Access-Life “Stories from Belize” – Francisco’s Journey

Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities! After much encouragement from Leanne Goddard, we’ve started doing videos of some God stories from our Access-Life outreach in Belize this past April. God is always working and does amazing things. However, we often only get to see parts and pieces of His handy work but sometimes we get the privilege of seeing the bigger picture. So this is the first in a series of Belize story videos that we pray helps you see and understand what it is like living in a third world country with a disability. We hope you enjoy Francisco’s story on our YouTube channel. :-)

Access-Life “3 in 3”: May 29, 2023 – Greater Love Hath No Man…

What better way to honor those who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have in America than by a respectful tribute, Access-Life “three in three” Memorial Day video for May. We hope you are blessed by this video and enjoy the day with a gratefulness towards those who have made it possible for us to live in freedom… Including Jesus. :-)

#greaterlove #FreedomIsNeverFree #JesusStrong

Access-Life 2023 Spring Newsletter – Joy in Jesus in Belize!

Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities!

We had some great Access-Life volunteers here in Umatilla, FL this past weekend who folded and stuffed a lot of our Spring Newsletters to go in the mail.

However, we want everyone to see the great things God is doing through the ministry so here it is attached for you guys to read and share as God leads!

You can even donate directly by texting the word “give” to 352-309-1455. ๐Ÿ™‚

God bless and enjoy God’s goodness!

Access-Life “Belize Mission Trip”: May 10, 2023 – Memories of Joy in Jesus!

Wow, what a great time of ministry it was in Belize this year! It was a long journey to get there this year, but God was so gracious in providing all we needed to reach out, serve and share the Love and Gospel of Jesus with individuals and families living there. He opened doors, made ways and even did several miracles [especially at airports] for it all to happen. It is amazing the good things that happen when Godโ€™s people answer His call to pray, serve and give.

We are so thankful for the folks in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who took the first step of our journey by coming out to inventory our five storage units in Texas full of mobility equipment and medical supplies in March as well as those who came back out for step two to load everything into a forty-foot container to be shipped to Belize in April. This is on top of our great Hearts of Christ mission partners who secured a charity exemption for our items in between these two big steps.

Eleven days after our container weighed down with 16,940 pounds of mobility equipment and medical items set sail, Doug, Hannah, Marcus, Jim and Rhena loaded planes and headed to Belize. It was the start of step three of our mission to fit individuals and families living with disabilities to the mobility items and medical supplies that had arrived in Belize City, Belize and then were transported two hours in land to the Hearts of Christ mission in Roaring Creek, Belize.

An Access-Life team had not been to Belize since January 2020 so we had a lot of items to give out and a lot of people needing things which kept our small team [the smallest we have ever taken] busy as bees. However, God gave us all we needed as always and we ended up giving out seventy-nine wheelchairs [including over thirty power wheelchairs] as well as rolators, walkers, crutches, canes, diapers, chux and more!

God is so faithful in keeping His promises and we hope this news and the attached collage and pictures encourage you to know He is always working good and bringing more of Heaven to earth each day.

Access-Life “3 in 3”: April 30, 2023 – What are You Thinking?

What are you thinking? Good, hopeful and wholesome things hopefully. :) That’s where God want’s our minds to be as 2 Peter 3:1 says…as well as many other verses, too.

You see what we think about and dwell on effects our words, actions and even emotions. So check out what our Access-Life “three in three” has to say about our thinking and fix your eyes on Jesus which will help you walk on the waves of life!

You can also search “wholesome” on our site for more thoughts and verses on these things. :)

Access-Life “Spring Fling”: April 1, 2023 – Real Easter Eggs!

Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities! In case you missed our 2nd Annual Access-Life “Spring Fling” in Central Florida for individuals and families living with disabilities, here are some pics of the Easter smiles we were blessed to see last Saturday.

Special shout out to Mandy Klee and Grace Evangelical church in Leesburg for hosting things to the most. We’ve got some “fired-up” volunteers in the area so be on the lookout for more Central Florida Outpost activities soon. :)

Access-Life “3 in 3”: March 30, 2023 – Faith Rooted in Jesus ALWAYS Stands!

Hey there boy and girls of all ages and abilities! Access-Life ministry intern Hannah Spradling bringing the March 3 in 3! We have lots of great ministry happenings in the next few weeks with the Central Florida Spring Fling tomorrow and Belize April 12th-17th.

Please pray for all the ministry events going on and everyone involved. We hope if March has brought anyone winds that April showers wash those away just like Jesusโ€™ blood washed away our sins! Have a blessed day!

Access-Life Presents “Real Life” by Chad Van De Griek: March 28, 2023 – Faith in Action!

Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

In my quiet times this week, I’ve been thinking about faith a lot. What is faith? Do I actually have any? It got me thinking about a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.โ€ I replayed these words in my head over and over. And then I suddenly began to think about the verse that I emphasized from Hebrews chapter eleven.

I have a hard time trusting God when answers don’t appear in obvious ways. I like to brace myself for whatever lies ahead and that is obviously difficult to do when I am unaware of what is coming around the proverbial corner. My fear of the unknown becomes the loudest voice in my head. Because of this fear, I often would prefer to stay on the step that is known rather than continue to progress and journey with Christ. It feels safer to live that way.

Even though I know it feels safer to stay on a metaphorical stair that I am comfortable with, I also have to trust God in the midst of fear. Having faith, to me at least, doesn’t mean that fear is non-existent, it means clinging to Christ while I am afraid of the unknown. I don’t minimize the fact that I am afraid, but instead, I take a step while scared and unsure. That is what faith looks like to me.

So, as I continue growing and developing, I want to be someone who takes a step while I am afraid and unsure. And may that step be rooted in a trust in the reality that Christ will always take care of me. 

Access-Life Presents “Real Life” by Chad Van De Griek: February 28, 2023 – Jesus is the Blessing!

Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: ‘May the LORD bless you and PROTECT you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.โ€™ Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.โ€ Numbers 6: 22-27

These verses are absolutely beautiful. It’s a beautiful blessing from God to the people that God has cared for over a long period of time. You can hear the genuine love overflowing from God’s heart. And think that these words reflect God’s heart for us today as well. Protect, smile, gracious, favor, and peace. These attributes are so wonderful.

As I have been thinking through these verses, I thought about how God doesn’t just have attributes, God is what God has. God doesn’t just give love, God is love. The same is true for the attributes mentioned in Numbers chapter six. God is our Protector. God delights. God is our Provider. God is the embodiment of Peace that surpasses all understanding. These aren’t just things that God has, this is who God is.

When looking at my own life and my interactions with God, I need to stop asking for attributes. I don’t just need protection, grace, or favor. I need Jesus. Christ has to be my first and foremost desire. Yes, of course, it’s not bad to desire protection, grace, favor, or peace, but those things can’t be more important than the Source of those attributes. But, more often than not, I get too focused on God giving the things that I think I need rather than God’s presence. This is ultimately a reflection of my lack of trust in who God is. I am afraid of getting hurt, so it’s easier to ask for things instead of relationships.

As I continue to walk with Jesus, I want my prayers and my desires to be centered around God, not just what God can give me. I don’t just need protection, a divine smile, grace, favor, and peace. I need Christ.

Access-Life “3 in 3”: February 14, 2023 – Love, Love, Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Access-Life! We really wanted to spread some LOVE today so what better way than to do the February 3 in 3 about God’s LOVE with some LOVELY jokes and ministry news done by our LOVING intern, Hannah Spradling. ๐Ÿ™‚ So checkout the video, enjoy the day and even laugh a little. #Godislove