Lin the providing light for those in sexual darkness A QuArterly Newsletter of DAy seveN MiNis tries winter 2008-09 facing and overcoming Huge obstacles There it stands. It’s just 10 yards ahead of me, has snowballed into emotional and spiritual challenging me. training, committing me to making healthy life and relationship choices. “Try to hurdle me,” it seems to call. Every day, each one of us meets resistance in As I wait for the whistle, I hear my teammates life and happens upon obstacles, whether it’s in the distance reminding me to focus, relax, marital issues, addictions, career struggles, and “let the Lord carry you over the wall.” finances, etc. Because of my emotional Calm rushes over me as I sprint toward the training and my training in the gym, I’m ready 10-foot wall, the most difficult element of the to meet that resistance. God has readied me. 160-yard obstacle course. Grabbing the rope, When that whistle blows, and usually it does I pull myself up and over. The rest is all “grit every morning, I am ready to face that wall, and guts,” I tell myself, and I’ve got both now. pull myself up and over, and use the “grit, guts, and grace” now that are all present Something would happen to me when I faced within me. I will continue to call on my team physical obstacles head-on. Initially, fear for support, and be ready to give back now as and doubt blocked my gifts and abilities, secular therapy had shown little results, and a healthier woman, making healthy choices. so I trained and trained hard. Weekly, and after welcoming Christ into my life, I knew I sometimes more than weekly, my friends and I Becky Casey, couldn’t go wrong with therapy according to would meet for weight training, wall climbing, current Day seven Ministries client His teachings. So, I added another teammate and sprinting. God gave me physical training to my roster—my counselor. I began rigorous as a medium for change, crafting my spiritual weekly “training” sessions in the Day Seven and emotional strength. Obstacle course Ministries office, where I would work hard, training and fitness competitions became my building strength of character, as I learned Do you Need someone to Provide hobby, and the amazing women with whom how my choices were blocking the light strength training and support for I have connected became my sisters and of Christ. My counselor and I have been overcoming Difficult obstacles support. God was preparing me for my biggest “training” for a year now, and together with you’re facing? let us help! obstacle yet, facing my own “wall”—years of my whole team, Jesus at the lead, I am better Day Seven Ministries is an interdenomination- unhealthy relationships I had chosen. Did I equipped to run my “obstacle course of life.” al ministry which offers counseling and other have the strength to face and conquer such a seemingly huge obstacle? support services to those overcoming sexual Never before has God been so present in my conflicts such as sexual compulsivity, sexual life, and never has my life been so full and It became obvious to me that I needed to addiction, sexual abuse, and sexual identity vibrant. He has helped me assemble my team begin “strength-training” my emotions, and issues, such as unwanted same-sex attrac- of support and has given me tools through I was referred to Day Seven Ministries. I was tion. For more information about services at my counseling sessions at Day Seven. My desperate for help, as I knew God was calling Day Seven Ministries, please call our office at journey began and continues with physical me to change my life so that my treasures and (717) 735-0690. training and healthy lifestyle choices, and gifts could be shared with the world. Years of Journey Joining others on their Recently, I heard a pastor say that we will never fully know what it meant for Jesus to willingly leave His place in Heaven, take the nature of a servant, and be found in human likeness, until the day we who confess Jesus as Lord are united with Him in Heaven. Through His life on earth, Jesus entered into the journey of others, and as a result, He knows what it is to be weak and to be tempted. In our ministry to individuals and families walking in the darkness of sexual and relational conflicts, we enter into their journeys to be a voice of hope and a place of restoration. Many of you, as individuals and churches, have partnered with Day Seven through this last year to enable us to enter into the journeys of others. While you are not able to sit in a counseling session or group meeting, your financial gifts have made it possible for people who are struggling financially to take this journey Dan Keefer, Community relations Director, was of restoration. Master of Ceremonies at this year’s banquet. As a ministry, it is also our desire to partner with churches and other community agencies to educate and equip them to enter into the journey of those who need to hear a voice of hope. We have a variety of different seminars and workshops (listed on our website at dayseven.net/seminarsandworkshops.html) to help your church or community agency be a place of restoration. If you are interested in learning more about our seminars and workshops, you can contact me by phone at (717) 735-0690, ext. 20, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we celebrate Christ’s birth, the ultimate act of one entering into the journey of others, it is our prayer that you will experience the joy of knowing that Christ became one of us so that we might become one with Him. Dan Keefer, M.A., Community relations Director Day seven welcomes Development Director Donna Wetzel has joined Day Seven Ministries as Development Director. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked as a Family Practice Administrator for 15 years. She was an entrepreneur for 10 years. Donna was involved in the startup of a local nonprofit Christian counseling center where she functioned as the Director of Administration and Development for the center for five years. Donna and her husband, Jim, have two married children and four grandchildren. They attend Lancaster County Bible Church. Welcome, Donna! fall fundraising Banquet a success T he Day Seven Ministries Fall Fundraising Banquet, “Walk in the Light,” brought in nearly $54,000 in gifts and pledges through advance donations and the more than 200 people who attended. This year’s banquet, which was held at Calvary Church, Lancaster, provided a more intimate setting to our annual event. Local recording artist Mindy Boyd provided musical insight; Kurt Miller, Board Vice Chair, shared ministry highlights and vision; former Board member Kevin Greiner, a youth leader at White Oak Church of the Brethren, Manheim, talked about church partnerships with Day Seven; and former Day Seven group member Dwight Miller gave a powerful testimony of God’s our current Board of Directors is (back row, ability to heal and restore marriages and families. from left) Kurt Miller, Jeff lefever, Jay Mylin, Thanks so much to everyone for your part in Marcus Kline, Nick frey, (front) Deb Pelger, sue making this event a success! Bollinger, reba Buckwalter, and Andrea shaw. The staff and board of Day Seven Ministries would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New year! staff and counselors at the banquet were (back row, from left) Darren Crowden, Dan Keefer, Craig Hickey, Mark Burkholder, Gary lord, Bill snyder, (front) Donna wetzel, Alesia Dunlap, Janel falvey, April Bowers, Danene Guistwhite, and wendy stivers. Dear Friends, We want to say thank you to those of you who have helped to support Day Seven Ministries in the past year. Without people like you, we would simply not be able to stand behind our policy to never turn anyone away because they can’t afford to pay for the counseling they need. While you may support other deserving ministries, we are asking you to consider helping us in any way that you can so that we can take the healing power of Jesus to as many people as possible. For some of you, that will mean giving financially. Some may have a friend or family member that needs our services, and others may invite us to speak at your church to help educate those who may not fully understand all the devastating effects sexual addiction can have on a person’s life. Please help us, in whatever way you can, to fulfill our mission of bringing light to individuals and families walking in the darkness of sexual and relational conflicts by providing Christ-centered counseling, education, and support. Thanks for your support, Marcus r. Kline, treasurer Pennsylvania. within Central and every community conflict throughout each sexual and relational restoration for those in hope and a place of To become a voice of our vision www.dayseven.net (866) 301-3297 lancaster, PA 17601 802 olde Hickory road LANCASTER, PA 17604 PERMIT #878 U.S. POSTAGE PAID NONPROFIT ORG.
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