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Catch up on all the ways that the Lord has been moving at Abba’s House! Our spring/summer newsletter is now available online. To subscribe to future newsletters, sign up online.
Our second year of planting in our greenhouse has begun with the arrival of spring! The greenhouse provides both plants for our gardens, as well as educational experiences for the young adults at Abba’s House.
The greenhouse has focused on heirloom plants: the kind of plants that have seeds that can be harvested and planted again. This type of plant has not been cross-bred for appearance or other cosmetic features; however, some would say that the produce from these plants tastes the best! Some of the seeds have been planted so far, and these plants will be transplanted into our gardens this spring for growth to full maturity.
This year brings new experiments! One of these new projects is learning how to hand pollinate so that fresh vegetables can be grown and harvested year round. This will provide fresh, hand-picked vegetables for our young adults through the winter months next year. A section has been dedicated to growing herbs this year as well. These herbs will be used in the kitchen for meal preparation, and will teach our young adults about the different kinds of herbs, and proper cooking and flavoring with each kind.
Those who work in the greenhouse have natural life lessons that they are able to teach our young adults, using the tiny plants as examples. They can connect how the tiny plants need proper nourishment and the right environment to grow into healthy, strong plants that are able to bear healthy fruit. The same principles can be applied to life: the time that each young adult spends at Abba’s House will provide them with the proper nourishment for their mind and spirit, and give them the opportunity to grow into healthy, strong individuals who can make a difference in their world for the Lord.
Catch up on all the ways that the Lord has been moving at Abba’s House! Our winter newsletter is now available online. To subscribe to future newsletters, sign up online.
Graeme and Sabrina Walsh of the International House of Prayer spent eight days in Traverse City in February. Part of their time was spent sharing with the parents at Abba’s House during our Sunday night Parenting Class, as well as encouraging our residents during our weekly chapel. Our staff and residents were excited to participate in classes held at the Grand Traverse House of Prayer as well, focused on topics such as prayer and the power of words. We appreciate Graeme and Sabrina for their time and energy as they imparted these messages to us, and their warm hearts and willingness to be used by the Lord.
A huge thank you goes out to all who participated in Gordon Food’s Change for Change program this December! Gordon Foods (GFS) blessed the staff and residents at Abba’s House with this creative fundraiser: customers had the option to round up their total purchase to the next dollar, and the additional change would to to support residents at Abba’s House. Over $1300 was raised over the three week fundraiser! Thank you to each and every supporter who participated in Change for Change!
If your business is interested in doing a similar fundraiser for Abba’s House, please call our office at 231.946.5350.
Thank you to the community for making our 10th Annual Bid for Hope a huge success! Almost 200 businesses and individuals collaborated to raise items for the auction, and over $17,000 was raised! We appreciate the support of our community in making this event such a success. All the proceeds from Bid for Hope will provide funding for continued restoration of families in Northern Michigan.
Have a blessed holiday season and may Christ remain the center of your Christmas!
October 1, 2010, marked the completion of our two-year Joseph Project, encompassing our year-round greenhouse, increase space in the heirloom garden, a 90 tree orchard, the completion of the harvest kitchen, and additional storage in northern Michigan’s largest root cellar.
Partnership has begun with five local churches and Food Rescue, which distributes to 42 food banks, to store and distribute fresh foods throughout the winter months.
Thank you to all the people who made this project possible!