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April 11, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For April 11

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Change begins with a choice

All of us have been faced with change in one form or another at some point in our lives. Sometimes this change is a welcome one, and other times it is thrust upon us whether we want it or not.

The question then becomes, do we let this change define us in a negative manner or make the choice to overcome the current obstacle?

Just last week, I had the privilege of meeting a courageous group of women that have made the bold choice to overcome and meet their challenges head-on. I also met the woman with the vision and the testimony to make their choice for change a reality.

Wendy Lewen, president and founder of The Sanctuary House, had the vision and the courage to first make this choice for change in her own life, and second, to help women in Southern Indiana accept this challenge as well.

According to their website, thesanctuaryhouse.org, The Sanctuary House is a Southern Indiana ministry serving women who want to break free from their destructive life patterns. These patterns may be the result of abuse, an addiction, prison/jail or homelessness.

The Sanctuary House program provides transitional living, life skills, support groups and a lot of love and mentoring. The Ministry believes that true healing comes from a partnership between God and people. God does the healing but we have to do our part. That starts with a desire to change.

After listening to Wendy, and reading about The Sanctuary House on their website, I knew that I wanted to help. I challenge all residents of the Southern Indiana area to step in and support these women of our community in making their choice for change.

Come to Cornerstone Community Church, 6639 St. Marys Road in Floyds Knobs and support that partnership for change by attending The Sanctuary House fundraising spaghetti dinner, this Friday, April 12 at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30). There will also be an information table about the ministry and volunteering opportunities, along with booths selling T-shirts, cookbooks and coffee cups. All proceeds will benefit The Sanctuary House. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for those under 10.

More information about The Sanctuary House is available at website thesanctuaryhouse.org

— Carrie Thompson, Jeffersonville

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