One less victim, One more survivor

One: One Less Victim, One More Survivor

Every 44 minutes in Arizona, one or more children witness a domestic violence incident.

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Witnessing can mean SEEING actual incidents of physical and or sexual abuse. It can mean HEARING threats or fighting noises from another room. Children may also OBSERVE the aftermath of physical abuse such as blood, bruises, tears, torn clothing, and broken items.

Now imagine two little girls experiencing their first night, their first day in a safe home you provided through The Bridge to Hope.

The Bridge to Hope welcomes our newest mother and her two daughters. Please pray for the La Casa team as they mentor this family. Pray our new mother has the strength to live a life apart from her abuser, creating a safe home for her and her children.

Pray for 1.3 million women each year that are assaulted by their partner, because of your support of The Bridge to Hope today there is one less.

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:5

Give to The Bridge to Hope $25.50 a month, and provide for a home for a B2H family for one day.  Together we can end homelessness.

Pull me back God!

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Dear Heavenly Father,

You have always blessed my life.

But, somehow, I am lead down the wrong path.  Making choices that can tear my life apart.

Protect me from wrong doings.

Guide me back to the right path so I don’t stray.  There is so much going on in my life, the devil is working extra hard to cause me to fail.  And it seems that I follow, being fully aware of my direction.

Pull me back God!

I reach out for you gentle hand, to guide me home.  I don’t want to lose your light that has given my life a new start.

You took me and saved me from the darkness that death wanted.

Your light gave me a gift that only the power of your loving hand could give.

You changed how I see things.

You have blessed my heart, to have more passion for all the things I do, I work hard while standing in a mess that seems too much to clean up.

Show me the way; teach me how to find my way.

Give me Your Guiding Light.

Elaine Rowton move in

Written by B2H mother, Elaine

Elaine was given her guiding light through the form of a team from Bethany Bible Church.

Would you like to stand in the gap for a homeless single mother?  Call The Bridge to Hope today.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalm 40:2

for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
Ephesians 5:8

Manage your Time, or it will Slip Away

Improving your time management is simply learning to “GET OVER YOUR BAD SELF

Time is the possibly the most important element in our lives, and it is the one we are most willing to waste or let pass us by.  Just like gravity, we are governed by it.

There are two ways to use the time we have.  One is to spend it, the other is to invest it.

Many people spend their days in a frenzy of activity, but achieve very little because they are not concentrating on the right things.  It’s this lack of focus that keeps us from achieving the results we desire.

Often times we take on others responsibilities, distracting us from what we are called to do

Realize most issues with time management are due to learned behavior, bad habits and inherent traits.  We learn at an early age how to be easily distracted, become bored quickly and to require constant entertainment.

The real enemy is for many of us is procrastination.  Here are the top ten reasons why people procrastinate:

1) Avoidance

2) Fear

3) Feeling Overwhelmed

4) Lack of Commitment

5) Low Self-esteem

6) Low Priority

7) Perfectionism

8) Resentment

9) Undervalued rewards

10) You just don’t want to (selfishness)

At the heart of correcting time management issues is an important shift in focus.  You have to learn to concentrate on results, not just being busy!

How do we learn to focus?  We have to train our mind.  Just as we are taught to guard the tongue, we must also learn to guard our thoughts.  Only we have the power here.

Many people feel they cannot train or tame the mind.  What’s interesting it’s these same people who don’t realize how often their mind multi-tasks.  For example, think of all the activities you do while driving: tuning the radio, planning your day, talking on the phone, enjoying the scenery, looking for a parking space – and driving the car, too!  We shift our minds back and forth, across tracks if you will, when the need is relevant.  By controlling different tracks, you can exponentially increase your ability to focus.

We are what we think. Our ideas dictate reality.  We need to learn sort out our ideas.  Distinguish which are true and which are false; which make sense and which are foolish. Then clear your mind; filter out the “garbage” so it doesn’t get mixed in.  You have to get clarity to know what you know.  Write it all down and sort it out.

Get a hold of crippling negative emotions and block them out.  Imagine a surgeon who had an argument with his wife this morning. He’s aggravated, and now he’s going to operate. How can he possibly concentrate? He’s a trained professional. He’ll block it out.  Be ruthless in your focus. It’s not always bad to be ruthless. If the surgeon doesn’t ruthlessly focus, he’ll endanger the patient.

The goal, of course, is not to be devoid of emotions, but to control them and apply them appropriately.

People driven by purpose/inspiration will accomplish more than those who are not.  Why?  Because they are driven by passion and inspiration, not desire.  Passion is straight-line.  Desire is round-about.  Passion has staying power while desire is fleeting.

Success depends largely on the intensity of your ambition

Once we learn to focus, we still have to overcome the temptation to procrastinate.

So if the answer could be to learn to focus on accomplishment, what are the four stages of accomplishment?

DISCOVERY STAGE – Discovered It

CONTEMPLATIVE STAGE – Thinking About It

PROCESS STAGE – Scheduled It, write it down

IMPLEMENTATION STAGE – Getting Round TUI

 Good luck in getting Round TUIT.

Written by B2H Board Member,

Patrick Harter

The Bridge to Hope asks you invest your time in with us.

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Do you say “Can’t”

Never Say “Can’t”

While surfing Facebook I encountered a video clip of an adopted girl who had been rejected by her biological family because she was born with no legs. Her adoptive family had one fixed rule that they used in raising her and that was:  “Never say can’t!” She heard this many times growing up and applied it as well. She played basketball on her high school team, and played softball as well, all without the use of any legs. More than that, she learned tumbling, an art which makes great use of one’s legs.  Yet without legs she became the state champion and went on to become a professional acrobat.  Her life motto?  Her adopted life motto: Never say can’t!

An overwhelming majority of us are born without any physical handicap, but that doesn’t mean we won’t encounter seemingly overwhelming hurdles in life.  For some, it might be growing up in a home where there is abuse and violence, or drugs, or poverty or all these and more unimaginable.  For others it arose because there was no spiritual foundation to bind them when life became difficult.  Ultimately, they left their home without this foundation of truth and hope.

The Bridge to Hope was founded to be that organization that reaches out to single mothers who have experienced all these hurts mentioned above. We arrange for churches to “adopt” a mother and work to get her back on her feet. The idea of never say can’t is one often use to cheer their mother on, especially as she fights against her debilitating past. They also encourage her in the Word of God and pray for her and her children.  A number of mothers who have learned to never say can’t are now successfully living their lives, raising their children, and becoming confident members of society.  Most importantly they are followers of Christ.

Written by Jerry Wibberly,
and for those of you…we giggle with you picturing Jerry “surfing” the web!

Are you saying to yourself you can’t?  You can’t get involved right now because you don’t have the time, or you can’t mentor, therefore you can’t get involved?  Maybe it is time you made your motto never say can’tBecome a mentor and share the hope that is only found in Christ in a homeless single mother’s life, contact The Bridge to Hope today.  To learn more on how to create a mentoring church team at your church visit our B2H website or call The Bridge to Hope office today.

Can Not Can Too!

We welcome you to take simple steps to learn more about B2H and support the ministry by participating in upcoming events and fundraisers.

  • 9AM – 1PM, Saturday, 10/11/14 B2H Work Day Volunteers Needed

It is proven that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress.

We have 3 apartments that are in need of deep cleaning and de cluttering at our B2H ministry. Come and join the fun as we gather to help our Mom’s organize and clean their homes thus reducing their stress level and increasing their ability to focus. What a great gift a couple hours of our time will give to these precious families.

We will also be doing general clean up and landscaping at the B2H office.

Please register and learn what you can bring by calling Sallie at 602-589-5556 or email sallie@b2hope.org

  • 5PM – 8PM, Friday, 10/24/14 Night of Giving & Bridge the gap outreach

Enchanted Island located at Encanto Park will open their gates for $4 for unlimited rides benefiting The Bridge to Hope.  Bridge the Gap outreach will be outside the gates of Enchanted Island offering free food, fellowship and music.

  • 5:30PM – 8:30PM, Thursday, 11/20/14 The Journey to Hope fundraiser benefiting The Bridge to Hope ministry.

We welcome you to fill a table with those from your church

  • 6:30PM – 8PM, Thursday, 12/4/14B2H Dinner at Bethany Bible Church – Please join B2H at a sponsored dinner featuring Nonie Maupin talking about Our Thought Enemies.  All are welcome to attend our dinner to support our B2H mothers and learn more about B2H. We ask everyone to RSVP to either The Bridge to Hope office (602-589-5556) or your B2H coordinator at your church.  Our dinner sponsored by local a Chick-fil-A.