December center highlights:
The Missoula Women’s Campus took a road trip to Helena, Montana for an itineration at Bridge Assembly. We were blessed by their church family and had a great time of fellowship during lunch after the service. Of course we had to stop at the pass for a photo op in the snow.
Church at the Gates blessing our women with homemade Christmas stockings filled with goodies.
Attending Christian Life Center’s Christmas Tea. Our ladies were treated to a cheerfully decorated table and goodies to take home.
Most recently, some of our team went to Spokane to tour the facility and brainstorm ideas for outreach and fundraising. When we left, The Spokane director Tyson was so gracious and we returned to Missoula with a car for us to transport all of our wonderful women in to get to and from work, doctor appointments, and church!
We also made wreath decorating donations on behalf of Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge to the Rocky Mountain Heritage Center and old sheet/blanket donations to our thrift store, the Humane Society of Western Montana, and to do homeless outreach.
Our women did one wonderful Itineration this month at River of Life Church in East Missoula that resulted in a student sponsorship, a big love offering, and bracelet sales!
We are in the midst of renovating our property and making it a haven of hope and restoration where our women can heal and find their identity in Christ. Members from Church at the Gates came in and repainted our counseling and prayer room and live-in student life coordinator’s room, donated office supplies, and provided an afternoon of snacks filling stockings for the girls for Christmas. We are so grateful for their warm hearts and generosity!
We’ve also booked our venue for the Pins 4 HOPE bowl-a-thon in February and are so excited to see everyone at:
Monday February 4th, 2019 4-9pm
1645 Wyoming St.
Missoula, MT 59801
The Spokane Men’s Campus was proud to celebrate the completion of two of our students, Greg & Abel this month. Both men have decided to continue their walk with God by going to Absolute Ministries. We also had two students phase up to Phase 4 of their program. The dining hall was filled with many loving hearts as friends, family and our Dealer Auto Auction family joined with us to celebrate.
Our Christmas Tree lot is keeping the team busy as we share the message of Hope and help the customers find their perfect tree. The lot is located in Airway Heights, on Highway 2 across from Walmart which has provided excellent exposure and a constant stream of visitors to the lot.
We also celebrated our staff Christmas party which included our interns, pastoral advisors and our families. It was a fun night for all, especially our Educational Coordinator, Pastor Brent, who dearly loves his white elephant gift (as shown in the photo).
The tree is up and the Campus is decorated, as we prepare to bless our men with Christmas away from home this year. We are grateful for their choice to seek God and grow as men in Christ. We are also so grateful for our many giving hearts and hands-on volunteers who will help make this Christmas special.
Recently we had the honor and privilege to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Edith and Kim were honored for their accomplishment of completing Phase Three of the program and moved into Phase Four.
Aria, Gabriela, Kristina and Krystal all completed the Adult and Teen Challenge program. Two will be continuing their journey as interns next year with Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge. We are celebrating what God has done! It was a long hard journey but so worth it. They put their lives on pause, did the hard work and trusted the Lord this year. They are now walking miracles showing others that through Him true transformation and restoration is possible. Thank you to family, friends, volunteers, donors, and sponsors who supported them through your prayers, encouraging letters, and financial support. You helped Put Hope Within Reach in these women’s lives!
God is working in the lives of our students! We wanted to take a moment to share a testimony from one of our students. Here’s Mychael’s testimony:
From a young age, I listened to the lies from the enemy and world. I believed that God hated me and that I was going to hell. I resented God and sought out opiates to numb the pain. I was 14 when my addiction started. Over the next 9 years it would progress. I lost my best friend, my mom to cancer and my sister to the same addiction. The agonizing pain and hopeless feelings fueled my developing heroin & meth addiction. I was angry, selfish, and did not care about anyone I hurt, including myself. I started to cry out to God for help to hear my prayer. I felt so ashamed for everything I had done. Soon everything came crashing down.
I found myself in jail when I finally heard God speak to my heart loud and clear. I finally had come to the end of myself and he met me there. Since then God has guided me to Adult & Teen Challenge, where he’s been teaching me how live a better more fulfilled life in Him. He has placed such amazing people in my life to support and encourage me. I can genuinely smile and laugh and experience happiness again. All thanks to God! I’ve never felt so whole and at peace. I’m excited for the new life and future with God leading the way!
Willamette Valley Campus
Stay Sharp is our drug awareness program that allows us to get into the local schools to talk about prevention. The Willamette Valley Campus in conjunction with the Eugene Campus were invited to South Albany High School recently to share with their students. Thank you South Albany!
Central Oregon Campus
Our very needed remodel of the kitchen and first floor facilities is in full swing. We’d like to thank our donors, planners and volunteers for their support and hard work. As our center continues to grow and change lives we will be able to meet greater needs and help more people! Our students have been doing a great job after all many hands make light work. Many of the students have shared that they are happy and proud to improve their living space as well as finish each day having accomplished something. During this remodel we have had to make double use of the rest of our facilities. For instance, the classroom pairs as the dining hall and kitchen. This period of living in closer proximity has in turn brought us closer together as a house and as a community of believers.