Operation Silent Night Report and Ministry Prayer Update

Praising God for such a dynamic year for Operation Silent Night! As our 14th year ended we marveled at the goodness of the Lord in His provision to His people.

The donations for Operation Silent Night continued to pour in right up to our departure. It ranged from the 54 pair of brand new leather work boots for men to the 1,000 duffle bags to brand new blankets, comforters, socks, gloves and hats. So many coats were donated surpassing all the other years along with volunteers making up personal hygiene kits and goodies bags filled with delicious snacks for the cold days in January.

 

We recognize our one on one time with our friends of the streets is the most important thing we can give.

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That time of listening, caring and praying with each that God sends our way is the pulse, life and breath of Operation Silent Night. 

Plans are already underway for our 15th year as we realize we must double our portion to meet the needs of God’s hidden lost people of the streets.

Please remember this project, Operation Silent Night, in vital prayer for these tremendous needs to be met:

1. We desperately need a warehouse! We have grown way beyond storing in various garages. Pray in earnest that God will lead us to a sizeable building/warehouse where we can be better organized and more efficient.

2. A new bus is crucial to this ministry to transport volunteers and items to the streets. on bus linePray we might find favor with the Lord in hearing our prayers for the use of a new bus and answer by sending His best for us.

3. Pray as we screen the applications of those that seek to be a part of the team. Pray that God will give us wisdom and discernment for next year’s team and how to properly develop this growing ministry.

With the ending of a dynamic year we can only look forward to the new year with anticipation and praise!

We are thrilled for the invitation to minister in Costa Rica in July. We will travel from July 16th to August 15th ministering to the children in the schools and the people in the mountains.

We will be writing more about this trip but ask for prayer for our sponsors as they work on the details of our stay. Prayers are requested as we will raise our support for travel, along with $140.00 a day to cover both our lodging and meals during our stay. As I shared, we will be writing more as the itinerary becomes solid that you might pray more specifically.

Last year was a total shock with health issues and the uncertainty of my future… It was such a good reminder that we do not know what the future holds but we know for certain He holds the future!

We look forward to seeing the fulfillment of all of His promises and to plant Him and His glory wherever He shall send us!

Hang on, friends! As I promised Deb in the very beginning of our travels together 15 years ago in February, “I can’t promise you anything except it will be an incredible journey.”… and so it has! Stay tuned and keep us in prayer as the journey continues for the glory of God and the hope of His people.

Thank you, Jesus!

We too, go up to our Jerusalem, for Him and His Unreached,

Sue and Deb
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December is Giving Month

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God in His timing is always perfect! We have just learned that PayPal will give 1 percent to every dollar donated to Sue Thomas Ministries for Operation Silent Night through their PayPal Giving Fund which is specifically designed to bless nonprofit organizations such as OSN. Friends, will you support this outreach and help get the word out to your friends through email or Facebook so they can join you in supporting OSN? To have this opportunity to receive a 1 per cent donation from PayPal right before we hit the streets for the homeless is a unique gift for which we give thanks.
OPERATION SILENT NIGHT is well on its way with bakers, baking, and orders taking! We are praying for a record of 450 dozen homemade cookies sold this year! You can see pictures of the cookies at www.facebook.com/operationsilentnight

The release of The Just Plain Values Magazine with the OSN story has just been released. You can read the article here  Yes, we are in full swing and we ask for your help from November 28th – December 31st.
Please simply hit this button to give  – your gift brings forth the warmth of blankets and clothes and food to eat to the hidden lost people of the streets.

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The greatest gift you can give is to the least of your brethren as you give unto Him. Your gift does make a difference!
For Him and Those Who Sleep on the Streets,
Sue thomas, Co-Founder
Deborah Shofstahl‎, Co-Founder

 

 

Sweet Success!

Our 4th Annual Open Heart Gala was a sweet success!!

The evening’s highlight was our fabulous cake auction where 28 beautiful homemade cakes were auctioned off and brought in a whopping $13,245.00!! Let’s just say the winners of these cakes “had their cake and ate it, too!”

Just look at these cakes! Our ladies and even a couple of young men totally outdid themselves with the best of the best this year with creativity. Can’t wait to see next year’s cakes! Save the date…it will be February 24th, 2018 and we sure hope you can come.

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Total proceeds for the evening came to $25,717.00!! This surpassed the total for last year by more than $4,000!! We are grateful for all of the volunteers who made this a huge success!

Two ministries so uniquely different, share in the blessings of this evening as they build the houses that God has trusted them with.  Sue Thomas Ministries is joined by Olive Branch Ministries in giving thanks for the great and mighty things that He is doing.

‎We move upward, onward, and forward as we continue to build for the glory of God and the hope of His people!

Returning to WaterBrooks

WaterBrooks. Taken from Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.” The vision…a place designed for solitude and prayer…a place to be still and to Know that He is God. We will return to WaterBrooks in Vermont the first of May as the leaves are just beginning to unfurl and the swollen brooks are still roaring with the melted snow running off the mountains. A pair of Canadian Geese have already laid their eggs in a nest at the foot of the Cross, and are quietly resting in the shadow of the Cross. Such a silent but powerful reminder that we, too, are to lay down our burdens, our hopes, our dreams, at the feet of our Lord, and to simply trust Him with a quiet heart.

A local Vermont pastor visited WaterBrooks a few weeks ago for some quiet time alone with God, and sent these short videos to us in Ohio where we spend the winter months. As you watch them, please remember to pray for us as we desire to serve Him by serving His people.

Simply trusting every day;
Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by,
Trusting Him, whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

How far is it to Bethlehem? Not very far…

(watch the video below)

We’ve returned from the distant land of India where we were renewed and strengthened in our spiritual walk. Many lessons were learned and we were left challenged by forsaking all for
the glory of God and the gospel of Christ. More to come on that in future posts as we have brought back a real burden and love for the dear people there.

Today we are well underway with preparations for our outreach to the homeless in Washington DC. This year is our Tenth Anniversary spending Christmas Eve and Day on the streets with the homeless. What started out as 25 Arby’s sandwiches has grown to  feeding over 200, a bus filled with blankets, coats, and other warm items for  winter survival, and giving each a BACKPACK filled with personal care items.OSN backpack

This year the team consists of sixteen people along with the lunch truck stocked with hot meals and the shuttle bus packed with many items. This year a special gift was designated that covers the cost of brand new backpacks, and we will be able to pack gloves, hats, sweats, socks, toilet paper, brushes, combs, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other personal care items into each backpack to give as a “home” for those on the streets.

Will you join us, friends? Will you come with us through your prayers or your monetary gift? How far is it to Bethlehem – not very far!

May you and your loved ones experience the radiant joy of Jesus on this blessed Silent Night!

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How far is it to Bethlehem?
Not very far.
Shall we find the stable room
Lit by a star?

Can we see the little child,
Is he within?
If we lift the wooden latch
May we go in?

May we stroke the creatures there,
Ox, ass, or sheep?
May we peek like them and see
Jesus asleep?

If we touch his tiny hand
Will he awake?
Will he know we’ve come so far
Just for his sake?

English Carol by Frances Chesterton