BY STEPHEN JUDD PRESIDENT As Jesus sat next to the offering box and observed how the folks gave, He said of the poor widow woman who gave two mites (in contrast to the rich who cast in much), “Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living” (Mark 12:43-44). When we are blessed with much, giving much is what we should do. When we have little, and give, it is considered sacrifice. And God notices both gifts. I want you to know that your support of Tupelo Children’s Mansion has never been more needful than at this time. In order for us to continue ministering to hurting children, I urgently need your help. Your gift is important, because the need is important. And the gift, regardless of the size, is great because the need is great. A number of children have recently been placed at TCM. Certainly we live in challenging times and find ourselves dealing with more difficult cases than ever before. In order to give you an idea of the kind of circumstances from which our children come, allow me to share some excerpts from actual case notes from former residents. “The children had been living in a halfway home with their parents. They were kicked out of this facility and left homeless at the time of placement. The parents have since divorced and the father gained custody of the children. Both parents have a history of drug addiction. The father was working toward reunification until a few months ago when he began using drugs again. The father currently has a warrant out for his arrest for assault and theft.” “Both parents of the children are currently in prison for child abuse and child endangerment. The children have lived through significant sexual and physical abuse that has affected their social development. At the time of placemen, the children were living with their maternal grandfather. There were eight people in the grandfather’s household, including these children. The grandfather was struggling financially and could not even afford beds for the children who were sleeping on the floor.” As you can see, our children are coming to us from desperate situations that are sometimes unimaginable. But at last they are safe and the healing process can begin. It takes time, but the transforming effect of a new life at the Mansion is powerful. Nutritious food, clean clothing, an actual bed to sleep in, quality education, regular medical and dental care, therapy from trained counselors, and a predictable schedule—all of this is made possible through the loving donations of individuals just like you. Would you ask the Lord if He would lead you to reach out and help His work among these children with a gift to the Mansion now? My pledge to you is that we’ll make sure that every dollar is used in a way that honors God and helps His work. If you would like to donate online, you can go to the following link and select "Donate to Current Appeal": click here: https://mansionkids.org/donate.asp Your gift, regardless of the amount, will surely make a difference! And God will take notice, and He will reward! The perennials are waking up after the dormancy of winter and the trees are exploding with vibrant color and fresh foliage. I love this season of the year, because it symbolizes the newness of life that we have in Christ and the hope that is ours through Him. Things are in full bloom at the Mansion as well. Neglected and abused children are blossoming into their full potential and finding true significance in life, as a result of the nurturing environment of love and care that they had never known before. Thank you, again, for helping us help them!