Monday, November 27, 2017

How to Give Back During the Holiday Season

As a leader in his church and community, Courage Igene encourages others to give back to those in need this holiday season to make a positive impact on the world.
Holidays are a time for family get-togethers, overflowing food, lots of fun, laughter and cheer. It is also the time for being thankful for all the things that we have – food, family and a roof over our head. But there are many who are not so fortunate to have things that we take for granted.  There are many families who cannot even afford food for their kids. There are many homeless who are in need of shelter to protect them from the coming cold weather. By helping those in need, we would not only make our holidays brighter but would also get a feeling of contentment by being able to give back to the community and put a smile on the face of someone in need. There are various ways, some big, some small, through which we can bring some cheer to the lives of others.
Courage Igene Give Back During the Holidays

Participate in food drives
Food drives are run by groups or individuals. Find out about any food drive going in and around your community. You can either participate in one or you can start your own food drive. Apart from helping stock non-perishable food items in a food drive, you can also help in soup kitchens. Since they are mostly driven by volunteers, your help would be very welcome. During the holiday season and due to the cold weather, these places are generally overcrowded. By helping during this time your service would be much appreciated. With All Nations Church, Courage Igene tries to hold food drives a few times a year especially during the holidays.
Donate clothes
By donating clothes and coats you would help many people to stay warm during the harsh weather. Many clothing drives are run by corporates or charities. You can make a neat bundle of all the clothing items that you no longer need but are in good wearable condition. Donate them to the appropriate charitable organization. 
Contribute Towards Gifts
The holiday season is also all about gifts and giving. You can buy gifts like toys for children of less privileged homes. The happiness on the children faces when they receive their gifts would make your day. 
Participate In Community Events
There are many community events going on especially during the holidays. There might be some park/beach cleaning activity requiring volunteers, or there might be some fundraising event taking place. It can be in the form of a run/marathon or a charity dinner. By participating in these events you can make some monetary or non-monetary donation towards the community. There are many community events which require contribution in the form of skill. You can contribute towards them through your skills as a doctor, architect, singer or any other professional skill. 
Remembering soldiers, fire fighters, police officers
Soldiers, fire fighters and police officers sacrifice so much to safeguard us and our homes. By remembering them through our selfless acts during the holiday season we get a chance to express our gratitude towards them and their families. By sending a card or baking some cookies and hand delivering them we can make them feel special.
Spending time in the hospitals and elderly care homes
By visiting hospitals we can spend some time with people who are feeling lonely or neglected during the holiday season. By reading some books or treating them with home cooked goodies we can bring some cheer in their lives. 

Courage Igene uses his expertise as a community leader to help spread joy and holiday cheer. You can choose any one or all the activities depending upon your resources. The act of kindness is important, its size is immaterial.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Courage Igene on Passion, Faith, and Success

Courage Igene understands that life isn’t easy, especially as we get older and obtain more and more responsibilities. We are often being pulled in several different directions at the same time to care for friends, family, faith, ourselves, our careers, paying the bills, and beyond.

Throughout his life, Courage Igene has always been a big believer in the phrase of “working to live, not living to work”. Our time on earth is a mere blip in the vast history of the world, until we are with God in the afterlife. Because of this, Courage Igene encourages others to pursue a good and successful life, trying to become the best version of ourselves.
Courage Igene Passion and Faith

As an active community member and church leader, Courage Igene was inspired to write about how passion and faith can lead you towards success in other areas of your life.

The term success is very subjective; it can mean many different things, especially when it comes to the individual. Taking some time out, whether that is taking a walk to think, or visiting your place of worship to speak with your God, is important. Understanding what drives you as a person, is it: giving back, spending more time with your family or starting a new project? Knowing ourselves is fundamental to accessing our passion. Where is it you find yourself pulled? What is your hobby, what makes you happy or where do you seek fulfillment?

These are some of the questions Courage Igene recommends you sit down and ask yourself and really reflect upon. Find what you are really passionate about and what really drives you to want to succeed. The point Courage Igene is trying to help you find is to understand what drives you and what will make you excited to get up and do this thing today, tomorrow, and the next day. Find something you want to improve upon.

Finding that one special "thing" isn't always easy, but Courage Igene believes that some of the most worthy things in life are earned through hard work, focus, and dedication.

Finding your passion is really half the battle, maybe even less, as retaining your drive is the hard part. Especially in the early stages of a new endeavor, Courage Igene has found throughout his community work that it can sometimes feel overwhelming and stressful.

Faith has really benefitted Courage Igene during this life long process. It has allowed him to relax and remain focused, reigniting his passion when it happens to run low or gets lost in the moment.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Power of Positive Thinking by Courage Igene

The Power of Positivity: Change Your Mind

As a community leader and leader in his church, Courage Igene is always looking for new ways to improve the lives of others.

Many people throughout the United States have heard the phrase “you are what you eat.” While this is a true statement, a statement that holds an even greater truth is “you are what you think.” Courage Igene has studied and researched the effects the human mind can have on the rest of the body. In fact, he has witnessed it first hand, speaking with many of his church members and peers.
Courage Igene Power of Positivity

Negativity can cause our bodies to function negatively, while positivity causes our bodies to function positively. For example: you received a bad report from work or the doctor’s office. When you begin to worry, and think negatively, about the report you received, your body goes into stress-mode and produces certain hormones that store fat in your body. The long-term effects of these hormones, if not shut off, include heart problems such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and angina. On the opposite end, by remaining positive your body is less likely to produce those stress hormones, leaving you to feel happy, healthy, free, and productive.

For Courage Igene, traveling to events and preparing for presentations can cause a lot of stress and sometimes negativity if something goes wrong. The first step to conquering these situations was to change his mindset. Courage Igene understood he had to change the way he thought, how he perceived things, and how he responded to negative situations. Of course this was the biggest struggle, but it was very obtainable. Once he began to think positively in every situation he witnessed his mind and body begin to heal themselves naturally.

Not only does negativity affect your own mind and body, but it also affects those around you. When anyone is angry and begins to express that anger in a negative way those around that person can physically feel the vibrations of the anger in their own bodies. Negativity is a ripple effect that can cause those around us to react negatively.

This is why Courage Igene and others thrive in environments where people are working together and supporting each other while promoting positivity. On his missionary trips and day to day happenings around the church, Courage Igene feels motivated and inspired by the positive actions of all the wonderful people around him.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Rewarding Experiences of Community Service

A community can progress only if it involves the participation of each individual. Community service is when individuals offer their time to any aspect of community building for free. Community service is primarily done voluntarily, but some educational institutions and public departments make community service mandatory.

Courage Igene - Community Service

Courage Igene is an active volunteer and contributor to his community. He believes strongly in the values of community service and helping others. For Courage Igene, community service is a rewarding experience for everyone involved and truly makes the world a better place.

Why is it so important? For a number of reasons; the first of them being development of social skills. Interacting with people belonging to different social classes, ethnic groups and age groups will make the volunteer more confident. Community service with social service ministries inculcates the skills of communication, leadership and working with a team to solve social problems.

Working with ministries also makes young people more aware of the predominant social issues in a community. Working hands on with community leaders and exploring solutions encourages the workers to think outside the box, paving way for creative strategies in their career development. Community service also serves as a plus on resume’, and multinational firms prefer students who have done more than the required hours of community service. In the healthcare sector especially, candidates with community service in hospitals, disaster-struck areas and rural areas is a major plus in recruitment.

Community service within ministries involves giving social support victims of violence, orphans and accidents. Community service is also mandatory for prisoners doing jail-time, as it gives them a sense of responsibility towards their environment. Community service for a church or religious monastery involves awareness programs, collecting funds and organizing community events such as special masses and participating in the church choir.

There are also benefits to the community for community service. Through community service, important tasks are dealt with without having to allot finance to them. Awareness programs regarding health issues, raising money for charity organisations, providing food to the deserving people, working in soup kitchens and providing hands on help in disaster-affected areas such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Community service gives volunteers valuable experience on all aspects of community building, and helps them become future leaders.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Touch And Agree

Pastor Courage Igene
Courage Igene is a father, son, teacher, public speaker, actor, producer, author, and worshiper. He spreads his joy to others through his teachings, books, and special events.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 18:19
The most beautiful sight to behold is two people who are on the same page and work together in love and harmony. The word of God teaches us today that we must unite with other believers in Christ to not only grow, but also to unlock the blessings and favor of God upon our lives. There are steps that must be taken in order to see the promises made in this scripture come to pass:
The first step is that your desires must be on display and your actions must derive from that desire. You cannot touch and agree with someone if they don’t even know what path of life you have chosen to travel. To get on the same page, you must let the person know the book and chapter that you are on. There are so many of us that go to others and ask for prayer; however, we don’t disclose the things we are dealing with, and therefore find ourselves having someone touching and not agreeing. In order to be filled by Christ you must be opened up to him. This is the same thing that applies to the physical church and why it is of the utmost importance that we practice fellowship with others. Some of the experiences that you have endured through life will not only be a testimony, but can also be a teaching moment for others. You can share your experiences (no matter how embarrassing they may be) and possible save a soul who either is where you were or is about to travel the same path. This is how we touch and agree. We get on one accord, we share our experiences and we look to God for the answers and directive that we need to journey through this life. The more people pushing and pressing toward the same goal, the less pressure you feel or energy you have to exert when you are doing it on your own. Growing up I was always told that there is power in numbers. I was also told when searching for something that two sets of eyes are better than one. In today’s focus verse, we are reminded of this same principle. As a child of God, studying the word of God carries a high importance; however, it is just as important is that we surround ourselves with believers in Christ as well. The Bible says that God is love; when we come together as a united body, love pours out from within. In coming together we overlook faults, in coming together we shut off all the gossip, in coming together we put our own agenda to the side and seek the path to better another. Love is the ability to look beyond faults, love is the ability to stop negative talk and love definitely is the ability to focus on the greater good instead of our own current circumstance or situation… As we say every Sunday, “How can I say, I love the Lord whom I never ever seen before and forget to say I love the one, whom I walk beside each and everyday…” Unity is the key to growth in our Christian walk. We are one body in Christ, composed of many members, but still one body. All must be together in ONE accord. God will not stand to have bickering in the church with everybody trying to fulfill there on agenda.
We must touch and agree, AND THEN it shall be done by our Father in Heaven. The key to this passage is that we must come to a point in our lives where we understand that we all have a different gift and together we comprise the body of Christ. As the Bible tells us, we cannot see without the eye, we cannot hear without the ear, we cannot walk without the feet. Let us understand today, that we all are unique in our own way: we aren’t all feet, we aren’t all legs, we aren’t all arms, but together we form one body in Christ.  The key is that we must be ourselves together. When we seek the nature of “togetherhood” we stop focusing on what we want and Christ acts on our accord when we ask. I remember when I would argue with my brothers and sisters about toys or the TV, my father would not choose a side, but instead tell us to put the toy down or cut the TV off. In other words, all of us lost out on being happy and sharing. The same works for confusion in the church: we are missing out on blessings if we can’t unite and fight this war against principalities together. Matthew records, “Again I say unto you…” This is not the first time we have been instructed to be a unified body, this is not the first time you have been told to lift up one another and stop tearing each other down. God has the capability to transform situations; He has the power to overturn even the grimmest of circumstances, but the key to unlocking this divine power lies in being one with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
The greatest demonstration of being in one accord is the Day of Pentecost. The book of Acts records that when the Holy Spirit was dispersed upon mankind it came upon a people that had all things in common, this gathering wasn’t about ego’s, it wasn’t about up-manship, but about aligning their spirits together with Christ being the center. It wasn’t until the unification of these people that the spirit of God was poured upon them. Understanding this passage opens our minds to realize how important fellowship is in the church, if we want God to move we must have more than just ourselves praying. If we want God to intervene, we must be surrounded with likeminded individuals. How can you touch and agree if you don’t have a church home? How can you touch and agree if you avoid church at all costs? How can you touch and agree when the person who you need to pray with is the one you are beating down or talking about? You may be in a place right now where you have been asking God for a sign, a miracle, or a helping hand. Matthew reminds us today that if we are not going to the Lord along with another we will end up praying in vain. Touching and agreeing means that you don’t try to hide things, you don’t try to put things in your closet, but you lay them before the Lord allowing Him to heal you and direct you. Today, look to your left, look to your right and examine the company you keep. More importantly, make sure that you have company with people who think and feel like you about our Lord and Savior. If you look to your left and look to your right and find people who are of this world and not just in it, you may have found the reason as to why you have not been able to advance in this Christian walk or why you feel as if Christ has not heard nor answered your prayers.
Touch and Agree, that’s the key! Be blessed!
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