There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us [2 Chron. 32:8]. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone [Eccl. 9:11]; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. - Patrick Henry
When we step back and look at the events that are occurring around us, very often it looks and feels like a battle. Other times it actually feels “good” - as if we are accomplishing something. As Patrick Henry was trying to convince the House of Burgesses in Virginia to take up arms against Great Britain, the nation soon became embroiled in a fight for freedom and liberty.
By the Grace of God, men had to take action; men had to physically fight; men and families lost their lives for what they believed.
Bad things are happening, BUT...
During the past month bad things have been happening, BUT, along with these bad things, good things have also been happening.
At The Shepherd’s House (TSH), we need about $30k each month in order to operate. During the first quarter of this year (Jan, Feb and Mar) we received just over $72k (averaging $24k per month) - sounds like “bad news,” right? BUT...
The good news... One year ago, FOR THE ENTIRE FIRST QUARTER OF 2011, we received only $25k from 530 donations...this means that we had a 290% INCREASE in giving in 2012!!! We also received 1,411 donations in 2012, which is a 265% increase over 2012.
Praise God for His faithfulness!
Since the first of the year, we have had a several guys “relapse”, meaning, they have chosen to use some sort of controlling substance (alcohol or drugs) while in the program. To help you understand what this means, let me explain. At TSH, we only have three “House Safety Issues” which are agreed to by everyone in the program. They are:
By choosing any of the following, we are choosing to exit The Shepherd’s House Program: 1. ASSAULT 2. DRUG USE 3.THEFT
Basically, if anyone chooses to become “unsafe” physically, emotionally, or verbally...they are choosing to leave the program at TSH. If anyone chooses to use drugs of any kind, they are choosing to leave the program at TSH. If anyone chooses to steal from anyone, including TSH, they are choosing to leave the program at TSH.
The good news... A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the baptism of two of our guys who accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Also, this past week there were two more who gave their lives to Christ.
Again, praise God for His faithfulness!
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." - Psalm 91:2
While we are not currently engaged in a physical war on our native soil, we are engaged in a spiritual battle against “the evil one.” He would love nothing else than for us to be distracted; to be self-centered; to be fearful and to trust in ourselves instead of trusting in the one true God. BUT...
The good news...
“God is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
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