The Power of Unity: Day 2 of FHL Week 2012

FHL Week 2012

Although It was hard to get up this morning after a long and hot day yesterday, I got up with great expectations. Something about FHL Week that charge up the environment with positive and encouraging consciousness.

My wife Annie and I visited the Martindale-Brightwood area with mostly new FHL Week Partners. The morning started with worship and devotion at Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church. We were joined by the youth and their chaperones from Ohio and Illinois through our partnership with Week of Hope, Their projects were to refurbish the host church and cleaning up the surrounding neighborhood.

Here are the interviews at Martindale-Brightwood area: Part 1 and Part 2

Our next stop was in front of the Indianapolis Main Library to give away cold bottled water to the pedestrians and passers by. We found ourselves busy giving away cold water since many homeless go in the Library to cool down during a near 100 degree weather.

Our last stop was at a Nursing Home for Ice Cream Social in the West side of Indy. I met resident who just had her 100th birthday. It was a great outreach for the youth and for the older volunteers during the heat of the day.

On the way back home, I received amazing news from a few FHL areas: Pastor Tad of the Anderson/Pendelton area had a backpack outreach yesterday. They gave away 70 backpacks and 50 people accepted Jesus in their heart. Several pictures were sent to me by Shannon Suttles, our Area Coordinator in Martinsville during their 3 on 3 basketball tournament. it’s a way for them to bring the neighborhood youth. 20 kids ended up accepting the Lord!

Tonight, I spoke with Angie White, a recipient of services “There’s Hope” project. She reported that a large dumpster was delivered this morning,  volunteers worked on clearing tree branches at the front entrance of her driveway and Mr. Quick provided and installed 3 ceiling fans.

What a great day! Indeed, the Kingdom of God is at hand.

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About Merlin

Through God’s inspiration to unify the Body of Christ, Merlin Gonzales developed the concept of ”Mission Trips in Your Own Backyard” and implemented this concept through Faith, Hope and Love Week as a yearly volunteer mobilization and leadership training tool. Merlin Gonzales is the Founder and President of FHL International Inc. His passion to disciple and to bring the love of God to local communities through acts of kindness began Faith, Hope and Love Community, Inc. in 2005. He has honed his leadership skills working as an accountant, as a corporate recruiter, and as a business owner. He is currently a co-host for Wish TV 8′s ”Religion In The News” program while serving as a guest speaker and church consultant. His focus is on helping pastors to reach out to their communities to raise and train leaders. Merlin is also an Author; his first book, "The Kingdom in Our Midst" was released on Dec. 6, 2012. In Nov. 2013, Merlin officially launched the concept of "Food Pantry Incubation", a well-developed experiential training to start and establish neighborhood food pantries. Merlin Gonzales was born in the Philippines and now lives with his wife, Annie, in Noblesville, IN. He has two children, Andrew and Kayla.
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