22 February 2019

Do People Die at Open Door Mission?

     This was a question a second grader asked me recently.
The answer, sadly, is yes. There have been deaths at the Mission over the years. Unfortunately, the people that come to us are not always in the best of health. Years of addiction and hardship take their toll on the body. It is always sad when someone in our care dies; though are comforted by knowing that at the last moments of their lives, they were respected, cared for and loved. In those last hours their most basic needs were met…food, a safe place to lay their head and hear the Gospel message. All who come to Open Door Mission are presented with the Gospel message. We know that God may call us at any time and we give everyone the opportunity to know Jesus and be saved. Sadly people do die, but we know in the end we have provided comfort and a chance at eternity in heaven. Help us continue to reach those in need of the basics, but especially the Hope of Christ.

Maggie Cope

Donor Relations Coordinator

21 February 2019

"Do You Believe in Miracles?"

“Do you believe in miracles?”

For most of his life, Daniel would have responded, “No.” From a young age, he had been convinced that God had it out for him; a theme that would continue throughout his life.

Right out of high school, Daniel joined the Marine Corps, following his father’s and grandfather’s legacies. He served for six years including time in the Lebanese Civil War, during which he survived a battle that took 241 of his brothers.

“I wouldn’t admit the war had affected me," said Daniel, "So I stuffed my feelings, which made me a good Marine. But I turned to alcohol for help sleeping and forgetting.”

In trying to overcome his alcoholism, Daniel quit, only to turn to drugs.
“Addiction has a way of taking you to rock bottom and making you think things aren’t as bad as they seem,” Daniel said. “It should have been the best time of my life, but I couldn’t appreciate it because I was so angry.”

In 2017, Daniel was arrested and felt relieved for a chance at sobriety. After 54 days in jail, however, his left foot began to swell and Daniel was diagnosed with a bone disease. A judge released him to Open Door Mission.

“As soon as I arrived, I met a staff member who told me, ‘You’re in the right place,’” said Daniel. “I was starting to see God’s hand in everything.”

Daniel soon began the New Life Recovery Program, and it was in one of his Bible classes that he gave his life to the Lord. Pat, the Men’s Center Director, baptized him shortly after.

Through all of this transformation, Daniel was still suffering from pain in his feet and legs. At Open Door Mission’s Free Health and Healing Clinic, he met Dr. Dale Agner, a faithful volunteer in the clinic.

“Dr. Agner was such a blessing – he prays with each of his clients,” said Daniel. “He told me that I would most likely lose both of my legs, but he took the time to walk me through the process and connect me with doctors to help with my amputation.”

Daniel lost the lower part of his left leg this past June to prevent the disease from spreading.

“All that anger at God came back,” said Daniel. “Why would He take away my leg as I’m trying to devote my life to Him? But Pat told me it was the other way around: God knew this would happen and brought me to the Mission to develop a relationship with Him before going through it.”

Throughout his time in the hospital, many staff members visited Daniel on their own time.

“At Open Door Mission, I am somebody, not just a number filling a bed,” said Daniel. “The team cares about me.”

After recovering from his amputation, Daniel had his right leg tested to see if the disease had spread. His doctor asked, “Do you believe in miracles?”

There was no sign of disease – Daniel’s right leg had been completely healed! He no longer even needed corrective shoes!

“Open Door Mission is a place where you can truly see God’s miracles every single day in the staff, donors, and volunteers,” Daniel said.

In September, Daniel received his prosthetic leg, and he couldn’t be prouder of it.

“I like to wear shorts whenever I can to show it off,” said Daniel. “This leg truly is the greatest blessing God could’ve given me because, without it, I would’ve run right into the grave.”

Daniel graduated from the New Life Recovery Program in December and is now working on staff, ministering to men who were lost in hopelessness like he once was. God has been providing opportunities for Daniel to minister both to fellow veterans and amputees, using his story for His glory.

Because of YOU, miracles happen every day at Open Door Mission. Thank you!

Beatrice Jones

Content Marketer

20 February 2019

Tales from the Schoolyard

     One of my many blessings at Open Door Mission is speaking to students of
various ages. After I have spoken the students write a few sentences about what they learned or their reaction to the information about homelessness and poverty. In the following Wednesdays I will be sharing “Tales from the Schoolyard”. These will be their words, not mind. These will be their thoughts and concerns about homelessness in the metro area. Young people are very compassionate and caring, it shows in their writings. I hope you will enjoy reading Tales from the Schoolyard.

Maggie Cope

Donor Relations Coordinator

19 February 2019

Businesses Making a Difference

Thank you Home Instead Senior Care for volunteering at our Timberlake Outreach Center! They spent a couple of hours sorting, organizing, and shelving donations that will bless working poor families and individuals who come to supplement their income.

Would you consider volunteering with your office or business? It is a great way to get out in your community, make a difference, and allow staff to get to know each other. Make your business known for caring about the hungry and homeless!

We have opportunities for any size group at a variety of times throughout the week. Click below for more information.

Kristen Dineen

Public Relations Coordinator

18 February 2019

Precious Gifts from God

     A newborn baby is a gift from God that gives hope to the world. Just imagine not having a home to bring your baby to. At Open Door Mission, we have new mothers coming to us from the hospital and the streets. To give these mothers joy and happiness, Open Door Mission provides newborn clothes, blankets and bottles, all the “Baby Shower” items to welcome this new life. You can make a difference in the life of a new mother and her baby by shopping for the “Virtual Baby Shower.” Check out Open Door Mission registries at Amazon, Target and Walmart (first name: Lydia, last name: House), then shop and have the items delivered directly to Lydia House. Not only will you be blessing a new mother and baby, you will have the blessing of knowing you gave hope.

Maggie Cope
Donor Relations Coordinator

15 February 2019

There Ought to Be a Law

This is NOT illegal in any state

This is illegal in 50 states 

      Did you know that in in all 50 states it is a misdemeanor to leave a pet outside in the cold? I several states it is a felony, punishable with fines and jail time. Yet there is no law against a human being (a Homeless person) being left outside! I am a pet lover, I have two adopted cats, and it breaks my heart to see animals left to fend for their selves in the cold. However, it breaks my soul and heart to see the homeless living on the streets in this frigid weather. Even worse…families, the children, the mentally compromised and the sick. How can we as Christians treat others this way? We are to care for the less fortunate, so let us be about our Father’s business. Please consider donating to Open Door Mission: food, winter clothing, blankets, boots, warm socks, your time, your prayers and even monetary donations. These all make a difference, sometimes a matter of life or death.

Maggie Cope

Donor Relations Coordinator

14 February 2019


There are many things about our world that don't make sense in an earthly way. And during my time here at Open Door Mission, I've found that the driving factor behind these situations is LOVE.

Love can encourage a homeless man to finally decide to get off the streets. Love can melt the heart of a drug dealer. Love can speak to a prison inmate. Love can embolden a mother to leave a domestic violence situation. Love can completely transform an angry and bitter heart. Love can cause a Father to sacrifice His Son.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

This Valentine's Day, let's celebrate the LOVE that makes no earthly sense. And may we be fortunate enough to have that love be what defines us.

Beatrice Jones

Content Marketer

12 February 2019

"To God be the Glory!"

I'd like to give special congratulations to my friend Ms. Paulyne who was
awarded the IMA (Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance) President's Award last month!

She is 90+ years young and still teaching a weekly Bible Class at the Lydia House. She had the best acceptance speech ever: "To God be the glory!" Rejoice with us in her accomplishments and contributions to the community. She is such a blessing!

Candace Gregory


08 February 2019

How Do I Love Thee?

     Valentine’s Day is coming and thoughts of love are in the air. It seems everyone is trying to find the best expression of love to share. Have you considered showing your love for others through Open Door Mission? Let me count the ways: 1) New Underwear-would you really want to wear someone else’s underwear?  2) Toilet paper-a gift of cleanliness 3) Food-a gift that warms the body and soul 4) Hats, scarves, gloves and mittens-it is still cold outside 5) Blankets, quilts and sleeping bags-serving more people than ever before. Share your love for others by providing much needed items for Open Door Mission. You can make a difference in the lives of others by giving Hope.

Maggie Cope
Donor Relations Coordinator