We Rely on God's Promises
Deborah Lamb, Executive Director
Once again, we enter the season of miracles when we celebrate the
birth of our Savior. In this season we see the end of one year and
the beginning of the next— a new year for which there are dire
forecasts, as well as promising predictions. So, we continue to
“walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7).
One thing I learn again and again: When we rely on God’s
promises, even difficult circumstances become opportunities for
blessings. This year, despite the significant drop in monetary
donations to ministries nationwide, God has provided!
Working with less has forced us to evaluate where we place
resources and to ensure our good stewardship. As we have cut back in
some areas, God has provided other ways to minister to us there
through our volunteers, who give of their time and resources to meet
our needs. We have moved to an all-volunteer staff, so all donations
go directly to the care and maintenance of the residence and
residents. With your help, we have been able to meet our financial
responsibilities each month.
Our Autumn prayer requests are being answered with two wonderful
staff additions. We now have a resident manager and a
groundskeeper/project manager .
With the upstairs of MFH completed, we are able to minister to
more women. What a joy it is to see God working in the lives of
those willing to take advantage of what we offer! Most of our women
have never experienced living in a community or going to a church
where they feel safe and accepted. Most have never trusted God to
meet their needs, and it is exciting to see God minister to them
through our faithful volunteers and donors.
In the last few months, more churches and organizations have
learned of Stand at the Crossroads. First Presbyterian Church
brought their Vacation Bible School students here to do service
work. Recently, we enjoyed a visit from members of Leadership Aiken
County, who toured our facilities. Cedar Creek Church Home Groups
have helped us keep up with yard work; and, of course, we still have
our “Thursday Guys” who take care of construction projects.
Yes, we have much to be thankful for. While it seems that our
work is never finished, and as our prayer requests are met new ones
are added, I know that this is what God intends for us—joy in
obedience to and reliance on Him. In return, He gives us the
greatest gift we could ever imagine: His grace, his Mercy, His love
and life everlasting with Him.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Welcome Sharon Irby, Our New Resident Manager
Before Sharon joined the ministry in June, she didn’t know
what she would do with her life. But she knew from the moment she
interviewed with Debbie, our executive director, that she was meant
to be there.
Sharon has had a long journey to Stand at the Crossroads,
struggling with recovery for several years. During her last stay in
rehab, she volunteered to be a leader and found strength in helping
others while she helped herself.
Sharon loves working with the women and showing them that they,
too, can have hope. “My life changed because of my faith in God,”
Sharon, who came to the ministry with nothing, now has her
license, a car and a job. Most importantly, she has reconciled with
her children and has the great joy of seeing her three
grandchildren. “God is awfully powerful.,” Sharon says.
During her work in the ministry, Sharon sees angry women, who
don’t want God, transformed into women who ask for prayer for
themselves and their children. “I get to see miracles every day."
A Big 'Thank You' to Businesses!
We appreciate the
donations of funds, materials and time from the following