Share your story about A Night In A Box

We love to hear stories about how spending A Night In A Box has impacted event participants.  Please share your experience with us so that others can be inspired by this powerful event.

  • Justin Harris
    commented 2015-11-10 16:05:34 -0800
    “Night in a box” is something that brings the community to a focus. It helps remind me about those in our community who are struggling. It is a way for me to participate in what the Lighthouse Ministry is doing for the homeless in the Wenatchee Valley. Sleeping one night in a box does not show me what it is like to be homeless, but it does inspire me to think more about how to help those in need. I participated in this event last year and look forward to joining with others again in this impacting event.
  • Raymond Cook
    commented 2015-11-09 08:58:30 -0800
    I have been Chaplain at CCRJC (the jail) in Wenatchee for 19 years and am a disabled Vietnam Veteran. Through the North Central Washington Jail Chaplain Ministry I deal continually with homelessness of inmates, street people and Veterans. This will be my first year to participate in A Night In A Box event. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of their needs. Please join us for this great event.
  • Jimmy Brown
    commented 2015-11-03 19:56:24 -0800
    I am a combat veteran. I served in the Marine Corps during Desert Storm, I served again in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Oregon Army National Guard, and I continue to serve in the military of my own free will.


    I presently work as a certified farrier (a professional horseshoer). One of my local horse clients told me about this event and I felt compelled to participate. Too many of our nation’s war heroes are living alone, hungry, and cold in the darkest of nights behind super markets… in the feeble shelter of a bus stop… or among worn out tires in a tractor trailer warehouse area.


    I’ve seen the homeless with my own eyes. In 2012-2013, I worked armed security right here in our local community after serving as an infantryman in Iraq. You may not have seen me. A fair amount of my time was working throughout the night… sometimes in the cold snow. I conducted a mobile patrol along your street while you were sleeping. I checked upon your schools. I ascended the stairs in your church with my pistol drawn and flashlight after finding an open door. And I have seen the homeless on our streets sleeping in their own urine with little more than a worn out blanket and an empty 40 ounce bottle of cheap beer.


    It shouldn’t be this way. Our combat veterans deserve better. They have sacrificed everything in servitude towards our country.


    I know what it is like to return from combat to nothing. I know what it is like to be willing to sacrifice my own life for the welfare of others. I know what it is like to give up all that I hold near and dear to me so that others can sleep in peace. I know what it is like to have the honor to serve with my brave combat brothers in arms in defending freedom and protecting one another. And I know what it is like to see some of those brave men living today… alone… and with no one to care about them in a dark, cold, empty excuse for a shelter to protect them from the weather.


    I believe that our combat veterans deserve better than this… and I’m willing to participate in A Night in a Box to show my limited support and gratitude for their personal sacrifices.


    SGT Jimmy Brown

    Oregon Army National Guard
  • Andrew Brunner
    commented 2015-10-09 12:41:26 -0700
    This is my first time participating in A Night In A Box! I’m hoping to raise $1,000 for this wonderful organization that supports our friends in need. To my friends and family, please help if you can, and better yet, JOIN US. :-)
  • lynette tudesque
    commented 2015-10-06 20:46:35 -0700
    my goal is $1000 lets see if i can reach it!
  • lynette tudesque
    commented 2015-10-06 20:44:49 -0700
    hello my name is lynette im 28 years old and this ministry has helped me find the life iv always wanted…i have over 100 days clean(thank you Jesus!) and iv been saved! iv finished treatment, parenting classes and am currently trying to enroll in WVC for winter semester! by the grace of god i am able to live the life i have today. and i am so very blessed to have Gods light shine through me,now all i want to do is give back. and this is the perfect opportunity to do so! so help me spend the night in a box to raise homeless awareness!
  • raul flores
    commented 2015-10-05 23:09:17 -0700
    GOD BLESS YOU…I am the Director of Gospel House and also a Veteran…I too will be sleeping outside to Raise Awareness of Homeless Individuals,Families and for our Veterans as well….I have been so Blessed to be a part of THE LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES….And an Honor to Be Director of the Gospel House..I recieved Healing thru our Doors at Lighthouse Christian Ministries..It is my Pleasure to Serve….I and thru LCM, and Assistance from Da Bunker…Leonora K. Veterans Representative…and VETS FOR VETS….Have met the Needs of Those Veterans that have Resided at Our Gospel House…With-in 2 weeks …With Veteran having DD-214 in hand I can get a Veteran on HUD and Housed with-in 2 weeks….I believe in Jesus and Defended my Country…..Well you Help me in my Support for those needing help on the Streets and ,those Veterans that are still struggling… and For those that are in our front lines still Fighting…I;M STILL SERVING AND FIGHTING THE FIGHT…IN GOD I TRUST AND BY MY FLAG I’LL STANDVETS SERVING VETS
  • Josh Philley
    commented 2015-10-02 10:34:52 -0700
    I joined in, at Night in a Box last year and was overjoyed at the unity and support from the church and our city! What a great cause to join in and support! I was immediately called to reflect on seasons in my life when I was less fortunate, and how much the lighthouse pours out over our city! What a life we have in Jesus…. My goal is to raise $200+ for the lighthouse , by me and my family leaving the comfort of our home to remember what it’s like.
  • Shawn Arington
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-02 08:33:36 -0700
    I have officially signed up for A NIGHT IN A BOX 2015 and i want you to join me! follow the link and get registered while allowing others to track your goals for support.
  • Shawn Arington
    commented 2015-10-02 08:31:51 -0700
    I have done A NIGHT IN A BOX every year and I am amazed at how awesome the time has become. I see city officials standing around the same fire as the homeless and enjoying the time they have to fellowship. No one cares on this night who you are or where you come from. We are all gathered for the same goal, and that is bringing people out of homelessness by the power of the Gospel. What an honor to participate in this. I was homeless for the majority of 15 years and through the Lighthouse Christian Ministries I have been changed. I love having a home for my daughter and I. I love making a difference in this community through the power of Jesus.
  • Bart Tilly
    commented 2015-09-24 20:47:12 -0700
    My journey with Lighthouse Christian Ministries began five years ago on a cold and rainy night in January. My youngest son and I just completed a father/son dinner and were headed home when a random thought popped into my mind about visiting the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen. This thought led to a detour that has changed my life forever.


    From the moment I walked in the door of The Lighthouse, I knew that something special was going on. I was expecting to encounter a grim environment that would be uncomfortable at best. To my surprise, I witnessed heartfelt love, compassion and encouragement for those in need of a helping hand. The joy I saw in the Lighthouse staff and volunteers was overwhelming. Right before my eyes, I was witnessing reality to the words “it is more blessed to give than it is to receive.”


    This random visit has blossomed into a major pillar in my life. Getting an opportunity to be part of a broad community effort to help those with the greatest needs is beyond rewarding. The Night In A Box event is a great example of how our community has pulled together to raise awareness for the challenges associated with homelessness. Here are five things that everyone should know about this very important event:


    1. Night In A Box started in December 2012 when Shawn Arington (Lighthouse Executive Director) told me that he was going to sleep on the sidewalk until we had raised the required funds to open the doors of the Gospel House Emergency Shelter. I thought that this was the craziest idea I had ever heard which meant that I, of course, had to join him. Todd Strahm and Kevin Kennedy also joined in the fun.


    2. That our community rallied behind this great cause which resulted in the Gospel House doors opening in mid-February 2013.


    3. That the Gospel House Emergency Shelter has capacity for 85 men and women/children.


    4. That A Night In A Box has helped us to raise the funds required to purchase the Gospel House building.


    5. The Gospel House charges a small fee for nightly visitors. These fees help the Gospel House to be nearly self sustaining.
  • Bart Tilly
    published this page 2015-09-24 20:27:42 -0700

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