In less than 2 weeks I will be standing in front of some 300 men with no extra agenda on our end except to entertain them with some of the best singers and players around, to lift their spirits, and to remind them of their worth as a child of God.
Timothy’s Gift HOPE TOUR will be on it’s 7th concert tour down to institutions in Florida. With this tour from June 16-20th, we will complete 68 programs with touching well over 15000 inmates and staff in less than 2 years.
That means over 15000 have been reminded of their worth and their hope.
Hope, we have seen, is infectious. After we leave each institution, hope has continued to spread. The legacy of Timothy’s Gift is one that what we start in a 2 hour program will be carried out long after we leave those grounds. The encouragement from inmate to staff and vice versa, the hope and realization of possible change, the light of worth and this outlook on themselves and others, once ignited, spreads. We recognize our place in this process and we recognize the need for your place. Your partnership with us helps to sustain the level of excellence that we have been able to achieve in our prison outreach. This heart of our mission and level of excellence that we bring continues to give us favor with the Department of Corrections in both Florida and Tennessee. We’ve heard from staff “In the 28 years I’ve worked in the Dept. of Corrections, I’ve never seen anything in the likes of the talent and hearts of TG.” “You all have encouraged us as much as you’ve encouraged the inmates!” We’ve heard countless times of inmates, “This is the first time in over 20 years that I’ve felt hope.” “You’ve reminded us that we are not forgotten.” “I’ve never heard music like this!” “I’ve haven’t smiled like this in a long time.” “Today made me feel like I will actually make it in here.”
This June HOPE tour, Ron Miller and I are taking in another incredible cast of singers, musicians and volunteers including Melinda Doolittle (American Idol -3rd place finalist from Season 6) and Michael Passons (founder of the American Music Award winning Christian group, Avalon). These wonderful people choose to jump on a bus for long travel days, stay in moderate accommodations and make next to nothing. They choose to be a part not because of the benefits for them. They choose to be a part because they believe not only in the mission of Timothy’s Gift but also because they have seen the results of our previous work. We are able to be the hands, feet, the face, the voice, and the smile of God. We are able to show these men and women the love of Jesus first hand.
For this 5 day trip, we will be going into 10 institutions (8 of which have never experienced the Hope Tour). We will arrive at some prisons before the sun even rises and then drive on that afternoon to encourage more at another institution before the sun sets.
For this June HOPE tour we are needing another $2318.00 to cover the rest of our expenses. I’m asking if you would consider extending your financial support.
Timothy’s Gift has been the most life-giving ministry that I’ve even been a part of. I wish I could take you all with me. If only you could experience what I have experienced. If only you could just look into the eyes of the least of these and then realize that this is exactly what LOVE does. Love extends. Love reaches out. Love goes into the darkest of places to reveal as much light as possible. That’s our call and I’m asking if you would join us.
Thank you for your thoughts and support.
P.O. Box 111642
Nashville, TN 37222
filled with hope, Melissa