June 2018 - Agape House Heals

Something New

Summer Office Hours: CLOSED THURSDAY, 6/28/18

We will do our best to be here these hours, but it might be a good idea to call before coming . . . sometimes I am the only one here, and I get called away on another task. Thank you!
Tuesday to Thursday
10 am to 4 pm
Office: 262.275.6466

 

Dear Friends:

“Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”  ~ Isaiah 43:19

Something new. It is coming! Do you see it? Or are you not even looking?

With summer officially here, time will be enjoyed by all with vacations, summer camps, beach days, picnics and catching up with old friends. It is full. I admit to being caught up in the daily grind and all the fun to be had while doing so. I don’t always quiet myself to take the time to look at what’s to come. Then, when the new arrives and hits me square in the eyes, I question where that came from! But the truth is, God is always speaking to us, revealing Himself to us and showing us glimpses of what He has on the horizon for us. With our busy lives, do we make time to allow the new? I recently heard a bold statement that is still stepping on my toes ….. “If you are too busy, you are wasting God’s time”. That’s right: God’s time; not mine!

Something new is coming. Do you see it? Are you using His time wisely?

Blessings . . .

Kym

Praises for:

All the staff and volunteers who have made end of year clean-up and organizing for the upcoming year happen!

The girls who are able to re-unify with their families for the summer break

A time of reflection and refreshing for our house staff as they take the summer off.

Prayers for:

A new lead teacher for the School

Staff retreat: For the staff to unify, vision cast and pray over the upcoming school year’s needs

The families that are considering Agape for their daughter for the 2018-19 school year.

Connect

Summer Office Hours

We will do our best to be here these hours, but it might be a good idea to call before coming . . . sometimes I am the only one here, and I get called away on another task. Thank you!

Tuesday to Thursday
10 am to 4 pm
Office: 262.275.6466

Dear Friends:
Connect . . What do you think of when I say this word?

A few months ago, some of us at Agape House attended a movie by Kirk Cameron called ‘Connect’. It was very insightful as to what is going on in our world with regard to the use of social media, cell phones, etc. It’s too bad it was only available to see for a very short period of time because this is one of those movies I think everyone should watch.

Ultimately, they revealed that there are 5 lies people are believing in our fast-paced society as a result of social media, cell phones, etc.:
#1: I am the center of the universe.
#2: I deserve to be happy all the time.
#3: I must have choices.
#4: I am my own authority.
#5: I don’t need teachers/mentors; information is all that matters.

WOW! Is this really the message we want our society to believe, especially our young people? I don’t know about you, but when my phone beeps, dings, rings or sings to me, there is a reaction in my head! It makes me think there is something important that I must deal with on that phone! And, if I allow that thought process to go one step further, it can make me feel important, needed, or special; not to mention the fact that it can be a distraction from dealing with what is really going on in my life.

They went on in the movie to reveal the truths about the lies stated above.
#1: GOD IS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE.
#2: WE CAN HAVE JOY IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES THROUGH GOD.
#3: CHOICE IS A PRIVILEGE; BE THANKFUL!
#4: GOD IS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY.
#5: SEEK GOD FOR WISDOM.

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:31-32

If we can focus on this basic truth as closely as we hold on to our cell phones, we will find ourselves in a much better place in this world. I pray that together we can convey this truth to the world

Blessings . . .
Jan

Prayers and Praises:

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

~ people to be able to set aside their phones, and have face-to-face conversations with family and friends.

~ all of us to recognize the truth about what is happening in our society today, and to do our part to redirect everyone His truth.

~ God’s healing for all those who have been hurt/bullied/abused through social media, and change in how we use these modern day tools.

PRAISE GOD FOR:

~ His truth that sets us free, as we cling to it and share it with others/

~ volunteers who have been helping with painting projects at Agape this past week as we freshen things up!

~ hope and healing in a hurting world.

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
~ Luke 1:37

LOOK WHAT’S NEW!!!
Lakeshore Estate Resale is a local charity that has been created to support local causes. They will accept “gently used” donations for resale, and all net proceeds from the sale of items you donate will be sent to the charity of your choice.
Simply designate Agape House and your donation will benefit this ministry. And you can shop for yourself here, too!

Phone: 262.325.5459; Open weekends only;
Located at 80 N. Walworth Street, Williams Bay, WI

Congratulations Graduates!

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you

and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Isn’t this a great promise from God? With graduations going on everywhere, it is a good time to encourage our young people with this hope-filled message from God! Our graduation/recognition ceremony last week was a blessing as we had 3 young ladies receive their high school diplomas, and another one graduate from 8th grade!

This is no small accomplishment for our Agape Angels, as they have much more to accomplish during their time at Agape House than simply a high school diploma. And this is where the ‘hope and a future’ looks dramatically different because most of our girls would not have completed high school if they hadn’t come to Agape House, seeking to overcome the affects of trauma in their life, in one form or another.

Ultimately, the goal is that they come to know who they are in Christ so that they can walk out their days after leaving this program continuing to grow and change as God shapes and molds each one of them.

Blessings . . .
Jan

Prayers and Praises:

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

~ All of our graduates across the nation who are moving on to the next season in their lives, pray that they know who God is and that they are seeking to know God’s plans for them!

~ The girls as they have longer weekends with their families/respite care for the next few weeks, that they will recognize what they have accomplished in the past year, and see God working in their lives..

~ The plans God has for this ministry as we continue to follow the path He leads us on!

PRAISE GOD FOR:

~ Recognition given at our graduation last week for goals reached by our Agape Angels, and what they realized has been important to them at Agape House this past year. We give God praise for all of you who have been a part of making a difference in their lives, and hope you enjoy these thoughts:

Agape made a difference in my life by:
Loving me more than anyone ever has.
Helping my family grow closer with God and blessing us.
Showing me how valued I am and how worth it I am.

At Agape….
I made a lot of friends
I got a lot of help on my schoolwork and I learned about God’s love.
I learned there are seasons for everything and you will get through them.
I have gotten so much help and support and feel loved and cared about.
I have learned to be patient, to forgive and to love.
Set goals and accomplished them. I learned how awesome life can be.
I am learning to be a more godly woman.
I learned to have patience.
I am learning so much about myself
I am learning to trust God.

I no longer:
Feel alone
Self-harm
Down talk myself

I’d just like to say:
Thank you for blessing my family and me with your kindness and support.
You have helped me walk close with God and have brought my family together.

~ Volunteers from Brooklife Church who donated their time this past weekend to participate in a ‘Work Day’ at Agape House! The tasks they completed were many, and their service is greatly appreciated.

~ Hope and a future . . . such reassuring promises!

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
~ Luke 1:37

Have you checked out the newest shop in Williams Bay yet? Lakeshore Estate Resale is a local charity that has been created to support local causes. They will accept “gently used” donations for resale, and all net proceeds from the sale of items you donate will be sent to the charity of your choice. Simply designate Agape House and your donation will benefit this ministry. Be sure to do some shopping for yourself!

May 2018 Newsletter

We hope you will enjoy reading the following topics in our May Newsletter :

Standing Firm Against the Attacks of the Enemy by Pam Patterson, Executive Director
He Left the 99 for the one By Kym Bachtell
Favorite Psalms by Alyssa Nelson and Grace Kerr, Agape Students
Saying Good-bye . . .
Special Events
5K Event Follow Up and More
Please click on this link: May 2018 Newsletter

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