Join The Fight For Freedom!
On March 1st, an unprecedented adventure began for Grace House. Due to a lack of funding, Grace House has been unable to operate at full residential capacity for over a year. As a result, Antioch Community Church and the leadership of Grace House have temporarily suspended the residential portion of the program. For the next five months, Grace House staff will be engaged in an intensive, full-time fundraising campaign. Our goal is to raise $200,000 by the beginning of September 2015 in order to re-open the home to residents.
As we began to strategize for this fundraising season, we first spent some time seeking God’s heart for the future of Grace House. We have received encouraging words from members of the Antioch Community, family, and friends, and a few scripture passages in particular have been highlighted for us.
The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3:7-10
Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” – Luke 8:41-46
As we have prayed and sought God concerning these passages, we believe He has revealed His heart.
- He sees the suffering of the women who are held in bondage to addiction;
- He is concerned for them, and wants to rescue them;
- He has ‘sent’ us into this ministry to call women out of their slavery and into freedom;
- The woman who is suffering and considered unclean is worth stopping for, and just as important to Him as any other woman.
We believe, without hesitation, that it is God’s desire that Grace House continue to be a place of rescue for women in addiction. We also believe that God is faithful and will provide what is needed for this ministry to not just resume in the Fall, but to thrive and bear much fruit.
While there are many recovery programs for men, Grace House is the only long-term, faith-based residential recovery program for women in Waco. We currently have a lengthy list of women waiting to get into our program, and it is safe to say that without Grace House, some of those women will die in their addiction. Even one who dies is too many.
What About Our Current Women?
We have one woman who is still in the early phases of the program. She has moved out of the House and in with women in the Antioch Community. She is continuing her program at the House each week day from 9:00 – 5:00. The staff works with her two hours each day, and volunteers work with her the remaining hours, including taking her to appointments, and spending time with her in the evening. We are so very thankful for our team of volunteers!
We also have one woman living in the transition apartment, with an intern who is the transition house manager. Since a woman in the transition apartment requires very few staff hours, she will remain and continue her transition phase.
How Can You Help?
Your partnership is needed to help save lives. Will you pray about joining our team in this campaign to reopen Grace House?
- Give! You can set up a recurring, monthly donation a one-time gift. You can even give via text!
- Connect us! Do you know someone who may be interested in partnering with us financially? We will be pursuing grants/foundations and businesses, as well as individuals, for donations. If you have a connection with one of these resources, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Spread the word! Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (use our hashtag: #letgracehousegrow). Share our posts, and the link to this newsletter on your own social media pages to help raise awareness about Grace House beyond the Waco area.
- Pray! Please pray for us and for the women waiting to enter the Grace House. We would appreciate any words of encouragement that you have for our ministry. You can send any encouragements, questions or comments to us through our email address, email@example.com.