Monday, January 6, 2020

Monthly Update - December 2019

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – December 2019 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

· Life Issues was able to give out over 25 boxes of food in 2019, to the hungry in our community, via our Morsels for Many food pantry!

· Jim has been writing to multiple incarcerated men in December, which has been a blessing.

· Kevin Frost became a peer specialist thru Missouri Credentialing Board on 12-9!

· Life Issues helped one of our men with a car part and repair bill on 12-10, to enable him to get to work and church, PTL!

· HBF helped one of our folks with their electric bill on 12-12!

· One of our ladies got full custody of her son in court on 12-19!

· HBF assembled several Christmas boxes of food, which benefited several of our Life Issues folks, so it was a blessing to see folks giving and receiving with thankfulness!

· We worked with a local business to give two faithful students $290 for Christmas, to help with their bills! This married couple let me know that they have their bills paid up for the first time in a few years; I’m so thankful for this businesses’ desire to help the less fortunate in our community!

· I celebrated 34 years at my job on 12-23, and started number 35!

· We gave away a box of Bibles in 12-29, along with some John and Romans, to a women’s shelter for distribution!

· On 12-20 we celebrated Christmas by having one of the ladies from Lily’s House give her testimony, it was amazing and an 18 minute video of it can be found on our website; It was a big night for us; one of our men played Santa Claus and we gave out gifts, took pictures, and enjoyed pizza together after the testimony! There were over 70 adults and 15 children at this event, and a couple of people professed Christ, it was an amazing night, thanks to all who helped!

· One of the men that we’ve worked with and written to while incarcerated, has been released for about a month now, and was accepted into Joshua House on 12-30, here is his testimony… 

“I used to ask the man in the mirror to change his ways. Those unknown ways that continued to tilt my behavior had me condemned, and lost, without hope, on my way to hell, and I was in Adam. Not only was I in a physical prison, but I was in the devil's prison, controlled and in bondage by my sinful nature (Eph. 2:12; 4:18, 19; Romans 5:12; Galatians 5:19-21).

· I thank God that I found the gospel; as I continued to make bad choices, and hit my rock bottom, and look for help. I found Life Issues and a church (Heartland Baptist Fellowship), a group of men and women who will look in the mirror with me and help me address my sin and behaviors with a spiritual stand point. With my new brothers and sisters in Christ cramming the gospel down my throat, and encouraging me to read my Bible, I decided to real all of the New Testament, it changed my life. It was a point in my life where I was still fighting a war within myself, still holding onto some sin, in a mental prison, that’s the condition God found me in!!

· The New Testament had me realize that I no longer had to fight this war myself, that I couldn’t win the war by myself, that I couldn’t win the war by myself anyways. That’s when I gave it all to God, every single little thing I asked God to release me from the bondage of sin that controlled my life. I asked God to come into my life and I repented sincerely for all my sins.

· A new freedom came over me, I could feel the Holy Spirit, and even though I was in a physical prison it doesn’t really matter anymore, because I was free on the inside!!! And I was not alone anymore, God took me out of Adam and placed me in Christ (1 Corinthians 6:11)! I thanked God that he sent his son to die for my sins (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

· As I kept reading my Bible, I prayed and thanked God for his grace and for helping me to be the new man that I am still working on today (Ephesians 4:20). I cannot self-correct problems before they even happen. The Holy Spirit speaks to me and tells me not to do certain things. It’s a process and because of my new gratitude and love for the Lord, I’m more obedient, my language is cleaned up too. I’m not sinless, but I do sin less. I have new hangouts, I go to cleaner places, and talk to Godly people. My relationships are built around Christ, his word and the church. There’s great fellowship and supernatural love for my brothers in Christ, and for the brothers that mentored me, or had my back when I was at the lowest point in my life. As the new creature, I stopped running my own life and let God, the Holy Spirit direct me (Proverbs 3:5, 6; Romans 8:14).

· I surrender everything to him, and the new man and new Journey and adventure begins to happen. This is the new life and journey I am working on still today. I have only got started - Jason

Sincerely, Steve Fleshman – Life Issues pastor and founder, Proverbs 4:23…

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Monthly Update - November 2019

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – November 2019 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

• I officiated Kim Riggs’ Funeral on 11-7, and gave a heart felt message and shared the gospel and invited folks to receive Christ; more than one person raised their hand to be saved!!!

• One of our ladies celebrated 1 year clean in early November and one of our men celebrated 1 year clean on 11-30!

• I got to baptize one of our guys, and a couple of other folks at HBF on 11-10, see attached pic!

• We sent a letter & some literature to CCJ inmate on 11-15.

• We helped give furniture to Joshua House on 11-14, for their second sober living home. We rejoice that they now have capacity to help up to 10 men with transitional living, PTL!

• Life Issues partnered with HBF to help a couple with their house payment on 11-18.

• We sent a small delegation to John Manning’s Christ Centered Recovery Group in Butler MO on 11-18 to enjoy their musical presentation and support their recovery group.

• An inmate that we’ve been writing to for a couple of years, got released from prison on 11-21, so we’re excited for his reentry into society, and we’ll be here to help him be successful.

• Mailed TJH to inmate in Florida in mid-November - I got word in late November that he’s reading it!

• Pat Lee gave his testimony on 11-29, right after Thanksgiving, and one lady gave her life to Christ!

• My son, Luke, and I went to Israel on 11-23 and returned on 12-3, I’m attaching a couple of pictures that are special to me, one is with Luke and I and the actual Menorah that the Jews plan to use in the third temple. The other picture is of me on the temple mount with the Eastern Gate behind me, which is bricked up now, but prophesied that Jesus will return through there when he comes back!

• Thanksgiving has come and gone, and our focus turns to Christmas. Life Issues will be having Santa come to our meeting on 12-20, for pictures and to give out gift bags to boys and girls.

• HBF will be giving Christmas boxes of food to needy families in our community and are collecting food items until 12-18; please call our office (816-380-3033) if you would like to contribute.

• We ordered and received Life Recovery Bibles, to give as award for those who complete our program.

• Jim Stovall is finalizing a snack schedule for the first 6 months of 2020, please let him know if would like to assist in this effort and aren’t currently on the list.

• We rejoice to be working with Lily’s House, here is a brief testimony of one of the ladies living there (S.):
I came to the Lily’s House on August 19th, 2019 and I showed up with a little over 6 months sobriety under my belt, yet I was still really lacking something. I know without a doubt that it was God leading me here. He knew exactly the right people to place in my life and the perfect environment to foster the growth he was about to have me go through, for me to draw close to him. Although I was saved, I personally needed to pray the prayer of salvation again to ask for forgiveness for the last few years. Steve helped me with that on one of our Friday night meetings. I finally let go of the same things I had been carrying around for quite a long time. From then on, with the help from the Vick’s and a whole team of people, the Lord has blessed me with, His peace began to fill my head, my heart, and my life like I’ve never experienced. I wake up each day with a joy that’s unstoppable now, and I can’t express the amount of gratitude I have for Him delivering me from darkness.

Sincerely, Steve Fleshman – Life Issues pastor and founder, Proverbs 4:23…

Monday, November 11, 2019

Monthly Update - October 2019

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – October 2019 edition… Below are some bullet points of

the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

* We teamed up with Joshua House to get a homeless man a motel room for the first two weeks of
October, so that he could stay local and keep a job! This young man is doing well and now has a more affordable and more permanent place to stay and comes to church and meetings regularly!

* We placed an order for more recovery literature, because we’ve given away quite a bit lately!

* Our grandson and one of our ladies got baptized on 10-13, see attached picture (we’re very proud of these folks)!

* Although it was a little rainy at the first part of the event, several of us helped serve at HBF’s annual Harvest Party on 10-19. This is a great outreach to the community, and I was proud of all our leaders and students that ministered to others that day!
* I’m thankful to communicate that one of our couples were awarded full custody of the wife’s kids on 10-21

* We had 6 folks qualify to receive Alumni tags in October, attached is a picture of 4 of them with me!

* A highlight for one of our leaders, was to tell me that the man he’s discipling got to lead an elderly
lady to Christ in October! This was a precious development that thrilled all involved!

* The owner of Joshua House, Jeff Parham, gave a great testimony at our 10-25 meeting, attached is a picture of him and his wife with the guys living there.

* Life Issues helped a lady and her baby with her electric bill on 10-25, and we partnered with HBF to help a different lady with her electric bill on 10-27.

* I took a man to the Salvation Army on 11-1-19, for the good folks at West Central Action Agency.

*One of our men has been accepted into the Cass County Drug Court and should be starting mid-November.

* We gave away over 4 boxes of food in October and had to go shopping to restock our Morsels for

* Many food pantry; we’re thankful to be able to provide for the hungry in our midst!

* I wanted to announce that my son and I will be traveling to Israel at the end of this month (11-23 through 12-3). We will be part of a group of 85+ other American’s from Living Faith Bible Fellowship churches, and we’re very excited! This will be great father / son experience that will change our lives forever, by being in the Holy Land together, here’s a website with some pics of what we’ll see:

Lastly, and on a less happy note, one of our students, Kim Riggs, died early in the morning on 11-1-19. Kim experienced an accidental death by falling down the stairs in his home and hitting his head. He had a bad wreck a little over a year ago in which he had broke his neck, so he had some paralysis and had difficulty walking and fell easily. Kim started coming to our meetings in February 2013 and had attended about 130 meetings. His funeral will be on Thursday (11-7) at 1pm. Visitation will be held from 11am until service time at 1pm. Services will be held @ Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill MO, here’s their website for directions, details, and Kim’s obituary: . Please feel free to attend and support his family and pass this onto others who may want to attend.

Sincerely, Steve Fleshman – Life Issues pastor and founder, Proverbs 4:23…