This GFM is to help fund four brothers travel the United States to promote Love, Peace, Compassion, and Hard-work. Our goal to is to travel from city to city, state to state, week by week, in search of churches, schools, and people that will allow us to be a blessing for them, their family or friends. We are looking to be free labor for a few people, in whichever cities we happen to stop. We can do landscape work, volunteer work for a community center, feed the homeless, disaster relief for a city, or even motivational speaking for the youth. All 50 states will feel our presence.
Would be for traveling expenses including: gas, food, toiletries, feeding hungry people, future projects (family events, parks, playgrounds), clothing homeless, and anything we can do for people.
Psalms 27:1 -The Holy Bible.
The lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The lord is the strength of my light, whom shall I be afraid?
We began our mission in september,we completely left our house in Ocala, gave away most items, and sold the rest. We have legitimized a Non-profit Charity named the: Unite The Nation Foundation Inc. where we will go to different churches, schools, and communities and offer ourselves as free labor for people in need of the help at the time hoping to be a blessing out of the blue, and hoping to inspire others to be a blessing for someone as well. We have helped out Blessed Trinity, Southwest Christian and Sparr Baptist in Ocala,FL.
-Our first stop was West Palm Beach. While in West Palm we helped out Green Acres Christian Academy, completing a mulch job for their schools playground and also their butterfly garden. We also attended the Bible Church of God Sunday service in Boyton Beach which was phenomenal. We had been in W. Palm Beach as of Tuesday, September 3. Wednesday, we had the blessing of meeting Sheila Banks because of a random act of kindness by Kyle, who went to give a T-Shirt to a kid with a "It's My Day" ballon. She ended up inviting us to her Church where her father happened to preach at the Bible Church of God. It was phenomenal. That same day we were driving around looking for work and we randomly ended up at Greenacres Christian Academy where we had the blessing of meeting with the principal Billy. Billy had little faith in us. He called us on friday, and told us that at 3:00 we can come by and lay down some mulch for his playground. Over the next few days, we got the job done. On tuesday they invited us to play basketball with them and on Wednesday Kyle and Justin were allowed to speak to the Youth Group and Adult Bible study group. After the youth group we had a delicious dinner cooked for us by good friends. After dinner, we ended up spending the night, two of us on the floor, one on a couch/futon, and the other on a couch. This morning we took our picture at Lake Worth Pizza which is owned by some good friends of ours. They fed us everyday while we were in W. Palm Beach and treated us with hospitality that is just unseen these days. Not only did they give us food, but they continued to give us hope, and inspiration to keep moving forward, and to continue with our mission.
These are some of the kids that go to the school, and along side Justin is the principal, Billy, who gave us the Opportunity.
Random act of Kindness, The shirt Kyle gave to the little kid for his Birthday.
After West Palm Beach, we went to Naples. We were in Naples for about 4 days. During our time in Naples we did some pruning and landscape clean-up at their Veterans Community Park and the next mourning, we woke up early and attended a 5K race they were having to raise awareness for the Local YMCA which had recently suffered a fire in one of the buildings.
Veterans Community Park Clean up!
After the 5K race to raise awareness for the Local YMCA
After Naples, we head to Ft Myers, Florida. We had the blessing of staying with Justin's Cousin Jessica Carter. During our time in Ft Myers we worked with a couple different groups. We Worked at the Harry Chapin Food Bank where we separated and bagged hundreds of pounds of food. They have very good things going on there. We also linked up Grace News Church. This church was awesome, they are an inner-city church that does tons of out outreach and feeds the homeless continuously. We got to help them feed the homeless and clean up their facility. Last but not least, we worked with Next Level church. This church was a blessing. They are fast growing church that is doing phenomenal things by looking to empower the youth. During our saturday here, we helped clean the inside of the church, and pressure washed the parking lot for a Connections event they were having that night. We had a great time in Ft Myers, Thanks to everyone that made it happen, and special thanks to Jessica Carter for the roof over our head.
Right before a double shift at Happy Chapin Food Bank
After some good work at Grace Church.
Karen and Ray, who gave us plenty of work to do at Next Level Church.
After Ft Myers, we head out to Tampa. While in Tampa we stayed in an apartment provided by our sister Traci. Tampa started slow, but ended up being great. In Tampa we worked with Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding America food bank. Metropolitan Ministries is a ministry that helps the homeless and those who are near homelessness by providing shelter and or food. We worked here for most of the week and our last day in Tampa we spent at the Feeding America food bank. The day we showed up at the food bank they were in need of some painting in the main office and that what we did. Special thanks to Traci for giving us a place to rest our heads.
The Staff of Metropolitan Ministries!
The paint job at Feeding America Food Bank.
-After Tampa, we head back to Ocala, Fl. In Ocala, we got to gather some things that did not fit on the initial trip, and got a good feel of how life was going to treat us on the road. We received donations that allowed us to purchase a van so we can travel more comfortably. But soon after we were back on the road on our way to Middleburg Fl.
-While in Middleburg we also branched out to Jacksonville, Fl. Our first day in Middleburg we drove out to Jacksonville and helped Humana build a playground for a local community (Oakland Terrance). They started the day with over 300 volunteers, and the playground was built in about 6 hours, it was an amazing event. In Middleburg we spent three days painting side panels on the outside of Middleburg Baptist, and helping with a few other side jobs that needed to be done. After we finished, we found a wheelchair athletics tournament event (hosted by Brooks Rehabilitation) that needed volunteers in Jacksonville and decided to attend. Last but not least, we spent two days helping Habitat for Humanity who has just received a donation from a hotel. We helped them Load and unload about four 24 ft truckloads of dressers, tv chest, headboards, night stands, lamps, ironing boards, etc. Thank you to our host " The Price Family" who spoiled us, and showed us very much love while we stayed with them.
This is the begining of the event, some of us moved mulch into the playground, and some of us mixed concrete.
Justin @ Middleburg Baptist !Working so hard he got paint chips in his beard!
Wheel chair basketball. The competitiveness these guys play with is a true inspiration.
How can four men from a completly different city or state come and impact it more in one week than you may have your entire stay in that city? If the question is running in your mind, and the shoe fits, we do not look down on you, but instead, we hope to inspire you to go out and just do something positive for your community.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
-Special Thank You to ANYTIME FITNESS OCALA for being our sponsor.
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