Wild at Heart

Photo credit: John Eldredge

Photo credit: John Eldredge

In our consistent efforts to provide mentoring for our young men at Grace Landing, we have begun a new program aimed at assisting our guys in becoming the kind of men God calls all of us men to be. We have partnered with a group of men from Celebration Community Church who are meeting with our guys every two weeks to provide a place for them to share their struggles, hear the stories of other men and to grow in the godly manhood. They meet and discuss things like cooking steak, how to tie a tie, how to present themselves appropriately for a job and how to respectfully talk to girls. They are using John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart as the basis for their discussion time. We have thought long and hard and spent lots of time in prayer trying to determine what would be an effective way for us to offer our guys an opportunity to grow as men and to mature into adults. We believe this approach is going to hit the mark. Matt has recruited a leader of this program from within the church and aside from providing oversight, Grace Landing has taken a hands off approach and we are letting the group run itself. Having this separation from the Grace Landing staff, who the guys see daily, will allow them a little more freedom to feel the group is safe, plus it will allow for a wider range of voices speaking into their lives. We are very excited about this program and have already begun to notice a difference in the lives of our guys. Continue to pray for our guys and the success of this program.

Ministering to the Fatherless

Last evening at Johnson University Florida, Matt had an opportunity to speak to a youth ministry class and share his insights on how to minister to the fatherless of this world. This topic is that is often left off of youth ministry curricula. We were excited Johnson University Florida was interested in having Matt come and speak to her students on this much-needed topic in ministry.

Photo courtesy of Bruce Humphrey via FaceBook.

Photo courtesy of Bruce Humphrey via FaceBook.

2014 Paddle Challenge

2014 PADDLE CHALLENGE

It’s that time of the year again! We are gearing up for our annual Paddle Challenge fundraiser at the St. Cloud Lakefront. Since we are preparing for the 2015 Paddle Challenge we thought we would remind us of the 2014 Paddle Challenge.

On June 7th, 2014, fourteen teams descended on the St. Cloud Lakefront Park to battle through surf, sand and sun for the prestige of being the fastest team on the water. We held our Fourth Annual Paddle Challenge fundraiser and it was an incredible experience for everyone involved. We had an increase of five teams from last year and six of those teams were brand new to the paddle challenge. We were able to raise just over $40,000 during this critical fundraiser. Each year this fundraiser grows and God continues to bless us each year through it. We want to thank everyone who was a part of making this special day happen!

 Click here to see photos from the 2014 Paddle Challenge.

Bank of America Awards Grant!

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For the fourth year in a row, Bank of America has awarded Grace Landing a grant of $3000. This grant will help homeless and aged out foster youth access much needed services and programs that address immediate issues like homelessness, job skill training and independent living skills while helping them prepare for a more financially stable future.

Give Kids Safe Shelter helps one of our Youth

Give Kids Safe Shelter gave Deshawn $550 for school supplies and here he is with Matt and the receipt from ordering training gear he needed for the track team at Osceola High School. A big thanks to Give Kids Safe Shelter for helping Deshawn get the equipment he needs to be on the track team!

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Running track is very similar to navigating life. Each day we have to face the challenges that come to us and run the race that is set  before  us. Just like each race, regardless of the distance, each day presents us with a new challenge we must overcome. At the end of our lies we each desire to say we have run the race to the best of our ability. At Grace Landing we assist these young men in gaining the skills to run their race the best they can.

New Year’s Resolutions

Each year many of us begin the new year making a resolution to change something about ourselves or something about our lives. Most resolutions center around things like eating better or exercising more. These aren’t the only kinds of resolutions that can be made. We can make a resolution to get more involved in the dilemma of foster care. We can make a resolution to get more involved in living a religion that is pure and undefiled as described in the book of James. Religion that is pure and undefiled is to care for orphans and widows. To care for foster children. To get involved in their lives to ensure they have every opportunity to succeed. At Grace Landing we have numerous ways you can get involved in the lives of our residents. Some of the easiest ways to get involved are: by becoming a mentor to our young men; if you own a business or are in charge of hiring you could allow our young men an opportunity to work with your company; you could assist us in getting new carpet in our residence at Grace Landing; you could begin a monthly donation of $30 a month; or you could become a foster family. There are many other ways to get involved at Grace Landing, drop by the office, shoot us an email or give us a call and we can get you involved in forever impacting the lives of these young men.

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2014 Christmas Party

Each year Christmas comes and goes for most of us without much of a thought of this special day. For our residents, Christmas is just another day not a special day. For many of them they did not come from family where they were able to provide something special for them on Christmas. One thing we strive to accomplish here at Grace Landing is to provide for them and make every occasion as special as we can. Christmas especially. As you know, this is the time of the year we celebrate the ultimate gift being given to mankind. Thanks to your kindness and heart for our residents we were able to provide for them a Christmas they could remember. Our residents were overjoyed and very thankful for the gifts they received at Christmas. Once again, your generosity has made a lasting impact in the lives of our residents. Thank you for partnering with us to make a difference in the lives of these young men.

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