Thursday, May 14, 2020

Monthly Update - April 2020

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – April 2020 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

· Today is the 72-year anniversary of Israel becoming a nation (May 14th, 1948), and it seems like the world is ripe for the Lord’s harvest / rapture of the church! In Matthew 24:32-34, Jesus tells us the parable of the fig tree and how that “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Israel is described as a fig tree many times in Scripture, and in Psalm 90:10, Moses says that a generation will be between 70-80 years. So, we’re inside the window of the generation that saw Israel shoot forth her green leaves, so summer is night; let’s share the gospel like never before so that the upcoming harvest will be full of sons of God!

· We cleaned out our church’s kitchen during the pandemic, and more specifically we cleaned out our Morsels for Many food pantry on 4-7, see attached pic. We gave away 4-6 boxes of food in April, yet our little pantry doesn’t diminish, i.e. people keep donating and God blesses, PTL.

· B&A became full time Amazon employees on 4-19; we’ve very proud of this couple!

· BP volunteered to help in the A/V booth recently and he also volunteered to help us clean and disinfect the church after each of our recovery meeting, I’m so thankful for his contributions!

· We picked up a man @ City Union Mission and took to Garden City on 4-20.

· We took some clothes and shoes and snacks to another man @ the City Union Mission on 5-7, after his release from prison.

· Pat Lee started a “Community Comfort” outreach ministry on 4-25, as a way to let the community know that HBF is here for their spiritual and physical needs

· As many of you know, HBF has a jail ministry called Prisoner Of Hope (POH), but we’ve been unable to provide services for the inmates since November of last year, due to construction and now due to the Coronavirus. The construction is nearly completed at the jail, so please pray that they will allow us entry again soon, to share the good news of how souls can be made free through the truth!

· Life Issues started meeting physically again on 5-8, with social distancing but no childcare yet. Pat Lee summarized our quarantine period well by saying that “In light of recent events (COVID-19) it has been a real challenge to try to adapt from teaching in one venue, to going to a totally different one (virtual). Although it has been very hard to engage some because fear is running rampant, others seem to be adapting well to all this dramatic change. I think that it will help to get people engaged in Life Issues Pathway (TJH) more. Doing the Chapter overview was the shot in the arm that I think we definitely needed at this time. I have gotten so many calls and texts of encouragement, for doing this series and giving my testimony. Several have been from people who normally don’t attend Life Issues, so it has been especially encouraging to me and motivates me to try to go beyond my natural born limits! I am so thankful that the Lord has blessed us with this platform to share our testimonies and the gospel in these uncertain times—what a great and effectual door he has opened unto US! PTL!!

· [1Cor. 16:9 KJV] “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and [there are] many adversaries.

· [Col 4:3 KJV] “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:”

· In addition to maintaining our Life Issues website (www.lifeissuesonline.org), we started broadcasting one weekly meetings during this National emergency on our Facebook account (www.facebook.com/lifeissuesonline).

· I’m attaching a document with all of our contact info as well as links to our most recent videos / teachings, so feel free to catch up or check them out for the first time.

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


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Monthly Update - March 2020

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – March 2020 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

· Our Life Issues group cleaned the church on 3-6, but we don’t have to clean it in April due to the church not being in use; I’ll keep the group informed of future needs.

· We met with a Journey Pure rep, Brandy, and helped get one of her clients to the airport in 3-7, to go to a rehab in Tennessee!

· We were able to connect one of our former students to New Life Baptist Church in Clinton MO in early March, since he lives there now – PS he’s over 6 months sober too!

· The Joshua House donated clothes to one of our men when he began his job, so that he had some work clothes!

· Jim continues to write to a couple of inmates and learned that they didn’t have Bibles at the Jail, so we took a box of Bibles (21 Bibles) to the Cass County Jail on 3-18

· We had a discreet group of men help with an HBF workday on 3-21, attached are some pictures.

· I had my spiritual birthday on Friday, 3-13-20 (I was born again 28 years ago)!

· We had to cancel our group picture that we had planned to have taken on 3-27, as well as the leadership meeting that I had planned for today (4-4). We’re going to be late kicking off our fundraiser / Recovery Walk now, and I’m not sure if we’ll be able to have it at all this year?!

· Pat Lee got to lead a man to Christ on 3-29, using one of our church’s COVID 19 gospel tracts! Pat has been intentional about sharing his faith and was able to lead this man to Christ while he (the lost man) was outdoors fishing at a lake in Belton MO!

· I’ve stayed in contact with a homeless man (Roy), who called me from a hospital earlier this week after he had fallen 30 feet from a bridge that he was sleeping under, onto the asphalt below. The hospital had to cut his clothes off him, so he needed some more clothes, so I took him some on 4-1, Roy needs Jesus.

· One thing that we want to celebrate is Linda Jones’ retirement (3-27) after nearly 45 years as a Social Worker. We made a video with the help of her daughter, Stephanie, and hope you enjoy it; we love you Linda!

· Four of us men helped at the Shepherd’s Staff food pantry on 4-3; attached is a picture of my son and Sam H.

· We also took a homeless man (Shane) to the City Union Mission on 4-3; not too many places are taking in anyone right now, so I was thankful that he found housing.

· Lastly, I wanted to give you an update from my new friend in Nigeria; below is his testimony:

"Good day Steve. My name is X. I am from Nigeria. I live with my little brother which I am responsible of taking care of. 
I tried getting job but where I am from only the rich gets jobs. It takes only the Grace of God to secure a job here in Nigeria. 
In order not to starve and having my lil brother cry on me every day, I hacked into Steve's email. I think it was around February 11th not sure about the date. And I was soliciting for gift cards. I got a few. 
Not until when I saw his email. He said " Friend you need Jesus and quit stealing from people”: seeing his emails telling me to give him a call and text him. I felt bad knowing fully well that I hacked his email and was doing what I was doing. But I had no choice. Churches over there are not like the churches over here where you can walk up to the pastor and told him you're hungry and he gives you food. If you do that here, the pastor will ask to pray for you and that is it. Then pastor Steve and I started texting. 
At a point he requested to talk to me which I allowed. Then he preached to me about repentance and salvation and accepting that I am a sinner and what I did was against GOD's will. He told me about Proverbs 13 verse 11 which says, “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase." I thought of these words; it was exactly what I was doing. 
So, I called Steve and he prayed for me and let me know that he won’t turn me in, so I felt bold to talk to him. I pleaded with him and his wife for paying for what I did. I got $400 from using his email. 
Few days later after the whole scam thing, I got called back at a job I was once fired. and things where fine. I just want to apologize to everyone I must have hurt or offended with my actions. 
I AM SORRY. Especially to those who gave money to my scam. 
I Hope Y'all stay safe from COVID-19 and the cases are about a hundred here in Nigeria. "



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


Friday, March 6, 2020

Monthly Update - February 2020

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – February 2020 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

· One of our graduates, Dennis Bell, died on 2-5 due to a heart attack. Dennis was my age and we’ve known each other for over 20 years, so this was difficult, but he was a strong believer and he’s with the Lord and now healed of his cancer! Dennis’ funeral was well attended, and his son gave the message and God was glorified.

· On 2-5 we wrote reference letter and report for one of our leaders, Sara, to assist her in getting her Missouri Recovery Support Specialist - counsellor’s certificate!

· On 2-7 we sent TJH (recovery program) to a lady inmate.

· In January we began having childcare on Friday nights again, to help facilitate the Lily’s House girls. Mickie is in charge of this and she’s prepared a schedule and is working in different mom’s, so it’s a blessing to many!

· My email got email hacked on 2-7, which caused us a lot of difficulty, but after changing my password a couple of times, I sent a heart felt email to an unknown address which must have resonated with the hacker, because he responded to me with a broken and contrite spirit for causing me confusion. The hacker reset all the damaged he did and promised not to cause trouble again. I convinced him to call me and over the course of our conversation, my wife and I led him in a prayer of salvation, and I’m still in contact with him nearly daily, PTL.

· We helped a homeless couple with emergency housing on 2-10 & 2-11

· HBF updated our donation button on our website (www.lifeissuesonline.org) for simplicity, so try it out:-)

· A young lady, Heidi, prayed to be saved on 2-11 at our Tuesday night meeting, and a man and his girlfriend prayed to be saved on 2-14 after a Friday night message on “hope”!

· A couple of us helped a man and wife move their items out of a storage unit 2-17, to keep from losing them.

· I took a man from Jail to the Salvation Army on 2-19 for the Public Defenders Office, he had gotten saved in jail!

· We helped Hannah get her car licensed on 2-19, see attached picture.

· Sam celebrated 9 years sober on 2-21, he has attended Life Issues faithfully since our start / his start!

· Brian and Angie completed discipleship on 2-27, kudos to them and their disciplers (Mark and Laura).

· I transported a man from the Salvation Army to court and back on 2-26.

· Pat attended a Journey Pure workshop on 2-26, and one of their leaders, Brandy McCool attended LIM on 3-3-20. Brandy is a veteran and military liaison to the addicted and those suffering from PTSD.

· Pastor Vincent Barrea gave a great testimony on 2-25, and Mickie gave a great testimony on 2-28 (see pic); we also had a Christian comedian / fellow recovering addict (Bradley) give a great message on 2-28 (see pic)

· Life Issues will be taking its annual group picture on 3-27, so try to come out that night and be in it!

· Following is a testimony of a great young man that’s on a good path now, I hope you enjoy it… 

"Born in the year of 1994. My childhood was not your typical. However, in earlier years my Grandmother had sat me down at her bedside and we prayed an important prayer. A prayer I’ll never forget to this day. I was not at an age to comprehend exactly what it was I was doing but I wanted it. We prayed for Jesus to come into my heart I do remember that. Now, 15 years of age, I felt lost but now filled with rage from deep hurt inside. I was in high school and we know how that is, high school that is. Had found an outlet in sports like wrestling in fact and football. Inside, however, I was spiraling out control at Mach speeds. Progressing forward I had now become a flunkie, junkie, and bottom of the bottle metaphorically and literally (drunkard)(Addict). Now, I've sped up and I'm living a criminal lifestyle including couch to couch and house to house. This of course led me to which the behavior includes, and I too was no different, Incarceration. The unfurnished cold 4 walled box in which I knew most. Not only my prison I lived in my head and homes but a jail cell.

· God was not a thought since the special moment I kneeled with my grandmother I stated previously. Many years had passed and now I sit with a Class B felony above my head inside of jail. 3 days I had sat in complete solitary. The same place I heard of individuals picking up that Bible. Okay I had said to myself. Well you ain't got anything in here and you've been denied everything since your arrival. I bet they'll give ya one of those. I extended my arm and pushed on the silver button and out of a box comes the deputies voice and I in return send off my request for a Bible. I have to say, this is the only thing that moved quickly cause in about 2 min I had a paperback KJV heartland Baptist fellowship Bible. Couple pages in I found what my grandmother had done with me. A way in which to have salvation. The greatest decision I've made in 26 years of life. May of 2015 engulfed in darkness, violence, shackled in addiction, sin none the least, and oh so broken. I buckled to my knees weeping and confessing. Truly wanting and needing. Ultimately giving the Lord in a soppy mushy handful of tattered pieces which you couldn't recognize as a heart.... What I took from everything I read for my short stint from my cell was Jeremiah 1:5 and 1:19. I really was loved. Someone who didn't want to hurt me and who I thought was so heavy handed was everything but that. He set me apart and isolated me until I made the right choice. He handpicked me from even the womb. Wanted me so bad as too watching me kill myself in order to obtain me. (Imagine having to watch your child do this to themselves and patiently watch and wait until they listen in order to deliver them from deep anguish). Just the beginning to what is to come but that is my testimony… One simple prayer, one broken soul, and a heart. 3 simple ingredients. The only things i possessed. So, on two knees with a face wet I confessed the sinner I was and asked the Lord into my heart and to change and guide my ways. Through the very bible in which I see by my knees every Sunday @ HBF ..."


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