Thursday, May 23, 2019

Monthly Update - April 2019

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

The Tuesday night meetings are going well and are well attended, Pat Lee is doing a great job of leading it!

We gave away 3 boxes of food in April!

Our group signed and sent a card to an inmate on 4-1.

One of our students started our program, The Journey Home on 4-3.

Several of our students went door-to-door to invite folks to HBF’s Easter service!

One of our students completed a 30-day in-house treatment and is now back home and coming to meetings; this person had court recently too and was allowed to stay in the free world and on probation, and they are thankful!

One of our ladies is now 8 months clean, and her husband is 6 months clean, great team-work!

A couple of our men went to a men’s retreat on 4-12 & 4-13!

The Prisoners Of Hope (POH) jail ministry had a young man trust Christ as his saviour in mid-April – Luke 15:10!

We supported another fundraiser that’s trying to get Bibles into the Philippines, on 4-22.

One of our students got out of jail and into Aminta House in late April.

One of our student’s aunts joined HBF on Easter (4-21).

Our recovery group cleaned the church on 4-26; I appreciate all those who pitched in and helped us old folks!

I visited one of our graduates, who has cancer on 5-1 and is struggling with the side-effects of chemo.

We helped a man with some gas money on 5-2.

One of our ladies graduated from our program (TJH) on 4-2; she also phased-up to her final stage in another program that she’s in, below is her testimony…

 I grew up in a home where violence and drugs were okay, God was never a part of my life growing up. When I got older, I decided to try drugs, something I always swore I’d stay away from. From 2013 through 2017 I was with a very abusive man mentally, physically and emotionally I ended up having two kids with this guy. In July of 2017 I decided to numb my pain with cocaine and meth for the very first time, biggest mistake of my life. It’s like once I started there was no slowing down.

 A few months went by that only felt like days and next thing I know my life fell apart overnight; my son and I got shot, cops ended up raiding my house and finding a lot of drugs etc. The state stepped in and took my kids they went to my grandparents, thank the Lord for that blessing. That should have been a wakeup call, but it wasn’t, it just sent me lower than I already was. May of 2018, they issued a warrant for my arrest I couldn’t take the pain of losing everything and going to jail so I tried to hang myself. The Lord was looking over me that day, as soon as I did it one of my buddies walked in and grabbed me. Cowardly way out, but I wasn’t thinking about anybody’s pain but my own. A couple of weeks later, the Johnson County Kansas police caught up to me and I ended up going to jail there to wait for my transfer back to Missouri.

When I got transferred back to Bates County, I stuck to myself. I always thought the woman in the pod were strange, they prayed every night before bed, till I realized all you got in life is your faith. A few weeks in there and I started to go to church, reading my bible, and doing bible studies with the girls. I can’t tell you how many times a day I prayed to God.

 In August of 2018 God answered my prayers and I got released to the Lily House, a shelter for women. Being there I would have to go to groups; Life Issues was one of those. This program excepted me for who I was, they didn’t judge nothing, they just encouraged me to be better and gave that helping hand of support that every struggling person needs. August 12th, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Since this day I have stayed involved with the church, completing the Journey Home and going to Life Issues. I continue on the path the Lord wants me on and in return he keeps blessing me with many things. The state released my custody case with my kids an they’re back with me full time, I have almost a year of sobriety and I have a job to support my family again, the right way. Without the support from the Lily House and the church I would not be at where I am today.

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monthly Update - March 2019

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

· We gave emergency housing to lady on 3-8.
· One of our students returned home from Teen Challenge on 3-8 after completing 4 months
· A new person signed up for Covenant Eyes on 3-5, for online monitoring of electronic devices. We offer this confidential service for free, to anyone desiring sexual purity and accountability.
· The man that graduated from the Salvation Army in February, got into the Joshua House on 3-7 and began going through our discipleship 1 (D1) ministry on 3-16.
· One of our ladies celebrated 200 days clean on 3-10 & completed TJH on 3-29! Her husband celebrated 150 days clean and completed TJH on 3-24; we’re very proud of this couple!
· Kevin F. completed D1 on 3-17, he made the third person in one month to complete our program!
· Pat Lee submitted his recovery workbook (The Journey Home) to the publisher on 3-15! This submittal represents over 3 years of work, and although it will take several months longer to get published, we’re very excited about how God is going to use this material in our ministry as well as in jails and prisons and other recovery groups!
· I took a man to Salvation Army on 3-19 for the public defender’s office, since this man had no one else.
· I signed Life Issues up on the business app called “Alignable”, so connect with us if you’re on that app too.
· I got to baptize on of our student’s aunts on 3-20, PTL!
· We Helped a lady get into Healing house on 3-21 (she relapsed and got kicked out a week later).
· We helped one of our students with gas money on 3-22 and helped a couple with their electric bill on 3-26.
· We had a new lady (one of our student’s mom) starting D1 on approximately 3-24.
· We helped one of our former students with emergency housing on 3-25 and with a ride from Sedalia to Belton, late one night.
· Another one of our students was accepted into the Welcome House on approximately 3-25.
· One of our former students, Brenda, died 3-28 and I did her funeral on 4-2 and shared the gospel with many! Thankfully she was saved, therefore she’s with the Lord and doing well today!
· We had great testimonies at the end of March; there were over 50 people there on 3-39 for our group pic!
· Check out Brian P’s testimony below, after completing our program…

My name is Brian; after recently finishing The Journey Home (Life Issues' recovery program) I would like to encourage all Life Issues members to consider taking The Journey Home as well. I found it to be very enlightening and edifying. It is complete and concise. A work which takes the recovering addict through the stages of brokenness, sanctification, and forgiveness. Through prayer and worship, you will begin to understand that the journey is a lifelong undertaking of salvation and sobriety. If you have gone to the considerable effort to get clean, you might as well go all the way. During your journey, you will see how pride and pleasure seeking, create an atmosphere of shame, confusion, and self-deception. How we take power away from God, to whom it belongs, and use it for our own selfish ends. How combining the Holy Spirit with our natural conscience through salvation and strengthening it with the word of God creates within us a renewed and empowered mind with the ability to control our fleshly desires and overcome our flesh. Only a renewed strengthened mind, coupled with resolve to obey God can achieve this.

You will learn how the true source of power, the word of God, strengthens our minds through his Holy Spirit, enabling us to resist our fleshly desires. Until such a time as we are absent from our flesh bodies, the war between Spirit and flesh rages on, battle upon battle. The Journey Home equips the believer with the winning weapons of our war; salvation, the Holy Spirit, and the word of God, coupled with our conscience. These truly emerge as a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet (Psalm 119:105). A wise man once told me that "Christians take ground, we do not give it. You can always take one more hill. It's not how we fall, we all stumble, it's how we rise to fight again (Pr. 24:16a)."

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Monthly Update - February 2019

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

- It seems like a long time ago in some ways, but not long at all in other ways, but Life Issues celebrated it’s 8-year anniversary on 2-3 @ our Super Bowl Party, there were about 25 people present and plenty of food and fellowship.

- We took a man for a 21-day rehab on 2-7, and there seems to have been a breakthrough there for him as he was able to give his burden of resentment to the Lord; he is now back in church and coming to meetings!

- We gave a box of food to a lady and her son on 2-7, who were in a local motel.

- We helped a man purchase some work clothes on 2-8, after he got out of jail.

- One of our leaders helped a former student and his wife move on 2-9.

- One of our leaders and I did an in-home visit with one of our graduates who has bone cancer. Right now, the cancer is in remission, but the treatment has taken a toll on his health and he isn’t able to work right now. Please pray for this man and his family, for the Lord to provide for his need.

- Another leader and I visited Community Linc in downtown KC on 2-27, it is a 30-year-old organization with the goal of eliminating homelessness in Kansas City. We went there to see how they run things and to determine if we can send folks there for help; we really appreciated the 2-hour presentation and tour and hope to keep in contact with them to see how we can partner in the future.

- A couple of us went to one of our student’s graduation at the Salvation Army on 2-27, and we were thrilled to see this man’s daughter present as well. This program took 6 months to complete and we’re very proud of him and are excited that he will be moving into the Joshua House (the Stovall’s and myself were present).

- We had a couple of meeting cancellations in February due to weather conditions and had to cut one meeting short due to bad weather, this continues to be a hard winter!

- We visited a lady in Cass County Jail recently and are in communication with her mother, to help determine a home plan for her, it looks like she may get into Healing House in March.

- Although we had 2 folks graduate from our program last month, we’ve got a good crop of folks coming along and working our program! There’s 5 folks going through The Journey Home program, 6 in HBF’s D1 material, 3 in D2, and 2 of our leaders are in HBI, so I’m excited of how the Lord is using us to fulfill his great commission!

- On February 17th we helped a man with some gas money and paid for a month of minutes and data on his phone, to give him a vote of confidence that he wants to change. Although I know that I mostly share the good things that happen in Life Issues, I thought it necessary to share some negative things as well, to help us all understand the illogical actions and consequences of drugs and alcohol. This man got drunk a couple of weeks later and spoke of taking his life but ended up getting nearly home one night after talking to his sponsor, myself, and family members, but then drove off in a field and was found by the police under a tree in the snow. Anyway, it was sub-freezing temps and he’s fortunate to be alive, but he resisted arrest and is now in custody. I’m thankful for our law enforcement officers and I know that this man’s story is not over yet, but it grieves me to care about these folks while feeling so powerless to help them. Please pray for this man and for the next chapter in his life’s story to have a better outcome!

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