As ladies were filing into the meeting room at Sheridan House for the Women’s Bible Study, there was a little girl sitting on a couch in the lobby trying to balance her textbook as she was doing her homework. Realizing how difficult it was for her, I arranged a spot on the front desk for her to complete her assignment. She thanked me and I went on my way. However, the next morning, we found a note on a piece of white lined paper that she had left for us.

Dear Dr. Bob Barnes,

Xena sits smiling and grateful for a place to work and for the impact Sheridan House had on her uncle.

Hello Dr. Bob Barnes. This is Xena. You are a nice man. You gave me a desk to sit at and gave me room to do my homework. I wanted to thank you for doing that for me. I also want to say that you are doing an awesome job at Sheridan House. My uncle went here when he was younger. His name is Steven. I don’t know if you know him or not, but you really helped change him. He is a great man that I look up to. He is deep in God and I’m trying to be, even though I am a girl. I’m adopted and the lady that adopted me is the best. She is Susan. I just wanted to say thank you for changing my uncle and helping me.


That’s what it is all about…changing lives! Now, she told us Steven’s last name. He was in the first group of boys that I served back in 1974. He is now in his 40’s and influencing Xena to live for Jesus! That is just awesome! I just wanted to share this with you because not only do we help those currently in our residential program, but the work we do in Jesus’ name helps their families for generations to come! We serve an awesome God!

Serving Him,