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 God’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.
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. :)
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 Jesus’ blood washed away our sins! Have a blessed day!
The Access-Life Belize mission trip and outreach got a big boost from our good friends at Moody Radio South Florida with a live interview on the morning show with Eric and Bridget! Attached is the audio link so check it out and find out more about Belize. Thank you so much friends at WRMB for your many years of support!
The first Access-Life “3 in3” of 2023 is here! Happy New Year! You want to know more about jewelers and New Year’s Eve, how many good days it takes to make a good year, who can make any day a good day and all the good God has planned for the ministry in 2023? Then check it out, be blessed and HAPPY GOOD DAY. :)
So what is one of the best things to do during the Christmas season? Party! That’s right. I mean the whole reason we celebrate Christmas is because of the birth of Jesus. It’s Jesus’ birthday. And what do you do on birthdays? Throw parties. :)
That’s what we do at our Access-Life Christmas Jingle and Mingles each year. We invite individuals and families living with disabilities to come and do crafts, games, share food, fellowship, sing carols and tell the nativity story for starters. We have a birthday party for Jesus!
For some attendees it is the first time the make the connection between Christmas and Jesus’ birth for others it is a time where they can express their joy for God’s great gift. We even give out gifts at our Jingle and Mingles. After all God started the tradition with Jesus and the wise men followed suit with gifts for the Christ child.
All in all, our East Tennessee Jingle and Mingle held up this birthday party tradition well and everyone was blessed by the knowledge that Jesus was born for them.
Our final Access-Life newsletter of 2022 went into the mail this week and since we cannot “snail” mail it to all of the ministry family and friends, we thought we’d share it digitally, too. :) It covers the big Fall Farm Day we had in East Tennesse and our new Volunteer Spotlight Section! So, check-it out, enjoy the pictures, be blessed by the words and know that God is still doing good things out there in the world. #JesusStrong, #waymaker, #promisekeeper, #miracleworker, #lightinthedarkness, #DisabilityMinistry
Fall is here but never fear as the Access-Life September #AL3IN3 video is here, too! Enjoying some Florida Sunshine in our yard under the trees with a great Sun joke, verse on good things from God and update on the good things God is doing thru the ministry. Check it out and we pray you are encouraged and blessed. :)
God was on the move this past Saturday as we had ministry going on in two different places on the same day. That’s right, in East Tennessee Shady Grove Methodist church and New Freedom Missionary Baptist church came together to lead our East Tennessee Access-Life Outpost team to host our first but not last Fall arm Day. In Central Florida, we had a group from Live Oaks Community church help us transfer our 15×15 storage unit full of mobility and medical supplies for our annual Belize mission trip [we actually have not been able to go since 2020 because of medical challenges] into one of our ministry trailers. This not only saves us monthly fees but take the first big step in us going back to Belize!
Now there were both two totally different types of ministry work but both important works for God’s Kingdom. In East Tennessee, the goal was to share the love ad gospel of Jesus with individuals and families living with disabilities. We wanted to bless those we attended with respite, fun, fellowship and hope, all in the name of Jesus. There were animals including horses, archery, arts, crafts, games, airsoft, hay rides, candied apples, food and more. It was a real Farmabalooza!
In Central Florida, we were preparing to share the love and gospel of Jesus with individuals and families living with disabilities by moving and staging mobility items and medical supplies that will be shipped to Belize and fitted and distributed to those in need at the Hearts of Christ mission. Two totally different types of work but both with the same goal: sharing the love and gospel of Jesus with individuals and families living with disabilities that are in need.
So there you have it. Sweaty, fun, hard, hopeful, engaging, fruitful God blessed ministry work in two different places on the same day and even at the same time. NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL A REAL HEAVENLY DOUBLE HEADER! Special thanks goes to Kenneth Graves, Karen Stryker and Hannah Spalding for seeing that God work got done as He worked through the hearts and minds of His people to do amazing things. We hope you enjoy the pictures and see you at another Access-Life activity soon. :)