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Prayer and purpose saved my life.
I was only sixteen when one of my best friends, a drug dealer, asked for my help with a dangerous drug deal. I knew it was a bad idea, but I felt too much pressure to refuse. While we survived that night, my friend was killed just a few years later during a similar deal. Getting high and putting myself in constant danger was my world, although I had no idea how I had ended up in it.
I clearly see now that I had no sense of direction, no sense of purpose, no vision for my life. And where there’s no vision, people perish (Proverbs 29:18).
I thank God for saving me from that world, for bringing people into my life to plant seeds – people who committed themselves to pray for me and help me realize God’s plan and purpose for my life. I thank God for raising me from the dead.
We each have a purpose. I believe my purpose is to help others experience their own resurrection.
What is yours?
May God bless you and your family this Easter,
Coordinator of Religious Life
United Methodist Children’s Home
Remember, every dollar raised online this week will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Your gift will double! We still need your help to reach our goal of $15,000 – right now we’ve raised $8,500. Please give today to help as many children, youth and families as we can!
If you have already donated this week – thank you! We pray that the stories we’re sharing give you a sense of how your gift is impacting the lives of our children and families.
We’ve raised $8,000 towards our $15,000 goal thanks to the generosity of all those who care about our children! Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar this week. Please give today so that your gift will have the greatest impact on our children!
Every child deserves a “forever family.”
Mike and I always wanted our own children, but God chose to bless us in a slightly different way. Our story starts when we heard about the Foster Care Program at The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) through our church. The urgent need for foster families helped us to see that by fostering we could be the hands of Christ in the lives of children.
Many couples begin fostering as a means to adopt one day, but Mike and I always envisioned influencing children’s lives until they could reunite with their parents. Looking into the future, we imagined ourselves having cared for 40 or more foster kids, being part of their lives and creating this great extended family. However, God had a different vision.
Our first placement, ten-year-old twins, stayed a short time before leaving us to live with an uncle. Even so, they filled our home with fun and laughter. Their extraordinary insights left a lasting impression. Our next placement was five-year-old Javon and his three-year-old sister Destiny. They too filled our lives and our hearts. As it became apparent that they would never be placed back with their natural family, God began to unveil his vision for their lives and ours. Admittedly, we had a hard time transitioning to the idea of parenting only two children and not the 40 in our fantasy. Mike and I, however, knew that God had called us to become Javon and Destiny’s “forever parents”. In January of this year we celebrated the finalization of their adoptions as well as their baptisms in our church. We hope the photos of our new family offer a glimpse of the transformation we’ve all witnessed and personally felt.
UMCH creates a remarkable experience for its fostering families. From our wonderful caseworker to the amazing support team, our resources are endless. Our children, too, directly reap benefits like back-to-school gear, doctor referrals and tutoring. Spiritual needs are also remembered. When adopted, each child receives a personal Bible from UMCH that’s embossed with their new name.
So many kids go through the Foster Care system, and that’s heartbreaking, but if we open our hearts, we can provide the love and care they deserve so they can live the life God intended. Your donations to The United Methodist Children’s Home help make that happen and we appreciate your continued support so that other children’s lives may be transformed like ours.
May God bless you and your family this Easter,
Patches & Mike Mongeon
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11
On January 23rd at 6:30 in the evening I had the honor to participate in one of the key moments in the lives of 10 of our residents, the moment when they walked across our stage in cap and gown and became graduates. Some are graduating from high school, some are graduating from technical college and some are receiving their General Educational Development (GED) degree. It was in that moment that I was struck by the fact that their lives were being transformed–they were walking away from the past and into the promise of a new future filled with hope.
As I began to write this letter and reflect back on this glorious celebration, I was reminded that Easter is the season where we celebrate how Jesus transformed our lives through his burial, resurrection and ascension. He gave you, me, our residents, and the entire world the opportunity to receive a new life filled with hope. Here at The United Methodist Children’s Home, because of your continued generous support, we are in the ministry of transforming lives every day. Our mission is to provide redemptive, healing services to children, youth and families that can only come from the transformative love of Jesus Christ.
So I say, thank you for giving the people we serve a chance for a new life filled with hope…a transformed life! It’s my hope that you will prayerfully consider investing in our continued efforts to change the lives of at-risk children and families in Georgia through the love of Jesus Christ.
May God richly bless you and your family this Easter holiday,
Chief Executive Officer,
The United Methodist Children’s Home
PS. Several anonymous donors have stepped forward with a matching gift challenge. Every gift we receive online during Holy Week will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
That means that $50 becomes $100! $100 becomes $200! We are making great progress and are already three-quarters of the way to our $30,000 goal. Your gift could be the one that meets our goal. Double your impact by giving today.
Thank you for giving generously to help twice as many proud graduates!
I never imagined that my four-year-old daughter Patrice and I would end up in a homeless shelter: I have a bachelor’s degree. I’m an experienced social worker. However, in 2011 I found I was barely making ends meet on my salary. With relatives in Atlanta, I moved Patrice and myself to Georgia. I counted on staying with sisters until I found a job and an apartment but quickly we were considered a burden. Patrice and I moved into a shelter. Then my car was repossessed. How could I accept a social worker position when driving to people’s homes was part of the job?How could I help others when I was the one in the need of help?
Then God did what God does and I was introduced to The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) just before Christmas 2013. We were immediately surrounded by their compassionate and resourceful staff. Patrice even had gifts to open from Santa.
First they started by helping me clean up my credit and taught me how to budget.Never having money, I’d never before learned to manage it. I also cleaned up my diet. Growing up in the South, I was accustomed to fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese on the side. Today, Patrice and I enjoy vegetables and love exercising! Individuals networked to find a car I could afford, thanks to my new budget. Finally, thanks to UMCH’s job leads program, I began working as a case managerin February for the Georgia Division of Family & Children’s Services.
God has taken me full circle; I have been helped and I can now help others. Without knowing me, you too believed in me and for that I say thank you. I hope and pray that you continue to support UMCH so that others can get a fresh start like Patrice and me.
May God bless you and your family this Easter.
Your impact is doubled.
Several anonymous donors have stepped forward with a matching gift challenge. Every gift we receive online during Holy Week will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
That means that $50 becomes $100! $100 becomes $200! We’re more than half way to our $30,000 goal. Thank you for giving generously to help twice as many children like Patrice!