September 2014

“Mr. Wally’ he said, ‘I have something I want to ask you; How come you do what you do”? I was caught completely off guard. I had taken him, a senior in high school, to a community concert, along with a senior girl. (I had gotten to know both through a faith-based summer teen “work-over-welfare” program, [...]

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March 2014

It started with a door knock in 2010, over at Challenge House #2. I opened the door, and there she stood: sleek, bashful, determined: "I need help with math". 6 years later she has a job, and is about to graduate from our community college! Fast forward from that door knock; we just had breakfast-lunch [...]

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October 2, 2013

*A lawyer calls; his yard man has gotten old and sick, and can no longer carry out mowing and yard work at his office. He knows the easy way is to just call a commercial mowing company, but he's read about the work-over-welfare summer programs at Challenge Houses, and calls, "wondering if any of the [...]

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July 8, 2013

I was reading in my Bible this morning: II Chronicles 34:1-3. A boy begin to “seek the God of his father, David’, and 4 years later began ‘purging” his country of its pagan practices. I encourage you to look it up~ In the apartment and in this small office, I have a plaque which reads: Today, [...]

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April 2013

56 degrees inside. Mom and 4 children. Landlord short on funds. Central gas heater broken. We find out. Things begin to happen. So many involved. Fuses for her fuse box---so portable electric heaters work again. Big kerosene heater provided with fuel, Fire Department comes through with smoke detectors. This family was able to tough it out [...]

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September 2012

Jail to Challenge House---let me write it differently: I picked up an inmate---I know he’s a skilled carpenter---I took him to the construction site of Challenge House #4, over by Pennyrile Apartments public housing. It was early—probably 6:30 AM---Before he exited the car to begin work, he suggested, “Let’s pray”—we did, and then he handed [...]

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Summer 2012

17,16, 15, 14 “Boot Camp” about work-started with 17; only 14 teens made it through the first 4 days---1-a-day was booted (late to work, for example). Challenge House #I and #II combined to offer this “real world’ program—much Jobs for Life content, along with many community speakers. Each student job shadowed the second week—teens worked in [...]

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Inner-City Report-February 2012 – Challenge House Outreach

It’s been building up in my soul to write about him. He was my neighbor, but not too sure I was my "neighbor’s keeper." Tony died the day after Christmas. Read to the bottom to know him~ First, just a few weeks ago, around 8:30 AM, I hear a knock on the door at Challenge [...]

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Fall/Winter 2011

This Report, unlike others of the past, deals with fundraising. The story-filled content, I believe, sets forth the importance and value of the Challenge House approach which focuses on developing and discipling kids and adults. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested and/or who might be willing to help [...]

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