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…

Monthly Update - January 2018

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

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

· We were able to help one of our folks get a job in early January, PTL!

· A couple of our leaders are playing volleyball in HBF’s league, that lasts till the middle of March, and are having fun ministering via sports!

· We gave away an average of 4 boxes of food each month in 2017 and gave away 5 in January. We did purchase $90 worth of food on 1-6, but most everything that we’ve given away has been donated by HBF! One of our student’s dads is fabricating a drop box to be placed outside of HBF’s kitchen, so that people can drop off food items that they want to donate to our Morsels for Many food pantry.

· One of our students completed a 21-day in-house treatment program at Pathways in January.

· One of our students quit smoking in January, we’re very proud of them!

· We sent a two-man delegation to Louisburg KS on 1-12, to a Reformers Unanimous meeting, to hear a guest speaker and to fellowship with their recovery group.

· The wife of one of our students accepted Christ on 1-21, while visiting her parents church; I’m personally touched and thrilled by how God is working in this family!

· We gave $100 towards a lady’s motel bill on 1-22, where she is temporarily living.

· Skip H., a professor at a Bible College, came down to Life Issues on 1-26 and delivered a stirring testimony of God’s deliverance in his life, and how he is now leading substance abuse counselling classes and other recovery type efforts in a neighboring area!

· A couple of us helped the good folks at a local crisis pregnancy center, move to a new location on 1-27. There were over 50 people from other churches and groups in the community that came out to help, which encouraged their team and lifted up their weary hands, what a blessing it was for all parties!

· My wife and 8-9 others from Life Issues, attended HBF’s Lady’s Retreat on 1-27, where they heard a pastor’s wife from Iola KS share God’s working in her life and give practical life lessons from the Bible!

· Jordan also gave a stirring testimony to a standing room only crowd on 1-30; we’re so excited about what God is doing in her life and how he’s using her in the lives of others! These testimonies have the ability to change lives in ways that neither Pat’s nor my messages can, hallelujah!

· In-spite of some always present disappointments, things are on the up-swing at Life Issues and it seems that God is positioning us to meet the needs of addicts and others with life issues in 2018. A couple of men that recently got out of jail are doing well, one is starting our program and another just got into Joshua House. I’m going to start discipling a new person, and there’s another getting ready to graduate, all glory to our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ! Below is the testimony of another man who’s doing well!

· Danny’s Story… “I was saved when I was 5 years old. Although young I remember the place and the conviction of my sin. God became my savior that day. Although I was saved I always had a secret addiction. I’ve been up-and-down with my struggles with it but in the last five years it has really gotten the best me. Many times I’ve been at the end of my rope looking at the things I love the most being ripped away for me. About six months ago I was in a very tough place and facing a hard decision of either saying “no” to my addiction or losing my family. I found HBF online and God lead me to Steve and the Life Issues program. Steve, Pat, and Jim were there for me and helped me turn from my addiction and turn to God. I still struggle daily but I have found so much support and encouragement from everyone at Life Issues. I have high hopes of being completely free from the chains of my addiction and free to follow Christ with my whole heart. Praise the Lord.

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

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Monthly Update - December 2017

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – December 2017 edition…

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

· Our daughter-in-law, Brenda, gave her testimony on 12-19, it was great and she connected with others with the things that the Lord has brought her through. We are very proud of Brenda and our son, Luke, they now lead the High School group at HBF.

· One of our students plays Santa and rings the bell for the Salvation Army at Walmart (and maybe other places) at Christmas time; but he visited Life Issues on 12-15 and got pictures with about 17 children. We were able to give goodie bags to the children and it was a great night, thanks to all who helped!

· Our Angel Tree project grew into a big undertaking, but Mark and Laura rose to the occasion and raised support from HBF’s Adult Bible Fellowships, and were able to grant presents (multiple) to 22 children from 9 different families. It was humbling and an honor to help distribute to those kids!

· HBF filled 26 boxes of food for a Christmas dinner for needy families, and I got to help deliver some of them that went to Life Issues families, another humbling and fulfilling experience.

· The person, whose testimony was in last month’s update, wrote to me this month and let me know that he and another inmate got to lead another man to Christ in December, how refreshing!

· Our student who went into treatment on 11-27 got out and was able to get into Joshua House. On 12-23 he visited Rock Brook Church and gave his heart to Jesus / got saved; we’re very happy for him!

· Pat Lee and Chris are continuing to lead a Bible study on Sunday nights at Joshua House and it is bearing fruit. A former student recently got out of jail and is in there and is growing and attending!

· Rose gave her testimony on 12-29, and it was a sweet one. Rose is 800+ days clean now and will graduate from Drug Court in a month or so and we are very proud of her. Rose is a hard-working single mother that is very giving and also helps bring others to meetings and recovery!

· Life Issues received a year-end, electric wheel chair donation, from a friend of our ministry that lives in Springfield MO. We’re not settled on who will benefit from it yet, but it’s a several thousand dollar gift that we are thankful for and trusting God to utilize as he sees fit.

· One of our lady students moved out of town earlier in 2017, shortly after accepting Christ, but her and her two kids are back now and she’s employed but homeless. On 12-31 they were notified that some faithful believers from a local church in Harrisonville, which knew of her plight, donated $1500 to cover the security deposit and first month’s rent of a house that they were looking at; we rejoice to see how the Lord uses his church to care for his children!

· We had about 20 souls attend our New Year’s Eve celebration, one lady told me that she didn’t know how it could have been any better, another man told me that it was the best event that we’ve had!

· I am approaching 2018 by faith and expectancy, knowing that God is on the move in our midst; below are the sweet words of a man who came to us a little over a year ago and is now a member of our church and is being discipled…

My name is Kevin. I’ve been residing at the Joshua House for about 6 months. My hurts, habits, and hang-ups included alcohol, meth, marijuana, codependency, and anger. Well…. those issues have met their match! I thrive with structure and accountability. I am now saved and serve Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I am a member of a church where I’m currently enrolled in discipleship classes. I also participate in Celebrate Recovery and Life Issues groups. I have a good job and I work hard! I am productive and a VALUABLE member of society. For some, this may not seem like such a big deal. For me, this is all simply a miracle. If you are anything like me, and struggle with life hindering issues, you need to come check out the Joshua House.

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