2017 Easter Distribution
We just got back from our first part of our two-part journey to the Appalachian Mountains. This part of the trip was a very raining and cold one with the temperature dipping into the low 40’s.
We served 1,357 children on this trip alone, so we depleted most of our stock with this first trip, but God was so GOOD! We didn’t think we had enough boy’s clothes to finish this one trip, but each time we went to get another clothes pack it was there. At one point, I looked up in the bin as if to say God I know that’s You, because we didn’t have this many boy clothes!
This trip consisted counties in KY: Clay, Harlan, Letcher, Owsley, Leslie, Knott, Floyd, Pike, and Perry. Plus, we distributed to the children of Buchanan and Dickenson, Virginia. The complete trip will consist of taking a complete month to deliver to all the children.
So many times, our hearts are broken because we know we aren't getting to the kids, because the parents have no transportation or gas money to get to us. This trip many schools worked with us and we served our kids from there, plus all the others. The pictures are limited at a school, so I do apologize for that, but just know that each little outfit is in the hands of a beautiful child or will soon be passed out to one. It was a blessing to know that each child went home with a new little outfit and blessing bag of their very own. Thank you for helping put so many smiles on the children's faces.
We will rest, restock and reload the trailer and then leave out for our second part of our journey. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we strive to do His will for our life’s. We are so grateful to you for supporting our commitment to the underprivileged.
First Easter Blessing’s Delivered
Since our first Easter Program in 2009, children have developed a relationship with Love, Respect and Encouragement. Putting Prayers to Action has reached over 10,200 children with clothing, blessing bags and food for our Easter Program. We have documented; significant improvements in communication and knowledge of our families. We have seen increases in the families in need, and a greater willingness to try to provide to the children. Putting Prayers to Action Programs are expanding to many schools, community centers and churches in the Appalachian Region. Putting Prayers to Action installs a Team Leader in each elementary school or area who implements on-site Putting Prayers to Action Programs and forges community collaborations to help establish an efficient method of reaching the families in need. After the method is determined, a location is designated for distribution, visits to the area to meet the families are done, data bases are made and a one call list is established for the area. Our Appalachian Easter program ranges from 7 days/168 hours to 5 days/120 hours each team member will do visits to the families, help deliver food to families without transportation, interact with the children and each team member will be stationed with a particular set of duties and responsibilities. The team members go to be a blessing, but usually receive a bountiful blessing in learning the principle of serving. Putting Prayers to Action encourages youth leaders and families to participate to build and strengthen good morals and values in the children God has placed in their life. We are currently providing to 1,700 children & their families in the Appalachian Mountain Region. Due to the coal industry, many have lost their jobs and live in third world conditions.
Program long term success
We envision expansion of Putting Prayers to Action Easter Programs throughout the Eastern Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia school districts and community centers as well as in districts and communities throughout the poverty stricken areas within the United States.
Program success monitored by
In the past, Putting Prayers to Action collected data from Family Resource Centers, youth workers and church leaders via surveys, discussions, interviews and observations. We synthesized this data using a system of indicators that determined, based on percentages, our programs success in various poverty stricken areas. Feedback and testimonials from past programs illustrate the power of Putting Prayers to Action programs to transform children’s attitude, self-confidence and relationship with God. Our families are located in throughout the Appalachian Regions, we feel consistent collaboration increases attendance and strengthen our relationship with our families
Program success examples
Since our first Easter Program in 2009, our program has reached approximately 10,200 children in the Appalachian Mountain region. Assessments and discussion from the schools Family Resource leaders are taken at the beginning and end of each year. The results have shown that children involved in Putting Prayers to Action Programs have increase their grades and self confidence levels. The new clothes and the extra food provided gives them the boost they need to excel and teachers report improved behavior and attention spans in class. These experiences have provided our team members with opportunities to develop skills in the following areas: leadership, self-confidence and self-respect, trust, sense of responsibility for self, others, the community, critical thinking, teamwork, and decision-making, as well as, made them environmental stewards within their own community.