Honoring Our Vets
Jerry and Blanca had a unique opportunity to meet some of our country’s finest and bravest this morning and hear their stories as they broadcasted live from the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.
If you missed hearing any part of it, we were able to capture their stories on video for you to check out below. Please share, and let a veteran know today what they mean to you.
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Central Union Mission
At any given moment there are as many as 12,000 men, women and children in the Washington area living without a home. Everyday there are people who are “falling through the cracks” of our society, ending up in shelters, in transitional housing or on the streets. Many of these people have often been hit with a job loss, illness, domestic violence or eviction-all things that could happen to any of us.
Most face not only homelessness, but an increasing sense of hopelessness.
Our work at Central Union Mission is to proclaim the Gospel, lead people to Christ, develop disciples and work to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the people we serve.
We display a gracious, sincere spirit of integrity and Christian love in everything we do. By displaying excellence in all aspects of this ministry, we honor God and inspire the people we serve, our community, donors, volunteers and staff.
What We Do
The lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children have been changed for the better by the Mission’s time-tested programs. The faithful and generous support of our donors makes it possible for us to:
Feed the hungry: We provide free meals at least three times every day and distribute free food and groceries through our Food Depot program.
Serve the poor: The mission serves homeless men, underprivileged families, women, children and youth, seniors, veterans, Hispanic families, and others in need.
Provide a place of rest: We provide a safe night’s sleep for overnight guests, and a 220-acre retreat and conference center for rest and recreation.
Give to those in need: Families and individuals rely on the Mission’s food assistance program in emergencies and as a steady source of food. In partnership with individuals, corporations and churches, the Mission distributes more than $5 million-worth of in-kind food, toiletries, clothing, household items and furniture each year.
Heal the brokenhearted: The mission operates an 18-month recovery program to restore once-broken men to productive lives.
Help needy children: Children are served through a number of community outreach programs, including meals with their families, a residential summer camp, and a program that provides free toys and clothes at Christmas.
Invest in others: The Mission’s free programs provide English language instruction, GED preparation, health consultations and vocational support.
Show we care: We celebrate the forgotten and friendless at programs and events throughout the year.
Britt Nicole with Jerry & Blanca
On Tuesday morning, Britt Nicole joined Jerry & Blanca on the morning show to update us on what’s new in her life. She shared how she loves being a mom of two children, just 18 months apart! Her youngest Aiden was born just this past February.
Britt’s music has touched fans young and old over the years with hit songs like The Lost Get Found, Walk On the Water, Ready or Not, and Gold, with an over-arching message that God loves you no matter what you’ve done. And she’s been able to expand her platform with some mainstream success as well. She shared how the song Gold came out of a place of doubt and low self-esteem, but wanted to use that experience to encourage young girls.
She’ll be joining tobyMac and Colton Dixon on the “This Is Not A Test” Tour coming to EagleBank arena November 14th. Learn more
tobyMac in Studio!
TobyMac stopped by to hang out with Blanca, Producer Spencer and Dina on the morning show! He shared his enthusiasm for his upcoming show in Fairfax on November 14th, and his new album featuring the new hit “Feel It.”
Of course, being a Northern Virginia native, Blanca had to find out what he was really like when he was growing up here, and being friends with Michael Tait. He reluctantly shared some things about his past that continue to haunt him to this day, but how he’s grateful for grace! And besides music, Toby has a real passion for his family. He and his wife made the incredible decision to adopt a few years ago, and he shared a little bit about that journey, and what led them to that decision.
Seven Days Without
Most pastors can preach a good message. And one local pastor is actively living out what he’s preaching, even living on the street, to get his message across.
Becky talks to Pastor Tim Madding of Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist Church about a 7-part series he’s sharing called “Seven Days Without” that aims to reveal the Christian’s heart in the life of Jesus, and to draw attention to specific needs in our community and around the world.
Just recently, Pastor Tim spent an entire week homeless, and then another week without shoes. As a result, hundreds of shoes have been donated by his congregation to those in need around the world.
Learn more about how you can personally get involved in making a difference here: sevendayswithout.com.
Listen back to Becky’s interview with Pastor Tim
Alex Kendrick with Jerry & Blanca
He’s the guy behind films like Fireproof, and has a new film “War Room” out next month!
It was Blanca² on Tuesday! We were graced by recording artist Blanca formerly of Group 1 Crew, as she stopped by the studios to celebrate the release of her debut album with Jerry & Blanca from the morning show!
The first single off the album is called “Who I Am” so Jerry & Blanca decided to have a little fun getting to know who she is with a little game of “2 Minute Drill.” We went to a local gym, set the timer, and the answers in the heat of the moment had us rolling. Check it out below…
Blanca is also a huge advocate for helping girls discover their true beauty. She recently challenged some other female recording artists like Britt Nicole to spread “positivity” and authenticity with the #RealTrueYouChallenge. She said growing up, she hated her hair, and would ask her mom to put a relaxer in it or go get it straightened. But as she got older she realized that her hair is what made her unique–that it was “the real, true me.” When she learned to embrace it, she felt a whole new sense of confidence from within, as she learned to love who God made her to be.
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Lady Antebellum’s Bible
You may have heard about this on the news recently. On their way to the Academy of Country Music Awards in Dallas on Thursday, country music superstars Lady Antebellum’s tour bus caught fire. Fortunately, everyone made it off the bus safely, but it destroyed everything, including many personal items…except for Hillary Scott’s Bible!
As you can see in the picture, the bus was a total loss. She said this experience has deepened her faith. See her Instagram post below:
#repost from @ladyantebellum: I just got this picture from the scene of the fire and HAD to share this. Today, when our bus caught on fire we had quite a few personal belongings in the back (where I was asleep before evacuating the bus) one of them being my Bible. I kid you not, EVERYTHING in the back lounge was destroyed from the flames, except my Bible. The outside cover was burned and messed up but NOT ONE PAGE was missing. Yall, God's Word will always stand. He is FOR YOU, WILL PROTECT YOU, AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU WILL NEVER FADE. My faith is forever deepened because of today. I hope this story deepens yours. -hills