Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Monthly Update - October 2018

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

- Kevin Frost was awarded the House Manager position @ Joshua House on 10-10, and it became effective on 11-3; we are so proud of him and thankful that the owners of this facility are trusting him to perform this role! Kevin was a homeless drug addict 2 years ago, then he met Jesus and got saved; now he has a steady job (a good job), a vehicle, he’s almost completed discipleship, he leads small group, has given his testimony on occasion, and is planning on preaching a message tomorrow night @ Life Issues, hallelujah!

- In addition to our discipleship course, Kevin has started attending our “How To Disciple” class, so that he can be equipped to disciple others! Kevin has also recently attended and completed the first phase of becoming a “Life Coach”!

- Three of us participated in a community outreach to represent Life Issues @ the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville on 10-13, it was called Project Connect. This was the first annual event of its kind in Harrisonville and there were 29 service providers and 114 volunteers, and the mayor gave us a charge prior to starting that day. This was a wonderful event and we made some good contacts!

- We corresponded via mail with some inmates during the month of October, and the Lord is becoming known and even famous in parts of the incarceration population via the propagation of the gospel in written letters as well as through our Prisoners Of Hope (POH) jail ministry! Upon release from Cass County Jail, one young lady has begun attending our recovery meetings as well as our church and has now signed up for our one on one sponsor led program!

- We got to deliver a couple of boxes of food to a family near our church recently (10-23), and to bless this home with some sincere fellowship. The leader of the home has some serious medical hurdles and physical infirmities and has been so thankful that we’ve reached out in a tangible way.

- Two people connected to Life Issues have accepted Christ into their lives this month, one on 10-14 (CP) and another on 11-4 (TE). The first one has already signed up for discipleship with his wife, so we’re thrilled about these decisions and blessed to have an path to direct their growth!

- One of our students that completed our course recently told us at a meeting that it would probably be his last time in attendance, because he joined a different group that catered more to his specific-recovery but gave a wonderful testimony of how Christ has worked through our program to change him and save his marriage! We will miss this man, but I’m touched personally because I was the altar worker the day this man came forward and I’ve interacted with him and prayed with him several times over the course of the last year. Another one of our leaders walked him through our recovery program, so it’s wonderful to see him doing well and continuing to walk with Christ.

- I also wanted to communicate how proud I was of our group at HBF’s recent Fallapalooza event (formerly called Harvest Party); we hosted 3 different booths and assisted with others, it was good for me to see others pitching in and helping to make this a successful event on 10-27!

- One difficult thing for me to witness that happened in the middle of last month (10-14), was to visit a student who had OD’d on methamphetamine and was taken to Research Hospital and was under suicide watch. I visited him twice and the first time he was incoherent, so I just read him a couple of chapters out of the Bible and prayed over him. I’m not usually this close to the effects of drugs but seeing him nearly die and to know that he was driving his vehicle at the time, just a few blocks from where my grandchildren ride their bikes, makes me hate drugs and alcohol all the more. I dearly love the folks that I minister too and have devoted my life to helping them, but I do hate drugs and alcohol. What Jesus said in John 10:10 resonates of the spiritual warfare that we’re in, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Monthly Update - September 2018

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

· One of our leaders donated and delivered several furniture items to Lily’s house recently!
· A young man from Joshua House (JH) prayed to be saved on 9-2.
· Life Issues gave a lady emergency housing on 9-5.
· My wife started discipling a lady from our church on 9-6-18.
· On 9-9, one of our couple’s son was baptized!
· Life Issues gave a box of food to a family on 9-10.
· Life Issues gave emergency housing to a man on 9-11.
· My wife and I got to counsel and pray with a former co-worker’s family about their loved one’s drug use in mid-September; we got feedback later that they were successful in getting them help!
· We gave a couple of boxes of food to Country Haven on 9-14.
· One of our students was granted rehab instead of jail time, so on 9-10, he went to Teen Challenge
· Life Issues worked with HBF to pay a couple’s electric bill on 9-13.
· HBF had their annual Bible conference and several of our students attended and assisted with making Bibles, from 9-16 thru 9-19.
· I was able to attend a conference in Ohio from 9-23 thru 9-26 with my pastor, it was a blessing to fellowship with him and many other new and old friends, and to audit their recovery program.
· Life Issues gave emergency housing to a student on 9-18 & 9-19.
· Another young man from JH made profession of faith on 9-21 @ a Life Issues meeting.
· Lily’s House received $25,000 grant on 9-28, to purchase a van to transport their residents!
· Joshua House meetings are going great on Sunday night with full participation from everyone in the house over the last month or two!
· I worked with the Public Defender’s office to transport an inmate from Cass County Jail to the Salvation Army on August 30th, and when I visited him on 10-3 I got to lead him to Christ, hallelujah!

Mary W. gave her testimony on 9-25 to a packed Common Ground Room. She had invited many people from her Church, there were many there to support her—among whom where her Pastor and wife. It was her first time giving her Testimony and she knocked it completely out of the stadium! There wasn’t a dry eye in the room by the time she finished. Her Six grade teacher came and was a special moment for me personally when she commended our program and thanked us for what a crucial role we play in our community. She told me how she had known Mary her whole life and the transformation that she has made recently is proof that God is real, and Christ is working through us!

Kelly T. says, I wanted to take this time to testify about the difference Life Issues and HBF are making in my community. I’ve been volunteering at Lily’s House by giving the girls a ride to Life Issues and HBF church services. When it came time for the Recovery Walk this year I put up flyers around Adrian again and sent a flyer through my work email to all staff. A lot more of my co-workers donated this year. One lady walked up and asked if she could give me a donation for the walk. So, of course, I said yes. She handed me a twenty-dollar bill. I told her that I promised the money would be used wisely and that people are being helped at Life Issues. She quickly told me that I didn’t have to tell her about the value of Life Issues, because she had seen it with her own eyes in the lives of the Lily’s House girls. She volunteers at Lily’s House, so she knows firsthand that lives are being changed through our Ministry. Praise God! I am so thankful we offer a faith-based recovery program. I’m humbled that I got to lead S. from Lily’s House to Christ 8/6/2018.

It’s so neat for other people in my area to know about Life Issues now. To have heard good things about us. It seems God trusts me with His addicted people now, because everywhere I go people with addiction problems are put right in front of me, whether it be a grandma concerned for her grandkid, a mom concerned for her child or the addicts themselves. People are looking for help and some are even asking me about Life Issues and HBF. So much so that I carry Life Issues tri-folds, Steve’s cards, and gospel tracts in my car to hand out now.

I’m so thankful for the training in the Word that I receive from HBF and Life Issues. I’ve told Steve that our ministry is like jumping off into the deep end of ministry. To tell you the truth I had to take a week-long break recently from Life Issues and Lily’s House. I had to rest my mind and get alone with God to listen. God tells us to be still and to know that he is God. (Psalm 46:10) I am back and trying to find my confidence to speak the Word of God boldly again. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (Psalm 40:2) And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9) I just want to encourage you to keep on serving and making a difference.

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