September 2017 - Agape House Heals

Train Up a Child

Dear Friends:

“Train up a child in the way he should go
[and in keeping with his individual gift or bent],
and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
~ Proverbs 22:6

This Scripture is so important for us to remember, and I especially love the emphasis about each child’s individual gift. It is with great delight that we watch our girls at Agape explore and enjoy their individual gifts, and we are blessed with many volunteers who help them to expand upon those gifts.

Another area we are grateful for our volunteers is with the lunch program. We have faithful volunteers providing lunch 4 days a week. It is a huge blessing to the girls to see God’s people who continually care about helping to meet their needs. We are in need of a few more helpers; if you feel led to help out in this way, please contact Debby at the school (262.394.5043) for more details. Some of our volunteers bring the lunch, serve it and sit with the girls. Others prepare the meal and drop it off on their way to work in the morning. Individuals provide this blessing, as well as different organizations who work together as a group to meet this need. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Please Pray:
~ for the God-given gifts each one of our precious girls have received from God, and the joy of watching them use these gifts to their fullest potential.

~ for our staff and volunteers, and the many issues of concern each of us are dealing with, often feeling like being under attack, while continuing to serve in this ministry.

~ for our girls and their families to draw close to God, trusting Him to lead them and guide them as they go forth this year.

Praise God:
~ for your servants who meet the needs of so many people in a variety of ways; we could not do the ministry work necessary at Agape House without the help of our invaluable volunteers!

~ for God’s word and the training up of our children in the way they should go, knowing it will stay with them forever.

~ for time spent on Pleasant Lake on a recent outing. For some girls, kayaking was a new adventure! In spite of the overcast skies and cooler temperatures, the girls enjoyed themselves.

Blessings . . .
Jan

The Love of our Father

Dear Friends:

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God.” ~ 1 John 3:1a

What a beautiful Scripture for the girls to learn about this week as they begin a new school year! We have 10 girls in our program, including the girls in the TLH. We are happy to say that 8 of those girls are returning for a second year of program. Our experience has been that it takes at least 2 years for the girls to truly grasp how much God loves and cares for us, and to recognize that He cares so much about the healing each one of us need.

Our plans for a Jr. High Home are back ‘in-process’ again; the first plan of action did not work out. We are seeking His direction once again, and are praying for His guidance. Sometimes we don’t hear clearly, but it is good to know that God can close the door for us if we take a wrong turn.

Please Pray:
~ for our girls to recognize the incredible quality of love that God has given and shown us, that we should be named and called and counted as his children.

~ for our girls to be able to focus on their school work; some girls struggle with this more than others.

~ for wisdom and discernment about the direction to go for our Jr. High Girls Home.

~ for the girls who did not return to the program, that they remember what they did learn in their time at Agape, and that His love guides them as they go forward in their lives.

Praise God:
~ for the girls who returned to our program this year, as well as the new girls who started this week; they started the week out feeling comfortable, committed and ready to work on their goals!

~ for a new look on our windows in the classrooms, thanks to Sandy Heinitz – curtains that add a lovely touch to the decor’!

~ for Tina Dillman who does all of our bulletin boards.

~ for JC Plumbing and the awesome job they did with the installation of our new HVAC system. It was no easy task to install the vents in the Sanctuary, as you can see in the picture below!

~ for Walworth Elementary School taking care of the removal of this huge, overgrown bush that was loaded with bees – it was a hazard for the children on their playground.

Blessings . . .
Jan

YOU ARE INVITED

One child at a time, we are all making a difference in the lives of the girls who come to Agape House as they break chains . . .

Plans are in the works for a
CELEBRATION
of all that God has been doing
at Agape House in the past
20 YEARS
on Thursday, November 2nd!
We hope you will ‘Save The Date’.

***To reserve a place at this time***
call 262.275.6466 or
email: office@AgapeHouseHeals.org.

Watch for more details to
come your way at a later date.

WISH LIST:
Freezer for our pantry (about 28″ wide by 60″ high)
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, 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

NEED:
Use of a small BACKHOE to repair our sewer line; please contact Jan at 262.275.6466 if you are able to help.

This Campaign has ended. No more pledges can be made.