2019 East Tennessee Spring Fling Update

On Saturday, May 11, Shady Grove Methodist Church hosted its eighth Access-Life East Tennessee Outpost “Spring Fling”. The theme for this year’s event was “Celebrating Birthdays” complete with balloons, birthday cake, and ice cream to honor the 80th birthday of key volunteer, Barbara Suttles.

The annual “Spring Fling” is a recreational opportunity for individuals with special challenges and their family members  to experience fun activities in a safe and loving environment.

After playing a variety of games (bowling, Connect4, BINGO, and custom-made games), the participants enjoyed crafts including decorating mini-tote bags, making a take-home flower pot arrangement, and making a caterpillar on a leaf. Easel painting was a big hit, too. The Sunshine Ambassadors entertained with their dance routines and everyone enjoyed group singing.

All in all there were twenty-three participants, twenty-four family members, and twenty-eight volunteers making this another God blessed success!

2019 Belize Outreach Update by Nanette Ryan

TUESDAY:

We met Marcelina in 2018 when Korie and Alicia told us about a woman who might need a cane to help her walk. Nancy, Tiffanie and Nanette went to visit Marcelina and they were able to help fit her with a cane that would be helpful for her in getting around. It was a bonus that the cane had a pretty floral print on it, since Marcelina does beautiful embroidery.

In planning for 2019, Korie and Alicia arranged for a ramp to be built onto Marcelina’s house, to help her get in and out of her home with her increasing mobility issues. When we drove up to the house, Nancy, Tiffanie and Nanette remembered Marcelina and introduced her to the rest of the team. Marcelina welcomed us into her home and showed us that she still had her cane and used it with another cane to help her walk with her weak knee. Nancy helped evaluate her needs and we gave Marcelina some rice and beans and a New Testament. When Marcelina saw the Bible, her face lit up and when asked, she said that she couldn’t choose a favorite Bible verse. She quickly decided on John 3:16 as her favorite.

Marcelina also showed the group some of her beautiful embroidery work and told us that she draws the floral designs by hand, and then embroiders to fill in the picture before using the fabric to make a dress.

Korie and his boys and Norm got to work removing the existing stairs which were in poor repair. They had a plan for building the ramp to extend off of Marcelina’s porch and down into the yard, with landings to make it not too steep.

While they worked, we visited some neighbors, the Rolands, who we had met and built a ramp for in 2018. It was good to see them again and to see how well Mr. Roland had done with getting around after his leg was amputated a year ago.

After lunch, we all went back over to see the finished ramp and brought Marciela a rollator to help her get around even better, especially to go around the corner to her church. We prayed for Marciela and she shared how grateful she was to God for helping her. She explained that just days before, she had been telling her daughter that she was afraid of falling on her broken-down stairs. The next day, Alicia came to let Marciela know that Access-Life would be building her a ramp. God provided for Marciela and let her know that she was not alone, and in the process, allowed us all to be a conduit of his blessing

WEDNESDAY:

On Wednesday, we went to meet Jamire, a 12-year-old boy with an above-the-knee amputation due to cancer. He uses crutches, but needed a ramp built to be able to have easier access into his home. We also were providing a scooter for Jamire and the ramp will allow him to get it in and out of the house when he goes to school.

When the team arrived at his house, his aunt greeted us and the crew got started building the ramp. After a few minutes, Jamire came out and our PTs, Nancy and Janet, did a brief evaluation and were able to help adjust his crutches to be at a better height for helping him gain upper body strength.

Once the frame for the ramp was built, several members of the team helped to drill the planks in. Korie showed Jamire how to drill and he got to put in several planks on his own ramp! After the ramp was completed, the team prayed for Jamire and his aunt.

Jamire was able to come to the Expo on Saturday and received the scooter. While he was at the Expo, Jamire got to have his photo taken with the reigning Queen of the Bay, Belize, Miss Jennylee Cruz. Jennylee also volunteered her time to help with the lunch served to Expo participants.

THURSDAY:

On Thursday, Korie and the Boys, plus Norm, built a ramp at Kuxlin Ha Government School. Two new students are starting soon, and one girl named Catherine, uses a power chair donated by Access-Life. Her sister, Lyrica, is unable to speak.

2019 Ministry Schedule and Prayer Cards

For those who are visual learns like me and don’t retain what we hear as well as what we see, I’ve attached below copies of our ministry schedule and prayer card. We talked about our plans for this year and the need for prayer to see things through in our New Year video but thought these visual graphics would be great bonus reminders as we hope you all will join us both at these activities and in prayer to the Lord this year. :)

WPB and CFL Jingle and Mingle Updates

For the second weekend in a row, we held two Access-Life Outpost Jingle and Mingle Christmas events. This past Saturday there were ones in Central Florida and West Palm Beach. They both had the usual seasonal and festive art, craft, game, snack and singing activities but also featured a few unique surprises like live dulcimer music and a gingerbread man appearance. :)

There were over 40 attendees in Central Florida and 146 folks in West Palm Beach which brings the total to over 400 people who attended the four Jingle and Mingles from Texas and Tennessee to Central Florida and West Palm Beach. Each one filled with the fun of celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus!

That’s whole point of Christmas, right? The reason we have hope, joy, peace and love. Jesus truly is the reason for the season and why Christmas is really the most wonderful time of the year.

We hope you enjoy the smiles in the photo collage above and if you want to see more photos, you can check out each area’s Outpost page at: https://access-life.com/outpost-in-wpb and https://access-life.com/outpost-in-central-florida.

ETN and NTX Jingle and Mingle Updates

This past Saturday, God blessed us with not just one but two Christmas Jingle and Mingle Outpost events. One was in East Tennessee which celebrated it’s 5th anniversary and the other was in North Texas where they held their second Jingle and Mingle in a row.

Both were well attended with over 80 joining in the fun in Tennessee and around 135 coming to celebrate Jesus’ birthday in Texas. There were Christmas crafts, seasonal games, festive food and even the singing of carols at each. Also, the Sunshine Ambassadors sang and danced at the ETN venue while Sing Your Way Home performed in NTX. Both groups featured folks living with disabilities bringing some extra fun and smiles to those who watched.

While everyone gathered for much fun and fellowshipping, the main purpose of these local outreaches to individuals and families living with disabilities is to provide folks with an opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus. after all, He is the reason for the season.

More photos are posted on each of the area Outpost pages at: https://access-life.com/outpost-in-etn and https://access-life.com/outpost-in-ntx and we have two more Jingle and Mingles this weekend. One in West Palm Beach and one in Central FL so be looking for more pictures and smiles soon!

2018 West Palm Beach Spring Fling Update

Leanne and I are in North Texas currently getting ready for the Expo here on June 9th but God worked through some great volunteers to execute our first ever Spring Flings in WPB this past Saturday. It was the final of three that were held this year and the largest to date with around 150 participants and volunteers attending!

While there were no ponies to paint in WPB like at the earlier Outpost activity in North Texas, the bingo and ice cream more than made up for the missing animals as you can see from the attached pictures. In fact, this event was a great example of how just a few folks eager to reach out to people living with disabilities with God’s love can make a huge impact on their community.

As the ministry grows, Leanne and I cannot execute and attend each activity so it is great seeing others step up to bring about ongoing ministry to so many in need of wholesome fun, real love and the hope that only Jesus can bring.

If you’d like to see more pictures from the WPB Spring Fling and/or other photos from local Outpost activities there feel free to go to our WPB Outpost page at https://access-life.com/outpost-in-wpb. :)

2018 East TN and North TX Spring Fling Updates

This past Saturday, the ministry was privileged to host not one but two Spring Flings. One in East TN at Shady Grove Methodist Church and One in North Texas at Valley Ranch Baptist Church! That’s right twice the ministry and twice the blessings all in one day. :)

It was the fifth time we held a Spring Fling in East TN but the very first one ever in North Texas. However, we had some great servant hearted and seasoned volunteers at both. Each event was attended by about 60 participants and volunteers and while the activities differed along with the locations, God was still present blessing each and everyone there!

We hope you enjoy the smiles in the photos here but feel free to check out more East TN Outpost activity pictures at https://access-life.com/outpost-in-etn or more North Texas Outpost activity pictures at https://access-life.com/outpost-in-ntx.

If interested is starting a ministry Outpost in your area and hosting an activity or two please let us know and we will do all we can to help make things happen on our end. :)