Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men A letter to Our Friends

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“Peace on earth, goodwill to men.” Luke 2:14

November 24, 2023

Dear Friend,

The angels proclaimed to the world that peace had come. No longer would we to be strangers to God, but, through that little baby in a manger, we would be reconciled and be at peace with Him.

Since I started my work in 1986 building the local Memphis Leadership Foundation to my current role at the global office, I have seen the painful need for this holy peace. In cities around the world, our friends and neighbors and families are hurting– violence, human trafficking, substance abuse, homelessness, joblessness and loneliness all are evidence of the need for peace. Consider the following stories from around the network:

• Kiran (her name means Ray of Light), age 11, who was sexually assaulted in New Delhi, India by her neighbor. Her mother died and her father has no idea how to help her and how to navigate the judicial system.

• Rachel, who has helped hundreds of women out of lives of trafficking in Memphis, but she can’t do it all alone. There are still so many girls that need her, but the challenge and heartbreak seem insurmountable.

• Salvador, who is not the same young man he used to be. He wants out of the Los Angeles gang life and has worked so hard to change his perspective, habits and how he interacts with people. But the tattoos on his face mean the world hasn’t changed how it interacts with him.

• John, a pastor in Wilmington, North Carolina who is convinced that the way of Jesus is to reach out to the least and the left behind. However, right now his vision is only a dream, and he has no idea how to move his church from pews into the streets.

• Sam, a 16-year-old boy in rural Philippi, West Virginia whose parents were lost to him, thanks to the opioid epidemic. He wonders, like so many around him, if he escape the same fate.

Last year, in 50 cities around the world, Leadership Foundations helped 700,000 people with painful challenges like these change their lives and find some peace. And as each person finds hope and a future, the cities around them begin to experience peace too.

When Jesus reconciled us to Him, in turn He gave us the ministry of reconciliation. With your support, we can help local Leadership Foundations around the world provide healing and hope to Kiran, Rachel, Salvador, John and Sam and so many more. Your gift today can change lives forever.

Will you help us by making a one-time gift or becoming a monthly donor?

In peace,

Larry Lloyd

P.S. You can also donate all or part of your minimum annual distribution of retirement funds (IRAs, 401ks) as a gift! Contact Amy Nemeth at anemeth@leadershipfoundations.org or your tax advisor for more information.

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A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

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