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ICYMI: Abundant Life wins inaugural United Way Relay championship!

By Richard Feero NEWS FLASH: Abundant Life finished first in the inaugural United Way Relay on June 24! The group started off with old man Richard Feero (Director of Boys Programming) carrying the baton first. With huffs and puffs that could blow almost any house down Richard managed to make it around the track, keeping…

Abundant Life Teen Turns Philanthropist/Activist in Homeland

For many high school students, summer means a chance to make a little money and/or hang out by the pool. But for rising CHS senior and Strive participant Redoane Kondo, it meant returning to his native Togo to visit family and make a difference there with the money he’s saved from his part-time job. The…

A Message from the Board

Dear Abundant Life Community, As many of you know, Abundant Life is in a season of transition as Executive Director Rydell Payne stepped down from the organization in May. We are thankful for his faithful service to the community for almost 18 years! We are also excited for what is ahead and thankful to God…

Thank You, Journey of Awesomeness Riders!

The Third Annual Journey of Awesomeness (JOA) took place on June 10-11 to raise funds for Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, and it was a huge success! The JOA is a two-day, 204-mile trek that begins in Charlottesville and follows the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail to Yorktown, Virginia. While most riders were local, some came from as…

Spring FIDA Program – The Gift of the White House

Written By: Treatrous Jackson, FIDA Director Tuesday night, our participants for Financial Peace University found their way into our renovated home. Our classes are usually held at a parks and recreations center, but on this night occurred in our newly improved “White House.” For all who don’t know, everyone refers to the house at 782…

CALM volunteer Jonathan Showalter wins statewide mentor award!

Written By: Dylan Rosenthal On March 23, longtime CALM volunteer and current Strive mentor Jonathan Showalter was honored as one of two 2017 Outstanding Mentors by Virginia Mentoring Partnership! Jonathan received his award in a ceremony held at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond in front of a packed audience that included his family and Strive…

Just For Clarification…

In our email newsletter article about Rydell Payne’s departure from the directorship of CALM, we used the term “fledgling” to describe the ministry that Rydell stepped into over 17 years ago.  The adjective was meant to describe the age of CALM as a ministry when Rydell assumed the position of executive director.  Dr. Amy Sherman…

Ministry House Gets a Makeover

The Abundant Life Family Center, aka the White House, on 782 Prospect Avenue got an extreme makeover over the winter and spring. The aged farmhouse had long needed improvements if the ministry was to establish a physical presence in the neighborhood it serves. Longtime supporters from Trinity Presbyterian Church organized work crews to replace windows, repair…

My Abundant Life Story by Amdane Sanda

[Pictured: Amdane Sanda and Deveny Watson] Written by: Amdane Sanda My clearest early memories of Abundant Life was first a tutor that I had, his name was David, and from the time we met he stuck with me for as long as he could through my years of elementary school. He really helped me with anything…