A Message from Our Director
Deborah Lamb, Executive Director
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above
all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in
us,unto him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all
generations forever and ever. Amen Ephesians 3:20-21 (ASV)
Have you seen the beautiful "face lift" of My Father's
In my last message, I told of the donation of vinyl siding by the
president of Certain-Teed. Since then, a home group at Cedar Creek
Church, along with a siding professional, made it possible to
completely install this siding. After 13 years of damaged shingles,
our house was restored to her Victorian glory in only two weeks!
Most importantly, the new siding keeps the home dry, sound and snug
Our ladies and volunteers are now painting the trim to add the
finishing touches to our building's "face lift." As you can see in
the photo, the house is also graced by a beautiful sign above the
front stairs, naming it "My Father's House." This lovely addition
was donated by one of our faithful volunteers.
We received more than we asked or hoped for; we were blessed, as the
verse says, "exceedingly, abundantly." God is great! I never tire of
telling of God's provision, and I never cease to be amazed by His
goodness and His work in the lives of our ladies. Come by soon and
see for yourself the house's new look.
I thank all of you who give generously of your time, talents and
money. Without you, there would be no housing for women in crisis or
for mothers and their children. Sometimes, when donations are low,
as this last month, I must admit I get anxious. Once again all has
been covered and we can praise God for His abundant provision
through His people. God Bless you all!
One Life at a Time...Barb
"I never thought I could feel this good," Barb says.
She came to us last August, homeless and hopeless.
Although a few months "clean" from addiction, Barb needed enormous
support to keep on her path of recovery. Most of all, she needed
Barb's story begins with a family background of drug
and alcohol addiction. "I became an addict at 13," Barb recounts.
.Her difficult past includes battles with addiction, depression,
spent time in jail and even attempted suicide. But she survived, and
warned her sons, Mark (31) and Nick (17), not to be like their
Barb's life turned around when a counselor referred
her to our ministry. At My Father's House, she could "get it
together," as Debbie told her when they first met. And she has.
Now proud of being 16 months substance-free, she
keeps on track with the help of support groups, like Celebrate
Recovery (CR). Most of all, her strength comes from knowing God. "I
never had God before," Barb says. She enjoys morning devotions at
the House and is continually learning about Him in the Bible.
For more than six months, Barb has been invaluable to
the ministry as assistant resident manager. In this role, she makes
sure things get done from helping new residents get settled to
making chore charts. More than that, Debbie explains, "Barb's calm
spirit is a wonderful influence in our community."
Currently, Barb is in "Jobs for Life," a community
employment program. One day, would like to have a cleaning business.
Barb was recently baptized. She has come a long way
in her year with us. Like all of our women, Barb has thrived in
large part because of the community of faith, surrounding her and
lifting her up. This includes Cedar Creek Church, where she
worships, the churches and individuals who support and pray for our
ministry, and our many volunteers.
"God has a purpose for me," Barb now says. "I can
show my kids a better way.
Volunteers are the Lifeblood of Our Ministry
Recently 26 students, with parents and teachers,
came to do service work at My Fatherís House and Crossroads
Community. They cleaned up our playground area, spread pine straw,
planted flowers, cleaned up our garden by pulling all the weeds and
dead plants, cleaned up the property of all the brush, dug stumps
out, trimmed trees, raked, picked up trash, washed mailboxes and
playground toys, and had a great time. Thank you Mead Hall for all
the hard work!
Every week our ministry is blessed by volunteers,
some on special projects like clearing up the grounds, or others who
faithfully help week after week. There is a lawn mowing volunteer
who cuts the lawn twice a month and often has to fix the machine
first! There are maintenance and renovation workers, office
volunteers, mentors, gardeners and so much more. Please reply to
this email or stop by if you have A skill that you would like to
share with our ministry.