I felt myself stretching on all accounts emotinally, physiologically and physically an uncomfortable but necessary ingredient for this trip. I soon caught a pattern in my handling of the things I witnessed... I adapted.
We are fortunate to have such a wonderful artistic community in Rochester. Rachel Cordaro is a local artist who is passionate about painting & crocheting. Her floral paintings have gained a following in Rochester and are featured in many boutiques throughout the city.
“Rachel’s work . . . prioritizes outward beauty. Her flowers don’t attempt to reproduce physical reality; instead, they strive for a higher symbolic truth: our need for nature’s enchantments. She doesn’t paint with the delicate intricacy one might expect in floral art, but rather with broad, thick strokes and strong centers that carry a flare of confidence into the blossoms. Her paintings have no human subjects, yet they exude human personality: dramatic, shy, flirtatious, quiet, sassy, classy, and at times untamed. ”
— PAM EMIGH-MURPHY
As an impressionist style painter, she gains some of her inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh himself. “First and foremost, I think it is the vulnerability I gather from the life of the impressionist and post-impressionist artist. I could almost cry when I think of the grueling and unappreciated life some lead—dirt poor and peddling their masterpieces to the public, hoping for recognition or to sell their work. In a way, I find the life of an artist fascinating and brave. I can relate to their passion for color, nature and brush strokes. The more obvious reason I love Van Gogh is for his style of painting. His sunflowers have impacted me greatly. I love his daring yet poignant brushstroke and his use of bold earthy yellows, olive greens, and dreamy blues.”
Not only is Rachel passionate about art, she is also passionate about helping others. In fact, she will be joining us on our trip in February. Read more about taking a trip of your own here.
Elevating Christian ministries is thrilled to announce that we have one of Rachel’s beautiful paintings up for an online silent auction. All proceeds will benefit our efforts locally, nationally, and globally. All you need to do to is fill out the form below!
Elevating Christian Ministries is proud to be part of Campus Impressions. Campus Impressions is a series of school assemblies that reaches out to high school and middle school aged individuals in Jefferson County. This year we sponsored 4 assemblies that were experienced by one thousand kids. Though these assemblies’ the high school and middle school aged kids experienced character building in a way that they could relate to with all the concepts coming from the Word of God.
In Cape Vincent and Guardino, kids were taught how to handle a situation with a bully through “Go, Bring, Call” (Matthew 18). Here are some of the key verses in that chapter:
Causing to Stumble - Matthew 18:6-7
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”
The Lost Sheep – Matthew 18:12-14
12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Showing Mercy – Matthew 18: 32-35
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
At the end of both assemblies, the audience was asked to stand up if they would actually make a change in their own lives to stop bullying in their school whenever they see it. Everyone stood up. Then they were asked to sit back down and asked again to stand not just because someone else was, or because it was the cool thing to do in this moment. They were only to stand if it really meant they were going to change. Once again the entire audience stood up.
This was a very cool moment at both schools. The kids were really processing the fact that they need to change if they are going to see real change within their school. The take-away was simple... "Will you be a light to those around you? "
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
At the beginning of a new year, we feel fortunate that we can look back at 2017 and feel extremely proud of the strides we have made in our efforts globally, nationally, and locally. With your help, we were able to make a difference in the world and that is something we cannot be grateful enough for. Here is a summary of our work in 2017:
This year in Haiti we were able to feed 7,000 children nutritional whole wheat bread. This involved 7 new locations served with 12 locations all across Haiti. Our mission is nutrition and sustainability and we were able to accomplish this with 5 businesses launched as well as 16 Haitians employed. We also had the pleasure of having over 75 volunteers serve on short term missions.
In 2017 we also continued our work in Oaxaca, Mexico with our Zumapoop project. Through this project we were able to provided sanitation for an entire village. We also employed 5 local artisans and started an educational program on sanitation.
In New York we sponsored 4 character-building assemblies in Jefferson County. These assemblies were experienced by over 1000 high school and middle school kids.
This year we made huge progress in our Rochester community. We helped host a Gratitude and Unity Community Thanksgiving Dinner where 1000 families in severe need were feed. This was a large event held at the Main Street Armory on the day before Thanksgiving where over 200 volunteers served!
We also helped our community at Christmas time with our Family Christmas Event. With over 40 volunteers, 127 kids heard the Hope of Christmas and 50 families in need experienced a family Christmas.
Though we are thrilled with all we were able to do this year, our work has only hit the tip of the iceberg. We are hopeful that 2018 will be our biggest and best year yet! This year in Haiti we hope to serve 15,000 meals daily, expand to 30 locations across Haiti, grow the 5 businesses we started, and employ 20 Haitians with consistent income.
In New York we hope to continue our effort and impact more middle school and high school students with positive character development. In Florida we hope to continue our efforts in helping those who were affected by Hurricane Irma in the Keys.
Finally, in Rochester we hope to serve and bring hope to those in need over Thanksgiving and Christmas once again.
We need your help to reach our goals. Find out more about how you can get involved today!
Tis the season to be grateful. Your generous donations have allowed us to give to the community, our country and several places around the globe. At Christmas time and always, ECM wants to be a Light for Jesus by breaking the cycle of poverty with income-generating projects. Here are some of the amazing things that are happening locally, nationally and globally.
There are a lot of families around the holidays that don’t have a place to go. This month ECM is trying to lower that number and bring some hope to families in need. On December 22nd at Greece Ridge Mall, Elevating Christian Ministries is bringing joy to the world and rolling out the red carpet for A Family Christmas. Families will have a guided Christmas experience with delicious holiday treats, family photo and to top it off a present from Santa for the kids. This event will help spread joy and love to many people in Rochester that need it most. If you've love to be a part of all things merry and bright, we'd love it! Find out how!
One of the key strategies of ECM is to partner with solid organizations that share similar goals.
In Jefferson County, the organization Campus Impressions help kids in high school develop in more ways than one. Children are so important to our country and will make a huge impression on the future of our nation. Such a great cause that we are thrilled to be a part of! Stay tuned for a detailed blog about some of these impactful programs!
Everyone knows that the Florida Keys and surround countries suffered a very traumatic hurricane in September. The unbelievable amount of devastation could not go unnoticed. ECM is committed to helping the communities most affected rebuild what they lost. Partnering with organizations like Sister Season makes it easier for us to help the Keys come back on their feet.
There are so many places that need help in this world and we are determined to help make a big change. ECM is making an impact in both Haiti and Mexico.
Haiti has been one of our biggest projects. The biggest need in Haiti is food for children. School is usually the only place where kids get fed. In the past, there was only enough food in the schools to feed the children once every other day. Your generous donations allowed us to provide bread ovens for the children. After many months of hard work and commitment, ECM is now feeding over 3,000 kids and has created several jobs.
Mexico, although a beautiful country, has a large need for hygiene help. ECM has teamed up with Zumapoop to help educate the children in Moctezuma on sustainable hygiene, and how to build the toilets and hand-washing units with the communities help. This is one of our newer projects that will help both kids and adults, many of whom don’t even have a restroom in their own home.
If you would like to be a part of any of these projects, we'd love to partner with you. We're looking forward to an exciting 2018 and praying that God will use us to bring hope by meeting needs with sustainability in sight.
This December we are excited to bring out a special holiday promotion in partnership with select local Burger King locations. To support our efforts in Haiti, we will be offering BK fundraiser coupons and savings cards. Each $10 card sold will raise the funds to feed a child in need for three months! The promotion will run until December 31st. Locations include Greece Ridge Mall, Eastview Mall, Marketplace Mall, Humboldt Street, Farmington NY, Hamburg NY, Medina NY, Leroy NY, and Albion.
Though there have been many efforts to assist the people of Haiti, malnutrition, a crisis of sanitation, and educational and economic stagnation persist. We have made amazing progress in Haiti this year and are looking to continue our work.
By the end of 2017, ECM will be feeding seven thousand kids daily. We will have 15 bread ovens across Haiti providing nutritious meals. Three schools will be funded providing education for 500 children and we will be directly employing twenty five Haitians; indirectly supporting 250 Haitians. Though we are extremely proud of the work we have accomplished so far, we have only reached the tip of the iceberg.
According to the World Food Program:
- 1 in 5 children suffer from malnutrition, stunting their growth
- 1 in 10 children are severely malnourished, threatening their lives
- Haiti is the poorest country in the Northern Hemisphere and 60% live on less than $2 per day
- 50% of urban Haitians are unemployed
This promotion will help us reach our next goals of feeding 15,000 daily, building an additional 15 bread ovens for a total of 30, and employing an additional 25 Haitians to impact over 500 Haitians and help grow the local Haitian economy. We need your help to lift up our brothers and sisters in Haiti by encouraging sustainability and helping to provide vital nutrition.
Thanksgiving is often a time when we think about all we have to be grateful for. Family, health, and stability are often the first things that come to mind. This time of year it is also a good time to think about those who are not as fortunate to be thankful for those things. Better yet, it is the perfect time to give back – and break bread- with those that are in need.
Elevating Christian Ministries is proud to present “Gratitude & Unity” a community Thanksgiving dinner that is free to all those in need. The event is also generously sponsored by Branden Albert a two-time NFL ProBowl & Rochester Native, SWAN, and Food Link. The event will feed 2,500 people on November, 22nd (the day before Thanksgiving) at The Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York. There will be a red carpet, live band, and activities for children of all ages! Let’s gather as one community and share a meal. If you are interested in attending, donating or getting involved you can find more information on our website. Be sure to pre-register!
There will also be a variety of agencies at the event where attendees will be able to learn more about programs that can be beneficial to them.
There are many reasons to be thankful this year. Our community Thanksgiving is the perfect way to give back to the city that we love so much! Register to volunteer or attend today. If you can’t make it and would like to help, your contribution will be greatly appreciated.