In 1988 artist William Mangum was asked to lend his artistic and publishing assistance to Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Honor Card program. He created an image called Not Forgotten. It was warmly embraced and sold 5,000 cards, raising a record setting $52,000 for various outreach programs. During the Holiday Season, Honor Cards are available for a minimum donation of $5 each. Individuals who purchase Honor Cards send them to friends and family, indicating that they have been honored by a donation to Greensboro Urban Ministry. All proceeds go directly to our organization.
Hope is a universal force. It provides the spark that keeps us moving through tough times and helps keep our dreams alive. As we draw near to another Holiday Season I can’t help but reflect on those who are struggling to maintain some remnant of hope.
All around us are people whose lives have seemingly derailed. Their protracted journey through darkness leaves them feeling profoundly lonely and isolated as they struggle to deal with the problems that have thrown them off course. The need for sustained effort, especially when their troubles seem to be compounding along the way, can turn into a miserable test of endurance. They slog along through the despair and discomfort in a seemingly endless spiral. How do they gain traction or keep moving without the flicker of light or bit of hope?
Intellectually, we think this challenge has a beginning and an end. If they can just keep moving forward and do their part they will eventually make it through. We know the journey to recovery is easier when there is light at the end of the tunnel. Imagine the joy of stepping out of the shadows of darkness and despair and returning to a life with light and hope. That light is what the outreach programs of Greensboro Urban Ministry and volunteers work so diligently to provide to our friends in need.
Psalm 9:18 says: It may seem that those who are poor and needy have been forgotten, but God will not forget them. He will not leave them without hope.
Our “Eternal Hope” is in the Creator that made us. I’m so grateful to the hundreds of volunteers that are the hands of the Lord meeting the needs of those that are struggling with life. We are His hands to inspire, encourage and sustain those that are homeless and in need.
Thank you for your kindness this Holiday Season in using the Honor Card as you remember your family and friends and share your bounty and blessings with the less fortunate.
To order online, please click HERE and select “William Mangum Holiday Honor Card” as your gift designation.
Beginning November 3, Honor Cards will be available at the following locations in Greensboro:
Want to give your business associates and/or employees something different this holiday season?
For a donation of $5 per card (and minimal imprinting charges) you can send a holiday card with your company’s special message inside — deadline is Oct. 15, 2014
2014 Holiday Honor Card Imprint Packet Please click here to download our Holiday Honor Card Imprint Brochure.
For more information please call 336.553.2641 or email us.