Mission Smiles partners with local churches and ministries to provide dental clinics in various neighborhoods throughout Tampa Bay, bringing the hands of Jesus to those in need.
They provided this report of their visit on April 11, 2021:
They served six guests and performed 14 extractions. The dollar value of dental services and volunteer hours provided to the community was $6,989. The report continues,
“We extend our appreciation to Joan Mellen, Hyde Park’s Open Arms Ministry liaision, for the supoort of the dental clinic. We were so happy to return after not being there for 18 months and appreciated serving the underserved with free dental care. So grateful to have Pastor Vicki Walker providing communion & pray to all those who were interested. What a blessing!
Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to our professional team: Dr, Kayanna Beckman, Dr, Caitlin Martini, Mackenzie Anderson, Ja’Mia Micheal
The hands and feet of Jesus were demonstrated throughout the day. The spirit of God descended on this day and all were truly blessed. Our thanks to Hyde Park United Methodist for providing us such a delightful lunch.
Special thanks to: Hyde Park Team: Joan Mellen, Pastor Vicki Walker, Lori Lee and Amanda Garces
Mission Smiles Team: Anne Hasler, Clarissa Albureque, Larry Hopkins, Larry Hopkins and Kathy McGartland
Shining the Light Ministries, our mission partner in Nicaragua, provides agriculture training and support to low income families in the area around Leon. Their focus is in three areas: Gardens, Poultry and Sewing.
Here is an excerpt from their latest newsletter:
The Birth of a Ministry: Part II, by Pastor Greg Lentz
Empowerment Satisfies Hunger: Equipping Nicaraguan Pastors to Feed the Body and the Spirit
My final year of seminary was to begin with an internship at First Baptist Church of Fairfield, Iowa. Just as the internship was to begin, the pandemic broke out and churches were closed. During this internship I was able to work with Pastor John Kermott as the church navigated the pandemic. As restrictions lifted and services were opened back up, I was privileged to be able to sit through a couple of different meetings and listen to the concerns of the church family and how the church would adjust its efforts to have safe worship services through the use of Facebook Live and putting safe practices in place for those that chose to attend worship service in the church. For many there was this sense that it would be temporary, and it was just a matter of working through the challenges until things could go back to normal. Here we are a year later and many of the practices put into place a year ago continue to be practiced on Sundays during worship. My internship with First Baptist of Fairfield, Iowa was during the first three months of the pandemic. The knowledge and experience would later become foundational in the development of the new ministry work in Nicaragua. I was not aware of this at the time, but as always God is laying the groundwork even when we are not even aware of the plan or work, he has in store for us in the future.
Read the complete newsletter
Metropolitan Ministries, our mission partner, is offering Effinity Trauma Informed Care workshops. These five-part monthly workshops are available to all, to help us gain an understanding of the long-lasting impact of trauma and get practical tools to use in our service to others. Learn about resilience and practical tools you can use to develop a more inclusive and trauma informed approach to your service.
- Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 | Register
- Resiliency through Self-Care: 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 | Register
Watch previous workshops or email Tejal Patel for further assistance.
The Gulf Central District of the Florida Conference is offering the first in their series of Innovation 2021, a district wide learning event. The workshop, titled “Embrace the Journey: Becoming the Beloved Community,” explores how we are challenged by race, how we behave because of it, and ways we can be faithful in becoming the Beloved Community. The program includes:
- Powerful keynote by Rev. Dr. Gil Rendle, “Race in a Time When We Can’t Turn Back”
- Testimonials from our United Methodist white, black, and brown brothers and sisters on how racism continues to affect their lives
- Current approaches some of our churches are using as they move to becoming the beloved community
9:30 a.m. – noon, March 20 on Zoom Event details and registration
Abe Brown Ministries’ works to break cycles of incarceration by helping renew the minds of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizens, motivating them to change their behaviors and achieve purposeful lives as a compassionate demonstration of the Love of Jesus Christ.
Karlin’s Success Story
Karlin grew up one of seven children to a single mom in North Carolina. After leaving high school, he worked several different jobs to support himself financially. Karlin especially grew to love his career in the trucking industry. Karlin described himself as caring and easily trusting of everyone he came across. While working as a supervisor, he blindly trusted one of the workers which unfortunately led to his incarceration. Following his release from prison, Karlin decided to join the Ready4Work-Hillsborough program for employment assistance. Through this program’s Career Development Classes and Employment Workshops, Karlin received the necessary resources he needed to get his life back on track. He obtained all of the skills that were necessary for him to become both a successful truck driver and a proactive member of society. Karlin states that Ready4Work-Hillsborough taught him better decision-making skills which ultimately increased his self-worth. With the help of his Career Coach, Karlin was able to secure a truck driving job at Action Specialty Packaging. Karlin’s goals are to obtain his GED and to maintain thoughts and actions of self-worthiness. He also hopes to stay in contact with Abe Brown Ministries’ Read4Work-Hillsborough, because they helped him stay grounded and on the right track.