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!
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…
Far Rockaway is nearer than you may think. It's just an A train away to Queens, NY. -Be sure that it says Far Rockaway when you get on the train though. You may accidently end up in Ozone or Rockaway Park instead of your intended destination. It's a beautiful scenery though, once the train finally leaves the tunnel. You arrive outside surrounded by water of the peninsula, hopefully with the sun shining bright.
This summer Far Rockaway will experience their very own carnival in partnership with WIADCA, The West Indian American Day Carnival Association. They are the official association of the carnival we experience in Crown Heights, Brooklyn during labor day weekend. The office of Senator James Sanders hopes to make it an annual event, so don't delay if you'd like to participate. This is history in the making. Click on the flyer to see contacts for costumes, vending opportunities and for more information.
Well it’s mid-day on a Sunday Afternoon as I create this post. Always a great time for writing and reflecting. Last week this time, Sunday, August 20th, I led a walking tour of my Crown Heights community accompanied by my fellow advisory board member Yasmin Schwartz and members the 2017-2018 NYC Repair the World Fellows. Repair the World was founded in 2009 to make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life. Repair mobilizes tens of thousands of young Jews to volunteer in tackling pressing local needs each year, and Repair equips communities and partners to do the same.
Pictured here are Brian, Michele, Yasmin, Hazel Hurley of 1100 Bergen Street Community Garden, yours truly and Emma. Click here to learn from Rachel Holliday Smith on how the garden was saved from development.
The fellows were open to learning, sharing as new neighbors and ready to join in making a difference. Click here to learn about all of them. Stop by to say hello during the annual For the Love …