A vision that stems from emPOWERed Legacies identifying a need, taking action, cultivating healing and celebrating life in a Jesus focused way...is now, here!
Faith.Hope.Love is housed at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Bartow, FL. Under the discipleship of Pastors Dr. Lanelle Pickett Sr., Dr. Kenneth Stephens, Elder Albert Truedell, Minister Leroy Joe Jr., and Dr. Richard Harris; this ministry serves to be the hands and feet of Jesus for a community impacted by HIV/AIDS through awareness, education and action. The goal is to unite faith communities in Polk County, FL in active and engaged prayer, service and action empowering people living with HIV.
"Beat the Heat" Blessing Bags
Many individuals utilize public transportation or walk to the Specialty Care Unit that provides services of health, case management and labs. Since often times appointments run long, it's difficult to avoid rain storms during hurricane season or the sun when the humidity is at it's highest. We often collect for those to avoid being cold in the winter, but we at FHL desire to actively work in sun exposure prevention that impacts medications some may take, lowering risk of skin cancer and preventing dehydration in the hot Florida weather. Join us in collecting the following items for case managers to distribute to their clients:
umbrellas, deodorant, refillable water bottles, non-perishable snacks, socks, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, ponchos, drawstring or wide strap backpacks, reflective tape, stress relief kits*, water, first aid kits, crossword puzzles, small novels, hand towels, mosquito repellant, cards of encouragement
*Stress Relief Kits are symbolic items to help a person destress when having a rough day. With a card explaining each item included in a small bag:
an eraser (to start over when things didn't go right), a penny (so you'll never be broke), a string (so you can tie things together when they fall apart), a hug/kiss chocolate (to remind you that someone cares), feather (to lighten your heavy load), marble (in case people think you've lost yours), rubber band (to stretch when you think you can't go another minute).
Place these items in a backpack or collect them individually. Contact our Legacy Champion, Miss emPOWERed through our contact page to make arrangements for pickup until we finalize drop off locations. Thank you!
Feel free to share what we're collecting along with drop off information by downloading the flyer!
Newsletter: The Remembe(red)
A lot happens in the HIV community regarding advocacy, science, disclosure, education, and prevention. This quarterly newsletter serves to bring those important topics to the church community framed in an easy to understand way to help congregations truly begin an active response in support of all people living with HIV through saturating them in prayer. Each quarter, the newsltetter will:
- highlight local, state and global updates to target those of ALL nations (Mattthew 28:19-20),
- provide information on awareness days & upcoming events like the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS (March 5-11, 2017)
- spotlight someone that has passed away from HIV/AIDS that contributed to the bettering and healing of the community of people living with HIV/AIDS