Wow! What a great Expo God gave us on Lake Grapevine in North Texas this past Saturday! There were many challenges along the way but God helped us overcome each one with more miracles than I have seen for one outreach in our 14 years of ministry and 57 Access-Life Expos.
Our trailer blew tires, bent an axle and even broke springs just an hour away from the park. It needed to be in place there in less than 24 hours and God found us someone to weld parts back together, bend the axle back and even supplied us with four commercial grade tires so it could arrive at the park 30 minutes ahead of time as well as be ready to make the long haul back to Florida on Monday. Then our flight was delayed by 2 hours but we still made it to goodie bag stuffing just 15 minutes late on Wednesday. Our tent company forgot to acquire the fire department and City tent permits beforehand but several great gals who work at the city of Grapevine and with the fire department made sure that everything got put together in just half a day on Thursday. While it was 106° on Friday our traditional setup day God provided a small but God empowered group of committed volunteers to see that everything was put in place by 1:00 p.m. which was a record time. Then He blessed us with an unforecasted day of cooler temperatures on Saturday the day of the event. Granted the high was still 96°, but that is far from our record high on Expos.
There are so many more miracles that He did to make a way for this Expo to happen and even made ways where there was no way so we praise and thank Him for bringing together all 636 attendees to bless and be blessed in his presence that day. Here’s some highlight pictures for everyone to see the smiles of joy that God put in the hearts of so many that attended and always remember that Jesus is bigger, stronger, and better than anything!
Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities!
We are sliding in on the last day of the month for our August Access-Life three in three but if you’ve been through storms like we have here in Florida you’ll love the message that God is our only true refuge.
Plus, you get to hear about our upcoming North Texas Expo trip where it is so hot that the chickens are laying omelets there (bonus joke for free thanks to Rachel Nicholson). :-) Hope you enjoy the video and have a God blessed week!
Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities! As a special treat, Miss Hannah in Tennessee is going to bring you the July Access-Life 3 and 3. :-)
As usual we will have a very funny joke, relevant Bible verse and an update on ministry happenings but in this episod, you’ll also get to see a little bit more of Hannah’s heart as she shares about her experience at this year’s East Tennessee Expo.
Hope you all enjoy it and God bless everyone today in a special way. :-)
So, our 13th annual Access-Life Expo in East Tennessee was the same as previous years in many ways but different others.
As always, God’s presence permeated the atmosphere and blessed people as only He can while they enjoyed the usual boat rides, bank fishing, rockwall, variety of animals, kayaking, archery, arts and crafts, games with prizes, a hearty welcome from volunteers and a great lunch all for FREE and in the name of JESUS. :-)
However, this was the first Expo out of the 55 previous outreaches in which neither Leanne nor I were in attendance due to a family medical crisis. Yes, that’s right. God provided all that was needed with our excellent ministry intern, Hannah Spradling, key logistics volunteer Steve Kitts and past board member and administration expert Tracy Lewis along with over 150 other volunteers with a Philippians 4:13 attitude to get-r-done!
We hope you enjoy the collage above and the pictures included here showing the smiles that God put on so many faces of the 603 attendees.
If you’d like to see more pictures of this year’s event in Jefferson City, Tennessee you can always go to our ministry website East Tennessee Expo page at www.access-life.org/etnexpo.
We are so very thankful for God’s faithfulness and the fact that he’s always got us covered!
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. :-)
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. :-)
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.
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 lifelink.blog site for more thoughts and verses on these things. :)