Wow, what an awesome day God gave us Saturday!
Yes, at 100+ degrees, it was the hottest Expo we have ever had but from the youth who came from Clovis, NM and helped with set-up and tear-down and the large Gateway Church buddy group to the pontoon boats that showed-up and the first time rockwall appearance God provided all that was needed for us to not only survive but THRIVE in the atmosphere of His love and light. :)
Thanks to the pond stocking there were even lots of fish caught in the mid-day heat to go along with the many horserides, hayrides and kayaking trips and of course the faithful volunteers who hung in there till the end were a true blessing. To top it all off there were 2 people who prayed to receive Christ at the Gospel bracelet station making everyone’s efforts more than worthwhile!
We are still finalizing counts but our early estimates are that God blessed us with around 900 attendees on top of the 5×8 trailer full of items to take to Belize next year! Hope you enjoy the below photo collage and get a glimpse of all that was done Saturday in the sun and more importantly under the Son.
Good Saturday morning friends and family! As a camp counselor I know used to say every morning as he knocked on our doors at 6am to wake us: “Great is the Lord and worthy to be praised!”
You know God is so good to us and yet we all still forget and take for granted His love, forgiveness, protection, provision and presence in our lives everyday.
However, His mercies are new every morning so I hope and pray the below artwork I have designed and the scriptures with each will encourage you to remember the truth of God’s light and love, in Jesus precious name. Amen
Here are a few of my favorite Scripture Pictures from our Expos. Enjoy and I pray God blesses you through the smiles and words!
Our 1st ETN Outpost activity of the year hosted by Shady Grove was a blessing to many with 70 total folks attending including participants and volunteers.
The snack jars were particularly popular as was the food but everyone enjoyed the crafts and games, too. A neat addition this year was a performance by their children’s choir which really helped engage folks in many new ways.
Below is a picture of the participants watch the choir so you can see a few of the faces.
I wanted to share what great banquet we had last April 21st! The food was great, the decorations were beautiful, the performances were fun, the auction items were awesome and the testimonies were encouraging. There were lots of new church and volunteer connections, too. What I liked most was the fact that so many people with disabilities were given an opportunity to be included and shine at the event. It was definitely a God blessed success!
On the financial end of things we were down quite a bit from last year but we know God will be faithful to provide all that is needed. Overall the gifts were down by about $3,000 and the auction purchases were down by about $1,000. Our matching gift was up by about $2,000 though so overall we were just $2,000 down from last year.
All in all, please know that Leanne and I so appreciate each of you and all you did to make things happen. We know God is faithful and will provide all we need!
I wanted to share what a great Expo God gave us in JAX on Saturday, April 16th. The weather reports were not promising but with the exception of a brief 5 minute shower, God kept us all dry and the blessings flowing.
In fact, 400 hamburgers and 200 hot dogs were served to the over 480 attendees this year and we received several items to be shipped to Belize including two REHAB power chairs!
Attached is a photo collage so you can see the smiles and joy God’s presence brought to our 7th outreach in JAX and 32nd Expo overall!
We had our 3rd annual Big Wheel Deal wheelchair basketball fundraiser in CFL this past Saturday and for the 1st time it was a not just a game but a tournament. In fact, we we had nearly 50 players in all including those who normally use wheelchairs and those who don’t mixed on each of the 4 teams!
We were also blessed with nearly 40 volunteers who served popcorn, pizza, cotton candy and snow cones, took pictures, sold AL apparel and manned our ministry INFO and pledge table as well as helped things run smoothly on the administration side of things. There was even an appearance by the AL mascot “I Kan” garoo keeping the fans, MC and referees on their toes.
The championship game featured the presentation of the colors by the Edgwater High School ROTC following our opening prayer and then our national anthem was sung by Detective Duane Hunt from the Ocoee Police. Homemade trophies and prize baskets were awarded afterwards including special items for those who participated in the halftime free throw contest for folks living with disabilities.
A photo collage is below so you can see the smiles and some of the action. :)