Entrepreneur Spotlight: Chelsea Olson
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If you had told a 16 year-old me that one day I would quit my stable, full-time marketing position to pursue my own hand lettering business, I probably would have been in awe and
responded with “dang, that’s awesome!” Pursuing my own business endeavors has always been my dream. I don’t think I truly realized the challenges that would come with that dream
but I would rather be in pursuit of what I love than living in mediocracy wondering “what if?”

A few years ago, I was at my best friend’s house when we decided to break out some canvases to paint. I couldn’t figure out what to paint on mine so I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. I found a hand lettered bible verse that I decided to copy for my canvas and I was immediately hooked. I had no intentions of sharing my hand-lettering with anyone, let alone pursuing it as a business opportunity. My family & friends encouraged me to share my work, but I just kept making excuses because I was so scared. At that point, I was still working at my full-time job and they sent me to a creative conference in Dallas, TX called the Circles Conference. While I was there, one of the speakers said something that changed everything for me: “People will only value your work as much as you do.” That was my turning point. I wasn’t placing value on my work or myself. So I hand lettered that speaker’s quote, posted it on myInstagram and made the decision to pursue this.

Even though I had made the decision to pursue lettering, I was still dealing with insecurities. I didn’t study art in college or take any art classes ever. I just decided to try something one day and roll with it. There was a fear of being known as a fraud for trying to pursue something that I didn’t have a background in, whatsoever. There was a fear that people wouldn’t respond well to what I had created. There was an even bigger fear that no one would even care.

When I posted my work, I received amazing feedback. Before I knew it, people were requesting hand lettered signs from me. There were brides needing wedding signs, moms needing nursery signs and photographers wanting to use my work for styled shoots. I was taken aback! The response that I received was mind blowing. The fears that I had wrestled with started to dissipate as I realized that this had the possibility of becoming something bigger than I could have ever imagined. Had I allowed my fears to take control & cripple my pursuit, I would have lived with a lot of “what if’s.”

My relationship with the Lord is the most important component of my life. Easy? Not so much. Necessary? Without a doubt. So when I was seriously considering pursuing my lettering as a business, the first thing I did was pray about it. I remember talking to God and saying if this isn’t going to honor you, I don’t want anything to do with it. I needed God to be at the center of my business or I wasn’t going to take it any further. There is something so refreshing about knowing that God is in control over my life and knowing that He was in control over this gave me such a sense of peace.

After a while, I got burnt out. I was balancing a full-time job with my side hustle of hand-lettering and it was exhausting. I was constantly on the go but wasn’t taking care of myself. So I had to make the extremely difficult decision of putting my hand-lettering business on hold. It hurt to let go of the passion that I had waited so long to find, but there really wasn’t much of an option. I stopped lettering for about a year and it was one of the most difficult years that I have faced. I didn’t have the same passion at my full-time job that I did when I was creating. I was more discouraged in my abilities than I had ever been. It wasn’t a healthy situation for me. The opportunity to quit my full-time job became an option at the end of that year. Quitting was a huge risk but I ultimately decided to leave. When the day came for me to put in my two week notice, the fear began to creep again. I would ask myself “What if I just need to stick it out a little longer? What if things change? What if I’m making a horrible decision?” I recalled another quote that I had heard, “you’re only one risk away from a totally different reality.” What if this decision opened up the door to new possibilities? What if this decision was the best thing that I could do for myself? So I mustered up the confidence to go into my boss’s office and I quit.

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Here I am, 3 months later after making that decision and I’m not going to lie, things aren’t going completely as I expected. It’s been a slower start than I had anticipated and doubt is becoming an all too familiar a battle for me. But I am finding that this time has been a growing season for me. Even having the opportunity to sit here and write out this blog post is reminding my heart of how this all came to be and why I started. I believe that God gave me my passion for creating and I believe that He works through that to speak, teach and guide me. He’s constantly reminding me to keep Him at the center of all that I do.

 If you are interested in purchasing Chelsea's products, you can visit  https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChelseaOlsonLetters

If you are interested in purchasing Chelsea's products, you can visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChelseaOlsonLetters

It’s amazing to have a passion for something. It took me a little while to find mine, but it was well worth the wait. God has gifted each of us with our own creative abilities and He can use
that in the most unexpected of ways. For me, it started out with an arts & crafts day with my best friend but God totally shook my world with that because that’s what He’s capable of doing.

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"What Living A Life Full Of Thankfulness Can Do For You"

We have made it! Almost through 2017 and we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite times of the year because we are literally told to live a life full of gratitude and thankfulness for all that we have. We may hear the following sayings from our friends and family:

"This past year has been pretty tough, but I have made it through!"

"Only a few more months to accomplish my goals of 2017!"

"I have gone almost 11 months doing ___________ and I never thought it was possible!"

"For the last year, I have been able to keep from eating bad and I feel great!"

"We have lost some amazing people this year but their memories live on in our lives!"

"I have taken new steps of faith and trust and they have been amazing!"

"Speed bumps this year only slowed me down to appreciate all the beautiful things around me!"

"The things I have struggled with for years I have been freed from this year!"

"Some things I failed at this year but look at how many things I succeeded in!"

Above are just a few things that I have personally said, in one way or another this year. I have been hospitalized twice, lost two family members, was in a relationship and then out of one, my car was hit while it was parked, I was on 6 hours of IV for 10 days and I'm pretty sure I have walked through 15 pairs of shoes.

 
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I want to encourage you all that we can look at the things we went through this year that were difficult and there is nothing wrong with that; we are simply stating what is. But what is important it that we learn to focus on the things that have been amazing through it all! Every difficult situation can be seen as an opportunity for light to shine through as we learn to have trust, faith, surrender and love if we just learn to switch our perspectives and thank God for all He is doing.

One sad thing that I see all around me is that people spend so much time blaming God for everything that is from the devil.

Jesus said, "I have come to give life, the enemy (devil) has come to steal, kill and destroy."

When we look at life and all that is going on in our world, we must know that some things that happen, happen not always because of God's allowing but because we live in a world where people are influenced by one of two things, Good or Evil.

I pray that we learn to look at all the blessings, gifts, the things that bring life, including life itself and we focus on thanking Our Father God for all of this! He is the Creator and the one who has given you all you need. And when we walk away, through Jesus, He says, "Come back to me, I will provide the life that you need."

As I look back on the past year, it is not with a pessimistic view and I pray yours is not either.

Let me show you what my list for 2017 DOES NOT say:

> Had a failed relationship

> Almost died

> Lost all my balance and had to learn to walk balanced again

> Had to say goodbye to my Gran and my uncle who I will not ever see again

> Dealt with medical insurance and medical bills of over $70k

> Failed my yearly pushup challenge for a few months

> Had to buy lots of new shoes

Now Let me show you what my list for 2017 DOES say (get pumped):

> Met some amazing people this year and made some amazing friends

> Overcame my fear of flying and flew 14 different times

> Had a chance to visit a bunch of cities for the first time

> Fed over 1,000 homeless people

> Handed out around 50 pairs of shoes and socks to homeless people in San Diego

> Learned to play guitar and sing

> Had an opportunity to read at my Grans funeral and encourage my family members

> Prayed with my Uncle Danny for peace before he passed away

> Did over 3,000 pushups

> Started a Nonprofit

> Began working on another business

> Am making more then I ever have

> Saw $70k of medical bills turned in less then $1k, Thank You Jesus!

Okay honestly, this list could go on for hours. What I want you to see is that there is so much life in Thanksgiving and having a grateful heart. The world at times wants to leave us in a comparison state of wondering "Why is my life not like their life?" Remember what it said earlier, what Jesus said? He comes to give life and the enemy comes to bring death. Please do not succumb to the lies of the world.

You do not need a bigger house. You do not need a nicer car. You do not need more money. You do not need to have what everyone else has.

What you do need, is to know the love of Our Father shown through Jesus. Know that you are loved! You are treasured! You are adorned! You are forgiven! You are set free! You are chosen! You are wanted! The Holy Spirit will speak these things into our hearts every morning, all day, if we step back and just listen. Read the Bible, know the truth of who you are!

Hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving and I pray you live in a constant state of Thankfulness for all the things you have been blessed with! Love you guys!

 

 

 

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"Mission 108: Nonprofit Fighting Human Trafficking" by Brittany Ross

Hi ATFCM readers!

I’m so pleased to be writing to you. I’ve known about you and the tribe that Steve has lead for months now and I’ve been praying for you since I heard about the movement.

I’m Brittany Ross, Founder and CEO of the non profit, Mission 108. I am a full time wife, activist for the vulnerable, and part time speaker, writer, and world traveler.

I married my high school sweetheart, former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and current free agent. Any baseball fans out there?! We’ve been married for seven years and together for 12. He is the love of my life and the reason I am able to pursue my dreams.

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We were born and raised in Kentucky. And now we live the adventurous life of the MLB. Last year we lived in Florida, Boston, and Kentucky. Now as we take on this new adventure of free agency and awaiting a new team, we are in Kentucky for the off season. We will see where we move to next! We move at minimum three times per year. Traveling has been my greatest teacher and reward. I’m so blessed to be able to travel the country with Robbie as he plays baseball, and the world as I work to empower women and children, fight human trafficking, and teach young men how to be advocates for those they love.

Mission 108 is a 501c(3) anti human trafficking and human rights organization. We support aftercare and prevention programs all over the world. We currently have partners in India, and the U.S and have done work in Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Africa. My heart is heavy for vulnerable populations. With women and children being at the top of the list for victims of human trafficking, I get to spend a lot of time with incredible survivors who have taught me what it means to overcome and choose joy. We support a safe house program in northern India. This safe house is our longest and strongest partner. Because India leads the world in human trafficking, we knew laying roots and supporting locals on the front lines was exactly what Mission 108 needed to do. We take teams to visit the safe home and explore a new culture in India learning alongside those that fight this darkness everyday. Our partners are some of the strongest light makers in the world.

All of this started several years ago, recognizing a need for connection among the homeless community in our hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. We spent several years learning and serving homeless men and women in Central Kentucky when three years ago the doors open to branch my passion for doing short term missions well with working with the vulnerable. My journey led me to Uganda to work with hard working women that were supporting families despite the rising human trafficking rates in the area. From that trip forward, I spent all my time learning about human trafficking and from there grew a small tribe of people that had the same vision.  My first trip to India did something inside my soul that words can’t describe. I was undone by the heaviness of human trafficking, but also by the way God was clearly and evidentially working in northern India. Our motto in the first years was and continues to be these two things: “We Belong To Each Other.” And go to the places that miracles exist.

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We Belong To Each Other is our tag line. We are all just walking each other home. Our job as humans is to love. The human experience can be completely described as desiring to love and be loved. Every decision we make at Mission 108 is first covered in, through, and by love.

We are surrounded by miracles daily. We joke with each other that either everything in life is a miracle or nothing is at all. Of course, we believe everything is miraculous. Life is covered in the divinity of the Trinity. We are just thrilled that God invites us into that every single day. And the first step is just bearing witness to His precious miracles. To wake up each morning and know miracles begin and end within the lives of those that we see, touch, and talk to daily. We don’t have to go far to find the miracles. The people we share meals with, the ones that sleep in our homes, work with us, go to school with us, are all on purpose. They are your miracle.

Beyond that, nature, sunshine, music, so many things God gives us are miracles. We’ve been lucky to experience both the everyday miracles and the supernatural. We’ve seen the healing power of Jesus at work in India and we will keep returning until slavery doesn’t exist.

My hope for Mission 108 and for all of you is that we recognize the miracle that our lives are. Teaching people their value is a huge part of mission 108’s work. When people ask me what does a woman in India and a woman in America have in common, I always say we all long to be seen and known, heard and loved. Connection. We long to belong. When we all come to terms with how much the Father loves and adores us, we then have everything we need to go and tell others how much the Father loves and adores them. My goal is just to empower those that have been considered voiceless. What I love about A Time For Change movement is that it gives power back to the powerless. It’s a reminder that there is no such thing as a voiceless person. Every person has a story. I’d be thrilled to know yours.

You can connect with me, tell me your story, send us some encouragement, inquire about a mission trip, and/or donate to our cause by emailing:
 

Founder:
Brittanyross@mission108.com

General questions:
Info@mission108.com

Partnerships:
Courtney@mission108.com

Or go to our website at:
http://www.mission108.com/

I can’t wait to meet you!

Love,
BAR

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"A Mothers Hope In Times of Uncertainty" by Jessica Hanson
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My whole life I had a dream of being a mother, just as many other young girls daydream about. That day finally came for my husband and me! Our story is far from what I ever expected it would be like.

E was diagnosed at 20 weeks in utero with Congenital Heart Disease. I had never heard of babies having CHD and I had never felt so defeated and terrified in my life. Not only did she have heart disease, but she was also diagnosed with Heterotaxy syndrome, a syndrome only 1 in 10,000 babies have. I went through many stages of emotions: anger, confusion, immense sadness, happiness that she was still alive. After visiting a cardiologist to receive a final and official diagnosis, E had 8 heart defects and she was given a less than 25% of surviving to term. Every day with E thriving in my belly was a miracle. Weeks passed and E got more and more active.

With every kick I literally thanked Jesus. I had always been close with God, but this just brought my faith in Him to a level I had never experienced. I called upon Him probably 100 times a day and would ask Him two specific things: to let His will be done and to allow my baby to be a walking testimony to his power and love. I also prayed that if he chose to take her from me, to prepare me and give me the strength I would need. The only thing that gave me an ounce of hope my entire pregnancy was clinging to the faith I had, knowing no matter what God would take care of our baby. God decided it was time for E to enter this world and she was born at 31 weeks.

After an 8 month hospital stay and a heart transplant at 5 months old, today I watch my baby girl playing on the floor babbling and saying the beloved word every mother dreams to hear: "momma." There's not a day that goes by that I hesitate to think that the only reason my daughter is here today is because of our almighty God. Without my love and faith in Him, that he'd protect my baby and allow her to truly be a walking testimony, I'm not sure E would have survived.

The things she endured while in the hospital are truly unbelievable unless you understand the medical world. On a daily basis she had respiratory struggles because of her premature lungs and her enlarged heart that was pressing against her lungs, leaving almost no room for her lungs to do their job. E was able to fight through a brain bleed, a stroke, several breathing tubes, seizures, heart catheters, and so much more.

If I listed all she has been through, I'd have an entire book written! What's important to understand is that without pressing into the Lord and truly giving every ounce of my being to Him and allowing him to completely take control, our outcome would be different. I remember the day I told God to take everything and anything from me, that I give my all to him. I had confidence that I knew He was hearing me and that my prayer would be fulfilled.

With my whole heart I continue to give myself to Him knowing that he will continue to bless me as His daughter because I have committed to Him as my Heavenly Father.

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Refined Through The Fire

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you." 
(1 Peter 4:12 ESV)

Within the past three months I have had infections and pains in the only eye I can see out of (blind in the left one), horrible pains in my heart (physical not emotional), issues with my knees and shoulders, horrible pain in half of my teeth (I brush them I promise), flulike symptoms and this past weekend I lost my voice right before I was supposed to speak to raise funds for my outreach.

The reason I am writing all of this is because when you go against the world and seek to bring the Kingdom of God (Heaven) to Earth, their will be opposition. The enemy does not want to see people knowing they are loved for, cared for, etc. He wants people stuck in the fear of not being able to pay bills, feelings of being alone forever, often rekindling of past mistakes that bring shame. But the reality is YOU ARE:
LOVED
ADORED
TREASURED
FORGIVEN

All by our loving God and Father. Through Jesus Christ, we have been forgiven and set free from sin, shame, fear, worry, self doubt, etc. We have been given compassion, love, patience, peace, freedom, and so much more amazingness. The second part of this verse says: "But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed." So REJOICE!

I hope you know this and realize the fiery trials/struggles/obstacles you are facing are not for no reason. God is refining you through Fire. Keep running to Him and know how much our Heavenly Father loves you. In the name of Jesus Christ, YOU ARE SET FREE! AmenRefin

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"From Weak to Warrior" By Jeri Hollingsworth

Hi, my name is Jeri Hollingsworth, I'm 24 years and I'm from Saint Augustine, Florida. I've recently started my own fitness journey, where I've been transformed mentally and physically and I would love to share my story.

My story begins earlier than this, but a catalyst in the journey happens July 4th, 2017. I was invited to a party, and I was getting ready for the day and felt like breaking down. None of my clothes fit, and I was super embarassed. I didn't feel confident in anything and I almost didn't go to the party, but there was a purpose for me going and I didn't know there was one until a few days later. I had fun at the party but in the back of my mind, I was super uncomfortable. At the end of the party, I was hanging out with a friend and he mentioned his sister locked herself out of the house and she was going to have drive 45 minutes away to come get the key from him. I wanted to wait so I could see his sister, it had been a few years since I had seen her. She had previously been my health coach about 2.5 years ago for a short time. I got to see Maiya briefly, and it was great to see her.

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In today's society, when you want to see what's going on with someone you usually check their Facebook feed, right? Well the next day I went to check out her Facebook and Maiya had one motivational post after another, and I was super inspired. Next thing I know it's 1 am and I can't stop scrolling down her Facebook. Then, it hit me. If anyone can get me out of my dark times and help me lose weight, its her. Honestly, at the time I didn't understand why I had let myself go. After self reflecting, I was really depressed. I had a dream of joining the military and I was told because I have hypothyroidism it will never be a reality for me. Someone telling you that a dream of yours will never come true is soul crushing. Now, I realize I didn't know how to cope with that. There was nothing I could change about my situation so I let myself go down a sad, hopeless road. The road soon came to an end though.

So, it was about 1 am and I texted Maiya. I told her I needed her and I was ready to get started, and if anyone can help me- it's her. Maiya was glad I reached out to her and invited me to Flagler Nutrition a few days later. We connected, and she asked me what my goals were. I told her I wanted to lose 40-50 pounds and I wanted to feel confident in my own skin. I was confident she would help me transform my physical being, but I had no idea she would give me the tools to become a happier me.

We got me started on a program, and next thing I know I'm showing up to the club every day to hang out and have a shake. I was down on myself, so my verbage was very self deprecating and negative and everyone was always lifting me up and next thing I know... when people ask me how I'm doing.. I wasn't saying "Okay" anymore. I was saying "GREAT!" I did feel great. I had insane energy, people even at work were noticing. I use to just get through the day so I could get back to bed.

So, two weeks went by of me staying consistent on the products and changing my eating habits and I had lost 8 pounds!!! I was amazed. I did that!! Soon after, I was seeing all the amazing positive responses I was getting on social media and Maiya encouraged me to become a coach. I was hesitant at first because I was still on my own personal journey and didn't think people would want help from me, but I decided it would be a positive thing and why not take on the challenge. 

Then, the gym became my best friend. I always dreaded going, I felt like I was going to be judged but I put those feelings aside and grew to love going to the gym. I couldn't wait to go now. So, I had been on my journey a month now. I weighed in and I had lost a total of 14 pounds! I was floored. Talk about a whole new level of inspiration! It was crazy how changing my daily habits, and putting in the effort in to go to the gym had drastically changed my life. I was addicted to seeing new results. So, in the gym I decided I was going to do more cardio. A person who could barely walk 10 minutes on the treadmill in the past was walking 30-40 minutes every day now. Little victories like that keep me inspired daily. I thought to myself one day in the car, "if I can do it, anyone can!" 

The 2 month mark of my journey came, and I got back on the scale. Who would have thought I would be excited to step on the scale?? I was once again shocked my own results. I had lost an additonal six pounds, making that a total of 20 pounds! I ON MY OWN HAD LOST 20 POUNDS IN TWO MONTHS? Talk about a proud moment. There are so many moments now where I just think about how different my life is. I use to sleep until 2pm on my days off from work, and now I get up before my alarm and go to the gym, walk the Vilano Bridge. It's so funny to think about that. Now, I want that for others. I know how horrible it is to feel unhappy in your own skin and I have a mission to help others like I was helped. No one should not want to leave their house because of how they feel. 

I'm still on my journey, but I am loving every step of the way these days. The beautiful part is I am just getting started. I would like to say thank you Steve Meehan for reaching out and giving me this opportunity. Thank you.

 

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The Groom Who Blesses Homeless People On His Wedding Day

This past weekend, I was absolutely blessed to be a part of one of my best friends from colleges' wedding. Throughout the years, I have seen Jesus changing his life in every way imaginable. His name is Spencer and over the past few years, we just bounce encouragements back and forth, of how we should be leaning our hearts more into loving Jesus and people. One afternoon, as we were moving things around in his car, I saw a bag of clothes, he said, "Steve, I would really like to help the homeless. I have a bunch of clothes and I have a gold and a silver watch that I want to bless someone with!"

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Spencer knows my life and what I do and it was beautiful hearing and seeing his heart for homeless people; we were of the same Spirit and it was amazing. On the morning of his Wedding Day, we took a drive to the local grocery store to get some coffee and bacon. I mean, who starts a Wedding Day off without these two? Crazy, I know. As we were driving home, we passed a man sitting on the side of the parking lot. He had a sign but was not waving it. We drove past him and Spencer stopped the car, looked at me and said, "Steve, we're gonna bless that guy today!" He turned the car around and we parked right next to the spot where he had been sitting.

He opened his trunk, grabbed the gold watch, the bag of clothes and walked over to the man. "Hey, my name is Spencer and today, we are going to bless you!" Before we knew it, the man was tearing up. He explained what he was doing and actually handed us a pamphlet to invite us to church. What an amazing thing. We thought we were going to be blessing this man, and he would receive it, but he was actually very concerned about us knowing the love of Jesus. What a beautiful, selfless person he was. We were of a kindred Spirit and the love and compassion he was showing us was amazing.

After talking for a few minutes, I introduced myself. The man shook our hands and said, "My name is Ted." Ted. The name for the man who was blessing us in a way he may have been unaware of. Spencer and Ted talked for a while about life and things that they were a part of. Work. Cities they lived in. Getting married in a few hours. There was talk of surfing, traveling and life yet the general theme of the talk was centered on the love of Jesus Christ and what He has done in all of our lives and how we can help others out! I do not think Spencer could have asked for a greater experience to happen a few hours before his wedding occurred.

One of the greatest things about this life is that we have the opportunity to love one another and in doing this, we come to know the love of Our Heavenly Father so much more! When I step out and learn about someones past and hear the current position of their heart, I am blown away by happens when we understand how loved we are. Jesus came to do this! Jesus did not walk this earth to point fingers! Jesus did not come to just walk the Earth, die and disappear. Jesus came to reveal the heart of the Father and true truth of our hearts. He helps us know our worth and seeks to restore the value back into our lives; to help us understand how our Creator and God sees us, loves us and seeks to know us. We can focus on the world and in what we do not have but the reality is that with Jesus we have everything!

May we learn to hold onto Jesus with all we have but not as consumers looking to be blessed but as people who sincerely love Him and worship and desire to talk with Him. That we would speak but more importantly that we would take the time to listen to the one who loves us with a love that words cannot even come close to describing!

I have always thought that by my blessing someone, there lives would be influenced. But what happens when you bless someone who wants to bless you as well? There is an explosion of love and a Heavenly experience occurs that I believe God wants us to see all over! This is why we are to encourage one another, serve one another and most of all, love one another. So go out, love and bless someone today. I guarantee it will affect your heart and your life and your spirit and soul in such amazing ways that only God truly knows! Love you!

 

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A TIME FOR CHANGE MOVEMENT NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2017
 

Every month I will be sending out updates, stories and plans for future endeavors in regards to the outreach. I seek to encourage and keep you informed on what I am doing each month.

 
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What Happened in July?

 

Wow! What an amazing summer we have had. This past month, we fed around 60 people but I was able to go over to El Salvador with a group of physical therapists, occupational therapists nurses and paramedics, and over 500 people were treated!

> During our time in El Salvador, we had a chance to see people with back problems, knee problems, rashes, burns, colds, coughs. Some even had issues of nonstop bleeding and issues with their sight. We had chances to pray with many!

 
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Meet J.R.

Meet JR. You can't see his face but most of the time you would not be able to. We met when he was sitting on the side of 52nd or 53rd and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. JR usually had his head down and it is stuffed in the hood of his coat. When I got to talking to him, I asked him how he got to where he was. He did not smell of alcohol or seem to be dealing with any addictions to drugs. "I was in a really bad marriage and I wanted to divorce my wife. I moved from California to Pennsylvania for her. All of my stuff was taken from me in the divorce." JR spoke about how he had started a painting business when he made the move but his ex-wife took everything from him.

I gave JR a sandwich but what occurred to me, pretty simply, was that he was not hungry as much as lonely and depressed. He was missing happiness and seemed to be missing life. If you ever come across JR, one of the things I came to know is that he really likes Arizona Iced Tea's, specifically the one with the grape flavor. There is a Duane Reade on practically every corner in Midtown Manhattan, it should not be hard to find one for him if you meet him. We talked for a bit and I said to JR, "I'll be back to see you tomorrow." The next day, I walked around to look for JR but I never found him. I used Duane Reade as my point of reference but I could not find him.

The next day, I decided to search for him one more time. Being very sure of the corner he was sitting at, I went back. Woo! There was JR! Sitting on his crate, holding this sign. When I approached him, I shouted, "JR!" He looked up, as if no one had said his name in years. He said, "I have been out here for three years and you are the only person who said they would come back and ever did!" Honestly, as I rewrite this story, I am almost in tears. It touched my heart but it also is heart breaking knowing some people truly feel alone in their life. In a world of 7.5 billion people, many may still feel alone!

Please be praying for JR that he would believe in himself again and walk into a new life. A lot of times, we need to have hope restored into our lives and minds. He has been so broken and I believe that Jesus is the only one who will reach far enough into his life to restore everything! Lord, please restore life to JR and I pray for anyone out there who is alone and lonely, that you would send more people to surround them and show them how loved they truly are!" Amen.

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August was another amazing month! The Movement of love is growing and lives are being touched in coming to know Jesus and by coming in contact with other people who want to serve and show compassion.

There are a few leaders that may be starting a once a month outreach in their areas in September, please be praying for the following areas and their leaders:
> Brazil (Rio, Brasilia and Sao Paulo)
> Orlando, Florida
> Jacksonville, Florida
> Johnson City, Tennessee
> Long Island, New York
> Manhattan, New York

WE ARE STARTING A YOUTH GROUP NEXT WEEK!

My friend Heather and I are starting a Youth Group this week. Every other Wednesday, we will be doing a Bible study to help High School students in the Jacksonville, Florida area grow closer and to know the love of Jesus through a relationship with Him. As of now, we have around 12 students who will be in attendance. Last night, I spoke to one student and he said, "Me and So-And-So were taking about how we both think we need to start a Bible club with Steve and grow closer with God again!!!! (exclamation points added for extreme awesomeness)" Wow!

Please be praying for Bartram High School as that is the school we are reaching out to. Please be praying for the students, the parents and the staff at the school. Last year when I joined up, we started doing Young Life Youth Group there, and during this time students were asking to be baptized but at the same time, there were over 5 bomb threats within the first semester. Amazing things are happening but we do at times see opposition. However, Jesus is alive! And we are so excited to share that. Prayers for protection and for the students to keep pushing forward in their faith!
 

Won't you join us as we seek to change this world?

 

What we are asking for is prayers from you all! Please be praying for:
> The hearts of the people we are reaching, that they would come to know Jesus and receive His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness
> For nothing but the love of God and His compassion to be the driving force of this Movement
> Guidance from the Holy Spirit in all we do
> That we would always seek to remain and trust in Jesus for all of our needs
> For a continued increase in volunteers and workers
> The hearts of donors, as they help us in providing the finances to grow this outreach
> Doors to open. The past month we have applied to a few grants. I am believing for opportunity to arise with the increase in support
> For the locals in El Salvador (who we were able to treat) for healing and deliverance from the sickness and oppression they deal with.
> For the new mothers and those families who are expecting children, for their health and protection.
> Please be praying for those affected by all of the Hurricanes, especially those in Houston, Texas.

 

**We will be sending out our next email at the end of September/beginning of October. We welcome all to the Movement and if you would like to get in touch, please visit us online at:
 

http://www.atimeforchangemovement.com/
 

As this month has gone on, I have come to realize how busy I have made myself and have not allowed as much time as in the past to just spend talking with Jesus. I pray that we all can do this daily! That we would come to Him, speak and learn to listen to His loving words. May we all drink from His eternal living water.  That we, like the Samaritan woman at the well, would seek to daily drink from the Everlasting Water Jesus provides and we will never be thirsty again! Bless you all!



Steve Meehan
Founder & President
 

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What an amazing year we have had! There not only are homeless people hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, but people are desiring to come out more often and volunteer. What God is doing in peoples lives, the selflessness in this world is absolutely amazing! Seeing the hearts of these people together, connecting the homeless and the volunteers, is such a beautiful thing. No longer will we allow financial struggles, addictions, mental disorders or any other type of physical, mental or spiritual indifference stand in the way of the ways we will be loving one another. Jesus' love is the one uniting us. Thank you Jesus!!!

 
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"Yes, You Can Overcome Anything!" By Sam Eaton

The sweet aroma of fresh vomit wafted throughout the already pungent gym air as I sat huddled over a small black office trash can. It was 2011 and I had just joined my local Lifetime Fitness and barely survived my “not mandatory but I’ll put you down for Monday” free personal training session.

Throughout my four years of college, I, like many people, started about fifteen different workout routines and stuck to one… two… none of them. Looking back I can see one big underlying problem with my poorly executed workout fads: a deep-rooted belief that I couldn’t do it.

As I sat back up and wiped the lingering throw-up liquid from my face, several steroid junkies sneered in my direction. I HAD to stick to this. I HAD to change. I had spent too many years attempting to move the mountain with no success. Now, equipped with the proper workout routine and my new fitness navigator “Chad,” I was sure to succeed.

“I had spent too many years attempting to move the mountain with no success.”

Spoiler alert: I failed. I did great for a few weeks and then stopped. And failed again. I started a great running routine and then stopped.

Fail, fail, fail, fail, fail, fail, fail.

Fail.

Yet, one thing had drastically changed since college – my attitude. This time I was insanely resolved to keep getting up every time I dropped a barbell on my foot or loudly slipped off the pull-up bar (two things that definitely never happened to me). This time, I stared up at the mountain and, while majorly out of breath, sprinted past my fear.

Within five minutes of turning on any Christian radio station, you’re almost guaranteed to hear a cliché hook over a happy I, IV, V progression about those “mountains you can move”.  But have you ever thought about what it would actually take to move a freakin’ mountain? Jesus told his closest friends:

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew17:20

A mustard seed of faith isn’t actually much faith at all. According to Barnes notes on the bible, at this time a mustard seed was widely known as one of the smallest of all seeds.

Like poppy-seed sized.

Like a miniscule black speck.

Yet, Jesus doesn’t say your faith must be larger than the mountain to move it (which mathematically might make more sense). He sayssomething 1 gazillionth the size has a greater force than the enormous mass of the mountain. The secret to moving the mountain?

Believing it is possible.

You have to decide that whatever you’re up against “ain’t no thang” to a God who created the earth and raised Jesus from the dead.  Adopt an attitude that says I might not understand this struggle, but I trust in my savior to help me every step of the way. With that belief and the tiniest leap of faith, truly “nothing will be impossible for you.”

“Adopt an attitude that says I might not understand why things happen, but I trust in my savior to help me every step of the way.”

What mountain are you staring up at this week? A mountain of debt? An addiction you can’t shake? A circumstance you feel will never change?

Resolve to never give up. Decide to believe that you can do it despite what anyone says. Wipe the vomit of failure from your mouth and set small, obtainable goals that will help you on your journey. Never stop believing that God iswith you at base camp and he will be there celebrating with you at the peak.

Despite my years and years of fitness failure, I finished my first marathon in October. At mile 21, I was in crazy amounts of pain from a foot injury and I could barely move my legs due to the cold. A medic put her arm around me and asked if I wanted to stop. “Do you want us to take you on the golf cart to the medic tent?”

I looked at her, almost crying. I thought for a moment and said, “No way. I’m not giving up.”

Yes, you can overcome anything!

It’s only a mountain. Tell it to move.

 

By Sam Eaton. "I am a 28-year-old goofball who is in love with all things Jesus, writing, music, adventure, youth ministry, laughter, and friendship. I pay my bills by teaching elementary school music to over 600 kids from grades K-5. My “free time” is mostly spent investing in the next generation through mentoring, teaching a high school small group, and playing on a worship team. I also love a good sweat, a moderately challenging house project, a cup of green tea, and as much time as I can get with my friends and family." (Borrowed from RecklesslyAlive.com).

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