A Season of Gratitude
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, November is recognized as National Gratitude Month – a month to focus on showing thankfulness and appreciation for the blessings received every day. Ministry Village at Olive is able to do what we do every day because of the support we receive from you all year long. Without you, we could not serve our community as God commanded.
You donate food. You donate funding. You donate your time. You donate items to the Bargain Center that are sold for funding to support the Charis House. You lead devotions for the Charis House women. You lead Most Excellent Way meetings. You pray – for our Charis House ladies – for our Early Learning Center teachers – for our food pantry recipients – for our staff.
So this month, we are setting aside some time to thank you – our supporters – as well as to highlight many of our volunteers and supporters who put in so much time behind the scenes to make a difference through our ministry. This week, we recognize those who support 3 of our ministries – Most Excellent Way, Charis House, and the Ministry Village Early Learning Center.
Most Excellent Way
Our MEW meetings provide a supportive place for individuals and families to find hope in their struggles with addiction. Our MEW leaders donate their time to lead our meetings – but more important than that, they offer everyone their open hearts and experiences. They’ve suffered through the pain that addiction causes in lives, and they have seen God work in miraculous and steadfast ways. It is this prayerful support and encouragement that our MEW volunteers offer to anyone who is willing to listen. Thank you to our MEW leaders for their willingness to open their hearts in the hopes that others will see the possibilities and reach for God’s grace in their lives as well. Our leaders are Byron Nettles, Stacey Paden, Israel Fisher, Todd Robinson, Morgan Robinson, Chad Jordan, Vanessa Lockett, Bruce Finney and Larry Aucoin.
The Charis House provides a place for our clients to work through years of pain and hopelessness that have robbed them of a fulfilled life, and teaches them about God’s grace and the future they can have through a life with Jesus. Often, these ladies are hurting, vulnerable, angry, and distrustful when they come to us and it takes time, patience, and care to build a trusting relationship with each of them. We are thankful for the house managers, teachers, facilitators and supporters who create these trusted relationships through teaching, praying for, and supporting the women of the Charis House. We would like to specifically recognize Ms. Gail Powell who generously donates groceries to the Charis House ladies every month, as well as our friends Marette Compton Church, Ami Odom, Diane and Bill Vest and friends from Liberty Church’s Milton campus for recently helping repair our property’s fence when it was damaged after Hurricane Sally. Your selfless giving means so much, and is a touching example of a servant’s heart in action for our clients.
Ministry Village Early Learning Center
Between pandemics and hurricanes, 2020 has been a challenging year for the Ministry Village Early Learning Center. We would like to thank our ELC parents and families for trusting us and going along for the crazy ride we have all been on this year. Through all the twists and turns – quarantines, hurricane damage, and a move to a temporary location – you trusted us with your family and we do not take that lightly. Our ELC teachers have been along for that same crazy ride, and we appreciate your support as well. Special thanks go out to Mrs. Sharon Barnes and the staff at Olive Preschool for welcoming the ELC into their facility while our building was repaired from hurricane damage. None of us knew how well sharing space with so many children would go, but we all jumped in together and we are so grateful for your support and assistance throughout this experience. In addition, we are thankful for the help provided by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Our temporary move due to hurricane damage was an unprecedented situation with our building closing and the preschool moving to a temporary space, and the DCF staff was fantastic at helping us make it happen in a timely fashion. We truly believe the Lord has an amazing plan for the ELC, and we look forward to continuing to grow with all of our families.
✅ Most Excellent Way meetings are held each week at the Olive Baptist Church Main Campus (Tuesdays and Fridays from 7pm to 8:30pm). Meetings are open to anyone struggling with addictive behavior, as well as the family members and loved ones of those struggling. There is no charge to attend meetings.
🙏 Volunteers interested in working with MEW can provide encouragement, a listening ear, and prayerful support to those who attend our meetings. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with MEW, or if you are interested in participating in a Friends and Family support group through MEW, contact Scott Heald at SHeald@ministryvillage.org or by phone at 850-475-1112.
✝️ The Charis House is a non-profit Christian-based residential substance abuse program for females. The program is designed in 3 phases, each offering stages of recovery that provide the necessary tools for a practical transition into a new lifestyle free of addiction. The faith-based recovery program addresses the client’s personal relationship with God as the foundation for healing and wholeness. It requires a willingness to change and adhere to a controlled, strict and disciplined environment, allowing life-changing experiences to occur. There is no fee to apply. To learn more about the Charis House, click here or contact Vanessa Bettis at 850-475-1116 or by email at VBettis@MinistryVillage.org.
🍏 Visit our website at MinistryVillageELC.org for an application packet and more information, and checkout our Ministry Village Early Learning Center Facebook page to see what we’ve been up to!
🍎 VPK enrollment for the 2020/2021 school year is still open at the ELC! Call us today to learn how you can enroll ~ (850) 378-8044!