When the girls at Ridgewood School decided to hold a Father-Daughter dance they never knew the impact of that decision. Deepening the relationship with their own fathers was the primary goal but they didn't really understand it was up to the dads to build the girls self-image and what it means to be treated like a princess. They also did not realize that when they chose Urban Light Ministries as their organization to donate their proceeds of the event they were also touching the lives of many other families and building the bonds between fathers and their children. The proceeds raised will be used for ULM's work with fathers and the Father Love program. The last Father Love workshop that was just completed this week touched more than 45 male participants. Some were dads others were learning what it means to be a POPS (protector, order keeper, provider and stabilizer) for their families. Within the 13 weeks, there was an improvement of over 22% of the awareness of what it means to be an effective POPS. Thanks, Ridgewood School for the generosity and making an impact.
Rev. Eli Williams of Springfield, Ohio might be described as a modern-day renaissance man. He is a paster; a business owner; an author; and a founder and CEO of Clark County's Urban Light Ministries. Williams is also the writer, producer, and host of the Hot Gospel 20 (a weekly syndicated gospel music countdown show heard worldwide (www.hotgospel20.com). . . . To read more of the article "A Father's Love," published in the 2019 Spring Edition of "On A Mission" magazine click on the link below to download a copy of the article. For a complete copy of the magazine go to www.womenonamission.net.
POPS 101 Class Starts February 28th
Are you the best dad you can be? Do you have the skills to be the best protector, order keeper, provider and stabilizer to your family? Sign up for this interactive session with other dads and learn how to be the best POPS you can be.
Sign up now and you will receive free access to online learning resources provided by Urban Light Ministries to continue honing your skills as a father. FREE access to resources you can view on your phone! Sign up today!
What: Celebrate Simunye!
When: Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Where: Southgate Church, Springfield, Ohio
December 28, 2019; Springfield, OH: The growing racial tension in the world today is very concerning. At least that is what a diverse group of pastors and Christian leaders in Springfield Ohio believe and have been meeting together to address. They call the group Simunye, which in the Zulu language means “we are one” and are hosting a public gathering on January 19th featuring Dr. Charles Ware. Ware is the co-author with Ken Ham on the book “One Race One Blood”. This is your opportunity to celebrate Christian unity and learn more about what you can do to increase peace and harmony locally.
Member Eli Williams stated, “because there is so much hate in the world, the group’s official mission is to stimulate local churches toward biblically healthy multiethnic relationships”. Their purpose is to glorify God by loving all peoples, and encouraging others to do the same. “We envision churches modeling God’s vision for peace, oneness, and biblical unity” agreed Earnest Brown and Bobby Hile, senior pastors of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Southgate Church respectively.
Celebrate Simunye! will be held at Southgate Church 2111 S. Center Blvd. in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, January 19th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Admission is free and will include selections from a multi-church choir, the premier of Simunye’s introductory video and an inspirational message from Dr. Charles Ware from Indianapolis, Indiana who serves as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership. Dr. Ware is president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College, which is dedicated to training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.
Some members of Simunye (left to right, front to back: Sam Bryant, David Cotto, Dr. Murray Murdock, Eli Williams, Bobby Hile, Stephen Massey, Earnest Brown)
As our minds and hearts turn to this festive and giving time of year, please consider Urban Light Ministries as one of your selected donations. All donations are tax deductible and will make an impact on many families in the community. Please take a moment to read ElI Williams, President of Urban LIght Ministries, fourth quarter letter. Please click here to review the letter.
Thank you for your support both monetary and prayers.
Congratulations to Eli Williams who was highlighted in this months edition of Springfield Living Magazine.
To see a copy of the page please click here.
Urban Light Ministries would like to say a big THANK YOU to Daniel Blevins and Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial for their generous donation and matching gift of $5000. As a non-profit that provides free programs to Clark and Montgomery County fathers and youth, donations are the lifeblood of our existence to continue the efforts in one of the most critical challenges in society today - the absence of a father's in a child's life. Thank you to all those that participated and contributed in Urban Light Ministries Taste of the Holiday event.
On October 25, 2018 Eli Williams received the Modern Woodman of America Hometown Hero Award for the Springfield Chapter. The award is to recognize individuals that make a positive impact on the community. Eli Williams founded Urban Light Ministries over 25 years ago and has to continued to help turn the hearts of fathers to their children and children's hearts to the Father.