Heart Message Two
Last week I told you what had been on my heart since publishing The Kingdom of Thrim. This week I have written about another heart message.
What’s on your heart? Does God give you heart messages? He certainly does talk to us. Last week I told you one heart message. This week is number 2.
Today I want to tell what has been on our hearts (my hubby and myself) for about 4 years. While in Arizona 4 years ago, my hubby read an article in the Arizona Republic newspaper about a charity that helped single moms get an education and become a contributor to society, as well as becoming healthy (mentally, physically and nutritionally), learning about money and studying basic parenting skills. It is called Helping Hands for Single Moms.
After much research we decided to approach CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) to get a charity license. With effort and patience we registered Haliburton Assistance for Single Parents, known as HASP. We established a Board and we began to seek clients. Unlike the program in Arizona, our charity’s focus helps single parents (not just moms).
But, progress was very slow. Much prayer and patience ensued. Then 2 years ago we had our first application. A young mom of 2 desperately needed assistance. She was attending a college in North Bay on line but was having trouble meeting payments for her rent, her utilities and her food. She had also maxed out her credit card as well she owed money to others. Winter had arrived and she needed wood to fill the stove.
Since she joining HASP, she has finished her schooling with a diploma in Recreation Therapy, obtained a job and become very good at watching how she spends her dollars. She has paid off all debt except for her student loan and car which she is paying off now. She is saving for a house as well. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments.
I love how God gave us this heart message.
This fall we had our second client – a middle-aged man with kids who needed help to obtain a skilled trade license. He starts his program soon.
We are thrilled the way God has worked through our Board, helping each of us learn new skills, watching great accomplishments of our clients and praying for our next client.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4, NIV).
If you are interested in helping HASP, you can find our website here. We are a registered Canadian charity. Donations can be made by mail or through Canada Helps. See the HASP website for more details.
What is HASP? How can you help? #myHaliburtonHighlands #charity. (tweet this)
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