We are raising money to serve the hurting and homeless of Louisville, KY.
After graduating from Great Lakes Christian College in May '12 and getting married in August '12, we knew that God had brought us together for a purpose. We have been called to Jefferson Street Baptist Center for the purpose of being a selfless witness to the coming fulness of the Kingdom of God. Please help us by being a part of this ministry through your prayers, support, and finances.
Dear Friends and Family,
Over the course of time, the ministry we are a part of here in Louisville has been taking on different forms and appearances. We’ve learned that it's important to remember that we are working with people. There is not a single scheme or process that works more efficiently than the rest when you are working with people. They all have different backgrounds and experiences that shape the way they function. Every three months we open up the application process to allow new men to move in to our recovery program. Essentially, this means that every three months we are changing the way we offer help to our residents. When moving to Louisville, I thought a lot about the ways we would offer help to these men: handing them food, giving them shelter, lending them a listening ear, and so on. The other day my eyes were opened to a new way that we can offer help. It was when one of our residents, named Roy, came out of the lounge with a piece of paper in hand after meeting with his new mentor (another way we help these men). He walked right up to me and held up his piece of paper, upon which was written a poorly scribbled Bible verse. With the excitement of a young child on Christmas day, he said, "53-years-old...I've never written a sentence until today. I appreciate all the help you all are giving us." And with that he practically skipped away. Remember, we are working with people and every person is unique. Roy needs help learning to read and write, and by the grace of God, he is receiving that life-changing education here. This is why Jefferson Street Baptist Center exists. This is why we are here.
On April 12, JSBC hosted their 2nd annual Mercy Banquet Fundraiser. This evening featured a wonderful dinner, silent auction, testimonies and stories, live music, and special guest Ron Hall, New York Times bestselling author. We had the opportunity to perform the music for the event (as shown in the included picture), which is always a joy and a blessing to do. While the weeks leading up to the event were long, busy, and stressful, our team’s efforts were richly rewarded as the night brought in over $30,000! As Jeff Street’s largest fundraiser of the year, a good response was vital to the continuance of all the various services offered here, such as the program Roy is a part of, and we were not disappointed. Praise the Lord!
We have realized in the last little while is that living on support is tough. The money, whether trickling or pouring in, is a distraction (especially for Anna). The challenge in working an unpaid internship is trusting God to provide, and asking others to help in that cause. While we know that God provides and will continue to do so, there is something about looking at a goal (i.e. our monthly financial need- $2,000) and a deadline (the end of the month) and not knowing how the goal will be met that is disconcerting to the core. The past two months have been very tight financially for us, with our deadlines passing and falling behind on support as a result. However, God has continued to provide, and you, our friends and family, continue to sacrificially give beyond our expectations. To date, we have raised $16,000, an incredible amount, and just the amount needed to pay our May bills. By the end of May, we need to have $2,000 more raised, totaling $18,000, to fund our June work. Through it all, we have learned to allow God to surprise us just as you surprise us daily with your love and care! God provides, and He is using you to remind us of that promise each and every day!
Writing our newsletters always reminds us of how truly thankful we are for our great community. We have been incomprehensibly blessed by you. Your gifts, prayer, and encouraging words keep us going each day. Truly, if you were not with us in this endeavor, we would have given up a long time ago. Thank you for all you do and for the example each of you are to us.
Grace and Peace,
Spencer and Anna Husch
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