Jan Baker, Author at Agape House Heals

WE ARE ALL IN . . . WILL YOU JOIN US for our 2020 Capital Campaign?

Dear Friends of Agape:

Twenty-two years ago, our hearts were forever changed by a call from God. He spoke with great clarity to open a safe place for Him to begin healing the broken hearts of teens and their families. When we asked Him “How will we provide all the needs?”, He was clear: “Share My story”. Agape House stands firm on this promise: We share His story of Hope, and He will provide. Every day, God shows up and gives us story after story to share. Countless times, God has provided above and beyond every need at Agape House. Lives have been touched, changed and transformed by His healing touch. We have witnessed what seems impossible in the natural, moved only by the Spirit of our Savior. Miracles happen here. And we are ALL IN!  We continue to be ALL IN during this unprecedented state of our world.

With the emotional, social and economic influence Covid-19 has had on families, sharing God’s promise of freedom in Christ is more crucial now than it has ever been. During these uncertain times, we are privileged to love teens and their families. With our three homes; Girl’s Teen Home, Boy’s Teen Home and Women’s Transitional Living Home, along with our counseling services for these families as well as our community clients, our services provide wrap around care for the entire family to heal. Financial burdens are ever present. And the impact upon families that come from hard places is even greater. Our promise to never turn a child and their family away due to financial limitations is essential. We are embracing the challenges as opportunities during this time and using every open door to minister hope and healing to our students well.  We are thankful that nothing 2020 has offered us is a surprise to our God!

During the month of November, we are extending our fundraising efforts to “Give Them Hope”. Our goal is to raise $100,000. We ask you to prayerfully consider what portion of that aspiration you are meant to be a part of. Your financial gift will allow scholarships for our students to fully embrace hope and healing, overcome academic barriers and learn how to be a healthy member of their communities.

Without support from friends like you, these students would not be evolving IN to who they were created to become. Despite the times, we are ALL IN: INvested, INtentional, and INfluential. We want you to join IN. Won’t you be INcluded?

Please watch this 2020 CAPITAL CAMPAIGN video for more insight about Agape House, and share with your family and friends:  https://fb.watch/1PO_qVVqaX/

If you feel led to donate towards our 2020 Capital Campaign , you may do so by simply clicking on this link: https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/845AE71B0DB64D4

Blessings . . .

Pam

 

Virtual Give Them Hope Event: TONIGHT!

Thursday, October 29th

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm *6:20 BEGIN CHECKING IN (click the “SET REMINDER” button)

Where: From the comfort and safety of your home!

We hope you will join us and learn more about the amazing miracles God is doing, as we offer His HOPE & HEALING at Agape House!

We will have a DRAWING for PRIZES during the event; one of those prizes is an overnight stay in Lake Geneva!

 Donations can be made by clicking on this link (our website is under repair, but this link is still functioning properly – click on the purple Donate Today box):

https://agapehouseheals.org/get-involved/donate-now/

 To watch the event LIVE, we now have 2 options:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ap8PcH412X8

or

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/663591937868978

PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS!

Please share with friends and family, Blessings to all . . .

Love Sweet Love

NOTE: SUMMER OFFICE REVISED HOURS:
Tuesday & Thursday, ONLY, 9 to 3
or by appointment: 262.275.6466

Dear Friends:

This song has been buzzing in my head lately:

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.

It’s so true . . . it’s interesting that this song was released in 1965, and 55 years later, it’s more true than ever before!
You can listen to this song at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUaxVQPohlU

We pray that you are all enjoying your summer, and that His blessings abound as you go about doing good and spreading His love!

Blessings . . .

Jan

Praise God For:
~ Work Day participants the past couple of weekends, much has been accomplished, inside and outside! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING WITH SOME OF OUR SUMMER CLEAN UP/PREPARATION TASKS, please call Pam at 262.745.1882.

~ The bittersweet ending to the year; last time events, i.e., tuck ins, fun times and spiritual growth opportunities with the Agape House staff.

~ His LOVE; all we need now is love, sweet love!

Please Pray For:
~ Anointing and blessings over the girls as their journey continues, and that the seeds planted this past year will continue to grow, while they hold on to that rooted place of love that Jesus provides.

~ God to bring the remaining new staff needed (girls’ house staff) in time to prepare for the new school year.

~ Wisdom and discernment as we plan for the new school year, and that we will be able to continue with the program, in spite of what is going on in the world around us.

Donate Now: As we go about cleaning and freshening things up for the upcoming year, we are painting and redecorating some of the girls’ dorm rooms, the MPR, the Sanctuary, the gardens, and so many more tasks. If you would like to contribute towards these projects, please ‘donate now’ and indicate “FRESH LOOK” so we know your desire to help with these projects.

Wish List: See UPDATED list of items needed.

Click on Prayer Blog Photos to view a couple of photos and captions.

Set Free to Walk in Victory

Dear Friends:
Our mission at Agape House, as a grace-based, Christian ministry working with teens, young adults and families, is to allow the Lord to help them overcome the effects of abuse, addiction and the hurts of their past, so they can be set free to walk in victory.
With the help of many people, through prayer, support, donations and encouragement, we have been blessed to continue to do this, in spite of the state of affairs in our world today. God is so good!
Please pray that God will lead the right people to us to fill staff positions for September (see Employment Opportunities), and that He will also bring the teens who desire learn how to be set free and walk in victory.
We are now accepting applications for 2020-21 for girls and boys. See our website for More Details and Application.
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory,
the victory and the majesty;
for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
and You are exalted as head over all.”
~ 1 Chronicles 29:11
Blessings . . .
Jan
Relationships being developed;
Led by the Holy Spirit;
Yearning for freedom;
Encouraged and supported by many;
ONE CHILD’S SMILE SAYS IT ALL!

 

Please Pray For:

  • our teens to never give up on themselves, and to recognize that changing their thought patterns will make a difference in their lives, as led by the Holy Spirit.
  • our staff to continue to seek God’s strength, wisdom and discernment daily, as we go about loving on, supporting and encouraging our teens and their families.
  • our world to realize that what we are going through is temporary, and to set our hearts and minds on the unseen things of eternity.
  • 5K participants to praise God and rejoice as they participate in our virtual 5K tomorrow (and if we could have some sunshine, that would be great, too)!

Praise God For:

  • our ability to keep our doors open, at a time when so many businesses have closed down, and that we are staying safe as we continue to serve God with our mission.
  • relationships, developed through hours of conversations, and built on trust.
  • the hope of the VICTORY, and the joy of being set free!
  • all of you who continue to pray, support, donate and encourage us at Agape House; may God’s blessing pour forth upon you

See our Wish List for items needed.

Your financial gift will offer our teens the care they require during these uncertain times! Click here if you would like to Donate Now.

5K Details/Registration Info

Dear Friends:
Just 9 more days to register for our Virtual 5K event, if you haven’t already done so (by Wednesday, 5.13)!
We are thankful for all of you who are  coming alongside of us to make a stand against child abuse!  During this time of isolation and stress, reports of abuse have increased, so what a perfect time to show our support, prayers and love.
We have all been forced to live life in an extraordinary manner since mid-March, due to the necessity of the ‘Stay at Home’ order. Let’s do something good together!
“.  . . be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith and in purity.”
~ 1 Timothy 4:12b
The need is greater now more so than ever before! Show your support, prayers and love for those that are struggling by joining us in this event.
Blessings . . .
Pam and Staff
Here are the UPDATED details of our Virtual 5K:
Run, Walk or Stroll, at a ‘social distance’, in your neighborhood on Saturday, the 16th of May, anytime throughout the day.
T-shirts: Wear a t-shirt from one of our past events, or this year’s t-shirts will be available for pick up at the Agape House Counseling Center if you have pre-registered, on Friday, May 15 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm OR Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 to 10:00 am.
For those of you who haven’t registered yet, we did order a few extra T-shirts. So please call 262.275.6466 to register (leave message with your name, email address and t-shirt size) or register by April 13 HERE .
Carry a Sign (or a blue pinwheel or wear a blue ribbon) promoting Child Abuse Prevention. We will have some blue ribbons & pinwheels available, as long as they last, when you pick up your T-shirt.
Support/Sponsorship Prizes (listed below) are still being offered for the 3 highest sponsorship monies donated; simply turn in your donations with this Support Formby June 1st.
Registration Fee Waived (donations accepted: DONATE NOW)
Send us a photo of your participation with your thoughts about the event, how you prayed, etc. to be shared on social media and/or in the newspaper, to #agape5k.
THANK YOU to our sponsors of this event:
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Kunes: EVENT SPONSOR
WW Trucking: CORPORATE SPONSOR
FRIENDS:
Godfrey, Leibsle, Blackbourn & Worth, SC
Knead2Relax
John’s Disposal Service
PRODUCT/SERVICE:
Triple Crown Products
Prizes for 3 Highest Sponsorship Monies Raised:
~ Geneva National Golf for 4 w/cart 18 holes
~ Gia Salon & Spa $71 Gift Certificate
~ First National Bank Gift Card

May Your Joy Be Complete

Dear Friends:
God is so good, and He brings JOY to my heart!
In the midst of this corona virus “storm” I wanted to share some of the miracles taking place at Agape House. I pray you are seeing the same sort of blessings in your life!
  • Lunches continue to be brought in almost daily.
  • We were blessed with an abundance of toilet paper a few weeks before there was a run on it in the stores!
  • Kleenex and beef are some other needed donations we received.
  • Lakeland builders made a donation to pay for half of the cost of the trim and doors needed to finish the boys home.
  • Sherwin-Williams donated paint for the MPR at the boys home.
  • It was recently noticed that there was a big limb down at the boys home; bushes needed to be removed and lots of other yard work needed to be done. In less then a week, without asking, two men contacted us to come and do a work day. They worked with Ben and took care of the limb, bushes and did a ton of yardwork.
  • New timbers were donated to replace the ones that were rotting at the boys home.
  • All of the flooring has been donated to finish boys home, and Tony Bachtell is donating his time to install all of it.
  • And in the midst of not having our full staff present due to a myriad of health issues, and our head RA stepping down in March, we have still been able to keep the doors open and serve four girls and two boys in our program.
God is so good, and we are grateful for each of you who are His hands and feet. I pray these miracles will encourage all of us as we keep our trust in Him because He is faithful and good!
“I have told you this so that My JOY may be in you and that your JOY may be complete.” ~ John 15:11
Blessings . . .
Pam
See our Wish List for other items needed.
Please Pray For:
  • students to fully accept their salvation in Jesus and allow His healing touch
  • an outpouring of community participation in this year’s virtual 5K
  • upcoming family visits for the students
  • next year’s students and families
  • next year’s home and school staff to be led by the spirit to their calling to Agape
Praise God For:
  • girls participating in the ‘Thank You Parade’ encouraging essential workers
  • continuation of our program consistently in spite of Covid-19
  • the opportunity to venture into a Virtual 5K experience
The boys have been busy with a variety of activities these past few weeks, as we wait patiently for the time when we can have all of our amazing volunteers return to Agape House. They have been taking walks, in a variety of safe locations. Campfires have been popular. They went fishing this past weekend. And they have been very helpful with the chores, including clean up of the yard at the boys home.
Your financial gift will offer our teens the care they require during these uncertain times! To make a donation now, go to our ‘Get Involved’ tab.
Visit our website for employment opportunities: www.AgapeHouseHeals.org/Employment

VIRTUAL 5K Run Walk Stroll – UPDATE

Due to our ongoing ‘Stay at Home’ orders, and for the safety and well-being of all of our participants, we have restructured our 5K event for May 16th. Please click on this link to see the details:  https://conta.cc/2VYJB1V

It will be interesting to see how many photos we receive from people who participated in this unique manner.  As we continue to trust that God has a purpose and plan for the uncertain times we are experiencing, I have to believe this is part of His plan.  With everyone participating in their own community/neighborhood, the opportunity is much greater for spreading the awareness of child abuse.

Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement of this ministry; you are truly helping to make a difference in the lives of many young people and their families.

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