Faith & Food Distribution

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The economies’ recent sharp decline is leading to an increase in the number of individuals experiencing food insecurity. Food banks are reporting increased demand, while facing operational challenges, including declines in volunteers and retail donations. Demand for charitable food assistance is expected to remain at elevated levels for the foreseeable future. Along with that, farmers are having to dump and destroy millions of pounds of food because of the disruption in our food chains and the lack of need caused by so many business and institutional closures. 1000’s of new people seek food assistance across the country every day.

Should unemployment and poverty increase to the level of the Great Recession, 9.9 million more people may experience food insecurity. In a more extreme scenario, the number of food-insecure individuals could rise by 17.1 million. (www.feedingamerica.org).

As we see these unprecedented events occurring, we must never forget who our true source of supply is. Christ our Lord will always be our provider and sometimes He does so through the help and generosity of others.

We can’t always be there in person but we can be grateful for those who can!

May’s Blessing creates an opportunity for us to be a part of a local organization taking food-insecurity seriously. The Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf runs designated days of operation during the week and has started doing Drive-Through Produce Fairs during this unique time as well. Last weekend alone, they gave out 13,000 lbs. of fresh produce in roughly an hour. The increased need these past 6-8 weeks has been tremendous!

Some Items of Continual Need: Protein Products; Fruits and Vegetables; Boxed Meals and Special Diet foods; Staple foods like sugar, flours, coffee, oils; Garden produce; Infant formula, baby food, and diapers; Personal Hygiene products; and Cleaning supplies.

I’m always so grateful for how God gives us the opportunity to do what we can to bless others. We’ll be donating boxes full of Personal Products and Cleaning Supplies this month in order to help those whose budgets might be a bit tighter these days!

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE!  www. ccefs.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!

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!

Books for Kenya

Having witnessed injustices, inequities and disparities to those burdened by poverty both in America and in Africa, Lance & Julie realized how important community development was. While doing work at a regional hospital in rural central Somalia, they fell in love with the people of Africa. They saw firsthand that basic needs such as clean water, safe sanitation, nutritious food, health-dental care, adequate shelter and education can be hard to come by in vulnerable communities. That experience burdened their hearts with the desire to empower people and transform communities.

With Community Development as their mission, Hope Without Borders was launched in 2007. They became actively involved in initiating, planning, designing, implementing and monitoring projects, whether in the US or abroad. Providing health care and skills training to individuals, refugees and families in need. Purposing to help individuals take ownership and ensuring the continuation of programs and projects that would bring about life-changing and sustainable success.

Learning new skills, technologies and capabilities allows someone to change their life and as they teach these new skills to someone else, it in turn, helps the entire community.

WHERE WE COME IN – BOOKS WITHOUT BORDERS is an ongoing project they established to help make it possible for kids and adults to receive or further their education. Reading is an important skill to develop as it opens numerous doors and allows children to explore the world around them. When adults can read, it provides the ability to gain new skills and trades which in return allows them to raise their family and provide well for them. Hope Without Borders has distributed close to 4000 books in the US and overseas.

THIS MONTH – we will be blessing Hope Without Borders with 150 new, Level 1 reading books! When I contacted them, they mentioned that this was the age group and reading level they were most in need of. This month it’s our privilege to provide reading materials to broaden and enhance a child’s learning ability and capacity to see greater things ahead!

“We pray that God will continue to open wide the doors and pathways that lay before Hope Without Borders. That God would grant wisdom and direction in every area of their ministry and in the lives of their families. That they would not grow weary but would be encouraged that God sees them and is overjoyed with all they continue to do to serve His people. We thank them for their obedience and consistency to move with the Lord, and pray that God would overwhelm them this year… that it may be their best year yet!”

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE!  www. hwb-intl.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!

Spirit of Christ, All Year Long

HAVE A FABULOUSLY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I’ve been baffled for a long time at the notion within our society of ‘The Christmas Spirit’ during the month of December because our general culture doesn’t celebrate or acknowledge the importance of the life of Christ as being THE GIFT of Christmas. Yet they have taken on the same holiday as a means to giving gifts, showing extra kindness, reaching out to the down and out, or good tidings of joy to all people.

All of these things are good and at least show that we haven’t lost all our humanity and they clearly illustrate how the birth of Christ has impacted the world, whether they accept it or not. But, if there is no cultural basis anymore of Christmas being about Christs’ birth, then why do we hear about giving to the poor or helping in local shelters, or giving of your time and energy to help others so much more during Christmas?

Let’s not forget that these needs and sufferings of others are present all year through. This is what makes Be a Blessing so amazing! All of you give every month to people you don’t know, to impact lives you’ll never meet, and THAT’S what the Spirit of Christ is all about.

We couldn’t do this without all of us together and for you I’m so grateful.

We are ending this year at Be a Blessing with the intention to share the Spirit of CHRISTmas through gift cards to a shelter. Giving their guests the opportunity to spend time outside of the elements in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. I spend hours of time inside my safe home, on my couch or sleeping in my own bed, while others that are also employed but can’t afford housing, are living out of their cars. It’s heartbreaking to ponder but praise God He has blessed us so we can do something tangible to help!

Be grateful for everything, BUT ALSO intentional with how we use it…

With these thoughts in mind, I would also like to propose a 2020 Budget Referendum! I’m a big fan of allocating personal finances into separate accounts for different needs, as it helps me stay focused on being intentional with what God gives. So, I was thinking…. what if we all budgeted a certain amount each month, maybe $5, $10 or $20, to give to someone JUST BECAUSE!

Send a card to someone going through a hard time with a gift card inside and an encouraging note. Or use it to fill up someone’s gas tank, or save it for a few months and pay someone’s electricity bill. Maybe you’re at Walmart and the person next to you is having a rough day and is showing high levels of frustration. How cool would it be to pull out a card just to brighten their day?! There are so many amazing things we can do with very little all year through, if we choose to be intentional.

BLESS SOMEONE JUST BECAUSE … 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 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!

Gifts of Hope

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“Always Prefer Others… and be okay with it.” That’s what God has been speaking to me about these days. I am too quick to be impatient with the driver in front of me or the light that takes forever to change, the person who cuts in line, the annoyance of interruptions in my schedule, my food that is taking too long, why someone is reacting so harshly, ‘do I have to stop and pray for them?’, and the list continues.

God is highlighting that if I always prefer others before myself, then patience would guide my life and self-sacrifice would be the forerunner of my actions. Wouldn’t that be something! 😊

While praying for this month’s blessing, I began to realize that what we do each month together is an act of ‘Preferring Others’ with our finances and compassion. It’s walking in obedience to put someone else in priority. Focusing on someone else by sacrificing out of our own hand. What a beautiful Word! He’s encouraging us to continue. He’s showing us that what we are doing matters. He’s bringing revelation outside from Be a Blessing, to encompass our everyday thoughts and actions.

Gifts of Hope, through Samaritans Purse, is an act of obedience to the call of God to give, give and then give again. Not to sound redundant, but we are a ridiculously blessed people. I don’t think we can fully fathom that what feels normal to us, would be the life of a king to someone else.

Most of us are aware of Operation Christmas Child or otherwise known as Shoebox Gifts, but Samaritans Purse also has a gifting program that we will be partnering with this month, where we can purchase specific gifts ranging from $5 to $35,000. This organization literally affects every area of the globe in numerous capacities all year long. It’s truly amazing how God has increased and blessed them through the obedience of Franklin Graham over the decades.

OUR GIFTS THIS MONTH WILL GO TO:

Touching people you will never meet, is one of the most self-less gifts you could give. It’s truly an unbelievable opportunity we have that other generations did not!

BLESS SOMEONE FROM YOUR BLESSINGS… GIVE WITH US TODAY!

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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!

Christianity in Iran is growing

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Iran’s government continues to be one of the most brutal regimes in the world today, but God continues to move! Christianity in Iran is growing through underground church networks at a faster rate than one might expect. As we know, media portrays only what they want us to see and rarely the inside facts. I am inspired to tell you a story about how God is moving in amazing ways within the country of Iran.

Online news articles (links below) began sparking my curiosity so I began searching for how we could get involved. That’s when I found an organization called Heart 4Iran! Heart 4Iran was birthed in 2014 to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Farsi speaking peoples of Iran and beyond. H4I brings new believers from the point of interest to a position of influence, engages the unreached to complete the Great Commission, and inspires partnership with the story of God’s love for the Iranian people. They currently work with over 100 partners to reach Christians in Iran. In 2018, they sent 1,980 printed Bibles into Iran through in-country partners and their call center has had over 700 daily engagements with viewers of their satellite TV network, Mohabat TV.

I was able to chat with Jessica from Heart 4Iran about their ideas, plans and a bit of their beginnings. She expressed so many amazing testimonies about what’s happening in Iran. They have the unique honor of providing resources and connections to people in these underground churches. It just blessed my heart! Here’s a quick testimony from their Call Center.

TESTIMONY – Fatemeh was a long-time isolated convert and had never dared to tell anyone she was a Christian, for fear of persecution. Her only connection to Christianity was with our satellite television network and 24-hour call center. After watching MyKelisa’s “Sermon on the Mount” series, she was convicted as to why she never went public with the wonderful work that Jesus did in her life. She then called the counselors and received regular prayer and guidance. Shortly after, she was arrested for communicating with us through social media. After she spent two weeks in jail, her faith was deeply strengthened. When her day in court came, the judge asked if she was a Christian. To her surprise, she proclaimed her faith in Jesus. The first time I proudly proclaimed my faith was in a court room of all places!”, she told us later. She bravely professed God’s works and later on told us that it was “the Holy Spirit that gave me the courage to do so.”

This summer, Heart 4Iran is embarking on a faith-filled initiative called the 2019 Summer Awakening! By August 31st, they are purposing to raise $750,000. These funds will allow them to intensify their efforts in making the Gospel more accessible to the people of Iran by:

  1. Increasing the number of secret, underground house churches in key cities inside Iran, to further the Gospel and discipleship for believers.
  2. Adding to the number of people manning their call center, allowing thousands more the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers about Jesus and the Christian faith.
  3. Ramping up the distribution of Bibles in Farsi (their language) so that more and more people will come to know God’s Word and follow Christ.

THIS MONTH… your contributions will go to supporting these initiatives in Iran! Please click on the links below to find out more and to read about what God is doing. In the midst of darkness and pain, God is still moving and healing and showing Himself strong. Please pray for Christians that face such hard conditions that they would be protected and they would continue to find strength in their Faith. Pray for God’s love and hope to continue to penetrate these areas and for the hearts of people to find peace in His goodness!

FIND OUT MORE AT: www.heart4iran.com

 

MORE AMAZING STORIES OF WHAT GOD IS DOING IN IRAN!

July 3 – MENA region returning to spiritual roots, claims ministry leader

July 9 – The church in Iran influencing the region for Christ!

June 28 – Tens of Thousands of Iranian Muslims Are Turning To Jesus through Watching Christian Satellite TV

June 27 While US and Iran Go Head-to-Head, Iranians Are Turning Their Hearts to Christ like Never Before

June 20God Is at Work in the Hardest Hearts

June 18The real story in Iran isn’t political, it’s spiritual

 

Thank you for all your prayers as we continue to bless others…. JUST BECAUSE WE 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.

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.