All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:15
October 31, 2016
Dear Prayer Partners,
“It smells like Grandma’s house” was the thought that hit me as I walked into the dining hall.
Already the familiar smells of Thanksgiving are filling the air at Eagle Village. Turkey, pumpkin pie and all the fixings are on the menu throughout the month of November. It’s something that every family that comes for a Family Challenge Weekend, and every young person who comes for a Youth Challenge Weekend this month will get to enjoy.
And while the thought of Thanksgiving dinner brings up fond memories for me—with much to be thankful for—I recognize that, for many of the youth and families we serve, there are is no such fondness, and they struggle to identify things for which to be thankful. The holidays may instead be a reminder of past trauma, of relationships lost, and of difficult years gone by.
So, one of our focuses this season is on helping those we serve recognize the good things that God is doing in their lives. Our staff and residents have the opportunity to put those things in writing in the few minutes before chapel starts each Tuesday, and to share out loud the things they are thankful for in prayer during chapel as they respond to a prayer prompt such as, “God, thank you for…”
And it’s something we must continually seek to recognize in our own lives, families, and work.
Here at Eagle Village, we have much to be thankful for this season: the recent opening of the remodeled Leppien House for our Passages program; the generous giving that has allowed us to continue to update and remodel cabins, kitchens, offices, houses and our school this year; a strong and growing sense of shared commitment to Christ’s leadership among our staff; significant growth in our Camp and Retreat Center programs; and the opportunity to finish the year in a healthy financial position.
Clearly, God’s grace is evident in this place and the work being done here. So this month, our prayer calendar takes on a distinctly thankful posture. As you join us in thanking God for all he has done and is doing through Eagle Village, our hope is that it will overflow to His glory.
Pastor Eric Woods