October 23, 2013
Hey…wanna know how many “hugs” have been given since God started Mission Snuggle through us?….how ’bout 13,538!!! “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:17-18). It is not what we do for God but what He does through us. Whatever He calls us to do, He will do it. All of heaven is behind us when we are obedient and operating in His will. More than anything, God wants a relationship with us. As we do the things set before us, He reveals Himself in mighty ways. (Check out some ‘hug’ stories). This builds our relationship to Him. This is pleasing to God.
As you know, we are waiting on our 501c3 approval. Thank you again to everyone who has donated money and prayers. The IRS is reviewing the paperwork and we look forward to a response very soon. When it becomes official many doors will be opened that have not been previously. Every step we have taken has totally been led by God in His Divine and Holy ways. That is how we know it is all from Him. God is doing something HUGE and we are bowing in service to Him. We are not sure what it will look like as it is unfolding however, we are praying for His guidance. We are obeying what He has told us (seeking 501c3 status). We are doing all we know to do (continuing collecting, processing and Laurel Park residents praying over them). We are waiting on The Lord to work out the details in His timing. With a truck load of faith we know He will tell us what to do next. We stand on His promises. “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3).
The plan is to collect many stuffed animals to supply churches all over so they can take them on mission trips around the world. This project is getting bigger and bigger. Many more hands and hearts are joining us. There is plenty to do for anyone who is interested. Please just let us know.
Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you know, I am passionate about a ministry God has invited me to be a part of called Mission Snuggle. Briefly, it was inspired through my precious friends that are residents of Laurel Park Nursing Home. From the love in their hearts for children they started collecting stuffed animals for them through their prize choices in winning BINGO! That was about 4 years ago. Since that time we have collected and processed well over 12,000 new and gently loved stuffed animals “special hugs from God” that have been delivered locally and worldwide! Many of you have been huge volunteers and supporters that have made this possible. We thank you completely!
At this time, our ministry is asking for your help! We need to become an official, IRS 501c3 organization. This basically means that we will be a tax exempt organization, and that any donations made to us are tax deductible. In order to receive funding from major corporations, or funding through government or private grants, we need this exemption. The cost to file for this is $850. I am asking everyone I know to please give what you are able to allow this dream to grow. Even $5 is valuable to us! There is no amount too small. I would ask you to pray about it and give what you feel led to. If you are unable to donate at this time, that is ok! I simply ask that you pray for this ministry or, if you would like to have a stuffed animal donation drive please let us know. We can provide you with a special flyer to put on collection boxes. Then all you have to do is get them to us and we’ll do the rest. We are truly grateful for whatever you are able to do to support us in this endeavor!
If you are able to donate, please send checks made out to:
“Mission Snuggle” and mail to:
PO BOX 1544
Stockbridge, Ga. 30281
Thank you all for your time and for considering supporting this far reaching and worthwhile ministry. I look forward to hearing from you!
President and spokesperson
We know God will provide and we are already praising Him for the many lives He has already touched and will touch through Mission Snuggle!
Hi Everybody! There are so many stories in my head that I must tell! God is really leading us through…stuffed animals! Can you believe that? Please believe that but MORE importantly BELIEVE HIM! He will do what He says He will do…rest assured. The latest inspiration has been that we have separated the teddy bears from all other animals….”set apart” means holy. Hummmm….maybe these teddy bears are holy! Anyway, we attach the ‘Burden Bear’ poem to each one. (see poem below) God shows us exactly who needs one. He is never too early or late. If you go to the “Hugs from God” tab, you’ll read many miraculous stories of His precious hugs. I’d better get busy and add them to our continuing story line…
I’m not a very fancy bear.
I’m plain and rather small.
Even so, someone who likes you
said that I should come to call.
Hide me underneath your pillow
or set me on a nearby shelf
and when you feel discouraged
I will do my best to help.
My granny always told me
Life is like a patchwork quilt.
Just give Jesus all the pieces
and he’ll make a pretty quilt.
Sometimes I don’t see the patterns.
Sometimes He seems far away.
Then I clutch my “Burden Bear”
and pray…and pray…and pray.
Though I don’t have all the answers
for I’m just a “Burden Bear”
I’ve been sent here on a mission
from someone who really cares.
When you see me, please remember
You are in their thoughts and prayers.
Ms. Ruby earned her wings early yesterday morning and went home to be with The Lord. She was such a special lady. She collected quarters from our residents who donate their BINGO winnings to Mission Snuggle. She will be missed in such a huge way. The world is a much better place because she was in it. Please send up prayers for her daughter Lori and her family. Thank you. We love you Ms. Ruby!
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Ruby’s daughter, Lori asks in lieu of flowers if you would like to donate stuffed animals and/or money to Mission Snuggle…please drop stuffed animals off at Laurel Park Nursing Home or send money to:
PO BOX 1544
Mission Snuggle was inspired by the beautiful Ms Alice. We are so excited to announce Ms Alice won the Ms Laurel Park!! What a beautiful lady inside and out! She is an inspiration for everyone she meets – with her BIG HEART!! We love you Ms Alice!