22 January 2013

We have Victory in Christ

A man I have known for two years here at ODM, recently found out his mother had died about a year ago. He was distraught and wanted to go out drinking (this was his usual response to things), because he said he was a terrible son for not keeping in touch with his family. While talking to him, he said that his mother was a Christian and in heaven. I asked him how drinking would glorify her or God. He stated that she hated the fact that he drank. I suggested that he try honoring his mother by not drinking. He has not had a drink in about two months, and he is a changed man in attitude and spirit. He talks about the power of God and there is now life in his eyes.

We all go through various trials and tribulations during our lives. There’s not a single person on earth who hasn't experienced horrendous situations. However, the difference lies in how we respond to these situations and cope with them. Do we allow these harrowing events to shake our faith or to strengthen it?

"In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28

So no matter what we go through, rough waters or flames, we will come out victorious because of the one in whom we have placed our trust. "Jesus Christ".

Russell Janssen
Garland Thompson Men's Center Staff

15 January 2013

Responding to Jesus

"Although the programs here at the mission are all Christian discipleship programs, not all of the men who join the program are followers of Christ. Often, the men in the programs are here because they have nowhere else to go, and they are willing to see if there is more to this Jesus than they know. Today, a man sat across from me who has been in the program for months. During those months he went to classes, read the word, and talked at length about the Lord with staff, but he had never decided to give the Lord a chance.

As I sat across from him, I heard him say one of the things that you listen for… the words that make my life a joy. He had been meeting regularly with a staff member from the men’s center for mentorship and had finally come to a decision. He told me that he had decided that to go all-in after God, no longer sitting on the fence as an observer.  As he told me about the decision, I could see that some of his doubt remained, but all I could do was praise God. For I know that as we seek the Lord, he delights in being found.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7"
Jeremy Settle

14 January 2013

Dine Out To End Hunger - Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack will give a percentage
of sales to Open Door Mission
When: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
11:00 AM - 1:00AM
Where: Joe's Crab Shack
701 North 102nd St
Please click on flyer to print and present at Joe's Crab Shack when ordering.

10 January 2013

Prayer Changes Lives

I had an awesome blessing yesterday...even though it didn't start out that way. I was taking an Eagle Scout to the Men's Center to drop off his project. A man came out of the center cussing-I asked him to please stop & he let me know exactly what he thought of my request. After my Scout left I told Russ, a case manger, what had happened. As I was leaving the gentleman was waiting outside-with tears in his eyes he apologized & explained he was angry...because he had chosen to drink he decided to stay somewhere else last night. As I listened to him I realized that he wanted to change but was so angry & tired he couldn't make good decisions...so we prayed...right there in front of the Men's Center. Before he left to return to another shelter I knew his name & he knew mine... I told him I would be praying for God to give him strength to stop drinking so he can come to Open Door Mission & enter the New Life Recovery program. Please join with me in praying for Frederick...may he find HOPE & NEW LIFE at Open Door Mission.
Maggie Cope
Communication Coordinator

08 January 2013

Reflections of the Past Year

As I left work today I started thinking about this past year. I love my job and the special perks I get working at Open Door Mission. Every Tuesday I collect the clients and/or staff’s prayer requests that are put on prayer walls in each building. I get to be the first to pray for these people…that is an awesome privilege and responsibility. It is a wonderful blessing to pray for others.

Every day I go through the obituaries to see if any of our donors or volunteers have passed away. It is not depressing, because once again I get to pray for the families. As I make each card I pray again that God will comfort the families and that they may know so many lives were blessed by those who gave or volunteered at Open Door Mission. At Christmas time I get to call to encourage companies, organizations and churches to collect new toys for the 4,000-6,000 children we serve in the community. It is a joy to hear people respond with “I am so glad you called” or “Yes!” Then I get to meet them as they bring in all the toys we need to bring joy to those in need.

Sometimes I get to help open the mail of donor checks. It is a blessing to see the faithfulness of our donors. Of course I love to see the “really big checks” but I also feel the love and faith of the “widow’s mite checks”. The joy comes because God takes all the donations, big and small, to do His work at Open Door Mission.

And that brings me to the biggest blessing of all…I work for God. You may think I work for Open Door Mission but my joy comes from knowing God has a plan for me and that plan has me at Open Door Mission.

Maybe God has a plan for you at Open Door Mission. Come for a tour, or volunteer, or donate, monetarily or gift-in-kind, or pray. I know you will be as blessed as our clients are when you give back to the community. Make a difference in homeless or near homeless person’s life in 2013…help Open Door Mission meet the need.


03 January 2013

Who are you Believing In as you start 2013?

“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved”

Hebrews 10:39

Every year I like to select a scripture that I would like to define my year with God. This year I have chosen Hebrews 10:39. This scripture has long encouraged me to not only do more and push harder but also to trust in God. I tend to “shrink back” when I am relying on my own understanding but when I am truly in touch with God and believe I am saved I can push forward with boldness and courage. As I go through 2013 I will use this scripture for my own life but also to share with others that I meet with that seem to have forgotten that we are “of those who believe and are saved”.

Happy New Year!
Vickie Gregorio
Housing First

02 January 2013

What are you Pursuing in 2013?

Matthew 2:1-3 (ESV)
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
As we enter a new year with aspirations, resolutions and dreams we need to be reminded of living a life with a purpose. The wise men recognized that life was not about their own agenda and personal desires. They understood their purpose after seeing the star when it rose. These men left everything for a cause greater than stability and comfort.  They pursued the light and the light guided them to their ultimate destination, to find Jesus. Are we ready to pursue the light now in 2013? Are we ready to find Jesus?    

Jonathan Lopez
Case Manager
Garland Thompson Men’s Center
Open Door Mission,