Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Monthly Update - May 2020

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – May 2020 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

· There’s a saying within Christian recovery circles, that says “new levels brings new devils”, which basically means that as you stop substance abuse, there are new issues to deal with, I remember specifically counselling with a man on the phone on 5-12, and praying with him about his boss and coworkers. I know Pat has had several opportunities to work with folks with relationship issues last month too.

· God used a couple in our church to point one of their neighbors our way last month who has some “life issues”, and on 5-12 we were able to connect this young lady with one of our lady leaders, and she has been coming faithfully ever since!

· One thing that is beneficial to folks in recovery (and for all of us), is to help others, and in mid-May, one of our young men helped take a disabled church members dog to the vet for them, and then spent a couple of days helping them around their home with odd jobs that they weren’t able to do themselves!

· One of the girls @ Lily House, Ashley, was given a nice used car around the middle of May; and she responded as if she had won the lottery! Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, I haven’t been able to see it yet, but we couldn’t be happier for this young lady and for all that God is doing in her life!

· One of our lady leaders, Kelly, was able to take some food and basic hygiene products to a former student of ours that’s fallen on hard times again, who had called me on 5-20 and asked for a toothbrush and other necessities.

· Our meetings have been running 25-30 people again, now that our church and state are re-opening, and we’ve gotten several visitors lately too, approximately 8 new folks within the last month.

· Brian Parrott is starting to train in the sound booth, so it’s exiting to see him grow and give back. Brian told me that there’s about 5 folks in our ministry that he’s encouraging to take HBF’s Discipleship 2 course this fall, so that’s exciting to hear too!

· We also have about 7 people going through The Journey Home (TJH) at this time, so there’s a good crop of people in recovery that are using Life Issues as their program, and we’re blessed to be used in this way.

· HBF’s church in the park was on 6-7, and it was profitable and well attended !

· I met a new man @ church in the park that’s interested in Life Issues, and he came to church with us on 6-14 too, his name is David.

· We gave away a 3-4 of boxes of food within the last month and will need to restock it again soon.

· A young lady named Cassie has been coming to Life Issues with her grandmother; not because of an addiction, but because of her desire to minister to others. Cassie recently graduated from college, and it was there that she gave her life to Christ, and on 6-14 she got baptized at our church, with her whole family in attendance! This young lady is a real shot in the arm to Life Issues and HBF, and we look forward to seeing how God will use her in the lives of others, see attached picture.

· Instead of doing a testimony at the end of May, I interviewed Pat Lee and people really seemed to enjoy that format, so we plan to do it again soon.

· We held our annual Recovery Walk (RW) meeting on 6-6 and had over half of our leaders there, to start our fundraising season. This will be our 8th annual RW fundraiser and we’re hoping to raise $12,000 this year to support the needs of this essential ministry for the coming year. We’ve applied for a permit with the city and we’ve gotten most of our literature printed, so we’re preparing now to solicit our community for support. Please look at the attached literature and consider how you might help us this year, either as a volunteer (we need about 40), someone to solicit pledges, someone to give, someone to walk, or someone to do all of the above!



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


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Monthly Update - April 2020

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – April 2020 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

· Today is the 72-year anniversary of Israel becoming a nation (May 14th, 1948), and it seems like the world is ripe for the Lord’s harvest / rapture of the church! In Matthew 24:32-34, Jesus tells us the parable of the fig tree and how that “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Israel is described as a fig tree many times in Scripture, and in Psalm 90:10, Moses says that a generation will be between 70-80 years. So, we’re inside the window of the generation that saw Israel shoot forth her green leaves, so summer is night; let’s share the gospel like never before so that the upcoming harvest will be full of sons of God!

· We cleaned out our church’s kitchen during the pandemic, and more specifically we cleaned out our Morsels for Many food pantry on 4-7, see attached pic. We gave away 4-6 boxes of food in April, yet our little pantry doesn’t diminish, i.e. people keep donating and God blesses, PTL.

· B&A became full time Amazon employees on 4-19; we’ve very proud of this couple!

· BP volunteered to help in the A/V booth recently and he also volunteered to help us clean and disinfect the church after each of our recovery meeting, I’m so thankful for his contributions!

· We picked up a man @ City Union Mission and took to Garden City on 4-20.

· We took some clothes and shoes and snacks to another man @ the City Union Mission on 5-7, after his release from prison.

· Pat Lee started a “Community Comfort” outreach ministry on 4-25, as a way to let the community know that HBF is here for their spiritual and physical needs

· As many of you know, HBF has a jail ministry called Prisoner Of Hope (POH), but we’ve been unable to provide services for the inmates since November of last year, due to construction and now due to the Coronavirus. The construction is nearly completed at the jail, so please pray that they will allow us entry again soon, to share the good news of how souls can be made free through the truth!

· Life Issues started meeting physically again on 5-8, with social distancing but no childcare yet. Pat Lee summarized our quarantine period well by saying that “In light of recent events (COVID-19) it has been a real challenge to try to adapt from teaching in one venue, to going to a totally different one (virtual). Although it has been very hard to engage some because fear is running rampant, others seem to be adapting well to all this dramatic change. I think that it will help to get people engaged in Life Issues Pathway (TJH) more. Doing the Chapter overview was the shot in the arm that I think we definitely needed at this time. I have gotten so many calls and texts of encouragement, for doing this series and giving my testimony. Several have been from people who normally don’t attend Life Issues, so it has been especially encouraging to me and motivates me to try to go beyond my natural born limits! I am so thankful that the Lord has blessed us with this platform to share our testimonies and the gospel in these uncertain times—what a great and effectual door he has opened unto US! PTL!!

· [1Cor. 16:9 KJV] “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and [there are] many adversaries.

· [Col 4:3 KJV] “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:”

· In addition to maintaining our Life Issues website (www.lifeissuesonline.org), we started broadcasting one weekly meetings during this National emergency on our Facebook account (www.facebook.com/lifeissuesonline).

· I’m attaching a document with all of our contact info as well as links to our most recent videos / teachings, so feel free to catch up or check them out for the first time.

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


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Monthly Update - March 2020

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – March 2020 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

· Our Life Issues group cleaned the church on 3-6, but we don’t have to clean it in April due to the church not being in use; I’ll keep the group informed of future needs.

· We met with a Journey Pure rep, Brandy, and helped get one of her clients to the airport in 3-7, to go to a rehab in Tennessee!

· We were able to connect one of our former students to New Life Baptist Church in Clinton MO in early March, since he lives there now – PS he’s over 6 months sober too!

· The Joshua House donated clothes to one of our men when he began his job, so that he had some work clothes!

· Jim continues to write to a couple of inmates and learned that they didn’t have Bibles at the Jail, so we took a box of Bibles (21 Bibles) to the Cass County Jail on 3-18

· We had a discreet group of men help with an HBF workday on 3-21, attached are some pictures.

· I had my spiritual birthday on Friday, 3-13-20 (I was born again 28 years ago)!

· We had to cancel our group picture that we had planned to have taken on 3-27, as well as the leadership meeting that I had planned for today (4-4). We’re going to be late kicking off our fundraiser / Recovery Walk now, and I’m not sure if we’ll be able to have it at all this year?!

· Pat Lee got to lead a man to Christ on 3-29, using one of our church’s COVID 19 gospel tracts! Pat has been intentional about sharing his faith and was able to lead this man to Christ while he (the lost man) was outdoors fishing at a lake in Belton MO!

· I’ve stayed in contact with a homeless man (Roy), who called me from a hospital earlier this week after he had fallen 30 feet from a bridge that he was sleeping under, onto the asphalt below. The hospital had to cut his clothes off him, so he needed some more clothes, so I took him some on 4-1, Roy needs Jesus.

· One thing that we want to celebrate is Linda Jones’ retirement (3-27) after nearly 45 years as a Social Worker. We made a video with the help of her daughter, Stephanie, and hope you enjoy it; we love you Linda!

· Four of us men helped at the Shepherd’s Staff food pantry on 4-3; attached is a picture of my son and Sam H.

· We also took a homeless man (Shane) to the City Union Mission on 4-3; not too many places are taking in anyone right now, so I was thankful that he found housing.

· Lastly, I wanted to give you an update from my new friend in Nigeria; below is his testimony:

"Good day Steve. My name is X. I am from Nigeria. I live with my little brother which I am responsible of taking care of. 
I tried getting job but where I am from only the rich gets jobs. It takes only the Grace of God to secure a job here in Nigeria. 
In order not to starve and having my lil brother cry on me every day, I hacked into Steve's email. I think it was around February 11th not sure about the date. And I was soliciting for gift cards. I got a few. 
Not until when I saw his email. He said " Friend you need Jesus and quit stealing from people”: seeing his emails telling me to give him a call and text him. I felt bad knowing fully well that I hacked his email and was doing what I was doing. But I had no choice. Churches over there are not like the churches over here where you can walk up to the pastor and told him you're hungry and he gives you food. If you do that here, the pastor will ask to pray for you and that is it. Then pastor Steve and I started texting. 
At a point he requested to talk to me which I allowed. Then he preached to me about repentance and salvation and accepting that I am a sinner and what I did was against GOD's will. He told me about Proverbs 13 verse 11 which says, “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase." I thought of these words; it was exactly what I was doing. 
So, I called Steve and he prayed for me and let me know that he won’t turn me in, so I felt bold to talk to him. I pleaded with him and his wife for paying for what I did. I got $400 from using his email. 
Few days later after the whole scam thing, I got called back at a job I was once fired. and things where fine. I just want to apologize to everyone I must have hurt or offended with my actions. 
I AM SORRY. Especially to those who gave money to my scam. 
I Hope Y'all stay safe from COVID-19 and the cases are about a hundred here in Nigeria. "



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