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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)

AMAZON SMILE
Did you know you can support Agape House for Girls just by shopping Amazon for your holiday gift giving needs? Many of you shop Amazon weekly and don’t even realize that we are part of Amazon’s amazing give back program, Amazon Smile!

All you have to do is shop https://smile.amazon.com, choose Agape House, Inc. and every purchase you make, Amazon donates money to our mission! You can give year ’round just by shopping! So easy!!

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

Jesus Calms the Storm

Dear Friends:

“…a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’
He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’
Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” ~ Matthew 8:25-26

 

It’s been ‘stormy’ at Agape House this past week; the waves have been sweeping over the boat. Unlike the disciples who were with Jesus in the boat that day when He was sleeping through the storm, we know that Jesus is walking right beside us through these difficult times for our girls. So, with great faith, we are asking you to pray in agreement with us to command the winds and waves to be calm, in Jesus’ name. Amen

Please Pray For:
~ our girls to surrender all to God, trusting that He will be there with them as they walk through the storms of life.

~ the ability to honestly look at belief systems that are interfering with taking bold steps towards healing.

~ school staff to be refreshed during Spring break!

~ girls to connect well with one another during the unstructured time of spring break, and to enjoy the special outings planned.

~ for those who God is calling to be in our program in the Fall; we continue to receive calls about young ladies in need of this program. Pray for God to open the door wide for those he desires to be in our program, and for a hedge of protection around them as they wait out these next few months before they can start our program, or that they will find another program to meet their needs. The stories are always heart-wrenching!

Praise God For:
~ another successful Clothing Exchange, held by Cyndie Devries, and the opportunity for the girls to volunteer at this event!

~ faithful volunteer tutors who come week after week to teach the girls!

~ many goals accomplished for the end of 3rd quarter!

Blessings . . .

Jan & Kym

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17

Life Skills w/Bob M: Woodworking
We are blessed to have a variety of volunteers come alongside of our girls and help them learn some life skills. Today the girls enjoyed having Bob Milliman help them make a wooden drum.

HOPE

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow
with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
~ Romans 15:13

HOPE: This is what we are clinging to, as we walk through the difficult journeys with each girl at Agape House, trusting God to meet them right where they are at. It’s a simple four-letter word, yet without HOPE, what do we have? Despair, Desperation, Despondency and Hopelessness.
Despair: a state of mind caused by circumstances that seem too much to cope with. Despair suggests total loss of hope, which may be passive or may drive one to furious efforts.
Desperation is usually an active state, the abandonment of hope impelling to a furious struggle against adverse circumstances,with utter disregard of consequences: an act of desperation when everything else has failed.
Despondency is a state of deep gloom and disheartenment: a spell of despondency.
Hopelessness is a loss of hope so complete as to result in a more or less permanent state of passive despair: a state of hopelessness and apathy.

These are complicated issues, and we cannot help anyone overcome them without God. Thus, we enter into the Easter season with expectancy; a season filled with HOPE.

Please pray for:
~ our Agape Angels to be filled with an overflowing abundance of HOPE that leads them to joy and peace.

~ our staff to be strengthened in His ways and filled with His wisdom and discernment, as we make so many decision throughout our days, advocating for these girls and their families.

~ our girls’ families, as they deal with a myraid of situations that crop up in their lives as they seek healing.

~ those girls who are yet to come to Agape House to have peace about making this courageous decision, and for their families to be filled with His courage as they trust the care of their daughters to the staff at Agape House.

Praise God For:
~ this ministry and the hope and healing to be found at this special place called Agape House!

~ the hope of finding freedom as we come to know the beauty of who we are in Christ!

~ the reminder of why God gave up His only Son to die on the cross for us, so that we might have the hope of eternity in heaven with God!

Blessings . . .

Jan

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
~ 2 Corinthians 3:17

A Visit from the Brooklife Church
Thank you to the women of Brooklife Church who visited
the girls at Agape House last week. They spent time
getting to know the girls, and sharing a healthy yogurt bar of treats. I’m told that the girls really enjoyed the visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5K Event (Please see info on last week’s post)

WISH LIST
Lunch Providers for School (Contact Debby @ 262.394.5043 if you’re interested)
Drawing/Painting paper, 11 x 14 or larger
Canvas for painting, any size
Vacuum in good working order (for C.C.)
Volunteers to provide and serve school lunches (Contact Debby at 262.394.5043)
Healthy snacks, i.e., almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, beef sticks, and low sugar protein drinks
CDs for School: Tedash, Mandesa, Lecray, Amanda Cook, Bethel, i.e., Melissa Hessler, Leeland Mooring, Kristen Dimarco
CDs for Home: KB, Toby Mac, Andy Mineo, Hillsong United – Need to Breathe, Francesca Battistelle, United Pursuit, Gungor, Matt Kearney, Audrey Assad, The Modern Post, All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collection
File Cabinets, 2-drawer/vertical w/lock

Love never fails

Agape House 5k Run Walk Stroll

April 28th 

Walk amazed with God!

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 or Download Registration and Sponsor forms at
www.AgapeHouseHeals.org/Events

Pre-Registration Entry Fee (by April 9th) – $20, includes
commemorative t-shirt, lunch and event.
Walk-ins/Late Registrants – $30; not guaranteed a t-shirt
(Children 16 & under are FREE; t-shirt and lunch are optional at $5 each)

Fee is waived with $100 or more in sponsorship donations;
***Prizes awarded to 3*** with highest sponsorship monies raised

***Canopy Tours of Lake Geneva***  has donated a Gift Certificate for Two for a 2.5 hour guided zip line canopy tour!

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

Dear Friends:

The journey is never easy, and often we don’t have the answers as to why things are so difficult . . . but in the midst of the most difficult situations, it’s good to remember the healing power of His love!

“Love never fails.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:8

Blessings . . .

Jan
PRAY FOR:
~ our girls to see the lies they are believing in their lives, and to learn to replace those lies with God’s truth.

~ the staff and parents to be able to provide the patient, love and nurturing that our girls need.

~ our staff to be strengthened in His ways and filled with His wisdom and discernment, as we make so many decision throughout our days.

Praise God For:
~ God’s never-ending, unconditional love; it can be the answer for so many situations.

~ the ongoing support and encouragement we receive from all of you as we all work together to make a difference in the lives of the girls and their families.

~ Agape House, a special place for young girls to find the hope and healing they need.

~ the hope of finding freedom as we come to know the beauty of who we are in Christ!

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17

Wish List:
Drawing/Painting paper, 11 x 14 or larger
Canvas for painting, any size
Vacuum in good working order (for C.C.)
Volunteers to provide and serve school lunches (Contact Debby at 262.394.5043)
Healthy snacks, i.e., almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, beef sticks, and low sugar protein drinks
CDs for School: Tedash, Mandesa, Lecray, Amanda Cook, Bethel, i.e., Melissa Hessler, Leeland Mooring, Kristen Dimarco
CDs for Home: KB, Toby Mac, Andy Mineo, Hillsong United – Need to Breathe, Francesca Battistelle, United Pursuit, Gungor, Matt Kearney, Audrey Assad, The Modern Post, All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collection
File Cabinets, 2-drawer/vertical w/lock

Life Skills / Grocery Shopping

Seneca, Haylee and El – While they were happy to get out of the classroom for this ‘price comparison’ lesson, I’m not so sure they enjoyed the task at hand!

Going Through the Dark Valley

Dear Friends:

“Even when I go through the darkest valley,
I will fear no danger, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff – they comfort me.” ~ Psalm 23:4

For those of you who read the prayer blog we sent out on Monday, you know that we have been walking through a dark valley here at Agape House. This is no surprise to most of us here because we know that for these girls to find the healing they need, they are going to be challenged. Praise God that we also know that on the other side of that dark valley there is freedom, hope and healing, as we trust in God to be our strength, and so much more! We know the battle has already been won; we just need to learn to walk it out.

I am reminded every year as we go through the Easter Season that it aligns with the time of year when our girls and their families are truly learning the meaning of what was done for us when Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins – Amazing!

Blessings . . .

Jan

Praise God For:
~ a comment I heard one of our girls make yesterday:
“I never thought I would finish high school, and now I am only 6 PACEs away!”

~ the compassion our girls have for others going through difficult situations!

~ the fact that God is with us as we walk through the dark valleys in our lives!

PRAY FOR:
~ our girls and their families to not fear danger as they walk through the dark valley, but rather to be encouraged knowing that God is with them, comforting them with His rod and staff.

~ all of the girls to recognize that the next 90 days are going to fly right by, and that each day is a precious nugget for them to live to the fullest, walking out the healing that God has in store for them.

~ our staff to take time to rest in God so that we are all strengthened to give our best for the remainder of the school year.

“He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” ~ Isaiah 61:1b-2a

Wish List:
Vacuum in good working order (for C.C.)
Volunteers to provide and serve school lunches (Contact Debby at 262.394.5043)
Healthy snacks, i.e., almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, beef sticks, and low sugar protein drinks
CDs for School: Tedash, Mandesa, Lecray, Amanda Cook, Bethel, i.e., Melissa Hessler, Leeland Mooring, Kristen Dimarco
CDs for Home: KB, Toby Mac, Andy Mineo, Hillsong United – Need to Breathe, Francesca Battistelle, United Pursuit, Gungor, Matt Kearney, Audrey Assad, The Modern Post, All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collection
File Cabinets, 2-drawer/vertical w/lock

5K Reminder: Run Walk Stroll, Amazed with God
We hope you will join us for our annual 5K on April 28th
and get your teams ready to help us bring awareness about
Child Abuse Prevention Month

***Register or Download Registration and Sponsor forms at
www.AgapeHouseHeals.org/Events

Pre-Registration Entry Fee (by April 9th) – $20, includes
commemorative t-shirt, lunch and event.
Walk-ins/Late Registrants – $30; not guaranteed a t-shirt
(Children 16 & under are FREE; t-shirt and lunch are optional at $5 each)

Fee is waived with $100 or more in sponsorship donations;
Prizes awarded to 3 with highest sponsorship monies raised

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

School Service Project:
The girls are visiting the residents at Inspiration Ministries today. They will spend time helping them write letters, note cards, etc. to loved ones.

February 2018 Newsletter

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

  • Walking AMAZED With God by Pam Patterson, Executive Director
  • This Year in the Home
  • Let Our Heart Beats Echo … We Are Loved by Hillary Jones, Agape RA
  • Beauty for Ashes by Hailee Middleton, an Agape Student
  • APRIL is National Volunteer Appreciation Month
  • Santa Cause Thank You
  • 5K Event Information

Please click on this link: February 2018 Newsletter

Prayer Against Spiritual Warfare

Dear Friends:

Please pray the following prayer with us against the enemy on behalf of our girls and their families:

Jesus, we recognize that the enemy is at work again. He’s trying to discourage us to sidetrack us from working through our issues by tempting us, causing us to give up or take our eyes off You.

We need your supernatural power, Lord, to stand strong and not surrender. Physical force won’t help, because You’ve said the weapons of our warfare are different from those in this world. As believers, ours are powerful and can demolish strongholds and lies. These weapons originate from You. By Your precious name and blood, Jesus, we’re asking you to confuse Satan and cancel his attempts to shut down Your influence upon us. Help us not to become discouraged or to give in when heavy times of testing come.

We know that when we are weak, You, Lord, are strong, and You are our only source of help. We cannot fight without You. Teach all of us how to pray to trust You to pull down those strongholds that keep us or others helpless. Guard us from isolation that leaves us exposed and vulnerable. You destroyed the enemy by Your death and resurrection. But the enemy keeps showing up, whispering lies, twisting truth, and attempting to inflate our selfish pride; he never gives up.

We are declaring the devil and his demons liars today, Lord. Through the power of Your precious name and blood, we agree with Your word and prayer, Lord, are our secret weapons. We belong to You, and that fills us with a powerful God-confidence. We want to constantly dress in the spiritual armor You give us. Help us use it to defend others from Satan’s fiery darts as well. No one and nothing can snatch us away from Your hand.

Strengthen our faith, Lord. Forgive our sins so that we may be clean in Your righteousness. Make us brave, so we can stand and fight the spiritual battles in our lives and in our world. Give us Your wisdom and discernment so we won’t be caught off guard. Together, Lord, we’ll win because in truth, You already have.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen! (Prayer by Crosswalk)

“For God so loved the world that He gave
His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish
but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16

Blessings…
Jan

Praise God For:
~ the blessing that the annual Spa Day was for our girls on the 16th of February. We would like to thank the following people who helped to make the whole event so special:

– Jasmine Salon & Spa and Staff
– Earth, Wind & Flowers
– Pesche’s Greenhouse
– Sandy’s Upscale Consignment
– Tuscan Tavern & Grill
– Barb Ditzenberger
– Joanie Michalski
– Kimberly Ausen
– Frank and Mary Lou

~ truth and prayers being spoken by one of our girls in a difficult situation!

~ all of you, our faithful prayer warriors.

~ the knowledge that the battle has already been won!

Wish List:
Volunteers to provide and serve school lunches (Contact Debby at 262.394.5043)
Snow pants & snow boots, various sizes, so the girls can go sledding
Healthy snacks, i.e., almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, beef sticks, and low sugar protein drinks
New Laptop Computer
CDs for School: Tedash, Mandesa, Lecray, Amanda Cook, Bethel, i.e., Melissa Hessler, Leeland Mooring, Kristen Dimarco
CDs for Home: KB, Toby Mac, Andy Mineo, Hillsong United – Need to Breathe, Francesca Battistelle, United Pursuit, Gungor, Matt Kearney, Audrey Assad, The Modern Post, All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collection
File Cabinets, 2-drawer/vertical w/lock
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)

Taste and see . . .

“Taste and see that the Lord is good;

Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” ~ Psalm 34:8

Dear Friends:

I am always happy when we reach the end of January; to me it seems like the longest month of the year. The holiday celebrations are over, the days are short and cold, we’re dealing with winter weather conditions (although this year has not been too bad), and we need to think about getting our taxes done by April 15th! And through all of this, we are blessed because we are able to see how good God is, and take refuge in Him, all the time.
And now that we have reached the end of the month, we will see the days begin to fly by . . . soon we will have April Showers and May Flowers; God is good!

Blessings . . .

Jan

Walk Amazed With God at our 5K on Saturday, April 28, 2018. See full details and registration on our Events tab.

Please Pray For:
~ this ministry to be all that God has planned, and for our Board members to seek God’s wisdom and discernment regarding upcoming decisions.

~ a time of rest (and refuge in God) for our staff and volunteers over the next few weeks as some take time for vacations; as well as for safe travel and God’s blessings to pour forth.

~ Our Agape Angels by name: Anna, El, Ella, Emma, Farica, Grace, Hannah, Haylee, Jay, Kira, Laura, Megan, Savanah, Tessa and Vanna; that they seek God’s refuge and truly taste and see that the Lord is good!

Praise God For:
~ patience as we implement new ways to help our girls be successful in reaching their goals – God is good.

~ our volunteers who give endless hours helping the girls to see the goodness of God, as they overcome hurdles in their lives – God is good.

~ all who have helped provide so many items on our never-ending Wish List – God is good!

Wish List:
Volunteers to provide and serve school lunches (Contact Debby at 262.394.5043)
Mentors needed for girls (Contact Pam at 262.275.6466)
Snow pants & snow boots, various sizes, so the girls can go sledding
Healthy snacks, i.e., almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, beef sticks, and low sugar protein drinks
New Laptop Computer
NIV Bibles for use in the Classroom
CDs for School: Tedash, Mandesa, Lecray, Amanda Cook, Bethel, i.e., Melissa Hessler, Leeland Mooring, Kristen Dimarco
CDs for Home: KB, Toby Mac, Andy Mineo, Hillsong United – Need to Breathe, Francesca Battistelle, United Pursuit, Gungor, Matt Kearney, Audrey Assad, The Modern Post, All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collection
File Cabinets, 2-drawer/vertical w/lock
Games: Spin Master Hedbanz, Speak Out, Farcle or any new board, card or dice game
Drawing and Construction Paper
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)

Fully Equipped

Mark Your Calendars for our 5K on April 28, 2018; register at website under ‘Get Involved/Events’

Dear Friends:

It’s been a busy week at Agape House, on so many levels; with some moments better than others! Through it all, it’s good to know that we can trust God to equip us each day to deal with any and all difficult situations that might arise.

“For the eyes of the Lord move to and from throughout the earth so that He may support those whose heart is completely His.”  ~ II Chronicles 16:9

There was a special birthday luncheon on Tuesday, sponsored by Terri Sitorius, as the girls were treated to a delicious meal with fun New Year’s decorations and gift bags. Those girls who have a birthday this month received special gifts, too.

And we celebrate each girl’s birthday big time when it arrives. There were special treats and activities in school on Wednesday for one of our girls’ birthday, as well as after school in the Home. This young lady officially became a teenager this week, and she clearly portrayed evidence of becoming a teenager: 13 going on 30!

A few days ago we had Rebecca from Lighthouse Church share her testimony with the girls at chapel, wherein she talked about having a ‘Back Story’. She explained that when we are going through a challenging situation in life, we need to be able to look back and remember the times that God has helped us get through difficult situations and how we were blessed: this is a ‘Back Story’. What a beautiful testimony for our girls to hear!

Today the girls are visiting the Lakeland Animal Shelter where they will learn about the adoption process of pets.

The list of activities goes on and on; there’s hardly a dull moment around here. And best of all, through the ups and downs, we see God’s love in action!

Blessings . . .

Jan

Please Pray For:
~ our girls to know the beauty of how much our God loves us, and that He is looking out to support those whose heart is completely His.

~ physical, emotional and spiritual healing for our girls. One of our girls is at home recouping from surgery she had after Christmas; pray for her to stay strengthened and hopeful for the time when she is ready to return to Agape and that her healing is progressive in a positive way. Another girl is struggling immensely; and one of our girls is asking for prayers for her brothers to have safe travel and find their way into the light of God!

~ the staff to continue to be strengthened in Christ’s ways; that we are not discouraged; that we seek God to equip us in the difficult moments; and that we are not pulled into the dark, chaotic moments of the girls.

Praise God For:
~ for the progress we are seeing in some of the girls as we watch them grow closer to God, and learn to deal with their anxieties in more positive, effectual ways. It’s also beautiful to see them encouraging each other in many ways!

~ the many ways God’s love is poured out upon our girls, including those who share their testimonies!

~ that we know God answers prayers.

WISH LIST:

DVD Player for the TLH
New dish towels and dish cloths, about (6)
New bath towels (about 4)
Healthy snacks, i.e., almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, beef sticks, and low sugar protein drinks
Bluetooth Speakers for Classroom
New Laptop Computer
NIV Bibles for use in the Classroom
CDs for School: Tedash, Mandesa, Lecray, Amanda Cook, Bethel, i.e., Melissa Hessler, Leeland Mooring, Kristen Dimarco
CDs for Home: KB, Toby Mac, Andy Mineo, Hillsong United – Need to Breathe, Francesca Battistelle, United Pursuit, Gungor, Matt Kearney, Audrey Assad, The Modern Post, All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collection

Games: Apples to Apples, Spin Master Hedbanz, Speak Out, Farcle or any new board, card or dice game
Drawing and Construction Paper

File Cabinets
Thank You Cards
Stamps
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)

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