Well this 27th day of October has been a true blessing in so many ways and i wanna take this time to reflect back and bring all of the readers up to date.We cant thank our supporters enough for all the in kind donations ,and we would like everyone to know the 87% of our funding is solely on direct families and businesses.Lets move on October has been a whirl wind of events and im sure to miss a few that's why i encourage to view the slide show as well as check out our Facebook page.Well this year Mid Fla. credit union has partnered up with us to celebrate the HIGHEST ACHIEVER. In doing so Mid Fla has partnered with the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce and every high achiever will receive a invite to the monthly luncheon with their parents and favorite teacher/mentor. The student will be recognized at the luncheon and a short bio will be read ,as well as receive a check for 50.00 and a engraved plaque which will remain on the wall at the ministry( ps did i mention the student gets to leave school early)..Well we are proud to announce the September winner(drum roll) And the winner is....Khalise Defretias a 6th grade student whom has excelled above and beyond not only in the classroom but in the community as well,she maintains a 3.5 GPA and also would love to attend Yale. Her ambition is to become a pediatrician. Congratulations and thank you for allowing us to mentor you. As some of you may or may not know FCA is now having a big presence in Highlands County ..fellowship of christian athletes is a organization that has been around for 60 years and to partner with them is very humbling,On Oct.8th they held a event called fields of faith ,it was at a neutral site the high school baseball field, over 175 students were in attendance and some dedicated their life to the Lord..after the call we took a group of students and had a small group and i simply asked if any student was plugged into a local youth group..much to my dismay out of the 27 students only 3 were actually attending.That led me to ask WHY?....One teenage girl blurted out"im mad at GOD"!! Im sure most of you know this led to a sidebar and letting this young girl know its OK to be mad at GOD,and HE still loves you and wants nothing more than a loving relationship with you. As we continue reaching out to our local students more often than not we are blown away at the parents whom are more curious about this loving GOD>We get the question more than i like to hear.."why do you guys do this" my/our response is always the same..we don't ..GOD does!!OK praying your still with me ..on Oct 17th we were so blessed to have a missionary couple from Belize come speak on relationships with our students and WOW the kids got a earful we are so thankful for Jeff Alswoth and his wife Shira and we ask that you lift them up in your prayer time.....Well as passionate as we can get concerning our youth here in little ol Lake Placid we recently called on the board of education to re-write a rule that lets student fall to far behind but yet have the privilege to play sports, i wont rant and ill let you contact me for more info. OK so now its time for the end of the year and that means great food and fellowship,smiling faces and pretty dresses right? As we roll into the holidays remember those who are less fortunate...please remember because of foolish choices some parents make lets not fall victim to blaming or punishing the kids.We are called to unite the body and be the hands and feet of Our Lord
On September 27th we had the priviledge of taking 40 students and 7 leaders to a community/church day on the campus,the day started early as we all assembled at STR8 UP at 6:00am and boarded the bus headed to BCU. As we drove thru Daytona the youth were excited at the speedway and just being in a different setting.Once at BCU we made our way to our first stop whuch was recieving BCU t-shirts and then to the state of the art cafeteria for a hot breakfeast eggs,grits,bacon,sausage,french toast,fruit and muffins. The tour started shortly after breakfeast and the rich history of how Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune held on to her faith and built this great college,now a university. Envision the late Dr. mary Mcleod Bethune in a dump in Daytona Beach Fl. taking whatever she can find to provide something for students to write on and sit on. Imagine the stench of the landfill,but also imagine her tenacity to do what she felt was her mantra."ENTER TO LEARN DEPART TO SERVE''. Several students had questions during the tour and the kindness from the underclassmen whom led the tour were very profound. After our tour we took a group photo in front of Ms. Bethunes statue and then assembled to the PAC center for a pep rally which had our kids dancing in their seats. at 2pm we were back on the bus for our trip to the football stadium and we were greeted with music and a tail gate festival,we had the privledge of cheering on the BCU players as they excited the bus all dressed up in BCU formal attire.At 3:30 we made our way into the stadium for what turned out to be a barn burner of a game 34-33 BCU won and what a game it was. On the way home we made a pit stop to Mcdonalds and every student got to eat. we arrived back in L.P. at 10:30pm and the youth were quick to mention how much fun they had.
Thursday night 3:30 to 5pm come and witness the "BUT GOD" story of Edner "cherry bomb" Cherry a local pro boxer,We will be giving away a pair of signed autographed boxing gloves,plus autographed photos and lots more,invite your friends,family and come witness the power of Jesus Christ.
What started out as a morning trip to our local lake with a nieghbor friend of mine in early morning of November 2014 has turned this ol city boy into a full fledged fishing manaic(no pun intended)..Well as i write this blog im still in awe at where the Lord has allowed our ministry to venture to and from. Since that trip in early Nov. (which was the first time for me and my first catch) Ive been HOOKED!! Well as you all know running the day to day operations along with my wife and some awesome volunteers we have partnered up with many local churches,ministries,buisness,companies,foundations,parents and lodges to find solutions in reaching our younger generation. Recently our board of directors approved a deep sea fishing trip in Riveria Beach Fl @ Phil Foster park with www.goodnewsfishing. While watching a fishing channel I saw a segment and called the number, Captain Tony and i chatted for a full hour and lo and behold we set a date for the youth aboard a 30 ft Contender. The youth that were selected was a tough choice because of the number of youth we have and the capacity that we can take on the boat, Dana Telesco (my bride) solved that rather quickly and determined that if the students wanted to contribute and give back to the community then they will be awared a trip of a lifetime. Well with the stanard set we had work to do and our God provided it , living in a community with several elderly folks myself and Dana met kids at the youth house and started doing service projects, We had to pull weeds cut grass, move piles of dirt, trim hedges, move a family in, and all this over summer vacation. Let me not forget to mention that July 25-27 was our Caladium Fest. the youth worked very hard all three days to make sure our town was spotless as the dog days of summer temps reached the mid 90's with the humidity making it feel like 100 degrees.( I will state for the record our t-shirts will not be black next year)...As we approached the last few weeks of summer break our plates were full and we had the pleasure to be blessed with some fun activities,the kids really showed that they wanna be guided and taught, ..As one student said..."summer usually is boring and this summer was a blast" Well as school gets ready to kickoff that means its football season....Well lets go Dragons,so proud of the youth no matter if its youth football or our local middle and high schoolers playing we support and encourage them.Stay tuned because we have some info that might excite you and your youth...A college football game and tour the campus. Do you wanna go? Do you know some youth that will enjoy this??? Ha Ha.dumb question on my part, I leave you with this, if you can go back in time, point to a place in time where you wish you had more conditional LOVE ....TEEN YEARS!! Feel free to sound off, comment, stop by, or call us.
Well as the summer draws to a close,we welcome you to please share some very special dates..August 9th 3pm-8pm @ Lake Placid football field we will be parterning with several area churches and ministries for a community back to school bash,they will have free back pack give a aways, free food ,live performances and much more.....August 15th we will partner with Good News Fishing Ministry in West Palm Beach Fla. for a gospel orienated deep sea fishing adventure......August 16th mentor and dance professional Ms. Jessica Walker will be holding a dance finale at str8 up at 6pm light refreshments wil be available....August 20th is the first day of school!!!!
HEY FOLKS, DUE TO THE CLADIUM FEST (7/25-27) AND OUR MEGA YARD SALE ( 8/1-3 )WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE
NEXT TWO WEEKS FOR STUDENTS, Call with any questions 863~699~1480.