Director's Report 2019
It always amazes me when I look at how much is invested and how much is accomplished in this ministry. We are in the midst of our 36th year of ministering to families in crisis with their kids. I recently went to the permanent file storage cabinet and perused the names...wow, three drawers packed with student records of three hundred or so kids (representing the many families — moms, dads, and siblings). It brought back a lot of memories of students and parents I personally worked with in my years here. All but a handful of these students are all grown up now (that makes me feel so old). Over the last couple of years I have had my first “grandparent” calls, where a former student calls asking for help with his children...(that makes me feel really old). Some are continuing to live spiritually dead, though we get calls from them because they fondly remember us and how we taught them about God and His answers for life. But some of them are trying to be good husbands and dads; some of those are working at living life and faithfully serving God somewhere.
We can look at this past year and rejoice that God again gave us students and families to which to minister. We had eight students in Victory Academy and ten WildHeart campers. We also had the opportunity to pour biblical counsel into another fourteen families amidst the many phone calls we get from families who are going through crises with their kids. We traveled to several churches and had the opportunity to speak Truth and encourage people to love God. One of our highlights was serving and being served at Brookside Baptist Church in their missions conference earlier this year. In another area of ministry, we had six single guys serve parts of the year with us. We invest in these young men with spiritual and practical training in Biblical Counseling and ministry leadership. This next year, we are further developing our Ministry Apprenticeship Program with the young men that serve with us. It is our goal to help prepare and give experience to a crew of guys so they can then head out into a long, productive ministry life of bringing the hope of Christ to broken people in our broken world.
Victory has been entrusted with many resources: money, volunteers, and staff. We are grateful for all that has been and is being poured into the ministry. It is blatant that rescue work is expensive and Victory is a rescue ministry. We take our stewardship seriously and we rejoice to see the many and varied fruits of the ministry over the years that God has graciously given. We look forward to the years of ministry that are ahead for Victory, and we look back and anticipate the future and what He will do in planting, watering, and harvesting spiritual fruit in the lives of students, campers, parents, volunteers, and staff.
We are excited and sad at the same time. We are sad to see God moving Aaron and Johanna Brewster (and Micah and Ivy) on to another place and opportunities of ministry. It is much like having a brother move out of the house, we are excited to see him move on and to another place of ministry, but we are sad to not have him (them) “around the house.”
Over the last two years God has been growing Aaron’s passion for a blogging and speaking ministry to families. He has developed his “Truth, Love, Parent” website and has had open doors to minister Truth to families and he is pushing forward in developing that ministry. Aaron has enjoyed his time with us at Victory and has been stretched and grown by God personally, in his marriage, and in his parenting. Aaron’s investment in developing resources and programming has carried Victory forward in ministering to families in crisis. We are grateful for Aaron’s and his family’s investment in the ministry and our ministry team over these last five and a half years. We look forward to future partnerships in our ministries. We also anticipate God using Aaron in the Great War for God’s Truth in the lives of families as he heads out to God’s next great adventure for them.
We were already in the process of moving Andy and Gina Morrison into the Residence Manager/house parent position, so our program will run on like we planned with students arriving on January 4th .
Please pray for us as we continue to plan and work through the multitude of details of this transition. We are also asking for God’s wisdom and leading as we seek out our next team member.