Like many of you, we have been through a few challenging years but God has blessed us tremendously through your prayers and support. This year’s church ministry theme is based on Galatians 5:22-23, which read: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Our youth will be examining each characteristic of the Fruit of the Spirit throughout 2022. I’d like to refer to a Bible story used by our Director of Church Ministry to illustrate the fruit of love.
In Exodus 17 we read the account of how two friends show love toward Moses. In this story, Moses is leading the Israelites through the desert during the Exodus from Egypt. At Rephidim the people are attacked by the Amalekites. Moses takes the rod the Lord had given him and go to the top of a hill along with his friends Aaron and Hur. As long as Moses holds up the rod, the Israelites are winning. When Moses’ arms grow tired and he lowers them, the Amalekites are winning. Notice what these loving friends do for Moses: They stand beside him and hold up his arms so that the Israelites win their battle.
Friends, this is what you have done for the Children’s Home. During our times of need, you have come along beside us, holding us up with your prayers and donations. Your love for this ministry has been evident in our ability to care for children and families. You have enabled us to begin construction on the first of two new cottages. Our Family Foster Care & Adoptions and Child Daycare Program have both set new records for youth and families served. Because of you, we have been able to begin an Independent Living Program for older youth in foster care.
God has given us people like yourselves, who have a heart for helping youth. These glimpses into the lives of the children and families we serve demonstrate just how vital you are to our Home. We ask that you remember our Home in your prayers as we strive to care for children now and into the future.
I consider it an honor to serve my Lord through this ministry and am committed to children and families and want this Home to be successful in all its areas of service.