2013 Ministry Update

Living Loved

Blessings Dear Friends and Family,

2013 has been an exciting year for Living Loved Ministries. It has been filled with many opportunities to meet those in spiritual, emotional and psychological pain with the healing love and freeing truth of Jesus Christ. Our mission has been to carry on the work of our Lord who came to bring good news to the afflicted, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.

Every day people walk into our office needing biblical advice about something they are facing. Often they come in with some form of disturbing fear about life, some inability to trust because of broken promises and painful injustices, some seething anger that often erupts into destructive rage, some deep draining hopelessness that has produced depression and despair or a great sadness because of a heart wrenching personal loss! They always come with a heart looking for answers even though they are often no longer sure there is one. Their emotional pain and confusion about whether God loves or cares about them has generally led them to conclusions that are stated in the form of a question… Is God really here? Does He care? Will it ever change? Will I ever be loved? What is wrong with me? What does he want from me? Is there any hope? What’s the point? They often feel that God is distant and disinterested, insensitive and uncaring, stern and demanding, nit-picking and exacting, impatient and angry and never satisfied with their performance. They come feeling confused, rejected, helpless, powerless, insecure, anxious, frustrated, jealous irritated, hurt, angry, ashamed, depressed, hopeless, lonely, overwhelmed, and inadequate for life’s difficulties. And yet, Living Loved Ministries has the blessed privilege of being there day in and day out with the Good News that our Lord still proclaims Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”Beloved the Spirit of the Living Christ is still saving souls and healing hearts today!

I absolutely love doing what our Lord has called me to do, because I feel His pleasure while I do it and I am often allowed to see the deeper beauty and glory of the (God’s unique and special creation) person I am counseling. He often allows me to experience His unquestionable unexplainable love for that person. He always gives me the gift of faith and hope that no one and no problem is beyond His power to help. I constantly bear in mind the responsibility laid upon my heart in Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord God has given me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens me morning by morning. He wakens my ear to hear as a disciple [one who is taught.]”

This year LLM had the blessed privilege of ministering to 70 new clients along with 32 other clients from 2012 that we are still working with on a regular basis. All of our new clients were referred by someone who received help from our ministry. We also worked together with WNC Men and Michael Fuchs to hold a men’s retreat called “Experiencing God’s Healing.” The Lord touched many men’s lives in a fresh new way!

As a faith based ministry our desire is that Biblical Counseling be available without cost to anyone who desires to come to Christ for healing and freedom. We were able to carry this out this year because of the many donations made by those who believe in and graciously gave to this ministry. Words cannot express the gratefulness we have for the $46,608.83 we have received through the first eleven months of 2013. These gifts allowed us to be there each day reaching out to help people walk through some of the most difficult times of their lives. These funds provided for office supplies, client materials, business expenses, accounting services, ministry insurance and salary needs. Of the $46,608.83 41.6% of it was given through donors who support this ministry and 58.4% through clients who gave in unsolicited thankfulness for this ministry. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the gifts that allow us to be there pointing people to Christ. Thank you for walking with us in this journey of sharing the Father’s love with those who desperately need Him. Thank you for every donation, every prayer and every word of encouragement. Living Loved Ministries would not exist without your loving help!

I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas and blessed New Year!


Jim Brackett

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