First Ever Access-Life Online BINGO Night

In case you missed the FB/IG posts, our first #ALONLINEBINGONIGHT is in the books and was a blast! Lots of good fellowship, fun and prizes. :)

 Thanks to everyone who played and a special call out to our hostess, Julia Codispoti who did a great job organizing and calling.

Our next Access-Life BINGO GAMES will be on 6/19 AT 7pm EST so email julia@access-life.org if you want join in the festivities. I think we’ll be adding some new gift card prizes this time, too. :)

Access-Life “3 in 1 Ministry Minute” – June 1, 2020

Happy Monday and HELLO June! Here is our first ever “3 in 1 Ministry Minute” [#AL3IN1MINISTRYMINUTE]. :)

It actually turned out a bit longer than one minute. [Getting everything included in a minute is hard. LOL] However, we’ll work on shorting it up next time and hope it still makes you smile and maybe even laugh, inspired you to move forward in your week ahead and learn a little bit of what’s going on at Access-Life. :)

Access-Life “3 in 1 Ministry Minute” Coming Soon

Hey their Access-Life, Inc. family and friends. In an effort to encourage, uplift and keep you all informed on what’s going on with the ministry, we will debuting our new “3 in 1 Ministry Minute” [#AL3IN1MINISTRYMINUTE] this coming Monday, June 1st!

That’s right, in just a one minute video clip, we’ll be giving you ONE joke [clean, corny and hopefully funny], ONE Bible verse and ONE newsy nugget about the ministry. Our hope and prayer is that it will help you start your week on a positive note and bring a smile to your face all in Jesus’ precious name. :)

We’ll be posting it on social medial as well as here on our LIFE LINK BLOG so be sure to check it out each week!

Catching Your Breath

Have you ever been outside and consciously closed your eyes, tilted your face towards the sun and taken in a deep breath? Then with the soft warmth of the sun’s rays shining on your face exhaled with a feeling of refreshed optimism in the gracious goodness of God? It is like God is shining His face down on you filling you and your life with His light, love, holiness, purity and presence renewing your faith in Him.

That’s my goal for each day. To walk in the light of His love, having been forgiven, reborn and redeemed by Jesus to live an abundant life of freedom and blessings in Him. I just have to remember to look up to the Son, put my focus on Him and receive the refreshing breaths of His life moment by moment.

So today, I decided to take a walk in hopes of regaining that fresh faith, renewed focus and catching my breath by filling my mind with the goodness and blessings of God all around.

Here are some pictures I took along the way. I hope they encourage you as the sights did me. :)

Easter is Here!

Happy Easter everyone! The big day is here when we remember and celebrate that Jesus is risen, He is a live and He has won the ultimate victory. He has conquered everything and all that remains is for us to willingly given Him our hearts and receive His free gift of complete forgiveness, forever redemption and eternal salvation.

If you know what I’m talking about then you know there is nothing sweeter, more joyous and soothingly satisfying than His gift of eternal life. If you don’t know what it’s about [and even if you do ], check out the verse with the artwork above [John 3:16]. It sums it all up pretty well.

And if you are wondering why Jesus did such a thing for you, me and every person earth, just put all the words of this verse together and see that it clearly spells out one word: LOVE. His love for each and every person is so great He gave up His very life on the cross for you and for me.

#GODISLOVE#JESUSISRISEN#JESUSISALIVE,

#GODLOVESYOU#GODWILLFIGHTFORYOU,

#HAPPYEASTER

2020 West Palm Beach Expo Update

Well, our 10th anniversary Expo in West Palm Beach and 50th Expo overall was a memorable occasion from set-up thru tear-down with God proving all we needed and blessing folks who serve and came to be served. It definitely was not what we expected a few weeks before but God was so faithful guiding directing and providing every step of the way.

From the “BIG” pontoon boat brought all the way from Umatilla, FL by Will Wunsch and the FREE ice cream provided by the Ice Cram Club to the 14 person canoe brought by Stirring Waters Ministry and the patient horse that so many painted brought out by Horses that Help, there was so much to be thankful for at this year’s Expo.

While this year’s attendance of 864 was much lower than usual, the 37 local organizations and businesses including 5 churches showed that this community cares about the people living with disabilities in their area.

From the King’s Academy collecting snacks and goodies they then stuffed in the special 10th anniversary Expo back packs and Palm Beach Atlantic Workship bringing out key volunteers for set-up, the event and tear-down to the American Heritage Girls covering all the popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy needs and so many veteran and new volunteers stepping in and up to get the job done, the Body Christ came together to shine the light and love of Jesus on so many that day.

WAS IT WHAT WE EXPECTED? NO

WAS IT A GREAT DAY? YES

2020 Belize Outpost Update by Nanette Ryan

Access-Life is made up of volunteers with many different gifts and talents. Some may never go on a trip to Belize, but things that they create are a big part of the work that is done there.

Every year in Belize, we distribute hygiene kits to families in need. These bags have soap, shampoo, conditioner, and toothbrush/toothpaste that are collected by Central Baptist Church in Clovis, NM. Pat Moody and Anne Linville head up that effort among the church and community. Included in these kits are wash cloths, usually hand made with care. Several people spend time each year crocheting wash cloths and this brings them so much joy to give in this way. One volunteer is Ruth Stewart, from Dandridge, TN Her daughter, Wanda was a part of this year’s Access-Life team in Belize. Wanda shared that her mother loves to crochet and views making the wash cloths as her gift and contribution. She has a humble attitude about it, not really wanting to be in the spotlight, but just wanting to serve in her own way. Wanda said that her mother uses donated yarn, but also will buy the yarn that she uses. Access-Life and Hearts of Christ volunteer, Deb Struble, is another crocheter who shares her gifts and talents. Deb is also a great advocate of Access-Life, collecting numerous medical supplies and equipment from people in her community that gets shipped to Belize each year.

Another example of special items that are donated are the pillowcase dresses and boys’ shorts that are handmade by women at First Methodist Church in Jefferson City, TN. Linda Schumann heads up this effort and the dresses and shorts were given to children in Belize at our outreach event at Camp Se Konsa, as well as at the Expo in Roaring Creek.

The wash cloths, dresses and shorts are a good reminder to all of us that God uses all of the gifts and talents of the Body of Christ to fulfill His work in the world.

2020 Belize Expo Update by Nanette Ryan

While every day of our week in Belize is spent on worthwhile activities, the culmination is the Expo Day on Saturday, when we welcome people to come and enjoy activities and we distribute wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes and other medical supplies that are donated and shipped from the U.S. This year on Saturday we woke up to a rain storm that continued throughout the set-up As the participants started to arrive before the Expo began, we helped them to a covered area to wait.

Once the Expo got underway, the rain stopped and things started to dry out. Many people came to the Expo carried in the arms of care-givers and volunteers who helped to get them to the seating area. Others left their homes at 3:00 in the morning and traveled many miles to attend the Expo. To see the joy on their faces once they received a wheelchair or walked to help them be more mobile was a priceless gift no matter how many times it occurred.

We also provided games, crafts, art and prayer/care stations for participants to enjoy while they waited to receive medical equipment.

Two young girls, both with physical disabilities, and are best friends came with their mothers. As each girl was fitted with a power chair, their faces lit up as they realized that their friend was getting a chair too! Receiving a chair changed their outlook on life and will impact their ability to gain independence as they grow up. One of the moms commented that now she could let her daughter go to the store and to school on her own. Parents of children with disabilities can have a lighter burden.

Twin brothers in their early twenties who have Cerebral Palsy also came to the Expo and were fitted with power chairs to replace manual chairs that no longer fit their bodies. Their mother shared that her sons attend university and one of the boys will be graduating with his Associates degree in Information Technology in the Spring.

One of the ways that volunteers touch lives on Expo Day is at the Prayer and Care tent. Participants usually come to the tent and are able to share prayer requests and receive prayer, as well as other activities like having their nails done. This year, some of the volunteers saw that participants were unable to come to the tent or didn’t want to miss hearing their name being called when it was their turn to get fitted for medical equipment. The volunteers decided to go to the people and offer a listening ear and prayer and many requests and praises were shared.

At the end of Expo Day, we were able to distribute 63 wheelchairs and counted 235 participants and volunteers who came to the event.

In the team share time on Sunday morning, one team member said that seeing people come in being carried and then leave rejoicing reminded her of her own challenges and used the analogy of climbing a mountain and finally reaching the top to see the beautiful view. It is the heart of Access-Life to be able to lift the burden and remove the barriers for people and to help them to come to Jesus (Luke 5:17-21).

Seek Ye First…

So, at about 3:30 pm yesterday I had visions of writing a LIFE LINK BLOG post about bowling my second “clean” game [a game with all strikes and/or spares] or even a new high score with my dynamic bowler that attaches to my wheelchair [see video for it in action]. However, as you can see from the score sheet neither one materialized. So what’s the story?

Well, the real story is frame number 5 with the small number 7 circled. You see just before that frame, I had made 4 spares in a row. I was focused, feeling good and thinking this could be my second “clean” game or even my first 200 game.  However, as I’m about to line-up for the 5th frame throw, Leanne says there is a young man in a wheelchair who has been watching and wants to talk to me. “Right now?” were the first words out of my mouth [actually the word “REALLY?” was going through my mind]. I almost told Leanne to tell him to wait. Fortunately, I did not do that but instead I took a few minutes to talk with him about my bowler and the way it works. Unfortunately, I still had it in my mind that this had ruined my concentration and in turn let my bad attitude replace my focus on bowling. What happened? I threw a 4, 7, 10 split. Not only a split but one of the tougher ones to convert.

At this point, some of you may be saying “yeah, you never should have gotten out of your groove to talk to the kid”. Others may be saying “you did the right thing: people are first”.

So what happened next, made things real interesting as well as made me think.  I MADE THE SPLIT! One of the harder shots in bowling that I had never done before, I did. Wow, was I excited. I made the split and my streak stayed alive. :)

Now you are probably saying but you did not finish with a clean game or new high score so what’s the point. The point is this: at the moment I made the difficult split, [especially for someone using a dynamic bowler that cannot even get a ball speed above 7 mph], I felt like God was saying: “I got your back”.

You see when we do the right thing sometimes it may appear to cost us but this is actually never true in God’s economy of blessings. You see God promises when we seek Him and His Kingdom all we need will be added to us and that blessing follow obedience. Now I’m not trying to say this principle means we can all be 300 bowlers but I am saying some pretty cool things happen when you follow God.

No, I did not bowl my second “clean” game or break my personal best score but I did do something amazing that I never had done before all the while honoring God by valuing people before things.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Well, the big day is almost here. The day we celebrate the greatest gift ever given to any person and yet to all persons. The day when God sent His only son, Jesus fully human and yet fully divine. The day when God showed us how much He loves each person by giving His best. The ultimate gift that ultimately gives all of us who have strayed away from God’s path and even turned our backs on Him a second chance. The opportunity for what we each need the most: forgiveness, redemption, restoration and rebirth. Not only abundant life here on earth but eternal life with Him in heaven.

We at Access-Life hope that everyone reading these words not only knows this truth but has chosen to received this greatest of gifts ever given: Jesus. He is a true friend, a faithful provider, a fierce protector and the only Savior. We pray that as we all sing Away in a Manger, Come Let Us Adore Him and even Silent Night that we will be refreshed by the breath of the Holy Spirit, renewed in our sense of holiness by Jesus’ light and  encourage by God gracious love. A matchless love that came in the form of a baby given for you, for me and the whole world. May we not only experience this supreme joy in the coming days but all year long as we realize Emmanuel has come and is with us.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, JOY TO THE WORLD, PEACE ON EARTH AND GOODWILL TOWARDS MAN FOR THE LORD HAS COME! REJOICE. :)