Challenge House 1

2905, 2014

May 2014

By | May 29th, 2014|Challenge House 1|

Challenge House 1 has been full of activity and planning for our busy summer season. We have also been living life with our neighbors...this includes the wonderful blessings and the gritty hard stuff. Here is a glimpse of our month... A huge blessing to our family has been the Durrett Avenue Neighborhood Association. We have made friends with the other board members, met many neighbors and have partners that also are seeking to see our neighborhood thrive. We decided a good way to share information with our community would be through a Facebook page, so [...]

3112, 2013

Challenge House 1

By | December 31st, 2013|Challenge House 1|

Happy New Year 2013! Our family of five moved into Challenge House 1 on November 3rd after a couple of months of painting, changing flooring, and various home maintenance projects. We are excited to provide not only a cozy home for our family, but for all our neighbors and friends that will come to visit! Since moving, we have been asked many questions about Challenge House ministry, so we would like to take a moment to introduce ourselves and answer some questions about the ministry at Challenge House 1. We, Nate and Ellen, have been [...]

2011, 2013

Throw Caution to the Wind

By | November 20th, 2013|Challenge House 1|

Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in giving. God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you're ready for anything and everything, more than just ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one [...]

1011, 2013

Year One in Review

By | November 10th, 2013|Challenge House 1|

A year ago we set up this blog anticipating our move to Challenge House 1 and excited about all we would experience and have to share as we embarked on our adventure. The year has not disappointed in experiences and adventures....we have made new friends, learned many lessons, and had so many new experiences. What I quickly learned is that my lofty goal of blogging on a weekly or monthly basis was much harder than I had dreamed. Writing has been a favorite past time in my college days and something I have longed for years [...]

2607, 2013

AT&T: Attitude Training and Team Work

By | July 26th, 2013|Challenge House 1|

Two weeks ago, 19 teenagers in 9th -12th grade ascended upon our home...each one chosen from many applications received for the AT&T program...the goal was to earn the $150 paycheck they would receive at the completion of their training and work. I would guess that many of them came knowing the fun, friendships, and break from the routine they would experience each day...they probably didn't realize the work, change in their outlook on life, and the challenge to their futures this program would present. The first week began with workshops from community leaders...business owners, pastors, [...]

303, 2013

Planting a Garden

By | March 3rd, 2013|Challenge House 1|

Luke 8:5-8 New King James Version (NKJV) 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He [...]

2502, 2013

Depraved Indifference

By | February 25th, 2013|Challenge House 1|

  God has been working on my heart since moving in Challenge House 1. You see for years I have been blind to the hurt and struggles of my community...my neighbors. There is an indifference in our society if we do not see it and if we do not cause it, then it must not be our responsibility. Friends that is so wrong. The hurt, the struggles, the seeking for something missing...it is our responsibility. My adoptive mom friend, Sarah Westerfield posted this above video, as adoptive parents we were able to see [...]

102, 2013

4H & Challenge House Woodworking Program

By | February 1st, 2013|Challenge House 1|

A time for learning new skills... Pallet Projects: 02/15/2013 and 02/22/2013 (5pm – 6pm) Cornhole Boards: 03/8/2013 and 03/22/2013 (5pm – 6pm) Woodworking projects can be entered into the local fair as a 4H project entry. Classes are for ages 9 – 19 and will be limited to the first 10 kids to complete the 4H registration form at Challenge House 1. This is a free program. If you are interested in working as a volunteer on these specific dates, a 4H volunteer form must be completed before the first class begins. Forms are available [...]

2701, 2013

Power of a Moment

By | January 27th, 2013|Challenge House 1|

This week as I was reflecting on the recent changes in our life, the new paths we have made, people we have met...it struck me that each moment now must be intentional...we are in a battle for souls. I turned on my iTunes and this was the song that played by Chris Rice:  The Power of a Moment What am I gonna be when I grow up? How am I gonna make my mark in history? And what are they gonna write about me when I'm gone? These are the questions that shape the way [...]

1101, 2013

A Week in the Life of a Neighborhood Ambassador

By | January 11th, 2013|Challenge House 1|

Living in a Challenge House brings with it the title of Neighborhood Ambassador. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary an ambassador is: ambassador AMBAS'SADOR, n. 1. A minister of the highest rank employed by one prince or state, at the court of another, to manage the public concerns of his own prince or state, and representing the power and dignity of his sovereign. Embassadors are ordinary, when they reside permanently at a foreign court; or extraordinary, when they are sent on a special occasion. They are also called ministers. Envoys are ministers employed on special occasions, [...]