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God spoke the word 'house parent' to Tracey in 2007.
Looking back through old youth group photos and emails, we've been spiritual parents for about
120 teenagers from 2001 to 2010.
We started doing prayer ministry with teens in 2011 helping them
find God's freedom for them from the effects of personal & generational sin
as well as walking with them through specific issues.
It comes down to being open to the Holy Spirit leading
and creating time, space and a peaceful environment where
teens feel loved and safe enough to deal with their stuff
and give God permission to show up and help them.
It's not magical. It's not about Tracey or Drew.
It's just being safe people who create safe spaces for these teens
by making Jesus our number one priority.
(#4) Feb. 2012 newsletter
Does our vision resonate with you? If God is moving in your spirit as you read
this page, then we encouage you to ask your Loving Heavenly Father, what seed he would
have you plant, into our lives, and the lives of our teenages, to help continue the
valuable ministry work we're doing here. As you plant your seed, please have a
harvest in mind, in your own life. Perhaps you plant into our ministry of Spiritual Parenting
expectation that God will give you a harvest of a Godly mentor in your own child's life.
Perahps you plant a seed into our ministry, expecting a harvest of increased spiritual fruit in
your own life. Whatever your desired outcome, please communicate that to us as you plant your seed
so that we can agree with you in prayer over your seed.
Your one time or monthly seed helps us transform more lives.
You seed blesses our teens with special trips, gifts, events, experiences, and
increases our capacity to truly focus on spiritual parenting, loveing, guiding, coaching, mentoring and training up these teens!!
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Some of these students don't know what it means to have dinner with their family.
So in response, we go grocery shopping as a family. Tracey shows them how we get
online and print coupons, and then how we
price shop and compare prices by unit price or volume to make sure we're getting the best deal.
We talk about healthy food options and meal planning, and how to pick good ingredients. Then
Tracey teaches them how to prepare the food in a healthy way. Then we all sit down and have dinner
together. (So if you are more comfortable donating gift cards, we shop at Giant, Redners, Acme, Walmart, & Sunoco.)
For some of our teens, having a family discussion about 'what is healthy and appropriate to watch
on television in the evening' is a totally new experience for them. Some of them never watched a rented
movie with both their parents before. We've taught two of our kids how to drive the lawnmower and cut the
grass, so we can do yard work "as a family." We helped one parentless young woman learn to parallel
park so that she could pass her driving test and get her license. In prayer, we've seen teens set free
from chronic night terrors, inabilities to cry and express emotion in healthy ways, sexual addictions, and
so much more! Praise God. Your seed blesses us with increased capacity to continue this valuable prescious work,
being a tangible expressionof our Heavenly Father's unconditional neverending love in their lives.
Thank You for helping us transform the lives of so many teenagers!!
I thought your businesses provided the income you need...
Ministry to teens is our primary call and focus in life. "Our kids" ARE our assignment.
Our entreprenurial puruits are fun, and have created a lot of the freedom we required
in order to follow God's leading in this area, but no-one succeeds alone. By inviting
you to partner with us in this ministry, through prayer support, and financial seed planting
we are giving you an opportunity to JOIN WITH US in this ministry (see 2 Corinthians 8:4 below and 2 Corinthians 9:2-12 at the bottom of the page)
and enjoy the benefits of the harvest God is providing through this good work, which he has
prepared in advance for us to do.
This is what he wants us to do with our lives.
There are teens in this world who need guidance, love, support, mentoring
and a safe place to hang out and have fun. We could share with you
story after story about teens dealing will all kinds of hard situations: divorce,
alcoholic parents, constant fighting, drugs, peer pressure to be popular or cool,
bullying at school, etc.
So here we are, doing our best to befriend & walk with our teens through this
critical time in their lives, and you have an opportunity to partner with us,
both in the front end ministry work through your prayer covering and seed planting
and thereby, also participate with us in the harvest of transformed lives here on Earth, and as we enter Heaven
and hear our Loving Heavenly Father welcome each of us saying, "well done, my good and faithful servant, well done."
2 Corinthians 8:1-12
1 Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters,[a] what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.
3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.[b] 5 They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.
6 So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving. 7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us[c]—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
8 I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.
9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
10 Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. 11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. 12 Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.
What drives you?
1Thesslonians 2:6-12 (NIV)
6We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, 7but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.
8We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. 9Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
1 TIM 4:12
Let no-one look down on you because you are young, but be an example to the believers in word, conduct, love, spirit, faith and purity.
Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.
3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of [the youth] walking in the truth.
2 Corinthians 9:2-12
2 For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4 For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we--not to say anything about you--would be ashamed of having been so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." 10 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. 11 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. 12 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.