Last year, churches and other friends of Sunrise Children’s Services contributed over $1 million to our SHINE! Campaign. These special donations helped our nonprofit ministry demonstrate Matthew 5:15-16 to the world. According to The Living Bible, that famous scripture says:
“Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.”
Whether you or your church participated by giving to the SHINE! offering or to events like RIDE & SHINE!, the total amount raised – 1,014,260.01 – really did SHINE! It helped to give the children we serve a sense of hope, a place of refuge, and the opportunity to know God’s love.
Your generosity touched hundreds of children. One of them is Chris from Spring Meadows. After successfully graduating our program, he went to the Bluegrass Challenge Academy, then joined the Marines. At the end of last year, Chris returned to Spring Meadows to share his personal story of redemption.
Indeed, the list of what your gift accomplished is extensive. Your dollars helped Sunrise end our 2014 fiscal year without a deficit. In the process, you helped serve 1,618 at-risk children or youth during that 12-month period. Among them, 39 graduated from a Kentucky high school or earned a GED; and many made a profession of faith.
However, our job is not done. We are working to improve how child welfare is done in Kentucky.
Will you help us give these at–risk children a better chance to succeed? To do that, we’re asking you to shine again!
Please contribute to Sunrise during 2015 at the same level (or at a greater one) as in 2014. WE NEED YOU to help Sunrise reach more children in crisis than we did last year.