By Chandler Means
AGAPE’s inaugural Fall Southern Social is in the books! Whether you were able to attend or chose to celebrate from afar, we are so grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received.
The evening was filled with inspiration and entertainment. We were touched by stories highlighting the “Heart of AGAPE,” which began with videos submitted by foster parents as they described the challenges and rewards of fostering. Serena Morris, a domestic violence survivor, shared her testimony and the impact Morning Star Sanctuary has had on her life. We also listened as Jim Frost, LSPE/HSP spoke about professional Christian counseling and Tikkun Olam, the Jewish phrase for the healing of the world. Lastly, we enjoyed a performance by country artist Janelle Arthur, whose desire to share the light of Christ with the world is inspiring.
As we shared at the dinner, we are not the same AGAPE we were last year or even the year before. We have become something more with the adoption of Morning Star Sanctuary Domestic Violence Shelter. This adoption is special because it is at the heart of what we do at AGAPE. It glances back to where we began 52 years ago as a refuge for children needing Christian homes. For 30 years, Morning Star has been a refuge for victims of domestic violence, and together, we are partners in this important work. We believe that with God’s help, we will serve more victims in 2019 than ever before.
This has been an exciting and challenging year of change and transition. Every person involved with AGAPE and Morning Star – from foster parents to congregations, donors and employees – makes what we do possible. We ask that you keep our ministry and those we serve in your prayers as we plan to help even more who seek hope and healing, and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!