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    The Jobs for Life Ministry
    kristyKristy Kobylinski is a Loudoun County resident and attends Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA. Kristy is seeking partners (church outreach contacts and prayer warriors) who have a heart for those living in need to join her in the ministry planning phase.
    "and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday" - Isaiah 58:10.

    Special to Community of Faith
    By Kristy Kobylinski

    A few years ago, the Lord gave me a vision for starting a jobs ministry in our local community. The foundation of the program would teach people, through the Word of God, who God is and whom He created them to be. It would also invite the people of God (the Church) to come alongside of these individuals to partner with them, not just as mentors, but as co-learners on their journey. This program would also involve local community businesses who would be willing to participate in the training and provide possible employment for graduating students. While reading the book, “When Helping Hurts,” I ran across the name of a jobs ministry that fit the vision I had of this program to a tee! It was called “Jobs for Life” and it offered a turn-key curriculum for beginning this ministry in a local community. With much enthusiasm, I immediately ordered the curriculum and began distributing copies of the workbooks to several people who ended up not being nearly as excited about the program as I was. So, it fizzled, and I concluded that it just wasn’t the Lord’s timing.

    I have continued to believe, however, that the Lord has called me to this ministry and in recent weeks, He has begun to rekindle my excitement. I have been pouring through the curriculum and writing pages of notes, but one thing is clear, I cannot do this alone! I need several volunteers! Therefore, I am initially looking for a core team of individuals who might be interested in helping to get this ministry started. I attended the Convoy of Hope – Leesburg in September and there was not one person that passed through the “Connections Tent” that would not benefit greatly from receiving this training/teaching. There are so many hurting people living in and around us who just need to understand how much our Lord loves them and desires good for them. He wants to transform our community from the inside out, but it takes individuals who are willing to partner and invest in the lives of other individuals, who are often unemployed or underemployed.

    During the time when the Lord first called me to begin this ministry, I invited people to what I called an “Isaiah 58” prayer night. We simply prayed through Isaiah 58 which described “Fasting that pleases God.” I remember so clearly while praying Isaiah 58:12 which reads, “You will be called Repairer of Broken Walls and Restorer of Streets with Dwellings,” hearing God say “That’s you!” And that’s is us! That’s the Church - instruments of reconciliation and restoration to people without hope. So, I pray that we will continue, on the heels of “Convoy of Hope,” to bring lasting hope to our community through the “Jobs for Life” program. It is not just about helping people find jobs – it is about helping people along their journey to find Jesus – our only real Hope.

    If you are interested in helping in any manner with this ministry, I currently have the following needs:

    Planning Phase - Immediate

    • Core Team Members - Individuals willing to be part of the core development team. Commitment would involve meeting weekly to develop an action plan then assisting with executing the plan. The curriculum comes with turn-key instructions for everything that needs to be done. I would like to have the program up and running by the Spring of 2015. These core team members can also serve in some of the below listed positions once the ministry is in a readiness state.

    Ministry Phase – Spring/2015
    • Instructors - Teaching commitment that will last 8-12 weeks. There could be a possibility to co-lead a class.
    • Small group discussion leaders – 8-12 week commitment. Requires class participation to assist with facilitating discussion
    • Champions – an 8-12 week commitment. Requires class participation to come alongside and encourage students.
    • Business relations – Ongoing or as needed. Would reach out to local businesses partners who would be willing to participate in occasional classroom sessions and consider hiring individuals who graduate from our program
    • Student relations – Plans and organizes student activities as well as class graduation event. Also involves interviewing perspective candidates who apply for the training. (These could be separate positions). Only individuals who demonstrate a sincere interest in obtaining employment or enhanced employment will be admitted into the program.
    • Prayer team – individuals who will commit to pray for the program, students and volunteers.

    If you have any interest or know anyone who may have interest in being a part of this exciting ministry, please contact me at 703-628-6174 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also visit the website at for more information or search for “Jobs for Life Flip the List” to watch an informative video.

    Thank you for your time. I hope to hear from you soon.

    In His Service,
    Kristy Kobylinski

    Note: Kristy's ministry is all about Church unity. She envisions the Jobs for Life Ministry being an interdenominational program, working under the banner of Christ. Kristy has a strong desire to see people healed and set free and living the abundant life to the glory of our God that our Lord Jesus intended for us to live. "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" John 10:10.
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    Christian Media Critic Ted Baehr to Speak in Ashburn
    film_criticTed Baehr is Founder and Publisher of Movieguide® as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit. He has been a featured guest on Oprah, Hannity and Colmes, CNN, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight. His opinions have been featured in major newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, and U.S. News and World Report.

    Monday, October 6, 2014
    7:30 to 9:00 PM
    Loudoun County School Administration Building,
    21000 Education Court
    Ashburn, VA 20148

    “He who controls the media controls the culture”

    Pastors and ministries leaders raved about Dr. Ted Baehr’s address to the Shepherds Table luncheon in Leesburg this past May. Baehr, author of “How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Losing Your Soul," spoke about society’s “divorce from moral standards,” which he attributed to a lack of moral content in cinema and television. He returns to address the public at a “Back to School Briefing” produced by the Ronald Reagan Lecture Series in Ashburn.

    Hollywood influences the culture – but we can influence Hollywood! Christian Media Critic Ted Baehr will encourage and challenge us about how we can influence Hollywood and how Hollywood can be a force for good rather than ill at a free briefing Monday, Oct. 6 from 7:30 - 9:00 pm at the Loudoun County School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA.

    “He who controls the media controls the culture” summarizes Ted Baehr. Our challenge is how to reform the influence of the mass media of entertainment on our children and society. The media, for good and for ill, is the primary teacher of our youth. There is hope though – we can learn to be media-wise, and the entertainment industry can be turned toward the good, the true, and the beautiful. This lecture enables you to teach children to be media-wise, to understand the wide influence of the mass media, and to show you how to rescue the industry.

    Ted Baehr is Founder and Publisher of Movieguide® as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit. His publication Movieguide offers in-depth analyses of current movies from a biblical perspective via TV, radio, print, Internet and mobile applications. Not only are issues of violence, sex and profanity directly addressed, Movieguide digs deeply into the moral statements and worldviews of the movies, videos and television programs it reviews.

    Ted was president of the organization that produced The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe for CBS-TV in 1980, boasting 37 million viewers and winning an Emmy Award. Ted is also Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC), a non-profit organization dedicated to redeeming the values of the mass media of entertainment by influencing the entertainment industry and by informing and equipping the general public of the impact that the mass media has on its audiences. The CFTVC is the only active liaison between studio executives and the general public for issues of family entertainment and faith.

    Note: The Ronald Reagan Lecture Series is a nonpartisan, 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization, subject to the same rules and regulations as churches.

    Directions: From South or West, take Belmont Ridge Road, turn east on Broadlands Blvd and left on Education Court. From East or North, take Claiborne Parkway, turn west on Broadlands Blvd, right on Education Court. The red brick building is visible and accessible from the Greenway Toll Road going south on either Belmont Ridge or Claiborne Parkway.
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    Convoy of Hope Arrives in Leesburg September 13th
    Hope Starts Here in your city, your community, your neighborhood. The Convoy of Hope event is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service, and bring people and organizations together like never before. This is a collaborative effort to bring hope to a city through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, activities for children and more.
    Thousands Expected to Attend Saturday’s Celebration

    I have often envisioned all 150 churches in Loudoun working in unison for the greater glory of God and operating through His will. Everyone would have a powerful desire to serve God, model Jesus’ teaching and provide an example to others so that they can serve God too! Through hard work and commitment each individual would supply an added measure of determination, skill and teamwork for glorifying God.

    Convoy of Hope will stop in Leesburg on Saturday, September 13, at Shenandoah Building to provide a day of free food, goods and services. The community celebration is one of dozens Convoy of Hope will host in 2014 throughout the United States. In 2013, more than 118,000 guests attended the $50-million tour at stops around the country.

    WHAT: A free Leesburg community event offering $1 million in free goods and services including more than 35,000 pounds of groceries, dental check-ups, family portraits, brown bag lunch, haircuts, health services, job and career services, a “Kids Zone” with carnival games, inflatables and live entertainment and more. Prayer & spiritual care from local churches will be available. While supplies last—all are welcome. No I.D. required.

    WHY: Provides an opportunity for more than 1,000 local community volunteers to share hope and tangible help with thousands of their neighbors in a spirit of honor and dignity.

    WHO: The community of Leesburg, including numerous local businesses, organizations, churches and Convoy of Hope. Convoy of Hope, a faith based organization is also working with the Plum Organics at the outreach. Plum Organics will distribute organic food specifically created for babies, toddlers and school-aged children. All goods and services are free.

    The Convoy is a collaborative effort among community churches, business, civic organizations, and local families to bring hope and emergency support to this community. This All-Volunteer event mobilizes residents to serve and make a difference in their community. Strong participation and collaboration by local organizations are crucial to the success of this event. Through this collaborative effort we do together what no one organization could do alone.

    WHEN: Saturday, September 13 - Gates open at 10 a.m. (rain or shine) until supplies are exhausted.

    Shenandoah Building
    102 Heritage Way NE
    Leesburg, VA 20176

    Learn more about the outreach by visiting or contact Bill Peterson at 703-424-4046.

    About Convoy of Hope

    Convoy of Hope, a faith based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world. With a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for 11 consecutive years. In the last 20 years, Convoy of Hope has served more than 65 million people. For more information please visit

    Anyone wishing to volunteer can attend a Volunteer Rally at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Cornerstone Chapel, 742 Miller Drive SE, Leesburg, VA. No preregistration is required.

    Areas for Volunteers:
    • Shoes for Children- At this station families with children will receive free shoes.
    • Kid Zone - This will be station for children to be dropped off at while their parents will go to the other tents and areas of the site.
    • The Connections tent will be a place for our church to get connected with people in the community by having face to face conversations
    • Family Portraits - Families can have their pictures taken for albums here.
    • Grocery Handout - Our goal is for every family to leave with at least 2 bags of groceries.
    • Hair Cuts - We are in need of hairstylists/barber for this tent. There is more to help out here than just cutting hair, so if you would like to bless a family with a free haircut, you can volunteer in this tent.
    • Health Services - We are in need of doctors for this area. You can also help by assisting clinicians in this area.
    • Intercessory Prayer - We are in need of people to pray for this event as it goes forward. If you would like to assist in this area, you will be praying for the event in the times leading up to it, as well as praying for this event as it goes on.

    Participating Churches
    The Worship Center
    Cornerstone Chapel
    Destiny Church
    Centerpointe AG
    Chapel Springs AG
    Christian Fellowship Church
    Community Church
    Downtown Baptist Church
    Faithway Baptist Church
    Free Life Church
    Headway Church
    Heritage Baptist Church
    Jubilee Christian Center
    Leesburg Community Church
    Leesburg Church of the Nazarene
    Mission Agape
    McLean Bible Church - Loudoun
    Oak Grove Baptist Church
    Restoration Church
    Western Loudoun Community Church
    Word of Life – Ashburn

    Participating Businesses
    Trader Joe's
    Business & Engineering Systems Corporation
    Whisper to Roar Promotions
    Fort America, Inc.
    Fort America Business Solutions
    Capital Party Rentals
    Bradleigh Mechanical
    Anita's Mexican Restaurant
    Leesburg Fire Department
    Domino's Pizza
    Papa John's
    Vocelli's Pizza
    TriSept Corporation
    Red Box Dumpster Rentals
    Carlyle & Anderson
    Roy Rogers

    Other Participating/Groups
    Area Agency on Aging
    Citizens Support Team / D.A.R.E.
    Good Shepherd Alliance
    Loudoun Habitat for Humanity
    Volunteers of America
    Loudoun County MH/SA/DS
    Care Connection for Children
    Partnership for Healthier Kids
    Mobile Hope
    Anthem Health Keeper’s Plus
    VA Medicaid
    1st Choice Women's Health Center
    Loudoun Literacy Council
    Loudoun Interfaith Relief
    Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing
    Loudoun County Health Department
    BB&T Bank
    Town of Leesburg - Parks and Rec
    Loudoun Free Clinic
    Wellness Connection
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    About the Blogger
    Mark Gunderman writes and solicits articles that reflect the Church ministries and faith-based organizations' spiritual rhythm and follows the seasons of the Church. The Church and its ministries are relevant for news articles all year round, not just during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Church and the media have many philosophical differences, yet common denominators link them together. Both have a message they want to articulate. An inherent responsibility for both is to communicate successfully.

    "If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant to all" (Mark 9:35).


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