Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Monthly Update - November 2019

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

• I officiated Kim Riggs’ Funeral on 11-7, and gave a heart felt message and shared the gospel and invited folks to receive Christ; more than one person raised their hand to be saved!!!

• One of our ladies celebrated 1 year clean in early November and one of our men celebrated 1 year clean on 11-30!

• I got to baptize one of our guys, and a couple of other folks at HBF on 11-10, see attached pic!

• We sent a letter & some literature to CCJ inmate on 11-15.

• We helped give furniture to Joshua House on 11-14, for their second sober living home. We rejoice that they now have capacity to help up to 10 men with transitional living, PTL!

• Life Issues partnered with HBF to help a couple with their house payment on 11-18.

• We sent a small delegation to John Manning’s Christ Centered Recovery Group in Butler MO on 11-18 to enjoy their musical presentation and support their recovery group.

• An inmate that we’ve been writing to for a couple of years, got released from prison on 11-21, so we’re excited for his reentry into society, and we’ll be here to help him be successful.

• Mailed TJH to inmate in Florida in mid-November - I got word in late November that he’s reading it!

• Pat Lee gave his testimony on 11-29, right after Thanksgiving, and one lady gave her life to Christ!

• My son, Luke, and I went to Israel on 11-23 and returned on 12-3, I’m attaching a couple of pictures that are special to me, one is with Luke and I and the actual Menorah that the Jews plan to use in the third temple. The other picture is of me on the temple mount with the Eastern Gate behind me, which is bricked up now, but prophesied that Jesus will return through there when he comes back!

• Thanksgiving has come and gone, and our focus turns to Christmas. Life Issues will be having Santa come to our meeting on 12-20, for pictures and to give out gift bags to boys and girls.

• HBF will be giving Christmas boxes of food to needy families in our community and are collecting food items until 12-18; please call our office (816-380-3033) if you would like to contribute.

• We ordered and received Life Recovery Bibles, to give as award for those who complete our program.

• Jim Stovall is finalizing a snack schedule for the first 6 months of 2020, please let him know if would like to assist in this effort and aren’t currently on the list.

• We rejoice to be working with Lily’s House, here is a brief testimony of one of the ladies living there (S.):
I came to the Lily’s House on August 19th, 2019 and I showed up with a little over 6 months sobriety under my belt, yet I was still really lacking something. I know without a doubt that it was God leading me here. He knew exactly the right people to place in my life and the perfect environment to foster the growth he was about to have me go through, for me to draw close to him. Although I was saved, I personally needed to pray the prayer of salvation again to ask for forgiveness for the last few years. Steve helped me with that on one of our Friday night meetings. I finally let go of the same things I had been carrying around for quite a long time. From then on, with the help from the Vick’s and a whole team of people, the Lord has blessed me with, His peace began to fill my head, my heart, and my life like I’ve never experienced. I wake up each day with a joy that’s unstoppable now, and I can’t express the amount of gratitude I have for Him delivering me from darkness.

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

Monday, November 11, 2019

Monthly Update - October 2019

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – October 2019 edition… Below are some bullet points of

the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

* We teamed up with Joshua House to get a homeless man a motel room for the first two weeks of
October, so that he could stay local and keep a job! This young man is doing well and now has a more affordable and more permanent place to stay and comes to church and meetings regularly!

* We placed an order for more recovery literature, because we’ve given away quite a bit lately!

* Our grandson and one of our ladies got baptized on 10-13, see attached picture (we’re very proud of these folks)!

* Although it was a little rainy at the first part of the event, several of us helped serve at HBF’s annual Harvest Party on 10-19. This is a great outreach to the community, and I was proud of all our leaders and students that ministered to others that day!
* I’m thankful to communicate that one of our couples were awarded full custody of the wife’s kids on 10-21

* We had 6 folks qualify to receive Alumni tags in October, attached is a picture of 4 of them with me!

* A highlight for one of our leaders, was to tell me that the man he’s discipling got to lead an elderly
lady to Christ in October! This was a precious development that thrilled all involved!

* The owner of Joshua House, Jeff Parham, gave a great testimony at our 10-25 meeting, attached is a picture of him and his wife with the guys living there.

* Life Issues helped a lady and her baby with her electric bill on 10-25, and we partnered with HBF to help a different lady with her electric bill on 10-27.

* I took a man to the Salvation Army on 11-1-19, for the good folks at West Central Action Agency.

*One of our men has been accepted into the Cass County Drug Court and should be starting mid-November.

* We gave away over 4 boxes of food in October and had to go shopping to restock our Morsels for

* Many food pantry; we’re thankful to be able to provide for the hungry in our midst!

* I wanted to announce that my son and I will be traveling to Israel at the end of this month (11-23 through 12-3). We will be part of a group of 85+ other American’s from Living Faith Bible Fellowship churches, and we’re very excited! This will be great father / son experience that will change our lives forever, by being in the Holy Land together, here’s a website with some pics of what we’ll see:

Lastly, and on a less happy note, one of our students, Kim Riggs, died early in the morning on 11-1-19. Kim experienced an accidental death by falling down the stairs in his home and hitting his head. He had a bad wreck a little over a year ago in which he had broke his neck, so he had some paralysis and had difficulty walking and fell easily. Kim started coming to our meetings in February 2013 and had attended about 130 meetings. His funeral will be on Thursday (11-7) at 1pm. Visitation will be held from 11am until service time at 1pm. Services will be held @ Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill MO, here’s their website for directions, details, and Kim’s obituary: http://www.wallace-funeralhomes.com/main/kim-l-riggs/ . Please feel free to attend and support his family and pass this onto others who may want to attend.

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

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Monthly Update - September 2019

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

· I worked with the Public Defender’s Office again earlier this month and drove one of their clients from the Cass County Jail to the Salvation Army on 9-4. I got to witness to this man in route and shared my testimony, and upon arrival there, he prayed and asked Jesus into his heart, hallelujah!

· Life Issues helped a man and his wife with their electric bill in early September!

· We helped distribute some furniture on 9-12.

· We wrote a couple of reference letters to assist a lady with getting a job on 9-11.

· Brian and Angie joined HBF on 9-15, see attached pic!

· We gave a lady emergency housing on 9-21.

· We purchased some food for our food pantry in Sept. and also gave away 3-4 boxes of it.

· We took another man to the Salvation Army on 9-25 for the Public Defender’s Office.

· HBF had its 10 annual Bible conference from 9-22 thru 9-25, in which we assembled and shipped over 9,000 Bible to 4-5 different places around the world. It was sweet to me to see several of our folks helping with the assembly and others helping in the kitchen and with clean-up, etc. “This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:23

· We teamed up with HBF to help a lady with her electric bill on 9-25

· Some of our students also attend AA and / or NA meetings, and recently one of our folks got his 60 days / 2-month coin, see attach pic and rejoice with us!

· We sent a couple of Bibles to inmates in prison this month, along with a letter!

· One of our faithful lady’s got sole custody of her kids on 9-27, so we’re real proud of her!

· Two more folks prayed to be saved after hearing the Parrott’s testimony on 9-27!!!

· Our leaders, Bill , daughter was homecoming queen in Harrisonville

· We’re working on Recovery Walk / Run video, and will have it for the next update…

Those of you who know me understand that I consider our students like unto my spiritual children, and in 3 John 1:4 the Apostle John says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” I also rejoice to hear when our students are doing well, and I’ve had 3 different former students / people that we’ve helped, call me recently and communicate that they’re doing well. One’s in Arizona with his sister, staying clean; another’s on the east coast and living for the Lord and called just to thank me. One man that I discipled over 15 years ago, seems to have just now had a light come on, and called to communicate that he’s purposing in his heart to live for Christ! 
It’s been said that we should never be in ministry for the income, but rather for the outcome, and God is allowing me to see glimpses of the outcome, and for that I’m thankful and motivated to keep pressing “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Php. 3:14

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