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What does it mean to thrive? It has less to do with wealth, status, or "stuff" and more to do with love, joy, and peace. According to the experts at Search Institute, thriving comes through healthy relationships. Are you surprised? When have you ever thrived in isolation? Even the "good news" of eternal and abundant life is all about a relationship with God that overflows to others.
Yet we live in a society where genuine, meaningful relationships are rare. Our deepest wounds are rooted in broken relationships, often within our own families. Parents want the best for their children, and we want to love our neighbor, but where do we begin? How do we overcome the fear, brokenness, or busy-ness of our lives?
If relationships are the vine, then Glenhaven is the trellis that allows for healthy, intentional growth. We engage the community with the structure, guidance, and expertise for relationships that express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities.
How do we do it?
The need is real.
Statistics from www.KidsCount.org
children with one or no parents
Nearly half of Arkansas children (44%) live in homes with just one or no parents.
Children with adverse experiences
More than one in four Arkansas children (28%) have ad at least two significantly adverse experiences.
Children placed in foster care daily
Every day, an average of 11 children in Arkansas are placed in foster care.
We follow Jesus to love others where they are and invite them to follow us.
We seek to connect and restore families before the need for state intervention.
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We help families thrive by creating, equipping, and engaging communities that care. No one thrives in isolation. The gospel itself is about a relationship with God that overflows to others. Here’s a glimpse of what that looks like at Glenhaven: Engaging community involvement in Sparks Out of School Resourcing and recruiting volunteers at Central Arkansas Youth[…]
Excitement bubbled in my heart as I packed my bags for camp. This was my fourth year to volunteer at Central Arkansas Youth Camp, and I was eager to engage this year’s theme, “My Story”. Like you, each of the 172 campers this year has a story to tell. On July 10-15, beauty shone brightly[…]
Friends of Glenhaven, A dear comrade with a deep connection to this ministry asked me yesterday, “What is the heart of Glenhaven?” What an important question! I wish everyone would ask me this, and I imagine you may have wondered this at one time or another… perhaps now. Reading this letter, you may be a[…]
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” Matthew 28:19-20a (ESV) I believe that every worthy endeavor has its foundation in this Great Commission. Truly, this is the[…]
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I’ve known about Glenhaven for as long as I can remember. I sometimes joke that my grandfather put the “Glen” in Glenhaven. My mother is the seventh of Glenn and Ruth Cunningham’s ten children, and my whole life I have soaked up stories of their childhood at “Glenn Cunningham’s Christian Youth Ranch”. Glenhaven itself was[…]
For the past seventeen years, God has given Lori and me a unique opportunity to see and be a part of his mission; to know him and to make him known. We have been blessed by so many of you. We have stood on mountaintops and walked through darkest valleys. One constant has been the[…]
Summer camp is coming soon, and we need your help! Our camps are not the best because of our parasailing, bungee jumping, mounted archery, or sky diving. We actually don’t do any of those. Every year, campers tell us that Central Arkansas Youth Camp is the best because of the genuine relationships and simple, raw[…]
How did students measure success? Some answers might have surprised you. During a recent group discussion with students at our Sparks Out Of School program, I posed the question, “How do you measure success?” Each of the kids got sticky notes and a sharpie. Then I said, “Imagine that you are 25 years old and[…]
Kerry and I (Kirk) are the parents of three young adult daughters. This year marks a major life change, as our youngest will graduate from college this Spring. As our nest has emptied, we have sensed not only the absence of our daughters, but a need to use our time, resources, and space… in Kingdom service. Many[…]