It’s the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Christ. What a blessing it is for us to be able to call Him our Savior and Lord. As we look back upon what has been a very different year, we can see His hand at work at Paul Anderson Youth Home. During what has been a very difficult time, God has sustained and provided for the PAYH ministry in ways we never could have thought possible. We’ve seen multiple young men come to know the Lord, were able to conduct our events successfully, and God is continuing to meet our financial needs on a daily basis.
It’s easy to look at these events and attribute them to some action on our part. After all, we did work hard, but I know that without God’s grace it would not have been enough. Psalm 127:1 tells us “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” No amount of skill, hard work, or sacrifice could cause us to succeed without God’s ongoing blessing. He is the one and only reason that we are still here as we prepare to enter our 60th year of operation. When I say that 2020 has been a success for us, I want to be clear when I say that we didn’t do this – God did it through partners like you, as He has now done for the 59th consecutive time.
I believe He has caused us to prosper because we have stayed true to our original calling. Our primary focus is simple – we want to plant God’s Word in the hearts of young men, introduce them to Jesus Christ, lead them to the cross, and see their lives and eternities transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why we exist, and the purpose for which Christ came to earth over 2,000 years ago.
As my late husband once said, “God sending His Son was the greatest thing that ever happened in the universe. If He lives in my heart, it’s the greatest thing in my life, and I want to shout about it!” I want to shout about it too.
Love in Christ and Merry Christmas!
Glenda Anderson Leonard
President and Co-Founder
As we gather together to celebrate this Christmas season, we are asking everyone to keep an open ear and open heart to spread the word about the Paul Anderson Youth Home and connect us with the families of young men who are struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger, and depression. Through our spiritual counseling, character development, and accelerated learning program, we share Christ with these young men. He is the one who transforms their lives for eternity.
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