This Monday, the Upper Room Bible Study is having an Agape Feast.

This Monday, the Upper Room Bible Study is having an Agape Feast. This one is going to be a little different.  Normally we would ask you to bring your favorite dish or dessert.  This time we are asking for a donations of any size. All the money will be going to Ava. Who is Ava you may ask? Let me tell you about her.

Ave is 9, her family goes to Harvest Woodcrest. They live across a street from us. We had not met them until one day a few weeks ago.  My roommates noticed that the little girl across the street (Ava) had a lemonade stand. When they ask what she was trying to make money for her and her mom shared that it was for a dog to help her manage her type 1 diabetes.

Dogs have the ability to tell when someone’s blood sugar is low. They are called Diabetes Assist Dogs. They are trained to help people with Type I diabetes. They are trained to monitor smells in the air for a specific scent on the human breath that is related to rapidly dropping or low blood sugar levels. They are then trained to “alert” the person with diabetes, usually by touching them in a significant way such as pawing at them, or nudging them. This alerts the person that their blood sugar may be low and they should check their blood sugar level or get something to eat to prevent their hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) from getting to a dangerous level. The canine partner can also be trained to retrieve juice or glucose tabs, get an emergency phone, or get help from another person in the house.

I have type 2 diabetes and have had an episode of low blood sugar and it can be a scary situation. I could not imagine how scary it would be for a 9 year old. You feel dizzy, disoriented, and just sick.  If you do not raise your blood sugar you can pass out and even fall into a coma.

Having the dog to warn her would be a great help to her and her family. Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. It important that the family of God takes care of the family of God. That we would work as His hands and feet.  That’s what we want to do at the upper room bible study. We what to help our community. We want to help Ava.

Come out Monday and help Ava. We will have food, worship, a message, a time of communion, and some really great fellowship.

We start at 7pm and the address is 19805 San Luis Rey Ln, Riverside, CA 92508. Everyone is welcome. May the Lord bless you.

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