January 2018 - Agape House Heals

Taste and see . . .

“Taste and see that the Lord is good;

Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” ~ Psalm 34:8

Dear Friends:

I am always happy when we reach the end of January; to me it seems like the longest month of the year. The holiday celebrations are over, the days are short and cold, we’re dealing with winter weather conditions (although this year has not been too bad), and we need to think about getting our taxes done by April 15th! And through all of this, we are blessed because we are able to see how good God is, and take refuge in Him, all the time.
And now that we have reached the end of the month, we will see the days begin to fly by . . . soon we will have April Showers and May Flowers; God is good!

Blessings . . .

Jan

Walk Amazed With God at our 5K on Saturday, April 28, 2018. See full details and registration on our Events tab.

Please Pray For:
~ this ministry to be all that God has planned, and for our Board members to seek God’s wisdom and discernment regarding upcoming decisions.

~ a time of rest (and refuge in God) for our staff and volunteers over the next few weeks as some take time for vacations; as well as for safe travel and God’s blessings to pour forth.

~ Our Agape Angels by name: Anna, El, Ella, Emma, Farica, Grace, Hannah, Haylee, Jay, Kira, Laura, Megan, Savanah, Tessa and Vanna; that they seek God’s refuge and truly taste and see that the Lord is good!

Praise God For:
~ patience as we implement new ways to help our girls be successful in reaching their goals – God is good.

~ our volunteers who give endless hours helping the girls to see the goodness of God, as they overcome hurdles in their lives – God is good.

~ all who have helped provide so many items on our never-ending Wish List – God is good!

Wish List:
Volunteers to provide and serve school lunches (Contact Debby at 262.394.5043)
Mentors needed for girls (Contact Pam at 262.275.6466)
Snow pants & snow boots, various sizes, so the girls can go sledding
Healthy snacks, i.e., almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, beef sticks, and low sugar protein drinks
New Laptop Computer
NIV Bibles for use in the Classroom
CDs for School: Tedash, Mandesa, Lecray, Amanda Cook, Bethel, i.e., Melissa Hessler, Leeland Mooring, Kristen Dimarco
CDs for Home: KB, Toby Mac, Andy Mineo, Hillsong United – Need to Breathe, Francesca Battistelle, United Pursuit, Gungor, Matt Kearney, Audrey Assad, The Modern Post, All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collection
File Cabinets, 2-drawer/vertical w/lock
Games: Spin Master Hedbanz, Speak Out, Farcle or any new board, card or dice game
Drawing and Construction Paper
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)

Fully Equipped

Mark Your Calendars for our 5K on April 28, 2018; register at website under ‘Get Involved/Events’

Dear Friends:

It’s been a busy week at Agape House, on so many levels; with some moments better than others! Through it all, it’s good to know that we can trust God to equip us each day to deal with any and all difficult situations that might arise.

“For the eyes of the Lord move to and from throughout the earth so that He may support those whose heart is completely His.”  ~ II Chronicles 16:9

There was a special birthday luncheon on Tuesday, sponsored by Terri Sitorius, as the girls were treated to a delicious meal with fun New Year’s decorations and gift bags. Those girls who have a birthday this month received special gifts, too.

And we celebrate each girl’s birthday big time when it arrives. There were special treats and activities in school on Wednesday for one of our girls’ birthday, as well as after school in the Home. This young lady officially became a teenager this week, and she clearly portrayed evidence of becoming a teenager: 13 going on 30!

A few days ago we had Rebecca from Lighthouse Church share her testimony with the girls at chapel, wherein she talked about having a ‘Back Story’. She explained that when we are going through a challenging situation in life, we need to be able to look back and remember the times that God has helped us get through difficult situations and how we were blessed: this is a ‘Back Story’. What a beautiful testimony for our girls to hear!

Today the girls are visiting the Lakeland Animal Shelter where they will learn about the adoption process of pets.

The list of activities goes on and on; there’s hardly a dull moment around here. And best of all, through the ups and downs, we see God’s love in action!

Blessings . . .

Jan

Please Pray For:
~ our girls to know the beauty of how much our God loves us, and that He is looking out to support those whose heart is completely His.

~ physical, emotional and spiritual healing for our girls. One of our girls is at home recouping from surgery she had after Christmas; pray for her to stay strengthened and hopeful for the time when she is ready to return to Agape and that her healing is progressive in a positive way. Another girl is struggling immensely; and one of our girls is asking for prayers for her brothers to have safe travel and find their way into the light of God!

~ the staff to continue to be strengthened in Christ’s ways; that we are not discouraged; that we seek God to equip us in the difficult moments; and that we are not pulled into the dark, chaotic moments of the girls.

Praise God For:
~ for the progress we are seeing in some of the girls as we watch them grow closer to God, and learn to deal with their anxieties in more positive, effectual ways. It’s also beautiful to see them encouraging each other in many ways!

~ the many ways God’s love is poured out upon our girls, including those who share their testimonies!

~ that we know God answers prayers.

WISH LIST:

DVD Player for the TLH
New dish towels and dish cloths, about (6)
New bath towels (about 4)
Healthy snacks, i.e., almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, beef sticks, and low sugar protein drinks
Bluetooth Speakers for Classroom
New Laptop Computer
NIV Bibles for use in the Classroom
CDs for School: Tedash, Mandesa, Lecray, Amanda Cook, Bethel, i.e., Melissa Hessler, Leeland Mooring, Kristen Dimarco
CDs for Home: KB, Toby Mac, Andy Mineo, Hillsong United – Need to Breathe, Francesca Battistelle, United Pursuit, Gungor, Matt Kearney, Audrey Assad, The Modern Post, All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collection

Games: Apples to Apples, Spin Master Hedbanz, Speak Out, Farcle or any new board, card or dice game
Drawing and Construction Paper

File Cabinets
Thank You Cards
Stamps
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)

New Things

Walk aMAZEd With God at our 5K on 4/28/2018

Dear Friends:

As we begin this new year at Agape House, we are truly in awe and aMAZEd at all God is doing. We believe this year will be unforgettable as we trust God for ‘new things’ to happen . . . stay tuned in as things develop!

“From now on I will tell you of new things, hidden things unknown to you.” ~ Isaiah 48:6b

I pray that you are ready to respond to the ‘new things’ God will do in your life this year, as you watch His blessings pour forth! Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support of Agape House.

Blessings . . .

Jan

Praise God for:
~ the new things God is showing the girls and staff at Agape; it is so exciting, especially because we know God is with us through it all!

~ His wisdom and discernment for Pam, all the staff and Board members.

~ God’s loving care, mercy and love; help us to never take these things for granted.

~ willing hearts/vessels to be filled by God as He pours into our lives, so that we can pour all of that into the girls!

Please Pray For:
~ God to break down the walls in the lives of our girls; that they would be awakened to God’s love!

~ the girls to see how much God loves and cares for them.

~ the girls to continue to press on with their school work and their healing!

Kira was delighted with the NEW Cheeseburger Backpack she received for Christmas; it’s such a delight to watch these girls embrace ‘NEW THINGS’!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wish List:
File Cabinets
Thank You Cards
Stamps
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)

COUNSELING SERVICES IN MUKWONAGO – Contact Carol Hayes, B.A, Christian Counselor; 262.894.7397 (text/voicemail)

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