BELONG Tour is Coming To Tampa Sun Dome in October

BELONG is a Friday and Saturday event that is designed to bring women together in arenas across the country to be inspired and re-energized in their faith. Thousands of women will gather to hear remarkable communicators Jen Hatmaker, Shauna Niequist, Nichole Nordeman, Sharon Irving, Angela Davis, Patsy Clairmont inspire women on how to live a fun, faith-filled, purposeful life.

There will be plenty of personal stories, music, laughter and maybe even some tears in this open space where women can connect to one another, to see and know each other, and carry each other’s burdens. BELONG creates an open space where you can meet, share, be open, honest, vulnerable and ultimately connect with others who are on the journey just like you.

Tickets are on sale now at The event will be held on Friday, October 14 from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the USF Sun Dome located at 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa.

newswire-godthefatherGod The Father Opens in Theatres In November

God the Father, a film about the untold personal journey of the legendary Michael Franzese, a young and charismatic Capo in the Colombo Crime family, once listed as number 18 on Fortune Magazine’s List of “The 50 Most Wealthy and powerful Mafia Bosses” opens in theatres on Tuesday, November 1. The film shows the transformation that God made in the life of Franzese, the former mobster who made more money for a crime family than anyone since Al Capone, and how he went from being a mobster to a man of God. For more information, visit


newswire-billygrahamcrisis-trainingBilly Graham Evangelistic Association Aims To Equip Teens To Share Hope In Tough Times

Many young people today are broken-hearted and face painful challenges in life. In response to this need, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has placed a focus on equipping youth to share hope with their friends and peers who are suffering through a personal crisis. To reach as many students as possible, the BGEA has released special discounted group rates for the online Sharing Hope in Crisis Student Training course.
The training includes four lessons with videos, readings, exercises and quizzes that cover content such as knowing what to say – or not to say – to someone who is going through a crisis.  The group training is a beneficial way for students to learn alongside each other in their already formed youth groups or Sunday school classes.

“High School students would benefit greatly from the information available in Sharing Hope in Crisis, but we also understand that there are challenges when it comes to time and money. We’ve done our best to overcome those obstacles by making this as flexible as possible to fit around their home and school life,” said B.J. Rogers, assistant dean of Online Evangelism Training for the BGEA.

Pricing for the Sharing Hope in Crisis Student Training begins at $40 for an individual student, but can be reduced to as little as $20 per student using the discounted group rate. For more information visit

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.