OUR GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2021 IS ERIC REVERENCE
INFORMATION ABOUT ERIC REVERENCE CAN BE FOUND BELOW
Eric Reverence is a UK based Recording Artist, Worship Leader, Evangelist, Multiple award-winning Singer Song writer, Evangelist, Event Organiser and a pioneer of Kingdom works and Networking. He is the Co-founder of The Music and Media Platform Awards (TMMP), UK President of Gospel Industry Network (GIN UK), founder of Spontaneous Worship, founder of Pakistan Project and is a Youth Ambassador in the UK. Eric’s heart and passion is to spread the Gospel and love of God through his music, produce songs for everyone needs, charitable works, create platforms for upcoming artists and musicians, empower and build others especially young people with creative gifts.
Eric’s career started off in 2010 with a first single ‘I Give You My All’ which touched many lives and was aired on national and international Christian radio stations and TV networks including UCB Radio and Wonderful TV. In 2014 he released his EP ‘I Will Carry On’ followed by an international tour in Ghana and Netherlands which was phenomenally successful. In 2017, His rise to success landed him a record label deal with Nine Fruits Record where he released his single ‘I Believe’ and received major recognition including appearing on MOBO Awards article, StepFwd Christian Charts and many international articles. Eric became a Partner and Patron of Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages where he worked with Diana McIntyre-Pike (President/Founder & Community Tourism Consultant) to develop the Christian Tourism Market in the Caribbean.
In 2018, Eric was appointed the Media and Communications director of Great Commission Society (GCS) and now holds the role as Membership Director. In 2019, Eric and his Co-partner hosted one of the biggest events in the UK ‘Gospel Explosion Summit- UK meets USA’ which was very successful and received lots of global exposure. His continued rise to success connected him with Visions TV Online and MHM Magazine as their Strategist Adviser.
In early 2020, Eric organised a successful global charity project called ‘The Believe Song’ which involved over 60 musical artists across the globe and raised funds for countries who were affected heavily by Covid 19. Eric worked with Great Commission Society (GCS), Visions TV Online and South African International Artist and Producer J Ross to complete the project. In May 2020, Eric and his Co-Founders Andrew & Shireen Morrison founded TMMP Awards with the aim to become the biggest Christian award in the UK.
Eric’s continuous rise to success has seen him shared stage with international Christian/Gospel artists and global icons including Hillsong, Tim Hughes and Sonnie Badu. Eric has also completed successful tours in the UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Ghana and Latvia. Eric has just released his latest hit single ‘Miracles’ and currently working on his album which will be completed in 2021 followed by Africa tour (Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania) UK tour, Europe Tour, North America and Asia Tour.
Achievements and Honours:
2020 – Winner of International Artist of The Year (Gospel Choice Music Awards)- USA.
2020 – Humanitarian Awards Winner (Prayze Factor Awards)- USA
2020 – Believe Project 2020- Involving 60 musician artists across the globe.
2020 – Nominated for International Artist of The Year, Song of The Year and Contemporary Artist of The Year (Prayze Factor Awards)- USA.
2020 – Nominated for International Artist of The Year, Song of The Year and Contemporary Artist of The Year (Gospel Choice Music Awards 2020)- USA.
2020 – Nominated for International Artist of The Year, Song of The Year and Contemporary Artist of The Year (S & M Gospel Music Awards)- USA.
2019 – Nominated for International artist of The Year (Texas Gospel Music of Excellence)- USA
2019 – Organised Gospel Explosion Summit 2019 UK Meets USA in London, UK.
2018 – Winner of Male Artist of The Year (Gospel Touch Music Awards)- UK.
2018 – Appointed one of the Directors of Great Commission Society (2018).
2017 – Partner and Patron of Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages- Caribbean.
2017 – Nominated for Role Model of The Year (National Diversity Awards)
2016 – Winner of Artist of The Year (BEFFTA Awards)- UK
2015 – Winner of Praise and Worship Leader of The Year (PraiseTek Gospel Music Awards)- UK
2014 – Nominated for New Artist of The Year (African Gospel Music Awards)- UK
2011 – Finalist at Gospel Rock Competition- UK.
2000 – Selected to represent UK at World Methodist Youth Conference- Atlanta Georgia USA
1998 – Won National 5-Aside Football Tournament at Wembley Arena- UK
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Internationally renowned worship leader Eric Reverence reconnects with his West African roots on his new single, ‘Oluwa’, out now.
It’s a simple one-word title, but it says a lot. ‘Oluwa’ (the Yoruba word for God) is an exuberant, joyful Afrobeat Gospel tune, designed to usher in 2022 on a note of thanksgiving and expectation. Eric wrote and recorded the song during a successful tour in Nigeria in November 2021.
The making of ‘Oluwa’ marks a sort of homecoming in Eric’s own personal journey. British Ghanaian-born Eric moved to Canada in 1991 and eventually to the UK in 1992, but his memories of childhood in Ghana weren’t particularly happy ones. “Life in Ghana was a huge struggle as I was always told by my teachers and headteacher that I was useless and worthless,” he recalls. Eric’s ministry as a worship leader and Gospel artist has taken him across the UK and to the USA, Ghana, Netherlands, and Latvia, but it’s always been with a more western pop sound. And then in 2020 Covid-19 struck and George Floyd was murdered. Both those events got Eric thinking that it was time for him to return to his African roots - musically at least. A tour of Nigeria followed, and the concept for ‘Oluwa’ was born. Produced by Tobass Adolphus, the song combines the sounds of the various tribes of both Nigeria and Ghana. The joy and vibrancy of the song are expressed beautifully in the accompanying video, with its breath-taking choreography, made by the Nigerian production company Justice DH Films and creative director Austine Holy.
“God has seen us through a lot in the last year,” Eric says. “Oluwa’ is a song of thanksgiving to God for what he’s brought us through, and of anticipation for what he has in store for us next.”
🔥In the news...❤💙❤ The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition Student Scholarship Honorees Receive Care Boxes from Suntrust.
Fort Washington, MD -- November 23, 2021--The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc (PGCDPC) in partnership with Suntrust Bank (now Truist) was delighted to share the evening with bank executives to support our 13 scholarship award honorees. Ms. Sharol Henry (Vice President and Sr. Branch Leader) other bank executives Ms. Leslie Rush (Camp Springs Branch), School Board member Edward Burroughs, and some of our student honorees and parents were back in the area to accept their "care boxes" from the Indian Head Highway Branch. The care boxes included dormitory supplies needed by the students (such as: towels, sheets, socks, soap, hats, scarfs and gloves etc.)
Students or parents representing the University of Miami, Towson University, Morehouse University, and the University of Maryland were in attendance. The other Coalition student honorees will pick up their care boxes through mutual time arrangements with Suntrust bank. Vice President Sharol Henry told everyone, "We hope to make this an annual tradition." Dr. Campbell, President of the Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. thanked all of the attendees and said, "We are so excited that Ms. Henry and her team selected our nonprofit for this community project. We are looking forward to working with them for many years to come."
To learn more information about the Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Incorporated or to read the recent Press Release, please visit https://www.pgcdpc.com
This month's newsletter will be some highlights from our members around the world. I hope you enjoy our November Newsletter! Share this news with your family and friends. Have a wonderful and blessed holiday. Love you all!
We have some great nonprofit organizations in our network that are doing awesome community service activties around the world helping people in need. Please support our (4) Network nonprofit orgainzations with a donation. You can make a donation from their websites below:
1. The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. awarded 13 $1,000 scholarships to students for its annual “Empowering Future Leaders” scholarship awards program. Over the past nine years, the Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. has awarded over $200,000.00 in scholarships to students, allowing them to continue their education in preparation for their future careers. To donate visit the website at https://www.pgcdpc.com
2. Since 2012, Pure Heart Children’s Fund in Managua, Nicaragua has opened a feeding center near the Managua city dump. They serve around 200 meals every day to the children that live in the communities along the dump site. To donate visit the website at https://pureheartchildren.org
3. The Thirst No More Corporation provides humanitarian aid in countries suffering from extreme poverty. Over the years, they have provided humanitarian aid in Africa and Central America through a variety of efforts including construction projects, educational resource provision, computer distribution, fresh water projects, food distribution, and more. As a result, they have helped hundreds of people in foreign countries by providing much needed assistance. To donate visit the website at https://www.thirstnomorecorp.org
4. The L.M. Foundation works to rebuild and restructure with those in need, those who are underprivileged, and those who are underserved. Their focus lies on community efforts, including small-scale construction projects, shelter, food supply, community awareness, and educational opportunities. To donate visit the website at https://www.thelmfoundation.org
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Our network member Jacqueline Jones business called Divine Beginnings, LLC has a great Black Friday sale for Christian-Themed Boutique for Kids. To learn more information about her products or to shop visit the website at https://www.divinebeginnings.com
Network member Pastor Joyce Nyante recently had her new book launch called THE MARRIAGE INSTITUTION 'Set Up By God'. The Marriage Institution describes marriage as instructed by God in the bible. The book sets out the origination of marriage from the garden of Eden when God made Adam and Eve and blessed them in a matrimony and then HE empowered them, and for that matter mankind, to rule and dominate the earth and multiply. You can purchase her book from our network's bookstore at https://heypapipromotions.com/bookstore or at Barnes and Noble Bookstore
If you have upcoming events including church services, please add to our network's EVENTS page so our members around the world can view and support it. Here is the link to our EVENTS page at https://heypapipromotions.com/events
Former Council Member and State Delegate Tony Knotts Announces His Candidacy for the Council District 8 Special Election
Experienced Public Servant Offers Stability, Accomplished Leadership, and a Steady Hand in a Time of Public Health and Economic Challenges
Oxon Hill, MD – Tony Knotts, who served as the District 8 Council Member from 2002 to 2010 and Maryland State Delegate for District 26 from 2014 to 2018, today is announcing his candidacy for the District 8 Special Election and is also filing his candidacy for the 2022 regular District 8 Primary to be held in June. Yesterday, District 8 County Council Member Monique Anderson-Walker announced her intent to resign her office, which, if effective before December 7, 2021, will trigger a special primary and general election in the early months of 2022.
Today, Council Member Knotts issued the following statement:
"From my time as a U.S. Marine to my service to the residents of District 8 as County Council Member, including serving as Council Chairman, and representing District 26 as a State Delegate, I have dedicated my life to the cause of public service and, specifically, to improving our quality of life in Prince George's County. I am proud of the tremendous progress that I helped District 8 and our County realize during my tenure as County Council Member, including the development of our County's signature economic development achievement -- the National Harbor Project, building the Southern Area Technology and Recreational Complex in Fort Washington, and establishing the new Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill. In the wake of the most serious public health crisis in our lifetime, the COVID-19 pandemic, the residents of District 8 need an experienced, steady, and accomplished hand to lead our communities into the future, not on-the-job training or instability. I fully understand the need to establish smarter development and environmental policies, increased infrastructure investments in Maryland 210 and Southern Maryland Light Rail, new investments in our public schools, and more direct support and services for our seniors, veterans, minority-owned businesses, and returning citizens. Most of all, I understand that a County Council Member cannot get anything done for the residents of District 8 without knowing how to work as a team with his or her colleagues on the County Council and with the County Executive. I am ready on day one to lead as the next County Council Member for Councilmanic District 8."
Tony Knotts is a lifelong resident of Prince George's County. He is a Vietnam War Veteran having served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Knotts is married to Wanda Knotts and currently resides in Oxon Hill, Maryland. He is a graduate of Fairmount Heights High School, where he was a substitute teacher while pursuing a Master’s Degree. Knotts earned an Undergraduate Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Management from Bowie State University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Knotts worked for the Washington Suburban and Sanitary Commission (WSSC), one of the largest public utilities in the nation, as a Budget Analyst, Minority Business Enterprise Officer and finally retiring as a Strategic Management Specialist. Knotts maintains membership in a host of civic associations and an active membership in the Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington. Knotts’ professional affiliations include the Coalition of Concerned Black Christian Men and the South County Economic Development Association among many others.
Hi Akiva, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today? For a person who never took any classes in playwrighting or directing I realize now it is a God-given gift. Able to articulate line by line for actors/actresses, making sure the storyline flows from the beginning, middle, and the end, researching the right background music that enhances the scenes, etc.
When I think back, I saw the pieces planted in me at an early age, during my adolescents and now adulthood. When I was little, I would spend hours in my room playing with my GI Joe toys, Transformers, etc. In my little room, I lived in a rhombus imagination. I created scenes for my toys to act in. I was the actor and director.
Approaching my teen years, I lost my mom and dad a year apart from one another. At this point the writer in me begins to write down feelings, things I wish I had, things I experienced, saw in my family, among my peers, and in society. I would begin to write short skit in my journals. Now around this time, I am also a star athlete at Westminster Academy named All-County in Broward (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) for Wide Receiver. I was heavily recruited to play baseball after high school. After being timed as one of the fastest running the bases; they compared me to the next fastest ever ran that fast was MLB Otis Nixon of Atlanta Braves. I was for sure I was going to play in Major League Baseball especially playing against Alex Rodriquez (New York Yankee) and Danny Kanell (ESPN Sports Analyst and New York Giant). But God has something else planned for me.
After graduating from Bethune Cookman University with a BS in Sociology. Another piece to the puzzle that I realized I needed later with my writing/directing. I worked three years with the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Group Treatment Counselor for youth first-time offenses in the judicial system. I also got married in June 1998.
I will have to say while in college I became a Tyler Perry fan. I remember not having too much money as a college student purchasing a ticket to one of the plays he was producing in Orlando, Fla. Since then, I followed and watched Tyler. One thing I can learn from him is that he never gave up. It took that one experience of people wrapped around the building to kick start his career. My people wrapped around the corner to get in is coming. I had one experience in 2013 for Cain N Abel. What happened I got distracted after losing my job. I really felt that was the year I was supposed to have left the workplace of a 9 to 5.
In 1999, I decided to enlist in the United States Air Force which brought me to the DMV area. I was stationed in Andrews AFB, MD for 9 years and 5 months receiving an honoring separation in 2008, but later in 2015 the USAF medically retired me.
My first stage play.
2009, I was attending Lighthouse Baptist Church; at the time the church wanted to do something different for the Christmas celebration. My wife at the time volunteered my name to write them a stage play. Yes volunteered. She reminded me that all the years in college I would write skits and always talk about production. For some reason, I stopped thinking about performance arts. I decided to say yes to the opportunity. As soon as I said yes, I began to have visions. I saw characters for the play, a storyline, supporting songs, etc. Next, I began to people watch; I personally chose everyone who I thought was qualified to play the roles I was writing. The play was called, “My Christmas Story.” The play received a standing ovation. At that point, I realized the gift God gave me is for real.
I begin to write more plays that were dear to me because there were stories of mine hidden in different characters. A lot of people review my plays like an emotional rollercoaster. You will get your laughs, thrills, suspense, teaching, and a lot of tears.
My motto is to provide high-quality stage plays that focus on the following cores from the play: comedy, teaching, drama, and ministry.
The following stage plays I have written over time:
2010, 2013 Cain N Abel; A grandmother took on a job to raise two of her grandsons. One grandson chose God and the other one chose the streets. It took the grandmother and her god-fearing grandson to go pull the other brother out of the darkness. I wrote this play to show how the effects of favoritism would do among family members, especially siblings.
2015 Deep Cover Stage Play Production – A pastor lost his first love in Jesus Christmas. He was more worried about expanding the church. He was losing his identity until an invited Bishop for the revival called him out on his behavior.
2016 Answering His Call Stage Play Production; An honor roll student finds herself In School Restriction. While in restriction the students opened up on personal things they were going through. At this point, she understood why she was there as she helped and encouraged each student that was going through depression, lack of confidence, and dealing with pregnancy.
2018-2019 I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Dinner Theater)
2019 Deep Cover “Let Your Light Shine in Dark Places” Pastor Wilson is challenged by his son to use his platform and speak out against police brutality, racism, and social injustice.
2019 Deep Cover “Let Your Light Shine In Dark Places” Panel Discussion at Anacostia Arts Center, DC- food, live entertainment, and a panel discussion on police/community relations, racism in society and the church, social injustice, and rights to vote
2020 Hired to write a book into a stage Play Production. The Storm Has A Ministry Stage Play Production. A mother’s story recovering from breast cancer, two divorces but wasn’t prepared to lose her son to violence in the streets of Atlanta, Ga. Instead of being bitter, she turned her pain into a ministry to teach others how to get through their pain.
2021 Life N Music web series Musical Drama series; Season One Episode one will begin March of 2022.
2023 Upcoming Stage Play Production, When Two Storms Collide.
After putting all the pieces together, I can walk boldly that I am a playwright, director, and now a screenwriter. Life and other experiences have made me the writer I am today.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way? A smooth ride not at all. I was raised by my grandmother. I never understood why I wasn’t living with my mother and my brother. My grandmother felt my mom was too young to raise me at the time. After some disagreement between mother and daughter my mother left and gave birth to my brother a year later.
I spent some time with my mother when I guess I was allowed. I remember spending the night at her apartments and or even going to work with her. My mom was hard work. She kept a job. One of the hardest things as a young man is to see his mother get beaten by her boyfriend. One night my brother and I were locked in a room as we can hear our mom being tossed to the walls and punched by her boyfriend. I wish I could have done something but I was paralyzed with fear. I wasn’t used to seeing that living with my grandmother. I actually shared about that abusive night in my play, Cain N Abel.
My mom received some bad news in 1986 that she had cancer. I think it was high in stages as she did not last long after going through chemotherapy. Jan 1996 my mom died in my room. For a long time, I couldn’t sleep in my room.
My dad was always in prison during my growing up. When describing my dad, I tell people I saw him three times: 1. Visiting him in Radford Fl prison when I was very young. 2. In my senior year in high school, my dad came to visit me at my grandmother’s. We talked briefly. He promised to be the dad I wanted in my life. 3rd. Six months later from the conversation at my grandmother’s living room my father was murdered in Miami Beach, Fla. I stood before him as he laid stiff in the casket. I looked at him remembering our conversation and seeing our resemblance.
Worked multiple jobs to take care of my family. I always had two jobs until 2008. I believe in taking care of my family by all means. That was a challenge especially on days I didn’t feel like going.
Being a full-time student attending night classes to receive my Masters in Information Network Systems. The money I would receive from the military for being a full-time student I would use to finance my stage plays for years until the money ran out.
Marital Problems- while writing my plays I experience some marital issues. The way I was able to handle it I developed a lot of characters in different plays. I was able to share how I felt through my actors. A lot of that was in I’ll Be Home For Christmas. It was my way of talking to my daughters and well to my wife. July 29th, 2020 received a divorce.
September 2020 learned I had chronic leukemia after going through some testing and biopsy. I was torn in pieces. I wasn’t for sure how long I had to live. I went back to holding my mom’s hand while she was dying. Remembering how much she went through with chemo. I always feared having cancer all my life.
In February of 2021, I did a short film with Kevin Simmons (Intentional Vision Filming). The short film was therapeutic for me. Kevin felt I was the best person to play me. I decided to come out of the director and become an actor. The film focused on me packing giving a sigh I lost my family and now dealing with the news of having leukemia. I called it “Faith Walk”
During these trying times, I was about to be blessed to write my first song called “Time After Time”, co-writer Burnie Stevenson.
More of the challenges now besides my health is trying to find sponsors and investors. I truly feel once I’m able to gain more help in that department we can reach out to some big-name actors, actresses, and or artists to appear in the plays I have already written.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about McClam Enterprise Productions? McClam Enterprise Productions was founded in 2010. We are a faith-based production company that believes in creating believable scenes on stage where everyone from all ages and races can relate. We turn biblical scriptures and or parables into modern-day stage plays. One of the first ones that people still talk about is Cain N Abel's 2010 and 2013 productions.
We are rapidly growing; our organization consists of the following: Casting Director, Stage Crew Director, Operation Manager, Transportation Operator, and Project Manager. In the beginning, I wore all those hats but over time I found the right people to trust to perform the work. Their main objective is to keep me busy focusing on production and execution with the cast, etc.
Currently, we specialize in one-on-one consultation on how to put a production together and acting, review scripts, stage crew assistant, work for hire turn your book into a script.
Our professionalism and high-quality productions set us apart from others. Our main objective to make sure our audience remember their experience with McClam Enterprise Productions. It reminds me when you ask a person how was church? Oh it was good, I can’t remember what the Pastor said but I tell you everything else was great!!! They are saying for that 2 hrs. their experience was great!!! That is what we want our viewers to experience!! The fun they remembered having.
Planting seeds wherever we go is our branding. We want to use our platform to plant good seeds in the lives of the people. If a community is having a police relation issue; our plays know how to target that situation in an entertainment setting but at the same time we are providing a solution and creatively show the audience both sides of the situation where people can see the Officer as a human and the Officer (s) can see the citizen as a human. I call this both sides meeting in the middle.
Our services are open to anyone! We ask you to have good energy and a passion to learn and take directions.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you? We are always looking to work with other people or businesses that share the same vision to help our community. We are currently collaborating with Assured Business Organization Services (SheAbos) founded by Angela Middleton. Angela Middleton after attending one of my productions sat me down and showed me how she can help me free up more of my time.
Since the coloration, we now work together in a group we called Network Link. We bring CEOs of other businesses in the community and give them the platform to share more about their organization. The main thing is to share, support, and network with one another.
Anyone from the community ever attends our event we teach them how to start their business and educate them on the purpose of networking.
You can reach us at email@example.com or subscribe on mcclamenterpriseproductions.com
The Marriage Institution describes marriage as instructed by God in the bible. The book sets out the origination of marriage from the garden of Eden when God made Adam and Eve and blessed them in matrimony and then HE empowered them, and for that matter mankind, to rule and dominate the earth and multiply. And there was no mention of same-sex marriage from the origination. The Marriage Institution goes on to illustrate marriage from different world cultures portraying a beautiful picture of the marriage institution from different ways and styles but all in accordance with a biblical perspective. The book goes on to mention how some African marriage cultures were dominated by the European marriage culture due to the introduction of Christianity to Africa and how that led to so much controversy and misunderstanding. Hence the Marriage Institution sets out what went wrong in the African church marriage when it comes to the two cultures, which are the European and the African cultures, and how the errors could be fixed. The Marriage Institution is good for teaching, marriage counseling can be a study book for couples, and even good to read by book lovers and added to collections. Pastor Joyce Nyante is an ordained reverend minister, evangelist, and teacher of the word of God. She is a mother and a wife, and her hobbies include writing, cooking, shopping, and being with family. Pastor Joyce has earned a degree from Thames Valley University, and Biblical Studies in Theology from the International Prayer Palace Church Bible Institute. She lives in Cambridgeshire in England with her husband and daughters. Pastor Joyce and her husband Pastor Simeon are co-pastors of the International Prayer Palace Church Empowerment Temple in Huntingdon Cambridgeshire. You can contact Pastor Joyce at https://prayerpalace.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Welcome.US provides a single point of entry for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, host arriving families through Airbnb and find other ways to help Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the United States after fleeing the Taliban
A man walks with a child through the Doña Ana Village of Fort Bliss, where Afghan refugees are being housed, in New Mexico, Sept. 10, 2021. The Biden administration provided the first public look inside the U.S. military base where Afghans airlifted out of Afghanistan are screened, amid questions about how the government is caring for the refugees and vetting them. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
(RNS) — Three former presidents and first ladies have joined with religious leaders, faith-based refugee resettlement agencies and others to support a new national organization with the goal of making it easier to help Afghan evacuees arriving in the United States.
Welcome.US launched Tuesday (Sept. 14) to provide a single point of entry for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, host arriving families through Airbnb and find other ways to help Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the U.S. after fleeing the Taliban.
“We know that doing the work of making our new neighbors welcome is the starting point for the many ways in which their presence will enrich us all,” Cecilia Muñoz, co-chair of Welcome.US, said during a virtual news conference Tuesday morning.
“This is what we do when we’re at our best, and we’re proud to have developed an approach to help Americans do this work together.”
Muñoz, who was director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under former President Barack Obama, is chairing the organization alongside John Bridgeland, who directed the council under former President George W. Bush.
Obama, Bush and former President Bill Clinton — along with former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush and former first lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — also are serving as honorary co-chairs “to lift up everyone else involved and remind us that this is our opportunity, in a time of all too much division, for common purpose,” according to the Welcome.US website.
People evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, wait to board a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
They are joined by leaders from several faith-based refugee resettlement groups, which form the backbone of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Those groups have been working independently to meet the needs of Afghans arriving with Special Immigrant Visas or on humanitarian parole since the U.S. withdrew troops from Afghanistan last month.
Among those leaders are Bill Canny, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services office; Erol Kekic, senior vice president at Church World Service; Chris Palusky, president and CEO of Bethany Christian Services; Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; and Jenny Yang, senior vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief.
Since 2009, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has supported about 10,000 Afghans through the SIV program with housing, employment assistance, medical support, cultural orientation and other resettlement services, Vignarajah said during the virtual news conference. The group has seen a “tremendous outpouring of support” in recent weeks, she said, with more than 45,000 people signing up to volunteer.
Americans are looking for ways to help, she added.
“Americans across the country and across the political spectrum … are eager to welcome Afghan allies and refugees as their newest neighbors. So many individuals, communities and congregations have a deeply personal connection to this historic effort, and they are opening their homes, literally and figuratively, once again for Afghans in need,” Vignarajah said.
Bilal Askaryar. Photo via Welcome.US
Bilal Askaryar, an Afghan American activist who previously worked for Church World Service, shared his family’s story of coming to the U.S. as asylum-seekers in the 1990s after Soviet forces withdrew from Afghanistan. He remembers the first-grade teacher who made him feel welcome and helped him learn English.
Askaryar sees a number of parallels between his experiences and the stories of Afghans now coming to the U.S., he said.
“But there’s one significant difference between when I was a kid and today: I’m heartened to see the Welcome.US campaign bring together … a whole of government approach, volunteer agencies, businesses and refugee agencies — so many smart people who have come together with a common goal of welcoming our new Afghan neighbors with dignity and compassion,” he said.
Welcome.US also lists a diverse group of religious leaders as part of its Welcome Council.
Among them are Bishop Michael Curry, head of the Episcopal Church; prominent New Age author and alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra; the Rev. Cynthia Hale of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Georgia; Walter Kim, head of the National Association of Evangelicals; Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City; Imam Mohamed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Virginia, former head of the Islamic Society of North America; Rabbi Jack Moline, head of the Interfaith Alliance; the Rev. Gabe Salguero, head of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Rabbi David Saperstein, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom; and Cardinal Joseph Tobin, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey.
Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers mainline Protestant Christianity.
Press Release: June 19 Museum, Inc. Announces the Appointment of Ms. Jacqueline Griffin to its Board of Advisors.
Jacqueline (aka Momma Griffin) Griffin is a Motivational Speaker, mother of three, grandmother, and retired Army Sergeant. Many also know her as the mother of Heisman Trophy Winner, Number Two (2) Overall NFL Draft pick, NFL 2013 Rookie of the Year, and NFL Quarterback, Mr. Robert L. Griffin III (RG3).
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Motivational Speaker Ms. Jacqueline Griffin recently joined June 19 Museum, Inc as an advisor to prepare for the 2022 Juneteenth Celebration. Ms. Griffin will be a spotlight speaking at special Juneteenth banquets and become a Juneteenth Ambassador. In this role, she will support fundraising activities and other national observance activities.
June 19th, referred to as Juneteenth, marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and free all enslaved people. The troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Presidential Executive Order freeing slaves in all rebelling states. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.
Jacqueline (aka Momma Griffin) Griffin is a Motivational Speaker, mother of three, grandmother, and retired Army Sergeant. Many also know her as the mother of Heisman Trophy Winner, Number Two (2) Overall NFL Draft pick, NFL 2013 Rookie of the Year, and NFL Quarterback, Mr. Robert L. Griffin III (RG3).
Ms. Griffin has two amazingly talented daughters: Miss Jihan Griffin and Miss Dejon Griffin and four gorgeous, intelligent, and talented granddaughters Jania Moten, Reese Griffin, Gloria Griffin, and Gameya Griffin and a handsome grandson, Baylor Griffin.
The Custom House Juneteenth Museum will offer interactive exhibits leveraging augmented reality and other technologies, a learning center, community outreach, education, job creation of museum staff, and cultural and historical preservation. The museum will develop and facilitate activities principally to commemorate the Juneteenth Celebration. It will also develop and facilitate activities that celebrate global diversity and inclusion through the stories and historical significance of Juneteenth. Our collections leverage modern technology to enrich, engage, and inspire communities through insight, visualizations, and interaction.
Jacqueline is not new to working with initiatives to give back. She has a long history of support to building greater awareness of the history and importance of Juneteenth. She serves as the President of The ROBERT L. GRIFFIN III (RG3) FOUNDATION, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization whose mission is to discover, design, and support programs that benefit struggling military families, underprivileged youth, and the victims of domestic violence. Jacqueline Griffin founded MOMS MOTIVATING MOMS (M3) to help mothers empower each other through encouragement, resources, and the support needed to make a difference in the lives of their children, their families, their communities, and our society. The organization supports all women that are and have mothered a child in their lifetime. Jacqueline believes when we invest in each other positive change happens for us and our families, which results in our communities and our society prosper.
About MOMS MOTIVATING MOMS (M3)
The MOMS MOTIVATING MOMS (M3) organization's mission is to encourage, educate, and energize moms by fostering an environment of inclusiveness. Our goal is to help mothers (all women who have mothered a child in their lifetime) empower each other through encouragement, resources, and the support needed to make a difference in the lives of their children, their families, their communities, and our society. Learn more about (M3) at https://momsmotivatingmoms.com
About June 19 Museum Inc.
June 19 Museum, Inc. develops world-class tourist destinations dedicated to the Juneteenth Holiday. The Customs House Juneteenth Museum will feature interactive exhibits, a boutique hotel, a restaurant, and a learning center to support the Galveston, Texas community. Learn more about June 19 Museum Inc at https://june19museum.com
New England’s Premier Christian Music Festival SoulFest returns to New Hampshire, celebrating faith through music from August 5-7, 2021 at Gunstock Mountain Resort, Route 11 A Gilford, NH 03249
New Sound Concerts, Inc., a New England based promoter and festival producer, is hosting their 23rd annual Christian music festival, at the Best of NH award-winning Gunstock Mountain Resort. After canceling the 2020 festival due to the pandemic, thousands are ready to gather and celebrate through “Music, Love & Action.”
This highly anticipated summer festival gathers over 8,000 attendees and features multiple GRAMMY-award winning Christian artists among the 75 artists and speakers. With four stages of live musical performances and dynamic speaking sessions, Gunstock provides the perfect setting for SoulFest: New England’s Premier Christian Music Festival.
SoulFest is proud to feature GRAMMY and Dove-award Winning Christian artists: Casting Crowns, Lecrae, Crowder, Cory Asbury, and Matt Maher. Also confirmed for the 2021 lineup is Andy Mineo, Big Daddy Weave, Social Club Misfits, Unspoken, Blanca, Gawvi, The Young Escape, and much more.
The L.M. Foundation presents 2021 Women's Conference When God Remembers
Join us on Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD 20783.
The event speakers will include Mental Health Recovery Coach Mary Joyner, Founder of Feed My Sheep Ministry Amanda Jones, CEO Monica Fenner of W.O.W. & R.A.W. Ministries, CEO Linda Diaz of Lauryn's Law, Author Teresa Davis, and Paula Warner of Emory Grove United Methodist Church. The event host will be CEO Pamela Price of the L.M. Foundation.
This event is to encourage and support women. You'll receive the tools and resources that will help encourage you through the tough times. This event will empower you and create a network of like-minded women.
As women are balancing home, running a business, and in some cases are taking care of elderly parents, sometimes become overwhelmed and believe that God has forgotten them. This event is about empowerment and encouragement! It is also a reminder that through all things God has not forgotten you!
L.M. Foundation likes to support organizations that help support the needs of women and the family. A portion of the tickets sales will be donated to Emory Grove Methodist’s Women’s Ministry, Sister’s United, which helps provide resources to low-income and homeless families.
Tickets: $35.00 Early Bird tickets on sale now $25.00
This annual powerful event will bring women together from all over for an Empowering, Uplifting, Mentoring, event. If you cannot make the event, please make your donation to help support! To make your tax-deductible donation or to learn more information about this event, please visit the website at https://thelmfoundation.org
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2021 BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER SERVICE
Fountain of Life Intl. Ministries and Kingdom Seekers Network invites you to join us for our 2021 Back to School Prayer Service!
Date & Time:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
7:00 pm EST
Live on Zoom and Facebook
We’re calling on all intercessors, prayer groups, ministries, teachers, pastors, and parents to agree with us for God to cover, protect and bless our children, educators and schools
The L.M. Foundation presents 2021 Men’s Conference The Man In The Mirror
The conference will be on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 10:00, am to 1:00 pm at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD 20783.
The event speakers will include Pastor Tim Warner of Emory Grove United Methodist Church, Executive Director Darian Cole of Feed My Sheep, Founder of Making A Difference (M.A.D.) Prince Hamm, Executive Director Darryl Hairston of Crime Victims II Foundation, Pastor Bennie Duncan of God's Purpose Ministries, and Co-founder Kevin Barnes of Fire Life Ministries. The event host will be CEO Pamela Price of the L.M. Foundation.
Tickets: $35.00 Early Bird tickets on sale now $25.00
This event is to bring men together in a safe place to share uplifting stories that will be filled with empowerment and encouragement.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Making A Difference (M.A.D). This organization provides support to the young men in the community.
If you cannot make the event, please make your donation to help support! To make your tax-deductible donation or to learn more information about this event, please visit the website at https://thelmfoundation.org
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Zion’s Daughters Dance Ensemble Inc. presents 7th annual Dance Showcase “It Belongs To You”
On August 29, 2021, Zion’s Daughters Dance Ensemble Inc. will host it’s 7th annual Dance Showcase “It Belongs To You,” this is our first production since the pandemic. We know it’s the Grace of God that has kept this organization together throughout it all. We reopened safely last year on July 8, 2020.
August 29, 2021 Dance Showcase Tickets can be purchased / donations can be made in support directly to/from Min. Marjorie, Mrs. Chari Christie, Our Parents or Dancers using Cash, CashApp $ZionsDtrsInc, PayPal (email) email@example.com, Zelle (email) firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited tickets $15.00 in advance and $20 at the door.
Programs start at 4:30 PM.
Event location will be 21st Century Expo Group Inc. Campus Studios, 9200 Alaking Court, Suite 200, Capital Heights, Maryland 20743.
Complex America: The Docuseries PILOT is now available!
A post-modern docuseries-style historical non-fiction. It's American History from a Biblical Worldview!
Complex America contains more than 30 episodes clarifying America’s true history in a way that has not been presented to the public in our time. A thought-provoking, eye-opening experience! Viewers will ask themselves, “why didn’t I know that?” This non-fiction history includes corrupt politics and the necessary religious aspects inseparable from our American fabric. There has been much chatter about how Christians should stay out of politics—well, the entirety of The Bible is a sociopolitical history.
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