~ our teens, whether they are at home or here at Agape, that they see God’s unconditional LOVE in the staff who have chosen to continue to come alongside of them, as we emphasize that we are trusting God and not walking in fear.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
Come Celebrate the warmth & wonder of Christmas at our
OPEN HOUSE & CHRISTMAS GIFT BAZAAR
Sunday, December 8, 2019
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.