31 October 2018

Bellevue Schools

     Thank you to the Lewis and Clark Middle School "Builders Club" and the Bellevue West High School "Key Club" who volunteered and donated items at the Timberlake Outreach Center. We love watching school-aged children get involved at the Mission. It's really awesome that kids not only care about the community but want to help us empower men, women, and children to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.  







Garrett Ross
Volunteer & Partner Director
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30 October 2018

H.O.P.E

Dr. Tommy Watson shared his story of growing up in a home filled with addiction and his fight to get out of it.

Have
Only
Positive
Expectations







Steve Frazee
Senior Program Director
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29 October 2018

Flu Clinic

     We want everyone to be protected this year. It's going to be a bad one they say. 

     Thanks again for numbers that came out! We surpassed our goal!








Blessings All,

Kate Fischer
Health & Healing Center Director
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26 October 2018

Winter Vegetables

     
Last week, the snow didn't keep Garry the gardener down! He says, "Snow one day, picking tomatoes and peppers from greenhouse the next!"







Garry Struebing
Gardener

25 October 2018

Food For Thought

     What happens when you are blinded by your desires?

     You fail to see your higher calling.

     In TUMI, Open Door Mission's Urban Ministry program, we were discussing sanctification and salvation. In the discussion, we realized our focus was on a point in time, saved, and not the relationship, salvation. Good things can blind us.

     Sometimes when we work, we work to solve a problem, desire. This can cloud or blind us to our higher calling.







Steven Frazee
Senior Program Director

24 October 2018

Apple Creek Apartments

Apple Creek apartments is hosting a food drive and look at all of these goodies! This food will go to individuals and families who are in need this holiday season. 







Lauren Catlett
Digital Communications Coordinator

23 October 2018

Timberlake Outreach center Blessing

     We want to give a big thank you to students from Bellevue High School, Kara, Scarlett, Tea, Katie, and Caitlyn. These amazing women decided to bless the Timberlake Outreach Center's guest children by making sack lunches and giving out gifts for a school project. Way to make a difference, ladies!







Evelyn Valdez
Bilingual Intake Worker

22 October 2018

Suburban Rotary Club



Suburban Rotary Club came over this morning with 150 pairs of Scheels mens hiking boots. Methodist came with nurses & occupational therapists. Many volunteers helped register, soak feet, measure for a perfect fit and then handed a new pair of boots! What an amazing Blessing to all who had the opportunity to come. 








Kate Fischer
Health & Healing Center Director

19 October 2018

Lydia House

     So many of our days at a job like this are filled with stress, confrontation and frustration. Today I want to give you some good news! Recently, a lady left the overflow room in the Lydia House (LH) and she wrote out an exit interview. On this interview she wrote that her favorite thing about the Lydia House was the "peaceful, kind staff". She stated that we were very helpful and she was "comfortable and treated with respect here" and she is very grateful!

     Another one of our ladies was recently given a family room so she could be reunited with her boys. She told me in tears that this would never have happened if it were not for the LH. 

     Greg helped get keys out of a locked car for one of our ladies. She wrote a note saying "Very few people would have taken the time to do that for her". She was so thankful!

     We had a lady that was taken to the ER and had her appendix removed. She was thankful to be sleeping on a mat although she was in immense pain. I asked Ronda, an employee of Open Door Mission, if we could quickly move her to a room so she could recover in a bed. Ronda made this happen and this guest has thanked us more times than I can count. 

     Last, I had a Parole Officer call me today about one of his ladies who used to be in the New Life Recovery Program. He stated that he is thankful we are firm with his clients. He said the ladies tell him they do not get away with stuff here and yet they are still thankful to be here. He then told me that whatever we are doing, keep doing it!







Shelly McCullough
Case Manager
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18 October 2018

God's Sovereignty

     God's sovereignty is over all. Sometimes it is hard to be still and wait, as God is working in us and through us. As I get to see our guests every month, I try to encourage and give them hope (I understand we all have different situations in our lives that are difficult to deal with.) But when we know God and we live a life of faith, we know that He is the way and the truth and I love sharing this good news with everyone. 
     Jill is a beautiful lady that I have gotten to know over the years I've served here at Timberlake Outreach Center (TOC). She has gone through a lot; we've prayed, laugh and cried together, but always knowing God will take care of her needs. 
     She went through a lot with her family and lost custody of her children. So, she's been trying really hard to get them back. A few months ago she came and she told me she was getting ready to get her children back. I said, "God will do that for you."
     We prayed and gave thanks to the Lord for what HE has already done and she went home. 
     Today she stopped by the TOC and we were not that busy so she walked to my area. She said hello. I looked at her and she looked happy, but that time I only saw her. When I looked again, I saw her children standing around her and my eyes got watery and I said, "Oh my God you have them!"
     She said "Yes, today is my first day without someone watching over me." She gives thanks to God she has them, and we praised our Lord together.
     This is so amazing because God's timing is perfect. Jill is in a better place with herself and ready to love and care for her children. I know God takes care of every need we have if we believe and trust Him. Let's speak life to everyone that we cross paths. 







Evelyn Valdez
Bilingual Intake Worker
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16 October 2018

Collegiate Kiwanis Holiday Help

Nebraska/Iowa Circle K International (Collegiate Kiwanis) stopped by the Timberlake Outreach Center on Saturday and helped sort and organize hats, gloves, and scarves for the cold days that are upon us. They also helped us inventory hams and turkeys for Thanksgiving. We are so thankful for the help for the Holiday Season. 







Garrett Ross
Volunteer & Partner Director

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15 October 2018

Lifegate School

     Today, a few staff from Open Door Mission were eating lunch at a table in our community dining room. Throughout the kitchen and dining room were many elementary aged children in blue tee shirts. They were wiping tables, helping with food, all kinds of jobs. Three sweet 11 year old girls came to our table and asked if they could join us. 
     We asked where they were from and they told us Lifegate School.  As we sat there, they asked us many questions. 'Do you work here?' 'Do you sleep here?' 'What do you like most about your job?' 'Do you get to talk to the people here?' And then they did the most amazing thing; they asked if they could pray for us. We all stopped and bowed our heads while these three beautiful little girls took turns praying for us. They prayed for the mission and asked that Jesus shine His light on everyone here.  It was so simple but so powerful, and they were not intimidated at all to just talk to the Lord - in front of strangers. It was the biggest blessing of my day. 
     Volunteers come in all sizes, large and small. The faith in these three little girls shined brighter today than many adults. It was a reminder to me that God is working in many ways, in many people and in many places - to call us all to Himself. And sometimes He shows up in the most unexpected ways. 

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 







Meredith Seaman
Heartland Circle Coordinator

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05 October 2018

Fall Garden with FedEx

     Fed Ex stopped by and not only donated 196 lbs. of food, but helped us in the Garden by picking vegetables and cleaning up. They were a great team! 







Garry Struebbing
Gardener
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04 October 2018

Riverside Presbyterian Parish

     These folks made 216 lunches today and a whopping 1,080 sandwiches! I couldn’t keep up with them!!! Not even kidding. What a blessing these seniors are! 







Carissa Zachary
Streets of Omaha
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03 October 2018

A Successful Foot Clinic

     Suburban Rotary Club came over this morning with 150 pairs of Scheels men's  hiking boots. Methodist came with nurses & occupational therapists. Many volunteers helped register, soak feet, measure for a perfect fit and then handed a new pair of boots! What An Amazing Blessing to all who had the opportunity to come. Thank You! 







Kate Fischer, LIMHP
Health & Healing Center Director
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02 October 2018

Beals Elementary

     Beals Elementary stopped by to help us make sack lunches for our Streets Ministry and we are so thankful! 







Carissa Zachary
Streets of Omaha 
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01 October 2018

From Father to Son

     One of the most encouraging things happened to me today! 

     Vance, a staff member at the Garland Thompson Men's Center, is a graduate from our New Life Recovery Program.

     He was a MESS when he first came to us; but my, how he has changed because of Christ!

     As I was leaving from lunch today, he came over and told me about a conversation he is having with his son.

     His son is going through some health issues right now and Vance is showing me the exchange of text messages between his son and him which read something like this:

Vance: How are you doing with the pain?  Be careful with the pills.
Son: No pills, pain is manageable, but I am getting sick because of medicine. It is really hard to deal with.
Vance: Do you Pray?
Son: Yes
Vance: Do you read the Bible?
Son: No

     Vance then quoted John 1:1-4, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

     He explained how Jesus longs to be known, have a relationship with each of us and that we can know him by his word he left for us. He then told his son how much he loved him.

     After reading the texts, he was wiping away tears and said: "I'm sorry, I just am happy that I am able to talk to my son about Jesus like this, and he is receptive."

     I have tears while I write this.  I love seeing God redeem broken people like you and me. He adopts us into his family.  

     I can't think of anything more beautiful than a father loving his kids the right way!







Joshua Smith
Heartland Hands Coordinator
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