April 2018 - Agape House Heals

Crocuses Blooming Hope

Dear Friends:

Peeking out on the crisp white snow are these beautiful crocus flowers, giving us HOPE that Spring is here!
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick…”
~ Proverbs 13:12

Hope: Highly anticipated expectations
Deferred: Prolonged or delayed outcome
Heart Sick: Feeling despondent

We put our hope into many worldly things; we hope:
– for our favorite team to win the game.
– to go to our favorite restaurant with our friends this weekend.
– our children bring home a great school report.
– our car makes it one more year before it needs replacing.

We hope and we hope and we hope. It is a normal reflex in our world to hope. Placing our hope in those things often leads to the disappointing outcomes as those things we hope for are not reliable. People fall short and things are unpredictable. Life, this side of Heaven, leaves us feeling heart sick. This side of Heaven that is. When we put our trust in Jesus, our hope is secured in Him. He never leaves us or forsakes us. So when the world fails to meet our expectations as it often will, we can rest in the Truth that He created us to persevere through the resistance and rest in Him.

Peeking out of the crisp white snow are these beautiful crocus flowers. Trying to make their way into a world that was to be prepared for their arrival, they push their way through the opposition. They know where and when they belong even though it appears the earth is not yet ready for them. We have a lot to learn about hope from these budding beauties!

Please Pray For:
~ The families as they transition into more time together with the girls during weekly home visits.

~ The girls to .be filled with hope during moments of pressing into natural opposition so they may become who they were created to be despite the circumstances.

~ Our upcoming Run/Walk/Stroll 5K: Be Amazed With God.
DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER TODAY!

Praise God For:

~ Opportunities for the staff to connect and refresh through professional enrichment.

~ All who have signed up to participate in this year’s 5K event as we bring awareness about Child Abuse Prevention month!

~ Our volunteers who continue to be so faithful in serving the needs at Apape House.

Blessings . . .

Jan & Kym

We hope you will join us for our annual 5K,
and get your teams ready to help us bring awareness about
Child Abuse Prevention Month

Register and download Sponsor forms at  www.AgapeHouseHeals.org/Events

Walk-ins/Registration now $30, includes event & lunch; t-shirt depends on availability
(Children 16 & under are FREE; t-shirt and lunch are optional at $5 each)

Fee is waived with $100 or more in sponsorship donations;
The following prizes will be awarded to the 3 participants with highest sponsorship monies raised:

~ Canopy Tours of Lake Geneva – Gift Certificate for Two for a 2.5 hour guided zip line canopy tour!
~ Heyer True Value – Gift
~ Main Street Country Store – Gift Cert

Check-In at Event: 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Event Begins: 10 a.m. at Agape House
Lunch served from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the MPR

Our Precious Agape Angels

For Valentine’s Day, the girls were treated to a fabulous Spa Day by many volunteers and Jasmine’s Salon & Spa in Lake Geneva hosted the event this year, which was a fun treat. After they had their time at the ‘Spa’, getting all dressed up, they were treated to a dinner out at Tuscan’s Tavern & Grill in Lake Geneva, which is where they are seated in the picture above, in front of their fireplace.

Thank you also to everyone else who contributed their time, talent and gifts to make this a very special event for these girls, wherein they were shown how much God loves them through the hands and feet of so many of you:
~ Pesche’s Greenhouse
~ Sandy’s Upscale Consignment
~ Kimberly Ausen
~ Patricia Landreman
~ Frank & Mary Lou Stellato
~ Kaleigh Thelen
~ Deborah Werner

And an extra special thank you to our Coordinator for this entire event: Barb Ditzenberger!

Sprinter, A New Season

Dear Friends:

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.” ~ II Corinthians 4:18

I saw a new word for our unstable weather the other day. It referred it to a season now known as “Sprinter”. A word defining what mother nature can’t seem to discern as the difference between winter and spring; I had a good chuckle at that one!

While we are anticipating the presence of new growth, green buds on the trees and a kiss of warmth, there lies snow on the ground and a damp chill in the air. I was thinking about “Sprinter” and about the seasons we walk out alongside God. They are ever-changing, sometimes predictable and other times not at all what we had our hopes set on. Realizing that things are not as they appear is hard to embrace while our season consumes us with its’ current realities. So we choose to fix our eyes on what is unseen. Trusting in God’s promises of the victory Jesus claimed on the cross for you and me is our unseen.

Please Pray For:
~ The peace of the unseen to saturate the hearts of all.

~ Endurance for the girls who have much to accomplish in this final quarter to achieve their academic goals.

~ A heart to truly receive the healing they have been pursuing this year; to be able to go deeper with the Lord and in their healing.

~ Our upcoming Run/Walk/Stroll 5K: Be Amazed With God.
DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER BY APRIL 9TH! Register at www.AgapeHouseHeals.org/Events 

Praise God For:
~ A wonderful Spring Break for the girls to connect with one another and their families.

~ All who have signed up to participate in this year’s 5K event as we bring awareness about Child Abuse Prevention month!

~ The joy of fixing our eyes on the unseen “Sprinter” seasons God walks us through as we joyfully trust in Him for the victory!

Blessings . . .

Jan & Kym

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

~ Hebrews 11:1

Wish List
Lunch Providers for School (Contact Debby @ 262.394.5043 if you’re interested)
Vacuum in good working order (for C.C.)
Healthy snacks, i.e., almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, beef sticks, and low sugar protein drinks
Volunteers to provide and serve school lunches (Contact Debby at 262.394.5043)

CAN WE “CLUE” YOU IN?
Over Spring Break, our girls were gifted some wonderful opportunities to bond, one of those being an afternoon at the Lake Geneva Clue Room. The girls were able to solve the puzzle with 4 minutes to spare! A chance to bond and press in to truly working as a team was such a blessing.

Other activities that filled their days included an overnight at a local hotel to enjoy swimming and a change of scenery, an afternoon at an arcade, a pizza party and karaoke night and also a Christian Concert, Winter Jam.

Thank you to those who contributed their time and gifts and our staff for the extra resources offered to make this a very special week for these girls!

 

COUNSELING SERVICES IN MUKWONAGO

Contact Carol Hayes, B.A, Christian Counselor
262.894.7397 (text/voicemail)

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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, 
the conviction of things not seen
~ Hebrews 11:1

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