Cheryl Mashack is the founder of Gapbridgers, an organization designed to bridge the generational gap and unite society with peace and love. The Gapbridgers team excellently executed their 2013 divinely inspired main event, “Your Write To Freedom,” a poetry and writing circle purposed for the healing, transformation and deliverance of women. The event was held at Pine Restaurant, 1913 Bronxdale Ave., Bronx, NY 10462.
The program highlights included:
- Two poems written by Jo Anne Meekins, “I Thought” and “Writing Your Way to Freedom”
- Poetry in motion piece, “Freedom,” written by Cheryl Mashack and danced by Anniyah Holcutt (See related video).
- The ice-breaker exercise when attendees were asked to look into the eyes of the person at their table for 30 seconds, taking note of any uncomfortable emotional triggers that could be expressed during that writing circle.
- Rev. Dr. Jacqueline E. McCullough, senior pastor and founder of The International Gathering at Beth Rapha, expounding on Psalm 42:1-5 and giving away free autographed copies of her book, “The Other Side Of This.”
- The writing circle when we were given an opportunity to write issues healed or in the process of healing that were later read aloud by Rev. McCullough.
- Prayer and counseling made available by the ministers and aftercare team for those in need.
Rev. McCullough’s sermon included the following points:
- We are all susceptible to feelings of depression, sorrow, weariness, depletion and hopelessness.
- What we’re looking at is not what God sees; we depress ourselves by looking at what we see instead of what God sees.
- We are not trapped in our circumstances, what is today is not what’s going to be; even though it looks difficult, tomorrow will be a better day.
- We don’t get delivered because we don’t ask the right questions and because we are holding onto unforgiveness and anger. Internal struggles, soul fighting against you. Ask your soul and your soul will answer (i.e. Why am I sinking?)
- Don’t isolate; it’s good to have a worshipping place of community where you can hear the songs of Zion when you’re going through something.
- Hide in the Word to be equipped and get the burdens of life off of you.
- The answer is to hope in God and praise. When you trust in the Lord, you will not be ashamed. Believe in God and show it through praise. Praise forward!
A spirit of unconditional love, community and healing permeated the atmosphere. The participants and vendors were blessed by the program, the food, fellowship and giveaways that included beautifully cellophane wrapped sweet potato pie (made by Ms. Mashack), cupcakes, and Signature Collection body lotion from Bath and Body Works.
The Gapbridgers Support Team included: Cheryl Mashack, Founder; Jayne Cain, Administrative; Vasha Nelson, Videographer; Latoya Smith, Music Director; Cassandra Ward, Media; Team Members Yahaira Chisolm, Jazmin Cain, Angelica Valdeviesio and Charisse Jackson; and Pastor Robyn and Aftercare Team: Ms. Ellione Paulino, Rev. Carline Brown, Donna Grant, Rev. Margaret Taylor, Dr. Elaine Maye, and Dr. Carline Reynolds.