(The property for sale adjacent to Crossroads Community campus)
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This is a special request for prayers and to let you know of the pressing need our community faces.
The greater Aiken area has only a handful of places for those in need of transitional housing. Nurture Home was one of the other agencies that sheltered women with children. With the retirement of the shelter’s director, they are not accepting new applicants. They have decided to go back to the original plan which is to help women with mental health issues.
Therefore, Stand at the Crossroads Ministries is now flooded with applications from women desperate for help, but we have to tell them we have no room. We have been praying that another agency will rise up to meet this need or that God will help us in some way to do more.
* * * An opportunity has arisen about which we need your prayer * * *
The owners recently took it off the market and are willing to work with us to purchase the property. It is large enough to provide temporary housing for three to four women with children, in a manner similar to Nurture Home’s operation, until one of our apartments comes open again or the family can find permanent housing.
a donor has come forward who supports the idea of this expansion and has offered us a $10,000 matching grant to start a fundraising campaign toward this purchase or to pay down our existing loan on the store property so we will be ready to buy in the near future.
In the past, we have tried not to go into debt or to pay off existing debt before incurring another. Since SATCM is currently paying off a loan on the store property, we don’t know whether we should pursue buying the house.
Prayer moves mountains. We have seen amazing things happen over the years, as we have shared our need with you. You have joined us in prayer, as well as providing thousands of volunteer hours and helping us financially and materially to realize the dreams blessed by God.
I think of where we started in 2000 – with a house damaged by fire, termites and water that I named “My Father’s House.” To see where we are today is amazing!
SATCM is now a beautiful campus with housing for up to seven single ladies at My Father’s House, housing for five women with Children at Crossroads Community, a laundry room, a playground area, a beautiful community center for classes and childcare when needed, and a thrift store. To realize that we are able to minister to more than twelve women at a time, to see them transformed and becoming productive members of our community is so very encouraging.
This is why we so desperately need your prayers.
With God all things are possible. He has done abundantly more than we have asked - by His power, working through His people. He knows the need; and He knows whether we should take this step. The Board and I only want to move in this direction if He is with us. Please pass this prayer request on to others and your churches, and let us know if you feel led in one direction or another in response to your prayers.
The need is great! If we are not meant to move forward with this expansion, then please pray that another ministry will respond to it.
Thank you and God bless you for all you do for Stand at the Crossroads Ministries!
All for His Glory,
Debbie Lamb, Executive Director
The other day as I was preparing for a speaking engagement, I felt suddenly overwhelmed reflecting on the ongoing work that faces me here at Stand at the Crossroads Ministry (SATCM). Then it struck me how far the ministry has come and how God has seen to it that I no longer work alone! From one house with four residents, we have become a campus offering sanctuary and support for up to 25 residents at a time – from one person, we have become a workforce of more than 20 regular volunteers a week!
In addition, there are the groups that come throughout the year to do special projects and landscaping, making Stand at the Crossroads a beautiful place to live. Our thriving vegetable garden was designed, built and planted for us by an Aiken garden club. Landscaping and appliances for our newest apartments were donated and installed by local businesses.
Even as we grow in size and need, God is faithful. He orchestrates everything and uses people so our needs are met. We needed washers and dryers recently, and someone I encountered suggested a place to call. Not only were the washers we purchased delivered for free, but the owner of the business fixed our broken dryer at no charge. He even brought us a meal from a restaurant where he had eaten lunch, donated because he mentioned SATCM to them; and they were interested in helping, too!
Our boutique, Redeemed Treasures, is now open full time from Tuesday to Saturday, with our Grand Opening in June. (We are blessed that our store manager, Shannon, found her way to SATCM because of Jesus’ persistent call - see story in this newsletter.) We have also already been able to christen our newly completed Community Center with babysitting, classes and get- togethers.
Every part of the vision, design, and construction or reconstruction of these two additions to our campus have been overseen by the Master Contractor. We invite you to come and see what He and you have accomplished; and I’ll be happy to give you chapter and verse of the marvelous way in which prayers are answered here every day.
Most important are the changes He makes in the lives of those who seek refuge at My Father’s House and Crossroads Community. Working together with God’s guidance, we are blessed by offering new paths to an abundant life for those women who choose to take them.
Yes, God does abundantly more than we ask or imagine. He does it using the Holy Spirit working through each of you to pray, give, and help us out.
Thank you and God bless you all!
For His Glory,