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…

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…