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 love to share what's going on and ways we can participate, collaborate, volunteer, donate, you get it. I'm living and sharing on purpose! -And so... I kept living to write again.
Saturday, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention day. I first learned of this important day back in 2011. A man near my job was thinking about jumping from the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Click here to read that archive. Please also click here for helping and understanding the suicidal person (Even if this is you right now) from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
Since writing that post years ago I've become passionate about this world health issue. I've also become a participant in Cycling the Globe for Suicide Prevention. It's an initiative by the International Association for Suicide Prevention to 'collectively cycle the circumference of the globe, 40,075 km or 24,900 miles, and to have participants cycling on every continent. You can cycle…
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…
September 11th is a national day of service. More information by the Corporation for National Service. My love and prayers go to all affected by this day. We honor the memory of family, friends and loved ones. We also remember that on this day there continues to be life.
I join the Corporation for National Service in sharing a video campaign by 9/11day.org. featuring some of the 3,000 children who were born on September 11, 2001. 'They ask us to stop fostering hateful thoughts, and instead do at least one good deed on September 11 to honor the victims and responders on the 15th anniversary of the attack.'
9/11.org was founded by 'Two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk, who lost his brother Glenn Winuk in the 9/11 attacks, have dedicated the better part of their lives over the past 14 years working to transform 9/11 from a day of evil into a day of good.'
Below are some ideas to get you started in New York this weekend. Check with your local and city volunteer agencie…