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October 2019 • Newsletter

Turning Our Mess Into His Message

By:  David Coggin, Executive Director/Community Minister


Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments." and "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34, 35). There are people all around us!  It is easy to see that some are hurting, and not so easy with others. 

Most weeks here at the Barnabas Vision we hear stories of hurt and brokenness on the inside.  Often times people wear a mask that covers their hurt and brokenness. Everyone has a story!   Relationships are messy and God knew that.  Jesus knew that.  God sent his son down because of the mess.  He sent his son down to die for our sins.  Because of him we can turn our mess into His message.  He gives us one another so we can encourage each other.

How do we encourage?  How do we show love to others and why should we?  First, we are commanded to love, for love comes from God. Second, when we care we are resembling the ministry of Jesus.  Jesus' whole ministry was based upon caring.  When you read the four Gospels, there are multiple examples of Jesus ministering and caring for people before he took care of their spiritual needs.  We read about how he healed the sick, made the lame to walk, and how friends brought a man to Jesus by cutting a hole in the roof.  People were healed and believed in him. 

What about the people who came to Jesus? Jesus ministered to multitudes.  Some believed and some didn’t.  Jesus still cares for them.  Even on the cross as he died for our sins, he cared!  Even as he uttered the words "Lord forgive them they do not know what they do", he cared. 

We need to be caring for people because people matter to God.   We need to see them through His eyes and be willing to respond.  Thanks for making a difference.  Below are examples of how you can get involved, as well as seeing how our volunteers, staff, community partners and donors work together to help people in our community.        

Seeing Improvement

By:  Laura Minchey, L.I.F.E. Coordinator

The L.I.F.E. program is growing and I'm seeing improvement in the lives of some of our clients.  Recently I met with a 65 year-old woman who is interested in furthering her education so that she can continue working. She said she never wants to stop learning.  Another client has finally instilled the necessary boundaries in her life.  This has been difficult for her, but she knew she needed to do it.  She is at peace with her decision and is trusting God will work in this situation.  A third client has peace about relocating next year to East Tennessee to be closer to her children's family who appear to be more supportive than her own in another state.  Lives are being changed!  

Homelessness Does Not Discriminate

By:  Lisa Burdette, Light Coordinator

Fall is here and The Homelessness Prevention (LIGHT) Program is busy serving our neighbors in need.  One neighbor stands out this month in my mind to share. It is really a great example of how homelessness, poverty, and hard times do not discriminate.  This neighbor had a well-paying job and was living a comfortable life. Unfortunately, this neighbor was injured in an automobile accident and was unable to return to work for quite some time and incurred a large amount of debt related to the many medical procedures that were needed. 

This neighbor stated that it was shocking to her that she could have her life so interrupted so quickly. She had been in a high-ranking position at a large corporation, had worked and received her MBA, was financially stable, and felt nothing could slow her down. In what she described as a blink of an eye everything she had worked so hard to achieve was in jeopardy.  This neighbor was let go from her job and has lived on unemployment and her savings for quite some time. She has now reached a point where those resources have run out. This neighbor spoke of how her faith has remained strong throughout this time and that she is thankful for the opportunity it has given her to reflect on her life and prioritize what matters most. She has decided to change careers and is about to start a new job that she is so excited to begin. 

This is such a great example of how, regardless of your education, socioeconomic status,  or preparation for hard times, life happens. It happens to all of us. There will be good times and there will be not so good times. The important thing to remember is that we are never alone when we have Christ in our hearts and that God doesn’t allow His children to suffer without a greater purpose.  

Meet Our Newest Intern, Kayla Jones

Kayla is a senior at MTSU studying Child Development and Family Studies. She attends Walter Hill Church of Christ. Kayla has, for her entire life, wanted to help others and enjoys being able to do so while spreading Christ's love. She is excited to be working with Barnabas Vision to help fulfill our mission.

A Third Site for Middle TN Mom's Group 

In February, the Barnabas Vision launched a support group for single mothers called Middle Tennessee Mom's. This group has had a very faithful following who look forward to being in communion with one another each Friday evening. In April, the Barnabas Vision was excited to launch our second site for MT Mom's at Stepping Stones.

In July, Barnabas Vision launched its third site at Rutherford Pointe in LaVergne to be the spot for MT Mom's. This is a natural partnership, as many of the ladies at Rutherford Pointe are going through the same struggles as those faced by our group on Friday night. If you know of anyone who would benefit from the group, please contact Michael at


Upcoming Events 


Neighbors Helping Neighbors 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new program, in partnership with St. Claire Senior Center, that will focus on volunteers helping Seniors, age 60+ who live in Rutherford County, with unskilled home chores, such as cleaning gutters, trimming hedges, washing windows, flipping a mattress, etc. There are no income guidelines for this program because it is understood that some Seniors may have the financial means to hire someone to help them, but often may not be able to find anyone that wants to commit to small chores, do not know where to look for help, or are concerned to have someone in their home they do not know. We will take referrals for this program. This will be an ongoing program with requests being filled as they come in. 

We are currently looking for volunteers to help these seniors with these basic needs. To volunteer or for more information, please reach out to

Painting with Purpose

Barnabas Vision is having a FUN fundraiser on Monday, October 21 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Lori White, our Office Coordinator and Executive Assistant, will be teaching a beginner's acrylic painting class here at our office and 1/3 of the proceeds will go to Barnabas Vision! 

Lori has over four years' experience teaching painting classes.  This will be a fun evening where everyone will support a worthy cause and get a start on their Christmas gifts and/or decorations.  Cost is $35.  Please email Lori at with any questions.  Secure your reservation at

Barnabas Vision Launches a New Site 

The Barnabas Vision is excited to have launched our new site at the new Smyrna/LaVergne Campus of North Blvd. Church. We will be providing services to our clients who live in the area every Thursday. Barnabas Vision will also be conducting coping skills classes and monthly community coffee hours at this site. We would love to begin a Bible study and a budgeting class for the Smyrna and LaVergne community as well, so if you are interested in volunteering please reach out to us at


Christmas 2019 Adopt-A-Teen Program

It's that time of year again, and Barnabas Vision is ready to begin the 2019 Adopt A Teen Christmas Program!  In December we will be collecting Christmas gifts to give out to teens within the Rutherford County Schools ATLAS program, as well as Barnabas Vision clients in need of assistance.  This program strives to help parents pay their bills by supplying them with Christmas presents for their children.  

Please remember that you can sponsor individually, as a family, or as a small group such as a work or church group.  We will be sending out the teens' wish lists by the middle of November. 

Please contact or if you're interested in helping a teen(s) for Christmas.  We need to know how many sponsors we have so we can add more teens to help or drop the number we can help.  Thank you so much for your support in this ministry. 

Volunteer Opportunities


Neighbors Helping Neighbors

 We are currently looking for volunteers to help these seniors with these basic needs. To volunteer or for more information, please reach out to


Middle TN Moms (Smyrna)

Barnabas Vision is taking our Middle TN Mom's group on the road and looks to begin offering a group beginning this winter in Smyrna. We are looking for volunteer facilitators who would like to help lead groups of single mothers through topics relevant to their life experience. A curriculum and training are provided. This opportunity would be on a weekly basis for one hour. If you or someone you know would like to assist please reach out to us at 


We are continuously looking for volunteers willing to meet on a regular basis with an older adult in a local healthcare facility to provide them with encouragement, love, and support. If you are interested, please reach out to David Coggin at


Bradley After-school Tutoring (BAT)

School has started back and with it comes the Barnabas Vision's weekly enrichment program with the kids at Bradley After-school Tutoring (BAT). Each Thursday, the Barnabas Vision provides fun and engaging programming for kids in Bradley's after-school program. We will be returning in September, so if you are interested in providing a fun, positive environment for students contact


The Barnabas Vision is currently seeking L.I.F.E. mentors for its Murfreesboro and Smyrna/LaVergne sites. Mentors meet with Barnabas Vision clients who are going through difficult times and walk LIFE with them. These meetings could take place at our offices, coffee shops, churches, restaurants--really wherever is comfortable for the mentor and mentee. If you are interested in being a LIFE mentor, please email us at


So far this year, assistance given to those in need has been $52,719.99 to 278 people. 

Want to help support Barnabas Vision and its work in the community?  There are several ways you can contribute:


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Place all Amazon orders at and select Barnabas Vision.

Kroger Cares:
Register shopping reward at and enroll Barnabas Vision.

Support us through Fair Trade
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By Check, Mailed To:
Barnabas Vision 
141 MTCS Rd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

We cannot thank you enough for your prayers, financial contributions and volunteerism. 

Barnabas Vision is forever very grateful for all of our supporters.  We receive lots of thank you notes that really belong to all of you, because it is you who make Barnabas Vision a reality.  I wanted to share this one sentence with you that was in a recent note from someone we helped, "We now have a place to call home because of you."  It's really because of all of you.  Thanks for making a difference.

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Please continue to keep The Barnabas Vision 
in your prayers.

The Barnabas Vision is based on encouragement, and the best place to receive this is from above, so please join us in being prayer warriors today:

~ Our work:  Pray for us as we meet individuals, work in nursing homes, in the hospital and with other organizations, that we will be able to make a lasting difference for the future.
~ Our finances:  Please pray we will have enough donations to be able to continue all the good work that has been started and be able to help with the many financial requests we have each week.
~ The people we meet:  Please pray that the Barnabas Vision will encourage the clients to move on to a higher level, to be able to get back on track with life, and enjoy the life God has blessed them with.

Our Staff:
David Coggin, Executive Director/Community Minister
Michael Miller, Program & Volunteer Director
Lori White, Office Coordinator & Executive Assistant
Laura Minchey, L.I.F.E. Coordinator
Lisa Burdette, Light Coordinator
Josie Davenport, Ministry Assistant
Maria Coggin
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