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July 2019 • Newsletter

Light Program
L.I.F.E Program
Servant Heart Project
Middle TN Moms
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Faithful Families
New Partners
Volunteer Opportunities

Independence from the World

Dear Encouragers!

Earlier this month we celebrated the 4th of July--the day we gained our independence!  I hope you all had a good time with family and friends, being thankful for our country.  Let us remember the sacrifices of those before us so that we can enjoy our country's independence!

Independence is a word I think about quite often at Barnabas Vision.  So many people we come in contact with have lost their independence and desparately want it back.  Some of them have never had it and we at Barnabas Vision do not want to just give a hand out but a hand up.  Also, there are some throughout our various programs that we want to have independence--to get out of debt, to not rely on assistance!  They strive for independence!  But the best independence that we can ask for is independence from the world and to surrender our will and have utter dependence on our Lord and Savior!  God loves us so much and when we rely on Him we have independence from the world!

At Barnabas Vision we strive to give and encourage people to strive for independence by loving like Jesus and encouraging like Barnabas.  We desparately want to help people because God has loved us.  I love this quote from Matthew Barrett:  "We believe in people who have stumbled and gotten to their feet again because time after time after time Jesus continues to believe in us after we stumble."  Independence from the world is not easy but it is worth it to have independence from the world and dependence upon God. 

That is why I am encouraged with all of our programs, especially our life program, which stands for Living Intentionally For Eternity.  This program is walking life with someone and encouraging them.  We have several coping skills classes, one of which is the Biblical Coping Skills Class that focuses on looking at life situations within the book of James.  This is just an example.  We know that gaining independence is work!  I am grateful for those who believe in me and in return I want to believe in others because everyone is special to God and everyone has a unique story that can bless others.  I thank you all for being a part of the Barnabas Vision story as we encourage one another.
~ David Coggin                                                             
Executive Director / Community Minister

"We believe in people who have stumbled and gotten to their feet again because time after time after time Jesus continues to believe in us after we stumble."
Matthew Barrett
At Barnabas Vision we do not want to give just a hand out but a hand up!

Light Program

  It is so great to get to be a source of support for people in all walks of life.  We are so blessed to get to be there in the darkest moments, and also get to rejoice in the greatest of victories! 

God has a plan for everyone's story and at Barnabas Vision we are blessed to get see the stories unfold in our clients' lives. 

Please keep all of our clients in your prayers, pray for their pain and suffering, but also pray for their successes as well.

L.I.F.E. Program

Laura Minchey, our L.I.F.E. Program Coordinator, writes that "We are continuing to add clients to our L.I.F.E. program and I'm seeing progress with several I've been meeting with for the past few months."

"Our newest participant is one who has been faithful in our Coping Skills class for many months.  She is 65 years old and when I met with her last week she had goals for every section on our list.  She even had two educational goals and desires to continue her knowledge and broaden her job skills.  I was very impressed with her and her willingness to continue to grow and better her present circumstances.   It is a blessing to be a part of a program where I can witness our clients' growth by meeting with them on a weekly basis."

Many children spend their summer breaks sleeping in and lounging at the pool.  However, a group of Rutherford county youth, known as Servant Heart, has sacrificed pool days and extra sleep to serve the less fortunate in their community.  They meet every Tuesday at nursing homes, food pantries, and soup kitchens to perform various tasks and encourage the clients.  The group was founded by David Coggin and Stephanie McKissick in 2014 with the purpose of inspiring and training young people to make service a part of their daily lives.

The Servant Heart Project is known by the verse in Isaiah 6:8, "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send?  And who will go with us?'  And I said, 'Here I am.  Send me!' ".  This verse was chosen as the emblem of the group because it embodies the spirit of willingness that Barnabas Vision hopes to foster within every volunteer in the program.  With this in mind, each project begins with a devotional and prayer by a local minister so the volunteers can meditate on the lesson as they work.


One early morning, the youth arrived at Good Shepard Children's Home with games, crafts and popsicles in hand.  As they prepared to listen to the weekly devotional, the children gathered in the corner of the living room, reluctant to mingle with the volunteers.  Within 30 minutes, these same children were laughing and smiling as they played red rover and enjoyed fresh watermelon with their new friends.  It was so encouraging to witness the joy and eagerness that radiates from the youth as they serve and the happiness that they leave behind everywhere they go.  Lord willing, these moments of pure love and service will continue to brighten people's hearts and strengthen the community for many summers to come.

Middle TN Moms

In February, Barnabas Vision launched its new support group for single mothers called Middle TN Moms.  This group has had a very faithful following and looks forward to being in communion with one another each Friday evening. 

In April, Barnabas Vision was excited to launch our second site for Middle TN Moms at Stepping Stones.  This is a natural partnership, as many of the ladies at Stepping Stones 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 email Christina.

Barnabas Vision is taking our Middle TN Mom's group on the road and will begin offering a group this summer in LaVergne.  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

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 who wants to commit to small chores, do not know where to look for help, or are concerned about having someone in their home who they do not know.  Beginning in September, 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
Faithful Families

In June, Barnabas Vision hosted its third installment of its monthly Faithful Families.  In partnership with the UT-TSU Extension Program, Faithful Families aims to provide a positive supportive environment for families to come and learn about eating healthy on a budget, nutrition education, fun activities and an interactive cooking class which allows parents and their children to learn to cook together.

Our next class will be on Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 am.  This session will include making healthy pancakes with your children!  If you are interested, please email michael@the to RSVP.


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

New Partners!

Sharing Change Grant:  Barnabas Vision is excited to announce its partnership with MTEMC's SharingChange program which financially supports our Homelessness Prevention Program!  Without our community coming together, we would be unable to help those in need.  Thank you, MTEMC!

Publix Charities:  A big thanks to Publix Charities for awarding Barnabas Vision financial support for providing food to our youth at our new Youth Empowerment Zone!  It takes a village to serve our youth!
Volunteer Opportunities:

Self-Esteem Camps
For over 7 summers now, Barnabas Vision has been running summer camps/classes for children 5-12 years old who are in need of encouragement over the summer.  Our goal has always been to bring hope and encouragement to our community.  Topics include self-esteem, respect, emotions, positive relationships and "I am special" discussions.  These camps will be across Rutherford County.  If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please contact Michael.

Patterson Park Dates:  June 26, July 3 and July 24 at 1:00 pm.

Rutherford Pointe Dates:  July 17, 18 and 19 at 10:00 am.

Please note:  these are the start times for the programs and not the times staff needs to arrive.  If you are a part of either of these programs, you will get further detailed instructions about your role during these programs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Youth Empowerment Zone
Barnabas Vision is partnering with Rutherford Pointe Apartments in providing a 7-week youth development program named Youth Empowerment Zone. 

We will be facilitating topics such as College Readiness/Career Exploration, Job Readiness, Mental Health, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Financial Literacy, Nutrition Education and Positive Law Enforcement for at-risk youth in the neighborhood. 

We are currently looking for volunteers to help support this program.  The Youth Empowerment Zone will be on Wednesdays beginning on June 16-July 31 from 3:00-5:00 pm in LaVergne.  If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to help encourage these young people, please contact Michael.


So far this year, assistance given to those in need has been $36,565.62 to 192 people. 

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


Amazon Smile:
Place all Amazon orders at and select Barnabas Vision.

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

Support us through Fair Trade
Organic Coffee at:

By Check, Mailed To:
Barnabas Vision 
141 MTCS Rd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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

In summary, through Barnabas Vision's various programs and classes, we hope to give a hand up to our clients--to help them achieve the independence we all desire.  "The best independence that we can ask for is independence from the world and surrendering our will and having utter dependence on our
Lord and Savior!"

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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
Maria Coggin
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