We kicked the year off right at our January 10th Forum at Camping World Stadium. We had a great turnout of J4 Leaders, as well as many friends from LIFT Orlando and Grace Medical Home.
Lisa Schultz opened the event by sharing her excitement about the coming year and about our theme for 2017 of Love Our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.” We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.
Dr. Marvin Hardy, Founder of Grace Medical Home, shared about and their mission . . . "To be a medical home reflecting the heart of Christ by offering the highest level of health care to those in our community who need it most." Currently, almost one in four in Central Florida lacks health insurance. The visionary leaders of Grace Medical Home sought to fill a void in our local healthcare system and developed a solution to remove the burden from the current healthcare community, including hospitals, ER’s and urgent clinics. They wanted to create a home base where a patient’s medical history is known and their medical care is coordinated. Patients have an ongoing and personal relationship with their physician and a place to turn for their healthcare needs. To learn more about Grace Medical Home, please click here.
We also heard from Eddy Moratin, the Executive Director of LIFT Orlando and their focus on the revitalization of the historic neighborhoods of Lake Lorna Doone and Lake Sunset, which surround Camping World Stadium. These neighborhoods are among the lowest income neighborhoods in the nation. Their plan for this neighborhood is to create mixed-income housing, Cradle to Career Education, Community Heath & Wellness and long term economic viability. To learn more about LIFT Orlando, click here.
Bob Lupton, Founder of FCS Ministries in Atlanta and Author of "Toxic Charity" shared with us about the importance of giving people in need a hand up instead of a hand-out. "When we do for those in need what they have the capacity to do for themselves, we disempower them.” Through FCS, he has developed two mixed income subdivisions, organized a multi-racial congregation, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. He also shared about the importance of being a good neighbor by helping our neighbors out. This also includes using any influence we may have to help others get connected. There are so many programs out there to help people, but they will only take them so far. “Community transformation is about the quality of neighbors, not the quality of programs.” To read more about Bob, click here.
The evening wrapped up with a bus tour of the neighborhood narrated by Eddy Moratin.