February 2, 2012 marks the completion of our 3rd year of running Skate Night. A huge debt of gratitude and heart full of thanks to Bethany Bible Church for giving us a place to be for the past three years. Thank you to all of our volunteers, teachers, and chefs who keep the place running week after week. We could not go on without you.
To the parents and the kids who come each week I want to say that we are honored that you choose to join us on Monday nights. Here in the Greater Seattle area there is no shortage of things for you to do, and you still choose to hang out with us. Thank you. We have students involved with wrestling, hunting, basketball, swimming, bands, honors classes, 4H, motocross, church, and the list goes on and on. On my way to Skate Night each week I pass by an elementary school that hosts a teen night the very same day, and just a few blocks from Skate Night is a bowling alley. There are a multitude of activities to be involved with here; thank you for choosing M.A.D. Skates!
In 2011, we lost our 501(c)3 non-profit status due to an administrative error. Most assuredly we will get it back once our application is processed. Our reapplication has been with the IRS since September and is still waiting assignment to an agent. Although this is a minor set back in our fundraising efforts, God miraculously is supplying for all our needs. 2011 left us staring into 2012 with giant grins across our faces as both Grizzly Sports and Physiocare Physical Therapy chose to be corporate sponsors. For Physiocare this is their second year supporting us. In addition, our insurance was significantly lower this year saving us almost $300.
On February 2, 2009 when Skate Night started, we had 2 kids show up. We now see about 15 each week. We are not great in number, but we are strong at heart. Our smaller ministry size allows us to passionately pray for each one of our kids, get to know the parents, and be involved with their lives. Some of the parents and I have begun networking on community projects like urban farming and the plastic bags for sleeping mats in Uganda.
There is more to come and 2012 is looking good! February marks the start of our Taco Time fundraiser. We will be selling 100 Taco Time coupon books in order to pay our February rent. We're working with a contact from the Seattle Seahawks to get to go down to Seahawks Stadium to throw some footballs around this summer. Hiking trips, local skate spot adventures and the reborn Discipleship Program are all in the works for 2012.
Thanks again for your love, prayers, and financial support. We are truly blessed!
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.