My name is Anthony Britton, the Pastor of Serenity Christian Fellowship and Serenity South @ West Augustine. There is a need to raise $5,000 to help our member, Robin Thomas-Mattie, purchase a new wheelchair accessible van. The van (2005 Dodge Grand Caravan) she currently has is having major electrical and mechanical problems. The electrical wheelchair lift does not work anymore, her swivel driver seat gets stuck, unable to drive and sometimes she is sitting in the van for hours waiting for assistance to get out, in order for the alarm system not to alarm, every night the battery cables have to be disconnected. These problems have been keeping her from being independent, causes her to miss church, work, mentoring, and most importantly, her physical therapy.
Saturday, December 2, 2017, I am hosting a fellowship dinner at 5:30 pm and a book signing at 7:00 pm for Robin. At the book signing, Robin is going to share “her story”, a message focused on her life’s journey after she decided to trust God in spite of what the doctor said. Prayerfully, you will attend, donate as well as purchase her book, “The Doctor Said.” This event is going to be held at Serenity South @ West Augustine [Shiloh Baptist Church], 271 West King Street, St. Augustine, Florida. Please write all checks to Serenity Christian Fellowship. The mailing address is 1781 Art Museum Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207.
Twenty-five years ago, Robin was in a horrible car accident and was given a zero percent chance of recovering from a broken neck and spinal cord injury. She is diagnosed with Quadriplegia. Thankfully, against all odds, Robin trains hard in physical therapy to regain her mobility, with special braces and a walker she is now able to take over 250 steps!
In ministry, Robin is our Celebrate Recovery - a Christian Based/Recovery - Program Assimilation Coach. She uses her story, a traumatic journey to recovery, to help encourage others who struggle with life’s Hurts, Habits, and Hang-Ups. In the community, she’s a Spinal Cord Injury Peer Counselor for Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. She visits and mentors newly injured patients through their recovery by sharing her experiences of making necessary adjustments from being totally healthy to totally paralyze, and dependent upon others.
As a substitute teacher in the classroom, Robin uses her story to encourage and motivate students, especially those with disabilities to stay in school and never give up on life and their education. As a plus, she keeps busy by participating in wheelchair sporting activities through Brooks Rehabilitation’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program. This brave woman enjoys horseback riding, water skiing, and surfing.
Thank you in advance for contributing and supporting our local hero! This means the world to us, you are greatly appreciated!
Pastor A. Dewey Britton, Sr.
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