Challenge House 72019-03-07T14:22:42-06:00

Challenge House 7

Challenge House 7 is located at 1605 Phelps Ave. behind the Christian County Health Department.  This house is unique in that Challenge House has partnered with the Civitan organization for House 7, and serves as “Challenge House Central” with the Administrative offices of Challenge House being located in the House.  The programming possibilities for this House are endless.

Sherry Cruise is the Neighborhood Ambassador at Challenge House 7.

1605, 2016


By |May 16th, 2016|Challenge House 7|

 I can sometimes find myself humming this children’s song,  “I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy   Down in my heart, Down in my heart, Down in my heart   I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy   Down in my heart, Down in my heart to stay” What is JOY for me? What is JOY for you? I stopped today to consider “what is JOY” when I found myself humming this song.. Maybe JOY for me does look different than JOY for you. For me, JOY is whatever makes my heart sing…… ~ Meet [...]

304, 2016


By |April 3rd, 2016|Challenge House 7|

I was out walking in the Canton Pike neighborhood today after church.  I met two ladies that were standing outside a house talking in the neighborhood behind the hospital.  I recognized one of the women and waved hi. She rushed over to where I was and threw her arms around me, an action I was not expecting at all. She then said, Ms. Sherry I know you from Pennyroyal because I have seen you there and I know you from the Christmas party at Challenge House 7.  I asked her name and her friend walked [...]

1103, 2016

 Cracked Coffee Cups and Fissured Souls

By |March 11th, 2016|Challenge House 7|

Tap tap tap. Clock says 11:00 pm. Tap tap tap. That’s a knock. On the apartment door. My door. 11:00 pm????? I looked out the window. Small woman standing in the rain leaning my way to look IN the window. Eyes meeting. She jumps back and starts crying, hand rubbing her face hard. I opened the door and she cautiously stepped into Challenge House 7. Sherry she asks.   I nod and she opens her mouth and the ugliness of her night, her week, her life comes struggling out in torrents of words, dripping from her [...]

703, 2016


By |March 7th, 2016|Challenge House 7|

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

By |February 29th, 2016|Challenge House 7|

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


By |February 22nd, 2016|Challenge House 7|

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

By |February 21st, 2016|Challenge House 7|

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

By |February 6th, 2016|Challenge House 7|

  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

By |January 15th, 2016|Challenge House 7|

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

By |January 7th, 2016|Challenge House 7|

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 [...]