Easter Offering – April 5th, 2015

The message of Easter is a bold one.  We should live each day with the conviction that the world is a place of redemption, renewal and hope.  Each of us is molded in the image of Christ and each person in this world desires the opportunity to live a fulfilled life.  Given this message of hope, it is fitting that our Easter Offering is devoted to two life changing outreaches – Rooms of Hope and Axis Community Health.

Little known to many at our church, members of Asbury have been active with Rooms of Hope for several years.  The mission is simple – provide a room makeover for children with life-threatening illnesses.  The goal is to surround these children with love and create a personal space of hope and joy, as many of them literally fight for their lives.  As one child put it, “My room is a reflection of me and why I matter in this world.”

Representative of our work is makeovers for Andrew and Hannah in Livermore.  Andrew is blind and endures a lifetime of feeding tubes, tracheotomy and heart monitors since most of his body organs were damaged during pregnancy.  Hannah has cystic fibrosis and lung failure.  Both kids were adopted, along with three other special needs children, by the same loving family.

Axis Community Health provides the health care safety net for low-income families.  Serving over 14,000 residents of the Tri-Valley, Axis provides quality, affordable, accessible and compassionate care to those would not have any otherwise.

As one client said, “I am 63 years old and not working due to health problems. I certainly cannot afford any medical insurance. A lot of people, like me, depend on the services that only Axis can provide.”

Asbury is anchoring a Tri-Valley interfaith effort to help fund a new health center, effectively doubling the capacity of Axis to 60,000 medical visits per year.  Our Easter offering will launch this important initiative and be matched by a generous grant that Axis will receive for all faith community donations.  During April we will also be collecting supplies to stock newborn baby baskets for Axis client mothers.

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