The excitement of spring is upon us. With flowers in bloom, trees budding and temperatures warming, it’s clear that growth is taking place in Alabama. Much like nature, our ministry is experiencing a season of growth. On March 14, not only did our clocks spring forward, but we sprung forward as an organization by placing our mission in our name. The decision to change the name of our ministry in Alabama to Embrace Alabama Kids, just as we did in Florida, was one we prayed over and considered in great detail. We are confident it was the right move because our ministry had outgrown its name.
Over the past several months, we’ve enjoyed sharing with many of you about the need for this name change and how it will allow us to more clearly communicate what we do. After all, positive change and growth are good things, and we couldn’t have evolved beyond a single campus-based ministry without your prayers, partnership and generous support. Last year, we served approximately 200 more individuals than we did the year before, and we added Mary Ellen’s Hearth, a program that helps homeless mothers with children transition into independence. To say we’re excited about what God has been up to is an understatement!
Not only does spring bring welcome change, but with our Creator’s canvas on full display, it often inspires art. That’s why, this spring, we are bringing together donors, churches, and local leaders for community mural paintings that celebrate this new chapter of our ministry. We’re engaging with artists across the state to help us drive home a simple message — that vulnerable children in our communities need our love and support. Transportable murals painted in cities throughout the state will be brought together to form one mural in Montgomery, allowing us to host a special unveiling. We hope you will safely join us outdoors for this event.
As we celebrate this season of growth as a ministry, we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the difficult season so many people – those we serve as well as our supporters – are facing during this pandemic. We remind you that seasons come and go, but’s God love anchors us through them all. Regardless of where you are in this continual progression, we thank you for playing a vital role in providing homes, healing and much needed hope.