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The reality of HOW extremely big this Alaska homeless teen place is can be kinda overwhelming.
We’re asking the same God who spoke and created the world to move us to Alaska, provide the money, show us where, and help us physically prepare the building and licenses for residential and non profit and to help us with everything else we don’t know how to do.
We’re asking Him to make sure we have all we need to care for the kids He is planning to bring our way.
We’re asking Him to help us teach these kids the skills they need to survive and to teach them faith and that Jesus is real and loves them very much.
We’re asking for Him to provide money to pay all the people needed to serve in this place.
If we had known about this and had tried our WHOLE lives to get all this stuff in order and take care of it all, I don’t think we could do it on our own ever.
This is bigger than my family, bigger than maybe 10 families… maybe even 20 families and several churches.
But it’s not bigger than God.
We don’t know exactly how to do what God is calling us to do but we can look back and see how God has been preparing us for this for over 35 years.
He knows how and we will trust Him.
God is bigger.
Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith.
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
We’re asking Him to move a mountain.
Thank you for your prayers.
The only part we are playing in this homeless teen center
is obedience to do what He’s calling us to do.
When I was a little girl in elementary school my dad would take me to have coffee and donuts sometimes early in the morning before school. I loved it. We’d sit together sipping coffee. He’d read the newspaper and I got a daddy daughter date.
I remember sitting there with all the business men and thinking how cool that was and what a lucky girl I was to get to do this with my dad.
We weren’t in a hurry.
And I got to get glazed donuts from my favorite donut place. It didn’t cost much money. Just a little of his time. These memories are some of my favorite times I ever had with just me and my dad.
Then when I was in high school my dad would send me a carnation flower for Valentine’s Day and that meant so much to me. It made me feel important. This was back when the school office would deliver all the flowers to the classrooms. Many girls would get many flowers and I really appreciate that he took a few minutes to order that one flower just for me. (Between you and me, I’m pretty sure my mom encouraged dad to do these things and that’s okay. They created special memories.)
The important thing is that it really doesn’t take big gestures and whole days to make these memories with our kids. Little girls need their daddies and good, healthy relationships with them. If there is a healthy, close relationship between a girl and her daddy, then when a boy offers his “love” a daughter makes wiser choices and won’t fall for every boy who shows her attention.
Listen to your daughters speak. Let them talk about whatever is important to them and engage in the conversation. Take your daughters on dates to show them how they should be treated.
It just matters.
[Note: I am a girl so I am writing from a girl’s perspective about her dad. There are maybe other writers who write from a son’s perspective with mom or dad. All I know is that a few minutes of real genuine, involved conversation between parents and kids matters.]