Dear Family Member:
Thanksgiving has a rich history, and in many ways, it is the history of America. Thanksgiving dates back to the time when the pilgrims reached America and were greeted warmly by the Native Americans. In the course of time, these pilgrims mixed into the culture and life of the Native Americans, which gradually developed into the nation that we know today.
During this season, we want to share our blessings and tell you how God has chosen this moment in time to direct our lives in a new path. In 2017, we moved permanently from California to semi-retire at our home here in Alabama. We enclosed the patio and converted it into a sunroom with furniture and accessories from other parts of the house and new carpet. The room is surrounded by glass windows and doors. The birds entertain us by prancing up and down the chrome sideboard of the truck thinking it is a mirror. The birds serenade us with their chirping. The squirrels feast on the nuts we provide for them. We love to relax and enjoy the backyard scenery.
In 2019, knowing our passion for DAP for the past 33 years, the Lord ‘knew’ we would answer His request to open a Recovery Home here in Alabama. Unbeknownst to me, the Holy Spirit impressed Cliff to open a home. While driving home from Sabbath worship, he mentioned it to me. I replied, “Oh no, I get a headache just thinking about another Recovery Home!” He said no more. The next morning, during my devotion, the Lord made it crystal clear to me to open a home. As His obedient daughter, I changed my attitude and we both complied to His command despite our personal feelings.
He has guided us every step of the way from choosing the Recovery Home (a miracle in itself), transporting the clients from California to here, launching the work therapy program and providing the funds for this enormous move. Family member, your prayers and financial support have made it possible for us to get the program up and running here in Alabama. What would we do without you!
At the ages of 80 and 75, we call ourselves ‘Abraham and Sarah’ :). God has energized us for the mission and we are happy in Him despite our many challenges. We love Him so much and it’s really a privilege to be chosen and called to work in this part of His vineyard ‘in such a time as this.’
This Thanksgiving gathering with family and friends will be different than any other because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have missed the hugs and affection previously shown to each other here at DAP. As my college professor used to say, “These are the vicissitudes of life that we learn to deal with.” So, we are grateful, and we thank God for His blessings that are ‘new every morning.’ Did you know that Jesus was a ‘toucher?’ He was, and may you experience His personal touch in a special way this holiday season.
With warmest wishes,