Plans of the Lord

Jul 3, 2010  |     |   General

My church’s weekly sermon was based on Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” As I sat there, I was reminded of the first time I read that scripture. My husband just lost his job. We had 2 children and $50.00 in our checking account. I was working part time for “just over” minimum wage. From my perspective, I was asking God, “What was He thinking?” But nearly 25 years later, I look back now and see how a moment in life that seemed tragic, really changed many areas of my life and my family’s.

If Dan had not changed jobs, I would have never begun my journey at Open Door Mission. I have had the privilege of working at the Mission for over 22 years. I have seen many changes—part of God’s plan, not only for my life, but for the different caring people He has put in my path. I have met so many that love God so much they have dedicated their lives to His service. Hundreds of staff, volunteers, and donors that provided service to thousands of homeless and near homeless men, women, and children each year.

I have watched individuals and families break the cycle of homelessness after generations of bad decisions. They are now self-sufficient and contributing to the Heartland. This transformation begins with God, but He uses people to carry out His plan.

I have watched the campus grow from one building to several blocks of facilities, where lives change daily. Outside my office I am now watching heavy equipment move dirt where later this year will be a Permanent Supportive Housing facility. This will provide safe haven and 41 apartments for men, women, and families. Wow! God has a great plan ─ and I am so honored because He chose me to be a part of it.

So, what is my point? What is God’s plan for you? If you want to see lives change daily, check us out at www.opendoormission.org, or call me at (402)829-1518. I would love to visit with you to answer any questions, or give you a tour of what God has planned for Open Door Mission.

Come be a part of God’s plan.

Karen Applegate
Advancement Director

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