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Crocuses Blooming Hope - Agape House - Hope and Healing for Girls and Boys in Need

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20 Apr

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.

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

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!

Jan Baker