Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Monthly Update : May & June 2021

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – May / June 2021 edition. Below are the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last couple of months (and some upcoming items):

· Chris C. has been leading meetings every other week since April, it’s great have this young man exercising his gifts and abilities in helping to lead our group!

· Rebecca W. was blessed in court in early May and was allowed to home plan out to Healing House, where she is thriving; she has another court appearance next week. Laura C. is also back at Healing House and we’re thankful she’s being cared for and getting help.

· Tom M. became an HBF member recently and is helping with mowing HBF’s grass and other things!

· We gave a gas card to multiple people during this season, to help them get to work and meetings.

· We sent Bibles and TJH workbook curriculum to a church in Monmouth Illinois and had a good talk with the pastor as they started a jail ministry on 5-24 and go in every Monday to preach to inmates!

· Ashley S. went to court for the last time on 5-17, she’s now a free woman!

· A young man that we took to the Salvation Army a few months ago, left on 5-16, his mother and I are heartbroken and concerned about his welfare.

· We had a couple of folks help work at the Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry on 5-21, and again on 7-9!

· Alicia H. got a car and is successful at her job, we’re so proud of her and her accomplishments! Alicia will also graduate from the Lily’s House program on 7-16, hallelujah!

· We gave food to man on 5-27 and a couple of other folks during this season, from our Morsels for Many food pantry.

· We learned of the needs of an inmate at Cass County Jail and were able to drop off some medical supplies to her on 5–26 as well as a box of Bibles for the deputies to distribute!

· We’re writing to over 5 inmates currently and taking a couple of them through The Journey Home (TJH) via correspondence; our jail ministry has been very fruitful and I’m thankful to those writing!

· A couple of us went to court with Ed on 5-24 to support him as he seeks visitation rights with children.

· We were able to lead Luke B. to Christ on 5-29 and Joe T. on 6-27! Joe went to treatment on 7-8 and we’re praying for him to be successful with breaking the cycle of decades of substance abuse!

· Brian & Angie P., Theresa G., & Connie M., completed HBF’s D2 9-month series on 6-2 (see attached picture), we’re very proud of these folks!


· Our group cleaned the church on 5-28 and again on 7-9.

· We helped get Heather L’s friend, Mike, into a 30-day treatment at the end of May. We helped get a couple of girls into a lady’s shelter in Sedilia MO in late April / early May.

· HBF’s Church in the Park went well on 6-6 and a dozen or more of our folks attended and helped out

· Pam A started discipleship with Sharon in May!

· Sarah W. is in training to be a manager at Culver’s, we’re very proud of her, see attached picture


 · James and Laurie have started attending meetings and will also be meeting with Angie and I for pre-marital counselling in preparation for their wedding on 8-28.

· We’re supporting Josh N. with his Pat-It-Forward project for the Drug Court program; he’s organizing a baby supply drive and collecting all things for babies from June 25th thru July 9th; HBF has a drop-off box in the lobby. All donations go through Baby Grace organization in Pleasant Hill, MO.

- Lynzee completed "The Journey Home" curriculum
and is doing GREAT.  She earned the VICTORY tag in June
  

· We hosted a lady’s recovery group from Springfield MO on 6-30 at HBF, called Adult and Teen Challenge of the Greater South. This group ministered to us in song and in testimony, it was a powerful night and we hope to send people to them when the need arises (see attached pic).



· As some of you know, we’re starting our fundraising season, leading up to our Recovery Walk on 9-3, these next 2 months are critical for us raising support for the upcoming year. Here are some detes:

o The board of Aldermen approved of our permit on 6-21.

o The attached cover letter describes what we’re doing
 



o We have pledge forms available for anyone who wants to help raise funds, this is what we need help with the most!

o You can donate directly / electronically to Life Issues by going to www.lifeissuesonline.org and clicking on our red “Donation Button” on the right side, and following the prompts.

Thanks for reading this update and for supporting us, I’ll leave you with a testimony from Pat Lee concerning a former student… 

Deonna R. was talking to me about her Journey and reminded me (with tears) how she never would have thought to go to a faith base recovery until we met at C.C.P.S. and I invited her to a meeting. She talked about (with more tears) how she prayed to give her life to Christ that night and how much she appreciated us and what we do! I needed to be reminded of that—that was about 5 years ago and she was telling me all about how the Lord has blessed her since (again with tears!!). I don’t know if you remember this Steve, but we actually met in 2013 when you asked me to go with you to talk to her and another guy at the Worship Center in Harrisonville. I remember that she had all kinds of warrants out for her and she had been cut in the face by her boyfriend. She told me that her husband Corey is now studying to be a Pastor (they have a couple of children together now and are established in a local church and involved in ministry there)! I have to say that God’s grace is truly AMAZING! I have been so cut-off and weak and depressed that God really needed to remind me that we really do have a big impact on people’s lives. We seem to be experiencing good success working together all in one accord on Friday night and out of the Journey ABF. This has really strengthened our people’s transition into the Christian life and the body of Christ. God is truly doing some amazing things among us and before our eyes… in these perilous times! "



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




Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Monthly update : March & April 2021

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – March / April 2021 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last couple of months:

  • Kelly R. began video / live streaming for us in mid-February, she is such a blessing to our group and Angie and I specifically!
  • Our Life Issues group cleaned the church on 3-5 & 4-17; I’m thankful for all who help us to clean the church!
  • Kalee S. accepted Christ is lady’s small group on 2-19, Thomas M. accepted Christ on 3-5, and Dave E. accepted Christ on phone on 3-11, Sarah J. accepted Christ on phone on 4-24, and Lynzee C. accepted Christ on 4-16. Chris and Pam and Pat led others to Christ this month too, so we PTL for these souls saved!
Benevolence Issues over the last two months:
  • HBF & Life Issues went together to help pay rent for a student in March.
  • Life Issues helped a student to license her car on 3-12.
  • We bought a part for another student’s furnace on 3-14.
  • We helped another student with his electric bill on 3-17.
  • Gave a homeless couple 1 week in motel (3-23 thru 3-29)
  • Gave a man 2 nights stay in motel on 3-24 & 3-25
  • We put up a different man for 1 night in a motel, then Chris got him into the Salvation Army on 4-1 and I drove him down, see pic below !


  • Chris N. also helped us get two ladies into a treatment facility on 4-15, and Kelly R. drove them to Warrensburg.
This was an expensive time for Life Issues, but it’s why we have our fundraiser; speaking of that, add we have submitted the Event Permit for the Recovery Walk to the city of Harrisonville, so we’ll know within the next month or two if they accept / approve it for this year’s RW.
  • This year’s Recovery Walk will be on September 3rd, so please plan to attend & participate!
  • We added a couple of new links to our resource tab on our website on 3-17, check it out @ www.lifeissuesonline.org
  • We had an HBF work day in March.  Many Life Issues folks pitched in !  Below are pictures of Brian Rinker clearing an overgrown fence line,  and Tom Merrit and Troy Lawless staining our boardwalk.  Many other Life Issues member helped, but we didn't get their pics :(




  • Brian and Angie got their son, Conor, back on 3-24, we are stoked for them and their family, he was away for nearly 3 years!!!
  • I got to baptized 4 souls on 4-4-21 


  • We took our annual Life Issues photo's on Friday March 26th.  Thanks to everyone who participated




  • Rich H. graduated from the Joshua House on 4-6, we’re so proud of him!
  • HBF’s Vision Conference was good (4-11 thru 4-13), and several of our folks attended.
  • Lynzee C completed TJH on 4-16, so we’re thankful for her and this accomplishment!
Josh J. testimony, 
“One night I was walking around the casino broke about to be evicted strung out on drugs hadn't slept in about 5 days begging for a ride home from people. I ran into a Sarah W. (Life Issues) and a friend, who decided to give me a ride. And the car ride on the way to my house she asked me how long I had been on methamphetamines. I got offended and acted as if I had no clue what she was talking about and appalled that she would even ask me that. She asked again. So, I told her. My whole life my father started feeding them to me when I was young. She explained to me that there was a better way and that better way with Jesus. That she could help me get into a place that would help me with my addiction and help me better my relationship with Jesus Christ. That was 66 days ago. I have since then gotten a house, a fantastic career at tracker boats, my sobriety my daughter back in my life, her mother willing to cooperate with me because she sees an immense change, my mother willing to talk with me longer than 5 seconds, but most importantly, I have a fantastic relationship with my best friend Jesus.”

Josh is living in Clinton MO and is attending New Life Baptist church and has signed up to be discipled; we’re so thankful at how God worked in this situation!

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


Monday, March 8, 2021

Monthly Update : February 2021

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – February / March 2021 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

  • Theresa G. Completed 1 year clean on 1-1-21, see attached picture of her with cake😊


  • We got to give out a couple of boxes of food out during this time period from our food pantry and we sent a team of people to Harrisonville’s food pantry on 2-5, and we’ll have a team there again on 3-26 to help.
  • Jim S completed his overview of the whole Bible 1-3-21 and will help you obtain a copy of this 500+ page resource it if you’re interested (816-877-8525), see attached pic.


  • We got a $50 gift card from Walmart on 2-3-21 for registering in their donation portal, and we were able to buy supplies for our Super Bowl party, see attached Super Bowl picture!


  • Life Issues celebrated 10 years of ministering to the addicted on 2-4, hallelujah!
  • Zach M Got his class B with air brakes on 2-4-21 and was recently able to get his own apartment!
  • Samuel James H. was born on 2-5-21! (Alicia’s doing fine, see attached pic)


  • Brian R was saved in jail by reading one of HBF’s Bibles and was accepted into the Drug Court the first week of February after his release. Brian began coming to Life Issues and HBF and was baptized on 2-14 - Valentine’s Day, we love Brian and are excited to see the changes in this young man!
  • We also had a young man named Thomas M accept Christ as his personal Lord and savior after our meeting on 3-5, and we’re thrilled to welcome him into the family of God!
  • Josh J got into detox on 2-17 via Chris Newby (a friend of our ministry), and we got him into treatment on 3-3. We prayed with Josh and I gave him a Bible, please pray for this soul.
  • My mom died 2-12 & was buried on 2-20, and my brothers and I did funeral; I’m thankful to have had a great mother who took us to church every Sunday, and we’re comforted knowing that she’s with Jesus. I’m attaching a picture of my mother and I; thanks for all the outpouring of love for my family and I during this time.


  • Although we can’t get into the jail due to Covid, we’ve been writing to inmates and sending them Bibles, etc. Jim S heads up this effort and personally writing to over 8 different folks and its been very fruitful, PTL
  • Brian and Angie P’s son got resident of the week again recently (5th time total), so we rejoice with their family. They go to court this week to determine the right time for him to come home, please pray that it’s soon. Their other son, Caleb, landed a good job with Amazon in February!
Molessa A’s testimony: 
"I started drinking alcohol in high school. Like so many young girls I struggled with low self-esteem, and confidence. I quickly learned alcohol helped give me the boost I needed to be the life of the party; alcohol gave me the false sense of reality that I was accepted by others. Around age 20 was when I started using drugs, the next decade of my life is riddled with drugs, alcohol, partying and poor decisions. By the age of 30 I decided to quit using drugs, they were illegal after all, but alcohol was not so I justified my drinking. Alcohol controlled my 30s and eventually took me to the bottomless pit of addiction hell!!

Since finding recovery I have gained such a beautiful relationship with God; I trusted Christ as my savior at Life Issues in November 2019 and for the first time I have a true sense self-worth. I no longer live in fear. I have so many healthy relationships now with friends and family. My children have come to trust me again, and I really do love myself now! Peace, Joy, Gratitude, Freedom!!

The hardest thing I had to overcome was trust!! Accepting help from others was a struggle for me, knowing they are there to actually help and support me was a lot to adjust to. I have been in so many unhealthy relationships that tainted my ability to trust, I had gotten really good at pushing people away to protect myself from being hurt, overcoming the desire to push people away took some work. All of this has gotten easier with time, patience, and Trust in God!!

My advice to others is to find your higher power. God has truly restored my life and I know with Him beside me All things are possible!! A little over a year ago, I had absolutely no relationship with God, I was scared at first, but He was waiting with open arms for me to reach out to Him. Surrendering my life to Christ has been the most rewarding thing, I am a brand-new creature, better than I ever imagined I would ever be! I was baptized on February 28th at Adrian Christian Church and everyday God provides me with wisdom, strength, courage and patience to make the right choices and continue to grow in my faith, and become the best Mom, daughter, friend, Christian, and person I can possibly be!!!"

 
There are many moving parts to this ministry and we’re in the trenches serving our Lord in these last days and trying to help the addicted recover by being addicted to the ministry ourselves (1 Cor. 16:15). Thank you for your prayers and support, we couldn’t do what we do without you! I think that this will become a bi-monthly update (every 2 months), but I welcome your feedback / input…


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