Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Monthly Update - April 2018

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

· We made a church-wide announcement for the need of food for our Morsels for Many (food pantry) in April, and HBF responded in a big way, so we were able to restock the shelves and also give away 3 boxes of food in April, thanks church family!

· HBF had their Vision Conference from 4-8 thru 4-15 that a few of our folks attended, it was an amazing time that you could still listen to by going to 
· One of our men celebrated 3 years sober in April.

· Some of our leaders went together and bought a walker for a handicapped sponsor on 4-9.

· Three of our leaders went with a team of people to visit a Veteran’s home in Warrensburg MO on 4-14, with author, speaker, and retired Army Sergeant Major Doug Carrigan; they led one man to Christ there!

· There were also 3 salvations directly related to Life Issues in April, and a couple of other professions of faith that I know about through our leaders, so I’m rejoicing with the angels in heaven – Luke 15:10!

· One of our leaders helped one of our students to sell some things on eBay, to them make some money.

· I participated in a memorial service for one of our former supporter’s mother on 4-16, and he let me know that she had been sober for the last 5 years of her life, after having gotten saved via our church’s ministry!

· We helped a husband and wife obtain steel-toed work shoes on 4-18, so that they could work at WCA.

· We paid for one night’s stay at a motel for a homeless lady on 4-24.

· One of our students got his license a couple of months ago, but was able to get a clean title on his vehicle in April, then get it inspected & licensed on 4-30, so he’s now legal and on the road and very thankful!

· One of our students was accepted into a group home in Peculiar, and they moved in there on 4-30.

· We currently have 5 folks going through our program locally and a couple more that are incarcerated!

· We were able to provide community service to several people in April and at our garage sale!
· One of our leaders, Brenda W., received her Master of Art in Organizational Development degree on 5-5, we’re really proud of her and her accomplishments!

· AMC theaters gave us 12 movie tickets for our Recovery Walk last fall and they gave us 10 more recently, so we plan to take everyone (at least 22 people) who helped with the Garage Sale to a movie on 5-19!

An anonymous donor gave us $1000 in April, and we raised another $3800 (a record for us) at our Garage Sale on 5-4 & 5-5, so Life Issues is fully funded going into the summer. We still have to haul away all the things that didn’t sell, but I was amazed at all the things that were donated. I’m guessing that it would have taken 2 semi-trucks to hold all that was donated, and by God’s grace we sold most of it. We had an army of volunteers and I won’t try and name them except to say THANKS! This was a team effort that the Drug Court clients assisted our volunteers with, so we’re thankful for them partnering with us! I will mention that Jim W. was the leader of this effort; he spent the last 2+ months accumulating items at the facility that was loaned to us for free, and he and his wife, Brenda, did an amazing job of organizing and displaying items, as well as selling them!

The highlights of the Garage Sale for me, were seeing people get something/s that truly fit a need in their life; one lady spent over an hour going through piles of clothes and picking out things for her kids. We began to dialogue with her some and found out that she’s going through a divorce and was in dire need, so we decided to just give her all four boxes of items that she wanted. Another lady came to shop and realized that we were the recovery group that she had attended a couple of years ago, at the beginning of her recovery, so she spent the next 4 hours volunteering and helping us, and then her and her husband came to our meeting that night! Many good contacts were made, I personally witnessed to a half dozen folks and prayed with one man who’s struggling. Another couple that we met at the Garage Sale, are coming to a meeting tonight, so many secondary things took place in addition to raising funds!

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

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…