The Jackson Golf Tournament

The Jackson Golf Tournament, played at Jackson Country Club, is one of our two annual golf tournaments. The Golf Tournament is on Monday, September 16. By simply being a hole sponsor, putting a team in, giving donations, or just playing on a team, you are changing the lives of children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The funds raised at the golf tournament go straight to the POI project in Honduras. The project we are now focusing on is called Guacerique, it is located in gang-territory. The funds raised go to give the children of the project in the Guacerique neighborhood a hot, nutritious meal, tutoring, keeps them out of the streets from gang recruiting, and most importantly they are taught about a Good, Good Father, who loves them unconditionally. Many of the kids in the program did not know where their next meal was coming from until they entered the project.

By simply playing in the golf tournament, you can change the lives of the children in this situation. Because of the men and women, who play in the tournament, children in Honduras are provided for! Changing the lives of children, one hole at a time!

The Bahama Relief Project

Hurricane Dorian is said to be the biggest and most destructive Hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas! We are proud to say that POI, has decided to partner with The Community Church in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, to send items and donations to the Bahamas. The items and donations will be given directly to the Relief Project! The supplies will be loaded on boats in Florida and driven to the Bahamas. The fleet of boats are working closely alongside the Bahamian Officials and the U.S. Coast Guard. If you cannot donate supplies, we are also taking financial donations which we will use to buy things needed that are not sent in. Below are the drop off areas in Florida and the supplies needed for the Relief Project. We also ask that you spread the word to all of those you know.

List of supplies needed:
– Bottled Water
– Water jugs
– Tarps for roofs
– Non-perishable foods
– Canned dog food
– Buckets
– Hand tools (saws, shovels, metal cutters, etc)
– First Aid supplies of all kinds (bandaids, aspirin, bandages, calamine lotion, betadine, peroxide, etc)
– Shovels
– Batteries
– Headlamps
– Bug spray (with DEET)
– Hand sanitizer
– Bleach/cleaning supplies
– Cloths
– Toiletries
– Baby supplies
– Generators
– Clean fuel containers
– Bedding/blankets
– Tents
– Coolers
– Heavy duty trash bags
– Face/dust masks
– Construction gloves
– Solar lights
– Masking tape
– Extension cords
– Power strips

There are several drop off points in Florida that you can also mail things too.
Below are the drop off points:

1. Sands Harbor Resort and Marina
125 N Riverside Dr.
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

2. Chick-fil-A Pompano Beach
2250 N Federal Hwy
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

3. Community Church of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
4433 Bougainvillea Dr.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308

There are so many ways to help those affected, and we can do just that by giving, volunteering, or simply spreading the word!

Loving Well

I recently watched a trailer for an upcoming documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” which explores the life of Mr Rogers and his television show “Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood”. Fred Rogers states, “Love is at the root of everything…all learning, all relationships, love or the lack of it.”

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There is great truth in this statement. As Christians, we know our primary task is to love. Jesus Christ made that very clear in Matthew 22:37-40 when he said that the greatest commandment is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and then followed it up with a second commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

I’ve seen this love displayed in the lives of our POI staff. Love is what connects us deeply to others. Over and over I heard stories of how the staff love our children well. It is their love that binds hearts, gives a sense of belonging, inspires great acts of sacrifice and courage, and cultivates emotional healing. Their love is demonstrated by acts of compassion, care, and comfort, and it holds the secret to extending the influence and reality of God to the communities where they serve.

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One story stands out in my mind…
Let me introduce you to Sandy, a nine year old student that attends our center in Crucitas. Sandy and I became friends quickly as she braided and played with my hair one afternoon. This particular morning, Sandy had been taken by our staff to get her hair cut. Her mother refused to wash her hair because she had head lice and thought it was disgusting. Her case is so severe she has areas on her scalp that are infected. I watched as our staff gently washed her scalp. This precious one grimaced and cried out occasionally in pain. Another teacher gently rubbed her back to calm her as the other continued to wash and massage her scalp.

Much to our surprise, Sandy fell asleep while standing over the pila. But, the story doesn’t end here. Our teachers went to her home that afternoon and washed all their bedding, towels and clothes. Yes, I cried as I watched this scene unfold. I cried for the pain this precious one was experiencing. I cried because she didn’t want to go to school that afternoon in fear of being bullied. Instead, she chose to stay where it was a “safe place”. She stayed where she knew she would be accepted, valued and loved…the POI Center. I cried because our staff love well.

I Peter 4:8 tells us, “Love each other deeply (love well), because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

“The essence of God is to love and be loved. He is the One who crafted love and made us with a deep hunger and need to be cherished.” -Sally Clarkson

I’ve pondered on these thoughts for the last few days…
“Measure your life by how well you have loved. In the moment that you love well, you are the most like Jesus.” -Sally Clarkson

“Loving well is the best and most profound act of life.” -Sally Clarkson

What can we learn from Mister Rogers?

“The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know they are loved and capable of loving.” -Fred Rogers

IMG_9100Contributed by: Ruth Hamilton, Co-founder of Point of Impact Global