My life's journey is filled with ideas, information and inspiration to spur the world into positive action! -Melanie S. Lewis
LOVE to PERSEVERE
It’s been a busy year. I’m grateful to God for continuing to see me through and give me strength to persevere. It is most powerful to ‘keep on moving,’ as Soul to Soul sang; ‘don’t stop.’ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13.
My mom, Judy Lewis uses that scripture as a focus of light for Kids Are People Too!-A talent showcase for children that she resurrected yesterday after over twenty years. I participated as a child and won a segment as well. The judges voted for me because they felt I was really the best!
(Pic-Mrs. Judy Lewis)
Kids Are People Too has become the pre-show to the foundational event, S.M.I.L.E, presented by Rapha Evangelistic Worship Center/REWC by Visionary, Founder, Artist,- Senior Pastor Michael Turner Lewis/ Mekhi El’. S.M.I.L.E. is an acronym for So Much Inspiration Love and Empowerment.
(Pic-Pastor Mike/Mekhi El')
The event was held in Saratoga Park which covers the Ocean Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant, and Brownsville sections of Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday, and it was awesome! We humbly left with smiles on our faces from the love shown in the community.
The sun shined early after a gray sky had welcomed in the day. You better believe folks were praying and believing that it would work out! Thank God it did.
Extra Special thanks to the S.M.I.L.E Team, NYC Office of Street Permits, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the 81st Police Precinct, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, sponsors, volunteers, individuals and organizations that came out to share great resources with the community. We had excellent musicians from the tri state area playing very well in the park as well, and look forward to next year!
This event was created to inspire and empower our communities; for all of us,’ beyond creed, status, religion, or color’ to share resources with one another and be blessed. Smile’s mission as Pastor Mike has stated, is ‘Empowerment by connectivity, people partnering with the past, present, and future of our evolving communities.’
(Pic-Mrs. Judy Lewis and Pastor Mike, my mom and brother.)
I’ve truly been blessed by my mother with her love and exposure to great diverse things, my brother/pastor who’s been lovely, faithful and consistent in spite of so much, and the innovative healing events at Rapha Evangelistic Worship Center. I’ve been encouraged to persevere even when it seems hard and strengthened by the fellowship and love of family and friends. Be Blessed. SMILE!
I recently attended a black history celebration in which a woman on the program was singing Lift Every Voice and Sing. This song is the Black National Anthem. As an African American raised in a predominate black church I'd sing it with congregants during service, as an alum of an HBCU (Historically Black College) we'd sing the anthem at special events and as a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) which adopted it as the official song, I'm both humbled and proud to stand up in reverence of my ancestry. The lyrics request for a people to give high praise in continued faith and remembrance to past and present legacies of resilience. Be sure to view the words and related links below.
Yet at this event I was the only one standing. It was a teachable moment as I quickly nudged my eldest daughter to stand with me. I could hear someone whisper, ‘should we be standing?’ I didn’t turn around. I figured someone would tell them or they’d ju…
Over the past three years I've worked to promote education, mentorship, emergency preparation and faith based initiatives in communities undergoing development. While serving to get the word out about services and supporting non-profit organizations and agencies, I've come across many amazing people and events in which many community members may not be aware.
I intend to highlight some of the entities in which I've engaged in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, East New York, Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Queens, South Jamaica, Queens, Brownsville, Brooklyn, East Harlem, South Bronx, North Shore, Staten Island and more! I believe these are all areas to keep an eye on for old and new services which assist the community in addition to events which enrich the lives of friends and neighbors alike.
If you live in these areas and would like me to promote, host or cover your next community event ...Email your Beloved Community Ambassador Today! Blessmela…
Happy Blessed 2018! I'm elated that new year celebrations are followed by national commemorative events and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Starting this weekend there will be many opportunities to lend a helping hand in our communities across the United States of America. This is a Day On to Serve! The Corporation for National and Community Service expects to engage nearly 1 million people in thousands of service projects in all 50 states. On this day, federal, state, and local
leaders will join citizens in honoring Dr. King's legacy through service projects addressing pressing
In 1994, Congress designated MLK Day as the first and only federal holiday observed as a national day of
service, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this national
effort. Americans may visit MLKDay.gov to find a service project for MLK Day or a year-round volunteer
opportunity in their own community. If you have not already …