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We have had a good winter here at CH3, and things are starting to pick up as the weather turns more spring-like. We have had great success with the after school program that we launched in December. It is called CHASERs (Challenge House After School Enrichment) and meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm. Our goal with this program is to introduce our neighbor kids to things they may not otherwise experience and to challenge them to do their best in everything. This program has allowed us to build some strong relationships in the neighborhood, with an [...]
We are all chasing something, aren't we? Maybe we are chasing financial or professional success, or the approval of someone we love, or, if you're like me, you feel like you are chasing your own tail just trying to keep up with all that life brings your way! Back in December, a new, experimental "program" was birthed at Challenge House 3 and we call it CHASERS - Challenge House After School Enrichment. The neighborhood children know that they can come by my house any day at 4pm and get an afternoon snack. And during this afternoon snack [...]
After spending the last 6 months building a handful of friendly, trusting relationships, we suddenly find ourselves having to start all over again! There are at least 5 empty houses where families with children used to live, some of which we had come to love. Now, these houses have "For Rent" or "For Sale" signs in the yard and have been undergoing repairs and sprucing up. I'm glad to see the houses getting some much needed attention, but I miss my little after school friends! I miss their sweet smiles, the joy on their faces when I brought out [...]
Apologies for such a long time between posts! Life has gotten busy with the arrival of spring! Not only does spring mean Easter, ballgames, and all the many end of school activities, it also makes me think of gardening. I love the bright colors & pleasant fragrances that flowers bring to a yard, porch, or patio! I enjoy getting out and planting flowers, pulling weeds, and watering plants in the summer months. Being in a new home has brought on all new gardening opportunities this spring. First, I decided to try my hand at making [...]
I love the way kids can just instantly bond with one another in the name of play! They don't care about skin color, economic status, education level, or even if they know each other's names! They just want to play with someone their own size! I have watched this happen so many times in the last couple of weeks. As the weather has warmed, kids naturally want to play outside - ride bikes, walk the dog, etc. There are so many children in this neighborhood, I don't know how we will ever get to know [...]
You never really know how much "stuff" you have until you put it all in boxes and then unpack it again! That has been the primary focus for us this week-unpacking our new life here at Challenge House 3. We've actually made pretty good progress! We are basically down to just figuring out where to hang all the wall photos and curtains. We have already had several meetings here, with another big day planned for tomorrow. We have a Girl Scout Troop that meets here every Thursday, so we got to meet those sweet girls [...]
WOW! What an exciting week we have had! Last Sunday our home church commissioned us as neighborhood missionaries, pledging to support us in deed and in prayer. Since we are Southern Baptists, this was followed by a potluck lunch:) Then, those that we able walked the block and a half or so to our Challenge House, where we encircled the house, hand in hand, and prayed over it and all those that will be affected by the ministry taking place in it. What an awesome experience this was! Such a sweet fellowship with our church [...]