Huntley Brown Foundation announces the homegoing of one of our founding board members Robert Mack pictured above.
Bob went home to be with the Lord on February 16, 2023. He was a faithful supporter of the work of the foundation and an invaluable member. His insight, presence, and input will be sorely missed. Please keep his wife Holly and family in your prayers.
Scholarships and Instruments:
This year the Foundation was pleased to present the Gem Learning Academy and Music Center in Ocho Rios, Jamaica with a Yamaha Professional keyboard workstation for the purposes of music lessons at the academy.
We were also able to provide a student from Kingston, Jamaica, with a financial scholarship to purchase a blue tooth audio speaker for purposes of enhancing sound production at performances targeted to reach individuals with his music ministry.
(See photos at the end of the newsletter!)
Both these scholarships were perfectly aligned with our mission to raise up young leaders to impact their communities for Christ and to equip them with the tools that they need to worship him in their daily lives.
Currently we are working on a worship music seminar that will be presented virtually later this fall. Further details on this to follow shortly.
If you would like to help with the worship seminar through any skills you may have, please contact us. As always we appreciate your faithful support. If you would like to hold a live worship seminar at your church, please let us know.
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The Day After
By Rev Dr Huntley Brown
Luke 23:46 NIV
“Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.”
What was it like for the disciples the next day knowing Jesus had died?
What is it like for us the next day knowing our loved one has died?
The day after is a day of uncertainty. The shock is palpable, you are still in the midst of pain, disbelief, anger wondering how to pick up the pieces.
The day after signifies a new beginning. A venture into the unknown, a journey with a void because someone will be missing.
The question comes up, God why?
Why didn’t you hear and answer our prayers?
It’s tough dealing with the day after but here are a few keys to help.
- Face this new reality with hope. God promised to never leave you or forsake you so you can have hope.
- Make a decision to grieve, yes, but keep doing life because life continues no matter what we do.
- Stay close to those who encourage you. Limit your time with those who drain you.
- Try something new. Learn a new instrument or language. Finally meditate on this verse.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Commit to Self-Wellness
By Marion Boomer-Hauser, MS, RD, HBF Director
Many of us find ourselves helping others but struggling to find the time to take care of ourselves. We all know that self-wellness allows us to better care for our families, friends, and colleagues. Yet, we do not stop the crazy busy train and make better choices for ourselves.
Consider these five categories of wellness in our lives that we all need to address – physical, emotional, spiritual, professional, and social.
Physical wellness: This area of wellness involves committing to eating real food, cooking your own food, developing a regular exercise routine, doing strength training, living an active lifestyle where movement is encouraged vs avoided, getting 7-8 hours of good sleep per night, and seeing the appropriate health care providers that you need.
Emotional wellness: This area of wellness is often overlooked or not addressed. Think of it this way – what areas of your life provide positive emotions vs negative emotions? Sometimes we need to do some housecleaning in this area of our lives.
Do you need to distance yourself from stressful people or situations? This may mean fasting from social media, television, or other negative influences. It might involve changing your friend group.
Do you do anything for yourself that makes you feel peaceful and joyous? Carve out time for things like reading, journaling, painting, cooking, taking a walk, taking a class, or improving a skill.
Spiritual wellness: God wants us to live our lives with balance and purpose being filled with peace, joy, love, patience, and goodness. Do you view so-called obstacles as opportunities for growth or with a complaining spirit? When we emanate peace and love, and have a positive outlook, we bring it more into our own lives, as well as others. As Christians, we believe that this comes from the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us, allowing us to shine our love and light to others. Adopt an attitude of gratitude, pray, seek and live out your purpose, and live a generous life.
Professional wellness: Those with passion and commitment to their work can easily become burned out even in the church world. The demands and requests are endless. Sometimes the answer needs to be “no” to obligations that can impair our well-being and quality of work. Knowing your purpose, life goals, and hearing from the Holy Spirit vs just ourselves will help us know truly what God wants us to do. We may need to commit to not overcommitting!
Social wellness: Most people like to hang out with people they enjoy. But friendships take time and commitment just like anything else. We encourage you to assess who in your life you want to develop better relationships with and who in your life you need to limit. Time spent with people who drain you does not contribute to wellness. Who can you have meaningful conversations with, participate in healthy activities with, or share experiences that provide a sense of joy? Make the time to develop these relationships. Plan for times to get together vs just “virtual” friendships. Studies show this will improve our health!
How do you accomplish these wellness goals?
Bottom line: Routine. Habits. Intentionality. And giving yourself grace.
Enjoy the journey, friends.
Our Prayer for you
As we conclude the celebration of the Easter (Resurrection) weekend may you find solace in any area of your lives that you need comfort knowing that Jesus rose to give you more abundant life.
The Huntley Brown Foundation exists to spread God’s love through music.
May you find ways in this season to let music be a source of joy in your life.
If you need assistance with obtaining a musical instrument or a way to incorporate music in your life, contact us today to see how we may be able to help you!
If you would like to assist us in our endeavor to use music to spread the Gospel, we welcome your donations to assist us in our efforts. May you know the power of Jesus’ resurrection in your life as you reflect on the day after Jesus rose.
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