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April 2019 Newsletter

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 
When we think of seeds that are planted, most of the time we think of flowers or vegetables.  The seeds that Sanctified Hope plants are the Life Principles that are outlined by God in his word.  Seeds are being planted at Sanctified Hope.  We are watering them and His fruit is being seen in our women. 

Sandra Cole came out to show our women how to maintain their vehicles.  With so many women starting jobs and/or going to school, we want to make sure that their vehicles are well maintained.  Thank you so much Sandra for sharing your talents.

Cori and Halee both got cars this month!  Cori is starting Culinary school and working part time and Halee is working part time.  Sanctified Hope purchases vehicles for these ladies allowing them to make payments with no interest.  If anyone has a good working vehicle and would like to donate to Sanctified Hope, please contact us!  We are ALWAYS in need.
As mentioned above, Cori and Halee both have been blessed with jobs.  Kasey and Kelly have also obtained employment!  For some, their jobs are a stepping stone for things to come, others hope to make a career out of them.  Sanctified Hope feels so thankful for those employers willing to give these ladies a second chance!

Holy week was so special at Sanctified Hope.  A couple of the women have never experienced it as believers!  The ladies attended Good Friday Service at Trinity Bible Church and then went to Easter Service there as well.  Pastor John Sherman is a remarkable man of God and a wonderful shepherd.  The ladies were also given tickets to Capernaum from our Celebrate Recovery facilitator, Melissa.  Thank you for the wonderful opportunity Melissa!
As a special treat, Film Alley donated movie passes and we were able to take the ladies to see Breakthrough.  What a special time.  Thank you Film Alley!
Our church of the month is First Methodist Church.  The ladies attended there and I was able to share a little bit about Sanctifed Hope and how they (the congregation) could help.

We want to recognize a special lady who is VERY committed to her job as a mentor!  Each of our mentors commit to a full year, a couple of hours a week.  They pour into our ladies, doing a bible study curriculum, along with being a major supporter and encourager.  All of our mentors are fantastic, but this month, we want to recognize Doris.  She has traveled from GALVESTON each week to be with her mentee, Cori.  Thank you Doris for pouring into Cori and your commitment.

A NOTE FROM OUR DIRECTOR

Spring is my favorite season. Everything is new and fresh. All of the rain that the Lord has brought this Spring has made a beautiful canvas of wildflowers as our home’s backdrop. Our rose bushes are budding more than I have ever seen them bud!  It is beautiful. It reminds me of our lives in Christ. He paints a beautiful canvas for our lives and makes us clean and fresh. The ladies here are experiencing His goodness, some for the very first time.

Before coming to Sanctified Hope, the ladies go through an intense application process. We are Texas Department of Criminal Justice Approved; therefore, we are in the resource book in Texas prisons. The application process begins with the inmate contacting us, saying they are interested in coming to Sanctified Hope.  We then start with the first part of the process. After the 3-part application is finished, I then decide if they are ready for our program. Currently, we have 14 women on our approved waiting list.  They are waiting to hear from the parole board, or serve their whole sentence.  The plans are that three ladies are coming in June and two in July. The rest will be coming throughout the year. I’m sure that will change going forward. Flexibility is a definite requirement for working at Sanctified Hope. We know that God has just the right women coming at just the right time. His timing is always perfect. 

On a personal note, I wanted to give y’all an update on my husband Tracy. He had a PET scan two months ago and there is no evidence of disease! He had another reconstruction surgery a month ago and he is healing very well!  He has been doing IV antibiotics since then due to infection, but we are hopeful that next Monday he will be finished with that! He goes three times per week to get “shock therapy” on his throat to help stimulate his muscles which we pray will help him to start swallowing. He was honored with the Courage Award at the North Texas Laryngectomy Society’s (NTLS) Red Dress Gala. NTLS is a non-profit that brings awareness for head and neck cancer and helps those that suffer from it. Thank you for your prayers. Please keep them coming!

Please continue to pray for Sanctified Hope and the women. If you would like to help out, our biggest need this month is Laundry Detergent and Dishwasher detergent.

God Bless!

Faithfully,
Sharon

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Joyfully,
The Board of Sanctified Hope
Janet Duvall, John Gordon, Jim Heath, Linda Tidmore,  Gayle Wells, Frank Scheffler, and Randi Daniel 

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