"Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me." - Matthew 18:5
"Reading the Green"
The other day I played my first round of golf where I played my own ball all 18 holes…no scramble, no quitting after 9 holes. It felt so long, but it went by so fast. I know I am contradicting myself with that statement, but I was thinking about how the round of golf felt a lot like these last few months to me. There was one hole where I hit from one sand trap to the next sand trap, and I was thinking, “are you kidding me, can this get much worse, when will this hole end?” I have had those same feelings on certain days these past months, I wake up and read one headline and then another headline, and think “are you kidding me, can this get much worse, when will this all end?” Then there was the hole that I hit 3 drives off the tee until I got one that was worth playing (I said no scramble, and no quitting, I didn’t say no mulligans.) Well some weeks, it feels like I need to try three days until I get a day that is worth “playing.”
But then there were moments on the golf course that I thought “wow, how have 3 hours gone by, I have been enjoying these moments.” I have also felt the same over these past months; enjoying the moments, enjoying the slower pace of life, the hikes where we stop to let our sons explore because we have nowhere else to be, and before we know it 3 hours have gone by.
However, my favorite part of the round was when we had all made it on the green and we were “reading the green”, trying to figure out if it would break right or left, discussing how hard or soft to putt, watching one another’s putt, cheering when it went in, encouraging one another when it didn’t go in, and rethinking what could have been done differently. The one thing that was constant was the love felt when “reading the green” even if we disagreed on how we read the green, we shared the same hope for each person to make it in the hole. It’s how things happen at Love and Grace, too. Sometimes we disagree and “read the green” differently on how we are going to get to our goal and vision, but we do it with love and encouragement to one another.
And that is my hope and prayer for all of us as we continue through these times, that we can surround each other with love and encouragement and we can remember even when we “read the green” differently we all want the same end result. Praying for an abundance of love and grace for all of you as we support one another through these times. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry; you are appreciated.
And since we are talking golf… shameless plug….we have a new date for the golf outing and hope you will be a part of making this our best golf outing yet! Check out the info below.
Our annual Royal Oaks Golf Club Fundraiser has been rescheduled
September 27th - Save the date!!
Both homes are on lock down. No one is allowed to come through the gates.
Latest news as of 6/08/2020: 3,000 cases, 50 deaths.
We don't know how accurate this news is. We do know that it is on the rise.
Please continue to pray for the boys, staff, and the country of Haiti.
Sunday's Coming...Hope Will Rise
Sunday's Coming...Hope Will Rise
The first week of March before everything began to shut down for the current pandemic our world is facing, we started a project at our home. The shutdown abruptly stopped any progress and left this giant dirt pile you see in the picture in our backyard. Among the mess of our dirt pile, these past few weeks have brought the mess of missing first snuggles of newborn babies, missing birthday parties and bridal showers, a sibling having a heart attack, a grandparent going on hospice, family being sick and anxiously awaiting results, family and friends with too much work or not enough work, worry if the non-profits we love will endure, concern for friends on the frontlines…and this is just in our little tiny part of the world. I know in each family, town, state, and country, we are each dealing with our own sadness and darkness and messes during this time that feel out of our control. Some of us would give anything to say goodbye to that loved one, do anything to give our children the moments they are missing out on, sacrifice anything to protect those we care about, or surrender anything to know when and how this will all end.
These past few weeks, every time I am at my kitchen sink (which feels like about 2,345 times a day right now), I look out my window and see this dirt pile. I see this dirt pile, and I want to cry because it is a reminder of one more mess I have no control over. Then, I think of our friends and ministry partners in Haiti, and I think of the faith they have, a type of faith that I envy and long for, a type of faith that clings to the cross and promises of Jesus no matter their circumstances and no matter their level of control because they know what it is like to live in a world where there is little they can control. They have the type of faith I need for the days we are facing now and every day after. Because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
As our family has begun reflecting on Holy Week, we have had more time to read, pray and craft then we ever had before. Today, we thought what if we build a cross to put on top of that dirt pile. So, we hammered and cut and shoveled and no one got hurt. But most importantly, I remembered that even on the darkest day, God knew the glorious ending… that Sunday was coming and hope would rise. So now when I look out my window in the days and weeks ahead, I hope I remember I am not in control, and I cry tears of joy for that lack of control because my lack of control means Sunday is coming and hope will rise… hope would rise not just on that dark, dark day thousands of year ago, but hope will rise out of these dark days, too. And I pray that is a message we can all cling to.
In January we welcomed two new boys into the Love and Grace family. Please consider sponsoring these boys and making an impact on their lives. We have registered them both in school and they are adjusting nicely. We are grateful and joyful in the Lord as He continues to bless us with the resources to be able to take in those who desperately need help.
Summer 2020 Mission Teams are cancelled
The summer mission trip is cancelled . As soon as we have 100% confirmation that we may travel to Haiti we will post it.
We would like to plan a trip either in October or November.
If you are interested and would like more information, please contact [email protected]
About Love and Grace Ministries
Founded in 2009, Love and Grace Ministries helps boys who have been orphaned in Haiti or whose families cannot take care of them to provide an upbringing that will shape them into caring, conscientious adults. The home started with five boys and we now have 22 well-adjusted boys of all ages.
Sadly, it is the country’s children which suffer the most in the wake of terrible circumstances and natural disasters which makes the need for a boys home even more necessary. Knowing that the children of Haiti are in need of extra love and support, Love and Grace Ministries came to the island to establish the boys home where they can feel cared for and safe.
God has provided us with two buildings we are renting - our Boys Home and our Bridge Home. They are located in a quiet neighborhood outside Port-au-Prince where the boys live. The homes are located close to their school and church. To keep their homes operating smoothly and to ensure the boys' well-being, we reach out to the surrounding community to provide stable jobs for Christian staff members to hire. Our staff is also actively involved in helping the boys grow in their faith.
Besides housing, we also provide the boys with food, medicine and access to education. Our goal is to give them Christian values with a hope for the future, and the kind of knowledge and skills that will help them lead Haiti’s next generation of leaders.
To provide for the children of Haiti a home where they will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love, and respect. Our primary goal is to reach boys from this nation for Jesus Christ and create a brighter tomorrow for Haiti by raising up the next generation of Haitian leaders today.
We want to provide a loving home for these boys so they will come to know our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Statement of Faith
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. II Timothy 1:13; 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 12:6; 119:105,160, Proverbs 30:5
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that these three are co-eternal and of equal dignity and power. Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14
We believe that man was created by and for God; that by man's disobeying God, every person incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God, and physical death as a consequence; and that all people are sinners by nature and practice. Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ; His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit; His virgin birth; His sinless life; His substitutionary death on a cross; His bodily resurrection; His ascension to the right hand of the Father; and His personal, imminent return. Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and that all who believe in Him and confess Him are declared righteous because of His sacrificial death and are, therefore, in the right relationship with God. Salvation is God’s gift to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Romans 5:1; 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the bodily resurrection of everyone who has lived, the everlasting blessedness of those in right relationship with God, and the everlasting punishment of those who have rejected God's forgiveness in His Son. John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of his body, the Church, with equality across race, gender, and class. Ephesians 1:22-23; Corinthians 12:12,27
We believe the ministry of evangelism is a responsibility of both the Church and each Christian. Romans 10:9-15; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 3:15