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What is your motivation for giving? Some people give to get the tax-deduction. Some people give for the purpose of being credited as a joint partner in ministry. Did you know that, statistically, most people give because it makes them feel good. What ever the motivation, it is assured that what ever gift is given goes to support the work God is doing through Church In Action Ministries.
A call came in late one night – Howard and Brenda (names have been changed for confidentiality purposes) had again spent most of their day yelling at each other. Fighting so extreme that mild violence was involved, scaring their 3-year-old and 10-month-old to tears. In desperation Brenda called Pastor Rhettman and Betty to come over and intervene.
What began with meeting their needs for marriage and family counseling, bringing peace to their family, opened the door to both Howard and Brenda coming to Christ, and now the entire family attends church. They still need lots of counseling, continued interventions and growth but with salvation in Jesus Christ, they finally have a foundation to build their marriage and their family on. If they would have approached a regular counseling center, they may not have had the opportunity to come to Christ, as there is a tremendous need for more Christ-centered counseling centers, and counselors.
Secondly, with the cost of counseling they would not have sought the help they needed because of their financial limitations. We were, and are able to provide continued counseling to their family through the support of others. By supporting the work of SAFEHouse and Church In Action Ministries more families like Howard and Brenda's will get the help they need without worry of financial impediments. We were able to help Howard and Brenda through material needs donated, as well. Diapers, food, and other support helped to alleviate some more of their stresses. Howard and Brenda need to go through parenting classes, and financial management classes. Howard needs counseling for sexual addiction, hypochondria, and past unhealthy influences. Brenda needs to have her hope restored, as well as faith in the man that she married and with whom she chose to have a family. Likewise, she needs counseling for past unhealthy influences that are affecting how she interacts with Howard and the children.
SAFEHouse is the means in which these needs can be met, and if we cannot meet all of their needs, our network of ministries and on-staff social-worker will help them find and gain the help they require to ensure that they become a shining example of what a Christian family can be. In the near future there will be programs available, written by Pastor Rhettman, called The Measure of a Husband, The Measure of a Mother, which will educate those of child-rearing years what it means to be a parent, a role-model to children, and how to care the gifts that God has given them, their children.
Deuteronomy 16:17, "Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you."
When Doc and Joyce intervened with Crystal (age 84), she was
laying on her deathbed in a nursing home. Just barely able to walk,
she was not eating, she was lethargic. She suffered from Alzheimer's
disease, could not recognize her daughter, and she was separated
from her husband. Doc and Joyce began to work with Crystal, knowing
that people need to stay active and have a sense of purpose and be
treated with genuine care. When this happens people like Crystal
After three months Crystal was again active, able to do many things including talking coherently, doing exercise, and was able to care for herself again. Crystal happily returned home to live with her husband. She was restored because someone cared enough to take the time, and create an active Christian environment (Doc, Joyce and other women) for Crystal to be encouraged and strengthened to live. I call this the plight of the forgotten people, our elderly. We need to remember that the generation that succeeds today does so on the wave of the work the prior generation performed. Often nursing homes become a place of convenient abandonment as place of the last resort. By supporting Church In Action Ministries, we will continue to help more people, like Crystal, to chose to live life to the fullest to the very end through the "Life Support" program.
The Crystals of the world no longer need to settle for an early death because they were considered useless and unneeded by a society moving too fast to see that seniors have tremendous value in mentoring and sharing the experiences and wisdom that a lifetime brings to a person.
2 Corinthians 9:10-15, "Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"
Latchkey children are a significant problem that has not gone
away since it was first written about in the 1970's. It is becoming
a subject of almost nightly news broadcasts where children are being
abducted because they have no place to go where they can be watched
by others in safety. The stories are many where kids hangout on the
streets and eventually are influenced by others to get into drugs,
to vandalize, and so on. For many there are no positive
I was sitting in the office of the at-risk counselor of Aces High School, and she relayed to me the overwhelming need for their to be a Christ-centered youth center where the street kids can go to be safe, to be encouraged to do better things with their lives, to have better influences, and to have people about them that care, and watch out for them.
The SAFEHouse Youth Center is such a place and we pray to have the ability to open such facilities all over the world.
Wendell is a young high school student in the Kirkland area. A Christian young man, he spends his time volunteering for the local food bank but wishes there was somewhere he can go to fellowship with other kids his age in a safe place that will encourage him to grow in the Lord and provide opportunity for education and using his talents and gifts in God's service.
SAFEHouse Youth Centers will help Wendell to realize his full potential as a future man, husband, father, civic leader, and so on. We can support the family, support the youth through education programs relating to the care of the family and meeting their needs. We are a place where children get help with homework, tutoring, have a place to play games with other children, get something to drink or eat, read books, surf the Internet through safe systems, go to get a friendly word or helpful advice. We encourage the children to serve God by helping those around them, even to the point of conducting (with supervision) their own worship time (for the older youth), and church services.
The possibilities are limitless including Christian daycare, home-school support, scholarships, children's church and more. In the near future there will be programs available, written by Pastor Rhettman, called The Measure of a Man, The Measure of a Woman, The Measure of a Boy, The Measure of a Girl, The Measure of a Friend, which will educate those of specific genders what it means to be a boy , or a man; what it means to be a girl or a woman; and for children, what it means to be a friend.
We have lost many of our children in a growing trend of youth anarchy, what Rhettman refers to Youth Anarchism Syndrome. Many children do not have role-models that teach them how to be men or women, how to be responsible or mature, how to be caring or nurturing, we seek to solve this problem in an attempt to restore order and sanity to a quickly escalatingly insane youth culture. This has happened due to multiple generations of single-parent homes where a specific gendered parent is absent, therefore the child has to guess at how to deal with others, situations, or problems, usually causing them to make horrible mistakes. These programs address this problem through situational outcomes of good and bad, right and wrong, providing for children a sense of boundaries, personal limitations and developing a sense of civic responsibility and duty. The Forgotten people, the elderly and the youth, need to be brought together and by providing means of service they will find that they both have a usefulness, they are needed, and there is hope for the future.
Through your support, we can make this youth center a reality so that people like Wendell can see their dreams become a reality. By bringing in seniors to volunteer with the centers, mentoring relationships will develop giving the youth a sense of respect for the older generations and will learn about life from those that have lived their lives, and the seniors will be revitalized by being able to share themselves, by producing a legacy through children that need the valuable insights of the senior community. Hope is accomplished for all. We thank you in advance for your gift to Church In Action Ministries.
Donating is a way for you to share in the fruits of God's work through Church In Action Ministries. Giving is a way of showing appreciation to God for the blessings and abundance that God has given to you. We appreciate all gifts, large and small, one time and perpetual. There are a couple of ways to donate. You can send your gift as a check or money order through the U.S. Mail to:
Church In ActionSAFEHouse is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization and is a registered charity. Your generous gift enables us to minister to people in our community as well as around the world. To make yourself a partner in God's good work through this ministry make your donation today and pray about becoming a permanent ongoing supporter of this ministry.
A gift of any size can be made, just enter the amount you feel led by the Lord to give.
If you are donating a physical item, then please email us for details on how or where to ship the item. If the items are local you can call 360-544-8477 to arrange delivery or pick-up of items. We thank you in advance for your gifts, for everything large and small, helps us to do what God has called us to do.
By becoming a supporter of Church In Action Ministries you become a participant, a partner, with Church In Action Ministries in all of the eternal blessings and awards that come from being in God's service. Well done, thy good and faithful servant. Please pray about your becoming a consistent supporter. Your gift enables us to keep our services free or at reduced costs to all who are in need! We are asking you to be more than contributors/investors we need you to help us succeed through your active participation. "Well done good and faithful servant." What will you have your Legacy be? What are we doing to leave a mark in this world? Will the Lord call us good and faithful servants? Where is your treasure?
What do you believe and how does it show? Whose lives will we have credit for when go on to be with the Lord. Together, we can change lives, together we can change our little part of the world, together we can restore the lost, the forgotten people, and give children the opportunity to succeed and have hope for their future. We are doing all we can now. We need to do a lot more, and with your help we will.Rhettman A. Mullis, Jr., MS, MHP