Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”

Hi I'm John, Thank you for taking the time to read about my project! I thought that this Bible verse sums up my life pretty well, in that I know and believe that I follow the awesome God, Jesus! and apart from Him all is loss! I'm going to explain why I'm this juncture at the end of this promotional part, so if you want to hear more, stay tuned.

This project revolves around me making candles, why candles? Well, in grade school I remember making candles and enjoying it,so I thought I might be able to pick it up again and even combine it with another passion of mine which is electronics. Yeah, I enjoy working with all those transistors, resistors and programmable microcontrollers. I developed an idea to incorporate a candle with an LED light show and a personal message. Sounds simple enough, right? Actually, it has turned out to be a year and a half project, so far. I thought it would probably be a good idea to get a patent on this project, just in case It actually turns out to financially worthwhile, but I knew we didn't have $10,000 or more to spend on that. So, I decided to do it myself. Wow, it has been a steep learning curve for sure, and this isn't even my first try! As the patent paperwork is being processed, I decided it's time to move ahead and see if I can generate any interest. I have been aware of the idea of crowd funding and began to look into it. After a while I began to wonder if there were any faith based crowd funding cites and then as Gomer Pyle would say, Shazam, LOL, I found this website .

My plan is to start small and smart. The project is very elaborate, so I'm starting by just making the candles with a message and if that works I'll incorporate the LED's then. The candles weigh about a pound and a half, and burns for about 80 hours.I have designed the candle so that there should not be any run off. The scent has two layers, the first half is lavender and the bottom half is lilac, sound good? There is an added safety factor too, the base of the wick is glued to an acrylic disc that is embedded into the candle and should provide an extra layer of safety. Of course you should never leave the candle unattended. The candle was tested in a room that is about 15 x 15 feet and has good scent throw. The wick is kind of special too, many times as the candle burns it begins to melt a tunnel down into the wax, and that's how the term came about, at least that is for candles. To prevent that a second wick is sewn in towards half way down.The price is $55, that might seem like a lot, which it is, but consider that this is not a candle with a single pour. Actually there are 5 times when wax has to be worked with, and the sewing time with the wicks, too. So I hope that it makes enough sense for to give it a try actually if you want you can be a part of a group I'll call my "Consultants Par Excellent", I mean it, really! I need feed back from what I'm trying to do, and suggestions on how I might improve things or ideas on your favorite scent(s). OK, I think this it for the promotion part, if you have any questions or comments, get in touch, thank you for your time!!!

Now for the why part that I said I would elaborate on in the beginning and as to why I'm here. Hum where do I start? I was boren not that far back. I don't remember everything now, but this is what I remember. I guess life took a detour when I was about 16,and my vision got a little off, as it happens sometimes, and as my summer vacation in 1980 went on I started to loss a little weight. Then the double vision and bad balance started. At this time a Dr. said it was just the flu, Ha. After a while and not getting better, I went to a good Dr. who knew what he was doing and in a week I was in Mercy Hospital in Chicago. Little did I know that a would be spending 2 and a half months there. The diagnosis was Pineal gland brain tumors, a bunch of them. I had a shunt put in to bypass the cerebral spinal fluid,of which was part of the reason for my double vision.The Dr's said I might never to be able to do a lot of things again, one of which was have children (I now have 2 beautiful daughters and a grandson!) I went through radiation and chemo, then they sent me home to recoop. Within a month or so ( I think ), my abdomen began to get wet, which only got worse as the incision there began to leak cerebrospinal fluid. So my fix to that was to tape a facecloth to my abdomen. Well that didn't fix too much and soon I was back at the hospital, they removed the shunt that almost killed me and a month latter I went home again. I guess the worst thing I went home with was a bad case of double vision, which all things considering wasn't too bad. Which bring the story to now. Now a days I'm doing pretty good, there's residual cognition problems, sometimes referred to as CHEMO-brain, and a couple years ago I got whacked with ADEM which is kinda like a one time hit of MS. It's kinda like the joke about the three legged, partially blind dog that has flees and lice and goes by the name of Lucky.

I don't know why I survived while so many people don't, but I believe that God, Jesus loves me and allowed me to live, maybe for this moment to convey His Love to someone who needs to hear it now. I knew that when the day came to tell my story, it would not be easy and it hasn't. I've heard many times that if God is so good, why does He allow bad stuff to happen to good people? Well my thinking is that since the Adam and Eve mess, we have been trudging through waist deep manure and don't even know it, obviously not the real stuff, but spiritual. I don't think that there would not be cancer or deadly tornadoes in the garden, if we could still be there. I can't get too mad at 'Ol Adam and Eve, I probably would of screwed it up sooner. I didn't bring up my past for you to fell sorry for me and get you to buy candles, just to tell that Jesus can work with clay that is surrendered to Him.