Heartworks Ministry at Crescent Hill

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New phone # 803-343-5439

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments


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Big Brother, Todd!

December 4th, 2009 · No Comments

It was Todd McClinton and his family who stole my heart while he was my eighth grade student. His grandma Doll had raised him and became my fast friend! We spent a lot of time together and as Todd began to stay at my house, instead of hers, she began to transfer his care over to me. I became her helper in things about Todd and her own medical issues and everyday life. I promised Todd that he could go to Clemson and not worry - we would take good care of Grandma!

Todd was Grandma Doll’s favorite thing in LIFE! She was so very proud of him and hung on to life in serious pain and terrible circumstances to see him graduate from college. What a day that was!

From that May day in 2005, the other mothers of our Heartworks Ministry kids came to me wanting the same for their own children. All that getting ready for college requires, and being zoned for failing schools led me to Leviticus 25 where God said to me, “It’s time for my children to have a Year of Jubilee and be set free!”

So…Todd is how Heartworks started on Waites Road in a little house dedicated as a safe haven for children in a desperate, generational poverty area. Todd having come from the “gates of hell” alleyway originally and our little Heartworks children living there is how God bonded us to that area. Todd graduating having overcome so many challenges and obstacles is why Jubilee Academy was created for others to follow after him.

God has been preparing Todd for years to lead many others out of a life of generational poverty, into freedom in Christ and a life of Biblical values and middle class status. He is the hope for this next generation in this part of the “hood” of Columbia.

He has been involved regularly even though he’s been living and working in Greenville for Schneider Tree Service. God is bringin him back to help raise money for Jubilee and to fill the Assistant Headmaster position. Todd will be THE ONE to head up our Farm School Project - we are looking for a place to live with our teenagers who desperately need to get away to finish preparing for higher education and their futures.

Please pray for Todd as he makes this transition and as he raises his salary and support for the entire ministry. What a blessing and a Joy to have him more often! The kids can hardly WAIT! They absolutely adore him and listen to him more than to anyone else - including their moms.

Todd and Isaiah at Camp Cedar Cliff - what a picture with a message!

Todd and Isaiah at Camp Cedar Cliff - what a picture with a message!

Todd led us to the falls and kept us from falling in!

Todd led us to the falls and kept us from falling in!

Todd and girls making cookies from scratch!

Todd and girls making cookies from scratch!

Eric was scared to death of the butterfly - Todd stepped in!

Eric was scared to death of the butterfly - Todd stepped in!

I finally got a REAL Clemson gift for Christmas!

I finally got a REAL Clemson gift for Christmas!

Todd is now taking younger ones to FCA retreats he used to attend.

Todd is now taking younger ones to FCA retreats he used to attend.

Tags: Discipleship