Faith, Hope and Love: Reflections on 2017 from our Executive Director, Linda Wiza

This is a time of extreme thankfulness as we look back on 2017.

I am thankful for each of our supporters and partners, our dedicated staff and board, and each woman and child we come to know, love, and serve.

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To each one I sincerely echo the words from Paul to the Thessalonian church: “We remember before our God and Father
• your work prompted by faith,
• your labor prompted by love, and
• your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” - 1 Thessalonians 1:3

First of all, we remember and are thankful before our God and Father, the Provider of all abundance and mercy, for His hand on this ministry. Through Him, we see the fruits of faith, love, and hope.

By faith we stepped out to purchase another duplex and the Lord provided not only the funding, but is now providing much of the labor and materials through so many partners and volunteers. It’s amazing to see His body at work (your labor prompted by love) to bring forth safe homes for 14 new women and children who will soon be under our roof and in our care.

By faith we stepped out to create a unique program for women during their first 30 days with us. This program provides a better onboarding experience and allows us to share the knowledge and hope of the gospel and the dynamics of domestic abuse in a more focused manner.

Your labor prompted by love is evident is so many ways! Individuals along with church, business, and civic groups are providing basic needs for shared use in our homes. Volunteers are helping with a variety of needs: from childcare and tutoring for children and life skills classes for women, to lawn care, snow removal, and maintenance for our homes.

The women and children who have endured such trauma and hardship are now finding another type of life with endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. They are able to heal through His strength and power and to dream again about a future free from abuse. We saw many families move on to homes of their own and a new path for their lives in 2017, and believe this is God’s intent for more families in 2018.

We now pray that as you share this work with us your faith will continue to grow!

We pray you know how the love you have shown to others is producing fruit.

We pray your enduring kindness to this ministry now, and into the future, will inspire hope in our Lord Jesus Christ and the full life He has for all!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him!

Linda Wiza
Executive Director