This has been an eventful week, to say the least. However, every week is eventful as it relates to the Mansion. Believe me, there never is a dull moment when you’re working with all of these children (and staff members)!
We saw the Governor Wednesday night at the Mississippi Campmeeting. Haley and Marsha Barbour have been outstanding in their support of TCMM and it is always an honor to get to spend some time with them. They both have visited our campus on several occasions, both before he became Governor and since his gubernatorial election. It was my distinct honor to be asked to pray at the prayer breakfast prior to his first inauguration four years ago. Truly, the Barbours have become special friends to the Mansion and an advocate throughout our state for this cause.
We had a wonderful visit last Saturday with Kenneth and Lucretia Huval of Lafayette, Louisiana. These folks have become wonderful sponsors of the Mansion and support the work in a number of ways. We honored Lucretia at our 55th Anniversary Celebration in February for the special interest she has shown in keeping the girls dressed in lovely clothes. This is her line of work and she has been such a blessing. Her husband, Kenneth, has his own sign business, and has offered to help us with an improvement to our campus of much-needed signage. All of our main buildings and residence halls will have beautiful identification signs in front of them and new street signs and directional signs will also be installed. A special “thanks” goes to these generous people for helping us in such a great way. Even Taco, their Chihuahua, is a Mansion fan. Notice the shirt that Lucretia made for her that says, “TCM Rocks!”
We continue to grow! Three more children arrived yesterday – Kadance (3 years old), Kage (5 years old) and Kaylee (7 years old). They are siblings and are adjusting to their new home. One of the fantastic things about the Mansion is our ability to keep siblings together in our residential program. I believe that another new resident is arriving next week – a teenage girl that will be placed in Haven of Hope, our special program for troubled girls. With these new arrivals at the Mansion, we have seen 22 children come to us in the past 3-4 months. This is a very unusual spurt of growth in such a short period of time. Please undergird us with special prayer with the increased challenges of meeting the needs of these new children. Pray for both the children and our wonderful staff members at this time.
I guess I had better close for now. There are so many more things I could share with you today, but they can wait until early next week. When I was first encouraged to start blogging, I was very reluctant and concerned that I wouldn’t know what to blog about. Well – now that I’m into it – I have discovered that concern to be ill-founded. My prospective list of blogging topics continues to grow longer and longer. Instead of worrying that I wouldn’t have enough material to write about, it’s become an issue of which subject will I choose to cover. I guess that’s a good problem, and an unexpected one at that. Hope you’re enjoying receiving the inside scoop as much as I am in sharing it.