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So let’s not get tired…

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.” So very thankful for Thrivent Financial’s giving opportunity with memberships! In addition, God has lead us to a relationship with A-1, that I can’t even begin to explain. He knows our needs, He will provide, our job is to trust and never give up! Secured a required appliance for the home, per County, and looking forward to acquiring so much more – most importantly new relationships that will provide guidance and a sounding board on our new venture! Best comment of the day – “Melinda, we are going to get you a lot of great things. You know how I know? Because I have been talking to God, since we started walking together.” As it says in the last part of this verse from Galatians, “At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Amen.

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Why do you choose to believe?

“Knowing Him is a thread through every choice, every decision, every part of my existence, and I’m grateful for that… I’m far from perfect, and I don’t have all the answers, because the truth is sometimes I fall way short … Knowing my Savior is what changed everything, and it continues to do so.” – Suzie Eller, “Come to Me”

Why do you choose to believe?
To some this may seem a simple question, to others it may make you pause and think – contemplate.
For me, I was the later as I sat on my deck yesterday morning. It isn’t that I don’t 150% believe that Jesus died for me. But to truly say WHY I CHOOSE v. why I simply BELIEVE it to be true is a big question – don’t you think? To give testimony to what He has done in my life is something that seems to come more and more with ease when talking to others as I dive into opening Elevate – and I am so thankful for that. But a few years ago, to explain my choice might not have come with as much ease as it does today.
How about you? How do you explain why you choose to believe? Does it come with ease for you? Our Board of Directors will be exploring their personal testimonies on paper over the next month or so, and we are excited to share with you all why we have chosen to not only believe in Christ, but also why this mission means to much to each one of us. Continue to watch for our emails, and check out our blog!
 
A challenge! We would love for you to share why you choose to believe as well for inspiration! Go on our facebook today and share or leave a comment on our blog thread!
As a reminder, we have just started our $10K Board by August 11th! Have you prayed over which square you would like to give in faith? Please do so today so we can continue to close the gap on our financial need for our home!
October 1st – here we come! Thank you for prayerfully giving financially today and for prayerfully considering being one of our financial partners through a consistent, monthly donation. Just $5/month in one year could ensure a new set of sheets for one of our mom’s when she moves in that she can take with her to her forever home upon graduation.
Respectfully,
Melinda

Mother’s Tea Blessing!

“God is within her, she will not fall!” – Psalm 46:5

Our 1st Mother’s Day Tea & Expo was such a blessing to not only our Board of Directors, but also my personal family. To have over 50 people attend and support our cause was truly wonderful, and we cannot thank everyone that came enough. We raised over $2000 in a morning of fun and fellowship, but really, financial aside, the memories and relationships built truly touched my heart. My grandmas, mom, church mom, daughter and so many others a part of this journey were able to come in support of this calling. To see the support of our mission – feel the love of everyone for their families and Christ – truly meant the world. We are looking forward to next year’s annual event where we can share the stories of the young moms we are working with, and share the direct impact each woman present at our tea has on each mom’s family’s future. Thank you for your continued love and support! Thank you to Stephanie Page with Stories Foundation for your support and testimony in partnership with our new organization! I look forward to the future that God has planned!

Exciting News for Elevate!

Good evening!

I am very excited to share with you that tonight we signed our lease with Oak Haven Church! Let the prayer and projects begin full force from this day forward – and those of you that have been waiting for the time to get involved, the time is now here! To think, just over 3 years ago I emailed a small, Pray Warrior team to pray over God’s calling for my life. Since then, His mission has become clearer, and the relationships I have built have become stronger! I actually went back and read through my first email sent out at the New Year of 2016, and it was a blessing to see how many prayers have already been answered. We have a strong, 6 person Board of Directors, with a potential 7th Director in conversations. We have narrowed our vision through listening to His Call. We have a HOME! Now it is time to pray for those ready to come alongside us to renovate this home, and begin mentoring the young moms and their children this Fall that God has in mind. Will you pray for how God has called you tonight? Proverbs 31:16 was the first verse that truly propelled me forward into this ministry – meditate on it and see if it speaks to you this weekend as well to take a step forward with us.

If you have not already signed up for our Mother’s Day Tea & Expo – please do so tonight on our Events Page! Share with your friends! This will be such a fun event, and a great kick off to our next steps in opening our home in October!

Looking forward to seeing many of you on May 11th!

Melinda

With just $15….

… you can help a young mom purchase a GED Prep Guide! For a young mom to achieve her GED means also achieving her 1st step towards Stabilization in our program and in her own life! Just $15 can allow for our organization to purchase this book and help her complete a part of her education that she gave up on a long time ago – will you help today? Our Christmas Giving Tree is up and active! See other ways that your giving can help open our 1st home in 2019!

 
Thank you for your prayers and contributions! We are still praying towards His blessing of $50,000 towards opening our new home, and through your gifts and contributions we have already been blessed with over $5,000! Will you considering sharing our facebook page? Our website? Share with a friend today who’s heart might be open to supporting these young families on their road to self-sufficiency through Him!
 
“The generous will prosper; Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25
 
Melinda

From September to November – God is moving!

“When the time is right, I the Lord will make it happen.” – Isaiah 60:22

Thank you to all that came out for our 1st Bean Bag Tournament & Silent Auction! The weather was absolutely beautiful, and we raised over $2,000 from your generosity! I can officially now say that it will be an annual thing!

In fact, mark your calendar NOW for September 14th, 2019! Location is still 

TBD, but the event will be just as much fun! From NEW Silent Auctions, to delicious food, and OF COURSE – BEAN BAG BRACKET 2.0! You won’t want to miss this fun event for the whole family to support our organization’s fight to end homelessness for young moms and their children in Anoka County!

 

Over the past few months we have been having great conversation with the leaders of other non-profits in Anoka County that share in our vision. From Hope4Youth to Family Promise to Dwelling Place – we are excited to continue working alongside these groups as we begin serving in our community to end homelessness in Anoka County.

On a final note, tomorrow is Give to the MAX! We are thankful for what God has provided us with so far, and are excited to see what he provides go forward! We are in final conversations around a housing opportunity and ministry partnership for our organization. This home will provide us with the opportunity to house up to 3 moms and their kids with our Residential Housing Advocate on site.

 

With so many families in need, especially as it turns cold outside, His timing could not be better in providing a potential home for these young moms and their kids! Will you consider supporting us with a financial gift on this exciting day for non-profits? Give today!

Thank you for your faithfulness in both prayer and support!

                                                                                             Melinda