Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Closed tonight

We will be closed tonight for our regular services and for the men's group due to the winter storm watch in effect. Please be safe tonight on the roads!

Jamaica Team sharing THIS SUNDAY!

Hi everyone! All of the members of our team have made it home safe and sound! Thank you for all of your prayers and support while we were away.

 The trip was amazing, and we cannot wait to share about our trip with all of you! This Sunday at the Berkshire Dream Center our team will be sharing with pictures, stories, and videos from our journey. If you are interested in going with us next year, you especially don't want to miss this Sunday! We will be posting pictures and more stories after we share them this Sunday, on our website and facebook.

We will also be having Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee this Sunday ONLY! It is the best coffee in the world straight from Jamaica!!

Hope to see you for our service at 1:00!!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Halfway through the trip already?!?!

We cannot believe that we are already halfway through the trip. Time goes by so fast when you are serving and loving others. Today was another great day! Some members of our team had the chance to tutor students who are now out of school because of Ash Wednesday. The whole island of Jamaica celebrates Ash Wednesday with all the schools being closed, banks are closed and people are off from work. So the kids here at the children's home are off from school for the rest of the week. Which is good news for us because we get more time with them :) The rest of the team painted dorm rooms where interns and teams stay. We were able to do two coats in 4 rooms! Not too bad.. For dinner we had a traditional Jamaican meal which was incredible! It was jerk chicken, rice, greens and festival bread. AMAZING!!! We are bringing home some recipes. :) Service tonight was great with the kids. Our team had the honor to be able to share for the whole service. Jesse and Valerie lead worship, Louie did a special song and Pastor Katelynn shared from the Word of God. She shared with the kids about "Exercising Their Faith." How to have faith in God, how to hear His voice, and to know that He can use anybody who is willing and they are never to young to hear from God. At the end of the message kids came forward to receive prayer if they wanted it and a lot responded. God has such a special plan for each and every child here. It was great to see God working in their lives. Since the kids are off of school for the rest of the week, we have the privilege of taking 30 of them to an outing for the day tomorrow! Can't wait to spend time with them all day- just loving them the way Jesus does. Thank you for all of your prayers and support. Talk soon - Blessings, The Jamaica Team

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Safely in Jamaica

Our team has safely made it here to Jamaica! Sorry we haven't had a chance to post anything until now. We have been so excited to be here and busy with different projects! Everything is going great and everyone on our team is doing fine.. Being up here in the blue mountains at the City of Refuge is just amazing. Gods presence is so evident. To be able to get away from our daily lives and to help someone else out of your own country is such a blessing. To see how others live and to broaden your perspective of what life is and to see that America isn't just the end all and be all of existence. Yes, it is the great county and we are honored and thankful for our freedom but the world is so much bigger then what we experience everyday. So far the members of our team has been able to help in the school, clean the classrooms, cut medal to make frames for the windows, tutor children after school and organize the library and computer room for the children. Steve, Kim, Steve and Samantha Puffpaff have been such a huge blessing to us all! They are such amazing people of faith and they are taking good care of us. The weather has been beautiful and sunny everyday in the 80's. We are encouraging the cooks here at the children's home to make a City of Refuge Cookbook because the food it THAT good!!! We are bringing home some of the blue mountain coffee they are selling which is like nothing you have ever tasted if you are interested in buying some to support the children here at the home. All the proceeds go to the children and we have seen that firsthand. Also, some of the children needs sponsors to provide for their needs at the home if you are interested in that as well. We will be bringing more information home with us about that. Tomorrow our team will have the opportunity to be involved with the church service. Jesse will be leading worship with Valerie and Louie and Pastor Katelynn will be sharing from the Word and heart of God. Keep us in your prayers! So excited for what God has in store for us for our work day tomorrow! Keep us in your prayers and we will keep in touch- Many blessings, The Jamaica Team

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

BDC Team Leaves for Jamaica

Our team cannot wait to leave for the Jamaica THIS SATURDAY!!! Six people from the Berkshire Dream Center are going to work at the children's home, The City of Refuge!!!! Check out their website!

If you would like to purchase a bag of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee to help support the children that are living at the home, let me know before we leave and we can get you some right off of the mountain.
 Throughout the trip we will be posting and sharing pictures of what is happening at the children's home and with our team! Make sure to keep updated for the week we are gone by checking our blog while we are away!

Happy Valentines Day!

 Happy Valentines Day!! For God SO LOVED the world that He gave His only Son... John 3:16 Hope everyone has a blessed day! Jesus loves YOU!- Shared from the LA Dream Center

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thought for Today

Enjoy today to it's fullest, and be reminded that it is a gift from God!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Scripture for Today

When problems come our way: "What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" - Romans 8:31

Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday

What a great day in church yesterday! Those who came even got a sneak peak at the best Super Bowl commercials that were showed last night! If you missed service, don't miss next Sunday! God is going to show up like He did yesterday!! He is really at work!!!!

Friday, February 3, 2012


Don't forget that TOMORROW is orientation and training for ANYONE who is interested in getting involved and volunteering with us! Anyone who is interested in getting more information about us is invited to come as well!! It will be held at the Berkshire Dream Center from 1:00-3:00! We will have coffee on! :)

The more people that get involved, the more streets we can cover, and the more lives we can touch!!! For just 4 hours a month, you can be part of our Adopt A Block team and have such a huge impact in your local community! That is less than 1% of your time! I would challenge you to give more of yourself this year for someone else. Can you give at least 1% of your time for others???

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Scripture for Today

God knows everything we need even before we pray and ask Him to hear our requests. God tells us that we are to present our requests to Him, and He will answer them! We don't have, because we don't ask. This also helps us with our faith, because we are taking that step and trusting our needs in His hands. 

Matthew 7:7&8-
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

It is important to remember that God will ALWAYS ANSWER, but how He answers may not be exactly the answer that we want. For those who trust in Him, He is always looking out for our best interest because He is our heavenly Father. The answer will come. Maybe not right away, but be patient and remember that God hears you and you can rest in knowing that He will take care of you. 
Ask God to hear your requests, and seek Him with all of your heart.Then, step out in faith and start knocking on doors of opportunity and trust God will open the ones that He wants to open for you!!!!!!! 

For those who do not trust in Jesus, you cannot blame Him for what happens in your life. If you are not following Him then you are choosing to not travel on the safe path that He provides for you. You are choosing to journey from it and you will end up on very dangerous terrain and in places that you don't want to be. 

It is similar to if you were a competitor in a race. If you choose to not stay on the course outlined for you by the event staff, you cannot blame them if you choose to journey from it and you get hurt or get lost. The choices you make are yours. God allows us to have free will, because He loves us. If you choose to journey off on your own, then you are on your own and then cannot blame God. Thank God though that you can always make the decision to come back to the right course and ask Him to be with you in this life. He will ALWAYS take you back!!!!