December 1, 2004 Vol. 18, No. 4 [p. 2]

Many thanks to -

Round and About

We were so thankful for the Lord's protection during hurricane Ivan - the grounds were covered with debris and a huge branch narrowly missed the main trailer.

We also received the blessing of the presence of Mary and Joseph a k a Mr. and Mrs. James Gibson, two hurricane refugees who could find no room at an inn between here and the coast. They saw our sign and thought it said Three Dwellings and so they ventured down the gravel road.

And the skunk saga....

We have been unable to find the pair of skunks that have been leaving their scents on retreatant and pets alike. We are usually gifted by them around the midnight hour after we have retired for the night or when we arrive home from an exhausting trip away. No matter, human and beast get a bath of peroxide, soda, and dishwashing detergent. Perfect joy!

Clare's Corner

Our Captial Campaign is in full swing. By the time this goes to press all our in-home gatherings will be over and many contacts will have been made.

Clare Van Lent and Karen Henry

Karen Henry, our Advanced Gifts coordinator, Mary and I visited 10 different sites and shared our video, our dreams, and our options for giving. Karen and I are pictured at the right at one of our gatherings.

A very special THANK YOU to all of you, our hosts, who were so generous with your time, your telephone calls, your hospitality, and the delicious treats. We are So grateful for your efforts in our regard.

A special THANK YOU to all who took time to attend one of the in-home gatherings. So many responsiblities pull you in various directions, and you found time to hear us out. Your gifts will help make our vision become a reality.

Hosts Debbie and Dick Lankford of Tupelo look over Barb Bauman's shoulder as she examines the campaign materials.

A special THANK YOU to all of you who have welcomed us or our representative into your homes for a personal visit. Your contributions are central to our campaign.

A special THANK YOU in advance to all who have received packets of information from us. We trust that as you prayerfully peruse the materials you may be willing to share our vision of the future of this ministry here. It is not Clare's, Mary's, Morag's, or Sheila's ministry; it is the Lord's.. We are just his instruments trying to be obedient to God's call at the present time.

This campaign is truly a challenge and an opportunity to spread God's reign in the hearts of the seeker as well as the abused, addicted, and grieving.

Proposed administration/dining facility

If you are reading this newsletter and have not yet heard from us, we trust that, as you receive our communication in the weeks ahead, you will also join us in this ministry by your contribution toward our new administration and kitchen/dining building.

Our work and efforts here in Mississippi extend beyond cultural and denomination lines. Our ministry extends beyond Mississippi. The Dwelling Place ministry is like that mustard seed that spreads its branches far and wide to provide rest and refuge to the spiritual traveler.

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