You are called to be a WORLD changer!
Lightbearers believes that each and every one of us are called to DO SOMETHING for the cause of Christ; and as a ministry we feel that is our calling as well. That is why Lightbearers is a FREE conference that takes up a free will offering, and then gives 100% of it away. We are THRILLED that we had the opportunity to hand the ministries supported, each a check, because of YOU and your INCREDIBLE GENEROSITY.
Back Pack Blessings!
Lightbearers is so excited to announce that our 2020 local mission will be Back Pack Blessings!
Back Pack Blessings was created in 2017 after hearing that children in the North Knox community were attending school without the basic supplies needed to aid in their education. We are a group from churches in the North Knox area with a heart for these children. Our mission statement is ‘Showing God’s love by providing needed school supplies to the children in our community’. We do this by providing a new backpack and the required school supplies free of charge to our students. No financial requirements need be met. While we advertise for North Knox, no child has been turned away. We haven given to students in surrounding school corporations, The Youth Village, out of state, and Africa.
Our first year, we went into this project blindly. Our desire was to bless and serve our community and to be good stewards of what God has given us. The Lord took our ‘yes’ and did more than we could have hoped or imagined. We have provided backpacks and supplies to over 1100 students. The students, aided by a member of the group, selects his or her own backpack, then fills the pack with supplies they select. Art supplies are also provided.
Back Pack Blessings pays the unpaid fees due for the Kindergarten supplies and we provide take-home packs for the Bicknell Head Start students. We replenish the teacher’s supplies throughout the year and continue to donate needed supplies to new students who come here due to a move or foster children that have been placed in our community.
We see this as an ongoing need in our community and expect our numbers to increase each year. We are backed by the North Knox Ministerial Association and rely on fundraisers and support from our churches and community in order to fulfill this mission.
Steven J. Schmidt is the founder and director of Love Packages, a worldwide missionary outreach, which circulates Christian literature by collecting new/used/outdated material from across the United States and shipping it to third world nations.
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Born and raised in Illinois, Steve attended the Lutheran Church and went to parochial school through the eighth grade. But in 1965 Steve left the church, not to return again for six years.
Those six years were filled with drugs, alcohol, rock & roll and hatred; it was a constant downward spiral. To his peers, he was a man to be envied, having plenty of money and drugs. Inside he was a man who needed forgiveness and a new heart.
After the traumatic loss of everything he considered valuable, Steve began his search for “the truth.” After searching various religions and systematically finding errors in their writings, he turned to the Bible. In his attempt to prove the Bible wrong, Steve proved to himself that the Bible was indeed the Word of God, and that Jesus was the Christ. Steve received the forgiveness he needed, and Christ gave him that new heart.
Since that time, Steve’s one desire has been to see people brought to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He has had the opportunity of sharing the Good News with thousands of people around the world through Bible studies, prayer meetings, luncheons, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowships, numerous radio interviews and TV programs across the U.S.
Twice, he has been a guest on Christian Broadcasting Network’s popular TV show, “The 700 Club.”
Steve is a dynamic preacher who has ministered in many different nations, at youth conventions, churches, crusades, and has been the keynote speaker for the General Council of the Assemblies of God, Philippines. He has been used effectively and powerfully at missions conventions because his heart beats missions.
Steve now resides in Butler, Illinois, with his wife, Jeanie. From there, he oversees the operation of Love Packages, the ministry he began in 1975.