27 April 2007

Highlights for the week, you could be one of them?

Where to begin there have been so many:)

Last Sunday, Open Door Mission Homeless Awareness Sunday was incredible. Excitingly, more than 71 individuals/families signed up for tours and volunteer opportunities.

On Monday, I was fortunate to find Lewis, IA. I was headed on hwy 6 enjoying the scenery of farm land and counting cows. Well, I almost missed my turn, no signage:( But great farmer.
I spoke to a wonderful group of Ladies from the area at the First Congregational Church. I left knowing that there were prayer warriors armed to pray for the Open Door Mission and a vehicle full of quilts. A wonderful blessing.

On Tuesday, despite the rain, hundreds showed up to support the Open Door Mission at the annual Auction and Dinner. 88 Improv performed and entertained the crowd with clean Christian comedy.

At Omaha's Largest Baby Shower, the Open Door Mission was able to connect with hundreds of families, in the community. Sharing the message of a family friendly volunteer atmosphere at the Open Door Mission and a great place to donate all those baby products when you are done with them.

Stop by Glad Tidings for their Missions Fair, this weekend, on Saturday evening and Sunday. Pastor Tom would love to meet and greet you at the Open Door Mission booth.

On Saturday, I will be participating in the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Fashion Show to raise money for educational scholarships for women, in the community.

Urban Plunge will be at the Open Door Mission Timberlake Outreach Center. This is a wonderful and faithful group of volunteers, making an impact, in the community. Christ for the City is doing a great job coordinating these efforts.



20 April 2007

Highlights for the week

The Lydia House had two families that have been approved for Section 8 vouchers. Housing should not be far off at this time.Rebbecca (one of newest our newest Graduates) is tarring for a supervisory role at WestTelemarketing. Please pray for her and her upcoming second interview. Lydia House is very full at this time. We have families sleeping in all all of our family rooms including the kitchenette area. The single women's Lounge has two women sleeping on mats waiting for bunks.
Summer is here, and service numbers are creeping up. Pray that donations will be consistent.

At the Timberlake Outreach Center, we had our 2nd Senior Kings Kloset day. For those who are not familiar with that the Open Door Mission has a special shopping time for our senior saints. There are special items geared to senior living. It was a great day with about 24 guests showing up.

The Timberlake Outreach Center had there first afternoon Hispanic/Latino Kings Kloset day. It was lightly attended but needs were meet. People were prayed for and 2 Hispanic men come to know Christ as their Savior. Praise God!! The newest volunteer at the Timberlake Outreach Center and Men's Ministry is Obdulio Felix. He is already been a great blessing to the mission and all our guests. He is an ordained minister and certified GED and ESL instructor. We look forward to great things. This is through a partnership with Beautiful Savior Church.

Please pray for the 40 staff and Board Members representing Open Door Mission this Sunday through Open Door Mission Homeless Awareness Sunday.

A real story that happened today, reported by Dan Applegate, Open Door Mission's Director of Community Services:

Iris, Open Door Mission's Receptionist, received a call from a Child Protective Case Manager. She has a family who needs a fridge. The family are living out of a cooler with ice. The family needs a fridge to keep their children in the parents care and custody. The Open Door Mission did not have a working fridge in donations. BRRRRNG, the phone rings and it's a donor who wants to donate a fridge. Coincidence??? I don't think so. To make a long story short, about 6 phone calls later, Glen, Open Door Mission's driver picks up the fridge from the donor and takes it directly to the family in need. This family is spared separation.We do serve a mighty God!!

Sincerely,Candace L. Gregory President/CEO Open Door Mission

18 April 2007

God Has A Positive Answer For Those With Whom He Has A Relationship!

YOU SAY "It's impossible"
  • GOD SAYS All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

YOU SAY "I'm too tired"

  • GOD SAYS I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

YOU SAY "Nobody really loves me"

  • GOD SAYS I love you (John 3:16 & John 3:34)

YOU SAY "I can't go on"

  • GOD SAYS My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

YOU SAY "I can't figure things out"

  • GOD SAYS I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

YOU SAY "I can't do it"

  • GOD SAYS You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

YOU SAY "I'm not able"

  • GOD SAYS I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

YOU SAY "It's not worth it"

  • GOD SAYS It will be worth it (Roman 8:28)

YOU SAY "I can't forgive myself"

  • GOD SAYS I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

YOU SAY "I can't manage"

  • GOD SAYS I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

YOU SAY "I'm afraid"

  • GOD SAYS I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)

YOU SAY "I'm always worried and frustrated"

  • GOD SAYS Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

YOU SAY "I don't have enough faith"

  • GOD SAYS I've given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)

YOU SAY "I'm not smart enough"

  • GOD SAYS I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)

YOU SAY "I feel all alone"

  • GOD SAYS I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

12 April 2007

8th Annual Old Chicago Easter Dinner

Dear Old Chicago: i live in the homeless shelter at the open door mission. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful dinner and gifts you gave to me at Easter. Everyone was so nice and thoughtful. It gave me a wonderful feeling inside that someone cared. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.



You are very welcome for the Easter Dinner. It was absolutely our pleasure to have the guests from the Open Door Mission join us at Old Chicago on Easter Sunday and it made us feel so good to receive your note. Thank you for the message, we really appreciate hearing from you!


10 April 2007

Thank You from Benson High School

Dear Mrs. Gregory,

Thank You for taking your time and sharing information about the Lydia House. Learning how many people are homeless is really devastating. A couple things that you mentioned in the interview I used in my Honors History / Honors English timeline project. I wish you luck with the Lydia House and I hope you come back to visit.

Sincerely, Joan

Dear Mrs. Gregory,

Thank You for taking time out of your schedule to come and speak with us at Benson High School. It was very interesting and surprising that the average age of a homeless person is nine years old. The information that you gave was full of knowledge. I hope you have a great rest of your career. I hope you come back sometime soon, good luck.

Sincerely, Sean

Dear Mrs. Gregory,

Thank You for taking time out of your schedule to come to Benson and letting us interview you. I thought that telling us about the homeless children was very interesting and helpful. I hope that our group will be able to use some of the information on our final human struggles and triumphs presentation. I wish you well in your career, and hope that you will come back to visit.

Sincerely, Tiffany

09 April 2007

What are Easter Story Eggs? How do I make them? What are they for anyway?

What are Easter Story Eggs? How do I make them? What are they for anyway?"To remind your family of the Easter story, prepare an Easter basket with 12 plastic eggs that can be opened. On the outside of the egg write a number (1-12) and fill with the corresponding message and Scripture (see chart below). Open one egg each day, starting 12 days before Easter. Read the message aloud to the family and look up the Scripture in the Bible. Pray together, thanking the Lord for that particular aspect of the crucifixion and resurrection.

  1. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches. - Matthew 21:1-11 - Piece of palm branch
  2. Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus' feet. - John 12:2-8 - Small perfume sample or cloth with perfume
  3. Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples. - Matthew 26:17-19 - Chex cereal
  4. Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. - Matthew 27:3 - 3 dimes
  5. Jesus carried His own cross. - John 19:17 - Popsicle stick cut and glued in a cross form
  6. Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head. - John 19:2 - Small thorny branch
  7. Soldiers parted Jesus' garments and cast lots for His coat. - John 19:23 - Swatch of burlap and a nail
  8. Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side. - John 19:18,37 & John 20:25-29 - A nail
  9. They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink. - Matthew 27:34 - A small sponge
  10. Spices to prepare Jesus for burial. - John 19:40 - 7 or 8 whole cloves
  11. The stone covering Jesus' tomb was rolled away. - John 20:1 - A small rock
  12. The linen around Jesus' head was lying separately from His linen clothes. He was not there. He has risen! - John 20:6-7 - A scrap of linen-type fabric

04 April 2007

Eggstra Special Egg Hunt

Open Door Mission - Eggstra Special Egg HuntI just wanted to say that although it may be one of our smallest outreaches-it certainly has become one of my favorites. I knew looking around that room Saturday,watching some of those children (and adults) listening to that most wonderful story-that I was involved in something very special.

Open Door Mission - Eggstra Special Egg HuntSpeaking on behalf of Calvary Christian Church,we thank you for this wonderful opportunity.Also,I hope after doing it two years in a row,a tradition may have started that CCC sponsor that program every year.We'd like to think about the Church adding refreshments next year.

Thank you again Candace-please have a Blessed Easter with your family.Please pass that message along to your staff also.By the way-they did a phenomenal job Saturday!

Pat McKernan