John 3:17’s Summer of Hope

A few instructors from John 3:16 Ministries went to the Benton Events Center in Benton, AR on May 31st to help the ladies of John 3:17 Ministry with their fundraiser “Summer of Hope”.

We showed them how to fry fish and chicken. The ladies took over after our guys gave them the step by step process. Then we stood behind them to make sure everything went over good. The ladies did a great job and cooked for around 400 people.

The event was filled with folks from Saline and Pulaski County as well as friends and family of John 3:17. The doors opened at 4:30 and as soon as you walked in, there was a silent auction set up as well as different shirts to purchase that John 3:16 Print Shop screen printed for them. Prayer kicked the night off followed by a catfish and chicken dinner along with all the fixins.

Opening remarks were given by the chairman of the board, Dr. Karen Jones then the pastor at Northside Church of Christ, Jim Gardner, talked about his experience with John 3:17 in helping put together the event. He also lifted up our ministry and talked about our servant attitudes, one of the main things we teach at John 3:16.

The live auction began at 6:20 and had lots of action. They auctioned off different arts and crafts that were created by the ladies of the ministry as well as different baked goods. One pecan pie got auctioned and donated back three separate times bringing in around $1200.

The entertainment provided by the John 3:17 ladies started at 6:35 and including a choreographed routine of Toby Mac’s “I Just Need You” and sang “Loving My Jesus”. The crowd had a very emotional response to the ladies singing “Loving My Jesus”.

After the entertainment, Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge spoke and lifted up the name of Jesus and talked about how both of these ministries are doing God’s work by bringing men and women out of darkness and into the light and showing them a new way to live without drugs or alcohol.

The Guru Grill was won by Bill Hargis of Hernando, MS. Executive Director, Jim Woodell, gave the closing remarks. A great time was had by all of those in attendance. It’s very special when people from all different was walks of life can come together and lift up Jesus’ name all under the same roof.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self,created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:20-24