On Saturday, June 16th, Jackie Gray, an instructor for Living Waters Yoga hosted a fundraiser for Touching Heart. Our executive director, Brooks J. Young, attended the event and shared her story of survival, purpose and the mission of the organization. It was well received.
We would like to thank Jackie for her support and the Living Water Yoga owners and co-founders, Melissa Gray and Sarah Holder, for hosting the event.
About Living Waters Yoga
Living Waters Yoga is a place of love, restoration, fellowship, peace, and Spirit. Living Waters Yoga integrates Bible reading, Christian worship music, meditation and prayer into every practice. Our teachers are certified and dedicated to providing you with an extraordinary experience. We offer classes for all levels of new and veteran yogis.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will be sending new Medicare cards to consumers starting in April 2018. In order to provide uninterrupted access to care, service providers should help consumers prepare for the change. CMS has published resources in English and Spanish to help beneficiaries understand the change.
We have received a brand new Apple iMac from a very generous donor. Our old computer had gone to iHeaven and we have been in need ever since.
This computer is one of many that will be in the Destiny & Purpose Women’s Resource Center to assist with job search, resumes and learning new computer skills.
If you would like to donate a computer or learn more about our Keys Connect program contact us!
We are truly grateful to our donor! God sees our efforts and hears our prayers! To God be the glory!
On Christmas Eve, in partnership with Stephen Temple COGIC, Touching Heart donated hope bags for the homeless while Stephen Temple supplied a hot meal, fruit and prayer warriors. Together we spent a few hours loving on the community and uplifting those who are often forgotten during the holiday season. The smiles and tears on the faces of the men, women and children were the best gifts EVER!
God placed the homeless on First Lady Colbert’s heart and because of her faithfulness and an ear to hear from God lives will never be the same. She cooked an amazing meal covered in prayer and love. She fed them a meal from her heart!
As a homeless survivor, I can say that when people take a moment out of the day to think of someone who is less fortunate gives hope to the person facing hardship. I know that through this act of kindness good seeds have been planted in those individuals lives. Touching Heart is back doing our work in the community. We have great things coming in 2018!
A special thanks to the Bush Family for their generous donations for our Hope Bags!
If you’re looking for a church who cares about souls and their well-being, Stephen Temple COGIC is a place to come and worship. Be sure to visit their website at www.stephentemple.com.
On December 24, 2004, I received a vision to help women and children escaping domestic abuse. I did not know where the desire had stem from but I knew that under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, using the clay vessels of myself would open a full time domestic violence organization for women who is in need of restoration, healing, hope and strong faith.. Our beginnings were rocky and for last 12 years we struggled financially, personally, inter-personally, spiritually, and emotionally. I was young in my faith walk and leadership ability. I was impulsive, unseasoned, immature, and unready. But I believed God wanted to do something with me and with this ministry.
Thirteen years ago our organization was birthed with the hope of fulfilling a need for transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence. Today, Touching Heart’s focus is to restore, rebuild, and renew ALL women with a special emphasis on those who are homeless and escaping domestic abuse. The Brooks J. Young Home is set to open Fall 2018 to women and their children. Domestic violence has been a silent issue for a very long time. Touching Heart is committed to being a vocal advocate in eradicating domestic violence. After experiencing homelessness, my focused changed slightly because I had an understanding of what some may never experience. I’ve gone from having compassion to understanding what empathy truly means. It is also our God given purpose to help EVERY woman who enters our center. Every time the desire became strong to do something for these young women, I saw myself struggling and faltering, I became discouraged and my faith wavered. “Is it really God’s vision for me to help women through the Touching Heart ministry?” I would doubtingly wonder.
At each season of discouragement, God directed me to Habakkuk 2:3: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry wait for it; it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
He (God) kept saying, “It will surely come.”
Even now I get teary eyed just thinking about it. I am filled with love and adoration to my Heavenly Father for His faithfulness and eternal love and for His plan and purpose that will not be thwarted by principalities, powers, spiritual wickedness in high places, nor even my own faltering and fumbling. I now see God’s faithfulness toward me personally more than ever before.
I was a lost soul with a lot of hurt, pain, and hate in my heart yet God gave me something so precious, despite my doubtful spirit. Touching Heart literally saved my life. When I gave up on myself, family, and anything that involved love, God came into my life. He renewed, rebuilt, and restored me so that I could be a better leader, friend, sister, aunt, daughter, granddaughter and servant. How could I teach other women to love themselves, when I had never loved myself? God came in my life and created and renewed a right spirit within me. He restored my faith and now I put all of my trust in Him and Him alone. I have learned the value of self and how to lean on God for the strength I seek in my life.
I’m proud to announce that the time has surely come! The time to minister full time to women with a biblical based, spiritually motivated, Holy Spirit anointed restoration program. Not only did Touching Heart receive a spiritual makeover, but we (staff and volunteers) have learned the value of team work.
We still have work to do, but with the new vision and the anointing over this ministry we have no choice but to SOAR!! We will provide several programs to restore faith in the lives of hurting women. We will give them the tools necessary to become self-sufficient, while holding steadfast to the power of God!
The time has come! The time to move forward. The time to walk IN the vision, not toward the vision. The time of greater miracles from our Heavenly Father. The time to end our faltering, doubting, struggling, wondering, and hesitating.
The time has come for God to burst our hearts open with His purposes and fulfill His plan for our lives and for this ministry. Will you become a part of this vision? Will you walk with us as we walk in the appointed time of this vision? We have great needs. Will you ask the Holy Spirit how you can help and move according to His plan and purpose? Join us as we continue to be humble servants for the Lord.
In His Grace,
Brooks J. Young