Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monthly Update - March 2019

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

· We gave emergency housing to lady on 3-8.
· One of our students returned home from Teen Challenge on 3-8 after completing 4 months
· A new person signed up for Covenant Eyes on 3-5, for online monitoring of electronic devices. We offer this confidential service for free, to anyone desiring sexual purity and accountability.
· The man that graduated from the Salvation Army in February, got into the Joshua House on 3-7 and began going through our discipleship 1 (D1) ministry on 3-16.
· One of our ladies celebrated 200 days clean on 3-10 & completed TJH on 3-29! Her husband celebrated 150 days clean and completed TJH on 3-24; we’re very proud of this couple!
· Kevin F. completed D1 on 3-17, he made the third person in one month to complete our program!
· Pat Lee submitted his recovery workbook (The Journey Home) to the publisher on 3-15! This submittal represents over 3 years of work, and although it will take several months longer to get published, we’re very excited about how God is going to use this material in our ministry as well as in jails and prisons and other recovery groups!
· I took a man to Salvation Army on 3-19 for the public defender’s office, since this man had no one else.
· I signed Life Issues up on the business app called “Alignable”, so connect with us if you’re on that app too.
· I got to baptize on of our student’s aunts on 3-20, PTL!
· We Helped a lady get into Healing house on 3-21 (she relapsed and got kicked out a week later).
· We helped one of our students with gas money on 3-22 and helped a couple with their electric bill on 3-26.
· We had a new lady (one of our student’s mom) starting D1 on approximately 3-24.
· We helped one of our former students with emergency housing on 3-25 and with a ride from Sedalia to Belton, late one night.
· Another one of our students was accepted into the Welcome House on approximately 3-25.
· One of our former students, Brenda, died 3-28 and I did her funeral on 4-2 and shared the gospel with many! Thankfully she was saved, therefore she’s with the Lord and doing well today!
· We had great testimonies at the end of March; there were over 50 people there on 3-39 for our group pic!
· Check out Brian P’s testimony below, after completing our program…

My name is Brian; after recently finishing The Journey Home (Life Issues' recovery program) I would like to encourage all Life Issues members to consider taking The Journey Home as well. I found it to be very enlightening and edifying. It is complete and concise. A work which takes the recovering addict through the stages of brokenness, sanctification, and forgiveness. Through prayer and worship, you will begin to understand that the journey is a lifelong undertaking of salvation and sobriety. If you have gone to the considerable effort to get clean, you might as well go all the way. During your journey, you will see how pride and pleasure seeking, create an atmosphere of shame, confusion, and self-deception. How we take power away from God, to whom it belongs, and use it for our own selfish ends. How combining the Holy Spirit with our natural conscience through salvation and strengthening it with the word of God creates within us a renewed and empowered mind with the ability to control our fleshly desires and overcome our flesh. Only a renewed strengthened mind, coupled with resolve to obey God can achieve this.

You will learn how the true source of power, the word of God, strengthens our minds through his Holy Spirit, enabling us to resist our fleshly desires. Until such a time as we are absent from our flesh bodies, the war between Spirit and flesh rages on, battle upon battle. The Journey Home equips the believer with the winning weapons of our war; salvation, the Holy Spirit, and the word of God, coupled with our conscience. These truly emerge as a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet (Psalm 119:105). A wise man once told me that "Christians take ground, we do not give it. You can always take one more hill. It's not how we fall, we all stumble, it's how we rise to fight again (Pr. 24:16a)."

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

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