Dave Scholl, Mission Director Godly Advice for 2021
The Apostle Paul wrote this godly advice to the Christians in Philippi, “But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13b-14). Paul’s goal for his life was Christlikeness and the prize is heaven indeed! May we all seek the Apostle Paul’s same goal and prize for our lives!
In Resolution One and Two, the great preacher Jonathan Edwards stated, “I will live for God…. If no one else does, I still will.” May these two most important resolutions be ours for 2021!
A. W. Tozer, a great author and preacher, wrote, “I do not advise that we end the year on a somber note. The march, not the dirge, has ever been the music of Christianity. If we are good students in the school of Life, there is much that the years have to teach us. But the Christian is more than a student, more than a philosopher. He is a believer, and the object of his faith makes the difference, the mighty difference. Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made his dwelling place will always have safe habitation.”
Psalm 91:1-2 states, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’” Truly the ultimate and most intimate place of divine protection is to be trusting and dwelling in our Heavenly Father continually!
“May we remember good habits are not made on birthdays, nor Christian character the New Year. The workshop of character is everyday life. The uneventful and common place hour is where the battle is lost or won” (Anonymous). How very true. May we be growing in Christlikeness everyday of our lives.
Matthew Simpson wrote “If this is to be a Happy New Year, a year of usefulness, a year in which we shall live to make this earth better, it is because we allow God to direct our pathway. How important then to trust our dependence upon Him!” May we all allow ourselves to be used by our Heavenly Father here in 2021! There is so much to be done for Christ and His kingdom! Jim Elliot, the martyred missionary, profoundly stated, “I pray that the Lord might crown this year with His goodness and in the coming one give you a hallowed dare-devil spirit in lifting the biting sword of Truth, consuming you with a passion that is called by the cultured citizen of Christendom ‘fanaticism,’ but known to God as that saintly madness that led His Son through bloody sweat and hot tears to agony on a rude cross…and glory!” May we all be radical followers of Jesus Christ!
In closing, William Thomson Hanzsche, a pastor and editor, wrote, “As we grow older in life, years somehow seem to shorten and New Year’s Day approaches with an ever-increasing tempo. The more mature we get, the more we realize that time is only relative; how we live means more than how long we live. Happily, also we do not live by years, but by days. In His wisdom, God does not show us all that lies ahead. So, we enter a new year to live it day by day. What is past is past. Today we start anew, and what we do today will make our life for tomorrow. Chin up, shoulders straight, eyes agleam, let us salute the New Year, and each day let us follow more faithfully, more courageously, more daringly the lead of our great Captain who bids us follow Him."
And David Bednar wisely stated, “Ordinary people who faithfully, diligently, and consistently do simple things that are right before God will bring forth extraordinary results.” Again, may you and I be found faithful, diligent, and persevering in 2021 in our service for the King of Kings!
Thanks indeed for all your faithful and sacrificial support of our Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women’s Shelter and the Women’s Pregnancy Center. Truly you are a most vital part of these ministries!
Sincerely Dave Scholl, Mission Director
P.S. May you all have most blessed 2021 year through our awesome Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!
Darlene McGarry, WPC Director Past Blessings & Future Goals
This year at the Women’s Pregnancy Center was busy and challenging yet rewarding. With God’s help, we were able to get through the stay-at-home orders imposed upon us. By June 8 we had a safe system in place and were able to return to serve our clients.
Here is what happened in 2020:
Saw 23 new clients and 7 new births
Held a successful drive-through baby shower hosted by Knox County Right to Life
Acquired a new laptop to use in a classroom setting
Bought a new copier/printer
Purchased new phones, including one for the clothing building
Hosted “Surrendering the Secret,” a co-led Bible study
Began the training of two ladies for volunteer work
Began to update the WPC website
Named the clothing building “Kathy’s Baby Boutique” in memory of the founder, Kathy Ebersole
Here is our vision for 2021:
Update the Earn While You Learn curriculum (lessons for moms and dads)
Update the training program for volunteers
Increase the number of volunteers at the center
Expand the hours at the center
Increase our outreach in the community and surrounding area
Increase church and community involvement
Complete the expansion of our website
Get men involved in volunteering and working with fathers (2021/2022)
Provide further training for the WPC director
I want to say thank you for the continued financial support, donations, the many prayers, and the encouragement we have received. May God Bless you this new year of 2021! God has work for each of us to do, so following the leading of the Holy Spirit, let’s get it done!