Evening of Inspiration 2022

We at Guiding Light Ministries are excited to invite you to our 8th Annual Evening of Inspiration Fundraising Dinner.

What is the Evening of Inspiration?
The Evening of Inspiration is an important night for our ministry; it is a chance for the community to show their generous support of our ministry, but more importantly, it is an opportunity for us to celebrate the life and testimony of the wonderful ladies who we serve in our ministry!

Join us for a formal, catered meal. We will listen to stories of how God has worked in their lives and how they have persevered to overcome hardship in the face of trauma and recovery.

Date: Thursday October 20th, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm
Forest Park UMC,
315 S Collins Ave,
Lima OH 45804

Each seat is $60, or you may purchase a table of 6 for $350. If interested in attending, please RSVP Lily 419-615-5653

Other ways to get involved:
If unable to attend but still wishing to sponsor this event, we are in need of gift baskets (of any type) for an auction fundraiser. This is an important fund raising opportunity for our ministry and we appreciate your help in partnering with us in this way. Please contact Lily (419-615-5653) or Julianne (419-236-7935) if you would like to donate a gift basket.

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Prayer Requests

Prayer is a vital part of the life of the believer, and we appreciate your prayers to support the residents and our ministry. Below are suggested prayers that are directed to our residents, staff, and volunteer needs. Thank you for your support.

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."
Ephesians 6:18
  • Pray for each resident staying at the home; for healing, for peace, and for them to know the love of Christ and God the Father during their stay.
  • Pray for good health of residents and volunteers
  • Pray for restored relationships between family members; between parents and residents, between residents and their children, between residents and their spouses. Many have a need for mended and healthy relationships; where that is not possible please pray for ability to set healthy boundaries and for forgiveness.
  • Pray for those who have lost loved ones; many of our residents feel the pain of loss deeply and it has often been a trigger for destructive behaviors. Pray for comfort and for them to know Christ’s presence in their life.
  • Pray for our residents to have grace to forgive themselves for past mistakes and to have courage to press on and achieve their dreams and goals.
  • Pray for those seeking employment.
  • Pray for clear and gracious communication between staff and residents.
  • Pray for those employed and juggling many appointments, classes, and day to day tasks.
  • Pray for those with chronic health conditions that impact their ability to find employment and their day to day life.
  • Pray for those in recovery from substance abuse.
  • Pray for protection from the enemy and for grace and patience with one another; in a situation already heightened due to very trying life circumstances, we have found that different personalities, health issues, and the day to day tasks required by this program can create an environment where residents and staff must grow in their ability to display patient and gracious attitudes towards one another. Pray that they learn of Christ’s love and patience, that they might display this to others.
  • Pray for our volunteer house moms: Yvonne, who gives so much and is a tremendous source of comfort and help for the residents. For J, who is a strong role model, juggling many responsibilities as house mom while maintaining a job
  • Pray for our staff to have wisdom, patience, to be gracious and full of the Holy Spirit as they navigate daily challenges in helping women achieve and set goals, attend doctor appointments, hearings, and work through interpersonal conflicts.
  • Pray for the board of directors; for their wisdom and for God to lead them in decision making that will bring glory to Him through this ministry.

Updated 2/1/2023

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7th Annual Evening of Inspiration

We at Guiding Light Ministries are excited to invite you to our 7th Annual Evening of Inspiration Fundraising Dinner. This will take place on October 28th, 2021 at the Civic Center City Club, starting at 6 pm.

This is a formal event, so get fancy and come celebrate the success stories of residents past and present. Our focus this year will be the effects of homelessness in our community regarding housing, recovery, and trauma. We are looking forward to an evening of hope in the face of hardship.

The cost is $50/seat or a table of eight for $350. So sign up your agency/church/club/family/self and grab a seat while there is still one available.

Note: We are still accepting donations towards our silent auction. If you have something you wish to contribute, please let us know.

If you have any questions or wish to RSVP, please call Jessica at 419-204-0242. We can’t wait to see you!!

Thank you!

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Hosting Events
Guiding Light is like a second home to our residents and we want them to know how much they are loved. Hosting events – like a baby shower or birthday party – for them is one way we show love as part of their extended family.

Evening of Inspiration
The annual Evening of Inspiration is a special occasion where we celebrate our residents, volunteers, and supporters. A home cooked meal is served, testimonies are shared, and we pray that it is an encouraging evening for all who attend. We welcome your assistance in planning this event and sending invitations.

Event Coordinator
We also have a need for an event coordinator to brainstorm, organize, and facilitate events (such as fundraisers or seasonal celebrations).

Another option is to collect prizes to use at fundraising events. Prize give-aways are a fun and exciting option to have at fundraising events.

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Do you like to teach and have something to share? Part of our mission at Guiding Light is to encourage continuing education in order to equip these precious ladies for success once they have obtained housing. Here are some classes we’d like to add:

– Exercise (morning)
– Homemade products
– Budgeting

This is a relaxed environment where we have fun and learn together. You need no special qualifications, just a willingness to teach!

Titus 2:7-8 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech…”

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House Moms

Our policy is to have supervision 24/7 at the Guiding Light home. We need reliable volunteers who can be housemoms and provide supervision and guidance. You can volunteer during a time that fits your schedule. You don’t have to have special qualifications, just a positive attitude! We do, however, require training in some basic classes to volunteer in this capacity.

Depending on the time of day, duties might include

-Overseeing meal times and helping with cooking
-Staying overnight
-Transportation to doctor appointments or interviews
-Day outings

1 Timothy 3:1: “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.”