Dominican Team 2016

This Spring Break, OneCommunity had a team of 18, including 11 teens under the age of 17, spend the week serving in a remote village outside of Barahona, Dominican Republic.

Water. Something we take for granted. Yet all too many go without clean water. In this rural village outside of Barahona, DR, the average family spends over 60% of their salary on pure water. By providing clean water options, they agree to not only provide water for their own family but also to provide for their neighbors. There are also local leaders in the church who have been trained how to service and care for the filters. This allows them also to check in on families and minister to their needs. Water is Life.

The power of bubbles.  Did you know language barriers, fear, and insecurities can be removed through bubbles? Yes bubbles! Our team made new friends quickly, played, laughed and giggled their way into the hearts of the local children by blowing bubbles, jumping rope, braiding hair and just holding hands. The children of the village found their self-esteem and self-worth lifted, as they were in awe of visitors that came all the way from America to play and spend time with them. Our team, in turn, sat and told them about Jesus Christ and explained salvation that is found in Jesus Christ alone.

Prayer Walks.  Our team, together with the local pastor and leaders from the church, conducted a prayer walk through the village. Stopping along the way to talk with adults and children alike of God’s love for them. While our team will leave, the locals were introduced to the local pastor and church which is there for them, in their community, every day.

Thank you to this team of teens, young adults and parents who use their spring break to serve others and Change Lives!

A servant’s heart reaches across Africa

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.  ~  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Over eighteen days, two teams, consisting of doctors, nurses, therapists, students, pharmacy support, quilters, bubble blowers, and all-around hand-holders, left the comfort of their homes, their families and their community to give of themselves in Africa.  Our teams were in Ghana, Kenya & Uganda.  Our teams experienced eating new foods; for some, using a passport for the first time; sleeping in unfamiliar environments; driving on less than smooth, well-maintained roads; waking at dawn and returning at night, just in time for a late dinner before falling asleep in their beds.  Our teams found themselves immersed in their new surroundings.  They held hands, wiped away tears, received hugs, danced, laughed, cried, and provided preventative as well as restorative care to over 3500 men, women, children and babies over the course of their combined 10 medical clinic days.  Beyond medical care and treatment, our teams also discipled and spread the word of Christ.  For some this was done quietly, through a gently held hand.  For some it was a discussion over learning to quilt.  For others, it was as they worshiped in the local community; hands raised and hearts opened.

Trust in the Lord.  It may not always be easy to do.  For 22 individuals, who listened to God’s call. Who got on a plane and traveled the globe.  They demonstrated to those they witnessed to as well as to themselves, that we all must and we all can, “Trust in the Lord, with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  Trust is not easy.  Trust requires you to cast aside your fears and your worry and have faith.  Trust requires vulnerability and during a mission trip, trust also requires an open and forgiving heart.  One Community says “Thank You” to those who demonstrated their Trust in the Lord over those 18 days.  “Thank You” to those who supported from home, and sent their loved ones to serve God in Africa.  And, a very big “Thank You” to those who allowed us into their lives and touched our hearts, for we have all learned, that while you can return home, and clean the African soil from your clothes, Africa will always remain in our hearts.  So grateful for the trust that lead 22 individuals on a journey to Africa and to witnessing Life Change across the globe.  To help change the world, One Community at a time.

 

 

Kenya/Uganda team arrives in Makuyu, Kenya
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We are His Hands & Feet: Service to the Homeless Community in Austin

OneCommunity & Real Life Austin supports T.W. Ministries the first Saturday of each month with a volunteer team to assist with the Church service, meal and/or clothing distribution.  The services are usually at the North Door, 502 Brushy St. Austin, TX, 78702; located one block East of I-35 on the corner of Brushy Street and East 5th on the East side of the historic 501 Studios building.  Parking is available on the street or in the lot across the street.

Volunteer opportunities are:

–          Set up (11:30am) and tear down (3:00pm)

–          Visit with guests

–          Serve tea and water throughout service

–          Prayer; for T.W. during service, for guests to be receptive to T.W.’s message, during alter-call and with guests after message

–          Serve food after worship

–          Clean up restrooms and meeting area after service

 OneCommunity & Real Life Austin’s Saturdays in 2015 are January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

In addition to Saturday services, T.W. Ministries maintains a Clothing Closet, Food Pantry and supports a Safe House for women.  T.W. Ministries has 6 special service events each year.  In 2014 these events will be:

–          Saturday April 4; Easter Celebration

–          Saturday June 6; Jesus’ Dirty Feet

–          Saturday July 4; 10 year Anniversary of T.W. Ministries

–          Saturday August 8; Back to School Drive for Section 8 families

–          Saturday November 21; Thanksgiving Service

–          Saturday December 19; Christmas Service

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Richards in person, by phone or email:  Mike Richards; 512-632-8378; mkrichards3@att.net

We are His Hands & Feet: Service to the Homeless Community in Austin

T.W. Ministries provide Outreach service to the Homeless and Section 8 Communities (Booker T Washington housing) of Austin.  Every Saturday we provide a Church Service, complete with Praise and Worship, Testimony, Message, and an Alter Call.  After the message a full meal is served to our guests.  At the conclusion of every service we distribute clothing, shoes and Bus Passes to the guests.  Each service is an opportunity for the volunteers to share the love of our Savior Jesus Christ to those less fortunate in our city.  Everyone is welcome to serve, and kids are encouraged to help serve alongside their parents.

OneCommunity & Real Life Austin supports T.W. Ministries the first Saturday of each month with a volunteer team to assist with the Church service, meal and/or clothing distribution.  The services are usually at the North Door, 502 Brushy St. Austin, TX, 78702; located one block East of I-35 on the corner of Brushy Street and East 5th on the East side of the historic 501 Studios building.  Parking is available on the street or in the lot across the street.

Volunteer opportunities are:

–          Set up (11:30am) and tear down (3:00pm)

–          Visit with guests

–          Serve tea and water throughout service

–          Prayer; for T.W. during service, for guests to be receptive to T.W.’s message, during alter-call and with guests after message

–          Serve food after worship

–          Clean up restrooms and meeting area after service

 OneCommunity & Real Life Austin’s Saturdays in 2015 are January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

In addition to Saturday services, T.W. Ministries maintains a Clothing Closet, Food Pantry and supports a Safe House for women.  T.W. Ministries has 6 special service events each year.  In 2014 these events will be:

–          Saturday April 4; Easter Celebration

–          Saturday June 6; Jesus’ Dirty Feet

–          Saturday July 4; 10 year Anniversary of T.W. Ministries

–          Saturday August 8; Back to School Drive for Section 8 families

–          Saturday November 21; Thanksgiving Service

–          Saturday December 19; Christmas Service

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Richards in person, by phone or email:  Mike Richards; 512-632-8378; mkrichards3@att.net

Blessing Bags: Service to the Homeless Community in Austin

Have you ever imagined what life, living on the street would be like?  Ever want to do something; anything for those you see holding their signs on the streets of Austin?  If you have, then we have a way you can become part of the answer to help a person in need.  Each week that they are available, OneCommunity with Real Life has “Blessing Bags” available for pick-up after church services in the Connect Center.  What is a Blessing Bag?  It is a gallon sized ziplock, filled with important and necessary items.  This is where we need you.  We are need of donations of:

–          White crew socks

–          Travel size toothpaste and toothbrush

–          Travel size shampoo

–          Travel size hand sanitizer

–          Small bottle of water

–          Granola bar

–          Gallon size zip lock bag

Your donated items can be delivered to: 7700 Hwy 71 West, Ste 350, Austin TX 78735 or Brought to a Real Life Austin Church Service.  Thank you in advance! (For more information or questions, please fill out a contact card.)

Changing our LOCAL communities

Many Thanks to all who have participated in our Austin Back to School efforts, blessing Perez Elementary! As children, many of us, while we didn’t always love the first day of school, we ADORED the school supplies! The NEW backpack, the notebooks, the pencils and oh those new crayons just seemed to color so much better! For many children at Perez Elementary, NEW backpacks are something you see other children carry, but not something you yourself own.

Real Life Austin, you became part of the Change! Together, you purchased and filled 215 Backpacks! Additionally, you have donated: 40 Gallons of Antibacterial Gel; nearly 10,000 ziplock bags; 240 boxes of kleenex; and nearly 200 containers of antibacterial wipes! WHAT A BLESSING YOU ALL ARE!!!