This past week I had an interesting and inspiring experience. The Presbyterian Missions had a group of people from the Czech Republic come to Omaha to tour Open Door Mission. I was chosen to escort the group and answer questions. The group of men and women work in organizations similar to Open Door Mission, but in scattered sights. I worked with a translator, which in itself was an experience. The whole group was amazed at the scope of the programs and resources Open Door Mission shares with the community. The best part was, in spite of language barriers, there was an excitement that what we are doing is working to better people's lives and the community. It was a great two hours sharing how Christians of all nationalities can learn from each other and provide for the hungry, hurting and homeless of God's world. It was a blessing that family of Christ gave us a common bond to help change lives.
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26 March 2013
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19 March 2013
Anyway. we all introduced ourselves as we do.."I'm Mike alcoholic, etc,etc." Came around to Kyler, didn't know what he was to do. I whispered to him "say hi, I'm Kyler". Of course all of the guys around the table said LOUDLY "Hi Kyler". Poor kids face was 10 shades of red...hilarious.
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05 March 2013
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01 March 2013
Steeplechase Apartment residents are making someone's Easter very special this year. The whole apartment complex has been invited to make an Easter Care Kit for the adult men and women staying at Open Door Mission during the Easter holiday. Steeplechase Apartments have been great supporters of Open Door Mission by doing various drives throughout the years. This project is a little different, but just as important to serving our clients. Steeplechasse wants to help make sure that everyone has something special for Easter...and what better than a Chocolate bunny? As you see by the example in the picture there are only 4 basic items and of course the chocolate bunny! If you would like to help provide the Easter Care Kits for our homeless men and women please call 402-829-1554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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28 February 2013
What is you woke up in the morning and did not have soap and shampoo to take a shower or even a tooth brush and tooth paste. Many homeless in the Heartland do just that.
Last night I had the privilege of speaking to children that attend Gretna Baptist Church. These 25 children collected personal hygiene products for homeless children living at the Lydia House. They shared with me the things they brought and why they wanted children at the Lydia House to have them. It was a blessing to see children that were ages 3 to 11 making a difference in the lives of homeless and needy children right here in their community.
You too can make a difference, you can call Maggie today at
402-422-1111 ext 1554 and request these purple bags known has "Hope Totes".
Public Relations Coordinator
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22 January 2013
A man I have known for two years here at ODM, recently found out his mother had died about a year ago. He was distraught and wanted to go out drinking (this was his usual response to things), because he said he was a terrible son for not keeping in touch with his family. While talking to him, he said that his mother was a Christian and in heaven. I asked him how drinking would glorify her or God. He stated that she hated the fact that he drank. I suggested that he try honoring his mother by not drinking. He has not had a drink in about two months, and he is a changed man in attitude and spirit. He talks about the power of God and there is now life in his eyes.
We all go through various trials and tribulations during our lives. There’s not a single person on earth who hasn't experienced horrendous situations. However, the difference lies in how we respond to these situations and cope with them. Do we allow these harrowing events to shake our faith or to strengthen it?
"In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
So no matter what we go through, rough waters or flames, we will come out victorious because of the one in whom we have placed our trust. "Jesus Christ".
Garland Thompson Men's Center Staff
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15 January 2013
As I sat across from him, I heard him say one of the things that you listen for… the words that make my life a joy. He had been meeting regularly with a staff member from the men’s center for mentorship and had finally come to a decision. He told me that he had decided that to go all-in after God, no longer sitting on the fence as an observer. As he told me about the decision, I could see that some of his doubt remained, but all I could do was praise God. For I know that as we seek the Lord, he delights in being found.
Jeremy Settle"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7"
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14 January 2013
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08 January 2013
As I left work today I started thinking about this past year. I love my job and the special perks I get working at Open Door Mission. Every Tuesday I collect the clients and/or staff’s prayer requests that are put on prayer walls in each building. I get to be the first to pray for these people…that is an awesome privilege and responsibility. It is a wonderful blessing to pray for others.
Every day I go through the obituaries to see if any of our donors or volunteers have passed away. It is not depressing, because once again I get to pray for the families. As I make each card I pray again that God will comfort the families and that they may know so many lives were blessed by those who gave or volunteered at Open Door Mission. At Christmas time I get to call to encourage companies, organizations and churches to collect new toys for the 4,000-6,000 children we serve in the community. It is a joy to hear people respond with “I am so glad you called” or “Yes!” Then I get to meet them as they bring in all the toys we need to bring joy to those in need.
Sometimes I get to help open the mail of donor checks. It is a blessing to see the faithfulness of our donors. Of course I love to see the “really big checks” but I also feel the love and faith of the “widow’s mite checks”. The joy comes because God takes all the donations, big and small, to do His work at Open Door Mission.
And that brings me to the biggest blessing of all…I work for God. You may think I work for Open Door Mission but my joy comes from knowing God has a plan for me and that plan has me at Open Door Mission.
Maybe God has a plan for you at Open Door Mission. Come for a tour, or volunteer, or donate, monetarily or gift-in-kind, or pray. I know you will be as blessed as our clients are when you give back to the community. Make a difference in homeless or near homeless person’s life in 2013…help Open Door Mission meet the need.
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03 January 2013
“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved”
Every year I like to select a scripture that I would like to define my year with God. This year I have chosen Hebrews 10:39. This scripture has long encouraged me to not only do more and push harder but also to trust in God. I tend to “shrink back” when I am relying on my own understanding but when I am truly in touch with God and believe I am saved I can push forward with boldness and courage. As I go through 2013 I will use this scripture for my own life but also to share with others that I meet with that seem to have forgotten that we are “of those who believe and are saved”.
Happy New Year!
02 January 2013
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25 December 2012
I sit and I look out the window from my third floor apartment and I am amazed at the amount of activity. I see people everywhere, hustling and bustling, coming and going. I see cars parking and groups of people eagerly unloading. I see others groups of people, just as eagerly, leaving and as they go their parking spaces being immediately consumed by awaiting cars. There are guys in the street directing traffic, their arms blurs of continual motion as they sport brown Carhart overalls and orange neon vest.
There is even a lady in pink coveralls giving an interview. The ground is white, covered with a fresh new blanket of snow. Just a few hours earlier, from this same window, I witnessed crews of men, as early as four in the morning, plowing snow in anticipation of the activity to come. The roar of the gas powered snow blowers drowned out their voices as they communicated through lip reading and sign language. Then there were the more ambitious workers taking a secret pride in manually using snow shovels while their counterpart, the guy driving the warm grey plow truck and wearing the smirk, pretended to be oblivious to their insinuations. In all, not one giving anything less than a Homeric
effort. All day long I’ve watched people, young and old, in some type of frenzy.
Wow, so much activity and so much effort, yet everyone seems to be operating from the same energy source. As I watch I can sense an invisible common denominator. I can’t help but take note of its root. It is Christmas time again at the Open Door Mission. People are coming together in the name of helping others, and though this is what we do here at the Mission all year long, there is something different at Christmas time. Christmas brings an indescribable spirit that envelopes the entire campus. For and at unbelievable hours people are working together all over the place. Employees and
volunteers alike are aglow with the spirit of GOD’S love. This glow can also be seen on the faces of the tireless parade of donors bringing gifts. Celebrating the birth of Christ by honoring him through showings of love and kindness to others generates life in itself. This energy and effort can not be attributed to human strength. Helping and loving others (altruism) does something for the soul that can not be achieved by any other means. When doing so we are no longer operating of our own strength but by the power of GOD.
Energy Crisis? What energy crisis? Why does the heathen rage? Why are wars being fought and so many lives lost over energy. Why is the survival of nations contingent upon obtaining and hoarding earth’s resource. Why does the heathen rage? Why can’t the heathen understand that giving, helping and loving others generate energy in and of itself. True energy does not come from the ground. The love of GOD and our fellow man generates enough energy to supply all the world’s needs.
Thank you LORD for allowing your children to see that there is an abundance of energy flowing from love.
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21 December 2012
I had met with a man earlier in the week to complete his paper work to move into our new SRO units that are opening in January. While we were completing the forms, he talked about his new job and the approaching cold and wet weather and that he did not have a good pair of boots and would be a few paychecks before he could afford. So we went and looked to see what had been donated at our Timberlake Outreach Center, he looked on the shelves and I looked in storage. It took me awhile, he wears a men's size ten and not too many shoes that size are donated, and when I got back with a few nines that I hoped he could stretch he was already gone. I kept the shoes in my office until I saw him again, sad that I could not help him that night.
Two days later, as I came to work, I was excited to see a man that was very hard to get a hold of trying on boots. I needed to see him to sign some forms. I asked how it was going and he said that he was looking for boots and found this very nice pair of water proof boots, but they were too big - that they looked to be a size 10! Oh my - I was now really excited. I told him that I had 9's in my office and I would love to trade for his too large of find - now he was excited! The first man was to receive his boots tonight and I am sure he will be excited, too! No way could I or these men have orchestrated these events that both men received the correct winter work boots and I got paperwork done with a hard to reach man. Make me smile - we know there are not coincidences - just you..
Thank you Jesus for the alignment!
Merry Christmas all!
Housing Services Director, Open Door Mission / Lydia House
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19 December 2012
Many of us have heard of the widow in biblical times that put in two mites at the treasury. But there are mighty widows giving sacrificially at Open Door Mission, even today.
Tis the season to be toy bagging as we are preparing to serve nearly 4,000 children in need this Christmas. A nice woman came to help sort and organize toys. As she was checking in, she mentioned that she had been doing so for nearly five years. It was their family tradition.
A sadness overcame her as she said her husband had recently passed away. This would be her first year serving alone. Right then she pulled out a prepaid cellphone complete with instruction manual and rechargeable card. She said, “This was my husband’s. It still has plenty of minutes on it. I’m sure he would want the Mission to have it.” Then, she pulled a check out of her pocket and said “He is not here for us to exchange gifts this year. So I made a check out to the Mission for the amount I figured we would have spent on each other. ”
She proceeded to check in and put away her belongings. She stayed for another two hours, serving in our warehouse. As much as I could tell she missed her husband, it seemed like being here and keeping up their tradition almost made her feel at home. Once she was done we thanked her and informed her that the phone was going to be put to great use. With her gift, residents would be allowed to call long distance for Christmas to reconnect with their families. She walked to her car and made the nearly hour long drive back to her home in Ashland, Nebraska.
I couldn’t help but think of the Scripture. “Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then a destitute widow came and threw in two mites. Jesus called His disciples said to them, ‘Surely, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.’” (Mark 12:41).
Whether or not she realized it, her attitude and actions had just ministered to us...For she gave of her livelihood that day. Though she didn’t say much, her strength and MIGHT to give had just spoken volumes.
Do you have an item you’ve considered donating? Maybe you’re not sure if anyone could use it or how it could help? We have many needs at Open Door Mission and could use your help to touch the lives of the hurting and broken. Your donation can change lives – and minister to us all in the process.
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17 December 2012
I would like to take this opportunity and thank our donors for their generosity during the Holidays and all year long. The out pouring of your care and concern for the hungry and homeless is appreciated greatly by those we serve.
I work in the Development Department and see first-hand your generosity through financial and gift-in-kind donations. Also, your time that is spent volunteering to help accomplish all the tasks around the Mission and your willingness to give above and beyond to our various drives, such as Turkey 'N' Fixin's and Project Santa.
It is always a pleasure to hear from our faithful and generous donors. Thank you and God bless!
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14 December 2012
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11 December 2012
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06 December 2012
I work in information technology here at the Open Door Mission.
The Re-Building Lives center is preparing to open and is buzzing with activity in preparation for the Grand Opening. As part of that preparation, I was tasked with constructing a computer lab so that our men can have access to computers and utilize the internet for research and to seek employment opportunities. The lab is to consist of twelve computers initially.
As I started constructing the computers in the back of my mind was the thought “where am I going to get the twelve LCD monitors that would be needed for the Lab?” It was much, too big for me. I had to trust in the promise of Philippians 4:19 “ And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
As the Re-Building Lives center prepares to open, please join me in praying that all the work of our hands will produce changed lives and bring Glory to God.
26 November 2012
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05 November 2012
If you would like to do a drive please call 402-422-1111 ext 1554. We would love to help you make a difference in the lives of others.
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31 October 2012
The other morning as I was getting ready for work, I was listening to a song.
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26 October 2012
In a cold dreary winter day a young man stood in the busy streets looking for a friend. Up and down the streets he roamed, looking for someone to notice him. As the Christmas lights gleaned off the glistening snow, his heart sank because the day had come and gone. No one seemed to notice or even care. Where was that one special person, better yet, where was this God he “knew” so much about?
In each day’s passing this young man contemplated his existence. He wondered where his life had gone so wrong. In his final hour of desperation he found himself in a small city mission. It rescued him from the elements for the days to come, but not ailments that plagued him so. Who is this young man you ask? Well, that young man was me. I was a lost soul, who knew of Jesus, but did not KNOW Jesus. From that cold winter in 2000 on, God has taken me on a journey. After attending several Christian Programs freedom in Christ became a reality. Since then, He has allowed me to marry a Godly wife, finish my degree at Grace University, and join a wonderful staff at Open Door Mission.
My passion for this ministry is strong because I believe in their three fold objective. It states that each person will be saved, discipled, and equipped when they leave. I was given that opportunity several years ago and now I work at a place that provides the same elements of freedom.
I want to encourage you to come to Open Door Mission graduations and witness God’s hand at work. It is truly a miracle of His love, mercy, and grace. Though I have a position “behind the scenes” I consider these men and women my brothers and sisters in the battle that has already been won. I would also encourage those who are thinking about giving to a great cause, to consider Open Door Mission. As I visit a few donors that helped me, I know Open Door Mission graduates appreciate every dollar given to them as well. I want you to know through my story that every dollar given represents a changed life, including mine.
Thank you and God bless.
Christopher J. Yelinko
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23 October 2012
"I must admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect this summer when I started working with the men in the New Life Recovery and Journey to Work programs. Although there was uncertainty and doubt, I knew that it was God who had brought me here. Since my start this summer, I have truly come to see God at work in magnificent ways here at the mission! Each week I see men come and apply to join the programs. When they come, they are often broken hearted and hopeless, yet fearful of what to expect. As they spend time at the mission, I see God begin stirring in their hearts as he meets each and every one right where they are at.
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18 October 2012
"Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you."
Continuously week after week, seeing her complete each goal she had set and going above and beyond what was being asked of her to do. Yesterday, I got the privilege to meet with her and her case worker. She was finally told that her boys were going to move in with her full-time. She began crying and threw her arms in the air and said praises to our God for answering her prayers. What an incredible moment to be able to witness. A woman who completely has given her hopes to God and being steadfast in His promises to her. Praise Jesus!
Lydia House Case Manager
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17 October 2012
Permanent Supportive Housing Director
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16 October 2012
They were surprised to find out how responsive people were; they would hear thuds on their front porch and find packages of toilet paper had been dropped off. They were so successful that they filled the trunk of my car and most of the back seat! That was 117 pounds of toilet paper! They are already planning on making the drive next year more successful-they want me to have to make 2 trips to collect all the toilet paper for Open Door Mission.
These young people were so excited that they had done something to make a difference in the lives of others. They had had fun doing the Toliet Paper collection as a group. They experienced sheer joy seeing how their efforts piled up and then had to be stuffed into my car. They learned that helping others is not just the Christian thing to do it can be fun. What would your youth group or organization like to do to make a difference? Give me a call today at 402-422-1111
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15 October 2012
I work in the administration building in the development department. My job is a pretty “behind the scenes” kind of job. This past Friday, I had the opportunity to help with a program called Streets of Omaha. The purpose of this program is to help people in their homes and on the street by providing them with sack lunches. Every Friday hundreds of sack lunches are made and then delivered to people all over Omaha. Friday was the second time that I have helped make the lunches and deliver them.
I had a really great experience both times and I think it would be hard to go home at the end of the day unchanged. I was amazed how thankful people were for something that seemed so simple to me. On many of our stops, we were greeted by lots of small children with huge smiles on their faces. In addition to giving out the lunches, we also gave out tracts and Bibles. I was surprised how eager and grateful people were for a Bible. There was a man who did not want a lunch but just wanted a Bible.
He said that “the Word was the only food that he needed.” A couple of men we stopped to talk to on the side of the street said they really needed a toothbrush. We happened to have a couple new toothbrushes and toothpaste in our van that we gave to them and they were very happy. There was also several people who asked for prayer. We were able to pray with a woman outside of her apartment and others just asked that “as we lay our head on our pillow tonight, we would think of them on the streets, and pray for them.”
I am very thankful to be a part of what God is doing at the Open Door Mission. Tonight as you lay your head on your pillow, think of those who are on the streets. Think of those who are hurting and hopeless. Ask God how He wants you to help them.
Proverbs 14.31 - Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Open Door Mission
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11 October 2012
Psalm 13:5 "I trust in Your unfailing love and my heart rejoices in Your salvation."
10 October 2012
As I was driving to work this morning I made sure I was following all the laws. The reason why…because when I looked in my rear view mirror there was a police car right behind me. So I did what everyone does in a situation like-I did what I knew was right. That got me to thinking how would we live our lives if we lived like Jesus was always in our “rearview mirror”?
We all know Jesus has told us to care for the needy but are we doing it. Working at Open Door Mission I see so many needs every day. We have great community support but the needs are growing daily as more people seek help. Can you help us meet the needs in poverty or that are homeless? Can you clean out the winter clothing you no longer use & donate so someone else can be warm? Can you come volunteer to help fix & serve a meal? Even though I work here I am blessed to volunteer at Open Door Mission too. Would you do a food drive so we can continue to feed over 2,000 a day? Jesus remembers what you do not just what you should do. Is Jesus in your” rearview mirror”? Call 402-422-1111 today or visit www.opendoormission.org to see how you can help make a difference at Open Door Mission.
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09 October 2012
Just above this sign was the face of a human
I thought to myself, "God, what have I been doing?"
So I rolled down my window and I looked her in the eye
Oh how many times have I just passed her by
I gave her some money then I drove on through
in my own little world there's
What if there's a bigger picture
what if I'm missing out
What if there's a greater purpose
I could be living right now
outside my own little world
Start breaking my heart for what breaks Yours
give me open hands and open doors
put Your light in my eyes and let me see
that my own little world is not about me
In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives it’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and we sometimes we don’t take the time to reach out to others. Many people come through Open Door Mission doors because they lost a job, a loved one, a fire destroyed their house, domestic abuse or so many other reasons. We might not ever know why they are here but we as staff are blessed to be able offer a warm meal, and a place that is safe for them to lay there head . In 1 John 3:17-18 it says "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." We don’t know what the people we serve are going through but we can show them the love of Jesus and to me that is the best gift of all.
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