A Christian Recovery Center for victory over alcohol and drug addiction.
 
 
   

August 2014   NEWSLETTER
 

FROM HEBRON COLONY

Greetings,

One of the most beautiful reminders for us to give thanks is found in Psalms 100:4-5, which reads, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.” How can we, here at Hebron and Grace Home, fail to give thanks to the mighty provider and sustainer of all these good things. He continues to meet our daily physical needs, our continual demanding spiritual needs for direction and purpose. He is always directing the right people to this ministry at just the right time. The Lord truly is good and everlasting!


We are so thankful to Him for directing our time of fellowship and worship during our Spring Reunion, Memorial Day weekend. It was our largest and most attended reunion on record. The joy of the Lord was so apparent during the entire weekend. We were blessed with awesome spirit-filled singing and truth-impacting preaching and testimony. His truth does endure to all generations. We were able to utilize our newly constructed cooler and freezer project as our kitchen staff prepared such wonderful and delicious meals. The beautiful new deck project was so welcomed and appreciated as we enjoyed fellowship together. The newly added parking spaces are a true blessing for our special events and even for the regular daily activities here at Hebron. We have so many things for which to be thankful to our Lord.


We have just enjoyed an incredible day of golf and fellowshipping fun at Boone Golf Course during our annual fundraising golf tournament. It appears to be shaping up as the most profitable tournament since its inception. Again, the praise goes to the Lord and to the benevolence of our wonderful and faithful supporters. We are extremely grateful to the many businesses and companies that were corporate and hole sponsors. Obviously, we cannot have a golf tournament without golfers, so to the many golfers that participated in the tournament this year, thank you so very much. We hope to see all of you again next year on the first Saturday in August 2015, the Lord willing!


We are seeing the Lord doing great and miraculous things here at Hebron and also at Grace Home. We are experiencing the Lord directing the Ministry at Grace Home like no other time during our relocation to Santee. There is a unified spirit among our staff and with our many volunteers. Truly, when the Lord leads, there is unity. Please don’t forget to mark your calendars on October 25th for our annual Homecoming at Grace Home. It is always a joyful time of worship and fellowship.


We are looking forward to our Hebron Fall Homecoming gathering during the Labor Day weekend, August 29th-September 1st. On Sunday morning, we are so blessed to have Clebe McClary, one of the most sought after inspirational speakers in the country. He has spoken to thousands of audiences all over the world motivating and inspiring them with his personal journey of endurance and faithfulness. You will truly be blessed when you hear his incredible life story. Invite a friend and plan to be with us here, at Hebron, for this exciting and special event. Always remember, “The Lord is good and His truth endures to all generations.”

Serving together,

Rev. Don Holder
Executive Director


                      

GREETINGS FROM GRACE HOME

 

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it

more abundantly.”
John 10:10

The phrase “and that they might have it more abundantly” begs the question----what does “more abundantly” mean? As we grow as Christians we experience firsthand what it means to each of us as an individual. The blessings that flow into our lives as the result of our love for, and obedience to the Lord enrich our lives beyond anything we could have hoped for. The peace we maintain during our times of trial and tribulation is a peace that cannot be explained. Even the pruning and discipline the Lord imposes upon us gives us a warm feeling of gratitude knowing it is because of His great love for us. We learn that there is no limit to the “abundant life” He so generously showers over us.

Grace Home ladies come to us broken and downtrodden. Many of the ladies have been brought up in Christian homes, having known Jesus their whole lives, yet have drastically drifted away from Him. Some of our ladies know about Jesus or of Him, but know nothing about having an intimate/personal relationship with Him. Very few of our ladies, if any, can relate at all to an “abundant life” through Him. All hope of a fulfilling life worth living has been snuffed out. As the ladies begin their journey at Grace Home, they are uncertain about what to expect. They listen as senior ladies share their renewed hope and their plans for the future. They learn the word of God that promises them a new life as a new creation in Christ. They hear it but they can’t relate to it at that point. As their journey continues, the Lord reveals things to them, heals them, gives them wisdom to understand and to open their eyes, and most importantly, He convicts them of their wrongdoing. We encourage the ladies to do the “right thing” in all things, starting with the littlest of things: follow the rules at Grace Home, handle conflicts with love as opposed to defense, judgment and condemnation, put others before themselves, etc. We teach them that obedience always brings blessings. Disobedience always brings consequences. As they grow in knowledge of the Word and apply what they’ve learned into their lives (even in the littlest of things) they begin to experience the power of God: they begin to recognize the presence and purpose of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The Lord continues to reach out to them calling them closer and closer to Him. They are on their way to experiencing “the abundant life” the Lord has promised to each of us. From that point forward, it is all about them continuing their journey to become more like Christ, resisting the temptation of satan, and making the choice, in all things, to do the right thing, in the little things and the big things, that life brings our way.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
2 Peter 1:3

Grace Home is a prime example of God’s provision in abundance, in all things. The past several months have been mostly consumed with harvesting our gardens, then canning and freezing everything for the upcoming year. Our freezers are overflowing and our pantry is more than adequately stocked for the year. It literally felt like there would be no end. Thank You Lord!!!! The ladies are amazed at the entire process relative to the amount of work it takes to maintain/harvest the gardens, to preserve everything in various ways and then to experience the great sense of accomplishment in the end with our beautiful and tasty jams, pickles, salsas, garden vegetables, etc. It truly is one of the most rewarding undertakings the Lord has blessed us with. In addition, our grounds have never looked more beautiful than they have this year. A lot of hard work and a lot of love have been poured into creative beautification and diligent maintenance activities. Clearly, the Lord has His hands on every detail of Grace Home’s existence. We are ever so grateful to Him every day for every lady He brings to us, for every heart He changes, for every life He transforms, for every blessing He bestows upon us, and most of all, for His great love for us that never ends. We never forget, nor take for granted, that all of this is possible only through all of you who support us in so many different ways. We thank all of you with all our hearts and pray that you are blessed as much, and more than the blessings you so generously provide to us.

“Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”
Jude 1:2

Nita Smith

Director of Operations


         
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