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P.O. Box 64,
Sumrall, MS 39482

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Welcome to ella's light

Ella’s Light Children’s Ministry Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to keep Ella Marie Formby’s memory alive by ensuring that as many children as possible hear God’s word, come to know Him, develop a love and personal relationship with Him, and learn to serve Him through Christian programs and events provided by this ministry.
Ella was our only child, born August 24, 2007. She was at the beautiful and innocent age of 5 years old when a drunk driver's free will ended her life on this earth. While here, she touched many lives, and it is our prayer is that her memory and legacy will live on in the children's lives this ministry helps.


Ella's name means the following:
In Greek - "Bright Light or Shining One"
In French - "Little Ember"
In Hebrew - "Torch"
In German - "Entire"
Ella loved everyone she met, and she didn't understand the word hate. She lived up to what her name meant. She had a lively personality that led her to love kittens and puppies, flowers, and bugs, bird nests, and playing in the mud. Most of all, she enjoyed this world that God created for her.

She brought “life” and “light” to her family and to all who knew her. It is only fitting that Ella Marie Formby's ministry be called, “Ella’s Light.” As the bright, shining one, this light can grow into a great light that can continue to touch many lives for years to come.

We want to personally thank you for visiting our daughter’s website.

Most Sincerely,
Julie and Lourie Formby

Our Story

June 19, 1998

Everyone has a story to tell and ours is not much different from many other military couples dealing with a decade of war as well as infertility issues. Our journey began shortly after Julie and I married in 1998 as we began our new life together. We resided in the small community of New Market, […]

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January 25, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 was a beautiful day. The weather was clear blue skies and a slight cool breeze with temperatures in the mid-60's most of the day. Julie called me early in the day to remind me we would be meeting friends that night at The Back Door Restaurant, one of our favorites, located […]

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February 4, 2013
myDaddy's Eulogy

I want to say first how grateful I am to the first responders and the neighbors who stopped to help us at the accident scene. I also want to say thank you to our church body who has loved us like we’ve been with them for six generations instead of just six months. I would […]

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May 23, 2013

Ella's Light Children's Ministry supports the efforts of rural churches in the Southeast in the effort to bring children into a growing and loving relationship with Jesus Christ. Our organization is run by an appointed Board of Directors. Any allocation of future funds are submitted to and reviewed by our Board. The final decision is […]

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June 19, 2022

Children, starting from birth are exposed to both positive and negative teachings and behaviors that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Our ministry believes that if we can plant the seed with our children, the love for Jesus Christ can grow in each child’s heart. Ella’s Light Children’s Ministry was […]

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June 20, 2022

The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." -John 14:6 (NKJV) You cannot “work” your way into the kingdom of heaven. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and […]

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We are so thankful for our generous supporters and the friends of Ella's Light Children's Ministry. Below you will find a list of upcoming events. All known information is provided and will be updated as it's received. To contact the point person, please click the provided email link beside the event you are interested in.

If you would like to host or help plan a fundraiser event for Ella's Light Children's Ministry, you may download the "Events Planning Guide" and the "Signup Form" available here:

June 20, 2022

New events coming soon!

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Here are answers to some of the more frequent questions we get about Ella's Light Children's Ministry

Do you give to individual families or children?

We do not give funds to any individuals. All funds are allocated directly to a church or church program.

Will you pay utility bills?

We do not pay rent, mortgage, or utility bills for any individual or group.

Can I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes, you will receive a tax-receipt for your donation. We are an established nonprofit and are currently awaiting our official 501(c)3 status.

How do we apply for funds from Ella's Light?

You can fill out the Donation Request form.

How can I get in touch with someone directly?

The best way to contact us is by email:

How did Ella's Light get started?

You can read more about how our organization got started and when by clicking the ourStory link.

Are you hiring?

Our organization is run solely by an appointed Board of Directors. Due to our nature and size, we have no need of any hired employees.

Can our organization host an event for Ella's Light Children's Ministry?

Ella's Light Children's Ministry is grateful for the generous support of its donors. The joy of being able to encourage and teach children about our Savior Jesus Christ in the memory of our precious Ella Marie Formby is overflowing. While the Foundation does not want to lessen this joy or the excitement surrounding Ella's Light Children's Ministry among organizations and individuals, it has become necessary for us to request that any organization or individual desiring to raise money in the name of Ella Marie Formby or the ministry, Ella's Light Children's Ministry: Ella Marie Formby Memorial Foundation, contact the Foundation prior to any event or activity to request written permission to do such. The Foundation will provide the organization or individual with its event guidelines which much be followed if permission is to be granted.


Our Ministry Beginnings Ella's Life - A Celebration

Don't miss this beautiful slide show from Ella's funeral featuring the song "How Great Is Our God" by Chris Tomlin.

Ella's Light Children's Ministry Ella's Light Children's Ministry

Ellas Friends Memorial Facebook Page

Ella Formby lives in Heaven now, and we know she has lots of friends there. That's why we created "Ella's Friends." This is a memorial page on Facebook dedicated to children under the age of 21 who lost their lives. Parents can upload a picture and share a brief message about their child in celebration and memory of their life. We hope you will visit and read all about Ella and her friends in Heaven.

"Oh Ella" by Chad Polk 

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LEGAL NOTICE: Ella's Light Children's Ministry is grateful for the generous support of its donors; however, it has become legally necessary for us to request that any organization or individual desiring to raise money in the name of Ella Marie Formby or the ministry, Ella's Light Children's Ministry: Ella Marie Formby Memorial Foundation request written permission first before doing so. Ella’s Light Children’s Ministry is a registered non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Any attempt by an individual or group, including but not limited to other non-profit organizations, to exploit or misuse Ella’s Light for financial or personal gain will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
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