Tuesday, September 17, 2019

2019 Recovery Walk Sponsors

The following business generously donated time, money, and resources to help support the Life Issues Addiction Recovery Program.   

We are truly thankful for their support !!

Monthly Update - August 2019

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

· Brian and Angie started HBF’s D1 program on 8-4, with a couple of our leaders!

· We were given 4 doses of Narcan on 8-4, but I hope that I don’t ever have to use any of it!

- NARCAN (naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.

· A young lady from Lily’s House accepted Christ on 8-9, as her personal Lord and Saviour!

· A middle-aged man from Joshua House came forward at the end of HBF’s Worship Service, at the altar call on 8-11 and gave his life to Christ.

· One of our students, AG, was baptized on 8-11 @ HBF and became a member on 8-19; we’re really thankful that God brought her our way! She finished our Life Issues program (The Journey Home) on 8-29 and is planning to start HBF’s D1 material soon!

· We worked with HBF to help a man and his wife with their rent on 8-11.

· We gave away 2 boxes of food on 8-16, to two different people who were in need, and another one towards the end of August.

· Life Issues helped a man and his wife to put gas in their car on 8-15.

· We helped a man and his wife with emergency housing on 8-17.

· Brian P. graduated from the CSTR program on 8-26!

· Three people prayed to be saved at the end of our Life Issues meeting on 8-27, after Dave B. gave his testimony! It was a powerful message and night, as one young man, along with a father and his daughter called upon the name of the Lord; we rejoice with the angels in heaven over these souls that repented – Luke 15:10!

Below is a recap of our annual fundraiser: Life Issues – Recovery Walk / Run:

· Even though it’s our 7th year, this year seemed very difficult from my perspective. We ended up with only 3 runners, but around 50 walkers; so, a good number of walkers, but the timed run was disappointing.

· We had about 60 volunteers that staffed the event, in addition to a good number of other folks that came out to HBF after the walk, to enjoy the activities, so there were well over 100 people at the church for the testimonies, guest speaker, booths and door prizes. Brian and Angie gave good testimonies!

· There ended up being 23 students and leaders that raised about $10,200 for the addicted in our community. We had about 40 gold and silver tiered sponsors that gave us monetary donations and about a dozen more sponsors who gave us merchandise or coupons. Please visit our website later this month to see the listing of our fine sponsors and friends in the community (and across the state)!

· I’ll be writing / sending Thank You notes in the next few weeks, as the remaining donations come in.

· We took some good pictures this year, so I plan to have a video made by the end of September, to send out with next month’s update.

· Some of the volunteers came to us from the Cass County Drug Court program again this year, and the highlight of the evening came towards the end, as one of our leaders got to witness to one of the DC men, and this man was under conviction and called upon the Lord to be saved! “This was the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:23

· So, we’ve had 6 salvations in the month of August, and we had 3 folks begin our program, so it’s been an exciting but taxing month. I would ask you to pray for our leadership not to become weary in well doing, but that we might be refreshed by the Lord, for the task ahead of us.

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Monthly Update - July 2019

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

  • Life Issues helped a student with 2 nights of emergency housing on 7-6 & 7-7
  • We had a missionary from India (Ganesh) come to Life Issues on 7-9 and present a wonderful message, and we gave him 12 of our Life Issues ball caps to take back to his ministry leaders!
  • Pat Lee paid a home visit to one of our student’s daughters who has health issues.
  • Several of us delivered meals to one of our leaders for two weeks, following her hip surgery on 7-17
  • One of our students got his driver’s permit on 7-12, another one is getting his legal issues behind him, another one of our men just got a job on 8-1, so we’re thankful for all these things!
  • HBF Helped one of our former students (who’s homeless) and her child with emergency housing for two nights, and we gave her some gas for her car on 7-16 & 7-17
  • One of our couples met with HBF’s pastor Brian on 7-18 for couples counseling.
  • Pat Lee got hired on staff at Lily’s House as their program director on 7-22, this is a big step for them and us, and we’re very proud of Pat for working in this capacity!
  • One of the men (Colby Welch) that used to come to our group frequently, just graduated from Davis County / Butler’s Drug Court Program on 8-2; we’re very proud of him and this accomplishment!
  • I got to perform a wedding for two of our Life Issues leaders (Chris Coen and Lauren Stovall) on 7-27! There were over 200 in attendance, it was an amazing experience for me, see attached picture of us!
  • Bill Corum (author of The Ultimate Pardon) led our Homecoming event on 8-2; there were over 50 in attendance and Bill’s “Father’s Blessing” blessed all of us and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd!
  • We’ve been emailing an inmate in St. Joseph MO and he recently informed us that he and two other men there, are going to be getting out of prison and coming to our area and want to attend Life Issues
Three of our leaders met on 7-31 to discuss our upcoming fundraiser:

Things completed recently:
  • HBF Event form filled out and got event posted on HBF’s website
  • Quick Trip donated merchandise items to our RWR on 7-30
  • Captain Tieman gave us permission to start RWR @ Justice Center
  • Water & chips donated by HBF; three pork butts were donated by food pantry
  • two buses donated on 7-14
  • Mass email just went out to runners
  • 20 pledge forms are in circulation of our students
  • promotional video finalized

Things to be done soon:

  • Advertising
  • solicit pledges from individuals and businesses
  • Church packets need to be assembled and delivered
  • volunteer coordination
  • need to finalize booth assignments for after walk events

Here’s a short testimony from one of our men that is a blessing to us:

"My name is Tim; ever since I excepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I have been able to overcome many obstacles. Life issues and Heartland Baptist fellowship have helped me let go of the pain that addiction has caused me over the years. I had many addictions and was never able to get anything done or accomplished. I always told myself that the tasks I had in front of me were too difficult and I would never be able to complete them. Now I have been finally able to take care of the things I’ve put off for many years thanks to the strength of Jesus Christ. God has been healing my relationships and bringing in new healthy ones I am also getting to see family members I haven’t seen in years and it’s all thanks to God."

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