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The Power of Partnerships

The right partnerships can make us stronger and better as people. Whether it’s a personal relationship or a business partnership, when we work together in an effective way, there is synergy and better results. Rebirth Homes has been blessed with many great partnerships with agencies, businesses, churches, and individuals over the years. One of the greatest gifts for me personally is how many people have partnered with us in prayer. Rebirth Homes was birthed out of years of prayer and fasting and pursuing God’s plan for the ministry. This foundation of prayer continues to sustain us as a ministry and as a group of people living out God’s will, one day at a time.

Partnerships can be transformative, and at Rebirth Homes, we celebrate God’s transformational work in so many lives over the past 10+ years. We have walked with many people - staff, volunteers, participants - who entered Rebirth Homes’ doors being someone other than who God created them to be. With prayer and patience, I personally have seen transformations that nothing short of miraculous take place in many lives. It’s truly an honor and blessing to join God in His mission and vision for Rebirth Homes.

Partnerships can also be challenging. I remember one of my professors many years ago telling the class to document any partnerships especially with those we are close to (family or friends) in order to protect all parties. For instance, in marriage, we have a covenant with God and have a legally recognized partnership with our spouse. The reality is that we enter partnerships with the intention of everything working perfectly all the time however any partnership comes with highs and lows. In easy times and in the tough times, God remains faithful and empowers us to be faithful too and support each other.

At this time, I come to you, our gracious supporters, and ask for your partnership in prayer for myself. Some of you may know that I’ve been on the journey of healing from melanoma since 2005. I was declared cured in 2013, only to find out in 2018 I wasn’t cured but rather had a rare type of melanoma. In 2018, I prayed for God to show me what to do and fasted for direction and felt God’s peace in knowing that He was going to be with me on this journey and to not give up on the calling He has for me in leading Rebirth Homes. Back then, I thought it was impossible, but with God, all things are possible.

I do not have the space to share my whole journey with you in this newsletter, however, I would like to ask that you be in prayer for me during my surgeries. I have two surgeries scheduled at City of Hope on April 10th at 6 AM. These surgeries are not melanoma but rather other things that have popped up and have been found by the grace of God. My prayer is that my health journey will be a testimony of the power of God and how He leads us through every season. I am comforted by 2 Corinthians 12:9 and how God, who is aware of each of our needs and weaknesses, reaches out and partners with us “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” The grace given through Christ is sufficient and our weakness can show His amazing power.

I also want to invite you to continue praying with me for Rebirth Homes during my surgeries and recovery. Will you join me in praying for every part of Rebirth Homes? Please pray for wisdom and strength for our staff and volunteers, for healing for our participants in the programs, continued success for our graduates, dedication and passion for our donors, and perseverance for all of our partners.

If you would like to follow my health journey and receive updates about my surgery, please check out the link below.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

In Christ’s Love,

Debbie


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