We rise by lifting - Adullam ??It Starts With One! It was October 1996, exactly 20 years ago, when I last sat down to help write the Adullam House newsletter. Back then, the crazy
We rise by lifting - Adullam ??It Starts With One! It was October 1996, exactly 20 years ago, when I last sat down to help write the Adullam House newsletter. Back then, the crazy
We rise by lifting - Adullam ??It Starts With One! It was October 1996, exactly 20 years ago, when I last sat down to help write the Adullam House newsletter. Back then, the crazy
We rise by lifting - Adullam ??It Starts With One! It was October 1996, exactly 20 years ago, when I last sat down to help write the Adullam House newsletter. Back then, the crazy

We rise by lifting - Adullam ??It Starts With One! It was October 1996, exactly 20 years ago, when I last sat down to help write the Adullam House newsletter. Back then, the crazy

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  • Rev. Peter Spackman (President) Mr. Brian Paterson (Vice President) Angela Spackman

    (COO) Rev. Johnny Jones Mr. Dave Bryant Mrs. Gladys R. Watson Mr. Bob Messick Mrs. Naomi Hellums Mrs. Rachel Harborth

    We rise by

    lifting others

    Robert Ingersoll

    These amazing young ladies come voluntarily, from many different states and countries to give their love and time to our babies, who are born to mothers in prison. During their internship at Adullam House, not only are they full-time, sweet mommies to our babies, they also become great friends to our older teens, who want nothing more than to hang out at the Intern House! Just imagine your teens having an endless supply of lovely God-fearing, young people to do life with. It is Gods wonderful provision to surround all of our kids with inspirational young people, who have chosen to give precious years of their lives to pour love into others. Also pictured, is baby Jadah, whose progress many of you have been following. On her last trip to Childrens Hospital in Birmingham, her specialist remarked how well she was doing. He told our ladies, Whoever her nurse is, please tell her she is doing an amazing job. Of course, we had to tell them that it wasnt a nurse, but a small army of dedicated, loving, young angels.

    Oct/Nov 2016

  • From Michelle, an Intern-All of my life, all I ever wanted to do was help people.

    When I was about 8 I knew that I loved to be around children. When I am around children I

    feel complete. I soon started babysitting and my

    mother always knew at Thanksgiving, I was going to be sacrificing my time letting another family shop for their

    childrens Christmas. So when I was told about Adullam

    House I prayed, and the Lord answered with a big

    Yes, multiple times! When I learned that these childrens moms were in prison I knew immediately

    why the Lord wanted me there. I

    have a grandparent in prison which is why the work is so dear to my

    heart, and so I feel a close

    connection to the children. Thank you Lord, for allowing me to pour

    into their lives, and them into mine.

    Our Interns, who come to care for our children, often have no means of transportation while they are here in Alabama. Sometimes on their day off they have no way to go into town to shop, or simply to have a change of scenery. After we made this known on our Facebook page, it was only a matter of hours before we received a call from Grays Tire and Service Center, who donated this amazing Pontiac for the use of our staff. This business has been so kind to Adullam House in so many ways, including taking our kids

    for special days on the Lake! On behalf of all these young girls who are now mobilea great big thank you to David and Julie Gray!

    From Calsie, an Intern-My mom once told me a story of when I was four and holding my doll. I looked up at her and said, When I grow

    up I just want to hold babies. I have helped in

    our church Nursery for as long as I can remember and have never lost

    that feeling of wanting to help

    children. When I visited Adullam House last February

    God told me, This is where you

    are supposed to be. I love it, and the kids have blessed me so much!

    Honoring Our Volunteers They say that volunteers and donors typically stay with an organization for about 2 years. We beg to differ. Some of our donors and suppor ters have been helping Adullam House for more than 20 years! Likewise, some of our volunteers have been coming to Adullam House and rocking babies for almost 15 years. Phenomenal! Last week we hosted a luncheon fit for a king to honor these precious ladies. Several of our children shared cardboard testimonies and reduced every one present to tears. The ladies were served by young women that they had held on their laps, when they themselves were babies. Those faithful volunteers wept, as they reminisced, seeing the fruits of their labors, now in turn serving them. Miss Ruth, who has been helping for a dozen years or more, swore to keep coming to love on our little ones until the day she died. She is in her 80s!

  • DominosIt Starts With One! It was October 1996, exactly 20 years ago, when I last sat down to help write the Adullam House newsletter. Back then, the crazy dream of Davids Cave was no more than a tiny seed planted deep in the hearts of Pete and Angie Spackman. At that stage, I was a brand new Christian. I was being overwhelmed with humility and compassion at the sudden realization of the scale of sacrifice my sister, her husband, and their family had made in their commitment to serve the Lord and save the lost. It had compelled me to put down on paper what they would never share personally, and the feedback from that article

    was mind blowing. I still have letters that people wrote to me in response. For those of you who have faithfully stood alongside us from day one, or indeed, joined us along the way, you surely have witnessed how that tiny seed of hope has been lovingly and beautifully nurtured and cultivated by our amazing staff, volunteers, and you, our dear friends and supporters. It has also been supernaturally harvested and multiplied by our bountiful God.

    I could not have imagined back then, the vision of Gods goodness and grace I see before me today: Materially, Gods provision has been mighty, but in human terms, the impact of change in the lives of our children is incomparable. The babies I cuddled 20 years ago are now amazing young men and women, towering above me, fully equipped and eager to establish their place in the world and their part in His plan. They are eager to be sent and to start changing lives themselves. How blessed we are to bear witness to these transformed lives and wave off an army of disciples such as this. But do not fear; at the other end, the Lord just keeps delivering those babies to us, one after the other we have 10 in our nursery right now Praise Jesus!

    As I reflect on the amazing changes that the past 20 years have brought forth to the life of the ministry and in the lives of the children who have found refuge here, I am forced to acknowledge that some things havent changed at all.... Financially, the doors of Adullam House stay open as a result of prayer, hard work, sacrifice and generous donations from friends like you. Whilst practically, we are eligible to apply for government funding, such funding would require full licensing as a state childrens home with the Department of Human Resources (DHR). This process would subject the ministry to strict state/federal governance and regulations. There are a number of significant faith based grants available for which Adullam House is considered to be a perfect fit. However, for whatever reason, these faith based awards demand that the ministry surrenders the right to insist that the children attend church. Angie and Pete took the difficult decision many years ago that in order to raise the children fully in the Gospel and without the constraints of administrative red tape, they would completely depend on God for their finances and forfeit the right to any state or government funding. Unsurpr isingly, this has meant lots of hairy moments along the way. With around 35 staff now, plus typically 10 interns and approximately 35 active, growing, hungry children to support, plus numerous sites to keep going, life is certainly busy! And as a reminder from our June/July newsletter, this year weve also been given the amazing opportunity to reach out in the Gospel to vulnerable boys and girls in Eastern Europe! Crazy, but what an opportunity! Every single month we hold our breath, believing God for the finances that will continue to help us do all of this. And do you know what? Every single month our Great Provider always comes through. Thank you so much for partnering with Him and with us to keep this ministry going every single dollar you give is changing lives in an incredible way!

  • Needs List for October 2016 Operating Funds

    Diapers (especially newborn & size 5) Baby Wipes Resinol Crib sheets (white)

    Paper Products (plates, cups, paper tow-els, napkins and toilet tissue)

    Cleaning supplies Laundry detergent (by the ton!) Baby & Childrens Tylenol

    Benadryl for Children Neosporin & Band Aids Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

    White Bath Towels Lots of Prayer for protection &

    provision

    A Matching-Grant Offered To Adullam House Miracle after Miracle. Thats what Adullam House has been built on. We have worked like

    everything depends upon us, and prayed like

    everything depends upon God, and God has always made a way. Recently a call came into

    the office, offering a matching-grant to help

    build the second wing of our school. A matching-grant of $50k! Wow! That means

    if we can raise $50k we will have $100k

    towards building the much, much needed extra classrooms. Next year we will have some

    combined classes with almost 30 students in

    them. When we build the new wing of our school each grade will be separated and

    numbers kept small, enabling children to get

    individual attention. This is vital to many of our Adullam House students who often

    struggle with learning difficulties resulting

    from their past, and sometimes with behavior

    difficulties resulting from the effect of drugs or alcohol in utero, or just the trauma of the

    experiences they have lived through.

    Our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament took place on the 6th of October. It proved to

    be a fabulous day just as expected! Every penny

    raised will go toward