How Can I Know God?

To be a son or daughter of God forever, it’s important to ask Jesus to forgive you of all your sins                                      and tell Him that you believe that He is the Son of God. God’s original plan was for all people to be with Him forever. But we messed it up because of sin. Your sin (your disobedience to God) separates you from God. The punishment for sin is death. Jesus Christ (God’s Son) never sinned.                                                                                       When He willingly gave up His life by death on a cross, He took the punishment for our sins. “But God shows His own love in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 After Jesus died, He rose from the dead showing God’s power over all. When Jesus died on the cross, He made a bridge to God. Now you can have a relationship with God. It starts when you believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son who took the punishment for your sins.   Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father [God] except through Me.” John 14:8 Ask Jesus Christ to be your God. And ask Him to forgive you of all your sins! “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins                                                                                   and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”   1 John 1:9 That’s the start! Ask, Believe, Confess! Prayer is just talking to Jesus. Tell Him about what you just read. A little nervous? Don’t be. Here’s an example of what you might say… Dear Jesus, I believe you are God’s Son and that you died for my sins.                                                                                         Please forgive me. Thank you. I’m going to need your help and want you to be in charge.                                                                 Help me today.  Amen.


Christy Sobolick, East Central Ministries

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Reach Up Spring 2017
Reach Up Primavera 2017

Ajuste de Actitud – ¡lo puedes hacer!

inspirada por Harvey Mackay Los patos hacen cua cua   Las águilas planean     Nadie puede forzarte a servir bien a los clientes porque servicio al cliente buenísimo es opcional. Havey Mackay cuenta una historia maravillosa de un taxista que demostró que esto tiene razón. Estaba en la fila esperando un taxi en el aeropuerto. Cuando llegó un taxi, la primera cosa que Harvey se dio cuenta fue que el auto estaba brillando. El taxista, vestido muy elegante de una camisa blanca, una corbata negra, y unos pantalones negros recién planchados, salió para abrir la puerta del pasajero para Harvey. Le dio a Harvey una tarjeta laminada que dijo: ‘Soy Wally, su chófer. Mientras meto sus cosas en el baúl, quiero que lea mi misión.’ Sorprendido, Harvey leyó la tarjeta. Dijo, “La Misión de Wally: Llevar a mis clientes a su destino por la ruta más rápida, segura, y barata posible, en un ambiente agradable.” Mr. Mackay se asombró, especialmente cuando se dio cuenta que el interior del taxi era como el exterior – ¡reluciente! Mientras se montaba el carro, Wally le preguntó, “¿Quiere tomar un cafecito? Tengo un termo de café regular y uno de café descafeinado.” Harvey dijo en broma, “No, prefiero un refresco.” Wally sonrió y dijo, “No hay problema. Tengo un enfriador aquí al frente con Coca Cola regular, Coca Cola de dieta, agua y jugo de naranja.” Casi tartamudeando, Harvey dijo, “Tomo una Coca Cola de dieta.” Wally le entregó su bebida y dijo, “Si quiere algo para leer tengo The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated y USA Today.” Mientras arrancaban, Wally le dio a su pasajero otra tarjeta laminada que dijo, “Si quiere escuchar el radio, éstas son las estaciones que recibo y la música que tocan.” Como si eso no fuera suficiente, Wally le dijo a Harvey que había prendido el aire acondicionado y le preguntó si la temperatura era cómoda. Luego le dijo a Harvey la mejor ruta para llegar a su destino durante esa hora del día. También Wally le dijo que sería feliz contarle de los sitios de interés, o si Harvey prefería, lo dejaría en paz. “Dígame una cosa Wally,” dijo el pasajero impresionado, “¿Siempre ha tratado a sus clientes de esta manera?” Wally sonrió al mirar el retrovisor. “No, siempre no ha sido así. De hecho, sólo ha sido así por los últimos dos años. Durante mis primeros cinco años de conducir, pasé el tiempo quejándome como los otros taxistas. Y un día escuchaba el radio y oí a un hombre hablar del crecimiento personal. “Dijo que si se levanta por la mañana y espera tener un día malo, por seguro lo va tener. Dijo, ‘¡Deje de quejarse!’ Sea diferente de sus competidores y vuele sobre la muchedumbre. No sea un pato. Sea un águila. Los patos hacen cua cua y se quejan. Las águilas planean sobre la muchedumbre. ” “Eso me sorprendió,” dijo Wally. “Él hablaba de mí. Siempre hacía cua cua y me quejaba….

Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

inspired by Harvey Mackay Ducks Quack Eagles Soar Attitude Adjustment That’s Doable No one can make you serve customers well. That’s because great service is a choice. Harvey Mackay, tells a wonderful story about a cab driver who proved this point. He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey. He handed Harvey a laminated card that read: ‘I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’ Surprised, Harvey read the card. It read, “Wally’s Mission Statement: To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest, and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.” This blew Mr. Mackay away, especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside — spotlessly clean! As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, “Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.” Harvey said jokingly, “No, I’d prefer a soft drink.” Wally smiled and said, “No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice.” Almost stuttering, Harvey said, “I’ll take a Diet Coke.” Handing him his drink, Wally said, “If you’d like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today.” As they were pulling away, Wally handed his passenger another laminated card that read, “If you’d like to listen to the radio, these are the stations I get and the music they play.” As if that weren’t enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable. Then he told Harvey the best route to his destination for that time of day. He also let him know that he’d be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts. “Tell me, Wally,” the impressed passenger asked the driver, “have you always served customers like this?” Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. “No, not always. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies. Then I heard the personal growth guy on the radio one day. “He said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, ‘Stop complaining! Be different from your competition and above the crowd. Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.’’’ “That hit me right between the eyes,” said Wally. “He was really talking about me. I…

Miles of Smiles

by Elaine Mizuo   Whether it’s a sweet smile from a baby, a happy smile of a child, a casual smile between strangers, or a contagious smile between friends, a great smile can go a long way. The average woman smiles about 62 times a day. Kids laugh around 400 times a day. Everyone loves smiles. How do you keep that smile at its very best? Here are a few tips to help you. Parents play a key role in ensuring that their child’s teeth are clean and healthy. The goal should be healthy teeth for life. For babies: Proper dental care begins even before you see your baby’s first tooth. By the time your baby is born, most of the baby teeth are already formed but are not seen since they are still inside the baby’s gums. Carbohydrates from formula, milk, and juices cause bacteria to grow in your baby’s mouth, so after a feeding, make it a goal to gently wipe your baby’s gums with a soft, clean, damp washcloth to keep bacteria growth down. From the time that first adorable tooth appears, wipe it with clean gauze after every meal—well, at least try…. When more teeth appear, use a soft baby toothbrush to clean the teeth after every meal, (it can be a goal you work towards). Don’t let your baby or toddler use a baby bottle or a sippy cup filled with formula, milk, juice, or other sugary beverages as a pacifier during waking hours. If you do, it will bathe the teeth in sugars all day long, resulting in tooth decay. If a baby bottle or sippy cup is used at bedtime or nap time, fill it with only water. Then you will prevent the bacteria from eating away at your baby’s teeth during sleeping hours. The first visit to the dentist should be around your child’s first birthday. For children: See the dentist twice a year for regular check-ups. Start when your child is young so that it becomes a natural part of your child’s yearly routine for a lifetime. Allow your child to choose a cute or colorful child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles. Find toothpaste in a flavor that your child likes. Many are safely formulated for children under age 3. Brush after each meal. This is the best practice, but at least after breakfast and dinner. Once your child has learned not to swallow toothpaste, use one with fluoride. Use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste with children under age 7, especially if your child is still prone to swallowing some of the toothpaste. Have your child brush before going to bed as part of the nightly bedtime routine. Eat healthy snacks and limit starchy foods, such as chips and sweet foods and sweet drinks, because they stick to the teeth. Adults should brush and floss their child’s teeth until the child is capable of doing a thorough job without adult help. Children lack the fine motor skills that are necessary…

¿Por qué debo vacunarme contra la gripe?

Serina del Queens pregunta: La mejor manera de protegerte contra la gripe es vacunarte contra ella cada año. La vacuna contra la gripe es una vacuna que contiene los virus muertos, y se administra mediante una inyección en el brazo. Cada vacuna es una combinación de tres virus. Aproximadamente dos semanas después de la administración de la vacuna, unos anticuerpos, o células combativos, proveen protección contra el virus que pudiera formar en tu cuerpo.      ¿Cuándo debo vacunarme? AHORA, o tan pronto que te enteras de la vacuna en la televisión, en la oficina del médico o en el periódico. La temporada de la gripe es desde diciembre y enero en adelante. Aunque puedes enfermarte de la gripe en cualquier momento, muchas personas se enferman en enero o después.      ¿Quién debe vacunarse contra la gripe? Algunos que deben vacunarse contra la gripe son: Niños de 6 meses a 19 años de edad Mujeres embarazadas Personas de 50 años de edad en adelante Cualquier persona que está deprimida Adultos mayores que viven en un asilo para ancianos Cualquier persona encargada del cuidado de los arriba mencionados: empleados del área de salud, madres que se quedan en casa con los niños y los que cuidan a los padres mayores.      ¿Quién no debe vacunarse contra la gripe? Personas que son alérgicas a los huevos de la gallina Los que anteriormente han tenido una fuerte reacción a la vacuna contra la gripe (no incluye un brazo dolorido después de la inyección) Personas que han tenido el síndrome de Guillain-Barré dentro de 6 semanas de haber recibido la vacuna contra la gripe Los que tienen una fiebre o un catarro cuando van a vacunarse Niños menores de 6 meses de edad. Patricia M. Gonzalez, RN, BSN, CPAN, Directora de la UCI en el Hospital Kingston/Benedictine, Kingston, NY

FLU SHOTS? Answers from Nurse Pat

Serina from the Queens asks: Why should I get a flu shot ? Flu Shots are very important to stop  the flu. The single best way to protect against the flu is to get a flu shot (or to “get vaccinated”) each year. The flu shot is actually a flu vaccine that contains the killed virus, and it is given as shot in the arm. It has three viruses in one. About two weeks after you get the shot, little antibodies, or fighting cells, provide protection against the virus that could develop in your body.      When should I get vaccinated? NOW, or as soon as you hear about it on TV, in the doctor’s office, or in the newspaper. Flu season is December, January, and beyond. Though you can get the flu at any time, many people get sick in January or later.      Who should get the flu shot? Some of the people who should get the flu shot:     Children from age 6 months to age 19     Pregnant women     People 50 years of age and older     Anyone who is depressed     Older adults living in a nursing home     Anyone who takes cares of anyone listed: health care workers, stay-at-home moms, and those taking care of elderly parents.      Who should not get the flu shot?     People who are allergic to chicken eggs     Those who have had a bad reaction to a previous flu shot (this doesn’t include a sore arm after the injection)     People who have ever developed a sickness called Guillain-Barre Syndrome within 6 weeks of getting a flu shot     Those who have a fever or cold at the time of getting the flu shot     Children less than 6 months of age. Patricia M. Gonzalez, RN, BSN,CPAN, Director of ICU at Kingston/Benedictine Hospital, Kingston, NY

Accidental Spokeswoman

  “One last time,” I thought. “One last time to drive around the peninsula.” It was the Palos Verdes Peninsula in California, home to the Trump Golf Course. It was home to my family, not exactly near the golf course, but still, the air was pristine, city view of the LA basin spectacular and streets lined with beautiful homes. I was excited yet anxious at the same time because in hours my life would be changing dramatically. The drive was something out of a movie as I faced a brilliant sunset on a two-lane highway overlooking the spectacular cliffs. I could see the outline of someone hang gliding and thought, “What am I doing? Tomorrow I leave all this beauty for, for what?” I did not know exactly. Sure I had visited, but my visits gave no indication that someday I would become a spokeswoman for disenfranchised women. The next morning I flew from sunny California to New York – alone. I was setting out to work for a very aggressive inner-city children’s non-profit. At that time its staff and volunteers touched the lives of 20,000 kids on a weekly basis. We worked hard in the community. They had been there since the early 80’s and had achieved major acceptance in New York’s inner city whose neighborhoods were rife with distrust and violence. I was picked up by a soon-to-be dear friend and dropped off at my new, or more aptly old, very old apartment. The tenement house itself was owned by the organization and everyone was gone on his/her only day off. I was given a loft in the front room. But let me describe the loft lest it conjures up some gorgeous open space with hardwood floors and tall windows. My loft was over a 7.5’x9’ space with a clearance of 3’. I climbed a handmade ladder to get into bed. My roommate left a small lamp sans the shade so I’d have light. The bathroom had an original claw foot tub! In winter months I’d experience dealing with two inches of ice layering the inside of the tub. That was due in part to the holes in the floors and walls throughout the apartment. The ones in the floor allowed a direct view into the basement. It struck me as funny as the largest hole was right in front of the refrigerator. My apartment held the single thermostat regulating heat for all three floors. It worked great! Too much heat for the third floor, just about right for the second floor and a coat required for the first floor. Occasionally, I used the gas oven to heat my side of the apartment though I’d been warned that it was an unsafe practice. Sure enough when I opened the oven door one evening when I was too tired, a pop of flame escaped and singed my hair and eyelashes. All staff lived in and around the people we served to earn their respect and gain credibility. It was…

Mary a Single Mom

  Merry Christmas!       Reach UP is celebrating its one year anniversary!  [[retro editorial, visit it Winter 2012 – nine years today]] It’s been a great year, and I thank YOU for letting Reach UP come into your home.       This issue, Doug Stringer of Somebody Cares America talks to women, especially single mothers, about growing up without a father’s love and affection. It’s a subject strong in his heart – so much so that he’s written two books on it: The Fatherless Generation and Who’s Your Daddy Now?         It’s a timely topic anytime of the year, but I think especially during the Christmas season. You see, tradition tells us that Joseph must have died while Jesus was still a child – when exactly, we don’t know. But at some point Mary was a single mom. And while Jesus may not have been running the streets, He was a unique child, and I can imagine she didn’t always know what to do next….       You’ll know what to do for your holiday make up after the makeup tips from Nadine and Hilthia. And Wendy brings us a recipe to try sometime during December. The smell of freshly baked cookies just makes a home seem cozier.       Veronica’s resume-building article is right on time with new year’s goals, whether you’re going for your first job or looking for a different one. Keep her advice on file.       Grateful that Jesus came,         Crystal Wacker

Reach Up Winter 2016