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Feelings, etc. or Peace, etc.

Dear Friends:
Thank you for your prayer support through this blog; the comments we receive back via email are encouraging!
Do you find the events taking place in the world today to be disturbing? I know that I do; I want to take control of so many situations, but it’s not possible. If I’m not cautious, my feelings start to get in the way. We see this often with the teens at Agape. The question is how do we remain focused and steadfast?
Here’s what we are teaching at Agape: If we can rise above the contention and division, settling ourselves to let go of the disturbances, we can choose to access peace, and to trust Godin all things. We know He will lead us down the path of righteousness, peace and joy, which will ultimately lead us to living a tranquil life, bringing health to our body, soul and spirit. We may have to remind ourselves often to make this choice, but when we do, I believe we will have a closer walk with God!
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 14:17
Blessings . . .
Jan
Praise God For:
  • teens who are learning to ask for their needs
  • teens talking out their feelings/emotions
  • goals being accomplished
  • trust
  • honesty
  • teens reading the Bible and open to learning about God
Please Pray For:
  • teens who “blow up” in anger
  • teens struggling with control
  • teens unwilling to talk/process the hurts that are holding them captive
  • teens seeking a tranquil life, filled with righteousness, peace and joy
  • our current staffing needs to be met (see more details at our website: https://agapehouseheals.org/employment)
  1. Teacher
  2. RA for Boys and Live-in RA for Girls
Please see our Wish List at: https://agapehouseheals.org/get-involved/wish-list/
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL
5K RUN WALK STROLL
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020
We hope you will be able to join us – it’s a family event!
Register online beginning February 1st.
***Watch for more details to follow.***

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Dear Friends:

Sometimes we go through difficult season that are filled with trials and tribulations. These past few months have been hard at Agape House; we have had some tough situations to work through. Our staff has had a variety of health issues to overcome, leading us to be short-staffed. And our teens seem to have more hurts than usual! Every year the depth of their pain, and therefore their behaviors, become deeper and some days it is over-whelming.

While doing my quiet time and crying out to God I was sitting looking out over my backyard. It was a dreary cloudy day and I was thinking how brown, desolate and barren everything looked, it was pretty depressing kind of matching how I was feeling in the moment. All of a sudden I had a vision of the grass being lush and green, the trees full of leaves, flowers blooming in the gardens, birds flying over head and rabbits jumping around in the yard, the way our yard looks in the summer. Then God spoke to me and said “just like your back yard looks desolate and dreary now so does your circumstances but this is only for a season. In the winter everything looks dead but there is still life. The roots of the trees are still growing deeper, the grass is dead but the sod beneath is still alive, the perennial flowers are gone but the bulbs are laying dormant waiting to bloom again. So even if on the surface things look dark and desolate and even dead, beneath the surface things are still living and growing and I am moving. Soon spring will come with new life and new growth and summer will follow blooming with much fruit and so it will be in your life and the life of the girls at Agape House.”

Some days or seasons are harder then others but in the midst of it we need to remember that God is good (Luke 18:19), that He is always at work (Exodus 14:12) , and that He turns all things around for good for those who love Him (Roman 8:28). I encourage you that whatever season you are in to count it all as pure Joy because God is at work doing a good thing even when we cannot see it (James 1:2-4) and He promises to complete the work that He has begun (Philippians 1:6).

I am excited to see what God is going to do in this next season, and trusting Him to bear much fruit in 2020.

Blessings to each one of you . . .
Pam and Agape Staff

Praise God for:
the many gifts the teens received at Christmas time! They were blessed immensely by your thoughtfulness and generosity.
the ongoing progress at the Home and School for Boys. While we have a boy student who is attending school and living in the home in the lower level of the building, we continue to renovate the 1st floor level. The gifts donated over the Christmas season were wonderful. Thank you to all who continue to support the raising up of this new addition to our Agape House ministry in Walworth, Wisconsin.
The sound of laughter from the girls in the MPR as they enjoy a brisk walk, trampoline jump, etc. in lieu of a walk outside on this brisk winter day!

Please Pray For:
each teen to bring their struggles to the staff and the Lord, as they become more comfortable with the program and staff, and that the Lord would give them the words to verbalize what’s going on.
patience and a desire to continue growing and healing.
wisdom for the counseling staff as they bring families together to receive His strength and healing.
our current staffing needs to be met (see more details at our website: https://agapehouseheals.org/employment)
Teacher
RA for Boys and Live-in RA for Girls

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL
5K RUN WALK STROLL

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020

We hope you will be able to join us – it’s a family event!
***Watch for more details to follow.***

Wish List: Please see our current list at: https://agapehouseheals.org/get-involved/wish-list/

Agape House, Inc. | 215 S Main Street, Walworth, WI 53184

Agape Connection December 2019

For your review, please see our most current newsletter: Dec 2019 AH NL. Pam’s article this month talks about His Guidelines and Boundaries to keep us safe. You’ll also read about upcoming events, the home and school for boys, and Christmas wishes from our teens.

Please also see our updated Wish List on the website

November 2019

Not all is “Happy” as we approach these next few weeks. For most people, the holiday season can offer a variety of hard moments and emotions. The students and families we love here at Agape House are being stretched as their healing begins to take root. At the moment, they are challenged with a new way of learning to live, love and be loved. Though the discomfort is unsettling at times, staying the same is no longer an option.
I imagine many can relate to this.
Eucharisteo: a verb. An action of gratitude. A choice to offer thanks.
Sometimes, choices are hard to make. A choice, at times, could be a sacrifice. To choose to give up our mind, will and emotions for the sake of offering something of greater worth is truly sacrificial. The families of Agape House have made some hard choices in hopes of a stronger, healthier future for their child and their families. With a mindset of gratefulness during this time of separation, they press forward towards God’s plan.
In the midst of hard seasons, surrendering your heart to an attitude of gratitude can be a mighty force to be reckoned with! I pray this season you choose an attitude of genuine gratitude. Not only for your own heart, but for the hearts that you influence along the way.
May we experience a greater appreciation for the blessings in our lives this Thanksgiving as we choose to offer up a sacrifice of praise to our great God!
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Hebrews 13:15

Prayers and Praises
Join is in PRAISE for:
*An outing to the for King and Country concert in Madison that ministered to the girls in such a unique way!
*A strong finish of first quarter in school!
*A full house of students at the girl’s home and the opening of our boy’s home!
Join us as we PRAY for:
*A full-time live-in Resident Assistant and a part-time Resident assistant for the girl’s home as well as a part-time Resident Assistant for the boy’s home.
*Financial Provision to meet the needs of the ministry.
*Covering of the students as they embrace their journey of healing and an open heart to know God’s perfect plan over their lives.

Upcoming Events
Come Celebrate the warmth & wonder of Christmas at our
OPEN HOUSE & CHRISTMAS GIFT BAZAAR
Sunday, December 8, 2019
1-4 pm
Come see BOTH our Girl’s and Boy’s Homes decorated for the holidays, cookies, coffee, warm cider to share, carols and lots of gifts available for purchase for all of the special people on your Christmas list.

 

Santa Cause & Tree Festival
Nov. 29 – Jan. 4
Join us at the “Tree Festival”
Agape House joins other charities to create a themed winter wonderland by first decorating a Christmas tree. Next, they surround their tree with an abundance of marvelous prizes, all based on their selected theme. When visitors attend the “Tree Festival” they can purchase raffle tickets to enter into any of the “Twelve Charities of Christmas” raffle boxes. They have a chance to win the grand prize and/or many other prizes. (Last year’s prizes included a trip to Hawaii, Florida, a moped, large screen TV, and much, much more!)
100% of the “Tree Festival” proceeds go directly to the charities.

As you do your holiday shopping this year, please remember us! While shopping Amazon Smile, choose “Agape House, Inc.” as your charity of choice.Proceeds from your purchases will be donated to us.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

COME HEAR OUR GIRLS SING,

SHOP FOR GIFTS FOR LOVED ONES,

TOUR THE HOME & SCHOOL FOR BOYS,

AND ENJOY CHRISTMAS REFRESHMENTS!

A Time for Everything….

Boys School to Open Monday September 16th
Help Needed this Saturday
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
at 119 Phillips Avenue, Walworth
The Boys School will be starting on Monday! Can you offer your time to help this ministry embrace it’s new season of healing for all teens? Whoever can help or if you know anyone that can help we will be putting the final touches together Saturday September 14th. We need painting, cleaning, and organizing of the boys school and home.
Dear Friends,
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
As the new school year begins, I would like to send praises to the Lord for all the wonderful staff, families, students and things, He has already provided for us. The 2019-2020 school year brings about changes in our ministry. With the boys school and home opening their doors this Monday, I am grateful to be a member of this amazing staff.
I asked the girls what they would like for prayers and ideas about what I should address. They were very willing to come up with some great ideas and topics.
The students are asking for prayer in these areas:
With some of them being away from home and not having contact with their families, asking that the Lord to take away the worry about what is going on at home without them. That God would send healing to those with health issues and that are receiving medical attention. Lord, bring these students peace and allow them to concentrate on their healing.
That the goals they have set can be achieved with grace and ease. May the Lord open their minds to receive the education and healing. Walk with them Lord, as they navigate right from wrong. Help them to to seek you in making the right decisions. Bring unity to them and may they create a strong sisterhood and brotherhood filled with love and understanding. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” ~Psalm 133:1
My heart was filled with joy, at these requests. With this new season and time, I marvel at the way God has already touch some of these children’s lives. I feel the Lord’s embrace as I continue to walk beside each of them. 3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
Witnessing His truth being welcomed into these precious children’s hearts, is one of the most rewarding parts of my involvement in this ministry. Here’s to a season of healing and learning.
Please keep in your prayers, the boys school and home, as this is truly a new season.
Blessings,
Diane Frese
Resident Assistant, Teacher’s Aide

Approaching the Finish Line

Dear Friends,
We’re coming across the finish line with the renovation at the Home and School for Boys in Walworth!
Here is a list of tasks that need to be done yet; if you can help we would be so grateful and very encouraged!
Tasks (in order of importance):
  • Concrete/Wood Ramp
  • Framing
  • Electric Power
  • Lighting
  • Vents
  • Sheetrock Hung and Finished
  • Tile Installed
  • Painting
  • Vanities Installed
  • Cabinet’s Installed
  • Fixtures: plumbing/lighting/receptacles
  • Alarms Installed
  • Doors Installed
  • Windows Installed
If you are able to help, please call Bob Milliman at 815.404.1629.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.

A Step Closer to the Truth

Dear Friends,

As this school year is coming to the end, I would like to reflect upon how God has touched these teens’ lives. We’ve had a good year. The girls arrived last September; some with tears in their eyes, others reluctantly, others afraid, and some with a smile. I don’t think any of them knew quite what God had in store for them this year: more tears as they grieved past wounds, overcoming fears and learning bravery, accepting circumstances, and choosing life. None of us know just what God has in store for us – what’s around the next corner. But He is in control. Our prayer is these girls, our staff and our friends will learn to rest and trust in God as we near each curve, bump or hill on our path.

With the highs and the lows of this journey, the girls have grown. They have grown in the knowledge and love of the Lord. They have grown to love themselves a little more than yesterday. They are continuing to grow. A seed has been planted in each of them. It is being watered by the Holy Spirit. As it grows, they are healing and being set free by the truth.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 14:6

I pray that we each step forward in truth, and that we allow the Holy Spirit to water our seed of faith. With our growth, we are healed and our chains are broken so that we may experience the freedom of walking in a true relationship with The Father.

Summer Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 AM – 3 PM

or by appointment call 262-275-6466

 

Praise Reports: 

The girls were given an assignment to pick three random words and to create one sentence for each word. Diane took those random sentences to create a poem. The growth of the girls can be seen in the powerful I AM statements in the poem. To read the poem, click here: Thoughts by the Agape Girls

Prayer Requests: 

As J- term starts, please pray that the students and families use the tools they have learned to make an easy transition. We pray that they continue to set healthy boundaries with each other. We pray that God continues to meet them in those moments of unrest and uncertainty.

We pray that God will bring the staff that is needed for the Agape Home and School for Boys. We ask that He answer our call for House Parents and Resident Assistants for the 2019-2020 school year.

Agape Home and School for Girls is praying to fill employment opportunities for the 2019-2020 school. A teacher and teacher’s aide position are currently vacant.

We ask God to bring us the people that have a heart for this ministry to fill the areas that are open.

Job descriptions and qualifications can be found by clicking this link: 2019-2020 School Year Employment Opportunities

 

CAN YOU HELP US COMPLETE THIS PROJECT?

We are excited to continue working on preparing the home and school for new boy residents!

Come and join us at 119 Philips Ave in Walworth.

We’ll be there every Saturday from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm until it’s finished.

Call Bob Milliman with questions: (815) 404.1629

 

 

 

 

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