe preparing to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families who have been forcibly displaced due to the escalating crisis in Ukraine.  Your donation can help provide children and families searching for a safe haven with protection and psychosocial support including Child-Friendly Spaces in neighboring countries in the Middle East and Eastern European region.

Mission Eurasia    Has established a Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund to help provide for the urgent, immediate needs of Ukrainians still living in the country, as well as refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.  Hear Fred’s interview with Don Parsons, Director of the Unreached People Groups Initiative here

Barnabas Aid   Sending funds to churches in the neighboring countries as they care for Christian and other refugees.  Barnabas supporters in the United Kingdom are donating food items, blankets and winter clothes, to be transported by van or truck across Europe to the borders of Ukraine to supply the local churches caring for the refugees from Ukraine.

World Without Orphans has established a Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund to support the work of their Ukrainian staff and partners in the country serving those who are internally displaced or fleeing to neighboring countries. A specific focus of their ministry is on safety and provision for orphaned children and their caregivers.

BCM International  Providing food, shelter, and medical supplies as well as aiding the displaced in their journey to western Ukraine and other international safe-havens.

Tying Vines  Vice President Melissa Mitchell is working with the Polish ambassador to help in organizing aid to the thousands of refugees flooding into Poland.

Compassion International has some helpful prayer targets published for times of turmoil around the world.

The Pocket Testament League is providing Ukranian Gospels through Blessings of Hope food containers and are also providing gospels to other ministries providing relief.

Tomorrow Clubs International is coordinating with local churches and Christ followers to provide basic needs for Ukranian refugees including hot meals, food packages, mattresses and medications and more.

Friends in Action International   University of Divine Grace (FIA ministry partner) Faculty and Bible school students are distributing blankets, hot drinks, food, and hope. The Chișinău university campus and support facilities have become a haven for refugees while providing an opportunity to learn about Jesus, our Prince of Peace. UDG also supports those traveling by vehicle with free maintenance and repair services, enabling stranded travelers to continue on their way into Western Europe.

Missions International is the organization Tommy Iceland partners with. This non-profit organization that directly helps those in need who are impacted by the war. All donations made will benefit the families in Melitopol and all over Ukraine.

Sunrise4Ukraine:  A global initiative encouraging churches to host an additional Sunrise Service on April 24 to join together in praying for Ukraine & Russia.  April 24th is Easter Sunday for the Orthodox and for most Eastern Christians.

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WJTL Christmas Open House

December 3rd, 2019 No comments

It’s almost time for WJTL’s annual Christmas Open House drop in. You and your family are invited to stop by on Tuesday December 17th anytime between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Come say hi to the WJTL team and visit the studio. There will be cookies and beverages to enjoy (some Chick-fil-A of course). Kids can bring by their KCB tree ornaments to hang on the studio tree if they haven’t sent them in, yet. It’s also a chance to save postage and drop off your end of the year donation if you’d like.

We love this annual tradition and hope you’ll make it yours, too.

little ENCOURAGEMENT

September 16th, 2019 No comments

A little encouragement can go a long way. Today we received a one sentence note in the mail and it made my day. It was a very simple thank you that was jotted down on a piece of note paper and sent along with a donation. It brought joy to our staff.

Sometimes when we think about being being an encouragement or even a good neighbor; we get visions of a huge time investment or imagine having to bake cookies that live up to some Instagram worthy photo. The reality is that a word, a smile, or a sentence can be enough. I have some thoughtful coworkers that leave post-it notes on my desk just to let me know they were thinking of me.  😀 Those “little” things can make a persons day!

Sometimes we receive encouragement from others and sometimes we need to encourage ourselves! Tough days sometimes stack up more frequently than we like. Reminders of truths from God’s Word, scriptures, songs and even beautiful art or things from nature can inject life into dry bones on any given day.  Recently I jotted a few very simple sharpie written reminders onto some scrap paper and hung them where I could see them at my desk.

  • be positive
  • be joyful
  • be encouraging
  • be thankful

Don’t discount your “little” attempts at bringing light to the world around you.  Each one of us is a difference maker.   

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