Dear Friends and Family,
Many of you know that we recently returned from a trip to the East Coast. The purpose of the trip was to help our daughter Meredith and her family move out here to Colorado from Cape Cod. Praise God, the trip was a successful, safe and fun trip!! We are so excited to have Meredith and her family here at Soaring Wings Ministries!
While we were out East we had the most wonderful opportunity to visit with so many of you who have supported us with prayers, financial support, donations and encouragement! I can't tell you what a joy it was to spend time with so many of you and to personally thank you for all you have done for Soaring Wings Ministries!
Each visit was a delight and I was asked many questions about how we were doing personally, how our plans looked for the future and how Soaring Wings Ministries was moving forward. These were all really great questions but one afternoon I was asked the best question of all as I visited with one of our supporters in Bradford, New Hampshire. I have known this person for almost 19 years and she is a wise and prayerful woman in her 90's. We were sitting at her kitchen table which looked out over the thick, green woods in her yard and we munched on Dunkin Donut Holes and iced tea. The question she asked me was, "So what do you do each day in Colorado at Soaring Wings Ministries?" I had never been asked that question before and I nearly spilled my iced tea when I started to laugh. I laughed because I thought it was such a great question and was amazed at her wisdom to ask me such a great question and I also laughed because I didn't know where to begin. I immediately thought of our "to do" list that sat on our desk back in Colorado with 43 items bulleted on it and only 10 crossed off.
So, what do we do each day in Colorado at Soaring Wings Ministries? I can tell you that each day begins early and each night at the dinner table I often here the words "I am pooped". I know "pooped" isn't the most appropriate word to use, but then again, it is a totally appropriate word because we put out 100 percent of our time and energy each day into Soaring Wings Ministries and each night we are "pooped" but it is a good "pooped"!!!! Each morning begins with a good breakfast either at our dining room table or if it is a nice morning we will eat breakfast out on the porch. After we eat we read a short devotion together and spend time praying thanking God for His blessings and asking Him to guide us, bless us and to give us strength for the day's tasks and help us to glorify Him in all that we do. After breakfast there are dogs to take care off, kitchen to clean up, garbage that needs to be taken out, laundry and all those everyday tasks that everyone has to do. Some days we will dive into desk work which includes keeping track of our donations and expenses, making phone calls to local agencies, working on fundraising, developing our next newsletter, updating our email list....the desk work is too lengthy to list but you get the idea. Other days we might skip the desk work (these are my favorite days!) and spend time putting together some blessing bags to give out to the homeless. Other days are spent on repairs and maintenance of the grounds, house and storage sheds. We are still unpacking boxes from our move here in August and so somedays you will find us going through boxes and getting things sorted out. Some days we don't spend anytime at all at 499 Trinity Lane where Soaring Wings Ministries is located. On those days we might be volunteering at a soup kitchen in Fort Collins or getting to know some homeless families that are spending the week at our church here in Colorado. On Sundays you will not find us doing any work. We do our best to remember the Sabbath and keep in holy, as God has instructed us to do, by going to church, worshipping God and relaxing.
Each day is different here at Soaring Wings Ministries and I can tell you that starting a homeless ministry from the ground up takes time and effort but we are so excited to be moving forward and we can see the progress that is taking place over the months that we have been here. Ed and I hope that each and everyone of you will have the opportunity to visit us here in Colorado and see for yourselves what we do each day here in Colorado at Soaring Wings Ministries.
In closing I would like to share with you some lyrics from one of my favorite songs. It is written by Matt Redmen and is called "10,000 reasons" or Bless the Lord. I often think of these lyrics as I start my day at Soaring Wings Ministries and as I sit at our dinner table at the end of the day and say to Ed "I'm pooped".
"The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning. It's time to sing your song again.
Whatever may pass, whatever lies before me. Let me be singing when the
Each day is different at Soaring Wings Ministries and I would say that most days at Soaring Wings Ministries are very good days. They are very good days because we strife to please God in all that we do and all that we do is for His honor and glory. May each one of you find joy in your day's work and may you know how much we love and appreciate all of you!
Anita Rennells is the author of this blog. She and her husband have moved to Colorado when Ed retired and are in the process of opening a ranch to help homeless young adults.
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