Meteorologist James Spann joined us at the Jimmie Hale Mission this morning to speak to the homeless and hurting staying with us, during our A.M. chapel service.
Spann speaks to the men of the Mission
Chief Meterologist James Spann visited us at the Mission this morning and spoke to the men currently in our resident program. He stopped by during the morning chapel service to share some encouraging words to those who are working to get back to work and back to life.
James Spann is the Chief Meteorologist for ABC 33/40 and has been a weather anchor for over 32 years. He can been seen on news channel ABC 33/40 in Birmingham during the evening newscast and can also be heard occassionally on the Rick & Bubba radio show on 104.7 WZZK.
After sharing his testimony, James
fellowshipped with some of the men
"James Spann has been a friend of the Jimmie Hale Mission for years, and the Mission is blessed to have supporters like James," said Executive Director Tony Cooper. "When speakers like Spann visit the Mission and share with us, it not only allows the men a chance to hear testimony from someone outside of our ministry, but it also lets them know that the members of our community do care and want to see them better their lives."
James Spann and Tony Cooper
Check out James' weather blog here, where he mentions visiting the Mission. You can also visit our Volunteer Page to see how you can help support the homeless who are working to get back on their feet.by Mission Staff
This October, the Jimmie Hale Mission and the nonprofit One Warm Coat are working together in the first annual 1 Warm Kid campaign. The 1 Warm Kid project aims to collect coats for kids in need and their goal is to collect as many coats for kids as possible.
The coat drive begins on October 11 and runs through October 31, 2010. Schools, service groups and the community in general are encouraged to donate coats to their local P.S. from Aeropostale store. Coats received from stores in the Birmingham, AL area will be dropped off to the kids at Jessie's Place, our shelter for women and children.
Plus, for every coat donated, Aeropostale will match that donation by giving a brand new coat to that shelter (up to 100,000 total). As a way to say thank you, those who donate will receive 25% off their total purchase at P.S. from Aeropostale stores.
To encourage as much participation in this drive as possible, P.S. from Aeropostale is also running a contest with this drive. The top 3 schools who collect the most coats will receive a reward for all their hard work. The top school will also receive an in-school party to celebrate their accomplishment.
If you have a school group interested in this drive, click here. To learn more about Jessie's Place, our shelter women and children, click here. You can also find out how to get involved in other ways with the Jimmie Hale Mission.by Mission Staff
Discovering God’s will is a topic that comes up often in church discussions. In James 4:13-17, importance is given to knowing and doing God’s will. Also, in Jeremiah 29:11-13 more emphasis is given to the values of knowing God’s plans for us. Below are four principles to help you discern God’s will:
1. Don’t Ignore God’s Will. Life is so brief, uncertain and complex, and mankind is so frail. Without God, where do we go for direction, strength, help and answers? You sure won’t discover God’s will by ignoring God’s will.
2. Don’t Disobey God’s Will. Disobedience leads to rebellion and sin. To disobey God interrupts fellowship and invites Godly discipline. Disobedience places you “outside” the will of God.
3. Discover God’s Will. Read and study the Bible, be sensitive and submissive to the Holy Spirit, and seek wise counsel. God also uses situations, events and circumstances to direct us (divine providence) and He has given us common sense. As you combine these elements together, God’s plan and leading will become clearer.
4. Obey God’s Will. Begin by having the right attitude - TRUST in God. Then cultivate the desire to understand God’s will. Next “prove” (test) God’s will by being sensitive to God’s direction and by taking one step at a time and doing what you know to be right. You complete this principle by obeying God from the heart.
These four principles will go a long way in helping you to discern and experience God’s will which leads to a peace that passes all understanding.
To learn more about Tony Cooper (and our other staff members), click here.by Tony Cooper, Executive Director
To find out more, please visit our Mission Possible Bargain Centers page.by Mission Staff