27 October 2006
The Easter concert was phenomenal!!! What a crowd!! Are you blest? Hope So, I certainly was!!! Met a Pastor from Nigeria and heard his great story as well! The food was EXCELLENT!!!!! What a wonderful evening! Blessings. JACKIE
Have a great weekend:)
24 October 2006
We went to the Rose Theatre and the children watched the stage performance of Ol' Yeller. We have been to the Children's museum - and we even went on a hike with some volunteers!
We are going skating this week at Hope Skate, and a couple of weeks ago when school was out, we all went to the movies.
It is so thrilling to see the look of joy on the face of a homeless child as they participate in activities that most of us take for granted. We give glory to God for His provision for our needs, and we thank Him for our blessings!
Misty A. Gasa, Children/Youth Director, Open Door Mission
20 October 2006
Each night at Open Door Mission, we sleep more than 300 men, women and children. We serve over 700 meals per day. Unfortunately, Open Door Mission turns away more than 140 families and 90 single women each month. We serve hundreds in our outreach preventive programs to the nearly homeless.
The Open Door Mission has witnessed first hand the effects of gambling on men and women and their children. The passing of more keno availability will only lead to the continued decay of the nucleus family.
21% of the homeless population that Open Door Mission serves willingly admit that they have a chronic to severe gambling addiction that has led to the inability to earn a liveable wage.
A most recent study by Dr. Robert Goodman of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst says that 86% of all compulsive gamblers become involved in crimes such as embezzlement and forgery to support their habit. The State of Nebraska and the City of Omaha cannnot afford an increase in crime or homelessness. The development of downtown Omaha will have far more problems than panhandling and garbage on the streets if Initiative 421 allowing video keno is passed.
The Open Door Mission has many victims that are an example of all forms of gambling. Video Keno slot machines will just be another negative vice-grip on the family.
Vote NO on Initiative 421.
19 October 2006
I love my job and thank the Lord most days for the opportunity to serve Him through the Community Services Outreach Center at the Open Door Mission. My day usually begins with co-workers and myself meeting together to pass on important information and to pray. I then return phone calls, meet with food pantry clients and other case management clients. I also try to catch up on paper work and ministry projects we have coming up. I know this sounds pretty quiet and routine, but life at the Outreach Center is not normally quiet or routine. To me, at times it seems more like a Three-Ring Circus! Our days are exciting and extremely busy and we have to stay alert and focused or we might miss what God is doing in our lives and the lives of our clients. Yesterday for instance, two of our clients recommitted their lives to Christ. They came in discouraged and depressed and left encouraged with a new hope for their future.
My day is never dull because we have people from all walks of life coming through our doors. Each person or family has a unique story, and yet, there is one thing they all seem to have in common. They have experienced a recent crisis in their life or family and have come to Open Door Mission for help. We have the privilege of praying with them, sharing God's love and helping to meet those needs through the various gifts and donations many of you have given to our Mission.
Last month we gave out 127 food pantries and over 2000 people from our community came to our Outreach Center for food, clothing, furniture and appliances. You are our partners in Christ. For without you we would not have been able to serve these people. Please continue to keep us in your prayers, and spread the word to family and friends that your gifts are not only helping to meet needs for people in our community, they are also helping to change their lives. By the way, did you know that all of your donations are given back to people in need for FREE?
So please give us a call if you would like to donate any household items, furniture, or appliances in good condition.
Please call Dan Applegate, Open Door Mission Director of Community Services at 829-1517 for any donation pickups.
Joyfully serving Jesus
Judy Collins, Open Door Mission Assistant Director of Community Services
18 October 2006
Tuesday morning I got up late and in my haste grabbed a set of keys off of my table, shoved them in my pocket, locked the front door, and walked outside. It was garbage day so I needed to get that to the curb (this is normally Dan's task). I then reached in my pocket and discovered the keys that I grabbed were my work keys. But that wasn't so bad, I fumbled through my purse in the rain and found my set of keys for the car. I then remembered that my front door was locked and I was hopping that the lock I used was the one that I had the key for. I knew that the lower front door key was on Dan's set sitting on the table. I decided that I would worry about that later. I was running late and needed to get to the office.
My day consisted of representing Open Door Mission at a Combined Federal Campaign meeting. I always enjoy the opportunity of talking about the Mission. But when I got back to the Mission, I locked my keys in the car. This is only the second time that has ever happened to me. Remember Dan is out of town and his set of keys are on my dining room table in my locked house. Thank God for AAA.
After work I went to a hair appointment that lasted about an hour longer then usual. When I was leaving the appointment at 7:45 p.m. I decided to drive through Taco Bell and pick up a salad and tacos for my two dogs. (They love it when I bring them a treat.) Dan keeps a plastic cup filled with change in the car and I needed a penny for my purchase. I picked up the cup and you guessed it, change flew all over the car. For a moment I felt a bit overwhelmed, but...
As I sat at the drive up window, I looked back on my day and remembered how it began. I was running late, but I did take time to do my daily devotion. I have been reading from the Jabez story. It reminds me to dedicate everyday to the Lord and to ask for those "divine appointments" only given by God. I was so glad that I had taken the time to dedicate this day to God.
I ended the day laughing about so many things going wrong with Dan out of town and needing to take care of myself. I thank God everyday for Dan and my family but they were not with me on this day. I realized I was not on my own, God had spent the day with me. I am so grateful for a loving God that laughs with us when we do stupid things.
Director of Development
17 October 2006
Lydia House Director
Open Door Mission
My name is James Cummings and I am the Director of Men's Emergency Services. There is never a dull moment in my department. We are doing some exciting things with our emergency men. We have started doing strength-based case management with all of our emergency men. Today I had a man come in my office to meet with me for his case management session. He had a great big smile on his face. With the help from my staff and me he finally has been able to find an apartment of his own and is able to move in the first of the month. I also has another man that I have been able to share God's love with and this man rededicated his life to Christ today. It is such a blessing to be able to work with these men and see the little steps they take to be on their own and be successful in the community.
Director of Men's Emergency Services
Open Door Mission
14 October 2006
Then this Friday, three of my four children have had for the last 24 hours flu like symptoms. Now, all you parents can relate this is not fun and by the end of the day, I had flu like symptoms.
So as you can see I am really passing on Fridays just jumping right into the weekends from now on.
Thank goodness it is Saturday. I am off to Kansas City to the City World Mission Association.
12 October 2006
01 October 2006
My daughter, had surgery, last week. She had her tonsils and anodes removed. This required a hospital stay at Children's Hospital. I have referred clients over the years to Children's and have always gotten good reports. People referring to the care as excellent. My family had a great experience under the circumstances. I can now say its not only a place that I refer people but a place I would take my own family.
For weeks, Pastor Tom and volunteers have been working on a float for the Open Door Mission to use in parades. Last week, due to miscommunication the ball did not get put on the van and thus the float did not float or move for that matter. Then yesterday an unfortunate event, the van that was scheduled to pull the float in the parade rear ended a staff members car. Again, the float did not float or move. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. All in all there must be a lesson in this for me. I just have not figured it out, yet. I will have to wait for God to reveal it to me. Ugh, patience...