Grace Covenant Ministries – February 2021

Annville Institute/Grace Covenant Ministries

PO Box 340, Annville, KY 40402

 

February 16, 2021

Dear Prayer Warrior,

We are indeed grateful for your willingness to partner with us in our ministry efforts.   Your partnership is helping us to share the great news of God’s love with those we have been called to serve here in Appalachia.

We are about to complete one year of the Covid virus being with us.  And we are still trying to figure out what the “new normal” will be.  A basketball program for our youngest students has started and parents are requesting a program for older students.  School calendar changes along with state guidelines are complicating scheduling.

At the end of this month, we are planning to welcome our first volunteer group of the year.  The new community fitness center is almost ready to be opened with guidelines for its use being finalized.  The summer camp schedule is being prepared.   Yes, we are making a lot of plans, but we remember what we read in Proverbs 16:9.  “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” (NIV)   It is our prayer that our efforts will be in the center of the work that God is blessin

Thank you for joining with us, as we strive to make a difference one opportunity at a time by sharing the love of our Savior.  Your prayer support is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Tommy                                                                                               Jake

Tommy Miracle                                                                               Jacob “Jake” L. Moss

Manager of Campus Operations                                                Director of Development

Grace Covenant Ministries – October 2020

Grace Covenant Ministries/Annville Institute

PO Box 340

Annville, KY  40402

October 21, 2020

Dear Prayer Warrior,

 

I recently heard of Pandemic Fatigue.  We are tired of hearing about the virus, fretting about the health of our loved ones, waiting for a vaccine, planning for the new normal.  Adding to our apprehension is the contentious election season that is upon us.  Hopefully, the election will be over in a month.  Some of our friends will be happy and some unhappy.  All of us will be disappointed sometime in the future if we place too much hope in politicians, after all they are mere humans – just like us.  We want to share the good news about Jesus, who will not fail us.  He is our Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer.  Thank you for partnering with us as we strive to share the love of Christ with those we have been called to serve.

 

The effects of the Covid pandemic are becoming more apparent as the months go by.  Historically, the Appalachian region is among the first to feel the effects of an economic slowdown and among the last to enjoy a recovery.  Adding to the affliction is the feeling of loneliness and isolation.  The question of how we can share God’s love during these difficult times is answered by looking for ways to make a difference one opportunity at a time.  The opportunities included helping an elderly lady without family that needed to move to a different residence.  An opportunity did arise to join forces with another faith organization in distributing food boxes.  This past month over 2,000 boxes of food were distributed in Jackson County.  Our thrift stores are also providing a blessing to area residents.

 

Recently, we received a note stating that “we can never repay or thank you enough for your help to us”.  That thanks goes to you through your partnership with us.   Your prayer support is cherished. You are helping us to make a difference in our community.

 

Your Partner in Missions,

Jake Moss, Director of Development

Grace Covenant Ministries – September 20202

Grace Covenant Ministries/Annville Institute

PO Box 340

Annville, KY  40402

 

September 14, 2020

Dear Prayer Warrior,

I have been listening to a sermon series based on Habakkuk questioning  God about the many calamities surrounding the prophet.  At the end of his book we read: “yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!  The Sovereign LORD is my strength!  He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights”.  (3:18-19 nlt)  As we struggle to figure out what the “new normal” will be and how we can proceed safely with our programs, we also are mindful that we can rejoice!

A few of the schools in our area are having in-classroom sessions.  Most students are attending classes over the internet.  And a few schools are offering a hybrid approach to learning.  Plans for winter activities are in a “holding pattern”.  As we plan for next spring and summer, we are thankful that some new options for outreach are being presented to us.  We ask for your prayers for wisdom as we contemplate what programs can be feasible in the new normal.

We rejoice with the donation of kitchen utensils for the planned kitchen in Lincoln Hall.  The utensils are located in Wyoming, MI.  We are asking for help in bringing them to Annville.  There are enough boxes to fill a van.  If you know of someone traveling to our area and can bring part (or all) of the boxes to us, please contact Tommy.  They are presently being stored in a garage and need to be moved before winter arrives

During fall, many churches have a mission festival.  We are willing to help through video conferencing  (zoom, face book live, etc. )  Your support is helping us to make a difference in our community. Thanks again for your prayers.  With the apostle Paul may we “ Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4 nlt).

Your Partner in Missions,

Jake Moss, Director of Development

Grace Covenant Ministries – August 2020

 

 

Grace Covenent Ministries/Annville Institute

PO Box 340

Annville, KY  40402

Phone:  606-364-5151

Dear Prayer Warrior,

Things seem to be changing all the time, yet things seem to stay the same.  The everchanging news/guidelines seem to have the same theme of uncertainty.  We read in Psalm 43 of living in discouraging times and having hope at the same time.  It is reassuring to have our foundation built upon the Rock during these times of storm (Luke 6:48)

At the present time Annville Christian Academy is scheduled to open on our campus in a classroom setting on August 18 while the public school will probably start with online classes a week later.   This could change by the time you read this email and that makes for frustrations in planning youth programs.  We are also excited to explore the possibility of offering a camp highlighting God’s blessing to us through nature.

The trade stores continue to be open two days a week.  Residents are thankful for the opportunity to “shop in a smaller venue” and “appreciate that everyone is wearing a mask”.    The schedule does allow for a deeper cleaning between open days and customers have thanked the staff for their diligence.  We are grateful for the gifts of used clothing and miscellaneous items that continue to arrive at the stores.  Your gifts also have allowed us to help area families as they face unique challenges.

Our Board of Directors met last week.  While present conditions contain many operational trials, they are also thankful to see your ongoing support for our efforts.  They also are thrilled about the gifts towards the Lincoln Hall Restoration Project that are allowing us to proceed with the project. Architect drawings have been approved and the next phase of the project will be put out for bids.  This phase includes handicap accessibility to all floors, along with restrooms for the building.  This phase should also make the first floor useable again.

Your support is helping us to make a difference in our community.  “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.”  (1 Thessalonians 1: 2)  If you have any questions or have concerns you want to express, please contact us.  We are also available via video conferencing if you so desire.

Your Partner in Missions,

Jake Moss, Director of Development

Grace Covenant Ministries – June 2020

Grace Covenant Ministries/Annville Institute

PO Box 340
Annville, KY 40402
Phone 606-364-5151

June 12, 2020

Dear Prayer Warrior,

“Be strong and courageous, for I am with you always.” The words that God spoke to Joshua and
Israel as they were preparing to enter a new land are resonating with me as we seek to enter a
new normal. The political and social turmoil surrounding us sometimes seems like we are
journeying into a new territory. We hear a lot of stories of hopelessness and we have our
moments of frustrations. But we also know there is hope because our Savior is accompanying
us through this journey. It is this Good News that we want to share within our community and
beyond.

Our plans for this summer are constantly being revised. We were planning to offer a virtual VBS
Camp in July complete with crafts. With the new guidelines just released there is a possibility
of having an on-campus VBS. (The terrain of our journey is changing all the time.) The
Veterans Outreach Committee is still planning for their health fair in September.
Last week our Trade Stores were able to reopen with some new restrictions. Also, a small work
group from Zeeland, Michigan is here this week helping to complete the community fitness
center and repair the campus tractor. We are thankful that the nursing home in Annville (that
endured the deaths of 13 residents due to the virus) has now been declared Covid-19 free.

Donations are lower this year which makes us very thankful for each gift as it arrives. It was
very heartwarming to receive a gift from a high school group. They were raising funds for their
trip to Annville this summer. With all the uncertainty and changing guidelines their trip was
canceled. When they were offered refunds for their trip deposit, each student responded to
have their deposit sent to us as a donation. The generous spirit of these students does offer
me hope for our future leadership.

We are available for virtual meetings with you to share our story. Thank you for your prayer
support and partnering with us as we journey together into the new normal. You are helping us
to make a difference in our community. Be strong and courageous for our Lord is with us!!

Your partner in missions,
Jake Moss, Director of Development
Annville Institute/Grace Covenant Ministries