As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10 ESV
Easter has come again and unfailingly ushered in a season of growth and renewal. Thank you Jesus!
We are encouraged to see some ministry seeds sown by Inner City Mission are sprouting. In this edition of E-News, we preview next year’s expansion of our Springfield shelter, and we introduce two budding ministries that are generating some excitement. We hope you will join us in prayer as we seek God’s blessing at the early stages of these endeavors.
If you’re familiar with Inner City Mission’s layout in Springfield, you know “Miss Daisy’s House”—the older green home next to the shelter where we have traditionally sorted and distributed clothing. That building is in the process of renovation.
Our resident’s clothing needs will now be met out of one of the garages. The green house is being gutted and renovated to hold the offices of ICM.
Moving the offices from our smaller brick building will allow more space for helping the homeless find their way home. Currently we have 16 rooms sheltering homeless children, women, and families. Next year, God willing, we will be working with 20 families at one time.
Program manager for the house renovation is Michelle Oast, a lodge supervisor (and former resident) with a gift for maintenance and construction. We will be asking many of the church groups that host mission trips at our facility to take on various aspects of the hands-on work.
With this project and those listed below increasing the workload, we have added Norman McCormick to our management team. Norman has a background in the management of large organizations, as well as church leadership experience. He shares the enthusiasm for this ministry that we all have.
Neither this expansion nor the ministries introduced below will disrupt life at the shelter or change our focus.
For thirty-one years our Springfield campus has been the model and proving ground for our program of ministering to the homeless. God’s blessing has been on us, and we will continue to keep this shelter, our residents, and our experienced team of Stability Coaches and Lodge Supervisors foremost in our prayers and priorities.
One new ministry project we are enthusiastic about is “Stability inC” (Stability in Christ). This is the publishing/education arm of Inner City Mission.
Many churches and non-profits have discovered setting up a poverty alleviation ministry or homeless shelter requires more than good intentions and seed money. It requires a detailed plan. Stability InC will package and market materials to assist Christian fellowships wishing to start poverty alleviation ministries or homeless shelters based on our Stability for Life program. Stability inC will also publish ministry-related books for the general population.
Instrumental to this endeavor is journalist Larry Crossett, who has written and produced print materials for Inner City Mission for years. A friend to this ministry, Larry has published both print and online books in the past, and has offered to use this experience to the benefit of ICM.
We encourage you to read Larry’s Midwest Journey Books (below). Inner City Mission and its ministry is highlighted in these short collections of humorous newspaper writings, and profits from the series are shared with ICM.
A much anticipated Stability inC project is “When Worlds Collide.” This book by Scott and Connie Payne follows the couple as they are called, young and naive, into a ministry that challenges everything they thought they knew about sharing God’s love.
“When Worlds Collide,” will be available by August 24 of this year. A second book “Calming the Chaos” is currently being written and will be available by July 4, 2016.
A newly formed subsidiary of Inner City Mission, ReNew Ministries is focused on establishing new ministry plants and assisting local churches that desire to serve homeless or impoverished populations. The first operation under the ReNew umbrella will be a thrift store and ministry center, opening this summer in Lincoln, Illinois.
As we tweak our Stability for Life program for breaking the cycle of homelessness, we find residents moving through the program more quickly. We have been wanting to provide an those in the later stages of the program a way to become familiar with the work environment before they enter the competitive job marketplace. At the new store, residents will have that opportunity as they manage donations, shelve items, assist in ministry projects, and so forth.
This venture will be funded initially through financial donations received by Inner City Mission from churches and individuals in Lincoln and Logan County. Once the Logan County community gets to know us, we pray they will support ReNew Ministries so that it becomes self-sustaining.
Thanks for the Easter Baskets!
Athens United Methodist Church donated woven baskets and stuffers so that we could make Easter baskets for the kids. So generous was the church that we had baskets for residents’ children and grandchildren, and even staff children. Thank you!
- Yancelanna had her first job interview. This is a big step and we are proud of her.
- Courtney got accepted into the honors program at Kentucky College, and is going this month to register.
- Kristi went on an Emmaus Walk (Christian retreat) and came back excited about God and life.
- Linda got accepted into Parkway Apartments and will be moving out on her own.
- We’re continuing to pray for Gail, who left ICM to get hip surgery. She is looking for a place to stay that can accommodate her needs.
- We have a child whose behavior problems at school might lead to DCFS intervention. Please join us in praying for stability for this family.
- Lissa is moving on. With us for an extended time as she worked to overcome much in her life, this beloved resident feels ready to take that big step. Join us in prayer that Lissa and all those that leave ICM realize that God is still with them, and we are still behind them.
Here are some donations we know will come in handy:
- Lightbulbs (60 watts)
- Toilet paper and other paper products
- Diapers (size 5 and up)
- Breakfast Cereal
ICM gratefully accepts donated items any time at our North 7th Street shelter.
Midwest Journey E-book free through Friday!
To promote the release of the second book in the Midwest Journey series for ICM, the first book of the series is free through Friday! Click the image to visit the Kindle E-book store. If you would like samples of Larry’s writing, click here to visit his website.