May Letter from the Executive Director

It is June already;     

As I write this I am thinking that it has been more than four months since God and I set out on this journey at First Refuge Ministries. I want you to know that I am enjoying it more everyday. The clients that we see are such gifts from God and we are the ones being blessed. Our volunteers are the hands of Christ to those in need. I am truly blessed to be apart of this ministry.

God continued to bless this ministry in May through generous partners!
RAI Group of Texas came out to install some insulation and eventually did the work for free! Read the full story here. And we continually are given more and more Bibles to distribute. Read an update here and see a list of our generous supporters who make this ministry possible.

Expanding Food Pantry and Medical Ministry
We have expanded the food pantry to assist Mission Denton in their summer feeding program.  They support missionaries who go into apartment complexes and mobile home parks to share the Gospel with kids and residents. They are currently trying to expand their ministry to include visits to hotels one day a week. They present Vacation Bible School type curriculum and then send the child home with a backpack full of food that is nutritious and can easily be prepared. This program targets students that receive free lunch during the school year but often go without during the summer. I believe this is the perfect system; they receive the food they need and hear the Gospel each week.

We now have medical doctors volunteering their time so adults can be seen at the Medical Clinic. There is a booking fee of $10.00 per visit. This program just kicked off and we are working to recruit more doctors, nurses, and dentists to meet the needs of Dentonites.

We are currently seeking funds to hire a nurse practitioner who would also see patients on a full-time basis. We also need donors who want to change the lives of people, help them get back upon their feet and then pay it forward.

Fundraising News
The Virtual Tea Party brought in nearly $10,000! That is great news. We made around $6,000.00 net which will run this ministry for about two weeks. 

Did you know that Bill Bates is coming to Denton on September 24? YOU can join us for an evening with Bill and dinner at the First Annual Heed the Need Gala. The money raised by ticket sales will support our various ministries. We have two locations, First Refuge Ministries and Denton Dental Mission (DDM is still a joint ministry with Denton Bible Church). Both locations employ one full-time staff member and three part-time employees with a host of volunteers. This work would cease if not for our wonderful volunteers! Thank you all so much for what you bring and freely give to our clients, this is the kind of love that only one who has a relationship with the Father can offer. We strive to meet the physical needs of our clients so we can tell them about the spiritual needs they may not recognize they have. Jesus Christ is the answer, no matter the question!

If you would like to be a part of this ministry as it plants seeds for the kingdom fill out this volunteer form. That is the first step.  We will find you a place to serve and you too can be a part of the FRM team!  We need volunteers in every area, whatever you are good at we have a place for you to serve.

I serve because He served,
Vanessa Lynch
Executive Director