Mission Birmingham’s Summer Prayer Journey for Nonprofits is taking a break this week in light of the Independence Day weekend. I thought it would be good to use the “week off” to pray for one of the nonprofits we won’t be able to visit in person this summer. Grace House Ministries made an impression on me when they participated in my church’s Missions’ Conference this past February. Their mission is to provide stable Christian homes for girls from crisis backgrounds with the commitment to developing mature, godly women.
Grace House Ministries was first formed in 1989 by “Mama Lois” Coleman. (Her story is inspiring, and you can read about it here.) After a couple of years of campaigning and building, the first Grace House was opened in 1992. Ten years, later, 2 more houses were added, and then a third house was added in 2007, bringing the number of girls they could house up to 24. In 2011, the ministry transitioned to live-in parents instead of shift workers to give the girls a more stable, home-like experience. An education department was also developed at this time for girls who struggled with traditional classroom settings or who needed to get caught up to their grade-level. For the rest of their girls, they partner with three private, Christian schools: Restoration Academy, Central Park Christian School, Holy Family Cristo Rey. In 2014, Grace House Ministries opened up a fourth home to house girls who are over 18 years old and have aged-out of the foster care system. This house helps these older girls transition into college and successful adult lives.
If you love reading blogs, I suggest following their blog, The Suitcase Diaries. A couple of the posts brought tears to my eyes, and all of them provide a fun, inside-look at what their organization is all about.
Ephesians 3:14-19 – “14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
Lord God, thank You for being our perfect, loving, gracious Father. You place us in families by Your sovereign will. Yet, sometimes, those family structures fail us. We praise You today for being constant and loving. Thank You for the family of God that You have adopted us into through the blood of Your Son. You promise to never disown us once we become Your children. Thank You for being our faithful Father.
We lift up Grace House Ministries to You, Father. Thank You for Mama Lois’ vision of ministering to girls from crisis backgrounds, and for fulfilling that vision for over 200 girls since 1992. We pray for executive director Pamela Reed Phipps and the staff to continue to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit. Grant them courage to love these girls with the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge. Give them the wisdom and discernment they need to serve these young ladies, and to continue to build this ministry into everything that You have ordained it to be. Continue to reveal the vastness of Your love to them and through them. If the love of Christ surpasses knowledge, then it must be something we can know deeper only through experience, so we pray these leaders and staff would experience the love of Christ in their personal lives and through the ministry You’ve called them to.
Father, reveal Yourself as Father to every girl who comes to Grace House Ministries. We pray each one would experience the riches of Your glory, and would know the breadth, length, height and depth of Your love for them. Rescue them from the cycle of abuse and the domain of darkness, and seat them in the heavenly places in Your Son, Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6). Give them grace to walk in Your light and truth, even when it means standing against generations, and a culture, of darkness. We pray that Your good and perfect plan for each life would be made evident to them, and that You would give them favor and provision. Thank You, Lord, that You go before them to make their paths straight, and You stand behind them as their rear guard. (Is. 58:8) We pray that no plan of the enemy against them would prosper, in Jesus’ name.
We ask for Your provision for this ministry. Thank You that Your storehouses do not run out. Raise up more supporters for Grace House Ministries. Thank You that You will supply their every need according to Your riches in glory. (Phil. 4:19) Amen.
I would love to hear how the Lord is prompting you to pray for any of the non-profits we have been praying for here. I have always believed that one cannot pray for a person, ministry, church, city, etc., without one’s heart becoming knit to them, and I find it to be true once more as we have been praying for non-profits this summer. Next week, we will be at WorkFaith Birmingham. Join us in person there at 7am next Friday, or here on the blog!