03 December 2013
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02 December 2013
Back in 2011 God laid it on my heart to inquire again about
the Open Door Mission. I had thought
about in 2009 and I never went through with it.
Because you see at the time I was working as a nurse, I wasn’t sure
leaving the nursing field was a bright idea.
But God (as you may already know)
had other plans for me. God
immediately opened the door when I reached out to the only friend I knew at the
time that had Open Door Mission connections.
I was hired within a week.
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27 November 2013
Permanent Supportive Housing Director, Open Door Mission
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26 November 2013
This is a very busy time of the year at Open Door Mission. More men, women and families are seeking help to feed their families, provide safe shelter and even find gifts for their loved ones.
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22 November 2013
Care Coordinator, Garland Thompson Men's Center
Open Door Mission
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20 November 2013
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Receptionist, Open Door Mission
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18 November 2013
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14 November 2013
I am so grateful to be a part of the team here at the Open Door Mission. Today a young man came back after Church. He asked to have a private conversation. We went to my office and he shared how God spoke to him at church, with wet eyes. He has an estranged relationship with his dad and wants to make things better with him. We talked and one of the things I was able to share is how we have an estranged relationship with our Heavenly Father.
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12 November 2013
It had been a busy evening signing up our Open Door Mission guests for this year’s Adopt-A-Family program. As I sat at the table with my laptop entering the clothing sizes, and wish lists of each person that came to my station, I observed a gentleman coming my way after waiting his turn in line. His steps were a bit slow, and his head was shaking involuntarily due to some type of physical condition. The expression on his face was pleasant as he gently smiled at me when we made eye contact. As I started asking him his clothing sizes, he struggled to get the words out as he diligently focused on forming the words to answer my questions.
After gathering the initial information I needed, I then asked him to tell me 3 things other than clothing that he would like to put on his wish list. I could tell that my question caught him off guard. He thought hard and then finally said, “All I need is a stocking cap….and some gloves.” I told him that those items would be included in his clothing list, and then I gave him some suggestions of things he might want to put on the wish list. I mentioned a wallet, which perked him up a bit as he slowly pulled out his wallet and told me that the wallet he had was 11 years old. I added a wallet to his wish list. I then asked him for another item to add to his list. It was at this point that tears started streaming down his face and he said, “I have never had anybody ever ask me what I want for Christmas before.” As I saw the sadness in his eyes, my eyes also filled with tears. I hurt deeply for this man and realized just how much many of us take for granted.
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08 November 2013
This is WOWT, Channel 6's report last evening. Jason Green, Director of Operations, and his team built our latest project, check out the report on our 2013 garden and aquaponics.
"Over the summer, the Open Door Mission turned to gardening to help put food on the table. The winter menu might feature fish. The Mission serves approximately 2,100 hot meals for the needy every day. It’s a challenge keeping pace as the need grows and assistance programs diminish.
Last summer, the charity turned to the soil. Their first garden was productive, producing thousands of pounds of food but the growing-season is limited to a few months out of the year.
With a chill in the air, the creativity moved indoors. That’s where you’ll find the Aquaponic Hydroponic System. While tomatoes bask beneath lamps up above, tilapia swim in the waters below. The water provides a home for the fish and nourishment for the tomato plants.
Candace Gregory said, “Every little bit adds up to make a difference because we change lives one person at a time, and we believe hope begins with a meal.”
The Aquaponic Hydroponic System is also serving as a great educational tool for the kids.
The Mission hopes the tilapia will be big enough to eat in a few months."
WOWT, Channel 6 News
Click here to view the news clip
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06 November 2013
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04 November 2013
Overnight Support Worker
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01 November 2013
Time…Alone…With…GodTime alone with God is the most precious gift we can give to the Lord…time that is not rushed, time that is not given out of a sense of duty…rather given from a heart that is so in love with Jesus….YOU CAN’T WAIT TO BE IN HIS PRESENCE and lavish your love on Him!!!God has designed us to enjoy Him above all else. He wants to occupy every part of our heart and to be everything we would ever want or need. It’s in His presence your anxiety turns to peace…it’s in His presence that your fears turn to faith…it’s in His presence that God whispers in your ear, “I am all that you need.”God deserves the BEST of your time! The enemy will do everything in his power to distract you…DON’T LET HIM!!! God is so faithful to us…He delights in our faithfulness to Him!Give God your best…He’ll do the rest!!!In His GripLisa Freeto"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
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31 October 2013
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30 October 2013
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23 October 2013
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22 October 2013
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21 October 2013
I am privileged and very blessed to work in the greatest most compassionate place in all of Nebraska here at the Open Door Mission. I have seen many miracles and I see the best is yet to come. I work with the greatest of true genuine Godly men I have ever witnessed here at the Garland Thompson Men's Center and I am learning awesome stewardship and tremendous leadership from the very best I have ever seen in the Kingdom. A True example to follow, learn, apply and teach anywhere where God may send me or anyone of us. Our clients are always happy and they always express a level of blessed gratitude that shows in their countenance. I have heard them say that they do not get the kind of Love (Agape) anywhere else except through here at the Open Door Mission. I believe this is because, we have the best team that represents Jesus more now like never before. Our prayers are being answered. Let our Love for the hurting continue to increase and expand. God is doing something so great here I believe it will leave an awesome legacy for others to aspire to. 1ST COR 13:13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Day Support Worker, Garland Thompson Men's Center
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18 October 2013
Learning Center Director
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17 October 2013
With ever advancing technology the world around us is changing. With that in mind, the class I have taught for the last 2 ½ years is changing as well. WorkNet has now integrated computers to our curriculum. WorkNet is a job readiness program that helps people with significant barriers to employment find jobs. Our curriculum is comprised of 10 workbooks and now a supportive, and interactive, internet based website. This small addition to our program has allowed the students the opportunity to become more familiar with technology and the ability to take personality and job assessments. This has allowed them to become more focused on finding a job that fits their unique personalities and uses the skills they possess.
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16 October 2013
Autumn is finally here and the stifling heat is behind us! Many people are relieved to finally be able to turn off the air conditioning, but for some this relief is accompanied with fear. How will I buy my child a coat? Where in the budget can I find room to pay for hats, gloves, scarves, and boots?
In the Lydia House and Crisis Center alone, we have almost 150 children and youth who need a winter coat, hat, scarf, and pair of gloves. Whether newly-born or about to graduate high school in the spring, all of our children and youth are in need of your help.
Please donate your new and gently used winter clothing to the Timberlake Outreach Center and get our kids prepared for winter.
Thank you for your support and may God bless you in this coming season.
Children & Youth Director
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11 October 2013
Volunteer and Partner Administrative Assistant
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10 October 2013
and a season for every activity under the heavens.
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08 October 2013
Being in the Volunteer Department, I get the privilege of meeting and working alongside many different people from all walks of life. There is a family that comes in every Wednesday evening to serve dinner, and they always have smiles on their faces when they get here and when they leave. We have different church groups that come in once a month or every other week to help us out. There is one group of ladies who come specifically to make sack lunches, and they bring their own supplies to do so. One of my favorite things about my job is getting to know the volunteers and hearing about their lives.
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30 September 2013
I started to think after I got out of recovery that I would be of no use to anyone or I would have to wait years for God to use me. I was so wrong. I work over nights at the Lydia house and I couldn’t tell you how much our guests have impacted me and hopefully how much God has impacted them through me.
One Friday night I got called over to the crisis center to talk to a lady who was having anxious thoughts and
couldn’t sleep. She is pregnant for her first time and wanted to smoke a cigarette. I went to talk to her, to maybe help calm her thoughts so she wouldn’t have to smoke. Her voice was so soft and shallow; I mostly nodded and asked her to say everything twice. She started to say that her husband wasn’t taking his medication properly and was nervous and scared for him. We eventually went outside so she could smoke a cigarette, because I know when you are in a dark place the only things that help are the things that you are used to. When we got to talking outside, it became what I would call a normal down to earth talk, but God was using me and I had no clue because I thought I made her feeling of anxiety worse. We talked about how she is a practicing muslim and how she fell away from God and the religion is too “loose” for her. We talked for a little longer about different things that have happened to her for to fall away from God; I asked if I could pray for her before she went back to bed. She said no because our talk was so deep it felt like a prayer to her. The next day was Saturday and my sister asked me if I wanted to help serve dinner that day in the kitchen at the mission. I thank God from the bottom of my heart I was there. I saw her and she told me I changed her, I said me? She said the talk last night gave her hope and she felt as if her unborn baby was saying to change her ways. I reassured her it was not me and it was God! She said she was going to rededicate her life to Christ today in evening chapel. I said what are you waiting for, what about right now? God gave me the privilege to be with her while she did this. We humbly fell on our knees and asked God to have mercy on us and forgive us.
All the glory to God for He uses people when they don’t think they can be used. Sometimes He uses them and they don’t even know it.
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24 September 2013
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23 September 2013
After a genuine conversation with one of the graduates, we found we had a lot in common. By the time the graduation ceremony ended I knew I would never forget this man.
Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
As for my friend who made me see things from a different perspective. I see you, I thank God for you & I’m so glad you stayed for the blessing!
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man
be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new."
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12 September 2013
Every season brings different needs and different reasons to donate and volunteer at the Open Door Mission. Jeremiah 31:25 says: " For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the suffering". That statement is one thing that never changes here.
10 September 2013
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01 September 2013
Life is a canvas just waiting for us to fill the emptiness with the beauty created when we follow God’s plan for our lives.
29 August 2013
“The difficult is what takes a little time. The impossible is what takes a little longer” -Fridtjof Nansen
|We have a total of about 50 adult students |
working on GED, higher education, trade school,
or skills improvement classes.
Although there are many potential and real barriers to learning, our students are breaking through these on a daily basis. I am encouraged regularly by the students in our Learning Center that are achieving the “impossible”.
It only takes one tiny victory to encourage us to work towards the next tiny victory. Before we know it, we can look back at the last several months and realize that we have already achieved what we thought impossible before.
Open Door Mission is always in need of volunteer tutors to help these students reach their goals. Please visit www.opendoormission.org and click on the volunteer button for more information.
Learning Center Director
25 August 2013
24 August 2013