18 January 2019

Skating & Ice Cream

     Last week, children staying on Open Door Mission's campus were able to go ice skating in the Capitol District AND eat ice cream from Ted and Wally's. They had such a blast, thank you for all involved! 




Taylor Clinch 
Permanent Supportive Housing Director
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17 January 2019

Cold Weather Gear

Thank you NEBRASKA TITLE COMPANY for hosting a drive for cold weather gear. We appreciate all the blankets, coats, gloves and socks! 







Candace Gregory
President/CEO
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16 January 2019

Little Caesers

We love ❤️ Little Caesars. Locally, they bring their Love Kitchen at least once a year to feed the hungry and homeless on Campus. It starts at the top with their commitment to Love Kitchen, trickles down to their franchises and management. Plus, they donate pizza 🍕 on a monthly basis! Thanks Dean and team.







Candace Gregory
President/CEO
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15 January 2019

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

     Today, during my last meeting for case management/discipleship, I met with Steve who is in our Journey to Work program. He had made a ton of progress on his Bible packets and was asking a lot of questions about the Bible and redemption. 

     So with it being my last meeting, I could either end the meeting at the normal time and use my last hour to wrap up all of my paperwork and head home, or, I could use that last hour and make extra time to dive into the Bible with this man. As you could probably guess I chose to  share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

    Praise God that Jesus has been calling this man to himself and he has finally answered the call! He made a decision to repent of his sins, put his faith in Jesus and start living a new life. Praise God that he is at work even at the end of the day when you're ready to go home.







Jacob Carr
Recovery Case Manager
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14 January 2019

Salvation

     A man named Chuck came to me to ask me about something. Much like the lame man that laid at the temple, who asked Peter and John for something. Peter and John told the man, "Silver and gold have I none but in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." That man's life was changed that very moment. 
     This man Chuck heard the gospel. He had told me that he was going to hell. He believed the gospel message and afterwords knew that he has eternal life in Jesus Christ. Praise God. Pray for Chuck's spiritual growth. 







Greg Johnston
Health Care Case Manager
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11 January 2019

Cease Striving


The following is a song written and played at graduation by New Life Recovery Student Joel McGrath: 

VERSE 1: 
Let me tell you a story, ‘bout a man, who been lost so long been lookin’ for a song 
To bring meaning, maybe a new start – to breathe life into an empty cold and broken heart

I’ve given him dreams, and visions, some fulfilled some lost but with choices bad or good, 
woulda coulda should, either way – there’s a cost

CHORUS 1:
So I say to him cease striving, and know, that I – I am God
You will seek, and find – but it’s only when you seek, with all your heart

VERSE 2: 
Let me tell you a story, ‘bout a man, whom I call my child my friend
Only one thing he needs to know – He is my son, whom I love with him, I am well pleased

But he been tryin’ to earn my love with religion and performance  
But with time he’s realizin’ that all his strivin’, is of little importance

CHORUS 2:
So I say to him be a man, set free, surrender your life to me
For I am all, you need, in your heart I’ve planted a seed

BRIDGE:
Might as well let go and give me the pain – the loss, fear and regret, the guilt and shame
I see your heart, I know your cause – it’s not for fame it’s not for applause
I will prune, mold and refine - in my perfect timing like the noonday sun, I’ll let it shine

CHORUS (2X):
So I say to him cease striving, and know, that I – I am God
You will seek, and find – but it’s only when you seek, with all your heart

So I say to him be a man, set free, surrender your life to me
For I am all, you need, in your heart I’ve planted a seed







Joel David McGrath
New Life Recovery Program Graduate
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10 January 2019

Joyful & Fruitful Chapel

     I was asked to do the chapel service yesterday. Joyful singing of hymns, testimonies of God's goodness and the Gospel was presented from Revelation 21 and 1 John 5. A few men and a lady made professions of faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and a Bible was given out, all for the glory God. Thanks for your partnership and prayers in the glorious Gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:3-6







Ed Schoenberger
GTMC Floor Support Worker
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09 January 2019

Christmas Blessings

The Open Door Mission team was able to help even on Christmas EVE:

 A single dad and 15-year-old son who got to Omaha at 1:00 am. we were able to house and provide Christmas gifts.

A single mom had all her paperwork and was coming to get gifts for her children. This obviously was new to her. She hadn’t signed up. We were able to get toys from the extra at Lydia House. 

A mom, dad, and sibling were flown in to Children's Hospital from western Nebraska because the daughter was unconscious and feared she was going to die. She is doing remarkably better and we were able to help out with clothes for family and a distraction for the sibling. Dad is a real cowboy. He had boots with spurs on them. They did not have time to bring anything.

We had a donor call earlier in the week and was afraid she would not be able to bring her adopt a gifts as her children were sick and her husband was in the hospital with two broken arms. She said she would try her best. She called and was able to bring the presents. I suggested she wrap her husband in bubble wrap from now on and she laughed. He broke his arms falling at indoor baseball practice. He is a coach.

The Project Santa program served more than 6,007 children in need.

Adopt a Guest program provided more than 816 men, women and children with wrapped gifts on Christmas Morning.







Candace Gregory
President/CEO
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08 January 2019

God is All Around

     Every point of our Mission serves hurting people. I was the line attendant in  the Toy and Joy shop and met a woman we will call Elisa. 

     Elisa had 3 kids and was looking forward to a 4th. Well, that was until last week when she had a miscarriage at 30 weeks. Obviously, grief was still touching her and her family. She talked about how they lost their apartment in this time due to the hospital stay and they were now living with family. I pointed her to Open Door Mission's Permanent Supportive Housing as an option for her family in the future, but more importantly, I was able to pray with her. I was able to pray for her husband and 12-year-old daughter who was really taking it hard. She was terrified her mother was going to die too. 

     Our God is active all around in peoples lives and it is essential we reach out to them and remind (for the first time) them of God's love and care, in spite of the horrible times. Continue to pray for those we serve and your brothers and sisters serving.







Taylor Clinch
Permanent Supportive Housing Director
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07 January 2019

Overwhelmed

     Working in full time ministry, especially during the holidays, can be exhausting. Our work-load is never ending and we can feel overwhelmed. I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like I am failing God when I start feeling overwhelmed. But I am reminded that the Bible tells us that it's OK that we get tired; it says "His power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12.9). God is not disappointed by our exhaustion, but he also doesn't want to leave us in that place. 

     Praying that God encourages your heart today. 
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).







Amy Buss
Human Resources
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04 January 2019

Immanuel - God with Us!

Today I'm at work on Christmas Day.  It's a reminder we have hope in Jesus Christ.  We celebrate the birth of the perfect Savior who is Immanuel--God with us!  It's also a reminder that God brings people here to Open Door Mission everyday that do not have this hope, that are searching, wondering what they believe.


20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).--Matthew 1:20-23

Just the last 2 days, these are some ways the Lord has brought divine appointments here at Lydia House.
  
--A mom of 4 kids, her parents and her husband's mom passed away, has a broken marriage with her husband and is desiring to repair it.  When I asked what she believed in she said, "Honestly, I don't know anymore. I know there is a higher power and people say I need to turn to God, but I just don't understand why things like this are happening."  I shared the Good News of the Gospel and shared the hope of Jesus--God with Us and invited her to come to church and learn even more about Jesus.  

--A single mom that won’t be able to see her kids until tomorrow was feeling sad because she can’t see her kids Christmas Day.  I reminded her of the Good News of the Gospel.  That it’s not about a day, we can celebrate Jesus everyday and think how blessed your kids will get to have 2 Christmas’s.  She then shared about how she has felt spiritually dead and is wanting to grow more and struggles with boundaries.  I shared about being in community and not just attending church but actually getting poured into.  I encouraged her to find people way more spiritually along and older than she is so she can learn from them.  She said she realizes she worries more about others than herself and needs to focus on herself and letting the Lord work in her life.

--A single dad with 2 kids who has made bad choices and struggles to follow rules.  I shared with him the Good News of Christ.  He said I keep making bad choices and I attract the wrong kind of people.  I shared the hope that Jesus brings us.  He said I know but I am Mexican and worry I won't be accepted in Church since the only churches I have been to are all white.  I shared with him some more diverse churches that pick up at Lydia House and said it's about a relationship with Jesus that brings us hope and changes our life forever.  He said he would check them out.


These are some situations you can lift up in prayer, that these people would meet Jesus in real and tangible ways.  I am reminded especially today, but every day that it is about Immanuel-God with us.  It is about bringing hope to those here on Christmas Day and every day they are here.  Hope is not found in social services, having money, having a place to call their own.  It’s so much more than that, it’s about Jesus because Jesus changes our lives, marriages, homes, hearts, character, behavior and our attitude.  And we have the privilege of sharing that hope with those around us everyday!


Jeff Wilson says: "The Christmas hope (Immanuel) is also a present hope – those who seek God, who come to God through His Son, will be sustained through present sufferings and will know peace and purpose in this life.

So, for grieving widows to abuse survivors to those suffering illness, disease, depression, doubt and fear.

For those who have made bad choices and despair of ever being able to repair what has been broken as a result of those choices.

For those who have experienced or are experiencing heartbreaking and confusing loss.

For those who were not loved growing up and have developed a hard layer to try to deaden the pain and insulate from any more pain.

For the widows alone, unable to sleep at night, remembering nights past and the laughter of family filling the house.

For the parents who feel overwhelmed and wonder how to build a family.

For those who feel insignificant …. lost …. alone.

For those who are weary and ready to give up.

For those who worry that the hour is too late for them to return.

This night, and the birth of this Child so long ago is meant to bring the hope of salvation.

He came to bring light to the world.

He is the gift.

May this gift bring you the hope of the realization that you are loved. The hope that a way to God has been made for you. That abundant life and abundant living can be found even here and even now."







Trudy Cummings
Lydia House Director
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