We received thousands of heart-warming submissions to our “Let There Be Light” movie contest. The quality of the entries made picking winners of the contest extremely difficult. After much deliberation, we have selected a grand prize winner and 3 runners up:
Grand Prize Winner:
During Christmas of 1989 I was the wife of a US Soldier stationed at Ft.Lewis Washington. We had two small children living on the income of a Sergeant. I had gone to the store to buy food for our Christmas dinner. A man and his daughter were in the check out line behind me. He had a small package of meat. As he was getting ready to pay the child asked for candy. He told her he only has enough to pay for the meat. This broke my heart. I had a cart full of food and candy for my children. I checked out and watched for them to exit the store. I followed them back to a small mobile home with a wood porch. I quietly set my groceries on the porch. I blew my car horn and watched the door open and left. I then went back to the store to buy a few things because I had already spent our budget. It was the best feeling knowing that the little girl would have a little something to make her feel better.
The “Let There Be Light” Grand Prize Package includes:
- 2 registrations to Values Voter Summit—visit www.valuesvotersummit.org for moreformation.
- 2 backstage passes to meet Kevin and Sam Sorbo on Friday evening before the 9:30 PM screening of their film Let There Be Light, plus free entry to the movie screening.
- 2 tickets to the Faith, Family & Freedom Gala on Saturday night, honoring Stu Epperson – Chairman of the Board of Salem Media Group.
- Hotel room for 2 on Friday, October 13 and Saturday October 14 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel & Resort – visit www.omnihotels.com/hotels/washington-dc-shoreham for more information.
- $500 spending money.
I am a Facebook user, and have made many friends. I also make quilts, purses, other sewing objects. When showing one of my quilts on Facebook, a lady in Indiana just loved the quilt and said how much she wished she could afford to have me make a quilt out of her daddy’s shirts. She had cut pieces out of them when he had died 17 years ago. I volunteered to do it, for nothing! She was SO surprised! She sent me the pieces, about 60, very fine and worn shirts. I stabilized the pieces and cut them into strips and made a crazy quilt, using about 5 different shirts pieces in each block. I purchased the extra fabric to complete the sides, and quilted it. I mailed it out to her. She said it was the BEST gift she ever got in her life! I made it with the love that I would have used had they been my own father’s shirts. Made me feel so happy with my ability to make someone else happy!
Yesterday my service dog and I went to visit the bravest people I have ever met. We went to the Shands Hospital children’s cancer treatment center. The kids got to pet and play with my service dog and I got to spend a wonderful day talking to real American heros. If I were granted only one wish in this life it would be to take away all of their pain and suffering and put the smiles on their faces they had while petting Zeba, my service dog. I couldn’t bring them the miracle they so deserve but at least for a little while they got to forget and just play with a dog. They say I brought them a little light but in truth they are the ones who gave me a gift.
I help prisoners escape. Over four decades ago I walked out of prison; while incarcerated I became a follower of Christ. Since that time I’ve been involved in youth/church/prison ministry. Several times a week I enter prisons to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with inmates. After all these years, I still don’t like going in…the clang of steel doors shutting behind me causes my spine to melt. Once in, I don’t want to leave. And to have the privilege of sharing the justice of God, the love of God, and the forgiveness He offers with prisoners is astounding. God could use a donkey; He uses me..there may be some similarities. And to see it “click” with an offender, to see him step out of darkness into light, out of death into life, out of slavery into freedom…is indescribable…except to anyone who shares the same history…”we once were lost, but now we’re found.