Celebrating Life & Providing Cancer Survivor Resources: St. Vincent’s Birmingham

Celebrating Life & Providing Cancer Survivor Resources: St. Vincent’s Birmingham

Healthy Living

St. Vincent’s Birmingham Oncology Counselor Louis Josof with Hand in Paw Volunteer Phillipa Bainbridge, Breast Cancer Survivor Jewel Redman and Hand in Paw dog “Pippa” at the St. Vincent’s National Cancer Survivors Day event. Pippa often comes to St. Vincent’s to visit with cancer patients and staff.

St. Vincent’s Health System hosted a National Cancer Survivors Day event on Sunday, June 4 to commemorate National Cancer Survivors Day. Cancer survivors and their families were invited to attend the event held at St. Vincent’s Birmingham Bruno Conference Center. The celebration marked the 30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®. Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the globe held celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring. Cancer survivors at the event were honored and provided resources to help address cancer survivorship issues including:  I am a Survivor: What Do I Do Now, I am a Survivor: How Can I Heal Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually, and I am a Survivor: How can I Help? A local cancer advocacy group, Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, which offers support, knowledge, strength and direction for both survivors and co-survivors was also there. Attendees also picked up a special shirt created just for the event, which celebrated the lives of survivors, caregivers and healthcare providers. Visit www.stvhs.com. †

Cancer survivor Carla Youngblood with her St. Vincent’s Birmingham physician, Dr. Susan Salter, at the St. Vincent’s Cancer Survivors Day event.

Breast cancer survivors, Kiva Moore Bodley and Diane Brown, enjoying the recent Survivors Day event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Encouraging Word: Jimmie Hale Mission

Encouraging Word: Jimmie Hale Mission

Encouraging Word

Prayer Is…

The month of May marked a local and national emphasis on prayer. One week I attended five different prayer gatherings. It prompted me to focus on prayer.

What is prayer?

Prayer is conversation, talking with God. Remember the church song that said, “just a little talk with Jesus makes it right?”

Prayer is communication, where the emphasis is on dialogue, a two-way conversation of both speaking and listening.

Prayer is communion.  Communion is defined as being together; in agreement; to have unity. Prayer is contact with God, being aware of His presence and maintaining proper focus.

Prayer is privilege. We have access to God’s presence. He gives us a private audience.

Prayer is personal. God knows us completely. We have an intimate relationship with Him.

Prayer is powerful. It gets God’s attention and plugs us into His resources.

Prayer needs to be a priority. It should be our first response not a last resort. Prayer should be at the top or our list.

Prayer is profitable. The Bible says the fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man/woman accomplishes much. It changes things.

Prayer changes things. It is like breathing; it is a necessity for our spiritual lives. I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray continually.”

I encourage you to make prayer an important part of your life. Experience God’s presence and peace.

-Tony Cooper 

Celebrating 26 Years of Service as Exec. Director, Jimmie Hale Mission

www.jimmiehalemission.com

 

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Are You Ready to Meet God?

Are You Ready to Meet God?

Encouraging Word 

Driving into work I pass a billboard on I-65 that says, “when you die – you will meet God.” I agree with the message because it is biblically correct.

According to the Bible, we all have several things in common. First, we all have sinned. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Second, we all will physically die. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages (result) of sin is death . . .” And third, we will all be judged. Hebrews 9:27 says, “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”

Since death is inevitable and judgment is sure; what do we do?

  1. Receive the Gift of Salvation. The Bible also teaches that salvation is needed and provided. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 6:23 also says, “. . . but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” And of course, John 3:16, “Whosoever believeth in Him, will not perish but have eternal life.”
  2. Confess & Have Faith. Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
  3. Ask. We need to ask and call on the name of the Lord. Romans 10:13 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Taking these steps will lead to confidence and assurance. I John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you, who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” With these steps taken, we will be ready to meet God!

-Tony Cooper 

Celebrating 26 Years of Service as Exec. Director, Jimmie Hale Mission

www.jimmiehalemission.com

 

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Workout for Water with Forrest Walden

Workout for Water with Forrest Walden

Workout for Water: Iron Tribe’s Forrest Walden

More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all these deaths occur in the developing world. Birmingham’s Forrest Walden, the founder of Iron Tribe Fitness, is best known for putting a creative spin on the competitiveness of group exercise—but his clients and franchisees also have a heart for global change, gathering once a year for a public workout that pays tribute to the hardships of villages in poverty-ridden nations. Their hope is that this month’s Workout for Water event in Avondale will raise $450,000 to provide access to clean water in struggling communities worldwide.

Forrest Walden and his wife, Mendy, met as cheerleaders at Auburn University in 1997.

Raised in Hoover, Walden realized as a freshman at Berry High School in 1990 that if he wanted any playing time on the football field he was going to need to get acquainted with the weight room. That’s where his passion for fitness took root. In college, he joined the cheerleading squad at Auburn University and needed to put on 30 pounds of muscle to have the strength to press his partner above his head. He set a goal, bought a journal, and wrote down every workout, meal and supplement. The confidence he gained changed his life, and he decided his future would be dedicated to helping others achieve their health goals as well

As a fitness coach and businessman, Walden eventually owned the franchise rights to a one-on-one personal training program and oversaw the development of 55 franchises in three states. However, by late 2007, he was losing his focus and passion. He was spending more time traveling than working with clients side by side. While working out with friends at home, he realized that the competitive enthusiasm among peers trying to outdo each other put an excitement and work ethic into fitness he had never seen in private personal training sessions. “I was witnessing the future of the industry in my garage. Because of peer pressure, people were pushing themselves harder than they ever would have with a personal trainer—they didn’t want to be beaten by a friend or quit in front of the group,” Walden writes in his book Iron Tribe: From Garage Hobby to Fitness Franchise. “I also realized that competition was something that appealed to everyone. If I could find a way to get others to experience it, they would be hooked in the same way my little garage band was.”

In business and in faith, Forrest Walden says his stepfather, Ricky Brooks, CEO of Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, has been a positive influence on his life. “He’s a great model of someone who’s been very successful in the for-profit marketplace but also makes his life matter for things that matter eternally.”


As he took steps toward opening his first Iron Tribe location in Homewood in 2010, Walden was also becoming involved in global missions. David Platt, who pastored The Church at Brook Hills from 2006 to 2014, had challenged his congregation, including Walden, to spend two percent of their time overseas, the equivalent of one week each year. “[It] kind of wrecked my world and made me question a lot of things,” Walden remembers of the poverty he witnessed. “A couple of guys started traveling with me—good friends of mine in my small group—and we went to Sudan, India, Mexico. We just really felt like God was calling us to do something tangible with what we were seeing. We didn’t know what that would look like or what that would mean, and the more we pressed into it and sought Him the more it became clear that we were to start an organization that was focused on clean water, supporting the church in some of the most marginalized and least reached and poorest places on Earth.”

Walden joined Mark Whitehead and Spencer Stutton in assembling a board of directors and naming their organization—Neverthirst. They began partnering with existing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and for-profit organizations already drilling wells in North Africa and Southern Asia, then connecting them with the local church in the community in need. Church representatives drive the strategy for where the water source should go. Neverthirst solutions to clean water shortages include shallow rope pump wells, drilled deep wells, household rainwater collection, biosand filters, and piped water systems.

The Waldens adopted their youngest son Benjamin from Ethiopia in 2011. “There is no clearer picture of the Gospel than adoption,” says Forrest Walden. “He was given a new name and a new country and a new citizenship and new rights and new inheritance. To see where he came from and the desperate nothingness of his situation to now having everything through adoption, that’s just a picture of what we have in Christ.” Photo Credit: Amy Henry Photography

Walden has remained on the Neverthirst Board of Directors since its inception in 2008 and helps Iron Tribe locations in Birmingham, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn.; St. Louis, Mo.; Greenville, S.C.; Naples, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; and other franchise cities organize their own annual Workout for Water events. Participants include gym members and members of the community who enjoy a physical challenge and want to raise money for the cause. Iron Tribe clients have traveled with Walden to remote villages to see the impact their contributions for clean water solutions have made. Walden’s goal is to raise $800,000 for Neverthirst nationwide this year. Last year’s event raised $412,000 in Birmingham and another $295,000 from franchise locations for a total of $707,000 in projects implemented in Cambodia.

Walden says his most touching memory of his travels abroad is of his first trip to Witto, a village in South Sudan. The natives had been displaced by war and were returning home after living in the bush for 15 years. “The village pastor basically said for 15 years we’ve been praying that God would restore us to our land and send us help, and because you are here, we know that He has heard our prayers,” Walden remembers. “I was fighting back tears just thinking that we were tangible evidence of his prayers.” Witto became the location of Neverthirst’s first project in 2008.

Neverthirst staff Jason Berry, Mark Whitehead, Brandon Gossett and John Sides join Walden (center) in raising money for clean water sources in developing nations. Join them May 13, www.workoutforwater.com.

Since 2010, Workout for Water has raised more than $2 million for clean water solutions in India, Cambodia, Nepal, Chad, South Sudan and Sudan. Pledges are currently being collected for this year’s event, which will be hosted outside Avondale Brewery from 8:00 a.m. to noon on May 13. The fitness challenge will include Iron Tribe-style stations for teams of four, reminding participants of the importance of Neverthirst’s cause. Station Three, for example, will include a bucket (representing a well) and 100 blue poker chips on the ground (representing drops of water). Team members can place one chip in the bucket for every burpee completed. For details on how you can participate, call Neverthirst at 205-991-7757 or visit workoutforwater.com.

-Camille Platt 

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Photo Fun

Photo Fun

Lenten Fish Fry 

Mike Eltz and Matt Montegut serving at a recent Knights of Columbus Council 4304 fish fry at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood. Seen here are the Kutny family taking part in the popular Friday fish fry Lenten tradition that is followed by prayer.

 


Scouts Help with Cure for Clara 

Two and one-half year old Clara Bragg visits with the Girl Scout Cadette troop at Prince of Peace(POP) Catholic Parish. The Cadettes donated proceeds from their cookie sales to help fund GM1 Gangliosidosis disease research. Clara is battling the disease and she and her family attend POP, www.acureforclara.com.

 

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Encouraging Word: Jimmie Hale Mission

Encouraging Word: Jimmie Hale Mission

Firm Up Your Foundation

This year at The Jimmie Hale Mission our emphasis is to “firm up the foundation.”  Before we explore additional programs, ministries or expansion projects, we want to make sure our foundation is solid to support growth.

Foundation is defined as that on which something is founded; the basis of anything; the prepared base on which some structure rests. A solid, firm, strong foundation is required for any structure. You can have both quality materials and competent craftsmanship but if the foundation is faulty, you will have problems with the structure. The same can be said regarding life. We need to have a firm foundation to build our lives upon. It needs to be a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 3:11 says, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” This life foundation of faith needs to be comprised of Judeo-Christian values along with a biblical belief system. These will assist in one’s ability to make better life choices.

In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus talks about the two life foundations. The wise man built his house (life) on the rock. Wisdom comes from hearing, believing and adhering to the Word of God. When the storms of life come, the foundation will hold and the house will stand firm. The foolish man built his house on the sand. This foundation was faulty because he didn’t hear the words of Jesus and act upon them. When the storms of life came, the house fell and great was its fall. Many lives are being beaten down and shattered because their life foundation is not built on the rock, the Word of God.

Make sure your life foundation is built on THE Rock. Like the hymn says, “This rock is Jesus, yes He’s the one. This rock is Jesus the only One. Be very sure, be very sure. Your anchor holds and grips the solid rock.”


-Tony Cooper 

Celebrating 26 Years of Service as Exec. Director, Jimmie Hale Mission

www.jimmiehalemission.com

 

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Mission Makers: Woman’s Missionary Union

Mission Makers: Woman’s Missionary Union

Called to Serve: Sandy Wisdom-Martin, WMU Exec.Dir.

Sandy Wisdom-Martin began her new role as executive director/treasurer of Birmingham based WMU (Woman’s Missionary Union) in October of last year. She is succeeded by Wanda Lee who served as Executive Director of the national organization for 16 years. According to Lee, Wisdom-Martin’s “quiet presence puts people at ease while building confidence in the actions to be taken,” and she leads “from a place of complete surrender to the Lord.”

WMU Executive Director, Sandy Wisdom-Martin has a passion to “love, nurture, bless, and turn our young people loose for God to do what He wants through their lives.” WMU is a vehicle to do that. Learn more at www.wmu.org.

Previously, Wisdom-Martin was Women’s and Missions and Ministries Director for the Illinois Baptist State Association and Cooperative Program Missionary with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. These roles, along with numerous other circumstances along the way, shaped her into the person she is today. From being discipled and learning that God had a plan for her life at a young age, to joining a missions program called Acteens as a teenager, her experiences “set the stage for me to be able to hear and respond to God’s call on my life,” she says. Despite her lengthy list of qualifications, Wisdom-Martin insists she is not qualified to be executive director of WMU. She references 2 Corinthians 12:10 and says “being weak is not especially comfortable- but it is the means by which God’s holy power can be freely released.” She left behind a comfortable life, but her reward will be “to be a witness to what God and God alone can do in our midst.”

Wisdom-Martin’s biggest goal for WMU in 2017 is for people to understand why WMU exists. Wisdom-Martin says, “We put our hearts into this ministry because God said to care for the poor.” It is this belief that fuels her passion. “We are not defined by what others say about us nor what we think about ourselves. We are defined by the One who calls us by name.”

 

  • Rachel Biddy

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Encouraging Word: Jimmie Hale Mission

Encouraging Word: Jimmie Hale Mission

HIS Vision not Tunnel Vision

 “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained (perish).” Proverbs 29:18

The meaning of “vision” in this verse refers to having insight and to gain understanding. “Vision” can also be translated “revelation.” I believe our role as Christ-followers is to seek God’s wisdom and to discover God’s will for our lives. A part of following God’s will is to do things God’s way and in His time. Jesus prayer in the garden of Gethsemane was, “. . . yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39) Let’s not rely on our vision, how we see things; but ask God to reveal to us His vision, His “big picture” perspective.

My wife Dale and I were discussing the account in Numbers 13, where God said to send out spies to check out the land of Canaan, the promised land. Ten of the twelve spies brought back a negative report, listing excuses on why they shouldn’t and couldn’t possess the land as God instructed. Only Joshua and Caleb believed God. Dale pointed out that the difference between the 10 spies that brought back a bad report and Joshua and Caleb was “tunnel vision” versus “God’s vision.”  The 10 spies were focused more on the obstacles and challenges before them and relying on their own strength and ability instead of focusing on God, trusting in Him and relying on His strength.  They didn’t see the promised land in the same way that God saw it.

I encourage you to ask God to reveal His vision and His will for you and not rely on your own tunnel vision. God has great plans for you!

-Tony Cooper 

Celebrating 26 Years of Service as Exec. Director, Jimmie Hale Mission

www.jimmiehalemission.com

 

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Church Leaders: Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Church Leaders: Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Church Within a Church: North Jefferson Hispanic Outreach

Dawson Memorial Baptist Church’s Hispanic Congregation, led by pastor Bayron Moquera, was commissioned on February 19 to start a Hispanic church in Northern Jefferson County.

Dawson Memorial Baptist Church’s Hispanic Congregation was recently commissioned to start a “second generation” Hispanic church in Northern Jefferson County. Since its establishment in 1991, the Hispanic church in Homewood has grown to become one of Alabama’s largest Hispanic Baptist congregations and includes members who are originally from fifteen different nations. The church has flourished under a unique “Church Within a Church” model that allows the church to be both autonomous and also remain a vital part of the larger congregation. Bayron Mosquera, Dawson’s Hispanic Pastor, serves as a member of Dawson’s Ministerial Staff and as the Senior Pastor of his congregation. The congregation annually conducts a Vacation Bible School that reached 142 children last year and included 60 volunteers. The twenty-five-year-old church recently sent its first short-term international mission team to Ecuador in 2016. Pastor Mosquera sums up the church planting effort…  “Our congregation wants to be obedient to the Great Commission and in order to do so we are committing to ourselves to preaching the Gospel of salvation to the people in North Jefferson County and establishing a church in their community.”

Alabama has experienced growth in its Hispanic population over the past ten years- a large number residing in north Jefferson County where there is not a significant outreach effort focused on the Hispanic community. An effort to form a coalition of partners to support the planting of a congregation there has begun. Eventually this coalition, led by Dawson’s Hispanic Congregation, will include churches from the North Jefferson Baptist Association, the Birmingham Baptist Association, as well as the Alabama Baptist State Convention. Learn more at www.dawsonchurch.org †

 

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