November 23, 2016
Contributed by Sally DePalma
Appreciation. Thankfulness. Gratefulness. There are several words that can describe an attitude of recognizing the blessings in one’s life.
Though this is a mindset that each of us should practice daily, Thanksgiving is the one day that we take pause, collectively, to acknowledge what makes life valuable and richer and from Whom it comes from.
It has been a blessed 2016 for The One Roof. We have trained or are in the process of training eight churches to start or enhance disability ministry. Our “Disability and Your Church” Symposium in April had nearly 100 guests representing 30 churches. August’s “Adaptive Ministry Roundtable” was a great success with 60 representatives from nearly 25 area churches sharing ideas and learning from each other.
These were wonderful accomplishments, to God be the glory, but I believe that 2017 will be even stronger. I believe that He has much planned for this ministry as we prepare to collaborate with more churches to offer the help and hope of Christ to those impacted by disability.
To that point, I am excited to announce that The One Roof Initiative has just been granted 501c3 non-profit status! This will allow us to pursue granting and to start to build a business and fiscal portfolio that will be necessary as we endeavor to execute our expansive vision in the years ahead.
Expansive visions need to start with a strong foundation. We have had solid equipping and programming this year to build on, but to take this ministry to next step in its growth and beyond, a formal Board has been formed. The One Roof Board has already been meeting and working hard to better execute the mission that the Lord has tasked us with.
God’s timing is perfect (and purposeful) and I’m convinced that our non-profit status being approved in only eight weeks is for us to be prepared to go in to a new year stronger than ever before.
Giving Tuesday is this coming Tuesday, November 29th. Would you consider investing into The One Roof to offer help and hope to those impacted by disability? We have made equipping 24 churches our goal this coming year. It is unknown the numbers of people that will blessed in our Tampa Bay area through this effort.
We do not want finances to be a barrier to a church so we offer our services at no charge to them. It takes $600 to equip a church, can you help? Whether you can sponsor an entire church’s training or contribute towards it, EVERY gift we receive is valued and will help extend the hope of Christ to an often hidden, but large population.
God is at work and we need YOU to be part of the building momentum! After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, will you prayerfully consider how you are being called to be part of Giving Tuesday?
I’m grateful for you. Happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy”, Psalm 126:3