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BESSEMER, Ala.— People like Cris and Austin are examples of the hundreds of struggling men and women The Foundry serves who benefit from the resources and programs funded by “Matching Challenge” contributions. An anonymous supporter has contributed a total of $25,000 and challenged other friends of The Foundry to donate an additional $25,000 by May 31.
Cris, a graduate of the ministry’s Recovery Program, shares that The Foundry changed his life: “By giving me the tools and the opportunity to change my previous situation, I regained the trust I had lost with my family and strengthened my relationship with God.”
Another resident at The Foundry’s Changed Lives Christian Center, Austin, spent years battling addiction and making bad choices that led to a destructive lifestyle. “I built my life on all the wrong foundations, and when troubles came, it all fell apart,” Austin said. Today, Austin is rebuilding his life and “taking the right steps towards living a new lifestyle.”
“Gifts from the community truly have the power to change lives,” Foundry Ministries Chief Executive Officer Micah Andrews said. “Financial contributions turn into tools, resources, support, classes, meals and more that help the individuals we serve realize their potential and find purpose for their lives.”
The opportunity to multiply the impact of gifts lasts until May 31.
“This is an exciting opportunity to make your gift do more good in the lives of addicted and struggling men and women,” Andrews said, encouraging donors to give their best gift by the May 31 deadline. “The funds from our matching challenge donor plus gifts from community partners will double the impact of their generosity. When folks become part of the equation, 1 + you = two. We’ll receive twice the blessings from each donation and be able to offer faith-based recovery programs for even more people seeking freedom from addiction.”
Andrews invites anyone who would like to give towards the “Matching Challenge” to donate online at foundryministries.com or send a contribution to P.O. Box 824, Bessemer, AL 35021. All gifts must be received online or postmarked by May 31, 2018, to help meet the challenge.
For more information on The Foundry’s outreach services and their programs of Rescue, Recovery and ReEntry, visit foundryministries.com.
All proceeds to benefit Ray of Hope nonprofit
MOODY, Ala. – Author Gary Lloyd has released his fifth book, Ray of Hope.
Jimmy Ray was quiet, shy, and humble, but even the most unassuming people have burning passions in their hearts. Jimmy’s was for the disabled, those in northwest Florida who were stuck inside their homes because they could not afford to have wheelchair ramps built. That bothered Jimmy to his core. He began constructing wheelchair ramps with the help of his wife and young daughter, and along the way, a church ministry was born. It became Jimmy’s mission in life. Men, women, and children volunteered. Money and materials were donated. More than five hundred lives were changed forever. In Ray of Hope, Jimmy’s passion is revealed by family, friends, and more than a dozen people who received wheelchair ramps when they had nowhere else to turn.
Jimmy was Lloyd’s father-in-law, but Lloyd never had the chance to meet him. Jimmy died on Feb. 28, 2010, two years before Lloyd met his daughter, Jessica. Ray of Hope’s publication date is eight years to the day after Jimmy’s death.
“The idea for this book came in 2016 on a ride to the Atlanta airport,” Lloyd said. “Jimmy’s wife, Ramona, was driving Jessica and me there for a trip we were going on, and we spent some time talking about Jimmy and the Ray of Hope organization, which builds wheelchair ramps for those in need. I discovered that the nonprofit had built more than 500 ramps in northwest Florida alone, and I knew that this man’s story, this ministry’s purpose, needed to be told in a book.”
Ray of Hope was published through CreateSpace Independent Publishing. The book is available on http://www.Amazon.com for $10 and on Kindle as an e-book for $7.99. All proceeds from the book’s sales will benefit the Ray of Hope nonprofit organization.
Lloyd is also the author of Trussville, Alabama: A Brief History, Deep Green, Heart of the Plate, and Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South.
Lloyd has been a journalist in Mississippi and Alabama. He grew up in Trussville, Ala., and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Alabama in 2009. He lives in Moody, Ala., with his wife, Jessica, and their two dogs, Abby and Sonny.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit http://www.garylloydbooks.squarespace.com and Like his author page at http://www.facebook.com/GaryLloydAuthor.
For more information about Ray of Hope, find the “Ray of Hope Wheelchair Ramps” page on Facebook.
Another event for my second book, “Deep Green,” is now scheduled.
I’ll be speaking about the book on Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. at Huffman United Methodist Church’s parlor and signing copies after. Books are $15 each and will be available. You can also order them here on Amazon.com.
A dinner will begin at 5 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
If you didn’t know already, the book’s front cover photo was shot in the gym at Huffman United Methodist Church by Ron Burkett. The church was a big inspiration for this fictional work. It’s the church I grew up in.
The church is located at 711 Gene Reed Road in Birmingham.
So come hang out with us May 25. Eat some dinner and learn about how this book came to be.