Well its 2015 and yes this is the a blog that is nothing short of a miracle, to be sitting here in our home typing this is a miracle.To everyone who prayed,wrote letters, text,emailed,and left comments on facebook as well as called Dana I THANK YOU VERY MUCH. To come home for Christmas was the best feeling ,to pull up into the ministry on Friday night and get all the hugs from the youth brought me to tears, to come home and read the massive amount of emails and posts was heart wrenching. I have never cried so much in the short 47 yrs i have lived.There is just to many people to list to thank and im so grateful to everyone especially our church family at First Pres...OK so whats in store now....well as the news is all good and im home only because of HIS people crying out I've asked that we all believe the HE is doing miracles everyday and I was one of them...Please wear a bracelet and know that HE loves you....Dana and the board of directors have really rallied and the community stepped up to show the youth things will be ok while this time passes,Saturday was our Christmas party for the youth and bike give away in which a essay had to be written explaining "why I deserve a bike" the winners were very excited and to see the joy was a blessing to us. As all the holidays are gone we are preparing to start construction on our Mid Fla academic/learning center..as well as trying to raise more supporters to keep our doors open. Please help spread the word we need your voice to be heard as to why this ministry is so vital.Please take time out to read Psalm 142:7 it was my cry to HIM and HE delivered!!!
......Yeah you get the picture,WOW thank you Jesus for allowing our eyes to see, and ears to hear the cry from the youth ,pictures don't do this gathering justice..First off thank you ladies for rocking it out for 150 in attendance,thank you so much First Presbyterian for partnering up our youth and leaders to share the love of Christ. Thank you so much to all you who partnered, Board Of Directors, I'm so humbled to be allowed the privilege to work along side my bride and share the love of Christ to the youth and community..Thank you students for showing up and loved watching the octagon game....HMMMM.Gotta give the LPYF Juniors props the boys ....YES DEM BOYZ....beat a tough Orlando team in Haines City, Over 125 screaming Lake Placid fans poured onto the field to show the boys love....Last Saturday we had the privilege to join the team at Golden Corral for a breakfast fit for Super bowl team..The back section was reserved for the team with green and white streamers and balloons, after breakfast the boys and coaches along with several family members met up at STR8 UP...Wow the boys headed to the Super Bowl are hanging at the house relaxing and waiting on the call ..LOAD UP!! As the boys headed out Dana and I took three boys and delivered 40 turkey dinners to those in need,thank you so much First Presbyterian small groups,Post 25 American Legion, New 2 U,..Dana and I took 3 boys to the Super Bowl in Lakeland to cheer our boys on..The final score is not even relevant.. Can i tell you what is??? courage,heart, determination,the boys left it on the field..13-1 overall record..Love the coaches and especially the support from our community...Gotta share this so you can see through my eyes.....Boy wins the Eastern Conf. game the crowd goes nuts, fans pour on the field, cameras going off,selfies taken, and i look over and there is a 11yr old boy glassy eyed and almost looks lost, or perhaps he is..We approach him with a smile and hug and scream your the champs!!!! as i smack him on the shoulder pads the tears stream down his face..I will never forget his hug nor the look in his eyes as if to say THANK YOU ......
Well as I sit here pecking away Im fully content in the state Im in. Dana and the host of board of directors,mentors, as well as the youth have been very busy and have lots to share so this may be scattered but Im sure yall will get it. Please check out our facebook page as well and always remember to leave a comment or complaint we would love to hear from you.Our Mega yard sale went great and the ladies really rocked it out as the setting up and breaking down, Thank you so much to some boys who helped with the deliveries and pick ups...Most of all thank you community for showing up we were able to raise just over 3,500.00 to help off-set our operating costs...speaking of costs im gonna let ya know we need help and wed love to partner with you we are a 5013c and rely solely on donations.I had the oppurtunity to speak at the Highlands County juvy center and i was blessed by the young mens response....We had our High Achiever for Oct. reconized at the Lake Placid Chamber luncheon..Cody Jolley was selected and well deserved he has a whopping 3.8 gpa with his lowest grade a 89 in lang. arts..and as of this writing he now has a 4.0. As the founder of this ministry i cant tell yall enough of how proud we are to be a part of the young peoples lives. Ok lets talk dates...Nov 19th at 5;30 we will have our annual Thanksgiving dinner it will be held at the First Presby fellowship hall, we will have the students fellowship and also make up 30-40 complete boxes to take to the needy in our town,all this is made possible thru the Sons of the American Legion,First Presby small groups, as well as our supporters, On the 22nd we will be celebrating our 2014 Eastern conference Champions the lake placid youth football junior divison 11-12 yr olds..we will travel and scream till the clock shows 0000 and then we will hug on the boys as they bring home the trophy. We will also be closedthe 26th and 27th for Thanksgiving The 29th we will be closed and we will have a super fun day as we prepare to go back to school with a big fun day lake day at the home of the Alstroms, boating,swimming,fishing,bon fire,games and more call for more info.On dec 13th we will hold a 3 on 3 b ball tournament.
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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.