August 2017 - Agape House Heals

Week of August 28th – Office Hours
Open Limited Hours
Due to All-Staff In-Service
Monday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed WEDNESDAY
Thursday, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
After Labor Day, we’ll be back to regular hours!

Dear Friends:

“Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed,
for they will be filled.” ~ Matthew 5:6.

Pursuing righteousness means that we value the opinion of God far more than we treasure the opinions of people. Righteousness is not merely an absence of sin; it is also about allowing God to fill us with His Holiness. Only Christ’s righteousness can satisfy us; but we cannot be filled with righteousness if we are filled with self.

Please Pray:
~ for Agape House as we prepare to open the doors on Sunday, September 3rd for the girls to return to the Home as we begin the new school year; pray for His spirit to flow through this ministry, and pray for the participants in our program to desire to be filled with His righteousness.

~ for our new staff at Agape House, as they prepare for this new journey, pray that they lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all their heart and mind, not relying on their own insight or understanding.

~ for the staff as we hold our In-Service meetings next week, that we will be renewed in His strength, wisdom and discernment as we move forth into a new year.

~ for Agape House as we pursue a different avenue for the Junior High Home, as we had some unresolved issues with our previous plan. We are trusting that God has a different purpose and plan, and pray that He will direct our steps accordingly for this much-needed space.

Praise God:
~ for His holy, satisfying righteousness!

~ for the donation of items on our Wish List lately: outdoor equipment and items to fill our Welcome Bags for new girls!

~ for so many volunteers who have stepped forth to help us with a multitude of tasks as we put the finishing touches on tasks that need to be completed.

Blessings to all of you. . .

Jan

Dear Friends:

God always energizes us to do what He leads us to do. It is only when we go beyond His will to follow our own wills that we are likely to get exhausted.

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always
leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory]
and through us spreads and makes evident the
fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
for we are the sweet fragrance of Christ unto God,
among those who are being saved
and among those who are perishing.”
~ 2 Corinthians 2:14-15

God is so awesome – He knows our human tendency to do too much, and invites us to seek His will . . . so precious!

Please Pray:
~ for all of us to recognize that if we are exhausted, perhaps we should slow down and rest at His feet, trusting that He will provide the energy we need to do what He leads us to do.

~ for the continued installation of the HVAC system to proceed smoothly, as well as the additional work we are doing, i.e., the installation of the new framework and ceiling tile in the school tomorrow.

~ for God to bring exactly the girls and families He desires to be a part of this program in His timing.

Praise God:
~ for God’s ongoing presence and energy in our lives!

Blessings . . .

Jan

WISH LIST UPDATE:
For Welcome Bags for new Agape Girls:
– Journals
– Clear Water Bottles
– Adult Coloring Books
– Colored Pencils
– Medium Size Stuffed Animals
– Widget Spinners
– Lotion

August Office Hours
Tuesday through Thursday
(Week of August 28th – Hours will be Changed
due to All-Staff In-Service)
9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
These are the best hours to stop by;
however, someone may be here outside of these times as well.
Or call for an appointment to assure someone can be here for your needs.

Dear Friends:

“He leads me beside the still and restful waters of life.
He refreshes and restores my life;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness.”
~ Psalm 23:2-3a

Do you ever have days when you wonder where those still and restful waters of life are at? Our lives and the lives of those around us can get very rocky at times, and it seems more like we are climbing a mountain!

I am grateful for the knowledge that God does refresh and restore our lives, and I pray that when life gets difficult, that we are all able to be led by God onto the paths of righteousness, and find the still and restful waters of life!

Please Pray:
~ for our girls and their families to find the still and restful waters of life, and trust God to refresh and restore their lives, leading them on the path of righteousness, in spite of the difficult situations they are facing. At this time, many of them are probably trying to determine if they want their daughters to come to Agape House. Let’s pray that God will direct their steps accordingly.

~ for all of our volunteers at Agape House, that God blesses them in whatever difficult situation each of them might be facing today, as He helps them to find the still and restful waters of life.

~ for the staff at Agape House, as well as all schools around the country, as we prepare for the new school year, that we will not be overwhelmed by all that we would like to get done; as we adjust from some much-needed vacation time to full-time work again.

~ for things to go smoothly when the HVAC installation takes place, as well as for the follow up work we need to do afterwards.

Praise God:
~ for those times when we do find the still and restful waters of life, as they refresh and restore our lives!

~ for the girls from Agape House who have found jobs to work at over the summer; may these jobs be the beginning of a future filled with hope, serving God!

~ for the hope of opening the Jr. High Girls’ Home next month so that our younger girls are able to enjoy being that age, without the ongoing influence of the high school girls.

Blessings . . .

Jan

WISH LIST:
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)
Art Supplies, as follows: markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, acrylic paints, variety of sizes of paint brushes, variety of sizes of canvases, air-dry clay, glue sticks, Elmers glue, mod podge, fabrics, fabric scissors, needles and thread, water-color paper
Bean Bag Chairs for the Home (up to 6); the girls love sitting on these in the dorm and/or home area
Computer (up to 2 years old – does not need to be new) for use in the Home
(4) New toilet brushes and plungers
Bath towels and wash cloths

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