A Message From the Desk of Annette Dufor, Executive Director

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

"More often than not, I find myself busy. It seems as if every minute of every day there is something I need to complete. Bus-i-ness can often be a distraction that can stop you from achieving your goals, if these actions are not prioritized. I can picture Martha running around overwhelmed and making long breath sounds every time she walked pass Mary in hopes Mary would just notice the ton of work that needed to be completed. And finally Martha, at the point of no return asks, “Lord don’t you care?” And the Lord responds “You’re worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed, and Mary has chosen what is better. It will not be taken away from her.” 

How different would our lives be if we could simply choose to just make two adjustments to our daily planning? Lead with Love...Mary chose to lead by demonstrating her love for Christ by doing a selfless act. She chose to be present in the moment, honoring the Lord by making Him the first priority. Prioritize our list of things to do...The Lord responded to Martha by first acknowledging her feelings and providing a solution to her problem... “Few things are needed.

For the EAWC in 2016, our primary focus will be to 1) Lead with Love (LWL), to demonstrate the love of Christ to the youth and families in the community, and 2) Restructure to ensure programs and services are aligned with our mission and vision. The Center will continue to be a “lighthouse” in the community by providing innovative programs and services that are designed to Enrich, Equip and Empower; reaching out to youth and families within the city through both on-site and off-site youth development and parent enrichment programs.

- Annette