Published Newspaper articles from the Kentucky New Era about Challenge House:



703, 2016


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I read a book last night.  I was up to 3 a.m. reading it to the finish.  I could not put it down. The book was called “WITH JUSTICE FOR ALL” by John Perkins.  John Perkins does a great job of outlining a three step plan for dealing with the poverty that is so PREVALENT in our American culture. His ideas are based on his experiences with his work trying to break the cycle of wealth and poverty in Mississippi.  John Perkins intertwines scripture as well as a plea for people to get involved. His three step plan [...]

2902, 2016

The Challenge of Gratitude

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I have spent the last month at Challenge House 7 pondering the “challenge of being filled with gratitude."  My pondering began when I read this little jewel of scripture:  "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." –1 Thessalonians 5:18  “What does circumstances really mean?” I asked myself at the breakfast table while reading my Bible.  “In all circumstances means in every situation,” I thought as I spread raspberries on my oatmeal.  “Seriously?” I thought. “How can we give thanks in ALL situations? For all circumstances?"  My skepticism continued [...]

2202, 2016


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Last week we gathered at Challenge House 2 for a meeting.  While there, some of the neighborhood children were also there having fun at a birthday party.  I recognized a couple of the children as having attended a church in the area and I was able to speak to these children for a few minutes about their experiences at church.  One child I asked about what they had learned at the church and they told me “the church is my safe place.”  Then I asked what do you mean by that; and they explained “when [...]

2102, 2016

Chasing the Fingerprints of GOD

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I watch the children on Phelps Avenue play in the late afternoon sun, Watch them run and chatter and chase and jump It seems their feet were born to run the race It seems they have never moved at any slower pace. They chase each other and the bugs and butterflies, Under mountains of clouds in the bright blue sky. They chase the cat, the dog, the kid on a bike and the sunbeams too Chasing each other with a “can’t catch me” tune. They chase basketballs, bikes, and fun Chasing with happiness on faces [...]

602, 2016

Listening with Your Eyes and Your Heart

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  I feel that almost unarguably, the greatest gift you can give another is your attention!! I’ve been thinking about that lately as Challenge House 7 bursts at the seams with adults and children and echoes with constant noise. I adore the fullness of those noisy sounds- the invigorating string of great ideas that grow large in little minds, the hours of play wanting to be extended while adults try to finish the short list of must-do’s as activities are completed. I adore the sight of youthful feet racing across the classroom and all those little [...]

1501, 2016

JANUARY 15, 2016

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I met a man the other day.  He was dirty, “bone dry weary” and thirsty.  I was driving and listening to Elvis Presley sing “How Great Thou Art” and I missed my turn on 17th street, so I went on down to the next road and turned right off Canton Pike.  The man was sitting on the side of the street, with his head resting on his knee and his arms crossed over the top of his head.  At first, I thought he may have been hurt in some way, but to be honest, my first [...]

701, 2016

JANUARY 7, 2016

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Last night I had a Women’s Group meeting at Challenge House 7.  These were women from the Canton Pike Neighborhood that needed to sing their life songs of perceived hurt, hopelessness, and worthlessness.  What transpired was the knitting together of friendships that allowed for the singing of life songs that truly inspired and assisted each group member.  The sharing of pain and hurt truly blessed my understandings of how and why the Challenge House is so important to the neighborhoods that they serve, and to their ability to knit together people in the neighborhoods to [...]

101, 2016


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  Sitting on my couch the other night Watching some neighborhood friends Look at pictures on the walls of my apartment   Commenting on this picture and that frame,   Remembering when I moved into the Challenge House 7 apartment just six months prior   Remembering standing in the middle of my Challenge House 7 apartment the first time and seeing   Empty Walls.   I had not shed a tear when I piled my little silver car full of my clothes and bid a weekly goodbye to the house I raised my children in [...]

3012, 2015

DECEMBER 30, 2015

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Driving back to CH7 at lunch on Tuesday, I crossed over the Walking Trail on 15th Street and came upon a tiny beige colored dog walking in the middle of the road. I blew my car horn, but that tiny ball of beige fur gave me the stink eye and just kept slowly walking.  Now, I am an animal lover and it really concerned me that this tiny dog was walking in the middle of such a busy street. I pulled over to the side of 15th Street and Phelps Avenue and got out of my car.  I tried to [...]

112, 2015

Sherry Cruise

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On such a rainy windswept day, Casper and  I was out walking the neighborhood, and found about five kids out playing in the rain in clothes better suited for summer.  I stopped and asked them how was their Christmas and they all began excitedly to tell me what they had received which mostly consisted of basketballs and bikes.  One child who looked to be about seven or eight mentioned a truck and some clothes and then hung his head as the other children started teasing him that a truck was all he got.  I invited [...]