Why Am I the Way I Am?

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 in NON-PROFIT STORIES | 0 comments

He hung around the edges of the soccer field, mocking younger sixth graders as they practiced.  Henry’s reputation was as a school bully. Discerning the distraction, Coach Carlos plotted his path around the practice field to approach Henry. Then, close enough, Coach looked over at Henry and extended his hand, “Hey Henry, I hear you’re a really good player.  Your school’s team could really use you.”   Expecting to be admonished, Henry was bewildered by the invitation. “This team?” Henry recoiled,  “I don’t think so.” But, as his arrogance and fear subsided, he sneered, “I’ll think about it.”   Over the next few days, Coach Carlos sought Henry out in the hallways, he dropped in on his classes and ‘hung out’ in Henry’s mandatory tutorial; just building a relationship. Henry joined the soccer team. Coach found that Henry was a really good offensive player and scorer. Then, one day Coach Carlos heard a familiar voice at the other end of the soccer field, “Don’t worry, I’ve got your back!” The smaller sixth graders that Henry used to ridicule were now being encouraged by him. Henry had chosen to play defense.   Later in the season, while Carlos was coaching from the sidelines, Henry walked up and asked, “Why am I the way I am?“ Coach Carlos understood the question coming from his player, a school bully. “Come over here,” Coach motioned, wrapping his arm around Henry’s shoulder. While shouting encouragement to his team, Coach felt Henry’s arm around his back.  Side by side, arm in arm they stood together on the sidelines. As Coach pulled him in tighter, Henry reciprocated. Then Coach turned, face to face with Henry. They hugged.  “See, that’s all you needed,” Coach said. Henry smiled, childlike, and hugged his Coach another time.   Every child just wants to be known and loved. A hug embraces hope. Love changes lives. “He was a bully!  Now Henry helps me,” said a 6th grade teammate.  The school had been his auditorium, the classroom his stage. By “acting out” Henry could influence a whole school. Now,  Henry is a leader, for good – no longer a “bully” he’s become a “Buddy.”   That’s what you have done through your support of Jubilee REACH. You’ve changed lives, futures and families. It is written, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”   Thank you for investing in Henry and Jubilee REACH.   We are grateful, Brent Christie Executive...

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No Matter What – God Is At Work

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor all things work  together and are fitting into a plan for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose.”  (Amplified Bible) Romans 8:28   You may be going through some stuff right now.  You may have important decisions to make or you may be faced with a financial situation that you don’t see any way out of.  Or it’s a health issue that you’re struggling with.  You may need help with your children, your marriage or your job.   No matter what your situation may be right now, Romans 8:28 is the right word for you.  Not all things are good but all things work to the good.  God is El-Shaddai, the God of more than enough.  He’s in your life working all things to your good.  He is always there to turn your messes around, to intervene on your behalf.  Again the Amplified Bible reads, “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.”   DECLARATION:  I declare that I will speak Romans 8:28 daily over my circumstances and I will commit my life daily to trusting that you are working all things, all circumstances in my life to my...

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You Have a Choice

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them,  for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you.”  (NASB) Deuteronomy 31:6 “Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.   With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.”  (NASB) Psalm 73:23–24 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.” (NASB) Psalm 46:1-3 The two greatest enemies to our soul are fear and worry.  These have a way of paralyzing us and robbing our joy.  However, you do have a choice.  You can allow these enemies to continue to control you or you can let His presence envelop you.  You can let these scriptures saturate your soul and continually be assured that whatever the circumstances might be in your life, our Heavenly Father will never leave you or forsake...

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Our Non-Profit Partner, New Horizons, Is Growing

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New Horizons brand new EXALT program (Experience, Attain and Lead Together) provides youth with paid job training, life skills and the supportive relationships necessary to successfully exit homelessness. EXALT builds on two important ministries that have long been part of the fabric of New Horizons: mentorship and job training.  With added structure and intention, EXALT helps elevate these ministries and achieve tangible results for youth: Experience:  Youth receive six months of intensive job training in one of four Apprentice positions – Street Bean, Peer Outreach, Facilities and Administrative. Attain:  Youth gain financial footing as they earn a weekly stipend and learn financial literacy and other life skills through the Leadership Institute, a 12-week course. Lead:  Youth apply new skills and strengths as they take on increasing responsibility. Together:  Youth work on goals with their case manager and build a healthy, caring relationship with a mentor. The first two EXALT apprentices started their positions in January and all four positions will be up and running by July.  NHM is excited to see how this program transforms the lives of their youth and our community.  Please join us in praying for these young people throughout this process and...

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Safety In Counsel

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Where there is no guidance people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.”  (NASB)  Proverbs 11:14 John Bass, one of our business leaders, shared this, “If I involve my mentor, it is easier to stay on target because he will hold me accountable.”  Mentorship is defined by Wikipedia as “a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.”   What are some thoughts in choosing your mentors? 1. More than one mentor is better as the Scripture says, “in abundance of counselors there is victory.” 2. Make a list of those who are both knowledgeable and full of wisdom that you would want on your list. 3. Pray over the list, specifically asking God to show you whom to ask.  “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps (NASB).”  Proverbs 16:9 4. A mentor is a powerful roll model, therefore look for someone of great character who does what he says he will do. 5. Look for mentors who are creative, honest, empathetic, authentic and faith builders. 6. Be forever grateful for the mentorship so that your mentors are not taken for...

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