A Stark Reality…
Recently, my family took a trip to my grandpa’s farm near Pella. As I drove and others fell asleep or silently dug into a book, I was struck again by the stark difference in landscapes between Waterloo and the countryside. The farmhouses sit amidst an expanse of open land. Kids can run and play without fear. When darkness falls, there is a quiet peace. As our kids played with cousins at the farm, the only fear was that allergies from climbing on hay bales in the barn would cause puffy red eyes. Waterloo seems worlds away… where shootings are common; murder is not a shock; children are abducted in broad daylight; and poverty, drugs, and alcohol are easier found than jobs.
Believe it or not, I am grateful to be able to bring light into the darkness. Bridge of Hope is a mission. We are helping men take responsibility, coaching parents to love their kids, mentoring young adults to make wise choices, developing believers to know the Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit, and training kids to follow Jesus. Please, pray for our small groups listed on the right.
I want to say thank you!
Every month we receive gifts from those of you who receive this update. Some of you give every month, while others give as you are lead by God. Each of these gifts is received with grateful praise to God who has sustained us for the past 7 years. The giving from within the church is up and giving us hope to expand our impact on our community. Thank you to all who are supporting Bridge of Hope! We would not be here if it were not for your generosity.
Update on Eva: Sadly, on Thursday morning, September 20, 2012, Eva passed away at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. While we miss her greatly, we rejoice in the hope we have in heaven. On the 25th, we celebrated with a packed house at Grace Reformed Church. First, our praise team filled the building (neighborhood) with praise. Then Rich (brother), Dale (husband), and I shared how desperately Eva longed for her family to trust in Jesus. Dale invited any of the family to come and read Eva’s Bible and notes whenever they long to hear from God. Please continue to pray for her family.
We are grateful to the family and all who contributed to the memorial fund, which went to support Compassion Kitchen and our Sports Camp/VBS. The Compassion Kitchen has blessed several families with frozen dinners and is prepared to help many more. Our Sports Camp now has about half the funds needed for the coming year.
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Pray for a decrease in violence, for Elizabeth and Lyric who have been missing for 3 months, for addicts to find freedom, for children to feel safe, and for job opportunities.
Pray for lives to be transformed in our Men’s Group (Tue.), Parenting Group, “Reading the Whole Bible” Group, Youth Group (Wed.), Life Together Group, Praise Kids Group (Thur.), Young Adults Group (Sun.).
The past few years we have given away candy, hotdogs, and hot chocolate from the front yard of Kim Kemp. Last year we gave away over 900 hotdogs and 25 gallons of hot chocolate. This year we are adding a second location. Pray that we connect others with God!!!
Community Enrichment Center…
Ask God to provide accessible, safe places to serve our community. We want to help teens, young adults, and low to mid-income families make wise choices. Pray for fruitful relationships with other churches and ministries who can help us.
Eventually, we hope to have a facility of our own for these ministries.
PRAY THAT GOD WOULD OPEN DOORS AND PROVIDE RESOURCES.
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Kevin Van Wyk