Amanda, a desperate daughter based in California, contacted First Baptist Church, seeking guidance on how to help her 50-year old mother, Yong, who was homeless, isolated and losing hope in Tampa. Per Amanda, “a very sweet lady from First Baptist suggested reaching out to Love INC for possible help for my mother.” The referral was made to the Help Center and the process began. Click here to keep reading.
Our Blood Drive this month is the same day as our Mission Celebration and Market on Sunday, Oct. 27, and the red Bus will be behind the Harnish Activities Center from 8 a.m. –1 p.m.
We have been learning to Get a GRIP over the past few weeks, and here is a way you can give: give blood and help save a life, and you will also receive a fun Halloween T-shirt!
This October, One Blood is celebrating Owen:
At only 12 weeks old, Owen was diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD). The condition severely compromised his immune system and its ability to fight off germs and infections, putting Owen in danger. To cure his disease, he needed a bone marrow transplant.
When he was just 1 year old, he was fortunate enough to find a perfectly matched bone marrow donor. Owen relied on blood and platelet donors to keep him alive while he waited for his transplant to take and allow his body to generate healthy new stem cells and blood cells.
“During his treatment, he received blood and platelets countless times,” said his grateful mother, Megan.
Thanks to his bone marrow donor and blood donors, today Owen is an active, happy and healthy 5-year-old who is medication free!
If you would like to schedule your appointment, click here, but walk-ups are always welcome. Please bring a friend with you.
As you look at the enclosed annual report, representing the time period of July 1, 2018 – June 30 2019, you can clearly see the impact the Judeo Christian Health Clinic has in providing free, quality, timely, and compassionate healthcare to the uninsured of Tampa Bay.
None of the work done at the Clinic would be possible without the gifts of dedicated individuals and groups who give of their time, talent and resources.
We are so grateful and blessed for your continued support.
Saying “Yes” to God
One Donor Reflects on Her Call to Ministry as a Young Person
The summer before my senior year of college, I attended in Nashville a Cursillo weekend, the forerunner of The Upper Room’s Walk to Emmaus. Little did I know it would change my life forever.To keep reading, click here.
The following is an article contributed to The Upper Room by the Rev. Vicki Walker:
The summer before my senior year of college, I attended in Nashville a Cursillo weekend, the forerunner of The Upper Room’s Walk to Emmaus. Little did I know it would change my life forever.
On the second night of the retreat, we were scattered around The Upper Room Chapel. After listening to the speaker, we were invited into a time of silent reflection. I focused my gaze on the life-size woodcarving replica of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, hanging in the front of the chapel. As I looked from figure to figure, I was drawn to Jesus. I couldn’t take my eyes off him.
Out of nowhere, I heard a voice say, “I want you to go to seminary, get a master’s degree in Christian education, and work with youth.” Stunned. I turned around to see who spoke. There was no one.
Again, I looked at the figure of Jesus.
I heard the same calm voice: “I want you to go to seminary, get a master’s degree in Christian education, and work with youth.”
I jumped out of the pew and bolted out the door. Finding my friend, I said, “You’ll never believe what happened to me. I just heard a voice that told me to go to seminary. Who was that?’”
“It was God,” he said.
“Why is God talking to me?” I asked.
“Because God wants you to serve in ministry,” he replied.
I never would have considered ministry as a vocation if I hadn’t had such a clear calling from God that night.
Thank you, Upper Room, for providing support to nurture young people’s spiritual formation and for creating opportunities to hear God’s voice.
The Rev. Vicki Walker is the Minister of Mission and Outreach at Hyde Park United Methodist Church. Throughout her life, and in particular in her current role at Hyde Park UMC, Vicki has been a supporter of The Upper Room. This month, we are raising funds for the youth and young adult ministries of The Upper Room: Chrysalis, Discovery Weekend, and Journey to the Table. By supporting these ministries, you can join Vicki and countless others in giving youth and young adults an opportunity to hear from God.
GOD will bless us abundantly and greatly multiply what we do so says his promise in this we entrust all in the hands of God, organizing with communities for the beginning of an extra harvest cycle and undertaking our abilities and experience in the orchards of the future. Always with the motivating characteristics and the desire to overcome we find the people in each community willing to do the best work for their orchards, this harvesting cycle has been of good production in all communities. We highlight the implementation of new seeds in this cycle such as zucchini, onions, watermelon and green beans. Agronomist Martin Machado has provided his physical and empirical knowledge to all of the communities, as well as the rest of the ABLLDC team. Residents of the communities feel supported by the ABLLDC ministry considering that it is of a great blessing to belong to the ministry. To keep reading, click here.