Agape House celebrates milestone

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

OAK GROVE, AR (KAIT) - Women in Region 8 have been receiving help emotionally, physically, and spiritually for the past five years through the Agape House.  Sunday graduates of the program, their families, and supporters gathered to celebrate another milestone!

"All these people that love the house and support the house, I've never seen anything like that before in my life," said Crystal Ashton.

After two years in their new house their mortgage is paid off.

"It's not like one person donated $10,000.  It is $20 here and there," said Debbie Henson.

All of the donations, big and small, are what paid the house off in such an unbelievable amount of time!

"People see what's going on here and they reach out and they do help," said Shelly Taverna.

"This is such a blessing to be in this house and to have enough room for everyone and from what I can see they need more room," said Ashton.

As a symbol of their freedom they burned the note on the house in front of supporters and former graduates.

"People love you for no reason they do things for you and want nothing in return I've never had that in my whole life," said Henson.

In the past five years this house has changed and saved lives.

"I sat in jail and I didn't know what to do I didn't know how to get clean," said Henson.

"I'd been to various rehabs and treatment facilities and this is the only one that truly helped change my life," said Ashton.

There are countless stories just like these of changed lives.

"God's the center of the program and I believe that's the only reason why he's given me back everything that the devil of my addiction stole from me," said Ashton.

"It's just amazing.  I don't even feel like I am that person anymore," said Henson.

The support from the community continues to grow all the time and graduates say there will always be a need.

"People need help to find their way," said Henson.

A new ministry, Shepherd's Fold Ministry, will open in Cardwell, Missouri later this week targeted for men in our community.

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