Heartworks Ministry at Crescent Hill

Working to turn the hearts and lives of inner city children, youth and their families towards Christ and academic excellence.

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June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Jubilee takes a short break to get each child to a camp for a week away from home! It’s funny how God gives specifically donated monies for that even when we can’t pay other bills. The experiences the children need are always first with Him and with our staff!

I am in NC with little ones who are attending Camp Cedar Cliff Day Camp and staying overnights at my mom’s. Last week, Jada, Johnetta and Robert went to Hickory Cove Bible Camp and loved it —except Johnetta broke her foot and had to come home for surgery!! yikes! She was a trooper ! Robert stayed on to work on the jr. staff for a few weeks before going to the SC Governor’s School for Arts and Drama 2 week summer Discovery program. We pray that it will go well and will lead to “real” Gov. School for his Jr. and Sr. year of high school, down the road. He is now starting 9th grade. Isaiah and Aaron are spending the week at a beautiful horse farm in Rock Hill, SC with our Mr. Cameron. They and Asia and Amaya will go to Hickory Cove in July. Amaya is with Shandon youth at Kids Jam Camp. Whew!

Todd is handling things like a pro - the air conditioner is out at Jubilee so of course, he is working other places until we find someone to help with that.

Our staff is living sacrificially for sure - The Board and I paid off a large debt for us, back in April which made it necessary for me to get my SC teacher retirement money out. After paying my part of the debt, I’ve been subsidizing the ministry - I haven’t been able to pay staff since end of May - I’ve gone without pay since April. One teacher cashed a paycheck they did get, and gave it back designating it for camp for his students. Wow! What a blessing it is to work with others who are so mission-minded and living with faith that God will provide for all needs. Please pray that we will be given the $35,000 which will finish our fiscal year in July EVEN! We want to start our new school year well -

Aug. 11 will bring us back to Jubilee with some new students in the lower elementary age group. Anna Sharp will begin her Montessori training and will take on the new little ones. Abile Sultan will work with the upper elementary group and team teach with Anna and Todd on Art, Music and special projects. Todd will be the Academic Coach for the middle and high group of 4: Johnetta, Jada, Robert and Amaya who will attend some classes with the homeschoolers at their resource center. Mrs. Carolee Watt will begin 2 new classes for us: Infant/Parent and Toddler/Parent. Both will meet weekly at our newly renovated center in the alley of apartments on Waites Road. (Faith Court, formerly gates of hell)

Please pray as we work toward excellence and influencing more families for Christ and His ways! It is our true desire to see changes in the welfare dependent values and mindset which will enable our children to fulfill the seeds of promise, God has planted in them!

We thank Teresa Ruducille for all her help and support as we learn from her to “make our case” in an excellent and organized manner, for fund raising. Our new school year’s budget will include a savings plan of 3 months of expenses and still be under $399,000.

We thank Debbie Zveineik for her visit and her funding through her husband’s foundation. We are blessed by those who believe in our children and families and in the ministry we are doing.

Please pray as we search for other foundations and corporations who would join in our work!

I especially want to thank April Allen for all her love and support - her mind races with amazing ideas that will help others. The Jr. League Ladies are a GOD SEND! They have fed us for these last weeks and have provided such blessings over and over! I had no idea how much wonderful work that group could do - it’s mind boggling! Ladies, we love you!

Please pray blessings on The Daughters of The Cross and the Trinity Bazaar in November - they are choosing to bless us with part of their earnings. Wow! We are making crafts to sell and will be there at a table to participate in this great event!

Please pray as the Lipscombe foundation considers us for a grant - I was tickled at how many personal connections I have with the family: one sister has moved to Black Mtn. (my hometown) and they have always summered in Montreat. I pray that we will build a relationship that will be a blessing to both sides.

We continue to get nice comments about the Reach Out Columbia! March article. “Todd is so good-looking”, “Todd is so huge”, “Todd is such a blessing”, etc. YES! YES! YES! Pray for him as he seeks God’s will for him in our work. He IS the ONE the children want to be LIKE!

Blessings to all -

We are resting in the shadow of the wings of the Most High - He is ABLE to handle ALL we care about!

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