"And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you." (Psalm 39:7)
And still, we wait. And we pray.
Waiting and hoping are often difficult tasks, especially when, in a ministry like ours, we see the enormous need, and the (apparent) gulf between the need and the supply.
We have approximately $170,000 of donations given especially toward the Hagar Home, and it continues to be our intention to acquire a facility. This amount would be sufficient for a small single-family home, but not a multi-family facility. We continue to seek the Lord's direction, as well as scan the horizon for possible options. We are willing to "go big or go small" however the Lord leads, but to date, there have not been any suitable properties that have shown up in our area. For the time being, we do have access to one rental home that has been offered up for the use of A Shield and Refuge for the indefinite future. We have used it in the past year, but it is again (as of this update, anyway) available for use--what a great blessing to have! We are currently going through a season where we are hearing few requests for immediate help. But we know that the needs are out there! So if you or someone you know of is fleeing a polygamy situation and needs a place to stay, please contact us so we can discuss your situation and whether this is a good fit.
Our questions continue to be: Do we purchase an existing facility? Do we get something that is "move in ready" or perhaps a place that needs significant refurbishing and remodeling?
These questions are also going to be dictated by WHO the Lord brings to come alongside of us to move this work forward. Something along the lines of a single-family home, we are equipped to manage with our current staffing. However, a larger facility requires larger staff--ministry-mined people who are experienced in helping families in crisis and attuned to the unique needs of those leaving polygamist or fundamentalist situations.
As desperately as we want to extend even more help to those trapped in an abusive polygamous or fundamentalist environment, we know that God sees, knows, understands, and loves them far more than we could ever dream of. He will not leave them high and dry. We rest, then, in the knowledge of his special love for the poor, the widow, the orphan, the alien, the downtrodden, and the outcast.
We are still in great need of, and gladly receiving, donations toward the purchase of a safe house facility. We are grateful for all who have contributed thus far. There are no "small gifts." Even the two copper coins of a poor widow Jesus regarded as a generous fortune (Mark 12:43).
Would you consider a donation--of any amount--toward the purchase of a property that will bless many and provide safety and freedom to hurting refugees? Your donation is tax-deductible.
And as always, we would love the opportunity to share with you, your church, group, or organization about the ministry of A Shield and Refuge, and the vision for the Hagar Home. Please contact us and we can discuss how this might happen.
And don't forget to watch--and share with others--our film, A Home For Hagar, a compelling story of both the dire need of polygamist refugees, and the vision to meet their needs. You can watch it online, and we also make it available on DVD.