Thursday, January 14, 2010

Response to Haiti's Earthquake

Due to the devastating earthquake in Haiti on Tuesday, Global Outreach (as well as other departments) has received many emails and phone calls wondering what we as a church are going to do to respond to this. This has been my (and close to the rest of our teams) response all day:

"Thank you for your concern for the people of Haiti. There is no doubt that this is a huge tragedy that is not only affected the Haitians but everyone around the world. Since Haiti is one of the poorest country in the Southern hemisphere, where the average person lives on $1 a day and 80% of the population is below poverty level, people from around the world have joined forces and are on there way to help.

Luckily, Central does not have any field workers in Haiti. We do know some families working in Haiti that are supported by other organizations and have received an email from them stating that they were not physically affected but were definitely mentally and spiritually challenged and have plans to go and help with the relief efforts.

In response to the question "what are we going to do about it?" We, as a church are violently praying that the Lord heals the souls and spirits of those that were and will continue to be affected by the devastating tragedy.

Alos, during our regular weekend services, Central will have boxes this weekend for financial or medical supplies donations for Project C.U.R.E. ( with whom we have a very strong relationship with. Project C.U.R.E. gave us the following list of items that would be most helpful:

  • Band-Aids

  • Gauze

  • Medical tape

  • Baby bottles and baby equipment

  • Baby diapers and wipes

  • Disinfectant and other skin-cleaning products

  • Crutches

  • First aid kits

  • Antibiotic ointments

  • Pain relievers

  • Leg and arm braces

  • Water purification tablets

We encourage you to not only donate materials or finances but to also pray for the people of Haiti and the workers from all the organizations that have gone to help with the relief efforts. Pray for strength and safety and pray the God will make his presence known amidst the wreckage. "

If you have any other questions regarding Central's efforts to aid in the relief of the Haitian people, please email me at

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My 2009

I know this is about 5 days late but I just have not had time to write lately and I have been thinking about what I wanted to say about 2009.

2009 was a year full of ups and downs. It was also a year full of growth and maturity and learning experiences. I feel like in the beginning of 2009 I was in every aspect an 18 year old, and now days before I turn 20 I feel way older than that. It's amazing how big of a difference 1 year can make. It would be very easy for me to focus on the "downs" from 2009 but my list of "ups" for 2009 would blow that list out of the water.

My 2009 "ups":
  • I'll start with a very important one: I grew madly and insanely in love with Joe DiMercurio :)
  • I celebrated my one year anniversary with Joe as well!
  • I also celebrated my one year anniversary being on staff with Central!
  • I started my Junior year of college at ASU and am officially "on track" for graduating in May 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Communications!
  • My best friends Mike and Sarah got engaged!!!! (along with many other of my friends)
  • I got my passport!
  • I passed my one and only required math class on the 2nd try! (HUGE accomplishment for me.)
  • I did my first real photoshoot.
  • I went to Las Vegas!
  • I went to the San Diego Zoo (lifetime goal marked off!)
  • I only went through 2 cell phones!
  • I walked in the Invisible Children RESCUE march.
  • I served as the Men's Challenge for the 2nd year in a row.
  • I only got 1 piercing and no tattoos!
  • I cut back on Starbucks immensely.
  • I let down my guard and allowed amazing frienships to grow.
  • I worked on stopping my personal judgements of people and realized that not everybody is who others say they are.

All around I would say that 2009 was a pretty decent year. But I can't wait to see what is in store for 2010!