25 May 2011

Please share this news story with you friends to help shed light on struggling families in our community. Open Door Mission is thankful for the generosity of the community who bring us donations of clothing, food, diapers, ect so we can put them into the hands of those in need. Please keep them comings as the need in our community is great.

23 May 2011

Thoughts on the Last Chemo

Thoughts on the Last Chemo

Thursday was my last chemo-a journey I started in February. It was God’s plan do this journey but I railed against it (a lot). Looking back I can say this cancer/chemo trip has been a blessing. I have met some awesome people in this journey and seen family and friends go way above and beyond to comfort and encourage me. My sister came from Maryland every month to be with me and volunteer at Open Door Mission!

There is Melissa the receptionist at UNMC Cancer Center. She sees hundreds of people every day that are scared and fearful, she could get jaded and shut herself off from the pain and hurt; yet she greets everyone with a smile, a compassionate listening ear and hugs. She just cares. We need people to volunteer at Open Door Mission that care too. Are you that someone that can listen, smile and encourage-if so we need you.

There are the nurses that willingly shared that they were Christians and prayed over their patients regularly, how encouraging. Do you like to pray? You can pray for Open Door Mission, our staff and clients. Ask God who you can pray for-I know he will put at least one name on your heart. We need your prayers.

There were the cancer patients (and their families) I was privileged to meet and pray with. Like many of the clients at Open Door Mission they have been through life altering experiences and are trying to live a new life, a life that is depend on hope. Are you willing to walk along a mother fleeing domestic violence, an addict struggling to be free and whole again, or a down and out Veteran to mentor, encourage and give hope for a new life? If so we need you.

There were the people in churches all over the Nebraska and Iowa area (even California) that pray regularly for me. All these people knew was I needed prayer. Is your church praying for Open Door Mission, the mission field in their own back yard? We need churches to show the way to the world with compassion and caring for the less fortunate. How is your church supporting local mission fields? We need you.

Sometimes what seems like a journey of pain and fear can become a journey of hope and discovery. I discovered that people want to encourage and give hope. You can encourage and give hope to so many by helping Open Door mission-no gift is too little, no time shared is too little and there is never enough prayer. Please come see how God is changing lives everyday-I know because the support and prayers from the staff, and especially the clients, helped me get through one on the hardest journeys of my life. You can do the same for so many hurt, hungry and homeless just by supporting Open Door Mission any way you can.

By God’s grace I will be a cancer survivor!

Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator

19 May 2011

God's Wonderful Grace

I am currently enrolled as a student in what I think is a most wonderful curriculum, The Urban Ministry Institute. I chose to share my class experience, (GOD’S WONDERFUL GRACE) with the guys living in the homeless shelter during evening chapel. There were several reasons as to why I made this decision.

First: The large majority of my chosen audience was guys who have momentary given up life’s struggle. Men whom for various reasons have decided to fight no longer, succumbing to the seductive lure of drugs, alcohol and guilt. Guys who have been deceived by the Enemy into believing there is no hope.

Second: I also at one time was a client in the same homeless shelter. I knew these men personally, sharing food, crimes and drugs. I too at one time was deceived by the Enemy into believing the lie of hopelessness.

I stood before the men and boldly declared the salvation of the Gospel and it’s saving grace. Before them I boldly preached of how I am compelled to share with the world how Yahweh has had compassion on me and how he has broken the death grip of Satan. And even more important, they too through faith and belief in our LORD and SAVIOR can become heirs to the kingdom. I shared of GOD’S great mercy and how he is pleading with every sinner to come to him and be forgiven. I read from Isaiah 1.18 where the LORD extends this invitation to the sinner:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as
Snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

This is the day of the LORD and salvation is here: WHOMEVER SHALT CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.(Romans 10.13).

I was well received by my peers and I felt like a servant of GOD preaching salvation to the poor and downtrodden. Many came to me after chapel and expressed how happy they were for me. I prayed with them that they might understand that this grace is not just for me but that it is free to all believers willing to confess in the LORD CHRIST.

"Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the LORD
hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee."
Mark 5.19

16 May 2011

Thank you to Liberty Tax Services

Open Door Mission would like to say a great big thank you to LibertyTaxServices. Robert and Diva from Liberty Tax Services is pictured here presenting a check to Candace Gregory, President/CEO of Open Door Mission for $602 that was raised durning tax season. This money will go to help provide many hot, nutritious meals for hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

13 May 2011

Thank you KGOR listeners

Yesterday, was the Kids to Kamp Radio-thon on KGOR 99.9 FM. Because of the generosity of the community Open Door mission will be able to provide 347 homeless and needy children with a fun week of camp in a safe environment.

If you were not able to tune in, it's not to late, you can visit www.opendoormission.org and click on the donate button. For you $49 donation a homeless or needy at risk child will be able to enjoy an entire week of fun in a safe environment.

11 May 2011

Kids to Kamp Radio-thon

Thursday, May 12 Open Door Mission is partnering with KGOR Super Hits 99.9 FM from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM for the Kids to Kamp radio-thon. Every summer Open Door Mission provides 10 weeks of Summer Day Camp for homeless and need children. For just $49 a homeless and needy child will recieve a week of hot, nutritious meals, safe supervision, and even field trips. For more information please go to http://www.opendoormission.org/

09 May 2011

Brookside Saturday Serve makes a difference

The 1st Saturday of each month members from Brookside Church commit to giving up 2 hours of their time to bless the Open Door Mission. This past Saturday, members from the church were a blessing to the many homeless men, women and children at the Open Door Mission.

Volunteers playing with the children in the Bright Space.

Reading to Lydia House Children

Volunteers provide a "Spa Day" for the ladies at the Lydia House

If you would like to make a difference, right here, right now in your community please visit http://www.opendoormission.org/ and click on the volunteer button and sign up for your volunteer orientation and tour today.

06 May 2011

Nebraska Christian College Making a Difference

Recently, Nebraska Christian College Students spent and entire day on the Open Door Mission Campus being Jesus to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children in the Heartland. Students arrived in the morning and went immediately to the kitchen to help prepare a hot, nutritious meal to hungry and homeless men, women, in the Heartland. Lunch was made up of Hamburgers, Hotdogs, and French Fries that was all provided to the Open Door Mission by the students from the college.

After lunch students stayed in the kitchen and helped clean up after lunch. They scrubbed pots and pans, washed dishes, and wiped down tables and the floors in the dinning hall. They spent the afternoon helping in the kitchen getting ready for the dinner meal that was served later that night. When the school aged children arrived home after school, they were paired with these students, loaded up in vans and headed to the Amazing Pizza Machine where they enjoyed an evening of fun food and fellowship.

Thank you Nebraska Christian College Students for making a difference in the lives of people served at the Open Door Mission. If you would like to make a difference right here, right now in your community by giving 2 hours of your time and helped serve a meal, read or play a board game with children living at the Lydia House or even helping sort clothing at the Timberlake Outreach Center please visit www.opendoormission.org and click on the volunteer button and sign up for your orientation and tour today.

04 May 2011

Job Openings

Hello again, my name is Amy Buss and I am the Human Resources Director at the Open Door Mission. It’s so exciting to see how people are called to the mission and to hear there stories, it’s not just a job it’s a ministry. We have job opening at the Lydia House and Timberlake Outreach Center; check out our positions on our web page. Please contact me at 402-422-1111 if you have any questions. You never know, maybe you’ll be blogging about your job soon.

02 May 2011

Vidlak's Family Making a Difference

Eric and Jen Vidlak of the Vidlak Café decided that they would like to do something nice for the children who call Open Door Mission home. They thought about this for a while and contacted us to get some details. So as a group in amongst the busyness of life they decorated and assembled 75 lunch size bags with little trinkets and bite sized treats to share. This little act of kindness helps build community with families who feel like they are outside. It helps us achieve our goal of breaking the cycle of poverty with each person God has entrusted to our care. Thank you Vidlaks!