29 September 2017

Salvation in the Medication Room

     I was helping with the medications pass at lunch when one of our guys from the Men’s Emergency Center came in. Usually, I don’t have a lot of time with individuals while handing out medications, but this guy Fred said something that triggered the Gospel. I shared with him the Good News because he did not know if he had eternal life. He prayed right there and went from "I don't know” to “I know so." Praise God! 
     Later that afternoon another man came into my office for his discipleship meeting. As I started, I asked him where he was at with his faith in God. The man immediately began crying. He and his wife are here in the New Life Recovery Program. They have kids that were taken away from them by Child Protection Services.
     He said, “I am mad at God.” As I talked with Lester, I shared Matthew 11:28-30. More tears came because he saw God was telling him to break down those walls and come to Him! We talked more and this man prayed, asking for forgiveness. He received Jesus as the answer to all his problems. Hallelujah!
     Please keep these men in your prayers.

Greg Johnston
Health Care Case Manager

28 September 2017

Stop Pouting...Start Praising

     Have you ever gotten tired of something? We all do! Every day we have to get up and go to work. Every day we have to make sure the bills are being paid. Every day we have to make meals and try to keep the house clean. And when we get really tired of it, we tend to pout, vent, and complain about our situation. 
     It’s interesting that after the people of Israel had been freed from slavery in Egypt, they started complaining about their hardships in the wilderness. One of their complaints was that they were tired of the manna (the bread) that God provided miraculously for them every single day. They grumbled and complained! Numbers 11:6 “But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” They allowed the food they had tired of become more important than their freedom in a sense. 
    God is taking us all somewhere, and like the people of Israel, we have everything we need right now to get to where He is taking us. But that is where the Israelites missed it. They were only looking at their circumstances and what they thought they didn’t have. How many of us do that?! It is so easy to see out of natural eyes that look at the negatives, for problems, rather than see out of supernatural eyes that notice the hand of God working behind the scenes. Remember, God is fighting our battles for us.
     If God is leading you, nothing can stop you! Instead of complaining about the everyday thing you are tired of, start saying, “God thank you for this manna. Until you change it, I am grateful for it. I look forward to where you are taking me and my eyes are fixed on you!”

Dawn Lindsey
Communications Specialist

27 September 2017

Jake's Testimony...Part 2

Continued from Tuesday, 9/26.

Production Technicians ensure that a quality product is delivered
quickly and according to safety, environmental, and health
procedures and regulations.
     I took four college classes while in prison, which qualified me to become a certified production technician. I have brought my student loans out of default and have been awarded a financial aid grant to follow those four classes into an AA degree in manufacturing. I am registered for evening classes this upcoming fall, allowing me to also work full time. I plan to earn manufacturing experience over the next year and a half until I finish my degree, at which point I hope to use my degree and experience to promote to an operations management position, or to continue to work until I earn the position.
     Currently, I have a manageable plan to ride my bike and the bus to school and work, while making time for the most important parts of my well-being: church, AA, and fellowship. More opportunities are opening such as going to/taking friends to outside meetings, volunteering at church, getting ahead in school, and gaining more trust from my future employer in my dependability.
     Things may not work out to the best case scenario, but I believe that if I work hard at my job and stay steady through school, that I will make my way into the career I’ve hoped for. And with a job that I like, and that pays well, I will be able to provide for a healthy family someday.
     Most importantly though, I know that I can empower all these things to happen by staying strong in church, meetings, with my brothers in Christ, and my relationship with the Lord.

Jake
Open Door Mission Graduate

26 September 2017

Jake's Testimony...Part 1

     I have come a long way from who I was two years ago. I know this in my heart, but I’ve also been told as much by close family. In the first eighteen months of my last two years – the time that I was incarcerated – I spent a lot of time on my own so as to look at myself and my past. So I like to think that I did a lot of prep work on my personal revival at that time. But I know that it wasn’t until I came to Open Door Mission that I became properly equipped by God, the staff, and my program brothers to rebuild myself in the image that God and I had hope for all along.
     While that was a vaguely positive sentiment, the specific nature of my past transgressions is that I was a perpetual manipulator. From my family to my friends to my own emotions, I used to plaster my life with white lies that I convinced myself were doing me good without hurting anyone else. I thought that I could out-maneuver any questionably moral situation by justifying my intentions to myself and keeping other people in the dark. I had no ability to sacrifice, and no interest in the proper way of things.
     But for the past two years, I have been consistently practicing the patient and proper way to gain achievements. I have accepted and embraced the arduous nature of things worth doing, instead of short cutting my way through it all.
     In my addiction, I had lost track of my purpose and dream. I had intended to become an industrial engineer. I now have a different version of my dream, but I have gotten it back nonetheless. This is what sparked me back on course, but it is God and the support of friends and brothers that fuels that spark.

To be continued Wednesday, 9/27.

Jake
Open Door Mission Graduate

25 September 2017

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     Each career position is unique and has its own personal style to Open Door Mission's ministry. These positions range from serving our guests to working with donors and volunteers, and each area’s goal is to better God's Kingdom. Each area is vital. We serve an awesome God and being the hands and feet of Christs is what we're all about!

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Rick Ziegler
Office Manager

22 September 2017

A New Creation

     Sarah graduated last month. There was a time when that day didn’t seem possible. But Sarah’s story is one that demonstrates that our God gives second chances, that He has already won the battle. One of her favorite verses, 1 John 4:4, says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
     Although God knew the ending, Sarah still had to go through the battle.
     Childhood wasn’t easy for Sarah. Her parents divorced when she was eight. Sarah’s mother fell into a drug addiction and they lost their home. Life was never stable. Sarah lived with her grandpa, her aunt, even with a friend whose parents she paid rent to.
     Essentially on her own, Sarah skipped high school and got her GED instead. At age 19, she fell in love and started a family, but depression began to cling to Sarah. She took pills to numb the pain, and eventually turned to methamphetamine.
     Knowing she wanted more from life, Sarah took her two children to Colorado for a new start. Her boyfriend got clean and came back to help her get clean as well. They tried to stay sober together, to make changes in their lives, but everything kept spiraling out of control.
     The couple lost custody of their three children and were selling drugs and stealing to make ends meet. One day the police kicked in their door, taking Sarah to jail and her boyfriend to prison.
     “Thank God!” said Sarah. “I remember wanting to go to jail so I could have a chance at being sober. And it was in jail that I found God. I was reading Isaiah 61 and was so comforted. I prayed, ‘God, give me more of this!’”
     In April 2016, Sarah came to Open Door Mission. “It was the first time I’d had structure in my life. But you get out of the program what you put into it, and at first I wasn’t ready to surrender. I wanted to do my own thing.”
     Soon, Sarah found herself on the streets and back in jail. In December, though, she received a second chance.
     “The second time when I returned to the Lydia House was different. I felt the old me die, like in 2 Corinthians 5:17. ‘The new creation is here!’ My heart has been changed – I feel things again. And I pray that people see glimpses of God in me.”
     Sarah just started a telemarketing job and is focusing on reconciliation with her children. She’s not sure about the future, but hopes to be able to give back in some way. Perhaps, someday, even working at Open Door Mission.
     “My case managers and the Open Door Mission staff were so supportive. There was always someone to talk to when I started having scary thoughts. Open Door Mission really saved my life.”
     Thank you for your part in inspiring lasting change in lives like Sarah’s!

Beatrice Jones
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

21 September 2017

Include God

Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears and listens to and heeds my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with me. – Revelation 3:20

     When I got to work this morning, our Director of Men’s Emergency Services told me there were about four men who wanted to talk with me. I met with each of them right away. One of the men, named Cameron, wanted to know about getting help with housing and how that process worked at Open Door Mission. We talked and he shared that he had already completed the packet that assesses his need for housing.
     As we talked, I discerned that he had not been in the Omaha area long. He came from Columbus, Ohio. We talked about what brought him to Omaha, and during the conversation I had the opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ. He knew he did not have a right relationship with God. He knew he did not have eternal life and what that meant for eternity. He was raised in a Christian home but knew he was far from God. It was much like the story of the prodigal son.
     God drew this man's heart to Himself. When I asked him, "Is there any reason why you would not want to ask for God's forgiveness and receive Jesus into your life?" He said, "No there is not." Cameron is a new brother in the faith! Keep him in your prayers. Hallelujah! He came into my office to talk about housing. He left my office having security in housing in Heaven!
     We have the great privilege of developing a relationship with God and inviting Him to be a part of everything we do, every day. That starts with simple prayer – just talking to Him and sharing your life with Him as you go about the things you have to do. Be thankful that His presence is with you, and include Him in your thoughts, in your conversations, and in all your everyday activities.

Greg Johnston
Health Care Case Manager

20 September 2017

Running on "E?"


     When your gas tank is near empty, you go to a gas station and fill it up. When you are about to write a check, you make sure there is enough money in our bank account to cover the amount. When your cell phone battery is low, you plug it in to charge it. So why don’t we do the same with our mental, emotional, and spiritual bank accounts when they’re on empty? When we find ourselves easily frustrated and upset, when everything seems impossibly hard, when we’re overwhelmed, and when we’re thinking that things are never going to change – we need a refill. 
     How can we keep our mental, emotional, and spiritual bank accounts full today? You can start by reminding yourself that you are not a victim of your circumstances, feelings, or thoughts! Let us choose to be the victor and not the victim! 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “We have the mind of Christ”. We can literally think the thoughts of our champion, Jesus Christ; we can bind ourselves to His championship mentality. He has given us His word to fill our mind and spirit with truth. Get into the Bible and dwell on His word, His truth. 
     God wants us to have everything that Jesus came to give us for an abundant life. Sometimes to fill your spiritual account is as simple as reminding yourself that you are God’s masterpiece. You were made in His image and with His strength. You’re unique. You are lacking nothing. You have everything you need to accomplish what He has called you to do. Please dwell on these truths! Place them into your heart and mind, and fill your tank! Take time to be filled with God’s strength.

Dawn Lindsey
Communications Specialist

19 September 2017

This Way to the Shuttle

     The other night I was downtown with my family getting a cup of coffee. We all walked out of the shop to see the usual crowd of our homeless brothers and sisters sitting around the library.
     A gentleman looked my way, and God put it on my heart to go talk to him. So I walked over and introduced myself, and as we get to talking and this brother told me his story. Apparently he is stuck in Omaha, waiting on a check from the VA that would allow him to get back home to Philadelphia.
     I told him all about Open Door Mission since he wasn’t aware of the organization. He told me all he wanted was a hot shower and some food, which I knew we could absolutely help him with. I called the Mission’s front desk to verify the shuttle times and directed him where to go. We have a shuttle that takes men and women to and from Open Door Mission and the library downtown.
     As he began walking toward the shuttle stop, I told him God had brought me to him and that God loves him. Jumping back into the van with my kids, I was able to explain about God’s love and how we are to help each other. And in my rear view mirror as I drove away, I saw my new friend getting into the Open Door Mission shuttle.

Shawn Bartlett
Maintenance

18 September 2017

Challenging the Peak with a Band of Brothers...Part 2

Continued from Friday, 9/15.

     Leading up to the trip, we had been studying Hebrews 10:23-25. As I look back now I can see that God was laying out His truth to be in our hearts during this Peak Challenge.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. –Hebrews 10:23-25

     This scripture, the practices it encourages, the brotherhood it mandates, and the God who wrote it were the only reasons we made it to the top of Mount Elbert. The latter is the main factor. I cannot emphasize enough how much we shouldn’t have been there, how unprepared we were. But God put us there. He used that nine hour (round trip) journey to teach us many lessons. He may have altered the weather and the official hard stop time to get us there, but He carried us to the top.  
     The hike up paralleled much of what our New Life Recovery Program teaches our men. You keep moving forward celebrating any progress, however small. You surround yourself with others that are steeped in scripture, have a relationship with God, and will encourage you to continue on your strenuous journey. Periodically, you look around you and take in the beauty of the progress you have made. Through the entire journey, you thank God for the provisions He has provided in this walk laid before you. From time to time, you see nothing but your feet, stepping one in front of the other, and the small progress you’re making. 
     God worked on this trip. God called Band of Brothers to provide for our men to go. God had been working in all our lives before this trip. And on this trip, God brought His word to life. God called six men to the watery grave of baptism! God carried us to the top. God. God. God. He is good and He will continue to grow and challenge us. This trip creates many opportunities for someone to hear His wonderful voice and see His hand.





Taylor Clinch
Rebuilding Lives Center Director

15 September 2017

Challenging the Peak with a Band of Brothers...Part 1

     I grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and have traveled to Colorado several times. I have never, however, climbed any of the peaks in Colorado. But that was exactly what I was about to do. God had lined up Open Door Mission to be blessed by an amazing men’s ministry called Band of Brothers to go on a trip called Peak Challenge. 
     The task for the trip was pretty simple: take 20 guys from our life changing sobriety and work readiness programs to the heart of the mountains in Colorado and climb a 14,000 foot mountain. Logistically, it was a little more complicated as I had to prep for the trip and get everything lined up. That was done well enough. We had an AMAZING group of men go, so that stress of little things was relieved. So what was the challenge of this trip? The peak.
     I was cocky in my thinking that after two years of not really doing any regular physical activity, that I could show up, sleep in the mountains for three days, and hike Mount Elbert sitting at 14,439 feet without a problem. That attitude was quickly put to rest at the beginning of the hike. About a third of the way up the mountain, groups were solidly formed. Everyone had their crew of people going at a similar pace. 
     The crew I was with struggled during the hardest part of the climb. One of our group of three had told us he was done and turning back. Malin and I encouraged Tyler not to make this choice at a difficult part, but to continue to an easy area before making his decision. Needless to say, this wasn’t the only time that Tyler wanted to turn back, nor was he the only one who had the same thought enter his mind. 
     About half way up, it was clear that we shouldn’t be on the mountain. We were placing one foot in front of the other, but only barely. Literally, toe to heal length was how we climbed almost half the mountain. Foot by foot and step by step we plodded up the mountain. We were quite the painful sight to see slugging up the mountain, and we knew it. People would pass us by at a blazing pace. We would talk about those people being amazing beasts who climb mountains for a living (we literally met one guy that did). 
     However, we knew we were an especially sorry group by the reactions of those coming down. They would pass others and say “Hi,” and continue on their way. They would pass us and feel the compassionate need to speak encouragement to this dilapidated group of plodders. After a while we noticed it and laughed about it.






To be continued Monday, 9/18.


Taylor Clinch
Rebuilding Lives Center Director

14 September 2017

Serve in Words and Actions

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. –Colossians 3:15-17

     I am reminded today that everything we do here at Open Door Mission, we do it for the glory of God. Our lives in Jesus Christ are amazing because we can bring Jesus to every aspect of our life. Saying a kind word can speak volumes to someone! Going out of your way to help someone can also show them Jesus without saying his name. Furthermore, sharing the Gospel is so powerful in itself.
     God is asking we do everything for God's glory. Our faith lived out is in word and action, not just action and not just word. We can over-spiritualize things and say "I won’t give it my all because I don't get to share Christ." However we miss out HUGELY because we share Christ in everything we do. By working as a team with our co-workers, we do things for God's glory. By listening to someone struggling this week, really listening--putting your computer, phone, papers aside and listening can give people worth and dignity that they are looking for to be heard. 
     You may be reading this and think of how you have fallen short in this area. The Good News of the Gospel is we can come to Jesus, humbly surrender our ways to him, and let him change our lives on how we think, treat, and talk to people. The Good News of the Gospel is that God sees Jesus when He looks at us. Our salvation is not determined on what we do, it's not legalistic. We don't have to prove ourselves to anyone. Jesus has proven himself for all of us. He died for our sins even while we were still sinners.
     So let's be people who know King Jesus in word and action. Let's be people who are joyfully serve those in need. Let's be people who show our glory for the Lord by how we treat every opportunity and task that we are given that day.  Be encouraged dear friends!  God is faithful to us. God is on the move at Open Door Mission!

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

13 September 2017

Love Like Christ

     One night I decided to walk to the gas station across the street with Jackie, my final case management appointment scheduled for the evening. I thought it would be good to change it up a bit and to celebrate that she is promoting to the Intermediate Level of the New Life Recovery Program.
Jackie (right) was baptized in July 2017.
     We had just sat down to begin our meeting when a former Lydia House guest walked. She was recently asked to leave due to her unwillingness to treat her own mental health and threatening behavior toward our other guests. The departure of this guest had been heartbreaking for many of us.
     Jackie said she was going to check on her and returned a few minutes later with the other woman, who was limping.  With tears in her eyes, she said that her shoes were too small, and sat down in the chair next to Jackie to take off her shoe. Jackie lovingly looked at this woman’s feet and said, "You have blisters both on the bottoms and the tops of your feet. You need to find a place to clean them and get some band-aids."
     Then, without hesitation, Jackie pulled off her shoes saying, “These might a little big, but see how they feel.” The woman slid her feet into the shoes and you could the relief come rushing in. Jackie then bent down and helped her to tighten the laces.  It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
     When we were getting up to leave, the other woman was saying some things about her difficulties since leaving the Lydia House, and I was able to explain why mental health is important for everyone’s well-being. She allowed us to pray with her.  It was so humbling to be in God's presence like that.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. –James 1:22

Teresa Leishman
Case Manager

12 September 2017

Mobile Diabetes Clinic

     A record number of Open Door Mission guests visited the Mobile Diabetes Clinic, run by Methodist Nursing Students. Their examinations included blood sugar, blood pressure, height, weight, body mass index, and a warm oil foot soak to finish it off. The guests were lining up outside the mobile unit to be tested. It was wonderful to see so many taking care of themselves and being informed!
     The Methodist Nursing Students were amazing. We love it when the nursing students are here. They are calm and know just what to do in every situation they’re confronted with.
     After his visit to the Clinic, one male guest caught remarked that, "Those ladies treated us with respect and dignity and that made me feel good. But that foot soak - WOW! My feet never felt so good!"






Kate Fischer, LIMHP
Health & Healing Center Director

11 September 2017

Salvation!

     Earlier this month, a man named Tracy came to my office. He needed some bus tickets to go visit his mom. As I was serving him, he said, “Can I ask you a question?” He wanted to know how we can have joy in hard situations. Great question. I talked with him about having Christ in our hearts. I shared about the joy I have, even though my sister has cancer and a brother of mine is messed up on meth and in jail. I shared about some struggles my children are facing, and how despite all that, I have God’s joy and peace. I told him that we don’t need to let our circumstances legislate our joy. 
     I said to him, “The joy of the Lord is our strength.” He did not have assurance of his salvation and I was able to share the gospel with him. He surrendered to the Lord and received the free gift of God’s salvation. 
     At the end of my shift the following week, I was doing weekly discipleship with a man named Eddie. He expressed his gratefulness to be in the program. As we talked, he got emotional because he spent the last five years in prison and missed out on being there for his son. We talked about that. He also said that, in the classes here, he has been challenged about what it means to be a real man. He was definitely feeling pretty low. 
     He believed what I was sharing with him in the Scriptures, but because of his past he felt he was not worthy and could not be forgiven. I mentioned a verse that helped me see that God accepts us in Jesus. Ephesians 1:6 says, “… whereby we are accepted in the Beloved.” Eddie saw it!
     I asked him the operative question, “Is there any reason right now you wouldn’t ask God to forgive you and receive eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord?” He said there was not. We prayed and he was gloriously saved. He knows he has eternal life and he is excited about the adventure!
     Please keep Tracy and Eddie in your prayers, and be ready to answer people’s questions. It is an open door to share the Gospel. 

Greg Johnston
Health Care Case Manager

08 September 2017

Preston's Testimony

     I was born and raised here in Nebraska. After high school, my friends and I got into street racing, drinking, and smoking. One night as I was driving home, I went to pass a car. The roads were slick and my car went into a slow spin. I went sideways into the ditch at over 60 miles per hour, somehow, without the car flipping over. I believe that it took the hand of God to save me. That’s when I first started to believe in Him, but didn’t devote my life to Him.
     I ended up going to prison for over a year, and decided to come to Open Door Mission once I was released. When I came, it was nighttime and dark. I was a little scared, but when I got inside they gave me a cup of coffee and I got my own bed and locker. Sleeping in the bunk house was not fun, but I want to thank the staff of the Open Door Mission for putting up with me! There are many times when I was not the easiest to deal with.
     My stay here at the Mission has taught me many things about God, as well as other things. My favorite classes here are Men’s 33, which taught us how to lead as Godly men, and Financial Peace, which taught us seven steps to getting out of debt in the future. Speaking of the future, I am working to find a good job, so I can get a fresh start in life.
     It all scares me to say the least, but you can never give up on your dreams. Pray to God for all things, and work for good. One of my favorite Bible verses is:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that any man who believes shall not perish but have everlasting life. –John 3:16

Preston
Open Door Mission Graduate

07 September 2017

Where is Your Hope?

     With the tension present in our world today, where is your hope? Is it in the new laws being created? In new community resources? Or is it in Jesus, knowing the He is the only one who can transform hearts and change our world? As followers of Jesus, we should pursue justice. But do we daily believe and live out that Jesus is our only hope?
     In his sermon, Louie Giglio said the following: “Changing the laws doesn’t change the heart. The laws changed in relation to not discriminating people of a different race, but people still dislike people of a different race. The law changed, but the heart stayed the same. The Gospel transforms the heart. We should pursue justice in every way, but we can’t just count on changing laws to change people’s hearts. We have the power to share the Gospel story of Jesus, to see them come alive from the dead, repent of their sins, come to fullness in Jesus, be filled with the spirit of God, get connected into the story of God, start getting their minds renewed to the Word of God and start transforming everything around them. The hope of America isn’t just in that laws change, but the hope of America is that Jesus changes and awakens the hearts of people.”

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it early, as I should be. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that may know how to answer everyone. –Colossians 4:2-6

     In Colossians, Paul is telling us to be devoted in prayer. He is not telling us to pray only when we feel like being devoted. The word “devoted” means to continue firmly and without wavering. We are to pray faithfully, with care and a spirit of thankfulness. We are to pray for each other that God may open a door for us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. When we have those opportunities, our words are to be clear and honoring to Him. Paul is asking us to be wise about how we speak with people that are not followers of Jesus and to make the most of every opportunity we may have to give the world a reason to have faith in Jesus. 
     I pray that we are people whose hope is in Jesus alone, and that we would be people that know that only Jesus can change hearts. Policies and laws can make people do things, but Jesus can change people’s hearts for eternity. Would be people who ask God to put people in our lives that we can share the Good News with and watch their hearts be transformed by the Good News of the Gospel? I pray that as a staff we would grow in Jesus together and would have testimonies to share with one another of God’s goodness in our lives, through evangelism and discipleship. Be encouraged because Jesus has given us everything we need to live this out daily!

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

06 September 2017

A Concrete Bed

     In my line of work, I’m humbled and blessed by the relationships I’m beginning to form with those who are out on the streets. This past week, there’s a story that has touched my heart, and really made me check myself. There’s a man who we call “Uncle,” whom I’ve gotten to know. Uncle always has a smile on his face and he carries a cooler with him. When our van pulls up, he’s always thinking of others, asking for extra waters to put in his cooler because, he says, “I always run into someone who needs it. I can’t do much but I help others when I can, as much as I can.”
     When I saw Uncle this week I gave him a big hug, but on this day, his spirits were low. I noticed, for the first time since I’d met Uncle, he was wearing the same clothes as the day before. He started talking and confiding in me about how he cries at night on his concrete bed. He said the night before was not a good night for him as he couldn’t stop crying. My heart broke as he looked at me and said, “Can I get a few extra waters so I can make sure I have enough for those who need it today?” “Absolutely,” I replied. We gathered with Uncle, held hands and prayed for him as he wept.
     How often, in your time of despair, when you’ve been crying all night long are you still thinking of others? How often, when you don’t have much to give, are you still trying to give to others?
     Uncle has given me a life lesson that I’ll never forget! Often, we think we don’t have anything to give, but giving your last can reap abundant blessings from God, as he is pleased with those who sacrifice the little they have for others. 
     Let’s continue to look for the messages from God in those we serve because God uses them to bless us too.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. –Hebrews 13:16

Misti Mitchell
Volunteer Coordinator

05 September 2017

Development of Spiritual Depth

     Open Door Mission has been blessed by the ability to broadcast our graduation ceremonies live for about a year now. We post the link online so people unable to attend graduation can still tune into it live. It’s great for students graduating to send to family and friends who live far away.
     One young lady who recently graduated had several people watch her ceremony via this live stream, and they were amazed at how different she looked—not just in appearance, but in her smile and beaming face. This wonderful young lady used her graduation speech as an opportunity to share Christ, and is passionate about what God’s done for her. Since joining our recovery program, she has been encouraged by reconciliation among her family members, and has burden for family to know Jesus Christ as Savior, especially her brother.
     I am amazed to see our graduates’ development of spiritual depth from when they start the program, graduate, and then go back to their communities and churches to have an impact for the Kingdom.

Candace Gregory
President/CEO

01 September 2017

Lydia House Olympic Games

     This month, the first official Lydia House Olympic Games were held. We had a bunch of different games - including Wacky Caps, Sumo Wrestling, and a giant obstacle course with slime! It was so much fun and such a great way to spend our Saturday! Everyone - kids and adults - had a great time!
     It’s important to have times like these, to be silly and have fun. Each of these women and children have gone through so much heartache, pain, and struggle, that their hearts can use a couple of worry-free hours.










Lacey Krager
Family Support Worker