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Greetings from Colorado!
Last time I wrote to you our family’s lives were heavily affected by job losses.  Seems like life isn’t letting our family off the hook again this year.  In December of 2021 all our family got Covid.  Everyone recovered fairly well, except for me.  I (Socorro) ended up getting hospitalized for three days.  I was diagnosed with acute hypoxia (Covid lungs) and had three more blood clots in my legs.  The doctor told me that it would be a very long recovery and gave me very little hope.  The funny thing was that the whole time I was in the hospital I felt so empowered and compelled to share the love of Christ through my weakness.  Everyone I came in contact with, from the nurses to the cafeteria staff, heard of Jesus.  They were all very open to hearing about Him, especially since they saw the dire situation I was in and probably felt sorry for me.  How could someone who is so sick and possibly die of this dreaded illness be so positive?  If you follow us on social media, you will be hearing more about this next year in 2023.

After leaving the hospital I went home with a lot of questions.  Am I going to make it?  Why me?  How much is this going to affect our family ministry and new business?  It was a very emotionally and physically draining time for all our family to say the least.  I had to be on oxygen for two months, only at night thankfully, and blood thinners for my clots for at least six months.  I left the hospital with one diagnosis to only be led to hemorrhaging and facing more near-death experiences.  The blood thinners they put me on to keep me from acute hypoxia caused me even more harm.  I literally felt the life blood draining from me as I bled heavily for a month.  Yet, after going to the ER four times, they would still not change my treatment.  Finally, I went to see an oncologist who put me on iron infusions for a month, two times a week.  In the meantime, Troy was running our new business with very little help from me.  He, our children and church family were really stepping up to the plate though.  We were brought meals twice a week and visitors, notes and text were well received.  Thank God for His Church!  But it still put a lot of pressure on both of us.  So much so that we sought out group marriage counseling to help process and begin healing from the last two years of drastic changes.

In the back of my mind, I just kept thinking, “How am I going to minister to other families if we are barely surviving?”  While I was in the hospital, I was also put on very strong steroids.  That gave me a lot of energy, but it also kept me from sleeping very much.  For three days I felt like I was in a fiery furnace with Jesus, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  I would not let Covid get me down!  After wrestling with how to move forward with our ministry and doubting how to move forward with TLC Squared because of much self-doubt, I was finally moved to sign up for a “Do More Good” conference in May and to submit our 501c3 paperwork.

I had been afraid to do that for a while.  But, through Covid, God inspired me to move forward and trust Him despite the current circumstances.  If I was to live after this incident, then I felt I should at least take the next step of faith.  On January 17th of this year, we reached our five-year anniversary of being a Colorado State nonprofit.  And, to my surprise, in March of this year we received a letter of determination that read like this, “Dear Applicant, we’re pleased to tell you we determined you’re exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3).”  I couldn’t believe it! God opened the door to our next phase.  Now, it was up to Troy and I to receive it and trust that God still has a plan for us through this ministry.  Now it’s a matter of continuing to trust God by faithfully following his leading and continuing to take baby steps to see the vision of TLC Squared through.

Our ministry’s heart is to “Re-create Homes One Family at a Time by Sharing the love of Christ through Teaching, Loving and Connecting”.  In order for us to accomplish this moving forward we need your financial support more now than ever before!  Troy and I are moving as fast as we can to become certified biblical counselors, but we now also have to work for ourselves in order to make a living, which doesn’t always come with a regular and consistent paycheck.  As I mentioned in my previous update, ‘In order for at least one of us to be able to focus more (part-time) on the work of this ministry and reach families like ours, in need of emotional and mental health support through biblical counseling, we are asking for your heartfelt prayers and dedicated, regular financial support.’  We need at least $30,000 to make this happen.

Before I talk about that, here are some quick points on what we have been able to do I the past year and a half because of previously made donations from generous donors like you:

  • Completing Part 1 of Phase 2 of the ACBC Counseling Certification

  • Turned in written theological exam;

  • Offered a limited amount of beginning sewing classes to homeschool students / families to raise minimal funds to support the daily operating costs of running this ministry; 
  • Completed a yearlong campaign on a couple of social media outlets from this year’s book study (Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson)

  • Socorro met with 4 other moms monthly on Zoom and in-person!
  • Ministered to spiritual needs through prayer and discipleship via bible studies.

  • Shared the Gospel with our family, friends, and co-workers;
  • Distributed 16 Home Care Kits to moms;
  • Made a new connection with another local church for distribution of Home Care Kits! 

We’re looking forward to finishing the following in 2022:

CONTINUING to share the love of Christ and Connect families to local churches and biblical mental health resources through the distribution of Home Care Kits;
NEW - Begin the in-person/online one-on-one counseling training as part of the ACBC certification;
NEW - Collaborating with BMDMI to connect overseas families with donated resources from our new estate sales business while giving our business clients tax-deductible donation receipts for their unsold and gently used clothing and other goods;
NEW – Develop and collaborate with local churches and other local nonprofit ministries to connect families with our new business clients and their donated gently used items from our clients, with their permission;
NEW - Grow a stronger online ministry presence through a regular marketing strategy to reach more individuals/families who want our help.
Five Year Anniversary of TLC Squared.  We were established on January 19th, 2017!

Why give to TLC Squared?

Your generous support will enable our family to reach more individuals and families in need of emotional and sound biblical support and counseling.  When you give to TLC Squared Ministries you are not only supporting our mission-based ministry but also the families that can’t get support through traditional or even church-based counseling ministries.  You will be helping us to put hands and feet on the ground, to share the love of Christ in a very tangible way, through a listening ear (online or in-person) and growing God’s kingdom on earth.  The world is facing a shortage of many workers, especially qualified and passionate biblical counselorsWould you unite with us and be one of the “heart-to-heart” donors?  Give whatever amount God puts on your heart to help us reach the hearts of the hurting souls!

I pray this midyear letter has inspired you to go out and make a difference in your community and around the world.  TLC Squared does not currently have paid staff, but plan to have one soon, depending on your support.  This means your donation will go towards ministry and a very minimal, but necessary salary. In order to move our mission along I would like to be the dedicated paid time staff to maintain and focus on continuing to build on the already existing church connections through the Home Care Kits, the new donations and resources as a result of our family business and follow through with making time to finish my certification.  Even more importantly, I want to be available to individuals, especially moms who need a regular time to be ministered to through in person, phone call or Zoom peer counseling as they face similar issues to ours.
In Christ’s Love,

Troy and Socorro Gill
TLC Squared Ministries
Phone: 303-859-3241

2022 Mid-Year Update