“Perspective adds a breath of fresh air to the otherwise suffocating demands of life”- Chuck Swindol
In Ministry and in human nature it’s so easy to desire the comforts of the sheep pen. The safe green pastures, tender fresh shoots of grass and the trickling brooks of cool crisp water. We want comfort and there is safety in routine. There is danger in routine and comfort also. The Christian is called by God to the risky, the uncomfortable. Wandering in the desert is risky, stepping out of the boat is risky, standing before Goliath was risky, Calling out Pharisee’s was risky, a virgin, betrothed birth was risky, placing your son on an altar was risky….Love is risky…and so is change. Abiding in the Lord is the best way to gain a new perspective when fear try’s to set in. Abiding often looks like hiding in the shelter of the most high..
” He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler”
Whats been going on around here? Lots of hustle and bustle. Last year was all about getting our schools standards up of which we accomplished by gaining ACSI accreditation for our high school. This year part of Richards five-year plan was all about getting our office procedures ready for audit and hopefully pursuing private grant money. We are in the thick of that right now. I (Trish), and several other office volunteers have been busy at work helping Richard implement all the changes taking place. Us office gals just came up with our vision statement for the office;
“A place of prayer, a place of joy…..and a place of chocolate.”
It’s fun seeing things take shape as we all learn to work together, cross training and meeting bi-monthly. With all the transition from new software, new payroll service, and financial audits you can imagine its been very important for me personally to step away and gain perspective.
As some of you know Elesha has been flagged for Dyslexia and thanks to the help of Quail Lakes Baptist we are going to be able to get an actual diagnosis which will help me as her teacher get more resources in teaching her to read. She has recently started vision therapy and is making great improvements with that but we still have along way to go. Brielle is doing much better and by God’s grace her eating problems have subsided. In the process we discovered that a severe hystamine intollerance contributed to her struggles. Please be praying for me as I navigate the ministry demands and the demands of homeschooling three kids, one with reading struggles. Gabe and Abby are doing so well they both are heavly involved with their youth group and growing leaps and bounds in their faith. What a joy for us to watch. Gabe is a part of student leadership where he is discipled and molded. Both kids are a part of the worship team. I seriously still stand in awe that the Lord would give wretches like Richard and I children who are seeking the Lord. Ellie’s main motivation lately to read is she wants to read the Bible!! Bless the Lord…please pray for them.
Staffing has been fun, exciting and strenuous as we have new staff that recently joined us and we lost our main office person and her husband. Thankfully we are in the new schedule and things are taming. We are still looking for more dedicated staff who have a heart for troubled boys!
With the boys lots has been going on. Over leave many of the guys had great reports from their parents. One of our boys just took his ASFAB while at home and is going to get sworn into the Navy his next leave home. One of our mentee’s on his last leave went to visit two universities, Dallas Baptist, and a tech school in Texas. Our other Mentee just graduated the program last week. While he was here he was volunteering on the fire department in hopes to be an EMT. One of the FH’s board members has offered him a job and we have opened our home to him. We are committed to his success but still really covet your prayers as we navigate helping him into adulthood. He was the FH’s highest ranking boy in who knows how many years. As some of you know we had a staff man fighting brain cancer, he has since passed. When he got diagnosed he determined to show the boys how to struggle or die with boldness and faith. Teaching the boys what unwavering faith looks like in the face of trial. He had such a tremendous impact on the boys and his example made an imprint on their hearts. His service is this Sat and many of the boys will attend.
As you can see we have been very busy but have been very blessed in all of the ups and downs. Thank you so much for your support! We love this ministry and cherish the opportunity to be here. THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE.
Some photos from graduation
Richard, Tricia, Gabriel, Abigail, Elesha, and Brielle