30 December 2007

Branson Trip

Happy New Year from my family to yours... We just got back from Branson. What a hoot:)
We truly enjoyed the Dixie Stampede Christmas Shoe, the Amazing Pet Comedy Show and Jim Stafford. A great break from the day to day ministry needs. I am feeling refreshed, renewed and ready for 2008....

25 December 2007

Merry CHRISTmas

Thank you so much for making Christmas so special for those less fortunate in our communities.

The highlights are as follows,

Men's Emergency Services serving 220 men with gifts, food, fun and the Christmas story.
More than 100 sponsors providing gifts through Adopt A Family.
Christmas Bells arriving by the hundreds to be used all year long.
Operation Santa serving thousands of children.

and TODAY a Christmas Buffet with all the trimmings being served at the Open Door Mission.


19 December 2007

Olive Gardens Night Out and much more....

What a wonderfully busy day it was yesterday around the Mission! I know so many ODM missionaries were involved with the HUGE ConAgra Cares dinner event that you may not have had time to notice that in Lydia House Recovery Program we were involved in a special event also.

Every December, our families are blessed with a dinner at Olive Garden! So yesterday was a great opportunity to help model and teach the ladies/families how to do all the little details of preparing for a nice dinner out.

I learned so much from the women/families about life skills that I take for granted I somehow “naturally” know how to do:
--We did manicures on those who were interested —do you know someone who doesn’t know what cuticle care is? I do.
--We cut, trimmed and styled hair ---do you know someone who doesn’t know how to work shampoo through their hair to get it clean or get severe tangles out or use a curling iron? I do.
--We shopped at outreach for appropriate outfits –do you know someone who doesn’t know how to select properly fitted clothing or put together a coordinated outfit or how to choose proper shoes for going out in the winter weather? I do.
--We steamed out wrinkles, removed lint and hair, and sewed up holes – I heard questions like: “what does a garment steamer do?, what is a lint roller?, and how do I fix this hole?”

Your Lydia House ladies prayed, sang Christmas songs, talked about good manners, ate too much chocolate fondue (“what’s fondue?; why do they call it fondue?”), and cheered on each other’s growth steps toward “godly femininity”!

All that we did yesterday may seem like insignificant or even frivolous activities to some people however, if you could have seen the true joy and sense of self-confidence on the faces of our ladies/families as they posed for photos with their attractive hairstyles and holiday attire you would understand what a blessing it was to be part of it!!

This morning: one family member remarked that now they know “how it feels to be rich”. Another person reported that they surprised to be “overjoyed and having so much fun without using and having the opportunity to watch their children celebrate Christmas for the first time as a sober parent”. Another client expressed “gratitude for the memorable day of pampering both body and soul”.

Tomorrow is our last day of program classes until after the New Year. Please keep our women and families in your prayers as many do not have anywhere to go for the holidays and although the Lydia House staff will still be here, the break in regularly scheduled activities and programs is often multiple opportunities for the evil one try to snatch them away.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

Many blessings to all,


17 December 2007

Local Business to the Rescue

The Open Door Mission is about to serve more than 5000 children this coming weekend at our annual Operation Santa event. We arein great need for toys.

A local toys supplier came to the rescue. Fat Brain Toys donated 3 pallets of toys for the Open Door Mission's event. Jay Nemec is pictured here unloading those toys. A big Thank you to Fat Brain Toys for helping seving the homeless and needy children of our community.

14 December 2007

Coffee for a Cause

Coffee for a Cause

On Saturday, December 1, while lots of Omahans huddled snuggly around their fireplaces or TV’s, snow and ice fell on the city. But the “show” went on for Janice Kuhn. She held Coffee for a Cause at her home in West Omaha.

Janice had invited more than 150 people, and in spite of the nasty weather, her “show” went on. She held a fund-raising event in her home to support the charity of her choice, which was…you guessed it…Open Door Mission’s Lydia House! With husbands providing “valet” parking, guests were treated to coffees, teas, cookies and candy.

Janice entertained a good number of visitors in spite of the weather, and was able to raise $1,000 for Open Door Mission. In addition, she filled her two-car garage with gently used donated items! She wondered just how big the turn out and donations would have been had the weather been gorgeous that day! She looks forward to bigger and better next year.

A big thank goes to Janice Kuhn and all those who visited her home for Coffee for a Cause!

13 December 2007

Hope for the Hungry, Hope for the Holidays


A special thank you from the past for TODAY:)

Remembering all of the Open Doors all of the Open Door folks had for me, during some harried Omaha experiences. Thank God for Pastor Bob, Dan, Foster, the guys at the back door, the clothing & donation stocker. It gave quite a precedence to the little church here in Niobrara, when we could come up here from Omaha with a carload of gifts and food for the Indian children. This was before they had a really good outreach program on the Reservation. The idea of public servitude never was stressed as an ultimatum, but the real life needs of each individual who passed through! You have/had some great helpers. Paula

07 December 2007

Senseless Act of Violence

Senseless Act of Violence is what has left our city in disbelief and despair. The Open Door Mission team reaches out to comfort those affected by this tragedy.

One of our very own Lydia House homeless women that work at the Westroads Mall was at work on this day of tragic events. One of the Open Door Mission's staff's wife and child shopping minutes before the shooting started. The list goes on of those, I personally know, that those that are being left in the aftermath with whirlwind emotions and fear.

Yet, the feeling that God's hand of protection and provision was on their lives and not the lives of others has proposed complex questions.

There are no simple answers to those questions at a time like this. Words do not seem adequate.

So, I go to God's word for my comfort and peace. MATTHEW 5:4 says, "Blessed are they that mourn;for they shall be comforted." Jesus promises comfort for everyone that mourns. It is one of the mission's of the Holy Spirit to give peace to your heart. Galatians 5:22 ,You are assured of perfect peace as you turn your heart toward God and trust Him. Isaiah 25:3 and Romans 8:28

I have to say this, have to... ARE YOU READY? Only God knows the time or hour but you best be ready to meet our maker. If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, please receive this Word to YOU, knowing that it is given in love. It is for us who are now alive to prepare
ourselves to meet God. God's word to you, if you are not prepared, is one of assurance that you can be. Please click on this link Step Up to Life to follow a simple plan to a changed life for eternity. Then let me know at cgregory@opendoormission.org so I can welcome you into the family of God.

06 December 2007


Over TEN THOUSAND NEW books were donated to the Open Door Mission and Lydia House by the Midwest International Trade Association (MITA) and its members in cooperation with the MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company/Target Logistic Services Educational Materials Resource Center. The collection is over 10,000 brand new books plus several hundred Christmas books collected at MITA’s annual Christmas party held on December 4th.

01 December 2007

More fun...books and more books.

Steven is only 10 years old but can break down boxes, sort books and TALK, and TALK, and TALK, and Talk some more. Tony, to the right is serving up boxes with a smile. His smile will greet you at the door when you come to volunteer.
Scott never ran out of boxes to stack or signs to staple. He learned alot about all kinds of books he never ever would have known about, if he hadn'yt been volunteering.

Below, Cris, Open Door Mission's Volunteer and Partner Director, would love to hear from you to book you, your family, group, church, etc for a life changing volunteer opportunity, TODAY. The count down is on 21 days to Operation Santa and 5,000+ toy bags to have ready. WE need YOU.

Snow, nor Sleet can STOP volunteers from coming.

Well, we have all heard of the mailman going through the snow, rain, sleet, etc... Well, now you can hear of the committed and dedicated volunteers and staff at Open Door Mission. Although, there were not hundreds of volunteers in numbers arriving the ones that came made a huge dent in organizing books, sorting and bagging toys for Operation Santa. And we even had fun doing it,TOO.