Category Archives: Awareness

David M. Landis Presents a Powerful Holiday Production with the Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant

David Landis Live Bethlehem Christmas PageantLive Bethlehem Christmas Pageant is a nonprofit performing arts group which provides entertainment to the local community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As its president, David M. Landis oversees daily business operations, and he also produces and directs live shows that serve to teach the community the origins of Christmas. Passionate about the organization, Mr. Landis also assists in fundraising efforts, promotes shows, and manages public relations. Hard working and dedicated to the organization’s cause, Mr. Landis has become recognized as a thought- and action-leader throughout his community.

From The Morning Call:

Spend an hour contemplating the reason for the season at the 35th annual edition of the Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the bandshell at Rose Garden Park, Eighth Avenue and Union Boulevard in Bethlehem.

The fully costumed re-enactment tells the story of Joseph and Mary and the birth of Christ. Joseph accompanies the Virgin Mary, who is riding a donkey to the stable where Christ is born and laid in a manger. The angels appear and summon the shepherds, who come with their offerings of sheep and various other animals. The Wise Men and camels, with an escort of Soldiers on horseback, arrive to receive the words of Herod and the High Priests. They proceed to the stable, where the Holy Family and the resident animals await under the watchful care of the angels.

David M. Landis produces and directs live shows that serve to teach the community the origins of ChristmasThe animals are all real. Singers and a narrator tell the story.

There is a musical prelude at 1:45 p.m. each day and the pageant starts at 2. Admission is free, however, a goodwill offering is requested to support the community event, presented by David Landis of Bethlehem and his family.

Mr. Landis is professionally affiliated with Worldwide Branding- which named him an Outstanding VIP member in 2013. He is also an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and Minsi Trails Council. In 1990, he was honored with the Silver Beaver award by the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, he enjoys buying and selling goods for others.

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Rochunga Pudaite has Helped in Translating the Bible into Five Different Languages

Rochunga PudaiteAt the helm of Bibles for the World, Inc., Rochunga Pudaite—an expert in bible education—trains preachers and teachers, and translates the bible. He has set the precedent in the field of bible education, paving the way for religious servicemen to reach out to neighbors abroad and spread the glory of God, via his 501(c)(3) organization.

From CBN Asia:

Chwanga Pudaite, the son of a headhunter, met a Welshman by the name of Watkin Roberts. The year was 1910, and the seven days that Roberts spent in the foothills of the Hmar territory in India changed Chwanga’s future. The quiet, soft-spoken Welshman told Pudaite of a living God who sent His Son into our world to bring life, and that week Chwanga Pudaite made a decision which cost him dearly.  When he decided to follow Jesus, he was driven from his home and family.  But when his son was born, he prayed that he might be the one to take the Bible back to the hills of Hmar from which he had come.

Chwanga’s son, Rochunga, was anything but a model boy, yet early in his teen years, Rochunga followed in the footsteps of his father and likewise became a Christian.  After he completed high school by sweeping floors and chopping wood for board and tuition, Rochunga appealed to Prime Minister Nehru for a scholarship.  His faith was rewarded.  The first scholarship ever given by the Indian government to a tribal student went to Rochunga.

During those years, he began thinking of his father’s dream‑‑a Bible in their native Hmar dialect.  When Rochunga was elected president of the newly formed political party by the Hmar leaders, he was on the verge of forgetting his dream for a political career.  During those days of decision, a cable arrived from Watkin Roberts‑‑the man who had first introduced his father to Christ. Instead of throwing his hat into the political arena, Rochunga came to America for graduate study. As he studied, Rochunga (Ro for short) also translated the New Testament into his native tongue, and it was published by the London Bible Society.

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Dr. Pudaite, more affectionately known as “Dr. Ro,” is a renowned public figure who has fascinated audiences for years, with the book “Fire on the Hills: The Rochunga Pudaite Story” published in 1999 and written about him by James C. Hefley. He is also the subject of “Beyond the next mountain: The story of Rochunga Pudaite,” a reflective biography that was authored by his lovely wife, Dr. Mawii Pudaite.

Lauded as a thoughtful, insightful and philanthropic evangelical expert with a wealth of experience and a huge heart, Dr. Pudaite has given Bibles to 19 million families across 110 nations.

Watch a classic episode of “This Is Your Life” featuring Dr. Pudaite below, learn more about Bibles for the World, Inc. by visiting the organization’s website, and visit Dr. Ro and Dr. Mawii’s Facebook page by clicking here.

 

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Terrie Lea Exemplifies the True Meaning of Faith and Perseverance, and Shows Miracles are Possible through God’s Singing Children

Terrie LeaTerrie Lea has gone through a lot in her lifetime, enduring many smiles, laughter and love as well as heartaches, trials, and tears. The Lord called her in 1987 and gave her the gift of song. She was ordained in 1991 as a song minister. In 1992, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In December of 1992, she was in the hospital getting ready to have surgery, but the Lord told her to tell the doctor to check one more time, and when the doctor did, the cancer was no longer there. On through the years, Terrie Lea has had things happened to her, different sicknesses, but the Lord was always there on time to deliver her from all the attacks. She has been healed so many times by her Father God, who loves her so dearly. From the year 2003 to 2007, it seemed there was always something to discourage her, but her vision and the calling God had placed in her life gave her the strength to overcome all the traps the enemy had set before her.

Upon her arrival into the year 2007, everything one could have imaged when it came to illness was thrust her way every four days—but God was there, right on time. In October 2007, Terrie Lea suffered an injury from protecting her granddaughter that led to blood clots in her left leg that traveled to her right lung as well. In December 2007, another blood clot developing in the other leg and traveled to the other lung. Terrie Lea has suffered several physical ailments, disappointments or setbacks that have transformed her life, but she refuses to give into the despair or depression that could weigh her down. She focuses on the positive outlook in life and is sometimes described as too optimistic and trusting, and has come to be known as a “Pollyanna.” Through the many medical conditions, Terrie Lea had to make the difficult choice of moving to Florida to be close to the Mayo Clinic for her health. This was an extremely difficult decision to be away from her family. However, her health and medical care have improved and she visits as often as she can, especially during the holidays. She loves Christmas, and the holidays would not be the same without her family. They know that she is the spirit of Christmas in their home. She strives to a better Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend each and every day.

Terri LeaTerrie Lea believes in the goodness of others and the importance of unconditional love, faith, family and the Lord and Savior in her life. She has been extraordinarily blessed in her life and wants to continue to make her mark upon this earth. It is the Lord within her that sings, not her. When He called her to sing in 1987, she couldn’t talk let alone sing in front of people. He said then it was Him in her and to not be afraid. She has gone through many hardships and trials that have tested her faith and strength in the Lord. She has suffered physically with illness, such as COPD, cancer, and blood clots in both lungs and legs and when she felt like giving up and quitting singing for the Lord, He has spoken to her and said, “Terrie, I am not finished with you yet.” She is so blessed to have always been held in the palm of God’s hands to be protected, loved, guided and inspired. Her family is the most important thing in life and she has fought to protect her husband, her children and grandchildren from life’s hardships. She is not perfect, but she strives to be better each and every day.

Terrie LeaTerrie Lea hopes to see her legacy continue with her grandchildren. It is amazing to see how a young girl who was afraid to sing is working on her fifth album—singing, producing, and writing songs. She can see God’s blessings in her grandchildren and how they are touched with God’s love, empathy and grace. Her oldest grandson, Colton, wrote his first song at the age of seven. The younger grandchildren want to work for the Lord and she knows that one day Alyssa, Landon, Laken and the ones waiting in heaven to be born and bless the family, will work for the Lord in one capacity or another. Upon reflecting on the decisions she has made and on what she intends to be a bright future, Terrie Lea said, “I had to move to Florida for my health and to be away from all that I love in West Virginia. However, I know that with my family and God’s unconditional love that I will be okay. My calling has been to sing and speak to the broken-hearted with words and song. I am so blessed to have seen my life experiences, both good and bad, touch others in ways that I would not have thought possible.”

Please visit Terrie Lea’s website or http://godssingingchildren.com to learn more about her incredible journey.

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Roger A. Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With Heart

Roger Lloyd helps children through his charitable organization "Game With Heart"Named one of Orange County’s 40 Under 40 in 2008, Roger A. Lloyd has been thriving as a franchising executive since 1998. His company, Play N Trade, a mobile entertainment and video game franchise, was recognized as Orange County’s fastest-growing company in 2008.

Mr. Lloyd works with his nonprofit organization, Game With Heart, to fulfill its mission “to combat major societal health issues through the positive power of video games.” Its two main initiatives are combating childhood obesity and improving rehabilitation for burn victims, prosthetic users and those affected by neurological disorders.

From the website:

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartWhen you register with Game With Heart, not only do you become a member of the most influential Gamer’s Charity, but you are also automatically entered into Game With Heart’s Weekly and Monthly free prize drawing.

Weekly Drawing winners will be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Weekly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to Console face plates, video games for the winner’s console of choice, t-shirts from our sponsors and other gaming contributors, sweatshirts, etc.

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartMonthly Drawing winners will also be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Monthly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to various accessory or game bundle packs, gift cards to video game stores near them, various paraphernalia signed by gaming celebrities, or various paraphernalia signed by NBA, NFL, Surfing, Skating, and UFC celebrities that support the Game With Heart Mission and Initiatives.

Mr. Lloyd set up an early detection and prevention outreach program for childhood diabetes by establishing free testing clinics throughout the community, and provided free educational discussion groups and evening courses by those affected by the disease. He and his colleague met with Michael Finnegan, chairman of the board for Play N Trade, to give back to society, and they have since made every effort to help champion the worthy causes of outreach and fundraising for children by working with the second largest video game retailer.

Please visit http://www.gamewithheart.org to learn more about Roger A. Lloyd’s motivation to help children in a fun and positive way through Game With Heart.

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Janet Johnson Drives Donor and Child Sponsorship Initiatives in the Wake of Ebola Crisis

Janet JohnsonJanet Johnson currently oversees all channels of fundraising and meets regularly with key donors. Ms. Johnson, who has been working in this capacity for five years, has honed her expertise in leadership, human resources, sales, and marketing. “When the giving experience of our supporters and donors are delightful we see increased retention (donors renew their gift year after year),” she said in a recent statement. “We see increases in acquisition through referrals and positive word of mouth. Delighted sponsors and donors increase their giving commitment and we enjoy revenue growth, increased engagement and commitment from the giving community of time, talent and treasure ultimately results in increased yield to ministry for World Vision.”

From Worldvision.ca:

Your help is needed today to fight the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Ebola is a highly contagious, deadly virus to which there is currently no vaccine or cure. It is very important to stop the spread, before the virus rages out of control.

Health services are overwhelmed by the outbreak, with many health workers having been infected and a large number having died. Mothers and children are unable to access much-needed health services for treatment of malaria, diarrhea, or even childbirth. Markets have closed making it difficult to access food. A large humanitarian crisis is looming.

World Vision is working urgently to protect children and their families, by educating communities about how to stop the spread of the virus, as well as providing protective equipment. But with your help we can do more.

World Vision CanadaThrough World Vision Canada, Ms. Johnson initiates charitable causes that serve to stop the spread of disease at its core. Her work with the organization has changed many lives, and she continues to work towards serving as an agent of positive change in the lives of children and adults around the globe.

Click here to sponsor an underprivileged child for the Christmas holiday; your donation will triple in value!

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Jaine M. Schmidt Gives Visions of Joy as Head of Creative Services for Lighthouse International

Jaine M. SchmidtJaine M. Schmidt began her career as a business-to-business communications graphic designer. With excellent business acumen, she pursued an opportunity in the nonprofit sector with Lighthouse International. The nonprofit organization provides help, hope and resources to children and adults who have experienced, or are at risk for experiencing, vision loss. Their range of prevention, treatment, and empowerment services extends to an international demographic. In an effort to ensure productivity and independence amongst their members, Lighthouse International provides early intervention, youth and social services, assistive technology training, and vision rehabilitation. For members seeking career assistance, the organization extends opportunities in job placement, internships, pre-employment training, and job retention to ensure success. Lighthouse International also offers services, which aid members in performing everyday functions, such as programs, which make it easier for people with vision impairment to read text messages or books. Aiding people who are visually impaired for over 100 years, Lighthouse International continues to serve as a beacon of hope for those struggling daily with vision loss.

As Lighthouse’s director of creative services, Ms. Schmidt utilizes her strengths in marketing and graphic design to grow and strengthen the organization’s brand recognition as the leading resource in low vision. She is responsible for overseeing the entire panoply of printed, electronic and display materials for the external activities of Lighthouse International along with ensuring a consistent and relevant external presence of the organization through the website, social media, public relations and advertising campaigns. As director of creative services, she exercises overall executive responsibility for the design, development and production of all graphic materials, working closely with appropriate members of the management in all departments. A key element of the job is to insure that there is extreme consistency among imaging and messaging protocols, as well as quality control, in all Lighthouse materials.

Lighthouse International provides help, hope and resources to children and adults who have experienced, or are at risk for experiencing, vision loss

Lighthouse International provides help, hope and resources to children and adults who have experienced, or are at risk for experiencing, vision loss

Drawing on her educational background, which includes a Bachelor of Fine Art from The College of New Jersey, Ms. Schmidt has become an expert in nonprofit management. She has become proficient in building awareness and generating funding for Lighthouse International. Recognized as a leader in her field, she is often sought after for advice and collaboration. In the coming years, she plans assist Lighthouse in the expansion of programs and services dedicated to getting the latest technology to people with vision loss.

Ms. Schmidt is charitably involved with Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, New York Cares, the National Hemophilia Foundation and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In her free time, she enjoys golfing as a hobby.

Lighthouse International is a leading resource in helping people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss through low vision care by expert eye doctors, rehabilitation services, early intervention and preschool and adolescent programs and social services.

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Heather Laanbroek Supports BARK NZ, an Organization that Champions Safety of Children Around Dogs

Girl safely hugs a Golden RetrieverBARK is an acronym for Building Awareness aRound K9s, and Heather Laanbroek serves as the Director of operations at BARK Ltd. She has been at this post for a number of years, and she has forged new ground in the nonprofit business management sector. The innovative nonprofit business leader demonstrates a shining expertise in general management, and adeptly runs the company’s the daily operations, ensuring that BARK Ltd. offers solutions for educators that enable children to learn how to remain safe around dogs.

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children's safety around dogs

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children’s safety around dogs

Ms. Laanbroek attributes her success to her dedication to remaining current in her field. She became involved in her profession after volunteering for another organization and recognizing a need for a dog safety education business. She earned a Postgraduate Diploma from Massey University, and has remained abreast of trends and developments in the field as a member of numerous Animal Welfare Organizations. In the near future, Ms. Laanbroek would like BARK to become a national organization.

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Dawn Fontaine Helps to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect as Family Center Coordinator of the Community Connections of Brockton

Dawn Fontaine works with pilot programs to prevent cruelty to childrenDawn Fontaine gained a breadth of experience in nonprofit management and child services when she worked for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In her position, she was responsible for working with the Attorney General on prevention, providing mediation services to cease fighting between parents and officials, and overseeing all areas of protection and abuse prevention. In 2010, she assumed a position as coordinator for The Family Center Community Connections of Brockton. The nonprofit organization provides community services to individuals and families in a local area near Rockland, Massachusetts.

At her current post as coordinator, Ms. Fontaine works with pilot programs to prevent cruelty to children—this role involves collaborating with the Department of Social Services. A natural leader, she provides services for nine towns in Brockton and organizes activities, support, and social events. Ms. Fontaine oversees four staff members, 40 volunteers, and approximately eight interns. She has become proficient in coordinating grant writing, bills, and invoices. Ms. Fontaine holds a Master of Science in administration of justice from Salve Regina University, a Bachelor of Science in administrative justice from Roger Williams University, and completed community engagement training. She also earned certificate and training diplomas from Prevention Institute.

Ms. Fontaine is well known for her desire to help others succeed and for providing necessary resources to those in need. She seeks to assist those who are struggling while empowering them to take back their life and find their own independence. Ms. Fontaine is a believer in the theory of “paying it forward” and often encourages clients to help their neighbors once they have restored their own lives. Ideally, she strives to help families to completely prevent child abuse and neglect. Through a sound educational foundation and parental training, Ms. Fontaine believes this is attainable for any and all family units.

In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Fontaine aims to help Brockton build leaders, and not politicians. She seeks to reach out and help people become more involved in the community so that they can have a voice in how things are managed. Ever eager to keep abreast of changes in her field, she is professionally affiliated with Worldwide Branding, Brockton’s Promise, Policy Counsel for Headstock, and Community Service of Greater Brockton, where she serves as treasurer.

Dawn Fontaine Helps to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect as Family Center Coordinator of the Community Connections of Brockton

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