A Note from the Chief…

Friends ,

Welcome to this our 17th Heart of Gold!! We are blessed to be in this moment again this year. We have had a challenging year, securingfunding for our scholarship awards. I don’t know what it is BUT I do know that my God is still on the throne. He has allowed us the opportunity to meet face to face again and for us to assist another 6 outstanding students in our 17th year. Each year I find inspiration in the number of the years we have worked in SIS. In the Bible the number 17 symbolizes
“overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory.”

In Romans 8:35 the apostle Paul asks a simple question which is “What shall separate usfrom the love of Christ?” (HBFV). He extends his question a little more by asking if the following seven things could separate us, which are tribulation, persecution, distress, nakedness, famine, the sword or any other danger. He then tells us ten things that CANNOT get between our God and us, which are life, death, principalities, powers, angels, things present or to come, depth, height or anything created. Thus we have 7 + 10 = 17, representing a Christian’s perfect and eternal standing with God through Christ.

Hence our annual theme “The Victory is yours… believe it and received it…” I believe that with my whole heart. And that is why I feel
we are viable. You have to believe with your whole heart that you can do anything. Then you must act. In my case it funding. I ask for
what I want and need. We lobby for our mission and our purpose and yes we do received no much more than yes BUT eventually, the
yes comes and it all you need. Victory is yours…. Over all things, there are road-blocks, speed-bumps and pot-holes. They are there to
just slow you down…take caution when you move over them. If you move too fast you will bottom out and possibly have damage, so
move slowly and be precise that you know where you will land. You control the outcome. In our annual scholarship interviews I was
introduced to a saying. “Lift while you climb” How simple and visual this concept is. Our outstanding community winners have been
working off of that very concept. They work for the betterment of others which in turn fortifies them. They do not seek notice from others
but personal satisfaction that they have been able to fill and need. Oh I know, many do criticize the method and or offer little to no help,
remember if YOU see that something or someone that needs to be fix or helped and youcan do something….do it. It doesn’t go
unnoticed. If you work, from your heart. You will be recognized, if not by man but by God. You will be richly blessed, that’s Gods

Jerilyn Hitch-Fuller

 **Address given at the 2016, 16th Annual  Heart of Gold Luncheon 2/11/2017, Park Hill Golf Course and published in the Heart of Gold Journal created by JHF of  Fire Sign Design, for the event participants.