26 November 2009
Speaking of Jesus, celebrating his birth is just around the corner. After Turkey Day, many of us will head to the malls to get those gifts for family and friends, as we recall the gifts the Magi shared with the Christ child. At Open Door Mission Christmas gifts - especially toys for boys & girls - are all around. It almost looks like Santa’s workshop as preparations for Project Santa are in full gear. This year over 6,000 toys will be given out by Open Door Mission to children in need. Thanks for your donations of toys, volunteering to prepare their distribution, and your prayers for those who receive them.
But first things first - time to join in prayer with family before we fill up the plates with our Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy!
Senior Development Director
25 November 2009
I am blessed to be working with a truly amazing organization - Open Door Mission. It is not just a place to work, but a family - a family of believers that are here to support, uplift and pray for me. The simple comfort that the Lord covers me with is shown daily, through my co-laborers. Their warmth is sustaining me. I love each and every one of them! Phil. 1:3
I am blessed with assurance that my son is with our Lord, Jesus Christ. My son was a simple young man with a simple faith. This was exactly what God has asked of us - to come to him with the faith of a child - never was it more apparent to me how urgent it is that we share the word of God to the world. “God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son. That whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. God sent his son into the world not to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.” I am thankful that I live in a nation where I can worship the Lord, Jesus Christ. I am blessed that I work with a family that shares the love of Christ, and thankful for the Lord himself. He came to save us all, not just a few or some, but ALL OF US! We need only believe in Him! John 3:16-17.
I am overcome with an awesome peace that can only come from my Lord.
I pray that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving, in the knowledge that Jesus is Lord of your life.
Emergency Services Case Manager
24 November 2009
A mother riding on a city bus
Kids are yelling kicking up a fuss
Everybody's staring not knowing what she's going through
Somebody said don't you even care?
Do you let 'em do that everywhere?
She slowly turned around, looked up and stared
She said Please forgive them
But they've been up all night
Their father struggled but he finally lost his fight
He went to heaven
In the middle of the night
So please forgive my children
(They don't understand)
Everybody's busy with their own situation
Everybody's lost in their own little world
Bottled up, hurry it up trying to make a dream come true
(They don't understand)
Everybody's living like there ain't no tomorrow
Maybe we should stop and take a little time
Cause you never really know what your neighbor's going through
Many people come through Open Door Mission’s doors because of losing a job, a loved one, fire destroyed their house, suffering domestic abuse and 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 their 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.
Perhaps you feel a tug to get involved at Open Door Mission. Visit our volunteer page today and learn about volunteer opportunities. I look forward to seeing you around here soon!
Human Resources Director
23 November 2009
Saturday was a fabulous day! Open Door Mission was blessed with over 800 volunteers that helped deliver Turkey ‘n Fixin’ boxes to those in need throughout the Omaha & Council Bluffs communities. These volunteers braved the cold, foggy morning and did it with smiles on their faces!
We also had wonderful volunteers help sort through our Christmas gifts that will be given out through our Project Santa program in December. This is always a fantastic time of year remembering how thankful we at Open Door Mission are for each of you. As we look forward to what this season holds, would you join us? We are thankful for your prayers, gently used household donations, volunteer hours, and monetary gifts. I look forward to seeing your smiling faces at Open Door Mission as we partner together!Patti Cummings
18 November 2009
16 November 2009
Mission Bean Coffee can be purchased at
Open Door Mission’s Administration Building or
the following Hy-Vee stores:
10808 Fort St - Omaha, NE
3405 Oak View Dr - Omaha, NE
3410 N. 156th St - Omaha, NE
Public Relations Coordinator
14 November 2009
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11 November 2009
Last Saturday, numerous volunteers and staff worked hard to prepare our building for this transition. Monday, we officially opened the new receiving area for business. This significant change will greatly enhance the receiving and distribution of your donations into the hands of our clients in a more efficient and timely matter.
Your generous donations of furniture, clothing, appliances, household items, etc. permit us to help our clients receive needed items they can not afford to purchase. Thank you for partnering with Open Door Mission to help fight the battle of homelessness; in doing so, you are giving to families less fortunate and helping them have a better life.
So, the next time you bring your Gift-in-Kind donations to Open Door Mission remember to bring them to the Timberlake Outreach Center receiving area. You can’t miss it--just follow the signs. And while you’re here, please stop for a visit. I would love to give you a tour of our Timberlake Outreach Center and tell you about the various programs and ministries Open Door Mission offers to help prevent homelessness. May God bless you, as you generously bless others.
Joyfully Serving Jesus,
Director of the Timberlake Outreach Center
07 November 2009
As I heard the graduates tell where they have been (unemployed, incarcerated, suffering an addiction, and/or victims of domestic abuse) and where they are now (sober, disciples of Christ, employed and filled with hope) I viewed their months in their Open Door Mission program as a marathon for each of them.
I am a marathon runner and I know that in the midst of the run there are points of joy as one passes mile markers and hears the crowds cheering you on. In addition, there are many instances of pain, suffering, and wondering if you can finish. Our graduates have passed through many joyful thresholds of accomplishment in their programs and they have been cheered on by staff, fellow students, and family members. Yet, each graduate has also experienced much pain and suffering along the way as they have withdrawn from addictions and changed thought patterns and actions that have been destructive in the past. They have crossed the finish line because in Christ all things are possible and they are now ready for a new life that breaks the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Praise God that each graduate is now ready to run the race ahead of them in life and become a blessing to others as they draw on blessings from God each day!
Senior Development Director
06 November 2009
- Set up your Hope for the Hungry food drive.
- Schedule your Project Santa drive.
- Request your set of Christmas Bells to provide gifts for hurting adults.
- Sign up to Adopt-A-Family.
- Deliver TURKEY 'N' FIXIN'S boxes.
- Sort and bag new, unwrapped toys.
04 November 2009
As I write this, I must admit that I am so proud of our men. Lately, they have been put through a barrage of changes and have chosen to focus on them in a positive life-changing way. The Word of God teaches us that we are all made in His image and therefore people carry so much more potential than we realize. It is definitely a privilege to see our men prove that daily.
That’s why our Lord died on a cross 2,000 years ago, isn’t it? This certainly was a horrendously evil event, definitely an incredible loss. Yet, God brought out of that very act the most blessed event in mankind’s history - He redeemed us and made us righteous. The most evil act was made the most righteous act; the biggest loss in history was made into the greatest gain of all time. I can’t think of a more important message for our men to understand.
It was my privilege just 2 days ago to be setting with one of our men explaining this to him when he told me that he was already saved but needed to act upon it and start building his life on this foundation. So he decided to rededicate his life to Christ on the spot. I don’t have to tell you what an honor that was for me. Further, that is something we get to experience all the time here. Our men have the same potential that we do, just different experiences. When those experiences lead to life-altering beliefs, the only cure is Biblical beliefs. Recovery is essentially replacing faulty belief systems (in several areas) with appropriate belief systems. Isn’t it great to have that from an objective source? Thank God for his revealed Word or all I would be able to offer is my own faulty beliefs. Beliefs have tremendous transforming power. No wonder the Word of God has so much to say about belief from cover to cover.
The weather is changing, the economy is changing, and the world is changing around us, but I just praise Him for the anchor He has provided and hope to teach others to do so too.
Men’s Recovery Services Director