Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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…

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