Homeless Youth Amid COVID-19

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Sheltering in Place is inconvenient at times, it slows us down, and it keeps us from going and doing all the things we are used to occupying our time with. We miss seeing family and friends, attending events and many other activities. But what does ‘shelter-in-place’ mean to someone who doesn’t have a ‘place’ to shelter? This month we bless an organization reaching out to homeless youth in New York who are living on the streets, who are fearful of what’s happening and who have no place to isolate themselves. Hats off to these amazing people giving hope, care, faith and encouragement to thousands of youth across many cities of America.

This month we’ll be partnering with Covenant House in New York City by providing supplies and needed items for their youth shelter. I’ll be heading to their Amazon wish list and picking out a few things that they are in need of. In this time of turmoil and unrest, we can still reach out to bless organizations as they reach out to serve people in tough circumstances. What an amazing opportunity God has given us!

Watch the News Report interviewing the CEO of Covenant House… from FOX News:

Let’s pray for those on the front lines, those affected personally, and for the healing of this nation!

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE!  www. covenanthouse.org

Touching someone’s life that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could ever give. Bless someone today… JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today!

Disaster Relief in TN

Monday March 2nd, 10:15 pm the first tornado was spotted 4 miles from Malden, MO. The coming hours thereafter, would produce a series of tornados that tore through four counties in the heart of Tennessee. This fast-moving storm came in the middle of the night and dropped at least one tornado with winds up to 175 mph. While still surveying the damaged areas, it’s possible that one single tornado could have caused 50 miles of damage through 3 different counties.

The last report I saw said it killed at least 25 people, destroyed dozens of buildings and left an estimated 50,000 people without power. At least 48 structures collapsed around Nashville, according to the Nashville Fire Department. More than two dozen buildings and businesses were destroyed or damaged. It will take weeks before some areas will be accessible for travel.

My heart went out to the first responders, those who lost their homes or businesses, and everyone without power for extended periods of time. It only takes a moment for something to change your life drastically. For many thousands of people that moment was this past Monday into Tuesday morning. It was another reminder to me of how grateful to God I am for His continual presence and protection in my life and in those I love.

Let’s pray for those affected as we also extend our hands tangibly to be a blessing to them!

Because of your generosity this month, we have the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who are walking this road at the moment. Giving to help provide for some of their needs as they process what has happened and figure out how to move forward. I found an organization called Churches for Christ Disaster Relief Effort. This is an organized relief effort across a church denomination to be prepared and able to respond when disaster strikes. How cool is that?!! I was quite impressed as I read their mission and preparedness in helping others.

“We contact the leadership of local Churches of Christ in or near a major disaster area. Then we send and turn over to that congregation truckloads of emergency food, personal hygiene, infant care, water, cleaning supplies, and pallets of additional basic needs, for them to distribute to the disaster victims. The success of our organization is because of the hundreds of volunteers that help us. Volunteers pack the majority of these supplies in our Nashville warehouse so they are ready to be distributed as soon as they’re received. Every food box, hygiene box, infant care box we send are exactly alike. Donations from congregations and individuals that support us, allow us to purchase needed supplies in large volume, at extreme discounts, whenever we need them. We are able to stretch your donation dollar to buy 3-4 times what you could purchase at retail prices.”

I checked out their action in the wake of these tornados via Facebook. They mobilized immediately by organizing volunteers and sending out supplies to some of the hardest hit areas requesting help. What a sweet way of sharing God’s love and provision to people in difficult times. I love this!

CHECK OUT THEIR PROGRESS! www.facebook.com/disasterreliefeffort/

Touching someone’s life that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could ever give. Bless someone today… JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today!

Military Trauma Ministry

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Military veterans fight for our freedoms and serve our country heroically but often times at a very high cost. Our nation’s warfighter’s are among the most at-risk groups of society. This sustained and unresolved trauma has led to 22 veterans a day committing suicide, while the divorce rate for our combat veteran community hovers at 80%.

“After three combat tours, and surviving the Battle of Mogadishu, the first Battle of Ramadi and the first Battle of Fallujah; Ron fell deep into depression and solitude. Diagnosed with a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), and a host of physical maladies – Ron considered ending his own life.” As a God-fearing woman, Helen took matters into her own hands with Christ by her side and her husband as her mission. Through this life experience, God led her into a new mission to help other military veterans find peace, hope, and a fullness in Christ that brings healing to the soul.

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“This was the father of my children, my husband, my partner, my soulmate and my love. Zero casualties were acceptable.”

The vision of Warfighter Ranch in Arizona was birthed through a dream and aims to heal the Warfighter’s of our nation with intention, purpose, and with Christ at the center of it all! Giving all warriors and their families the tools to become the Godly designed people they were created to be. To equip them with the armor of God so that they can be successful in their walk with Christ; and to help them reconnect to their loved ones and teaching them how to connect with new people. Love is the most powerful tool.

This month, Be a Blessing is joining the vision to provide love to the brave, self-less soldiers of this country. Warfighter Ranch currently provides Spiritual Individual/Group Counseling, Biblical Guidance and Teaching, Warfighter Mentorship, and Resource Management. As God continues to grow their ministry, a ranch in Prescott, AZ will be established. It will include: Equine Therapy, Family Connect Therapy, Horticultural Therapy, Scuba Therapy, Wilderness Therapy, and Physical Wellness/Therapy.

God has given Helen and Rob an amazing testimony and dream of helping hurting military veterans and we are so honored to partner with them. As they launch Warfighter Ranch Inc. publicly for the first time this coming March 2020, please pray for open doors, financial provision, encouragement and wisdom to walk where God leads them.

CHECKOUT their website: www.warfighterranch.org

BLESS SOMEONE, JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN … GIVE WITH US TODAY! Touching lives that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could give. It’s truly the unbelievable opportunity we have, that other generations did not.

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits. To participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today!

Life Dominating Behaviors – His Oaks Ministry

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Behaviors are a difficult thing to change at any age. Our behaviors come from instinct, environment, experience, culture, biology, etc and have the ability to control our lives in positive or negative ways. Life dominating behaviors such as depression, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, mental illness, along with life circumstances keep many people from living a healthy and productive life and often times are a path to prison. They wear us out, break us down and make life feel hopeless which leads to more addiction. However, vicious cycles of life can be broken off through an encounter with Christ!

This June, we are partnering to break off life-dominating behaviors!

His Oaks Ministry was birthed in 2011, with a vision and passion to reach men who are stuck in these cycles and need help finding their way out. Serving men 18-35 years old, this transition home and unique program provides the help men need to rebuild their lives, restore relationships with God and families, while entering back into society.

Most of the men who enter this program come into it beaten down by sin and life in general. This Christ-centered, residential, discipleship environment gives men an opportunity to break free from the strongholds that have sabotaged their life. They enter His Oaks dead in sin but wake up to a relationship with a living Savior while discovering their identity in Jesus. Joy and hope fill their lives and dominating behaviors are crushed under the cross.

Solid biblical foundations and the authority of the scriptures is used to teach Godly living. Residents participate in Bible studies and training sessions throughout the week, as well as work duties around the house, in various community/neighbor services, and eventually in their own jobs. By living, studying, and working together in an atmosphere of Christian love and understanding, each man is given the opportunity to walk in victory!

Checkout their ministry to learn more! www.hisoaks.com

His Oaks is fully funded by the faithfulness of God and the charitable giving of others. Most men who enter this life-saving program are unable to fund their own stay. It’s because of your generosity that we will be able to come alongside them to help continue their amazing work with the men God brings!! Thank you for all your prayers as we continue to help others.

BLESS SOMEONE TODAY… just because you can! 🙂

 

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Each month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunity! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the world through established faith-based non-profits. We partner with His vision to transform hearts with the Gospel of Christ. Each donation brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others.

Golan Ministries – a Migrant Aid Effort

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It’s human nature to survive and refugee crisis’ are happening all over the globe. Migrants that come from southern countries toward the U.S. border are nothing new. The sheer numbers as of late are looking for a new life. That has brought emergency humanitarian need and a lot of opinions. As the government and organizations try to handle the influx, it’s imperative that we do not forget that these individuals and families are loved by God. If I was in their shoes, I would probably be doing the same for a chance at life.

Jesus walked in the midst of turmoil to bring love and peace and then called us to do the same.

In the meantime, I believe we should be the hands and feet of Christ to bring the hurting to God’s love and salvation. Pastor Navarro from the West Brownsville Baptist Church in Brownsville, TX and his congregation are doing just that.

Golan Ministries, a branch of West Brownsville Baptist Church, was formed last April. The Mexican Consulate in Brownsville, TX contacted Pastor Navarro for assistance with the summer 2018 border crisis. They converted half their church into a respite center for asylum-seeking immigrants. They serve Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Hondurans, Nicaraguans, Cubans and Venezuelans. Golan Ministries provides monthly financial assistance to their church plant in Chiapas, Mexico, where migrants have been flocking for help. In addition, they distribute goods at a local immigration center and travel across the border with backpacks of supplies to Matamoros. Golan Ministries just received the opportunity to manage a 40-bed Brownsville shelter, no longer subsidized by the city. The shelter will temporarily house migrants as they enter the U.S. from Matamoros to apply for political asylum.

Setting aside political complications, Golan Ministries’ mission is to extend love, dignity, respect and compassion to all asylum seekers and refugees.

 

Pastor Navarro and Golan Ministries certainly have their hands full! THIS MONTH we have the privilege to extend our support to partner with Brownsville and I can’t be more excited! It’s been on my heart for months to find a ministry on the front lines helping migrants physically and spiritually. The biggest needs are for practical items such as: clothing, toothbrushes, sanitary supplies, towels, Tracfone’s, activities for kids, serving utensils/plates, hair brushes, diapers, Spanish Bibles, etc. We get to purchase items from their wish list on Amazon to help fill these continual needs as people keep coming.

Check out this News clip: RESPITE CARE CENTER in BROWNSVILLE

Join us for just $5 a MONTH … you’ll be blessed all year-round!

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Each month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunity! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe. Supporting and encouraging faith-based non-profits and participating in their visions to transform hearts with the Gospel of Christ. Each donation brings hope and love to hurting people.

Being Missions Minded

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June 2018 – Missions Month

Sorry there’s no video this month, time has just gotten away from me and if I wait any longer it will be July! I’ve been struggling a bit to find the right blessing that struck my heart. The ideas I’ve had were moved into other months, so I kept asking God for creative ideas and inspiration! I started running into individuals who were sending out updates on some missions trips they were embarking on this month. My thoughts were taken back to the many missions trips I took as a youth and how those times really impacted not only their lives but mine as well. The relationships I formed, the cultures I learned about, the love of Jesus I shared and especially how God opened my eyes to the lives and experiences of others.

Then all of a sudden it hit me… “We want the opportunity to give opportunities”, right? Why don’t we do that for the giver as well as the receiver? Missions trips are an amazing way to reach out to others as well as be touched and changed yourself. If you have never had the chance to join a team and head to another area to minister to others, I highly recommend it!! It will change your life.

I was hesitant as first for a number of reasons but God just kept saying, ‘Sandy, this is how I reach people, as well as how I call the hearts of those who respond’. So I said, okay, and determined that we would be able to donate to the 501c3 organization they are going with and designate our blessing to go to a certain person to help get them out on the mission field. This June is going to be called ‘Missions Month’! We have found 3 people that have been training, reading and diligently working in order to be effective to others as God has called them to go to their Samaria!

One is headed to Russia with an organization called Exodus Cry to reach out to those being trafficked during the World Cup soccer events. One is headed to Mexico to team up with others purposing to teach children about the love of God. The other will be ministering at an inner city church in Chicago for a week.

We are definitely putting our hands and feet and pocketbooks directly on the ground in these locations with a missions mindset! We are believing for God to mightily use them, not only as they go, but also to sow into how God will shape and form their desire to continue to serve the Lord and love on people into their futures!

Have a super blessed month and know that you are highly favored by the King of all things!! We love you guys!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. Join us today!

Foster Care Blessing Update

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I met up with Janet from Project 1.27 today in Grand Junction, CO. We donated over 200 backpacks to their back to school program which will be given out to foster kids in the county. Each child will be able to select a bag and fill it with new school supplies for the coming year. It’s such a blessing for these kids to receive something new that they can call their own. It brings excitement to their school year and provides much needed supplies. I was able to do a really great interview with Janet who shared a lot about what they do and thanked you so graciously for your heart to bless them…. but unfortunately when I got to my computer there was something corrupt in the video file so it won’t open at this point I am unable to post it :-(. BUT… the news channel in the area came and did a quick segment that I wanted to show you! Of course, I said so much more than what they clipped out 🙂 but I’m grateful for the opportunity we had to meet this wonderful organization and share what God is doing through us to touch others!

Written article is on KJCT 8 News

God is moving us forward one month at a time!! 

 

Church Without Walls – Puerto Rico

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Their story began on September 20th, 2017 as the day when everything changed. It was the day hurricane Maria destroyed their island of Puerto Rico, their worship pavilion, many of their other structures and everything they knew to be normal. With hearts broken and family lives in upheaval, this little church and its members stood strong.

Just last month another power outage hit the US island of Puerto Rico, effecting roughly 870,000 people. There are still about 100,000 people in the dark on a day-to-day basis after 7 months past the hurricanes. That got me thinking… I wonder how the churches are managing not only from their rebuild efforts but also with all the needs they see in their communities.

I found a church called ‘Church Without Walls’ and contacted them about how they are doing. Here was their response to us:

“Wow! We are so grateful you choose us!! Currently, we are raising funds to rebuild our sanctuary that hurricane Maria destroyed. We have been having service on the back deck of our schoolhouse since the main worship center was destroyed. It is a small area but, we are squeezing in and making due. With the loss of our main structure, we also lost all of the contents, sound equipment, everything in our kitchen, chairs and even all of our Bibles.

Although our worship structure was destroyed, we haven’t let it slow us downImmediately after the hurricane, we began giving out free meals to the public. It was a challenge. We each made a dish from home and had to get creative since none of us had utilities, but we knew we needed to help the community. Several of our members served in relief efforts throughout the island. Our church also raised over 100 toys and stocking stuffers that we gave out to needy children.

Currently, we are re-stocking our food pantry by partnering with local grocery stores. We are also looking for families in need of food that we commit to helping regularly. We also recently began going into the local high school once a week.

 We mentor the teens and provide them lunch. We hope to continue those encouraging mentor relationships through the summer. We want to be a church that supports the community in every way possible. We truly want to be the hands and feet of God in Puerto Rico.”  – Bambi W.

I wanted us to have a stake in the powerful future of this church body and the impact they are having on the people around them. Isn’t it super cool that we have opportunity to give someone else an opportunity! To plant a seed for future waters to grow…. that’s our aim this month.

Check out this awesome church body for yourself  Church Without Walls … !!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. Join us today!