30 June 2008

Thank God for a Bi-Lingual Receptionist

I just wanted to say hi from the Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center. My name is Leann Quiroz and I am the Bi-Lingual Receptionist here at the Timberlake Outreach Center. God has given me a great gift to be fluent in Spanish. We serve a number of Hispanic families through out the month and it’s just a great joy to watch the families come in and are so very thankful when they leave here with a couple of bags of items they need and diapers for their babies, but the most awesome part is our Hispanic families are all told about Our Savior Jesus Christ. Have A Blessed Day!

27 June 2008

A message from Dwight

Greetings to all the supporters of the Open Door Mission who read this blog daily. This is Dwight. I serve in the men's recovery department, ans work with the men in the New Life Recovery Program and the Journey to Work Program. Friday's are a busy day for the men. After devotions at 8am, we have our Community meeting. Stan takes the lead, he gives out promotions, discusses up coming events the men may be involved with or interested in participating in, he brings up praises, any repair items, and prayer requests. After our meeting, I take over and supervise Keep Omaha Beautiful. This is a program that benefit's the city and our men. The city pays our men to pick up trash along the gateway to the city (Abbott Drive). This allows the men to get some exercise, and earn a few dollars. Some men save for old fines or spend with case manager Tony Miller's approval. The end of my day on Fridays comes when all the trash bags are picked up off the streets and the van is cleaned and back in order. I then pay all the men who participated in Keep Omaha Beautiful. This makes a somewhat hectic day for me but a satisfying one. God bless all and thank you for your support of the Open Door Mission.

25 June 2008

A Message from Director of Lydia House

Hi Everyone,


It’s Charity Watts, Lydia House Director giving you an update. It’s has been so busy here. We are in full throws of our wonderful Day Camp for children K- 6. They have been severing 145 children daily with Bible lessons, memory verses, crafts, game time and a day time outing to the zoo, museum’s, roller skating, movies, and even swimming twice a week. Please be praying for July 1st, 2008 we are having Easter in July. We will be hunting Easter eggs, meeting the Easter bunny and having a special gospel presentation. Pray that after 4 weeks of the children learning about Jesus that they will be able to make a decision to come to know him in a personal way on that special day and that we will be able to find them churches to follow up after the summer months are over. Also we are getting ready for graduation on September 13th, 2008. We have about 10 graduates from the Lydia House and we would LOVE for you to come and hear their powerful stories of how Christ changed their lives through the classes, teachers, therapy, case management, educational opportunities and discipleship counseling that are provided here on our two programs. It should end up being a memorable day for everyone with caps, gowns and the best cake ever! Hope to see you there.

In Christ,

Charity

24 June 2008

Message from Maggie



I have been at Open Door Mission in a couple of different jobs over the past 5 plus years. I loved working with the clients and I love my job now as the Communications Coordinator, but what I love most is that here at the mission not only do we help the clients grow spiritually-we grow spiritually. The past 12 years God has taken me on a journey I didn’t want to go on-long story short-I haven’t seen or talked to my daughter for 12 years. Like many of our clients I railed against God for allowing me to be in a place in my life I didn’t want to be-forgetting that my own disobedience led to the situation. I was often asked how I coped-my answer was: God had promised reconciliation in His time and in His place. Over the past 5 years I found that only saying the words wasn’t truly trusting God-to be real before God, to be real with myself, but above all to be a true light of God’s love and faithfulness to others I had to trust God totally and without reservation. As I begin to share with the clients and others about God’s great grace and forgiveness I found my faith growing-as some of the clients saw my dependence on God as a sure and firm rock they began to trust God more too. I tried to show the clients that joy is not dependent on circumstances, but on faith in God. Psalms 31:19 21 tells us that God has stored up good for us and will show His wonderful love to us-we are just to trust and obey. How has God overwhelmed me with His love? My daughter called me last Saturday and we talked for an hour-with the promise of more phone calls. To God be the glory-great things He has done. He can do great things for you too-volunteer at Open Door Mission and see how not only, will you make a difference and change lives, your life will be changed too.

Seeing our Clients reach their Goals

I come to work with a smile on my face. I approach the staff on duty to be briefed. I start meeting with my clients. It is so awesome to see a client except the Lord into their heart for the first time, or rededicate their lives to him. I also get the opportunity to plant seeds all day long, and it is wonderful!! When I first start meeting with some one, we make one big goal together, but we do make sure it is achievable. We then set little goals to stay on track, and to get closer to our big goal. Then we finally reach that big goal, and the look on my clients face is unforgettable. That my friend is when I know the Holy Spirit worked through me to help him succeed. No matter how big or small the change is, the Lord used the mission to make it happen. I am honored to be a Men’s Emergency Case Manager!!!

A thank you from a donor

I VOLUNTEERED FRIDAY AT THE OPEN DOOR MISSION FOR CORNERSTONE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH. IT WAS A REAL EYE OPENER AND I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ALLOW US TO DO THIS. I WANT TO THANK AMBER FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD GUIDE. I WORKED WITH STEVEN MAKING SANDWICHES AND HE REALLY TOUCHED MY HEART. I DON'T KNOW HIS LAST NAME. AS WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE TOUR AMBER INTRODUCED US TO A NANCY. NANCY OPENED UP AND GAVE A POWERFUL TESTIMONY OF HOW YOUR PROGRAM HAS IMPACTED HER AND SHE HAS COME TO KNOW GOD. I WAS VERY MOVED BY HER AND WOULD LOVE TO SEND HER A CARD OF ENCOURAGEMENT. IS THIS POSSIBLE? IF SO, WHAT ADDRESS AND WHOSE ATTENTION DO I SEND IT. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOU DO FOR SO VERY MANY ON A DAILY BASIS. GOD IS TRULY USING SO MANY OF YOU IN GREAT WAYS. GOD'S BLESSINGS TO EACH OF YOU. I WILL BE WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU.

21 June 2008

Thank You Living Water Church

Today had a group of TRUE SERVANTS from Living Water Church we totally deep cleaned the kitchen. People from this church were on their hands and knees scrubbing the place looks AWESOME.


THANK YOU LIVING WATER CHURCH

To find out how you can have a life changing volunteer opportuntiy please visit Open Door Mission's Website or contact Cris Morris at 829-1504 or cmorris@opendoormission.org.

18 June 2008

Thank you Donors

Hi all! Happy Wednesday from the Timberlake Outreach Center. Today I have our wonderful donors on my mind. As I stroll through different areas of the mission I can’t help but think about people who donate to the mission. With gas and grocery prices soaring I am truly amazed at how people truly care about the poor and needy. As I look at the donations that came in today at our receiving area I see people who have driven in as faraway as Missouri valley, Iowa to Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Even when times seem difficult our donors continue to amaze me with their generosity. Every day God gives me the gift of 86,400 seconds. I would like to use just a few of them today to say “Thank You.” Thank you to our donors for their support and faithfulness. We could not do what we do day in and day out without your help.

”It is good to praise the Lord” Psalm 92:1a.

Dan Applegate, Director of Community Services

17 June 2008

Greetings from the Timberlake Outreach Center

Hi, my name is Judy Collins and I am the Assistant Director of Community Services at the Open Door Mission. I work at the Timberlake Outreach Center where our staff serves over 4,000 people each month. Our clientele consist of people who are in extreme crisis, the working poor, and the near homeless.
Today began as most days at the mission with my co-workers and I meeting together to pass on important information and spend time in prayer. I then began to answer and make numerous phone calls regarding our client services, meet with clients and plan and prepare for some up coming Life Skill classes at our Timberlake Learning Center. I also made contact and met with several of our 29/11 clients.
Right now we have about twenty families enrolled in the 29/11 Program and it is exciting to see how many of these families are being changed as they follow the biblical guidelines and principles taught in the program.

Our 29/11 Programs name is taken from Jeremiah 29:11 Passage. We believe that God has a plan and purpose for everyone, and that plan is for our good, to give us help for the present and for hope for the future. The goal of the 29/11 Program is to empower our clients to become all that God has called them to be.

When a family enrolls in the Program they are assessed in the areas of their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. With that information we seek to empower them to do the following:
1. Set and adhere to budgeting goals that will strive for paying monthly bills on time, debt reduction, saving for an emergency fund and planning for future needs.
2. Setting vocational and educational goals for their present and future employment.
3. Attend pertinent life skills classes that will help them change their present situation and set goals to improve their future.

The work at the Timberlake Outreach Center is PREVENTION. We are helping to prevent many of our near homeless, working poor clients from becoming homeless. Through God’s love and life changing power and your support through gifts and donations we are able to give our clients help for their present situations and hope for the future.

Thank you for partnering with us, to help the near homeless and working poor in our community. We couldn’t do it with out you!

12 June 2008

God and Human Resources

Hi. My name is Amy Buss and today I serve the Lord at Open Door Mission as Human Resource Director. Did I mention that I love my job?



As I look back over the past year, a quote from Martin Luther comes to mind.
"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."



One year ago I was working at a job in the corporate world, struggling with issues I was being asked to do that I KNEW were morally wrong to do. I decided after much prayer, to take a leap of faith and QUIT my job. I did not have another position lined up, and had little to no money left in my savings account.



My family and friends didn't think I'd done the right thing. But I knew in my heart that it was the right thing to do...that I HAD to take that leap of faith.



Finding another job wasn't easy. After about a month I was working part-time as a telemarketer. I kept my faith and continued to look for full time employment. My desire to be in more of a ministry setting, and apart from the corporate world from which I'd just come, kept me motivated and looking. My expectations on God were high. I wanted to remain in my field of expertise, which is Human Resources. Could He handle all of this?



One day I stumbled upon an internet job posting for a Human Resources position at Open Door Mission. I prayed immediately about this position and felt a true sense of peace come over me. I KNEW this was the one I needed to pursue. And that's exactly what happened!



You can figure out the rest of the story. Today I can come to work where it's okay and even encouraged to pray with my co-workers. I am involved in a Bible Study, and I share prayer concerns with others.



Truthfully, after working in the corporate world for so many years, I am often overwhelmed to know that I can openly share my faith and pray with friends AT WORK. God is so awesome, and so good. If I have learned anything in the last year, it's that God can be trusted in that LEAP OF FAITH. He's right there holding your hand, and that feels so good.

09 June 2008

Saved by Faith, Living by Faith



My grandmother had cool tapestry rugs on her floors when I was a little girl.



I remember picking up the corners and peeking underneath at all the gnarly yarn and frayed pieces. I marveled at how a rug could look so cool on the top, and so messy on the bottom.



My life is a lot like that. God sees the top, the final product, the end result. I see the frayed, gnarly pieces that look messy and unkempt. It's easy to get discouraged at all the messiness, but God tells me to TRUST HIM. Surrender to HIS WILL. He knows what He's doing.



Learning to let go and SURRENDER, is a hard lesson. But folks on the New Life Recovery Program at Open Door Mission are learning to do it. Day by day, minute by minute, they're coming to understand that faith in God is more than just "eternal life in heaven". It's a LIFESTYLE of surrender and trust.



I love my work at Open Door Mission because I have the opportunity to meet (and interview) some of the people learning and growing in our New Life Recovery Programs. I'm always humbled by their ability to see beyond the ugliness of today, to a beautiful tomorrow. They are learning to surrender.



My name is Trudi Bils and I'm Open Door Mission's Public Relations Director.


04 June 2008

Blessings from Above

When we have a new family or single lady that comes to the Open Door Mission's Lydia House I have the privledge to welcome them when they first arrive. I make sure most of their immediate needs are met; making sure that they have enough linens and toiletries and help them find clothing at the Timberlake Outreach Center. Well, one day I was really tired after shopping and I was heading out the door, (speeding walking) when one of the ladies that had just arrived stopped me. Her and I had been shopping for her family that day and thanked me for the items that I had brought back for her and her little girl. As I looked down, I saw the little girl had on one of the outfits that I had brought back for her and she looked so cute. The little girl said in the cutest little voice "Thank you Ms Iris" and that touched me and uplifted me as well. After that I was not so tired after all. Now I try hard not to get caught up in the WORK part of my job but work hard at the service part of my job.

03 June 2008

God is at work...

Not earthshaking, but just a small example of how God is in the details no matter how small the situation. Last week a “Butterball Turkey” gift certificate was found in a drawer-the problem this was the 28th and it had to be used by the 31st. It really came as no surprise that when I begin asking grocery stores if they had a Butterball turkey for sale I was met with the remark-“well no, it isn’t really “holiday” turkey time.” I decided to stop at the Saddle Creek Bakers on my way home Friday-just a whim I thought. The butcher there had one Butterball turkey in the whole store-and it was over 27 lbs., costing a lot more than the $25.00 gift certificate. I explained the situation to him-he said he needed to put a price on it for me. When he came back he said he had priced it at .50 a lb. so Open Door Mission could purchase it for about the price of the gift certificate. As I walked out of the store I realized God had had it all planned out before hand-I just had to listen to His voice (to go to Bakers). That God was in the whole situation was even reinforced more when I dropped the turkey off at the kitchen this morning. It seems it was just what Claudzell needed for the turkey salad he was making for the next 2 luncheons the Open Door Mission.

Thank you for letting me share how God revealed that He cares enough to be even in the smallest details of our lives.

Maggie

Free Oil Changes

Oil Changes for single moms and others experiencing financial difficulties are available the first and third Saturdays of the month, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., at Christ Community Church, 404 South 108th Avenue. For more information contact Andre Sims, 402-938-1543, or andres@cccomaha.org .

02 June 2008

Day Camp Begins

Today was the first day of Open Door Mission's Bible Day Camp. We had almost 100 children today. It was a fun filled day. First thing in the morning we serve all the children breakfast. Many of our children that come to Bible Day Camp without having breakfast. After breakfast each child spends time playing games, doing a craft, singing Bible songs, learning a memory verse, and hearing a Bible Story. This summer we are doing the "Fruits of the Spirit". Then we have a joy of hving lunch time. After lunch we sometimes go on a field trip and sometimes we stay at Camp and do various activities outside.

Please pray for us this summer as we minister to over 300 children at our Bible Day Camp.

Tyrone Charleston.
Saturday May, 31

Cleaning Expedition

Some deep, deep cleaning took place this Saturday; we had two awesome groups volunteering who helped to accomplish this major task of cleaning. The groups were Homestead Baptist Church from Beatrice, NE and Urban Plunge with Lord of Life Lutheran from Elkhorn, NE. With there combined efforts we scrubbed all of the ovens, counter tops, floors, ice box, walls, drying racks, shelves, and sinks clean, we pretty much started at one corner of the kitchen and worked our way to the next. I don’t think anyone left without looking like they had just been crawling through a fox hole. It was a dirty day, but it was good day and surprisingly enough it was a lot of fun.

You can also have a life changing volunteer opportunity today. To find out how please contact Cris Morris at 829-1504 or at cmorris@opendoormission.org