29 October 2010

Serving the Multitudes

Jesus fed the 5000 by using a little boy’s lunch. Last week at the Timberlake Outreach Center, Jesus clothed over 6000 by using the gently used donations of our caring friends. I continue to be amazed by the number of people right here in Omaha, who are truly in need. I commented to my husband after a very long day on Saturday, that so many seem tired or weary from the daily struggle.

We all have our needs I suppose, but it warmed my heart, when late on the last day of this big giveaway week, just moments before we closed up, a woman came into the Timberlake Outreach Center and shared that all she really needed was a warm comforter for her bed. By this time after having served so many, our staff and volunteers were tired, and the place was pretty picked over, but Taylor went quickly and cheerfully to the back room, dug through a tall box of recently donated items, and plucked out a large, thick, warm comforter. Would anyone be surprised to hear that it was even the perfect color for her!? It seemed like a perfect way to end the Super Duper giveaway week.

Winter is coming, and we are gearing up to serve more people than ever before. We sure need your donations of food and warm winter clothes, but please also consider coming down and being a part of the blessing for those whose needs are so great. It continues to be my honor and pleasure to serve next to our caring staff and devoted volunteers!

Blessings,
Cris Morris
Volunteer Director

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23 October 2010

A Great Place to Work

It has been another busy week here at Open Door Mission. This week our Timberlake Outreach Center is having its year end Super Duper Give Away WEEK! Three times this week we have invited those living in poverty to come and shop for clothing, furniture, bedding, electronics and house wares. On Tuesday I had the opportunity to assist a family in receiving a couch that had a hideaway bed in it so that their son can have a bed to sleep on in their small apartment. What a blessing to be able to make a difference one time for this family. Thursday, I got to share in our Celebrate Education event with Lydia House’s staff and children, in partnership with the Southwest Kiwanis. We were able to honor all of our children in their academic pursuits and congratulate them on a great quarter. Of course we are also had fun with a magician followed by an ice cream social!

I also wanted to encourage everyone to check out our website or career link for Open Door Mission’s job postings. The Lydia House and Garland Thompson Men’s Center are looking for dedicated individuals who want to serve those who are hungry and homeless. We have day, evening and overnight positions available for House Supervisors, Family Support Workers and Case Managers in both facilities. This is your opportunity to work hand in hand with guests of Open Door Mission. We are looking for those who have hearts to serve and want to be in fulltime ministry.


Blessings,
Charity Watts
Program Director

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21 October 2010

Open Door Mission’s Permanent Supportive Housing

I was walking to the Administration building and glanced over at the new Permanent Supportive Housing construction site and I had to stop and just look at how far this project has developed. WOW, God is so awesome! He has allowed the weather to be fair enough to continue with construction. As I looked at the window panes now in place I was more excited than I can really explain. I know there is such a great need for Permanent Supportive Housing in our community and now as the dream is being realized I feel so honored just to be part of God’s plan. For we will be able to be “a shelter, and a strong tower from the enemy” for many more souls. I am even more excited to see the changes God will work in the lives of those that will dwell in His shelter.


Jeannette Blackstone
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

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19 October 2010

Gratitude

Today is Kings Kloset at Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center and that means many low income families in our community come to shop. One such person was Shirley, I hadn’t seen her shopping here for a while so it was nice to visit with her and catch up on what was new in her life at this time.

Shirley brought her beautiful little three year old granddaughter with her today and as we talked I discovered that she is now raising her and one of the major reasons she came in to shop was clothes for her granddaughter and herself today. This little girl was as happy as a lark because Grandma had taken her to our toy area and she had picked out a stuffed bunny which she held in one arm and a baby doll in the other. It was such a joy to watch this little girl mother her new found friends. In the process of visiting with Shirley I asked her if she would share how the Timberlake Outreach Center has helped her in the past. This is what she shared:
“I have been coming to the Timberlake Outreach Center off and on for about the last three years and shopping here has helped me stretch my income and receive things I would not otherwise be able to get like: One time I needed a queen size mattress and I didn’t have the money to get one. I was so blessed to get one in such good condition. Along with that I was able to get some sheets and blankets that day. I have received food pantries here along with, at times, getting bread, cereal and milk on the Kings Kloset floor. To some this might seem like a little thing but, to someone who has nothing it is such a blessing.”

Shirley said she also “loves to come to hear the chapel message because the focus is always on Christ and it gives her hope for not only her present situation but also her future. All in all it is a real blessing to be able to come to the Timberlake Outreach Center.”

Many like Shirley are grateful for people like you who give to Open Door Mission so we in turn might give it out to families who are in extreme crisis or nearly homeless. I to am grateful and just wanted you to know your gifts and donations are not only appreciated but are making a difference in preventing homelessness and helping families in extreme crisis.

Joyfully serving Jesus,
Judy Collins
Director of Timberlake Outreach Center

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18 October 2010

Around Every Corner

“There is an opportunity around every corner” is an expression of abundance. Ironically, the fact that there is opportunity around every corner can make it difficult to see opportunities that are right before us. I have lived in Omaha on and off for forty years. For most of those forty years I have known about Open Door Mission.

Before I started working at Open Door Mission I would have summarized their ministry as working with the homeless and those in need. I knew they took donations of food, clothing, household goods, and appliances; served an incredible number of meals; provided a safe place for people to sleep; and had a tremendous number of volunteers and donors who make the ministry possible. It is so much more!

Throughout the years I have donated some cash, lots of used clothes, some frozen turkeys, and connected a few people who needed help. I did not get more involved for one reason or another—partially because I knew there would be plenty of opportunities to do so in the future. The future finally started for me this September when I accepted a position at Open Door Mission. My understanding of our ministry is growing rapidly from the foundation I mentioned earlier. I marvel at the work God is accomplishing here.

God’s ministry here is not only to those who are homeless or in poverty, but also to those who volunteer, work, and/or donate. God is wonderfully present. There is much healing and joy here. Paul, 2 Cor. 9:12, described the giving of the Corinthian Christians for the sake of their brothers and sisters in Jerusalem as “expressions of thanks to God.” Just in the short time I have been here—I know there is much thankfulness in Omaha. This truth brings me joy and I am inviting you to personally experience it for yourself. God always has room for those who walk around the corner into his presence and Open Door Mission always has room for you.

You can be part of the mighty work of God, right here in Omaha. You can be a part of the abundant presence of God that changes lives. Please give me a call 829-1534 or email me here and allow me to include you in this blessing.

God bless and take care,
Steve Frazee
Senior Development Officer

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16 October 2010

The Best Fishing Trip of the Summer

I would be putting it mildly if I said I was an avid fisherman. My love of fishing enables me to fish at least once a week and many weeks even more. Truth be told, sometimes I enjoy fishing more than people (smile). Some may think this strange and perhaps so, but Jesus himself seemed to have had a preference to fisherman. Let’s face it, what could possibly be better than the challenge of man against fish? I find great joy being alone in nature, just me and my fishing pole against those super intelligent fish. It is obvious that GOD wanted me to fish even more this summer because he gave me this incredible October weather.

Monday I decided to follow the LORD’S wishes and fish some more. As I eagerly gathered my fishing gear the usual happened. The PHONE rang. It was my son Joshua. My spider senses should have gone off immediately when he said he was just calling to see “what’s up”. After what seemed a year of small talk I finally confessed I was going fishing. Of course Joshua wanted to come. Joshua likes to talk and any good fisherman knows that fishing and talking do not go together. Reluctantly I agreed to pick him up. While in route to Joshua’s house the phone rang again and again it was Joshua. “Hey dad”, the voice said through the cell phone, “the kids would like to come also”. With tears in my eyes and a raspy voice I said sure.

Joshua has two adorable children, a four year old son, Joshua Jr., and a two year old daughter, Zion. When I arrived at their house the kids were standing in the front yard holding sack lunches and their eyes sparkled with anticipation. My son Joshua was suspiciously missing. I opened the front door and found him standing in the middle of the floor bent over and holding his back. “Dad, I hurt my back dressing the kids and I don’t think I can fish, but the kids are very excited about going.” Hoodwinked is what the elders call it. I know when I’ve been had. I made a mental note to kill him later.

Mahoney State Park is my favorite place to fish so that’s where I decided to take the kids. I’d never noticed before but some idiot placed the playground before you get to the fishing lake. “Pa Pa can we go to the playground, please, please. Can we go, please?” Four hours later I was still chasing Joshua Jr. and still pushing Zion in the swings. We played on every attraction and shoveled tons of sand into bright colored plastic buckets. The kids played with other children and everyone laughed and laughed.

As the sun set we sat on the park bench and admired the awesomeness of Autumn. They shared their sack lunches with Pa Pa and we sat in admiration of the beautiful colors far off in the distance. Mahoney Park is gorgeous this time of year and everyone should treat themselves to its wonders, but not alone. We had the most unbelievable day and I would not trade it for the world. As the kids slept all the way home I was glad I talked my son into letting me take the grandchildren fishing. I gave myself credit, not a bad idea.

True, Jesus was partial to fishermen but not to catch fish. (Matthew 4:18) “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jessie Powell
Garland Thompson Men’s Center
Emergency Services Coordinator

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14 October 2010

My Time At Open Door Mission

I've recently begun a new chapter in my life, but it seems that now is the time to tell everyone about some of the things that have been going on in my life the past couple of months. The past eight weeks have definitely been a whirlwind, but I've now had some time to reflect on the tremendous impact that my previous job has had on my life.

Most of you know that I started working at the Men's Shelter at Open Door Mission in August. I accepted a position there without really knowing what I was getting myself into. I remember my first day was a shock. I went into work expecting to be working with the stereotypical homeless man. I left finding myself being ministered to by the very men that I was supposed to be helping.

My new job was one that definitely stretched me out of my comfort zone and for that I thank God. I love working with youth, but now I can see why God would allow me to minister to a different group of people. The past four years of youth ministry had become so easy and safe, especially because I knew I was good at it. It is funny how God will take you from a ministry where you are perfectly comfortable and use you in a situation that stretches you.

Perhaps the greatest transformation that came as a result of my time at Open Door Mission occurred in my own heart. As the days went by, I noticed how God opened my heart up to loving those men that I served. Instead of viewing the homeless as drunks and addicts, I started to see them as God sees them - His children. I remember reflecting several times how so many people are only one missed paycheck away from being in the same situation. I remember thinking that if I had not been blessed with an amazing family, I could very well have been one of the people living at Open Door Mission.

Towards the end of my time, I really began to understand what the verse meant that says: "Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world" (James 1:27). My whole life has been focused on learning more about my faith and trying to apply it to my ministry with youth. While this was surely a good cause, I oftentimes overlooked the needs that faced the weakest in our community. Sometimes I intentionally turned my back on those who were desperate for the basic necessities of life, instead focusing on "bigger" issues inside my church.

The men at Open Door Mission showed me that true faith is identified only by what we do when we are faced with those who need us most. It is not enough to sit through a sermon every Sunday, read our Bible occasionally, and even tithe regularly. God called us to be His hands and His light in the most hopeless of circumstances. Growing up in a West Omaha church, I never had the opportunity to really understand what this meant. It was always an adventure to go and volunteer at a food pantry or work with inner-city kids, but I always knew that I had a safe home to return to. I always viewed the time that I gave to these causes as beneficial to those organizations, but did not understand that I was not the only answer to their prayers.

By working at the homeless shelter for a couple months, I've come to realize that there are so many men living there who have a true and obvious desire to serve God, no matter what their circumstances are. The community feeling among those men is so apparent and real that it felt like they were my family. They embraced me and loved on me, just like I did for them. As I opened myself up to them, they reciprocated and told me their stories. For that I will always be appreciative and those men will always have a place in my heart and prayers.

The biggest thing that I learned from my time is that we can all do so much more if we allow ourselves to be stretched. The Bible shows us countless examples of everyday, common people who did tremendous work for God's kingdom. The disciples were not content with just giving Jesus some money for His ministry. Instead, they gave their lives to follow Him. After his conversion, Paul did not just join a church and sing in the choir. Instead, he started churches and gave his life to make sure others knew about Jesus. I cannot even begin to fathom what Omaha would look like if our churches decided to do more than just pray for those who are homeless and loveless. Only when we allow God to take us from our comfort zones, will we be able to truly see the amazing things that He has planned for our lives.

For this reason, find the time to stop by Open Door Mission. By giving some of your time, I guarantee your life will be changed forever. I know mine has.

Andrew Neal
Garland Thompson Men’s Center House Supervisor

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13 October 2010

Graduation Update

Saturday, Oct 9th was a spectacular day of celebration here at Open Door Mission! Open Door Mission staff, board members, volunteers and donors rejoiced in the Lord as we celebrated the accomplishments of 17 men and women who graduated our Long-term Life Changing programs.

Those gathered praised God as the graduates gave testimonies of the life change they have experienced since coming to Open Door Mission. Hopeless, addicted and eternally lost were the conditions many of these incredible men and women shared before joining New Life or Journey to Work programs. Joyful in the Lord and hopeful for the future are the common traits they are now able to share as a result of the Life Change God has done in their time here.

If you missed this graduation, stay connected with Open Door Mission through the newsletters and website so you can be sure to save the date for our next ceremony coming in early 2011!

Please pray for our graduates as they take the next steps by faith into their destinies.

Blessings to you,
Laurie Armes
Lydia House Recovery Services Coordinator



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11 October 2010

Holiday Opportunities

Toys, presents wrapped and tied with bows, twinkling lights, Christmas trees and wreaths, gifts for adults, turkeys and hams, all the holiday side dishes-oh yes I love the holidays. Unfortunately for many the holidays are not a “good time”, it is just a reinforcement of lost hope and feelings of despair. At Open Door Mission the staff work tirelessly to make sure that there is hope and joy for those we serve during the holidays.

The staff at Open Door Mission can’t do it all without your help-we need you to help make the holidays a time of hope. We need help providing over 5,000 Thanksgiving turkeys and food boxes, over 6,000 children with Christmas gifts and over 300 single men and women with a gift on Christmas morning. How can I help you may ask, here’s how: do a turkey and/or food drive to collect food for the Turkey'n'Fixin's boxes and the thousands of meals Open Door Mission will serve Thanksgiving and Christmas day; organize a Project Santa drive to collect new unwrapped toys for children (ages birth to 12th grade); call to receive Christmas Bells (a set of 12 suggested gift items for adults) or sign up to volunteer to deliver Turkey'n'Fixin's boxes through Drumsticks on Wheels or help bag toys for the Christmas drive through. A few hours of your time or the purchase of some extra gifts and food can make a difference for those that are homeless or near homeless by providing Hope for the Holidays.

Please contact me so I can help you be blessed this Thanksgiving and Christmas season as you bless others. Sign up on line at www.opendoormission.org or call me at 829-1554 or email me here. I am looking forward to hearing from you, because with your help this can be the best holiday ever for those looking for Hope.

Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator

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08 October 2010

Mock Interviews

I’m Joy Stevens, WorkNet Director, showing a picture of a volunteer who donates his time in more than one area. This is Dallas Meador who is retired, and loves spending time at Open Door Mission. I first met him and his wife at the Friends of the Friendless monthly meeting. It was suggested that, because of his business background, he might be useful in WorkNet doing mock interviews with our job seekers.

Sure enough, Dallas was more than willing to help out. He showed up 15 minutes early on the interview day, dressed in a suit and tie and thoroughly interviewed and critiqued 6 of our WorkNet clients. He added an air of professionalism and seriousness to the process. Our clients are now very well prepared for the real interview with prospective employers.

In fact, out of the six, four have since been on multiple interviews and are waiting for the “you’re hired!” phone call. These monthly interviews are so valuable in preparing our job seekers for the real deal. If you have any business background and would like to volunteer in this area, please contact me.

Joy Stevens
WorkNet Director
402-829-1509

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06 October 2010

Who is Jesus?

I heard two men, on TV, talking about who they believe Jesus is. One man said He was a great prophet and religious leader; both made a point, however, of saying Jesus is not the Son of God.

The New Testament Book of John also answers the question of who Jesus is. The conclusion of eyewitnesses was that He is the Son of God, clothed in flesh, his Father's greatest gift of love and the Savior of the world. Jesus' own testimony is that, because of God's great love for the world, He sent His one and only Son, so we could have life everlasting.

When people come to Open Door Mission, they learn that this Jesus has power to help them find healing from the hurts of their past and hope for their future; an eternal future.

On the first Tuesday of each month, those who come to the "Friends of the Friendless" luncheon, have the opportunity to hear the stories of these transformed lives straight from the people who have lived them.

This month, we heard of numerous ways we can love and serve these people and give them Hope for the Holidays. How wonderful to partner with Jesus, the Son of God, in showing His love to the world.

God Bless You,
Judy Ward
Advancement Specialist

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05 October 2010

A Life Changed

The other night, I listened briefly to Bill Maher, as he was being interviewed on TV. What caught my attention was Mr. Maher was talking about God. Bill said, “No intelligent, logical person in their right mind could believe in a God that you can’t see or talk to!” And I thought, “Yeah, right. You don’t know Linda’s (real name not used) story! Her story not only doesn’t even sound logical – it doesn’t sound possible! Who else BUT God could have done this?”

12 years ago, Linda’s use of crack cocaine depleted her monthly check in a couple of days. Every month! Linda made her mother payee so her bills could get paid and she and her children wouldn’t become homeless. Linda never quit using crack cocaine, and always came up with enough to get high on. But, this was never the life God intended for Linda

This past April, Linda was praying before, during and after she used. She felt ashamed and wanted a different future for herself. She decided to leave everything behind and seek help. Linda and her children have resided at Open Door Mission’s Lydia House since May, 2010. This is her first treatment after being addicted for over 15 years of her life. She is graduating October 9, 2010! God has completely filled Linda everywhere crack once did! Now Linda is living the life God intended for her! She is not shy about telling everyone what Jesus has done for her and we feel so blessed to be witness to her transformation!

Open Door Mission’s Graduation program for participants of our New Life Recovery and Journey to Work programs is October 9, 2010. Every graduate’s story is unique and amazing. If you come, you are guaranteed to not leave dry eyed. Linda is just one shining example of God’s love and His blessings found at Lydia House and other Open Door Mission programs. Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the work of His chosen ones!

Sincerely,
Kelli Young
Lydia House Case Manager

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04 October 2010

Praises from the Kitchen

First of all I would like to give thanks to God for giving me the opportunity to work for such a wonderful organization.

I just got back from South Dakota where I attended a meeting with other missions. I was surprised at how many caring people are still around and willing to help the less fortunate. I never thought I would be part of this great group of people. But I believe it was God that sent me here to do His work, He’s calling me to minister His word and be a shepherd to His flock, my greatest joy is when the people say “thank you for a wonderful dinner” that means more to me than anything else. On Sunday, I had a wonderful group volunteering…they were just awesome they came in and got right to work, and they didn’t mind doing anything I asked them to do. I would like to say thank you for all your hard work, and God bless you and keep you close to His heart.

Ramon Bermudez
Production Chef

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02 October 2010

Transformation

About a year ago a sweet young family moved into the Lydia House. They were Hispanic and only the dad spoke English.

That was the beginning of this family's transformation. Since then the mother has received education in Domestic Violence, taken ESL classes and almost finished all of her GED testing. She plans to attend college and become the woman God made her to be, not the ignorant girl that she was told she was. She is growing stronger in her faith and teaching her children how to walk in the Lord and believe Him when He says He has hope and a future for them.

This week she receives her first Social Security card/number. She has already obtained a work visa and will get a Nebraska drivers license soon. A year ago she knew this would never be possible. This year she knows anything is possible if you trust in our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Continue to pray for the changed lives that are living at the Lydia House.

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13


Kate Fischer LIMHP
Lydia House Emergency Services Case Manager

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01 October 2010

Do Not Grow Weary

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season
we shall reap if we do not lose heart." - Galatians 6:9
When I mediate on this verse, I think of Open Door Mission and how we make a difference in people’s lives. On Thursday, September 23rd I had the privilege to lead chapel at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center on keyboard along with my son David on the drums and my friend Albert on bass guitar. I saw the chapel and dining room completely full of souls thirsty and hungry for God’s presence. I got do see firsthand the mighty hand of God at work through out the entire chapel time. Some men were standing lifting their hands, some were sitting, some were praying and some were singing. But every one was praising the Lord.

There is a man called (Menelik Pal) who comes in drunk every single day and usually gets people worked up. He just happened to be present during the entire chapel time that day. Menelik Pal approached me after the service and said “I was blessed by the Word tonight”. About an hour later I saw Menelik, as he washed his shoes, his face looked different. It was then, I knew he had an encounter with Christ that night.

Again let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Elmer Hernandez
Garland Thompson Men’s Center Night Supervisor

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