And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
—Luke 4:16-19 are the central scriptures FOCAS was founded upon.
Lord’s Gym Ministries began in 1993 in Cincinnati out of FOCAS Ministries, which was established in 1986 by Richard (Dick) Taylor, an executive at GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Ohio, after traveling to Haiti with a mission team from his church. Haiti, located 700 miles South of Florida, is an island nation with a population of eight million people. It is the poorest country in the world.
Dick’s heart was moved by God to establish a ministry designed to help the desperately poor in remote areas of Haiti, with basic needs including elementary education, food, and medical attention.
For a more detailed history, click here.