By Natalie Brown, HBF Director
“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,”
Dear Friends of the Huntley Brown Foundation,
It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over! As we look back on the last few months, we can’t help but give thanks for the faithful presence of our God. In every blessing and heartbreak, the Lord has been present. Through every up and down, God has been faithful.
Today, we encourage you to take inventory of your life. Where have you seen the hand of God? What are you looking forward to in the months to come? Let God hear your words of thanks.
In Luke chapter 17 (verses 11-19), Jesus heals 10 lepers of their illness but only one of them turns around to say thank you.
“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17)
Though a familiar story, the truth is, sometimes we are the nine who forget to stop and give thanks to God. Today, let’s follow the example of the one by taking the time to acknowledge God and give Him thanksgiving for all that He has done.
As the old song goes, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what God has done.”
At the Huntley Brown Foundation, we are extremely grateful for the ways God is working in and through our team to have a Kingdom-impact, and that includes you!
Because of your partnership through prayer and financial donations, we are able to bless underserved students and organizations across the globe who are making an impact for the Kingdom of God through music and ministry. Thank you!
As you go on through this week, please know that we are grateful for you and grateful to God for what He is doing through you!
The Huntley Brown Foundation
How Giving Improves Your Health
By Marion Boomer-Hauser, MS, RD, HBF Director
Did you know that studies show that giving to others improves your physical and emotional health, increasing happiness? As Christians, we know that joy is something much deeper than happiness. The joy of the Lord is a characteristic of God, where human happiness is fleeting. Phil 4:4-9, Paul writes, (while in a prison cell awaiting death), the joy of the Lord is our strength and rejoice in the Lord always. Let your gentle spirit be known to all people…do not be anxious about anything…the peace of God will guard your hearts…focus on whatever is true, honorable, pure, commendable…and the God of peace will be with you.
Unfortunately, much of the world’s view is more about ME and doing what is best for oneself versus others. But if we change the world one person at a time, we can make a difference. Right? True peace and joy comes from choosing not to be anxious and focusing on Him. God cares about everything. Nothing can replace the power we have in Christ. Let us be hope-givers to those who need joy.
Bless someone else with something seemingly outrageous – and your happy hormones (endorphins) will be off the charts and God will bless you!
Throughout this whole terrible situation with hurricanes hitting the state of FL (where we live), we have witnessed and experienced big and small miracles, many acts of kindness, overwhelming generosity, and true love and sacrifice – not only with money, but also with time.
So, we encourage you to step out and be a hope-giver!
If you are wondering “how?” – here is one suggestion to consider:
GivingTuesday.org is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity.
“GivingTuesday (the day after Cyber Monday) was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity…
It’s a simple idea: whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to contribute toward building the better world we all want to live in.
Every act of generosity counts.. we all have something to contribute. Each seemingly small act may turn into a ripple wave of good, transforming society and building the world we all want to live in.”
We encourage you to think of ways you can give today – and every day – or at least every Tuesday! It does the body good!
If you would like to provide a financial donation to the Huntley Brown Foundation, we know many would appreciate your generosity.
The link below guides you through the process:
What’s the Huntley Brown Foundation Been Up to This Past Year!
We have been blessed to have small but meaningful impacts in raising up young leaders to impact communities for Christ. This past year we have been able to provide academic scholarship, music lessons, musical instruments and prayer support to various up and coming influencers within our communities.
Academic Scholarship: We helped an international student at Judson University meet her financial obligation by providing our first academic scholarship this past May.
Instruments: We have collected several musical instruments which we are in the process of coordinating the donation to the Joseph Royal Education Center in Kingston, Jamaica.
We provided an orphanage in Pakistan with a much needed keyboard to meet the musical needs of the students there. Huntley has also met and provided virtual music lessons to the students at the orphanage. We are currently working on a more extensive and sustainable virtual music lesson program which we hope to roll out in the next year.
We appreciate your support and thank you for your partnership with us as we continue to spread God’s love through music.
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Huntley Brown Foundation