Small Churches, Big Hearts

Mar 31, 2010  |     |   General

Nelva and Tom serve the United Methodist Churches in Dunlap and Dow City Iowa. Recently, they brought a carload of items from their churches-over 172 pounds of handmade quilts and fleece blankets. Wha...

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My Daughter’s Easter Dress

Mar 30, 2010  |     |   General

This week, while meeting with a family in the 29/11 program, I asked them if they were doing anything special for Easter. Mary said they were looking forward to going to Sunday service, but she didnâ€...

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Thank You Notes

Mar 29, 2010  |     |   General

Through all of the everyday drama and crisis management at Lydia House, one positive ritual stands out that seems to be helping everyone’s attitude—writing thank you notes. It is a very simple, sm...

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Salvation comes by faith alone.

Mar 27, 2010  |     |   General

After 3 weeks in Wing G at Garland Thompson Men’s Center, working day by day on personal goals, a man with a religious spirit came to me and said, “I believe all religions lead you to God, as long...

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Greetings from Lydia House

Mar 26, 2010  |     |   General

We have been in the New Lydia House Building for about two months. When we first moved into the building the halls were quiet and long. The same amount of people that were squeezed into the small wing...

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Prayer Brings Change

Mar 23, 2010  |     |   General

I spent an hour with a broken father this week as he told me the story of his family. With mental health issues on both sides of the family and dysfunctional parental upbringing themselves, the father...

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Boxes of Hope

Mar 23, 2010  |     |   General

In April of 2008, Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center was forced to suspend it’s ministry of food pantries to the community, due to a decline in donations. Even though it’s been almos...

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God’s Plan

Mar 19, 2010  |     |   General

Before coming to Open Door Mission, I taught Jr. High for three years. Although I liked the staff, I wasn’t so fond of the students. (Some people just aren’t cut out to teach Jr. High—I’m one ...

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Mar 16, 2010  |     |   General

Did you ever feel like a Lone Ranger all by yourself and nobody really gets what’s going on in your head? I think we all feel that way at times. Even Elijah, the great prophet of old, felt the same ...

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Mar 15, 2010  |     |   General

I have been privileged to speak at a variety of churches and to different age groups the past few weeks. There was a great diversity of religions, but what I have seen is great compassion and caring b...

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Mar 13, 2010  |     |   General

I could tell you cool stories of how God is working each day in the Lydia House and how miracles are happening. However, there is one time that sticks, because it happened recently. There is a partici...

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Change of Pace

Mar 12, 2010  |     |   General

As a Senior Development Officer at Open Door Mission I received a wonderful change of pace the last two weeks of February. Because of vacations, etc., I was requested to work with the Emergency Servic...

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Mar 11, 2010  |     |   General

I find it amazing how often we are unable to see GOD’S overall plan. Last week a client, that we can call Mr. C., was extremely unruly and verbally combatant. Because of his behavior Mr. C was asked...

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YOUTH GROUP CHALLENGE!

Mar 10, 2010  |     |   General

ATTENTION OMAHA AREA YOUTH GROUPS: Help people in your community, and your whole youth group could win a pizza party and tickets to see Casting Crowns, Tenth Avenue North and CALEB…for free! LMG...

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