Since this is our November Thanksgiving issue, in the year 2018are there one or two things that you’re thankful for that made this year special?
2018 brought us a baby girl, Summer Winslow Denison. She’s grateful that her big brother thinks she’s a dog (he pats her head like one) and also grateful her big sister Nora hasn’t blinded her (she’s constantly trying to poke her eyeballs out).
BobDenison, President, Denison Yacht Sales
Last December my wife had a chest x-ray during her normal checkup. The doctors noticed several small crushed glass circles in her right lung. She has never smoked and was a germaphobe when it came to chemicals. We visited MD Anderson in late January to have it checked out, and after a series of test, she was diagnosed as having BAC ( bronchioalveolar carcinoma) cancer. We returned two weeks later for surgery and had it removed. We learned that almost 66 percent of MDA cancer patients from nonsmokers is BAC. Caused by elements in the environment, we are blessed to have caught it early and she is now cancer free.
Jack Ireland, Kathy’s dad, passed May 20, 2018. Kathy’s dad was an amazing individual and God-fearing man. Prior to his passing, he wanted to live long enough to see the Auberge Beach Residence and Spa buildings completed. This new project was built on the site of the original Ireland’s Inn Beach Resort. In January, he was able to attend the topping off party for the South Tower and spoke to over 900 workers who made this dream a reality.
I am thankful each day for these blessings and hope that you will find the time to reflect and be thankful for God’s abundant blessings.
Andy Mitchell, President/CEO, The Fairwinds Group
First Care, the ministry I oversee, received it’s too largest gifts ever. The donors who gave these gifts have allowed us to meet the needs of women in crisis pregnancies in bigger and better ways than ever before and I am extremely grateful for their stewardship and friendship.
Beau Heyman, Executive Director, First Care Women’s Clinic
Gregg Wallick, President/CEO, Best Roofing
I am thankful for my two children and grandson. I am also extremely grateful for my health and wonderful friendships and that God has given me a purpose to carry out.
Linda Giambattista, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Taylor’s Closet
Thankful that in this year of transition and challenges, the Lord has shown me that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I could ask or think so long as I keep my heart thankful. Indeed, this is the year that I’ve learned that gratitude is the gateway to provision.
The one thing that I am thankful for that made this year special is that I recovered well from a serious surgical operation to prevent my colon from re-twisting.
O’Neal Dozier, Pastor, The Worldwide Christian Center
This year I am thankful for the birth of my 3rd grandchild, Micah, the growth of my son Timothy who will graduate in May with his Christian Ministry degree, and the love and support of all my extended family. My greatest gratitude comes from being able and allowed to serve Christ!
Patricia Colangelo, EdS, Director of Operations, Florida, Trinity International University
One thing I am especially grateful for this Thanksgiving is… I am realizing the older I get, the more humbled and amazed I am by the incredible Grace and Mercy of Almighty God and His Unwavering Faithfulness!!! GOD is so Good!!!
Coach Rick Andreassen, Founder/President, SAINTS International Sports Ministry and SAINTS of Florida Homeschool P.E.
I’m thankful for God, my family and the opportunity to serve people in need.
Robin Martin, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Broward
There are several things I’m thankful for this year. I’m thankful for my faith, my family and my friends. I’m very thankful for my wife of 36 years and the positive influence she has had on my life. Lastly, I’m thankful for our agency, Mount Bethel Ministries and the entire community of faith that has played a vital role in our ability to serve those considered “the least of these!” To God be the glory!
Dr. Rosby L. Glover, Executive Director, Mount Bethel Human Services
I am thankful that I termed out of my nine years on the Fort Lauderdale Commission! Although very thankful for the opportunity to serve and work with a great Mayor, Commission and City staff, it was time for me to get back to a normal schedule and spend more time with my wife, family and friends as well as the full time practice of law. Keeping the 93-year-old law firm going that my grandfather started, my father and I continued and which now employs my son, is a high honor and privileged, but requires lots of time and attention.
Romney C. Rogers, Managing Partner, Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP
I’m thankful for the unity of our staff here at VLC has, that falls in line with the oneness (unity) Jesus has with the Father and the Father with Him, and also expects of us. I’m thankful for the doors that have recently been flung open wide to express our faith in Jesus at home, nationally and internationally. A lot of Kingdom things are happening and will continue to happen as a result.
Ron Bramos, Senior Pastor, Victory Life Church
I am especially thankful for my family and my dogs. Both love me when I don’t deserve it.
Samuel Lamerson, PhD, President/Professor of New Testament, Knox Theological Seminary
I am grateful for the men and women and our friends who have supported Women Impacting the Nation. We are incredibly humbled by their belief and support in our mission. And I am grateful for my family’s support with the calling God has given me.
Sue Trombino, Founder, Women Impacting the Nation
This year was a huge blessing as many years of hard work paid off when I was awarded an honorary doctorate by Piedmont International University, and when a network I lead, American Christian Leaders for Israel, put on a collaborative celebration of Israel’s 70th Anniversary in Washington, DC. Over 40 Christian organizations sponsored the event, which drew an audience from over 40 countries. Praise the Lord!
Susan Michael, US Director, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
Throughout the year, there are many times that I am able to counsel women to choose life for their unborn baby. One woman shared, “You didn’t just save my baby that day,” she said, with tears in her eyes. “You saved me!” And, the woman accepted Jesus as her Savior and came to church. I am blessed beyond measure to be used by God as an instrument to bring hope into women’s lives.
Tewannah Aman, Executive Director, Broward County Right to Life
Thomas L. Lukasik, Vice President Community Engagement, 4KIDS of South Florida
My thankfulness in love most often turns to our Lord and my precious family whom I’m always amazed by! This year our attention zeroed in to a new family member. Our 8-month-old Cody (Poodle Pup) has been giving us all a new sense of unconditional love for sure. Trouble is we are all chopped liver due to this new “head-turning cutie.” Thank you, Jesus!
Virlee “Vee” S. Stepelton, Ministry Advocate
Judge Brett Kavanaugh being confirmed as our newest Supreme Court Justice, fulfilling another President Trump “Promise Made – Promise Kept!!” Moreover, it showed the Pro-Abortion, Liberal Left that you cannot bully and lie your way to power and threaten the lives of the good, wholesome citizens in this country.
Hosting “Pro-Life Movie Night at the Cobb Theater” to watch the ever-critical movie, “Gosnell.” I bought out the entire theater of 160 seats and 150 devout Pro-Lifers showed up for this awesome event, that included a phenomenal “Pre-movie” presentation; Prayers with the entire group standing Two-gether as One Body in Christ; and nice commentaries from Catholic priests, Father Tom Barrett (St. Ignatius Catholic Church), and Father John Mericantante (Retired pastor from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pahokee).