Prayer Blog Archives - Agape House Heals

Hope to see you at our Christmas Open House!

Dear Friends:
“For unto us a child is born . . .”
~ Isaiah 9:6. At Agape House, we are emphasizing to our young ladies that this is the reason for the Christmas season. It’s so easy to become distracted by the ‘Black Friday’ specials, and many other sales presented to us. Or we might get caught up in the decorating, cookie baking, shopping, writing cards, wrapping gifts, etc. What a beautiful teaching opportunity for us, as our precious Agape Angels are learning who they are in Christ, and how much God loves each one of them.

We hope you will join us for our Christmas Open House. Click on the tab at the top for more information.

Please Pray for:
~ Christmas to be different for our Agape Angels this year because it is all about the birth of Jesus.

~ our girls and families to understand who the true enemy is, and that they stop fighting with staff, parents, etc.

~ for God’s healing touch upon the girls, staff, and families – the need for prayers in this area is great!

Praise God for:
~ for the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and understanding why this is so important.

~ for God’s protection around the girls and parents as they all adapt to new truths and ways to process what is going on in their lives as they come to know how much God loves them.

~ God, our great Physician, whom we can turn to for healing of our deepest hurts!

~ For the joy of lunchtime with friends! It’s been very busy around here this week. In addition to preparations taking place for our Open House on Sunday, one day the girls were helping decorate the 9′ Christmas tree in the Sanctuary, and at the same time, we had volunteers working on a roof repair project outside. We love when our volunteers join us for lunch; it’s a small way we can show our appreciation for their service!

Blessings . . .
Jan

Wish List:
Thank you cards
Stamps
Flu and cold medicines like: Dayquil, Nyquil, Robitussin, Sudafed, cough drops, Benadryl, Bite and Itch cream, Neosporin, hydrocortisone cream, extra large band-aides
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)
Computer (up to 2 years old – does not need to be new) for use in the Home
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and drop them in one of the collection jars located at the Home, School, Counseling Center and Transitional Home. Or if you live out of town just save them up for a couple months and mail to the school. This school year, our goal is to earn $1,000! That money will be used to pay for art, music, and computers for the school as those items are not in the regular budget. A list of participating products can be found at www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products

Breaking Every Chain

Dear Friends:

Break every chain – let us always reach for this goal!

God is so good . . . we had an amazing celebration last Thursday evening at Geneva National as we celebrated all that God has done at Agape House in the past 20 years!!! The beautiful room filled with almost 300 people, the delicious food, the awesome testimonies, and many fabulous items for the silent auction were all memorable. Today we want to give a shout out to all of our friends who donated those items for our silent auction; we hope you all enjoy your gifts!
Agape Girls – Homemade pies
Astaland II, LLC- Colorado Condo for 1 week
Brahm – Starbucks Basket
Brosel – Gromme & Redlin Paintings
Bruno’s Liquors – Rum & Kahlua Kits
Buckau – Mountain Bike
Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn – Gift Certificate
Coffee Mill – Basket of Coffee
Cost Cutters – Supplies & Gift Certificates for Haircuts
DeVries – Photography Sitting
Ebbner – 1950’s Lazy Susan, Teapots and Purses
Egg Harbor Cafe – Gift Certificate
Evergreen Country Club – Comedy Dinner Show Gift Certificate
Excel Chiropractic & Wellness – Health & Wellness Basket
Fontana Jewelry – Silver Necklace
French Country Inn – Gift Certificate
Frese – Prepared Dinners for 4 for 1 week
Friends On The Square – Coffee Mug &Gift Certificate
Gallagher – Jewelry Holder w/Jewelry
Geneva Family Dentistry – Sonicare Toothbrush & Teeth Whitening
Geneva Inn – Gift Certificate
Geneva Lakes YMCA – One-Month Family Membership
Geneva National Golf Club – Golf Package for 4
Gordy’s Boat House – Gift Certificate
Hilbelink – Handmade French Rolling Pins, Wooden Bowl & Pens
Kruizenga – Don Bird Collectibles & Dual Lumbar Support Pads
Lofy – Pure Joy Gift Basket & Custom Signs
Louise – Salon Chair by Baker Furniture
Maclay – Michael Jordan 1982 NCAA Picture
McQueen – Gift Certificate for Therapeutic Get Away
Mueller – Basket of Health & Wellness and 10 Prepared Meals
Nelson – Fire Pit, Candy & Coffee Gift Baskets
Oakfire – Gift Certificate
Patterson – Permatex Products for Auto
Pearce – Massage Therapy Gift Certificate
Pialoo – L’Bri Gift Basket
Rea – Willow Tree Carvings, Hand Woven Rug, Wooden Signs & Baby Frame
Royal Oak Farm Orchard – Gift Certificate for Bushel of Apples
Sammy’s On The Square – Gift Certificate
Stair – Power Washer and Thieves Basket/Gift Certificate
Staller Estate – Private Wine Tasting for 8
Stillwater Coffee Company – Candle, Gift Card & Espresso Beans
Subway – Gift Certificate for 3′ Giant Sub Sandwich
Sweet Aroma Ristorante – Gift Certificate
The Ridge Hotel – Gift Certificate
The Sower’s House – Stain Glass Window
Thelen Bros. – Lawn Maintenance

And another big thank you to the
following Sponsors for this event:

Termax, Baird & Kunes Country Auto Group

Please Pray:
~ for our Agape Angels to resonate with the testimonies they heard last Thursday evening, and be filled with hope for their future!

~ for our new girls at Agape: Farica, Melissa, Grace and Kira, that they are adjusting to their new environment, beginning to trust the staff and volunteers who are here to help them find their way, and seeing God’s love pour forth in the miraculous ways that He always shows up.

~ for all of our staff as we continue to minister to the girls and their families, pray that we are being led by the Spirit for all decisions that we make for/with them.

A Time to . . .

Dear Friends:

I heard the girls laughing in the classroom yesterday; it was like music to my ears! So I figured a verse about laughter would be appropriate. I searched under ‘laugh’ at biblegateway.com and the first verse that came up was this:

“. . . a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance . . . ”
~ Ecclessiastes 3:4

I’m sure you would all agree with me that this is exactly how we are able to express our lives. It’s a good mixture of emotions, and we hope that the love from our God is all part of the mix.

Please Pray:
~ for those who are weeping and mourning, that they will find time to laugh and dance as well, and see God’s faithfulness.

~ for our 20th Anniversary Celebration next Thursday; the excitement is building as we finalize the details of the event. We know that God is good, and are looking forward to this celebration!

~ for the new girls starting out at Agape; we have had a flood of requests and are filling up quickly. Pray for them to feel safe and comfortable here, to feel God’s love and to be ready to seek His healing.

Praise God:
~ for the joy of seeing prayers answered for Bob Milliman; he is gaining strength daily; please continue to pray for him to be patient with the healing process.

~ for the beautiful colors of Fall we have experienced this past week; what a beautiful season to dance in the leaves!

~ for the joy of the girls supporting and encouraging each other!

 

We are so excited to celebrate all that God has been doing at Agape House for the past 20 years, and looking forward to seeing all of you who will be attending our Information Night on November 2nd. We have a special video to present that “Tells the Story” of Agape House!

We’d also like to thank the following Sponsors for this event –

Termax, Kunes Country Auto Group & Baird

your support is greatly appreciated!

If you want to attend and haven’t registered yet, see the information below – do not delay . . . we’ll accept new reservations until Monday morning!
And don’t forget about our Silent Auction;
see the list below of some of the fabulous items that will be available for Bidding, which will end at 6:30 p.m.

Here’s a ‘Sneak Peak’ at some of the
Silent Auction Items Available to Bid On:

French Rolling Pins & Homemade Pies by Agape Angels
Condo in Steamboat Springs, CO – 1 Week Stay
Certificates for 1 Night Stays at:
– French Country Inn,
– The Ridge &
– Geneva Inn
Comedy Dinner Show at Evergreen Country Club (for 11/18/17)
Designer Upholstered Salon Chair By Baker Furniture
Golf Package for 4 at Geneva National
Young Living Essential Oils Basket
L’Bri Basket
Starbucks Basket
Healthy Self Basket
Gift Certificates for Restaurants & Coffee Shops, i.e.,
– Egg Harbor Cafe,
– Oak Fire Grill,
– Gordy’s,
– Chucks &
– Sweet Aroma
Stained Glass Window
Framed Terry Redlin Photo
Purses from Coach & Vera Wang
Pressure Washer
Mountain Bike
And much more . . .

NOTE: Bidding will end at 6:30 p.m., so come early to fellowship and have some fun!

Blessings . . .

Jan

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT!
Are you thinking about having photos taken for Christmas gifts?
You can support Agape House and get your photos done all at the same time with Cyndie Lee Photography at our Counseling Center in Walworth on November 11th.
Click on this link to see more details: Cyndie Lee Photo Sessions

God is Love

Dear Friends:

“And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in Him.” ~ 1 John 4:16

Being assured of God’s love sets us free to enjoy the numerous expressions of love He showers up on us each day. God loves us because His nature is love, not because we deserve His love. If we accept God’s love we will be able to return love to God as well as to others. If we cannot accept the truth that God loves us, we will be limited on how we can relate to Him. Without a clear understanding and acceptance of God’s love, we will be disoriented to Him and what He wants to do in our lives.

Please Pray:
~ for our girls and their families to deeply know God’s unconditional love for each one of them so that they might experience the peace and joy, and so much more, that God has waiting for them to experience!

Praise God:
~ for the donation of a whole hog, already processed for us, from the sale at Walworth County Fair. Thank you Plasticraft!

Blessings . . .

Jan

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

July Office Hours
Tuesday through Thursday
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:

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
~ Isaiah 41:10

I pray that you are enjoying your Summer, and that as you go forth, you are trusting God to strengthen and help you!

Please Pray:
~ for the Agape Staff working over the Summer months to prepare for the new school year, that we are able to complete the tasks we set out to do, that we are filled with God’s wisdom and discernment in the changes we might make to the program, as well as in the selection of new staff, and that we are always seeking Him.

Praise God:
~ for the responses we have received to our request for applicants for additional staff in the Home.

Until we fill the position, we would ask that you continue to help us spread the word that we are in need of a couple of more staff for the 2017-18 school year. Anyone interested can contact us at 262.275.6466 or go to our website, www.AgapeHouseHeals.org, and download the application.

Blessings . . .

Jan

Prayer Blog 06/09/17

June Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
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.
Please pray for:
~ the Jr. High Girls’ Home we are hoping to open this Fall, that we know if this is God’s plan, and for Him to bring us the necessary staff for this expansion of services, as well as the 7th and 8th grade girls to take part in this program.
~ the girls to continue to seek Jesus as their Lord and Savior in their lives; they are all at different levels with this process.
~ for the girls to continue to work hard these next 2 weeks on their PACEs in school, as well as on their
homework for their counseling!
~ relationships to take place in a new way between the parents and their daughters.
Praise God for:
~ the progress the girls have made in being less fearful and trusting God!
~ the blessings that continue to pour forth regarding activities for the girls in the Home: they went fishing recently with friends of Agape on Lake Geneva, and they attended a Brewer’s game this week. These outings/activities are so important for the girls living in the Home.
~ for the grant received from Alliant Energy Foundation in the amount of $3,000 to assist with the continuing “education and counseling of young women at-risk so they may find healing and strength as they face a future beyond abuse and brokenness.”
       

WISH LIST:

Acrylic Paints
Plastic chairs for the outdoors
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
Outdoor table and chairs with umbrella (used will work just fine)
Outdoor equipment: badminton set, balls (football, basketball, volleyball), ladder ball, bean bag toss, jump ropes, frisbees;
Deck box for storage of outdoor equipment
NEED:
Use of a small BACKHOE to repair our sewer line; please contact Jan at 262.275.6466 if you are able to help.

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