Summer 2017 Update
Psalm 37:3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
This is such an appropriate verse for us at Joshua’s House and as I share these updates, you will see how faithful the Lord has been! We sure do trust in Him!
The winter was indeed a busy one with an over-loaded shelter and the birth of our newest baby, Alessa! She weighed 7lbs 11oz and 20 1/2 inches long. Despite some complications with the birth, both Paisley and Alessa are doing well and in their own residence. Paisley is working hard to be independent with the skills she learned and we are very proud of her. Here is a photo of momma mesmerized by the beauty of her little girl.
We have received requests from Child Protective Services & DHHS to assist women in difficult situations with short term residency at Joshua’s House. Although our main focus remains homeless, pregnant women, as a preventative measure we have received them and assisted them in obtaining housing or relocating them to other housing options.
In February we held a special fundraising spaghetti dinner to complete additional bathrooms in the education center of the shelter. We received a matching funds donation from the Modern Woodmen and now we are working to move forward with this project! How awesome is that! We have had a couple of set backs with securing a plumber for the project, but God is always faithful to help us and His timing is always perfect!
At the end of this month I will be traveling to Africa to share the foundational information from Joshua’s House to help open Maternity Home shelters that will preserve the life of the unborn & care for the mother as well. They have such a heart to reach out to others and love them through an uncertain time. God faithfully brought the provisions for this trip when it seemed there was no way it would work, He supernaturally came through! The highlights of the trip and a report will be given at the upcoming Annual Dinner. You won’t want to miss out on this year’s festive celebration. Prayers would be appreciated for safe travel to complete this mission.
We had two wonderful groups come to tour Joshua’s House recently. Thank you Clio United Methodist Church for your support, enthusiasm & love for this ministry and also to Dr. Kurt Kepner from Hometown Chiropractic and Pat & Cassie from Members First Credit Union. What a wonderful time sharing all the amazing things God has accomplished through our staff and volunteers this year!
Isn’t He wonderful? When you trust in the Lord, He will guide your path and make a way where there seems to be no way! This was a challenging year, we overcame many obstacles. We are still in need of a house mother and are praying for the right person to join our team. Do you know of a possible person for this position? Please keep this request in your daily prayers. We would sure appreciate your help in this matter.
Once again, I would like to thank all of our loyal supporters for your prayers, letters, donations and encouraging calls to let us know that you are standing with us in this ministry. May God bless everything you set your hands to do, and may His face shine upon you and be gracious to you!
-Rene’e Jeffords, Executive Director – Joshua’s House