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Ridgewood School's Ties & Tiaras Raises Money for Urban Light Ministries Fatherhood Programs

When the girls at Ridgewood School decided to hold a Father-Daughter dance they never knew the impact of that decision.  Deepening the relationship with their own fathers was the primary goal but they didn't really understand it was up to the dads to build the girls self-image and what it means to be treated like a princess.  They also did not realize that when they chose Urban Light Ministries as their organization to donate their proceeds of the event they were also touching the lives of many other families and building the bonds between fathers and their children.  The proceeds raised will be used for ULM's work with fathers and the Father Love program.  The last Father Love workshop that was just completed this week touched more than 45 male participants.  Some were dads others were learning what it means to be a POPS (protector, order keeper, provider and stabilizer) for their families. Within the 13 weeks, there was an improvement of over 22% of the awareness of what it means to be an effective POPS.  Thanks, Ridgewood School for the generosity and making an impact.

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Eli Williams Featured in Spring Edition of "On a Mission"

Rev. Eli Williams of Springfield, Ohio might be described as a modern-day renaissance man.  He is a paster; a business owner; an author; and a founder and CEO of Clark County's Urban Light Ministries.  Williams is also the writer, producer, and host of the Hot Gospel 20 (a weekly syndicated gospel music countdown show heard worldwide (www.hotgospel20.com).  . . .   To read more of the article "A Father's Love," published in the 2019 Spring Edition of "On A Mission" magazine click on the link below to download a copy of the article.  For a complete copy of the magazine go to www.womenonamission.net.

Sonshine Clubs

God's Miracles

As we continue to celebrate 25 years of bringing the love and message of Jesus Christ to our elementary school children, we thank you for your continued support. We not only bring these children the gospel of our Lord, but we are blessed to be able to share real-life examples of God’s love, mercy, grace and healing power.


Just yesterday I was able to tell the children this heart-warming story of a woman, a friend of my wife’s, who just that morning had given birth to a miracle baby. Shortly after Hannah became pregnant her embryonic sack ripped and almost all the life-sustaining water leaked out. Her doctor told her she should just abort the baby because it won’t survive. But Hannah and Jonny have a strong faith in God and refused, putting their trust and their baby in God’s hands. They got a second opinion and this doctor said abortion is an option, and if you decide to try and carry the odds are slim that it will survive. They would not be deterred from their faith in God. She was placed on immediate bed rest. And after lots of continued prayer, and coming a little early, God brought baby Asher Benjamin into the world. A true example of God’s miracle-working power, and how trust and faith in God can prevail over the beliefs of man.  After telling the children this story we gathered and prayed for baby Asher. Hearing them say, “yes Jesus” as we prayed and firmly saying, “in Jesus name we pray”, brought the love of God welling up in my eyes. It is times like this, where we not only share the gospel with the children, but we can give them real-world examples of God working in our lives that makes The Sonshine Clubs so special.

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Restoring the Family to the Creator’s Design

In the beginning, the Creator designed the perfect plan for the establishment, nurturance, maintenance, and perpetuation of the human race.  The family.  Fathers and mothers raising children together in the same home, and in the worship and discipline of the Lord.  Loving parents providing everything their children need to grow up holistically healthy, safe, educated, skilled, and prepared to eventually raise their own families.  It is a simple plan, really.  Father and mother become parenting partners for life.  Each child completes their education, begins a career, falls in love, gets married, and has children.  Repeat generation after generation. 

Fast forward.  What do we see today?  Unwed birth rates as high as 70%.  The father absence crisis.  Divorce.  Single parent households.  The resulting poverty, child abuse and neglect, academic failure, youth crime, behavioral, emotional and psychological problems, drug abuse.  The list goes on. 

What happened?  The divine order was rejected.  God’s original vision for the family, which was intended by Him for the healthy development of civilization, is viewed by many as antiquated.  The need for a live-in dad has been questioned.  The concept of a God-ordained male family head has been denounced as gender biased.  Men and women have been freed to practice sex outside of marriage. Becoming pregnant out of wedlock has lost its former stigma.  Hence, we are experiencing the breakdown of the family, and the failure of family formation. We are on a path toward the very collapse of society.  Is it too late to turn things around?  Perhaps.  However, as Christians, we have been given a charge to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. 

Jesus proclaimed: 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16

As salt preserves meat, our responsibility is to do everything we can to keep the rotting world alive until Jesus comes again.  As darkness tries to overwhelm mankind, our job is to shine as lights to show people the Father’s love and His righteous ways.  One way we can be salt and light is by the good work of restoring the family to God’s original design, and by giving the Father the glory for all that results.  The logical place to start is in the Church.  I don’t think I’ve ever met a pastor that didn’t acknowledge there needs to be a fatherhood strengthening ministry in his church.  Because we are at crisis stage, I believe we must go beyond fatherhood classes. 

There is needed a multigenerational Christian male development and enrichment initiative.  Young men, grown men and senior men simultaneously learning, teaching, and rediscovering God’s plan.  Each with a Timothy to mentor, and each with a Paul to emulate.  It’s like the threefold cord spoken of by King Solomon (Eccl 4:9-12).  Two strands are good, but a triple-braided cord is stronger.  We need each other… sons, dads, and grandfathers… working together to restore the power of godly maleness for the sake of strengthening families.  By starting with the Church, we are positioned to raise up an army of mature, responsible, scripture informed, Spirit-filled men.  Together, we can serve as witnesses to a world that has lost the vision of the Creator’s design for humanity.      

Urban Light Ministries has begun an innovative initiative to accomplish the above, using my book Father Love – The Powerful Resource Every Child Needs and the companion study guide.  After a conversation with my friend Pastor Sam Bryant in the fall of 2018, Sam and the church leadership agreed to serve as the site for a pilot of a scripture-based enrichment class for their males.  Beginning January 6, 2019, each Sunday for thirteen weeks, the teens, college students and men meet during the Sunday School hour at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Springfield.  With the aid of video clips and a Power Point presentation, I facilitate an hour-long conversation around fatherhood, manhood and spiritual leadership in the home.  Each participant has purchased a book and study guide.  Each week they are given a reading and action steps.  The following week, a discussion is facilitated on the assigned topic.  Attendance has been averaging two dozen.  Active participation is growing each week as the guys become more comfortable.  

Father Love Dad’s Discussion Group Topics Include:

  -  Father Love Defined

  -  Love Is Patient And Kind

  -  Love Is Not Easily Angered

  -  Father Love Is Nurturing

  -  Love Bears All Things

  -  Love Endures All Things And Never Fails

  -  The Creator’s Father Love

Urban Light Ministries has also developed the POPS 101 Discussion Group.  POPS 101 is a four-session introduction to healthy fathering.  The content is appropriate for use in non-religious settings such as schools, jails, and drug rehab centers.  If you would like to know more about Father Love or POPS 101 Dad’s Discussion Groups, contact me at the address below.

Eli Williams, President

Urban Light Ministries
PO Box 3132
Springfield, OH 45501

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 937.328.0122

Mobile: 937.408.1050

www.urbanlight.org

www.thefatherlovebook.com

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New POPS 101 Class - Register Today

POPS 101 Class Starts February 28th

Are you the best dad you can be?  Do you have the skills to be the best protector, order keeper, provider and stabilizer to your family?  Sign up for this interactive session with other dads and learn how to be the best POPS you can be.

Sign up now and you will receive free access to online learning resources provided by Urban Light Ministries to continue honing your skills as a father.  FREE access to resources you can view on your phone!  Sign up today!

Dates: Thursday, Feb. 28; March 7; March 14; March 21
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm
Child Care Provided | Preregistration Required
Location: Kenwood School 
 
1421 Nagley Street 
Springfield, Ohio 45505  
Office (937) 505-4220  
 
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Celebrate Simunye! We are One.

What: Celebrate Simunye!

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Where: Southgate Church, Springfield, Ohio

                December 28, 2019; Springfield, OH: The growing racial tension in the world today is very concerning.  At least that is what a diverse group of pastors and Christian leaders in Springfield Ohio believe and have been meeting together to address.  They call the group Simunye, which in the Zulu language means “we are one” and are hosting a public gathering on January 19th featuring Dr. Charles Ware. Ware is the co-author with Ken Ham on the book “One Race One Blood”.  This is your opportunity to celebrate Christian unity and learn more about what you can do to increase peace and harmony locally.

Member Eli Williams stated, “because there is so much hate in the world, the group’s official mission is to stimulate local churches toward biblically healthy multiethnic relationships”. Their purpose is to glorify God by loving all peoples, and encouraging others to do the same. “We envision churches modeling God’s vision for peace, oneness, and biblical unity” agreed Earnest Brown and Bobby Hile, senior pastors of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Southgate Church respectively. 

Celebrate Simunye! will be held at Southgate Church 2111 S. Center Blvd. in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, January 19th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.   Admission is free and will include selections from a multi-church choir, the premier of Simunye’s introductory video and an inspirational message from Dr. Charles Ware from Indianapolis, Indiana who serves as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership.  Dr. Ware is president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College, which is dedicated to training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.

Click here to download event flyer.

Simunye group

 Some members of Simunye (left to right, front to back: Sam Bryant, David Cotto, Dr. Murray Murdock, Eli Williams, Bobby Hile, Stephen Massey, Earnest Brown)

 

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Please Consider ULM for Your End-of-the-Year Donation

As our minds and hearts turn to this festive and giving time of year, please consider Urban Light Ministries as one of your selected donations.  All donations are tax deductible and will make an impact on many families in the community.  Please take a moment to read ElI Williams, President of Urban LIght Ministries, fourth quarter letter.   Please click here to review the letter.

 

Thank you for your support both monetary and prayers.

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Eli Williams highlighted in Springfield Living Magazine

Congratulations to Eli Williams who was highlighted in this months edition of Springfield Living Magazine.

To see a  copy of the page please click here.

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Thank you to Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial

Urban Light Ministries would like to say a big THANK YOU to Daniel Blevins and Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial for their generous donation and matching gift of $5000.  As a non-profit that provides free programs to Clark and Montgomery County fathers and youth, donations are the lifeblood of our existence to continue the efforts in one of the most critical challenges in society today - the absence of a father's in a child's life.  Thank you to all those that participated and contributed in Urban Light Ministries Taste of the Holiday event.

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