It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…well we want it to but we need your help!
We are looking for a women’s group or just a group of girl friends who love to decorate and want to bless Lady Bugg House with a decorated christmas tree for our family room. We are looking for a group that would donate the artificial tree, ornaments and put it all together for us by December 2nd.
The girls will be having a little get together and will be hanging their stockings that evening. We want the home to feel like Christmas. If you are interested please contact Linda at 316-440-2844.
One night after arriving home from Lady Bugg House Bible study after a life changing encounter with God, the first thing my brother asked when I walked through the front door, “Did you find Jesus?” and I replied, “As a matter of fact I did!”
I have never been excited for the future until coming to the Lady Bugg House. I was struggling with purpose in my life, and I often felt lonely, stuck, and held captive by many different addictions. I lost my mom when I was 17 when she chose to take her life and attempted to take the lives of my two brothers. This has been a real hardship in my life and I have not known how to handle the pain or loss of my mom. I was missing a mom influence and did not have anyone to show me how to be a good mom to my son, Houston. Since coming to the Lady Bugg House I have found hope through Jesus and have become a child of God! I have gained many moms who love, support, and encourage me in my motherhood!
This is the first time in my life that I have been growing from the inside out. My relationship with God has become my new focus and this affects all of my choices now. I appreciate how the Lady Bugg House is helping me reach my goals and dreams and they truly care about me as a whole person. I am finishing my GED, actively searching for employment, learning how to budget my money, and the ministry is guiding me in the raising of my son. I desire to break the negative cycles in my family and establish a new healthy lifestyle for Houston and I. Since moving into the house I have seen changes in my dad and brothers I never expected, for example they are choosing sobriety, doing family counseling together, going to church, and my dad really has taken interest in how I am doing and my successes!
From the first day I walked into the Lady Bugg House I felt the presence of God and instantly felt a peace and calm rush over me. I knew I found a home here! The Lady Bugg House is more than just a program with rules it is my family! One example of this is how they have lovingly walked alongside me in my relationship with my boyfriend and are teaching me how to have a pure, healthy, and mature dating life. They have accepted him as part of the family and for the first time I feel I am dating in the right way and learning what true love looks like and how it should feel.
I cannot wait to see where God takes me here! For the first time in my life I know my future is bright and that God has wonderful plans for my life!
Being at LBH has been so good. When someone asked me if I was moving in because I have a passion for teen moms, I said no because I hadn’t met them yet. I have realized that God usually gives me a heart for the people I’m around, whether that be family, peers, small group girls, or international students. James 1:27 says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this-to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” I was thinking, these are widows and orphans in some way. My precious sisters who I have now met have felt abandoned many times in different ways. True religion is not about having all the Sunday school answers, but about loving and helping people in their distress. Getting to know these women has been eye opening. Watching them learn to surrender when life is so tough has been heart-breaking, convicting and challenging. He has been faithful to change hearts right in front of my eyes (including my own). He has shown me why the best option is to completely depend on him and not myself.
Just like in the past, God has been faithful to deepen my passion for young moms. I love them so much!!
We need women to come in and cook with the girls and help them make meals that they can freeze and use.
We need volunteers to cover a shift at the house on the weekends Friday night through Sunday night. We want the girls to have fun activities to look forward to…Game night, spa night, trip to the zoo, baking cookies, movie night at the house, Saturday morning breakfast at the house, Sunday lunch with the girls at the house, scrapbook night…whatever you can get creative and think of.
“O Lord, set the captives free! Please open the eyes of the blind, and lift the burdens of those bent beneath their loads.” Psalm 146:7-8
This verse was the prayer of my heart for our Lady Bugg Bible study on June 19, 2013! We had just completed a two week study on Holiness in I Peter 1:13-16, and our time in the Word was so rich, and the discussion so penetrating that Jennie and I felt prompted by the Lord to dedicate our third week to allow the Word to transform hearts. We desired that the girls have an opportunity to respond to the Lord’s work in their lives through worship and personal prayer for the purpose of God’s healing touch in their lives in the areas of addictions, sin and past wounds.
Jennie and I desired to enlist some help for our evening so I called my friend Laura to see if she might consider coming, and to my delight not only was she able to come but she would be bringing her ministry and worship partner along with her! Debbie, unfamiliar with our ministry had shared with Laura two days before my phone call that she had actually had a dream that they were invited to the Lady Bugg House to lead in worship and lay hands on the girls in prayer! We were so excited and expectant that the Lord had a divine assignment for our evening and that He had already gone before us!
The girls that come to the Lady Bugg House, like all of us, come thirsty. Jesus identified Himself as The Living Water to the woman at The Well in John 4, and He offered her water that would quench her spiritual thirst forever! We had been talking the previous week about how Jesus is the only One Who satisfies the cravings and longings of our hearts. We looked at Jeremiah 2:13 that exposes our human tendencies to “forsake the Lord, the Fountain of Living Waters, to dig for ourselves wells, broken wells that can hold no water.” Nothing can truly quench the thirsting of our soul like Jesus Himself!
The only way I can describe this very special night is that the River of Life flowed through our midst in THE WELL, (the room we meet in for Bible study) touching all of us with joy, peace, healing, love, repentance, and life!
I was reminded of Isaiah 35 and the Highway of Holiness—“where the eyes of the blind are opened, the ears of the deaf unstopped, the lame—leap, and the tongue of the mute shout for joy! Waters burst forth in the wilderness, streams in the desert, the scorched land, pools of water, and the thirsty ground springs of water!”
As worship filled the room and girls began to be prayed for, the presence of God fell over all of us! Girls were ministered to so specifically, and were encountering the Lord through the lifting of burdens! He was blessing them with His sweetness. One girl shared after being prayed for that half her wall came down that was blocking her from God, another shared how while she was being prayed for, she saw Jesus pull up a chair beside her and begin speaking to her… she said, “Jesus lifted the anger from my heart”. One gal while being prayed for felt her baby leap inside of her for the first time, one broke free from a secret that held her captive that might have resulted in the death of another, and one gal felt the call of God on her life to preach the Gospel to the nations! Decisions were made to not get drunk anymore, to remain pure, to press in wth Lord, and to forgive an abuser. All of this was stirred by the Holy Spirit’s internal and external presence that filled the room.
I am reminded of childhood song:
I’ve got a River of Life flowing out of me, it makes the lame to walk and the blind to see, opens prison doors, sets the captives free. I’ve got a River of Life flowing out of me!
Spring Up O Well, within my soul! Spring Up O Well and make me whole. Spring up O Well and give to me, that life abundantly!
Praise to the Lord Jesus Christ Who is truly our Living Water!
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