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Well spring is here with new beginnings of life. The trees are budding, flowers are coming up and soon there will be new baby animals among us. All these signs of new life reminds me of the new life we begin as Christians, when we become born again in the faith. It also makes me think of all the changes our ministry has faced in the last month, which is bringing new life to us. Some of these changes have been hard like going through labor but in the end it's all worth it.
On March 11 we began moving our minstry to a new location, we are now settled in and you can find us at 277 North St. Fremont. We have a nicer facility with room for our Rhema Center Mission, which is sober living for those who are temporarily in need of housing. We are praying for more funds to come in so that we can open this up further for our 'Men of Mercy' and 'Women of Wisdom' sober living programs. This has been a long time goal of this ministry and God is opening the doors for us to fulfill this calling.
In February we served over 900 individuals with food through our 'Bread of Life' food pantry program. This is an area of great need in our community; therefore, we intend on having this program up and running in full force again June1. Until then, we are giving out food on an 'emergency' basis only.
Rev. Jeannie Weber was a guest speaker at St. Vincent De Paul on March 21, she explained to them exactly what we were in need of. St. Vincent De Paul have been wonderful to us by donating a refridgerator, washer and dryer and they have also found a way for bunk beds to be made for our Rhema Center Mission. Many heartfelt thanks to all of you at St. Vincent De Paul, words cannot express are true appreciation for all you have done for us. Our biggest need is monetary, but there are still many items that we are in need of. Please look over the list below and contact us if you can be of any help in obtaining any of these items.
Refrigerator, folding charis, a minimum of 8 folding tables approximately 18" wide x 4' long, push mower, weed eater, stand up shower, water heater and treated lumber. These items do not need to be new, we will accept used items as long as they work.
We also are always in need of the following items: toilet paper, dishsoap, trashbags, paper towels, all purpose cleaner, bar soap, comet/soft scrub, stick deoderant, toilet bowl cleaner, toothpaste, windex/glass cleaner, laundry soap, white copy paper, assorted card stock, ANY non-perishable food item, and we can always use empty ink cartridges from your printers.
Our 12 step program 'Friday Nite Life' is faith base and is open to the public for anyone with any type of addiction or hang up. Maybe you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol or maybe you are a shopaholic or have an eating disorder. Whatever your hang up is you are welcome to join our 12 step program held every Friday night 6 PM - 8 PM.
We also have Citizens Circle, this is a re-entry program for those who have been released from jail or prison. This is also open to the community where we can encourage others and help them set goals to become healthy productive citizens. Join us the 4th Tuesday of every month 6 PM - 8 PM.
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." God is so good! He has a plan for each and everyone of us including this ministry. Though we go through hard times and things get tough He still has a plan for us. He wants to prosper us and give us hope and a future. He has showed us this over and over this last month, it's not been easy but He is opening the doors and He is meeting our needs. In order for God to do this He uses His servants, others around us who can help and those who are willing to help. Where He has one he always has another.