Abundant thanks to these wonderful women from Hope Church in Oakdale who came and helped with much-needed office projects!
Thanks to all the volunteers and many donations that are making our new shelters possible! Here's a glimpse of those who've contributed recently.
Many thanks to recent Basic Needs donors (some are pictured below).
Your practical gifts enable our women to focus on their families and healing, as they move forward into the places God has for them. Thank you!
We are SO thankful to Jessica Bartholomew of ACT United (Anti Child Trafficking) for coming to The Dwelling Place and training our staff and residents on all things regarding sex trafficking.
The information she passionately presented was absolutely invaluable.
We were educated on how to spot victims, grooming tactics, warning signs/red flags of traffickers, how to get victims help, Minnesota laws pertaining to sex trafficking and so much more.
Thank you, Jessica!
To learn more about ACT United, visit:http://actunited.org/
Thank you, Northeast Bank, for becoming a sponsor for the upcoming "Impact!" breakfast on April 10th.
Mike Scholl from Northeast Bank stopped by our office to deliver the sponsorship check to Linda Wiza, our Executive Director.
We thank God for business leaders who recognize the need and make addressing domestic abuse a priority!
Our complimentary breakfast for Twin Cities businesses and civic leaders will be located at the Tournament Players Clubhouse in Blaine.
You can learn more and sign up for the breakfast here.
February 2018 marked the 20 Year Anniversary of The Dwelling Place!
Do those who founded and led this ministry 20 years ago imagine the impact The Dwelling Place would have on the lives of so many women and children who found safety and hope here through Christ's love? Or imagine the impact of the volunteers who gave of their time and talent, or the impact of generous financial partners who supported the ministry in so many ways, or the impact of The Dwelling Place staff who expressed their hearts through their work as they walked the path with very fragile lives every day?
We know that they desired God would use it for His purposes, but doubt anyone could have imagined (even now) how God would transform and impact so many lives in the span of 20 years!
What we know…
- Countless women and children have experienced the love of Jesus Christ faithfully shared through multiple staff and volunteers. Many have trusted their lives to Jesus, receiving His redeeming power and hope that heals and restores broken lives.
What we see…
- Women and children, broken by abuse and loss (in ways most cannot even imagine), discovering a new identity in Christ that, through faith, produces the confidence to move forward (through many barriers) to heal, gain hope, and live free from abuse and fear.
What we believe…
- "Our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. To Him be all glory and honor and praise!" Ephesians 3:20, 21
- God is continually drawing us close to His heart. He guides us step by step on this path to serve women and children well, lay the solid foundation for growth, and depend upon His mighty love, power, and provision every day!
Our trust and hope is in God, believing the past 20 years is just the beginning of what He has in store for those connected with The Dwelling Place!
SAVE THE DATE!
On Tuesday, April 10th, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Business and Civic Leaders Breakfast!
Please mark your calendar and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you so much to Eagle Brook Church - Spring Lake Park for throwing an event called “Share the Love” for our women and kids!
Everyone had a wonderful time eating brunch, meeting new people, and hearing a powerful testimony of what God can do in the life of someone who has experienced abuse.
Thanks again EBC Spring Lake Park!
Saturday, February 24
Please join us for the Mosaics Dance Company performance "Farther Along" at North Heights Lutheran Church at 3 p.m.
This event is open to the public, no tickets required.
This is a fundraiser and Basic Needs Drive for The Dwelling Place.
Please help us get the word out: (Download Poster)
Please join us!
Growth is a funny thing. We desire it. We talk about it. We even pray and plan for it.
Then, when we see growth happening we are often surprised!
As we see over and over, it always goes better when we trust God, and it is faith-building to see His wonderful provisions so lovingly given!
Over the past months we shared discoveries and indicators of healing in the women and children we serve. Truly, it is somewhat difficult to describe because we don't always see what God is doing in the course of daily routines, bible studies and prayer time, conversations shared and, perhaps especially, in the spaces that come in the evenings as peace and safety profoundly allow for uninterrupted sleep and the replenishment of body, mind, and spirit. Growth comes as God works in hearts.
On the facilities side of growth, God is successfully moving us toward completion of our newest home, Esther's Place. The Lord has revealed one wonderful surprise after another as He has brought dedicated volunteers and generous contributions of building materials. This structure will soon be a safe place to call home for women and children who desperately need a place to live in peace and gain all that is needed to live lives that are free from abuse.
What we have not shared is how growth in the homes has impacted the space we use for daily business.
Since August our business offices have occupied two bedrooms in the house being renovated. We have known that office space was taking up space where women and children could be living. For several months we considered different options for office space away from the homes. We prayed, watched and waited.
Well, our God goes before us in surprising ways! Late in December He led us to the perfect place to relocate our business offices. In addition, it provides better space to train, equip, and engage volunteers. It also allows for a place for people to drop off donations of tangible items without compromising the location confidentiality of our homes.
We are thrilled!
God is growing The Dwelling Place ministry to fulfill its mission in beautiful ways and we praise Him for His loving care and goodness!
I trust you will also see God's wonderful surprises as He lovingly produces growth in your life!