Monday, March 8, 2021

Monthly Update : February 2021

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – February / March 2021 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

  • Theresa G. Completed 1 year clean on 1-1-21, see attached picture of her with cake😊

  • We got to give out a couple of boxes of food out during this time period from our food pantry and we sent a team of people to Harrisonville’s food pantry on 2-5, and we’ll have a team there again on 3-26 to help.
  • Jim S completed his overview of the whole Bible 1-3-21 and will help you obtain a copy of this 500+ page resource it if you’re interested (816-877-8525), see attached pic.

  • We got a $50 gift card from Walmart on 2-3-21 for registering in their donation portal, and we were able to buy supplies for our Super Bowl party, see attached Super Bowl picture!

  • Life Issues celebrated 10 years of ministering to the addicted on 2-4, hallelujah!
  • Zach M Got his class B with air brakes on 2-4-21 and was recently able to get his own apartment!
  • Samuel James H. was born on 2-5-21! (Alicia’s doing fine, see attached pic)

  • Brian R was saved in jail by reading one of HBF’s Bibles and was accepted into the Drug Court the first week of February after his release. Brian began coming to Life Issues and HBF and was baptized on 2-14 - Valentine’s Day, we love Brian and are excited to see the changes in this young man!
  • We also had a young man named Thomas M accept Christ as his personal Lord and savior after our meeting on 3-5, and we’re thrilled to welcome him into the family of God!
  • Josh J got into detox on 2-17 via Chris Newby (a friend of our ministry), and we got him into treatment on 3-3. We prayed with Josh and I gave him a Bible, please pray for this soul.
  • My mom died 2-12 & was buried on 2-20, and my brothers and I did funeral; I’m thankful to have had a great mother who took us to church every Sunday, and we’re comforted knowing that she’s with Jesus. I’m attaching a picture of my mother and I; thanks for all the outpouring of love for my family and I during this time.

  • Although we can’t get into the jail due to Covid, we’ve been writing to inmates and sending them Bibles, etc. Jim S heads up this effort and personally writing to over 8 different folks and its been very fruitful, PTL
  • Brian and Angie P’s son got resident of the week again recently (5th time total), so we rejoice with their family. They go to court this week to determine the right time for him to come home, please pray that it’s soon. Their other son, Caleb, landed a good job with Amazon in February!
Molessa A’s testimony: 
"I started drinking alcohol in high school. Like so many young girls I struggled with low self-esteem, and confidence. I quickly learned alcohol helped give me the boost I needed to be the life of the party; alcohol gave me the false sense of reality that I was accepted by others. Around age 20 was when I started using drugs, the next decade of my life is riddled with drugs, alcohol, partying and poor decisions. By the age of 30 I decided to quit using drugs, they were illegal after all, but alcohol was not so I justified my drinking. Alcohol controlled my 30s and eventually took me to the bottomless pit of addiction hell!!

Since finding recovery I have gained such a beautiful relationship with God; I trusted Christ as my savior at Life Issues in November 2019 and for the first time I have a true sense self-worth. I no longer live in fear. I have so many healthy relationships now with friends and family. My children have come to trust me again, and I really do love myself now! Peace, Joy, Gratitude, Freedom!!

The hardest thing I had to overcome was trust!! Accepting help from others was a struggle for me, knowing they are there to actually help and support me was a lot to adjust to. I have been in so many unhealthy relationships that tainted my ability to trust, I had gotten really good at pushing people away to protect myself from being hurt, overcoming the desire to push people away took some work. All of this has gotten easier with time, patience, and Trust in God!!

My advice to others is to find your higher power. God has truly restored my life and I know with Him beside me All things are possible!! A little over a year ago, I had absolutely no relationship with God, I was scared at first, but He was waiting with open arms for me to reach out to Him. Surrendering my life to Christ has been the most rewarding thing, I am a brand-new creature, better than I ever imagined I would ever be! I was baptized on February 28th at Adrian Christian Church and everyday God provides me with wisdom, strength, courage and patience to make the right choices and continue to grow in my faith, and become the best Mom, daughter, friend, Christian, and person I can possibly be!!!"

There are many moving parts to this ministry and we’re in the trenches serving our Lord in these last days and trying to help the addicted recover by being addicted to the ministry ourselves (1 Cor. 16:15). Thank you for your prayers and support, we couldn’t do what we do without you! I think that this will become a bi-monthly update (every 2 months), but I welcome your feedback / input…

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Monthly Update - December 2020

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – December 2020 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:
  • Molessa A. completed The Journey Home on 12-6 and we honored her on 12-18, she gave a great testimony of God’s goodness to our largest group ever (65 adults)!

  • On 12-14, Life Issues helped a lady fix her car, it was a minor repair but a major blessing to her!
  • We sent Christmas cards to 7 inmates on 12-15, and one of the inmates is part of a Bible study group that designed a card for us in return, that everyone signed (see attached pic of the elaborate card)!

  • Chuck and I worked at Harrisonville’s Shepherd’s Staff food pantry on 12-11, it was a blessing to bless others!
  • Our own food pantry (Morsels For Many) got utilized a lot in 2020, we distributed 34 boxes of food to the needy (compared to 25 the previous year).
  • HBF gathered supplies for an additional 25 Christmas boxes of food, each containing items to feed a family of 6-8 a Christmas meal. My Sunday School class (The Foundation ABF) was in charge of distributing them this year. This was an effort to give food to people in our church who might not have been able to have a nice Christmas dinner on their own; attached are pictures of the wrapped boxes empty and another with them full, and the people who helped assemble and distribute them.

  • I got to baptize Alicia H. on 12-13 (see attached picture), so her and Connie M. and Ed. M. joined HBF on 12-20 and they were welcomed by the whole church body (see attached pics), we’re thrilled to have them!

  • We took a box of Bibles (24 Bibles) to the jail on 12-27, for the deputies to distribute upon request from inmates.
  • Life Issues had its Christmas party on 12-18 this year and Linda J. read the Christmas story to the kids and adults in attendance (see attached picture). Santa visited that night too and got many photo ops with our kiddos and gave out gifts to them with the help of some elves!

  • Pat L. helped get a young man into detox on 12-22 & got him into a rehab facility on 12-31; this was a monumental effort since it’s hard to get into anywhere with Covid. Anyway, please pray that this man’s life will be changed in the recovery process!!!
  • I went and picked up one of our students from the Greyhound bus station after Christmas on 12-27 and took him home after being out of town over the holidays, and didn’t have a ride.
  • We also helped homeless couple with a box of food and 1 night of emergency housing on 12-29. We gave another box of food and gas card to a different couple that same day.
  • Zach M. phased up (level 3 of 4) in the Drug Court program in early January, so he’s over halfway through this course. We’re so proud of him and now he can work full time and afford his own place and get more grafted into society and a “normal” life.
  • Our Life Issues group cleaned church on 1-3 (mainly Jimmie and Rosie); it’s a blessing to me to see our folks give back! Life issues is a blessing to me in many ways, but one of the ways that I see, is when folks willingly give back. Some give back in part because they need community service but often, they just feel like volunteering; I had 2 men tell me last night to let them know if we need help with anything!
  • Life Issues will be having a Super Bowl party on 2-7 in the south trailer, this will also be our 10-year anniversary of Life Issues, hallelujah!

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

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Monthly Update - November 2020

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – November 2020 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:
  • Becca D accepted Christ on 11-1 after church, and she also quit smoking too! Becca is becoming a virtuous young woman and mother, and we’re so thankful that God led her our way!
  • Sara B completed her peer specialist training and was awarded her certificate on 11-5, by the Missouri Credentialing Board; we’re very proud of her, see attached picture of certificate.

  • Ed M completed our recovery program, The Journey Home (TJH) on 11-6 with sponsor Chris C, and he became a member of HBF on 11-22; Ed is a blessing to all and we’re very proud of him!
  • Our church has a Next Steps class every 2 months for people considering becoming members of our church, and we have 2-3 people attending it tomorrow! We believe that the church is God’s support group, so it is encouraging to see our folks becoming a part of His church at HBF!
  • Charles B’s God’s hand up - winter coat drive was a huge success. Charles had 105 coats donated to the needy through his efforts, but he only got 103 of them distributed because I gave two away within our group before he picked them up on 11-13😊. See Charles’ promo picture attached.

  • Even though Angie and I were absent, the Life Issues group cleaned the church on 11-13!
  • Molessa A was one year sober on 11-17, Brian P was two years clean on 11-30, and Alicia H was 200 days clean on 12-4; these are milestones and trophies of God’s goodness and grace!
  • Life Issues bought medicine for a student 11-22-20; he needed the meds but couldn’t afford them, so we rejoice that we were able to step in and bless him in this way and that the meds are helping.
  • Even though our Prisoners Of Hope (POH) jail ministry is on hold due to the COVID 19 virus, we’ve been writing to about 6-7 incarcerated folks and seeing lives changed from afar, with cell walls!
  • Tim M came over from Clinton MO to share his stirring testimony on 11-27, and four people made professions of faith in Christ, may they now walk in him as they have received him – Colossians 2:6.
  • We had a family picture taken on 11-28 (see attached photo of us), and a few days after (12-1) our grandson Lincoln accepted Christ (he’s the 7-year old on the left) with his father, what a blessing!

  • TJH Program update: we’ve had 2 people complete TJH recently and we have 2 people actively engaged in it, and we have 2 new folks starting it (Misti D and John K)!
  • Christmas 2020…
  • HBF will be putting together approximately 30 boxes of food for singles or families that could use a little Christmas cheer this year (on 12-20).
  • Molessa A will be sharing her testimony on 12-18 and after the meeting, Santa Claus will be visiting Life Issues. He will be in the lobby where the Stovall’s will be taking pictures of children with him, and one of his elf’s will be distributing toys for the children
  • We will have Mazzio’s pizza delivered that night, so we hope all can make it out.
  • We won’t be having a recovery meeting on Christmas day…
  • We’re in the process of making a year-end video with a compilation of folks from this year’s ministry, so I’ll send that out next month.
Employment anniversary – On 12-23 I will have been working at my company for 35 years! It seems like only a short time ago that I left the farm and headed to KC with Angie and our one-year-old, Luke, who will turn 36 in a week. It was on the job that I met a man who led me to Christ in 1992, I am forever grateful for that life changing event. My company paid for most of my college, which made me eligible for promotion into the maintenance department, which has provided for my family and helped support our ministry for years. I have met many good friends there and even Mr. Ewing Marion Kauffman (twice) before he died. It has been a good run and I have a few more years to go, but it’s a good time to pause and reflect and be thankful.

In addition to all the good things I try to report, I wanted to let you know that we lost a former student, Kristi T., on 11-24. Although Kristi was a sweet lady and a born-again Christian, she couldn’t break the cycle of addiction and the consequences of it led to her death. These things weigh heavy on me and our group, but we thank Karen E for never giving up on her and we pray for her husband. May God embolden us to not give up on the addicted and always be ready to assist the struggling,

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