Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Anchor of Hope!

Last night, the Anchor of Hope Cancer Ministry celebrated its first birthday! I can't tell you what a blessing this group has been in the life of our family! God led us to form this ministry in response to the cancer journey we ourselves had experienced with our daughter, Hannah. The stated purpose of this ministry is to "make a difference in the lives of people in our church and community by offering God's hope and love through encouragement, practical support, education, and prayer for cancer patients and their families." Well, guess who's gotten the most encouragement through this group? I believe that Brad and I have!

The people who participate in the Anchor of Hope ministry, either by attending the support group meetings or by working behind the scenes as encouragers (or both!), are some of the most amazing people I've ever known. I feel so privileged to be a part of this group! You would think that a meeting where people just sit around and talk about cancer would be so discouraging, wouldn't you? We've found this group to be just the opposite. We leave uplifted and encouraged every time. To find out more about the Anchor of Hope Cancer Ministry and support group, click here. We would love to have you come and visit us sometime!

We also had a special visitor at our Anchor of Hope support group meeting last night. She was a reporter from Arkansas Baptist News. Brad and I visited with her for about an hour first, and then she stayed for our support group meeting, even celebrating our birthday with us. If you receive the Arkansas Baptist newspaper, watch for the story in the edition that will come out during the first or second week of October. If you don't get the Arkansas Baptist newspaper in the mail, I will post a link to the online edition as soon as it's available.

God has truly blessed the Anchor of Hope Cancer Ministry in its first year...I can't wait to see what He has in store for the future!!

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