A Weekend of Giving


Your comment = 1 canned good

This post is a prime example of actions being more important than words. Please ACT!!!!!

To celebrate World Food Day (Sunday, October 16) I am inviting YOU to get involved in a local food pantry without leaving the comfort of your own home.

For every comment added to this post from now until Sunday, October 16 at midnight, I will donate one (1) canned food item to the Helping Hands Food Pantry.

The Helping Hands Food Pantry is a local outreach ministry program at the First United Methodist Church in Joshua. It assists families, single-parent households, and senior citizens throughout the local community by providing canned and non-perishable food items, as well as toiletries and personal hygiene products. On average, more than 100 bags are distributed on a monthly basis.

The need is great and your assistance is appreciated. If you would like to become involved, please consider the following options:

  • visit UMCOR‘s website and donate to a specific mission (FYI: 100% of all donations given to UMCOR go to that ministry ……. none of those pesky administrative costs like some non-profit organizations!)
  • donate canned food or non-perishable food items to a food pantry in your own community
  • send me an email (nicole.m.hutchison at gmail dot com) if you would like to make a direct contribution to the Helping Hands Food Pantry at FUMC Joshua ~ there is also an opportunity to provide Thanksgiving Dinners to families in the Fort Worth, TX area through the United Community Centers. For $25, you can provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to a family in need.

There are LOTS of way to get involved and I encourage you to find a way that works for you. The holidays are soon approaching and the need continues to grow. Please don’t wait for the holidays or someone to ask for your help ….. ACT now!!!!!!!

<3 Nicole <3

Other websites you can visit about World Food Day include:

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) ~ World Food Day

World Food Day USA

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Oxfam: Dedicate your Sunday dinner to Farmers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers


It’s Friday and that means a new theme from The Daily Post for their Weekly Photo Challenge.

This week’s theme is FLOWERS.

It’s becoming more and more obvious to me that I am in desperate need of instruction and a one-on-one tutorial of Photoshop. Each time I open this silly photo-editing software, my spirit (none to mention my ego) loses a bit of vibrance. I am painfully aware of my lack in abilities to manipulate a photo. But, alas, I am scheduled to attend a FIVE~hour class on Photoshop this November. Just 46 days left…….not that I’m counting!

Back to the photos for the week. Some of these are from a trip with my best friend to her wedding venue (A and M Gardens in Azle, Texas) and others are from my recent trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

 

Don’t ask how I got this photo to look the way it does. Good, bad, or indifferent I was impressed with myself for a nano-second that I was able to accomplish such a feat. Now, I don’t remember what I did or how I did it. But I love orchid blooms and Kim’s engagement ring is gorgeous.

 

This one makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. How can you be sad if something is as bright yellow as this?!

 

I don’t  know what this flower is, but I like it. This photo was taken at the devastating scene and amongst the wreckage of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince. The hotel facility catered to Western (mostly U.S. and European) clients and was completely leveled in the 2010 earthquake. The team and I were able to walk around the property where a new hotel and convention facility is being rebuilt.

 

This blooming flower bush was outside the Methodist Guest House and I just noticed the leaves are shaped like hearts and the center of each bloom has a star-shaped bud.

 

This bloom, to me, represents the Haitian people. They are the most driven, passionate, and tenacious people I’ve met. An earthquake may shatter their lives and destroy their homes, but their faith will not be shaken, their hearts will not be moved, and they will find their way through the rubble to the SONlight.

 

I almost forgot about this sunflower. I snapped this shot last month in Kentucky at my parent’s neighbor’s house. They have a great backyard complete with a fire pit, garden, and play area for their two daughters. On the edge of their deck, they’ve planted several sunflowers and the blooms are incredible!

 

 

Blue says hi.

I say enjoy your Friday.

Don’t forget to enter my Celebration Giveaway ~ it ends this Sunday at midnight. There’s a ton of great prizes, including a Target gift card, Scentsy gift collection, a cookbook by The Pioneer Woman, and custom made textiles from an Etsy shop. ENTER NOW!!!!!

 

Love,

 

 

 

 

 

I held Haiti today


The motto for our mission team this week as been this:

Hold Haiti In Our Hearts

Today, I held Haiti in my arms.

Her name is Floriol. She is six months old.

She stole my heart from the moment I stepped into the cinder-block structure that houses the intensive care unit and nursery. There were about 15 toddler beds and 10 metal cribs lined along the walls and in the center of the room. Floriol was in the second row of cribs sitting up and sucking her two fingers. As I scanned the room, I saw the pain in each child’s eyes and then I saw the tubes in their arms and knew the prognosis is not good.

Floriol’s eyes met mine and I will never be the same.

I asked one of the volunteers (also a missionary) if I could approach her crib and she said that I could hold her as well. Sweeter words have never been said.

I couldn’t get to her fast enough. I had to wiggle my way through a maze of toddler beds and around a Haitian mother breastfeeding her newborn before I finally reached this precious Child of God. The most amazing thing happened when I stood at the side of her crib: she looked up at me and immediately lifted her arms as if to say,

Please, please hold me. Please love me. Please comfort me. Please tell me you love me and care for me. Even if you cannot take away my pain or improve my condition, comfort me in this moment.

Tomorrow is our last day at the project site and our last full day in Haiti. I’m ready to go home and see my Husband and talk with my family and friends about this experience, but it is already breaking my heart thinking about saying goodbye to my Haitian friends.

It was difficult leaving Grace Hospital, but I know this is not the last time my passport will be stamped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In fact, there is an agriculture program that UMCOR is starting with rural farmers and it includes crop production, livestock, and land and forest preservation. It is a program that I’m very interested in serving. After today’s visit to Grace Hospital, don’t be surprised if I am a nursery volunteer in the future for the sole purpose of rocking and nurturing these tiny children of God.

There are so many opportunities for mission work in Port-au-Prince, find your place and you will be blessed.

Love,

Nicole

 

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