Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Monthly Update - February 2019

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

- It seems like a long time ago in some ways, but not long at all in other ways, but Life Issues celebrated it’s 8-year anniversary on 2-3 @ our Super Bowl Party, there were about 25 people present and plenty of food and fellowship.

- We took a man for a 21-day rehab on 2-7, and there seems to have been a breakthrough there for him as he was able to give his burden of resentment to the Lord; he is now back in church and coming to meetings!

- We gave a box of food to a lady and her son on 2-7, who were in a local motel.

- We helped a man purchase some work clothes on 2-8, after he got out of jail.

- One of our leaders helped a former student and his wife move on 2-9.

- One of our leaders and I did an in-home visit with one of our graduates who has bone cancer. Right now, the cancer is in remission, but the treatment has taken a toll on his health and he isn’t able to work right now. Please pray for this man and his family, for the Lord to provide for his need.

- Another leader and I visited Community Linc in downtown KC on 2-27, it is a 30-year-old organization with the goal of eliminating homelessness in Kansas City. We went there to see how they run things and to determine if we can send folks there for help; we really appreciated the 2-hour presentation and tour and hope to keep in contact with them to see how we can partner in the future.

- A couple of us went to one of our student’s graduation at the Salvation Army on 2-27, and we were thrilled to see this man’s daughter present as well. This program took 6 months to complete and we’re very proud of him and are excited that he will be moving into the Joshua House (the Stovall’s and myself were present).

- We had a couple of meeting cancellations in February due to weather conditions and had to cut one meeting short due to bad weather, this continues to be a hard winter!

- We visited a lady in Cass County Jail recently and are in communication with her mother, to help determine a home plan for her, it looks like she may get into Healing House in March.

- Although we had 2 folks graduate from our program last month, we’ve got a good crop of folks coming along and working our program! There’s 5 folks going through The Journey Home program, 6 in HBF’s D1 material, 3 in D2, and 2 of our leaders are in HBI, so I’m excited of how the Lord is using us to fulfill his great commission!

- On February 17th we helped a man with some gas money and paid for a month of minutes and data on his phone, to give him a vote of confidence that he wants to change. Although I know that I mostly share the good things that happen in Life Issues, I thought it necessary to share some negative things as well, to help us all understand the illogical actions and consequences of drugs and alcohol. This man got drunk a couple of weeks later and spoke of taking his life but ended up getting nearly home one night after talking to his sponsor, myself, and family members, but then drove off in a field and was found by the police under a tree in the snow. Anyway, it was sub-freezing temps and he’s fortunate to be alive, but he resisted arrest and is now in custody. I’m thankful for our law enforcement officers and I know that this man’s story is not over yet, but it grieves me to care about these folks while feeling so powerless to help them. Please pray for this man and for the next chapter in his life’s story to have a better outcome!

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

Monthly Update - January 2019

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – January 2018 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

- I attended Mission Focus a couple of evenings and a morning session in early January, and re-united with a recovery group leader from Ohio for a little bit, and he sent me some helpful literature.

- A community partner of ours, in Clinton Missouri, joined me in helping a needy couple by donating some furniture to them in early January, and this couple have begin attending our sister church in Clinton, New Life Baptist church.

- I met with two of our primary leaders on 1-8 to discuss 2019 plans

- Life Issues is working with Foster Care to help a family, by offering our program to a married couple who are trying to get their son back. They are attending meetings and going through our recovery program as part of a court ordered path, so we’re excited to be able to help restore a family!

- We stopped by the probation / parole office on 1-9 to drop off some of our literature for the officers and for them to distribute to a couple of judges; we’re thankful to have a good relationship with law enforcement in our community, hallelujah!

- We began helping a lady inmate (who wrote to us for help in December) on 1-10 with an application to Lily’s House (LH). She has now been accepted into the LH, but was transferred to a Kansas jail, due to an offense there, but hopes to be released any day and taken to LH!

- One of our men students finished TJH program on 1-15 and one of our lady students finished our D1 program on 1-22, we’re excited and thankful for both of their accomplishments!

- The two men at Salvation Army phased up to level # 5 (final phase) on 1-16!

- We worked with the Public Defender’s Office to transport a lady from Cass County Jail to Healing House (downtown KC) on 1-18.

- We had 18 people present at our annual Life Issues leadership meeting on 1-19. It was a great meeting with fresh ideas and good food and good fellowship!

- Life Issues helped distribute excess food from Sonic on 1-25, the Cass County Rescue Mission was able to use most of it and we cooked up the rest for our folks.

- Life Issues provided 2 nights emergency housing for a homeless man on 1-26 & 1-27, as well as helped him get his phone turned back on. This same young man made a decision to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ and follow him, and the following week was accepted into Joshua House!

- We had another young man show up at the end of our meeting on 2-1 and was heavy hearted and downcast by the world, he stayed around and also made a decision to begin a relationship with Christ!

- We had a couple of good testimonies given at the end of January, stories of deliverance and victory. The parents of one of the men came to our meeting and were refreshed to hear of their prodigal son’s confessions and journey home!

- Life Issues has had a new opportunity come to us in the last 2 months, because 3 different ministry leaders from 3 different parts of the United States have contacted me requesting counsel on how to start a recovery group in their church. After talking with these men on the phone and formalizing some of our documents and policies, I mailed a Life Issues start up kit to each of them on 2-2; one to a jail minister in Mississippi, one to a school teacher in Iowa, and one to senior pastor in Colorado! I don’t know if any of these men will use any of our materials or not, but we are trying to make Life Issues a reproducible program and each of these men seemed sincere in their desire to reach the addicted in their communities and churches, so please pray with me for this effort to bless others.

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

Monthly Update - December 2018

Making a difference update, from the recovery field – December 2018 edition… Below are some bullet points of the highlights that happened in the Life Issues ministry over the last month:

- A few of us helped to decorate HBF for Christmas on 12-1, which got us in the holiday spirit.

- My boss at work resigned on 12-5 after 35 years, so that was a shock to many of us, and really was a low time for me personally and made me consider other things that I take for granted.

- My Adult Bible Fellowship (Sunday School) celebrated together @ Lily’s House (LH) this year, since the young ladies that live there attend our class & come to Life Issues. This was a fun time for all and was well attended (probably 15 adults and 10 kiddos), and the LH girls prepared most of the food for us and really went all out to make this an enjoyable evening! Santa made an appearance and distributed gifts to children, and I gave a devotion about the story of the candy cane.

- While talking with one of our students who had recently been to a court date, he told us that two different circuit judges at the Cass County Justice Center have our Pat and I’s business cards on their podium / benches in the court rooms, in order to recommend us to their clients! I rejoiced hearing that news, knowing that we’ve got favour with God and man – Luke 2:52!

- Several of us and HBF members helped a family move on 12-20.

- Life Issues had a Christmas party on 12-21 and Santa showed up for that too, along with a couple of elves! There was food in abundance that night too, and most of the folks stayed around and helped clean the church that night too.

- One of our students (CP) that accepted Christ earlier in 2018, got baptized on 12-23, hallelujah!

- A Christian business owner in Harrisonville collects money from special sales and blesses multiple families @ Christmas time, and this year he allowed me to designate a family for me to distribute funds too, and this year we got to give $150 to a family in need on 12-22, what a blessing that was!

- Life Issues helped a family purchase a starter for their van on 12-31, to get them back on the road!

- Life Issues purchased about $140 worth of food for our pantry, so that we’re stocked up again and ready to distribute to the poor and needy.

- HBF distributed 23 Christmas boxes of food, and about half of them were to LIM students / families.

- We had two couples from our ministry that got engaged in December; one of the couples is getting married in January (this month) and the other couple is waiting until July 12th; I love seeing young people in love!

- Below is a brief testimony from one of our lady leaders that I’m very thankful for:

I started attending life issues in the fall 2016 to support my fiancĂ© in his recovery program. I continued to attend over the next year to support him in his recovery. As I attended life issues I realized the program could help me with my issues as a flawed Christian. I was saved in 11/1983, but I still have to work on my sinful nature. Over the last 2 years of attending life issues, it has helped me grow close to Christ. I have become a member of HBF as well. I have learned to trust in God and allow him to work on my fiancĂ©’s recovery. As my trust grows in God so does my obedience. I have kept Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” in my heart. Every person who attends life issues is at war with Satan even if you have no addiction.

I continued to attend life issues for maintenance of my Christian life. As a Christian, I continue to maintain good works, proverbs 16:3 which will help my mind stay established with God, Jesus Christ. Titus 3:1 “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates to be ready to every good work”. Attending Life Issues helps me keep God close to my heart and has taught me to forgive anything, Matthew 5:44-47, and is helping me serve only one God, Jesus Christ. Psalms 1:1-6. I have improved my prayer life, fellowship and reading the word because of my regular attends at life issues. Psalms 18:3 helps protect me and any Christian stay close to God, and Life Issues can help any person wanting recovery and a closer life with God, Jesus Christ. Life Issues has shown me how to have more peace and I have seen how it has helped people seeking recovery through our Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah 26:3-4, “Thou will keep him in prefect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength”. -- Smile & God bless your day, SR

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