For that reason, we have been consistently asking people, this past year, to pray that the Lord would send us help. One church committed to praying for us for the entire month last April. The results were evident! That month was the beginning of major breakthroughs on several fronts in our work here in Regent Park.
If you have been following us on Facebook or receive our e-newsletter, you are well aware of the many, great things that happened in 2018. We are grateful. Late in the year, we received some significant help from an Eastern Michigan University marketing class to help us to be more consistent in event posting, neighborhood news, etc. We now have a U of M class that is working to help us increase the awareness of our work and build our support base going into 2020 and beyond. God answers prayer!
To date we have more interest in volunteering than in any other time in our history. We began this year knowing that we needed help in coordinating volunteer events here in the community. This role is particularly important as our work uniquely engages volunteers in ways that are both memorable and transformative. A volunteer coordinator would ensure that we are intentional in our efforts to make sure that the transformative nature of our work is understood by our volunteers. One of our church partners recognized this need, and extended a hand in this area, providing one of their church members who is especially gifted in this regard! If you’re thinking of participating in one of our volunteer events this year, you will be pleased to know that we have a streamlined process of getting folks on board with our work. That’s because God answers prayer!
In the past 90 days, we have sold 4 homes! It is so exciting welcoming new families to Regent Park! It is really catching on that there are great things happening here! In fact, have you heard about the Ford Motor Company’s “30 under 30” program? In it, their young talent has the opportunity to apply design thinking to a select group of non-profits each year, with the purpose of taking an idea and making it transformative in nature over a period of 8 months. We were selected as 1 of 5 non-profits to participate this year. We feel really honored, and are excited to see what these young talented people come up with over the next 8 months!
Now is the time when we begin thinking and planning for our summer camping season, events for seniors, neighborhood beautification, youth employment and so much more. It’s a time when we see our neighbors more frequently and engage regularly. We can’t express how excited we are! And we are also prayerful; prayerful that God will continue to provide the needed partners and resources to see this work to completion.
Perhaps you can pray with us. Even more, you might pray how God might direct your heart to partner with us in some significant way.