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LIGHTHOUSE INC
November 9, 2012

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Luke 18:15-17 Heaventrain is an awesome and amazing ministry that brings children to Jesus ! It brings hugs and laughter, music and a message, and brings the love of Jesus into the Central Cleveland neighborhoods. I have stood and watched as the bus circles the streets and children come running from all directions. They return week after week. There are grandparents and parents that continue to come with their testimonies that they were Heaventrain kids ! Pastor Phil Batten, the Heaventrain Staff and all of the volunteers make a huge impact on these kids. For over 30 years Lighthouse, Inc. has been instrumental in planting the seed of faith. The longevity of the ministry has proven its success. It is the most rewarding ministry I have been a part of. I know our Heavenly Father is looking down and smiling every time he hears that music playing and sees that big blue bus filled with HIS children !

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

LIGHTHOUSE INC
July 25, 2011

This is the third year that my family and I have volunteered on Heaventrain. There are so many positive aspects of this ministry. One of the first things I recognize is the fact that Pastor Phil and his staff have gone out with volunteers for 30 years to bring this "traveling church" to kids in the Central neighborhood ! That is certainly longevity and proves that Heaventrain is successful. I have met many adults who comment that "they were Heaventrain children and now they are bringing their kids as well". What a testimony !
This organization runs very smoothly. The staff knows exactly what to do and the volunteers are trained to step right in and interact with the kids. Some people do not know what Heaventrain is. The big blue bus drives around playing music and blowing the whistle. Kids come from everywhere !!! The children are kept busy with chalk, balls, jump ropes, etc. while they wait to get on the bus. When they are on the bus they are given a short sermon. (close to 85 kids at once). When that is finished they get off the bus and are served a meal. The whole process works very smoothly.
There is no experience that equals the feeling you get when you see these kids. They love to be hugged and they love the attention. They are all God's children and when we plant the seed of Jesus we just pray that their hearts will be touched. You have to experience Heaventrain only one time to be "hooked". We look forward to serving with the wonderful staff and seeing the faces of these beautiful children. It is a gift ! Hoping one day we will be on staff as well.
When I think of heaventrain I think of this simple scripture:
Matthew 25:40..."The King will reply, truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me".

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By volunteering I have seen first hand how Heaventrain touches the lives of so many.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is nothing to change. Heaventrain has been running 30 years and they have perfected the process.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

For the purpose Heaventrain serves it is an amazing ministry. In the past 30 years it has been perfected. If we can get the kids there...we can touch their lives and hopefully change them and prepare them for eternity.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Oh yes ! Most importantly it taught me to love. Acceptance of all people. To take a step in faith and not be fearful of my surroundings. To be able to share God's word and open my heart to these children. I love it and look forward to it !

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing. It touches my heart !

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Interact with the children of Central Cleveland. Playing with them, talking to them, serving food, etc.