Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hope For Haiti July 30-31 On WRAF



WRAF teams up with Cross International to provide food and Christian education to needy children in Haiti. Here's the link to help with your one-time donation.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late: Learn How to Spot Skin Cancer™


www.SpotSkinCancer.org


SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May 1, 2014) – It is estimated that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in the course of their lifetime, and one person dies from melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – every hour.
The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) is encouraging the public to learn how to SPOT Skin Cancer™. The campaign aims to save lives by emphasizing the importance of early detection.
“When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable,” said board-certified dermatologist, Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. “Despite this, many people don’t know how to be their own detective when it comes to skin cancer, including what to look for on their skin or when they should see a dermatologist.”
To increase people’s chances of spotting skin cancer early, the Academy recommends everyone learn the ABCDE rule, which outlines the warning signs of melanoma:
  • A – is for Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • B – is for Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
  • C – is for Color that varies from one area to another.
  • D – is for Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
  • E – is for Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
“Although skin cancer is more common among people with light or fair skin, everyone is at risk of getting this life-threatening disease,” said Dr. Coldiron. “SPOT Skin Cancer™ encourages people to invest in their health and spot skin cancer early, when it is most treatable. If you see anything on your skin that is changing, itching or bleeding, you should make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.”
To further learn how to spot skin cancer, visit the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ website – www.SpotSkinCancer.org – for valuable information and resources on skin cancer prevention and detection, including:
SPOT Skin Cancer™ is the Academy’s campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and care of skin cancer.
You can help raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer by using the hashtag #SPOTskincancer when sharing Academy resources on social media and encouraging friends and family members to take advantage of the Academy’s free skin cancer screenings in their area. Individuals who have been affected by skin cancer can share their personal stories on SpotSkinCancer.org and provide support and inspiration for others fighting skin cancer, as well as communicate the importance of prevention and early detection.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Josh McDowell Speaking In Franklin, NC

Save Our Children -- Save Our World!

Noted speaker, author and Christian humanitarian Josh McDowell has impacted the lives of millions of people for Jesus Christ worldwide. In all of his travels and all of the wisdom gained from more than 50 years of outreach, Josh sounds the alarm to the Church of Jesus Christ today with one central message: “We must learn a way to disciple children!”

In the face of an epidemic of online pornography, marital infidelity and an escalation in divorce, Josh offers hope to reverse this slippery slope. Join Josh for an evening that will grab your heart. Josh cries out, “If we wait until our children are 13, 14, 15 years old, it’s too late.” But he offers what he calls “the first ray of hope I have seen in the last 15 years as these morality “storms” have taken place.”

Don’t miss noted speaker and author Josh McDowell during Save Our Children—Save Our World. It will change your life and the life of your church.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Join The Voices For Recovery


Mental and substance use disorders affect all Americans. By speaking up about issues and reaching out to those who need help, you can help encourage public awareness and inspire others.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental and/or substance use disorder call 800-662-HELP or visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for more information or treatment referral.  You can help yourself or someone you love take the first step toward recovery.

Spread the message that Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, and People Recover.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Meet WRAF Prayer Chaplain Dennis Dodge

Dennis Dodge is a native Vermonter. After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Vermont he went on to earn his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He was ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and for the next 18 years he pastored churches in Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania. In 1990 the Lord moved Dennis and his family to Toccoa Falls College where he spent the next 11 years serving in business and finance and personally counseling students. Prior to his retirement from full time service several months ago Rev. Dodge got his Clinical Pastoral certification at Gwinnet Medical Center and ministered for 11 years as a Hospice Chaplain providing spiritual support for patients and families from varied cultures and backgrounds across Northeast Georgia.

Throughout all his ministries Chaplain Dodge’s special anointing has been for personally praying for people, one-on-one, wherever there was a specific need. Whether it was at the altar with a broken sinner, in the finance office with a struggling student, in the Middle East with a weary missionary, in a prison cell with a forgotten inmate, in a nursing home with a faithful saint, in a trauma unit with a shattered family or on the street with a troubled stranger Chaplain Dodge has devoted his life to standing on the promise of James 5:16 “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (NASB)

Dennis and his wife Sara have been married for 45 years and reside in Toccoa, Georgia. They have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.
  
http://www.onlineprayerworks.com/wraf

You can submit your prayer requests to Pastor Dennis by clicking on the Prayer Works logo above or by emailing him directly: prayer@tfc.edu

Friday, May 2, 2014

Learn to Spot a Stroke FAST





When someone is having a stroke, they may not be able to say it with words, but their body language
will tell you loud and clear.


You just need to know the sudden signs. Look for FAST:

F - Face drooping. 
A - Arm weakness. 
S - Speech difficulty. 
T - Time to call 911 immediately because the sooner they
get to the hospital, the sooner they’ll get treatment. And that can make a remarkable difference in their
recovery.


Know the sudden signs. Face-Arm-Speech-Time. Spot a stroke. FAST.
Visit The Stroke Association for more information

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

National Autism Awareness Month


This April we will be celebrating National Autism Awareness Month alongside hundreds of Autism Society affiliates and their communities! Learn more about what's in store for our area by visiting the NAAM website

Do you want to make a better world for autism? That’s what the Autism Society strives to do along with their many partners across the country and this April they will be celebrating the work being done by people with autism and autism advocates to improve the lives of all impacted by autism.

To learn more about the events happening in your state, please click the links below:

Here are some interesting facts regarding those who have or who care for those with autism:


  • The lifetime cost of autism, for an individual who does not have an intellectual disability is $1.4 million and $2.3 million for an individual with autism and an intellectual disability. Most parents lack the financial resources to provide for the lifetime care and support of their son or daughter with autism. Federal and state assistance is needed, but there are severe gaps in this safety net. Individuals with autism need the ability to support themselves in their living environments. How do we make this happen? Learn more during National Autism Awareness Month.

  • On average, mothers of children with ASD earn 35% less than mothers of children with another health limitation and 56% ($14,755) less than those mothers of children with no health impairments. This is likely due to the tendency of mothers to work less than full-time when caring for a child with a disability, due to a lack of community and home supports available. More has to be done to support families with autism. How can we make this better? Learn more during NationalAutism Awareness Month.

  • Over 16% percent of people of disabilities are unemployed, almost double the rate of unemployment among people without disabilities. Some estimates put the number as high as 43%. How do we make this better? Learn more about how we are making the world better for autism by visiting our web page on National Autism Awareness Month.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Prepare for When Disaster Strikes


This is severe weather awareness month in Georgia and the Carolinas. Families and individuals are urged to use the information provided this month to devise their own severe weather safety plans.


The National Weather Service issues warnings 15 to 20 minutes prior so you should already have a plan in place and be ready to act on it immediately when a warning is issued.

The most important part of your plan is to identify a safe room. Your goal should be to place as many walls and floors between you and the outside as possible.

Another important step is assembling an emergency supplies kit. This kit should be stored in or easily accessible from your safe room and should contain essential items that you may need during extended periods of utility outages.

For more information on an emergency plan or assembling an emergency supplies kit... visit
www.NOAA.Gov/

Monday, March 10, 2014

TWO SENTENCES TO GET YOUR CHILDREN TO TELL THE TRUTH

Young children really want to please their parents - these 2 sentences should help keep your children honest. Click HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE