CBF Disaster Response Preparing for Hurricane Sally Recovery Efforts in the Florida Panhandle
COVID-19 / Disaster Response

CBF Disaster Response Preparing for Hurricane Sally Recovery Efforts in the Florida Panhandle

By Rick Burnette Dumping more than two feet of rain over much of the western Florida Panhandle on September 16, Hurricane Sally, a Category 2 storm, left extensive damage across Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties. A CBF Disaster Response survey of storm impacts is currently focused on communities along Garcon Point in Santa Rosa … Continue reading

How to Catch a Predator: How CBF Advocates to End High-interest Loans
advocacy / Featured

How to Catch a Predator: How CBF Advocates to End High-interest Loans

By Jennifer Colosimo It’s not the most commonly known advocacy issue that people are talking about. In fact, you might not even know what payday loans are. But the scary truth is that many average, middle class Americans are just one big financial emergency away from knowing all too well what many already do—that predatory … Continue reading

Food Dumping in a Food Desert: Irony in Florida’s Tomato Capitol
COVID-19 / Field Personnel

Food Dumping in a Food Desert: Irony in Florida’s Tomato Capitol

By Rick Burnette  Friday, June 12 Friday afternoon, June 12, was scorching hot in Immokalee, Florida. Practicing social distancing, we were sharing food with a few hundred residents in the parking lot of Misión Peniel – a food pantry ministry supported by Southwest Florida PC(USA) congregations. Off to the side, a few staff from Doctors … Continue reading

Relationships are everything for CBF church starter in Florida
Church Starting and Faith Sharing Ministries / Feature / Featured

Relationships are everything for CBF church starter in Florida

By Marianna Alzoukani  In a time when much of the younger population is pushing away from the church, HeartWay Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is proving there is still a way for the church to connect with the younger generations and those who often shy away. Pastor Danny Prada describes his recent church start as a diverse and welcoming place of worship for “people from all walks of life, ethnicities and … Continue reading

CBF Disaster Response 2020 – Redeeming the Time During a Pandemic
COVID-19 / Disaster Response

CBF Disaster Response 2020 – Redeeming the Time During a Pandemic

By Rick Burnette We greeted 2020 with plans and actions. Not only was CBF Disaster Response moving forward with involvement in the Bahamas, efforts were continuing in hurricane devastated areas of Florida and North Carolina. Additionally, we were providing support for the earthquake recovery in Puerto Rico. Although we were preparing for the inevitable 2020 … Continue reading

With, Not For—CBF field personnel partners with organizations to empower, engage and uplift Florida farmworkers
Feature / Field Personnel

With, Not For—CBF field personnel partners with organizations to empower, engage and uplift Florida farmworkers

By Blake Tommey  Did you know that the farmworkers who produce two-thirds of the United States’ wintertime tomatoes often have a hard time feeding themselves and their families? In fact, when Rick and Ellen Burnette, directors of Cultivate Abundance, began interviewing migrant farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida, they found that families may at times only have tortillas dipped in … Continue reading

General CBF

HAB, a place of grace, creates a place of acceptance

It wasn’t an ordinary day because it isn’t an ordinary church. This Place of Grace has served through the years to share the presence of Jesus Christ throughout the Jacksonville community and truly throughout the world. The church structure is not The Church, and even though HAB has been without the usual facilities that house this worshipping community for the past two years, it has still been the church at it’s finest. Continue reading