Wednesday, April 11, 2018

You are invited to join in the PTSD presentation by Dr. Carragher.

Dr. Carragher is the general director of Armed Forces Baptist Missions. He is a sought after speaker and teacher in the Baptist community.

He is the author of "Wounded Spirits" A study in the causes, symptoms, and treatment of the disease.

Dr. Carragher will be speaking at Life Issues on Friday April 13th. Many former addicts and those in recovery may experience various forms of PTSD.

Life Issues

A ministry of Heartland Baptist Fellowship

21203 E. 283rd St.

Harrisonville, MO 64701


* childcare is provided

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monthly Update - March 2018

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – March 2018 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

• Our whole life Issues group worked together to clean the church on 3-2, PTL!

• One of our men got a blessing in court on 3-5, and is now on 5 years of unsupervised probation! This same man got a promotion @ work, so God is giving him beauty for ashes in his life – Isaiah 61:3!

• On 3-4, our Tuesday night edition of Life Issues celebrated its 3-year anniversary of weekly meetings, Pat and the team are doing a great job, and we rejoice!

• One of our men got saved on 3-8 with Pat Lee!

• One of our lady’s got her teeth replaced on 3-10, she had lost several of them due to meth!

• We had two men, Chuck and Zach, obeyed the Lord in believer’s baptism and become members of HBF on 3-11 (see attached picture)!

• We sent our recovery material (The Journey Home – TJH) to a group in Sedalia MO on 3-11, who want to use it in their Jail ministry, so we’re excited to partner with them and see how God will use it!

• One of our men walked down a 6-year probation period on 3-16, so he’s a free man now!

• We have one student in the Salvation Army’s program and one in the City Union Mission’s program (both are in downtown KC), and both men are flourishing, for which we are so thankful!

• One of our senior ladies took a fall in early March and broke her are severely, and some of our folks took her meals for a couple of weeks; she is now back to church, meetings, and serving the Lord!

• We provided community service hours for one of the Drug Court students in March, by having him help paint the inside of our church for a couple of days, it was a win – win for both of us!

• We gave a married couple an emergency night’s stay in a motel on 3-24 and HBF gave them a whole week’s stay, until they got paid and were able to sustain themselves!

• Pat Lee and Chris continue to do a great work with the men at JH on Sunday nights, Pat reports that this Bible study has been profitable in many ways, and we are seeing the fruit!

• The final Friday of each month is always special, but this March (3-30) was extra special! Not only did we have a comedian lady who ministered to us with humor and special music, and not only did we take a group picture (45 adults present, plus kiddos), but we also graduated 3 people and 2 Alumni!

- Chuck and Rebecca are now Life Issues Alumni (we have 54 Alumni’s)

- Caleb, Danny, and Cameron graduated from our program (we have 15 graduates, and several others that have completed HBF’s discipleship course)

Mark (and his wife Laura) began leading the Prisoners Of Hope (POH) Jail ministry at the beginning of March! We are very proud of Mark and Laura and the team of men and women that go into the Cass County Jail every week, many of the folks we see at meetings are a result of the POH ministry, it’s one of our main pipelines of new folks (lol). We write and visit some folks while they’re incarcerated, and even minister to their loved ones on the outside when appropriate, while always upholding the law and never circumventing judgment. We believe that the powers that be are ordained of God (Romans 13:1), so we endeavor to work with local law enforcement officials to bring about true “corrections”, our niche being spiritual and issues of the heart. I am currently writing to two men in County, one of which is a repeat offender, but I’m going to visit him soon in hopes that he’s reached bottom this time and is ready to look up, the other has been a drug dealer with gang affiliation, who has now accepted Christ; I’m corresponding to him with our program and the journaling he is responding with is from a broken and contrite heart and one that is seeking Christ. I am speaking with his sister on the outside and she sees the difference in him, please pray for these souls with me.

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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Monthly Update - February 2018

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – February 2018 edition…

Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

· Life Issues had its seven-year anniversary on 2-4-18, and although the weather was inclement, about 25 of us showed up to watch the Super Bowl together and to celebrate this milestone!

· We helped a homeless man with emergency housing on 2-3 & 2-4

· One of our sponsors stated a 13-week “How to Study the Bible” class at HBF on 2-5!

· We got word that our Prisoners Of Hope (POH) jail ministry team, got to lead a man to Christ the first week of February, so we rejoice with the angels in heaven – Luke 15:10!

· Rose graduated from the Drug Court on 2-21 ; it took her 19 months to complete! Rose had about 15 family members present, including her mother; we’re so proud of her and this accomplishment, she’s over 800 days clean now!

· Caleb completed our program on 2-5, we’re so proud of him too!

· We sent a two-man delegation to the “Virtue and Valor conference” in Lee’s Summit on 2-3.

· We gave a man and his wife a tank of gas on 2-9, to help them have enough until pay day.

· Suzanne completed our D1 course the week of 2-11, and became a member of HBF on 2-18!

· Chuck became a member of HBF on 2-18 as well, PTL!

· Five people from our program went to Grandview and watched a Christian comedian on 2-18.

· We helped one of our poor lady students with her doctor bill (due to sickness) on 2-23.

· Rebecca is now 11 months clean and sober, and she got her license back on 2-23!

· Pat Lee (and Ray) helped get a man thru a detox program on 2-28 and then into a 6-8-month program at the Salvation Army on 3-1!

· One of our student’s and his wife are going to our church’s Marriage retreat on 3-16 & 3-17!

· Pat Lee and Chris  are remaining faithful to conduct a Bible study every Sunday night at the Joshua House, and are developing a good relationship with the guys there, and several of the guys are getting a good amount of sobriety time under their belt, PTL!

· Our Morsels for Many food pantry has been getting a lot of use and we’ve been able to give away 5 more boxes of food in February, along with some baby formula and baby food that was given to us!

· One of our student’s dad has fabricated a drop box for our food pantry, so we’re excited to be getting to use it and be better organized!

· We will be having our group picture taken by Teri  on 3-30, please invite all of our folks to be there that night, so that we’ll have a good group for the next trifold!

February was a very busy month, and I wasn’t able to get anyone to write a brief testimony, but I can share with you that there’s a lot of heartache, drama, and disappointments in this ministry. I talk with parents of the addicted and I get letters from the incarcerated, grieving for themselves or loved ones who have been deceived by the allure of drugs and alcohol. But God seems to always give me enough light in the darkness to press forward and enough wisdom to see and meet the needs of others through Christ and through his body of believers. I’m working with a new believer right now, who’s coming out of darkness and bondage, and it’s so refreshing to see the light come on in him. He is truly a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) old things are past away, behold all things are become new!

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