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It is at this time of year that we ask our churches to prayerfully consider giving to Sunrise Children’s Services’ Thanksgiving Offering. Psalm 100:5 says: “For the LORD is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”

Don’t underestimate the long-lasting impact your gift can have on our ministry.

“An example of this is a young girl who once lived in one of our residential facilities,” said Sunrise President Dale Suttles. “Today, she is a married young lady, owns a business with her husband and is planning to foster children of her own.”

Last year Sunrise received $900,000 from faithful churches across this state. This year, Suttles is challenging Kentucky churches to give $1 million to Sunrise. This goal would easily be reached if just 1,000 churches gave $1,000.

Why this goal? “It is because Sunrise is looking to impact even more generations with the start of two brand-new programs that will teach children who are most in need,” said Suttles.

The first is our Alcohol and Other Drug Education (AODE) program. It will eventually house up to 20 boys who have drug and alcohol addictions. This Bronston, Ky., facility is now fully staffed and will soon be treating and caring for hurting young men.

The second is our partnership with the David School, an alternative school in rural eastern Kentucky. Because of this partnership, we will reach children through counseling services provided by Sunrise.

We strongly believe that what we have done over our 153-year history, and what we are doing now, is truly making a difference in the lives of Kentucky’s most vulnerable. One of our girls who lived in Sunrise’s Glen Dale Center in Elizabethtown shared these words about her experience:

“I felt like I was getting punished. But after a month of living here, I realized I was getting treatment. I’m happier. I used to call myself ugly. But now, I think I’m beautiful. I can trust people now. They’ve helped me stay safe. I want to be a nurse, a therapist, or a vet tech. I really like helping people.”

Prayerfully consider how much you and your church will give to Sunrise this Thanksgiving season. “Every year, we count on churches like yours to help us share the enduring love of God and His healing touch with hurting children and family members,” Suttles said. “Your annual offering will help us do that for generations to come. We can’t do it without you.”

David Lyninger is director of communications for Sunrise Children’s Services.