Dear My House Ministry supporters and friends,
We thank God for each of you as we enter into the Thanksgiving and Christmas Season once again! We have had such a blessed year with so many wonderful changes and growth. In January, 2017 we added a fourth ministry home to bring affordable housing to 3 more moms with kids! Because of your faithfulness to giving to the ministry, our staffing increased by adding a part-time Executive Director, a part-time Ministry Coordinator, and an additional part-time Life Skills Coordinator. We have seen many ladies come to know Jesus as their personal Savior and grow in their faith. Our capacity to serve is at 17 women and up to 15 children and we have had pretty full homes since April 2017. We see the needs continue to grow in our community, not just for housing but for life changes through the power of Christ.
In looking back through the year, we have received more than 100 referral calls, have accepted at least 12 women into the program, 3 have graduated and are in their own housing and 3 more who are in the process of graduation and will be in their own housing soon! Glory to God!
Let us share one recent testimony that truly has reminded us of God’s call to our vision here at My House Ministry which is to equip women to become independent, contributing community members, growing in their faith through our safe, affordable, supportive housing.
One of our precious residents is a senior citizen and by no fault of her own, was dropped off to a local homeless shelter in February, 2017. At 74 years old, with no family support, heart completely broken, she had lost hope. She made the best of her situation and worked in the pantry of the shelter and everyone loved her. God brought her to us for a possible option through one of our ministry partners that had contact with her. We met with her, we saw her needs and God touched all of our hearts as He began to orchestrate His plan for her life. It was not an easy transition being elderly and needing to transfer life to a new city, try to learn the MAX bus system and navigate this new house with a bunch of ladies! God never makes a mistake when He brings a woman into My House Ministry.
The residents and staff embraced this precious woman and all see her as a mom or a grandma, she works hard, she knits and serves others, she smiles all the time, she has new hope, she loves big and God’s promise in Psalm 68 is kept: God sets the lonely in families, He leads out the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Psalm 68:6 Clearly, He set her in the My House Ministry family! She has worked the plan that we have set for her and has participated in the savings plan and has been very faithful. We spend time in prayer for each of our ladies and ask God to make a way where there seems to be no way for them. The waiting list for subsidized senior housing is an average of 3-5 years in Holland so we were praying for God to do something miraculous! He did just that and more! After a few unexpected hurdles and some good old perseverance, God has opened a beautiful apartment just for her, very affordable, centrally located and it is in a Senior Citizen complex with other conveniences! Everyone is grieving because they will miss her but she is smiling from ear to ear. She also knows that she is our forever family so even though she is moving a few blocks away, we will still continue to love on her and be there for her and also she has said that she is there for us. We joke with her that we are going to get overnight passes and have a slumber party with her. She agrees and giggles at the thought. She is so thankful to God and she continually tells us how much she loves us and is so thankful for all we have done for her. We praise God for what He has done for her and how He has cared for her. We think of the verse: Cast all your care on Him because He cares for you. I Peter 5:7 We just continue to praise Him for His promises are so true!
During this time of giving, we ask that you prayerfully consider partnering with us in your planned end of year giving, whether it be a one time donation or perhaps a monthly donation to continue helping us to BE the hands and feet of Jesus to women just like our precious woman in the above testimony. Additionally, if you are looking for an opportunity to serve in our ministry, please go to our website for more information. As our Lord said in Matthew 25:40 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”
Thank you for your consideration, your prayers and your support of My House Ministry.
In His Service,
Patricia Weerstra, Executive Director