30 September 2011
26 September 2011
Many of the folks in class can quote Scripture incredibly well. They tend to do this to answer a question. They are quite adroit at it. One gentleman said that even when he high he could quote “the truth of God.” He understood that it was crack or Jesus. He took this passage very seriously. He is currently clean, but has bluntly told me that he is on the fence. He is still “thinking about it” because he knows what he is giving up and does not know if it is worth it.
I find this honesty refreshing. He takes Jesus at His word and understand exactly what He is saying, “It’s me or the thing you love.” Those of us who do not have the issues that so visibly reveal our allegiance could stand to learn from these folks for we may be able to fool ourselves, but never Jesus.
Another gentleman, who I have been mentoring for several years, points to this verse as part of his strength. “It gives me a reason to deny myself,” he has told me on more than one occasion. In his mind there has to be a reason, a really good one, not to be an active user. Jesus is that reason. He found that reason and is growing to be more like Jesus, because of people who he has met at and through the Open Door Mission.
We provide an opportunity for people to see Jesus through our actions and our words. Many folks, who call Open Door Mission home, have life experiences that both attract and repel them and they desperately are looking for something better. They are examining us from top to bottom. They are looking for hypocrisy or fakery. They want desperately to take the leap, but they are afraid to take something at face value.
Here is the incredible thing about our God. He uses us, as imperfect as we are, to be apart of a life changing event whether we realize it or not. My fence sitting friend has inspired others to really learn the Scripture that people in our New Life Recovery program as asked to memorize. The other gentleman has both been a blessing to his peers as well as me and other Christians who God has placed in his life. You too can be a blessing and be blessed by helping Mission residents embrace Christ. Please come be a blessing.
23 September 2011
“My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me”
21 September 2011
I was one of the guide-walkers that day. Our assignment is to guide a group of walkers along the designated 1 mile path from Gallup to Open Door Mission's Lydia House where they will be greeted by Candace and eat endless bowls of delicious soup prepared by 13 local chefs/restaurants!
Since it was raining pretty badly, we offered our participants a ride to the Lydia House if they didn't want to walk in the rain. Amazingly enough, they all wanted to walk! They all said that was the purpose of our fundraising event, was to walk a mile in their shoes. And "in their shoes" they meant our clients we serve here, the homeless men and women that walk from further than Gallup to get to the mission for a hot nutritious meal and safe shelter.
Throughout the walk we talked and discussed homeless statistics and the shocking numbers. One of my walkers then began to sing Amazing Grace. She told me how only by the Grace of God alone is she still alive now and was once $40 away from being homeless her self!
The rain actually made a bigger impact on our supporters. As we got closer to the Lydia House, the entire group had a deeper appreciation and felt very blessed not having to do this walk daily for their meal.
Open Door Mission
19 September 2011
Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center is serving record high numbers of homeless, near-homeless and flood victims – a 37% increase in comparison to this time last year. You can help Open Door Mission by going through your closet at home and collecting any and all gently used clothes to aid the homeless and needy in our community. You can drop your donations off at the following anytime between now and September 30th.
Drop Off Locations
Located at: 5030 N 72nd Street, Omaha NE 68134
Nebraska Crossing Outlets & Specialty Shops
Located at: 14333 S. Hwy 31 - I-80, exit 432, Gretna, NE 68028
♦ G.H Bass & Company
West Roads Mall
Located at: 10000 California Street Omaha, NE 68114
♦ Dressbarn fdfa♦ BonWorth
♦ T-Shirts ffdda ♦ Lane Bryant
♦ VanHeusen ffa♦ Food Court Area
16 September 2011
As this is being posted, our three children are flying from
Reflecting on this, I can not help but think of our homeless and poverty stricken neighbors in the greater
Fortunately, Open Door Mission is working to break this cycle of homelessness and poverty. Through the combined efforts of the Timberlake Outreach Center, Lydia House and Permanent Supportive Housing, Open Door Mission’s ministries are making an impact on our community. More importantly, the gospel of Jesus Christ is being shared daily, and that light is the only light that can truly pierce the darkness.
Garland Thompson Men's Center
15 September 2011
Studies show that children who have a mentor are less likely to skip school, use drugs, or drink alcohol. If a lack of education and substance abuse are directly related to poverty, having a mentor has the potential to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. For this reason, finding mentors for all Lydia House children is a top priority.
Over the last month, Open Door Mission has been blessed immeasurably by the Omaha Metro community. Through a partnership with Release Ministries we now have mentors for all of our teenagers. Support from volunteers, professionals, and
If you have a heart for kids and want to make a difference right here in your community please visit www.opendoormission.org and click on the volunteer button and sign up to have your orientation and tour today.
Children and Youth Director
13 September 2011
We have a woman who has been here at the Lydia House several months and has struggled with her addiction the entire time. She’s been abusing drugs for many years and this is the longest she’s been sober. She isn’t ready to move on yet, but she’s making great progress. I got to witness how much she is growing a couple of weeks ago. She came to me at medication time and told me she was really struggling to stay sober. By this she meant she was struggling with taking only the zolpidem prescribed and not more. She said she knew how to sneak it out without staff knowing.
She asked me to help her by checking her every time she came for meds, to make sure she only took one. I praised her for being so honest. It’s amazing how much she trusts staff to tell them something like this and to ask for the help. She’s come a long way. To make things even better she attended chapel this week and rededicated her life to Christ in front of everyone! God is doing amazing things in this woman and I’m so humbled that I get to be a part of it!
God is changing Lives at the Open Door Mission and we could not do it without the support and generosity of the community. Thank you for being apart of all the exciting things God is doing.
Family Support Worker
12 September 2011
Romans 12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
10 September 2011
Early fall has always been my favorite season of the year, warm days and cool nights. But the older I get I realize early fall leads to late fall then into my least favorite season, winter.
But this is a hopeful time as well, especially at the Open Door Mission.
I work in the Development Department receiving the letters and donations that members of the community send us. I have the opportunity to read the notes from people that have sent in donations. "We're praying for you" and "thank you for all you are doing". Or the donation from a child that he or she received as a birthday gift.
And because our community is so supportive, I have a chance to meet so many volunteering families that come to serve Thanksgiving meal, help with Project Santa or spend Christmas Day with the homeless men, women and children.
Last year was my first winter at the Mission and I was moved and inspired that so many were willing to invest time, energy and love to help those that have so little. For me, last winter was a little warmer after seeing God's love at work because of the generosity of the people of our community.
In God's love,
09 September 2011
My primary responsibility at Open Door Mission is to fill the Lydia House. This involves a great deal of paper work and an intense attention to detail. It is easy at times to get wrapped up in the paperwork and catching every little detail. Every once in a while, just when I need it, God sends someone to me to “wake” me up.
Recently I was going through the application process with a woman wanting to get into the
06 September 2011
Michelle graduated the program and set out on her own with a new job and a place to live. Today I saw Michelle at our Timberlake Outreach Center coming in for her 2911 case management appointment. She looked wonderful as she said my name and gave me a big hug. She has been promoted in her job and is being sought after by another company. She is attending a Bible believing church that is helping her grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus and it shows in her smile. She told me she is starting college classes next week and hopes to be a drug and alcohol counselor. “I think I can do it Ms Kate, I really do!” I know she can. She holds firm to Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Michelle, and all the other graduates, is the reason I do what I do, day in and day out. Watching lives change for the Glory of God and watching those lives move forward for the Kingdom. What a day it will be when we all see Jesus face to face.
Please join us for the next graduation ceremony on Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 am at the Lydia House. Please RSVP to Maggie Cope at 402-422-1111 ext 1554 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Lydia House
05 September 2011
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01 September 2011
Luke 11:9-10 says “Ask and you will receive, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks will receive, everyone who searches will find, and the door will be opened for everyone who knocks.”