Summer 2019 Applying Biblical Truths To Women’s Lives
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” - Romans 12:2
We are so excited about all the Lord has done through Refuge of Grace over the last few months. We hosted our 5th Annual Mother’s Day Celebration which you can read about on page 5. Also we have welcomed new residents into the Refuge of Grace Home. These ladies have lived through abundant tragedy in their past and are truly hungry for the hope the gospel offers. They are digging deeply into His word and being transformed by the renewal of their minds daily. We also have a resident graduating soon! I hope you’ll enjoy reading about these and other things going on through the ministry! As always, thank you for continuing to share your time, talents, and treasures with these precious ladies and their children…you truly are the Hands and Feet of Christ in their lives!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Leigh Littrell Founder/Executive Director
Skip Thompson Chairman
Laura Hellard Treasurer
Dr. Richard Bedsole Jack Fite Ruth Ann Fite Joe Lubisco John Underwood LEADERSHIP TEAM Leigh Littrell Susan Brooks Libby Brown Margaret Fudge STAFF Carol Atchley Jackie Harris Anna Hodges
IN THIS ISSUE... COVER Leigh’s Message PAGE 2 Resident Update PAGE 3 Volunteer Spotlight Community Support PAGE 4 Memorials and Honorariums PAGE 5 Jail Ministry Update BACK Amazon Smile
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God’s Healing Ground “For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” ~Isaiah 61:11 The residents have been busy trying out their green thumbs. Darryle and Nancy Waldron provided the materials and helped the ladies plant the annual vegetable garden in the backyard. On Memorial Day, Kim Ingram brought flowers and spent the day helping the residents plant them around the house. The ladies love being outdoors, tending to their “babies,” and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. We all agree there is something therapeutic about working in the dirt.
Resident Update Natasha Hardin In early April, Natasha participated in the construction of a Habitat for Humanity house. Natasha also began working full-time at Chick-fil-A. We appreciate Barry Keith giving Natasha this opportunity. On May 7, Natasha participated in Calhounâ€™s Adult Education GED Graduation Ceremony. We are all very proud of Natashaâ€™s educational accomplishments during her time at Refuge of Grace. Natasha completed a parenting course, which was the last core curriculum class she is required to complete. Her boys were able to spend the night at the home for the first time.
Jessica Dove Jessica arrived at the Refuge of Grace home on April 12. Jessica has obtained some of her legal documentation, such as a birth certificate and social security card. She has also received medical and dental exams. We have helped Jessica formulate her Individual Transformation Plan, which establishes goals for while she is at Refuge of Grace. Jessica is currently participating in three of the required core curriculum classes, Fitness and Nutrition, Life Recovery, and Sexual Sanity for Women, as well as other Bible studies and enrichment classes.
Ashley Wright We welcomed Ashley to the Refuge of Grace home on June 7. Ashley is excited about the opportunity to transform her life in a safe, Godly environment. We have already helped Ashley develop her Individual Transformation Plan, and she will soon begin her core curriculum classes.
Volunteer Spotlight - Kim Ingram Kim began volunteering with Refuge of Grace in May 2015, and she has truly become a vital part of the ministry. Kim typically leads residents in enrichment activities, such as painting, crocheting, and crafts, which give them an opportunity to just be loved on and poured into. Kim often volunteers to fill in the gaps whenever we need her, such as on the weekends or holidays. She is one of the few volunteers who has actually spent the night at the Refuge of Grace home! Kim is so well loved by everyone at Refuge of Grace, and her love for the ministry is evident in everything she does here. When asked why she continues to volunteer faithfully after so many years, she said, “I believe in the ministry! I believe in giving these girls the skills they need to make it in the long term during the little bit of time they are here.” We are beyond blessed to have Kim on our team.
• Leigh Littrell and Anna Hodges spoke at the April meeting of the LYDIA CIRCLE from DECATUR FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Following that meeting, the group made a financial contribution to the ministry for which we are grateful. • The ministry is also excited to have received a grant award from KIWANIS CLUB OF DECATUR. Kiwanis continues to be a vital supporter of the ministry. • We recently hosted Mrs. Kris Harris, who oversees the women’s correctional ministries at CHURCH OF THE HIGHLANDS, to explore ways we can partner with other jail and prison ministries. • We are thankful for the CALHOUN COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM and its staff, who have helped us navigate adult education opportunities and secure available funds for our residents to pursue their education and career goals. • A big “thank you” to FIRST BIBLE CHURCH for awarding the ministry with a GO Grant to help pay for the Mother’s Day Event in the Morgan County Jail. • That event was also supported with the donation of shirts by ENTRUSTED TEES, Bibles by COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY OF DECATUR, and balloon bouquets by JEREMY JONES.
We appreciate all of the community support we continue to receive!
Memorials and Honorariums In Memory Of… Mary Love Eyster Given by: Mary Malone Mary Love Eyster Given by: Gerri Lowrey Eva Ward “A very special Mother” Given by: Mary & Doug South LT. Col. Ken Fender Given by: Dr. Gerald & Lynda New Burnice Burleson Given by: Mr. & Mrs. Charles Edwards Mrs. Beatrice (Bea) Lowe Mother of Dr. Mark Lowe Given by: Mrs. Leo Fabisinski, Jr. Mary Huff Frickie Given by: Mary Malone Arlene Pike Given by: Dr. Mitchell & Diane Summerlin Mrs. Melba Littrell Mrs. Jackie Edwards Given by: Mr. & Mrs. Charles Edwards Jean McMillan Given by: Marilyn Davies Mrs. Melba Ruth Littrell Given by: Wade & Leigh Littrell
In Honor Of… Carol Godwin for Mother’s Day Given by: Jean & Larry Colquitt Molly Ann Thompson Daughter of Sam & Tara Thompson Granddaughter of Skip & Margie Thompson Given by: Mary Battle Hamilton Eleanor Schwers Granddaughter of Skip & Margie Thompson Given by: Mary Battle Hamilton Refuge of Grace, Leigh Littrell, & Anna Hodges Given by: Lydia Circle, FUMC Mrs. Jo Cook Given by: Barry & Janet Musick Elizabeth Lee Given by: Barbara Brownlee
Vivian Arnold Nannie Laura Fudge Given by: James & Margaret Fudge
Mary Earley Given by: Scottie Earley-Moss
Becky Wilder Given by: Charles & Francis Adams
Dr. & Mrs. Bill Sims Given by: Lynn & Anne Fowler
Kristi Danielle Thurman Given by: James Barnard
Mr. & Mrs. Skip Thompson Given by: Lynn & Anne Fowler
Mary Love Eyster Given by: Carolyn Tweed
Margaret Fudge Given by: Dale Fudge
Joyce Giles Given by: Carolyn Tweedy
Jackie Harris Given by: Joann Marriott
Morgan County Jail Update In April, participants in our jail Bible study completed He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado. Thank you to Barbara Chenault who graciously provided the graduation lunch for this group. Participants are now working through The Bible: God’s Amazing Book by Community Bible Study. Interestingly, this will be the first Prison and Beyond group nationwide to ever complete this new study.
5th Annual Mother’s Day Celebration The annual Mother’s Day Celebration in the Morgan County Jail provides an opportunity for the children of incarcerated women to spend time with their mothers in a non-intimidating environment. During the event, children participate in fun activities with their moms, such as playing games, working puzzles, and making crafts. A meal is provided, and each mother has her picture taken with her children. Each child is also presented with an age-appropriate Bible to take with them. This event is one of our favorite activities at Refuge of Grace, and we couldn’t do it without your support.
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Applying Biblical Truths To Women’s Lives
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