Monday, 05 December 2016 08:09

Adullam House: Broken Hearts on the Mend

Written by  Ashley Sherlock
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Eggs frying in the pan, praise and worship music playing in the background, dozens of tiny mouths on sleepy faces telling of their dreams and the happenings of the day before. This is a typical morning scene for Angie Spackman, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Angie is one of the masterminds behind Adullam House, a home for children of incarcerated parents, and she loves the morning time. There are clean uniforms and washed faces on every child, and these, says Spackman, “are all part of the healing and self worth that are daily being built back into our kids.” There is a sign on the breakfast bar that says, “365 new days. 365 new chances.” At Adullam House, everyone is about fresh starts. It only makes sense that this is true in the every day, too.

 

For more than 20 years, Angie and her husband have prayed for the protection of every child in Adullam House, and for 20 years He has listened and answered. The successes that have happened because of and inside Adullam House are countless, and Angie readily recalls a few of them. She says, “It’s the little things that touch your heart to the core,” as she lists story upon story of the tiny victories that make up a grand and successful work. She tells of a “mind-boggling noise” that comes from the music room when a few of the boys are playing Christian music in a jam session, the multitude of “I’m sorry” notes that get slipped under the door by children who previously seemed apathetic. She then tells of a little boy who will soon find out that his mother has been arrested again, and though she anticipates his devastation, she also knows that he will work through it and rise up. That’s what this program is all about- broken hearts on the mend and fresh starts.

 

Housed here are children of incarcerated parents ages 0 to 20.  All of them attend Adullam House Christian Academy with a team of teachers who are all very involved in the lives of the children. The children are exposed to daily prayer and devotionals, and are taught from ABeka curriculum at school. Sports and reading are also encouraged.

 

Adullam House has and will continue to thrive because of the seed that was planted in the hearts of Angie and her husband at the very beginning. Over the course of this work, Angie has learned the truths that God has to constantly remind His children: that we really can trust Him, that only by walking with Him can we be of any use to Him, and that damage done in the lives of children can only be reversed by allowing God to move in each life. 

 

Angie shares, “When the Lord plants a seed in your heart it only grows. If it is from the Lord it doesn’t wane or weaken.  The drive now to reach these children is even stronger than it was at the start. Seeing them climb out of the pit that most of them are in has become our all-consuming goal in life.  Having seen how strongly Satan wars against us in this work affirms to us that we are on his territory and stealing his treasures. The fact that God has been so very faithful to us assures us constantly that He is in this work.”

 

In the future, Angie says there may be an opportunity to partner with an overseas ministry that protects at-risk children in Eastern Europe. This would be a huge and exciting step for Adullam House that would open windows for the children to be involved in reaching out to others. Angie’s other hope for the future of Adullam House is to continue what is already being done, but to continue getting even better. The future Angie desires she illustrated with a story of a baby at Adullam House who grew up to go to Bible School and has just returned from a mission trip to Colombia; a child who grew up to be part of the solution, not the problem.

 

Christmas is rapidly approaching, and it brings a tricky situation at Adullam House. Since there are so many children that rely upon donations of gifts, the staff is usually left waiting until Christmas Eve to make sure that enough gifts have been donated to be able to bless every child. According to Angie, 2016 has been particularly arduous. The summer slump has continued into the present and Angie is praying for a financial miracle.

 

This is where the community comes in. This year, you can help a child by going online and shopping with AmazonSmile. A portion of your total will help give a child a pleasant Christmas. Giving can also be done online through the Adullam House website or by mail to P.O. Box 1248, Wetumpka, AL 36092.

 

Angie promises that while you may not see the faces of the children you help on Christmas Day, you will certainly see them in the Adullam House newsletter. In addition to partnering financially, you can physically partner with Adullam House. If you or your church can offer time to paint, landscape, clean, repair appliances, or donate a few hours in the thrift store, you are needed.

 

A Florida native, Ashley Sherlock made the transition to Alabama to pursue a degree in English. She has a passion for the written word, an affinity for the outdoors, a love for people, and a desire for the Lord.

 

 

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