September 20, 2013
The on-going drought of the past few years has taken its toll on our campus. A pond area we turned into a park lost many of its trees, but it’s still a quite calming place to go. We’re dealing with structural damage to at least two of our cottages caused by drought related soil conditions and shifting foundations.
We are greatly thankful for the rain we have received this week, and still expect a little more. It is very refreshing and encouraging. This is greenest September campus that I can recall. And the weather is finally beginning to cool a little.
As we move ahead into our school year routines we are thankful to those that make our work possible. We have seen significant social and spiritual growth in many of our children this summer. They are maturing in ways that I am sure you will appreciate.
Let me give you an example from last week. One our oldest young men who has always kept his distance from me as the home’s director, asked for an appointment to see me to discuss something he wanted to do. He has very rarely been respectful to me and others in my presence, often to the point of being somewhat rude, but of course I met with him. After we came to an agreement, he raised his right hand to shake mine and said, “Thank you, Delton.” Now this might not seem like a whole lot unless you know the degree of positive change this represents. I am proud of him for his growth and believe he will do great in his last year here at the home.
Changes like this are possible because our Lord’s blessings upon our work, those that support our work, and those that work directly with the children to make their lives better. I am thankful.