Month: April 2018

Prodigal Son

I was speaking with a vendor who had not been to church in a little while. They were afraid to go back to church for what might happen to him. Jason reminded him that even when the prodigal returned, they threw a feast in his honor. The vendor was so encouraged by this, he called

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Life Giving Moments

Open Door Mission is first and foremost a ministry. We desire to share the Gospel and spread God’s love to everyone we meet. Shawn, an Open Door Mission employee, shares his love with people in such a simple yet brilliant way. People who walk through the Timberlake Outreach Center (TOC) have the opportunity to take

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Finding New Life

Hello, my name is Patrick Wajda and I was born and raised right here in Big Red Country. I grew up Catholic in a loving home and I had a great childhood. Drinking alcohol was a part of that childhood at family gatherings and the summer fun. Relatives would slip us kids a drink here and

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A Wise Life

My name is Erin Shonka and this is my testimony. Growing up, I would daydream and think how great and exciting the world was going to be. It was the devils false vision, false dreams and false hope that eventually controlled me.  I started to lose the morals that my Mother had taught me while

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Answered Prayer

I have been so worried about getting stock out to our guests. I went to bed worrying about it. So, I sat on the side of my bed and said another prayer to God. I asked God to send us good volunteers to get donations out to our guests who are in need. God answered!

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A Good Reminder

Every so often I get to see something very inspiring at the mission. This morning I got to see a bunch of men in the New Life Recovery Program sitting around the table reading God‘s word. I took a picture and had to share with you all. Let this be a good reminder that the

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The Struggle Is Real

 We often hear the phrase in popular culture, “the struggle is real.”  We look at Jesus and see he suffered as well as healed people!  Sometimes in full time ministry, I just want the good parts. I want to say, “God, give me the good parts without the hard parts.”  But I see through the

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Prasie the LORD, My Soul

Before the New Life Recovery Program, I had been through a few treatment centers. I learned that if my mindset on my addiction did not change, my addictions would always have a hold on my life. Through this program, I learned ways to battle my addictions. The problem was I believed only I could win

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Thank You Omaha Cosmo Club!

Faithful! That’s the one word that sums up the West Omaha Cosmo Club! For more than 23 years, they have been supporting the Open Door Mission with their Undie Drive and Clothing Drive. Last night, they shared their club photo album with me. It was an emotional experience. Three people have gone on to be

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My will to HIS

I was born the third of eight children. Being the middle child of such a large family, it was easy for me to get lost in the shuffle. I would be left alone to my own devices and I eventually learned that anything I did was not really noticed. Growing up in the shadows, I

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