Greetings Asylum Family,

This is the time of year when I get teased by family and friends for I am a Goth that does not like or celebrate Halloween.  However,  this is bargain time for shopping for Gothic things, giving away candy (always chocolate) to my neighbors,  sending cards, enjoying apple cider with cinnamon sticks, loving the rainy days with the colored falling leaves,  and layering with everything black.  A heavenly Gothic time of year for those of us that prefer gloomy days to sunny ones.

Several have asked how the Unified Underground went this year.   I did not get to attend this year, so I do not have first hand knowledge to pass on to you.   However, two of our Goth family that did attend, KL and Saj, said that the event was very successful and that the Lord moved in a mighty way.   The number of Goths that attended this year was very slim so we will be asking the Hope for the Rejected team if we can set up a Goth Committee to help with the planning for next year s event.   I have asked Saj if he would head up this committee.  He is a good leader and lives close to the area allowing him to attend meetings. 

Great news for the Midwest Goths.    A Goth Gathering is being planned by Mo, Bill and KJ, and a few of our other Goth family members for some time in February.  The plans are not set in stone yet, but are in the planning stages.   Please keep Mo in your prayers.  Her mother passed away last week.  Mo is in good spirits and is in the process of recruiting those around the Illinois area and neighboring states to help in the planning of this event.   It may take place in Quincy, Illinois or Decatur.  However, that is up in the air right now.  For information or to volunteer to help in the planning, you can contact Mo at mostarr19@yahoo.com

More Good news.  The Asylum s Second Hand Rose Store will soon be open all year round in Bushnell, Illinois, home of the Cornerstone Festival.  Bev, one of our Asylum team, will be opening up the shop some time at the first of the year.  She has volunteered her time and the space for this adventure.   She is looking for volunteers to help her set up the shop and to help her run it now and then.   If you can give a day or two of your time, or just an hour or two, please let me know and I will give you her contact information.   Food and a place to sleep will be provided if you live out of town.  Our thanks to Bev for opening up her home and her heart to our ministry.

The Lord is moving in Quincy, Illinois.  One of our Asylum Family, Christopher, has helped in launching a new subculture ministry night in Quincy.  The service begins at 10:00 pm on Friday nights with praise, worship and great fellowship.    The new group is called  Nailed.    If you would like information about the service and would like to contact Christopher, please contact me and I will give you his personal contact information.

Sometime in the near future, you will be receiving a survey from Saj, one of our Asylum Staff Members.   Please fill out the survey as soon as possible.  This will help us with planning the Asylum at Cornerstone each summer and also other events throughout the year.  You are all part of this ministry and we would love to hear your input.  If you would like to contact Saj, his e-mail address is Saj@easternstorm.net

I know that some of your have expressed some concerns with the economy and with everything that is going on in our world.    I would like to leave you with two scriptures that I have always found comforting in tough times.

     And my God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.   (Philippians 4:19)  NIV

     I can do everything through him who gives me strength.  (Philippians 4:13)  NIV

Hugs of Love to you all. 

Mom Goth Donna
GodRulz@fuse.net