We joyously celebrated the completions of four of our students, Aria, Gabriela, Kristina and Krystal! Two of the ladies are staying with PNW Adult and Teen Challenge in the internship program. So thankful for what God has done in their lives!
Our ladies were blessed beyond their dreams thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, churches, and local businesses who gave generously! From many fun events, special meals and even a Ballet to presents and gift cards, our ladies were loved in such tangible, kind ways.
Our staff also invested their time and loved on our ladies during the Holidays. It meant so much to the ladies that staff invested their time to make sure it was an extra special time for each of them. On Christmas Eve, the students were invited to a Christmas Eve Party at the director’s home. Our Outreach Coordinator shared his talent for cooking by blessing them with a fancy prime rib dinner and then on Christmas morning Eggs Benedict from scratch. Then on New Year’s Eve our Education Coordinator created a beautiful, fun night with decor, special foods, and activities for the ladies in enjoy- showing them what fun can be had sober!
There were so many special moments for our students during this past month. Thank you to all who gave of your time, talent and resources to make our ladies feel loved and cherished this past month! You Put Hope Within Reach!
Portland Metro Campus
We have started a new outreach opportunity for our 4th phase students. We have dubbed it Be The Church Sunday. Here are some pictures from our outreach on the spring water trail near Johnson Creek and Flavel in SE Portland. We met a bunch of awesome people. We handed out hot coffee, sandwiches, fresh socks, and Bibles. We got the opportunity to pray with a bunch of people and prayed of the neighborhood as we walked. It was an amazing experience for the guys who have never had the opportunity to minister to others. God’s Love was proclaimed today in SE Portland!
Willamette Valley Campus
The Willamette Valley Campus is incredibly humbled and grateful to the generous congregation at Kings Circle Church in Corvallis for choosing our Dorm Room Renovation for their community giving project. This blessing answers so many prayers to get our campus to a 50 bed facility so that we can pour into the lives of 50 men at a time to help them build a foundation in Christ, break free from the chains of addiction and become new creations. Thank you for sharing your love.
We were recently blessed with the opportunity to replace all of our bunk beds and mattresses here at the center. We had been working towards this for a couple months and it was a great encouragement to the entire house to be able to see it come to pass at the beginning of this New Year.
The new bunks streamline our living space available to the men and will allow us to get back to full capacity with 14 students! We are trusting and believing that 2019 will bring great things to our ministry and the lives of our students, staff & interns.
Central Oregon Campus
We were invited to speak at Bend High School during their Mental Health Awareness week, presenting our Stay Sharp program with extra points given on mental health. Specifically in regards to the adverse effects on adolescent brain development during substance use from nicotine to methamphetamine. We talked about the importance of personal choices. Being their choices on friends and chosen activities during their free time. We discussed the rise of Juul and its use among adolescents, that one pod has the same nicotine content as an entire pack of cigarettes among other issues. The students of Bend High had great questions about prevention as well as helping those who struggle with substance abuse. Our Stay Sharp team spoke during four periods in the auditorium to about 12 classes all together. Our own students were excited to have made a positive impact on their community here in Central Oregon.
Our remodel has been completed, students now can congregate in the living room, staff are back in their offices and the kitchen is ready for home cooked meals. During this period of time, the house has grown closer together, with our efforts to eat our meals in the classroom and the overall downsizing of space with the remodel was underway. The entryway, offices, kitchen, living and dining room were all remodeled. This greatly improves the quality of life and care for our students. The house has a much more modern welcoming vibe that the students can be proud of their work. We discussed what it meant to be a part of God’s creation and the joy God takes in creating. Instilled within us is that same spirit to create. Now after a season of work we can have a moment of rest recollecting on our role in God’s creation.
Tri-Cities Jail Ministry
We are thankful to have the opportunity to share God’s Word inside the jails. In the last quarter of 2018, we personalized and gave out 93 Bibles, as well as Bible studies to help women understand what they are reading. What was the response? Various women “on the inside,” said the following:
“I can’t tell you how much my Bible means to me.”
“This is the first time I have been able to understand the Bible.”
“The Bibles you bring have big enough words that I can read them.”
“I just read what you said last night in my Bible.”
“When I am afraid, I read my Bible and I feel so much better.”
“I read my Bible every night just before I go to sleep and now I don’t have the horrible nightmares I used to have.”
“Thank you so much for my Bible. It is changing my life and I will treasure it always.”