We wanted to inform you that we here at Abba’s House have experienced a total loss fire of our 60 X 120 foot animal barn last weekend. This loss included over a 135 animals including Goats, Llama and Chickens. The barn was a complete loss and included numerous farm supplies, animal feed and garden amendments as well as 2 of our ATV farm Gators. We are grateful to the Lord that our 19 sheep were out on pasture, 16 of them are pregnant and will begin lambing in the next couple of weeks- we are looking forward to the new life that is coming.
We know the God of Isaiah 61 that declares He will bestow a crown of beauty for ashes. We are asking for prayer for the staff and the residents during this suddenly in the Lord. Our residents were and are very connected to the animals in the barn, much healing for them comes as they take care of them.
If you feel led to sow a financial gift to help us rebuild you can do so right here on our website or call 231-946-5350.
We appreciate your prayers…..
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On Saturday May 5, 2013 Kohl’s Department store volunteered to help us with a “green” project on our campus! Our local Traverse City Kohl’s store has been here for the past 5 years and the last 2 years Kohl’s in Gaylord have joined! Fifteen store volunteers from Traverse City and Gaylord arrived here excited and ready to work, joining some of our staff and two of our boys. We had numerous small projects that they helped to complete….many hands make light work! Part of Kohls Cares also comes as a financial gift, each store donated $1,500 in addition to the work that they did! We so appreciate the support of our community here at Abba’s House, and Kohl’s is an awesome example of that support.
Our hoop houses are brimming with freshly planted heirloom tomatos! When the weather outside was ”frightful” in February our garden team was planting tomato’s in preparation for transfer to our two 20 x 40 hooop houses. We moved 310 tomato plants into the two hoop houses this past week and we are looking forward to the first fresh tomato’s off them by the 2nd to 3rd week of June!
The black tubes between the rows and the jars of colored water have been placed in the hoop houses to provide and ambient heat source for the cool nights we are still experiencing this time of year.
We were so blessed to be able to take part in the Understanding Israel Conference that Grand Traverse House of Prayer hosted this past weekend. Rick Riddings, the founder of Succat Hallel, delivered powerful messages on God’s purposes for Israel. Succat Hallel is the house of prayer that is located near the temple mount in Jerusalem. Rick was able to come, have a tour and spend some time with us here at Abba’s House, we are learning so much about the heart of God through great messengers that the Lord is sending to us.
Abba’s House is please to announce a summer collaboration for an 10 week summer internship for 17-30 year olds, with Joseph International in Kansas City! The Internship is a hands on learning experience with Abba’s House, Grand Traverse House of Prayer and The Daniel Academy. The applying interns will participate in a structured schedule of both classroom experience with afternoon service tracks at Abba’s House and the Grand Traverse House of Prayer. The interns will be learning aspects of practical leadership, life skills and advancing their walk with Christ and at the same time providing workers for the harvest. Some of our Abba’s House current residents and alumni have expressed an interest in participating in the internship, which runs June 3, 2013 – August 9, 2013 right here in Traverse City. Please contact us at Abba’s House if you are interested in participating or would like more information.
Spring is always an exciting time around campus! Two of our female goats have had babies “kids” in the last week. Bernice presented us with twins, a large strapping boy and a very tiny little girl. The boy “Daniel” is definitely his fathers son, the girl Talitha (which means little girl) needed a little help from her humans to make it the first few days. Our residents watched the birth and then took part in doing hourly feeds with her, helping her to gain strength. She was bottle fed and then they helped her attach and nurse on her momma. She has won the hearts of everyone here and as you can see from the picture below Grayson is enjoying her immensely. Our residents learned so much and came together as a team in helping her to live, they marvel at their part in her life. There have been awesome teaching moments along the way this week, in recognizing our need for help from the Body of Christ-mom needed help for her little one to make it and the little one needed help to make it! It was a beautiful sight to see.
Yesterday (on the National Day of Prayer) our youngest goat Lilly, a first time mom delivered a cute baby girl. The residents were there to watch again, how Lilly needed some help to deliver her very large baby. There was full agreement by all she was named Mercy-as we had all been crying out during the day for mercy on the National Day of Prayer.
Abba’s House has a Sugar Shack!! This was a long term dream of Mr. Harry’s! His desire was to teach our kids the age old tradition of tapping maple trees, gathering sap and cooking it down into beautiful tasty syrup.
This fall the sugar shack was placed in the woods, Harry & Dan made a trip to Mason, Michigan to pick up our wood fired evaporator and all the needed supplies to tap trees and process the sap.
Even though Harry went on to be with the Lord, Mr. Dan and Mr. Bill have carried his vision for the sugar bush forward. They have watched syrup making videos and made site visits to other syrup producers. Hours upon hours have been put in by many different people to bring the sugar shack into reality, from laying the floor, to installing firebrick to cutting and splitting wood for the burner.
On Good Friday we gathered at the shack for a time of prayer dedicating it to the Lord and in honor of Mr Harry. The evaporator was fired up for the first time to begin to process the sap from the 60 trees that the boys have tapped. As of this moment we have gathered some 500 gallons of sap and the sweet smelling aroma of Harry’s Heritage Maple Syrup is rolling out of the shack into woods.
Ten years ago the Lord created an awesome revenue stream that generated much income for our children and families over the years. It is with grateful hearts that we want to thank our community for the support of donations, as well as shopping with a purpose to help so many! Our efforts are now shifting to other opportunities to generate the needed revenue to continue the work the Lord has established at Abba’s House. At this time we would like to announce the closing of the Hope Chest Mission Market located at 1775 Garfield in Traverse City. Again there are so many to thank for all who have been a part of this over the last 10 years, our first manager Sue Wise who is now home with the Lord, so many volunteers, donors, shoppers, staff and generous landlords. We are so appreciative of everyone the Lord has sent to us. “I thank my God in every remembrance of you.” Philippians 1:3
Abba’s House is alive with Harry’s love for life, his vision for teaching and equipping people to be prepared for the age we are living in. He would always say, “It’s not about us, it’s about the next generation.” His passion to be about his Father’s work, as Jesus was, is clear and will continue at Abba’s House. Thank you for being part of this journey together….
With Much Love the Family and Staff at Abba’s House