Category Archives: Celebratory Blogs

Partners

A couple weeks ago, I was asked to check out a website for the purpose of connecting with potential partners. I did so, and came across a food pantry called Compassion Food Pantry. They have multiple sites in multiple places so I called and spoke to a gentleman about their donating food to us here at cropped-oim-logo.jpg.  

The gentleman that I got into contact with,  called me and referred me to his brother.  I got into contact with him, along with my boss, and he graciously made time to both talk with us as well as donated to us so that we could feed others. I am so thankful for this group. They’ve worked 24/7 to help those affected by the heavy rains (floods) here in Colorado as well as the fires before the flooding. We deeply appreciate God  providing for us this way and ask Him to bless Compassion Food Pantry  and bless them a hundred fold!! 

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Soup and Bread are just a couple of the things donated!

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Filling up the fridge

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James thinks he’s funny lol (He is) ;-D

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Cindy

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Bringing in the donations – Thank you JESUS!!

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Cindy Vanlandingham

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Full Refrigerator!!

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Check it out!! Our freezer is FULL!!!

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Cindy came in special to put away incoming donations

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James making a funny face at Jenny as she took his picture lol

We are Moving

Good morning, Colorado Springs and anywhere else, my “voice” is heard!

cropped-oim-logo.jpg is moving! We’ve been blessed with a new office and a new opportunity to continue the work that we’ve started. It’s always been unpopular to be godly. The longer I live, the more I observe, the more I recognize how blatant it’s become. Landlords are raising the rent, forcing people who can’t afford much, in this case, nonprofits, to be forced to relocate. Such is this situation. But as Scripture says, “What man means for evil, God uses for good”. Thank you, Lord, for your unspeakable gifts!

Below is a map, courtesy of Google, between the “old” site and the “new” site. We will have completely moved in, God willing, by October 1st.

This is what the office looks like right now ( a great deal cleaner as these pictures were taken pre-clean)…

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Reopening the Healing Gallery!!!

Good morning, everyone! I pray that you had a splendid 4th of July, AKA Independence Day!! independence day My family and I watched the fireworks from our balcony as we have a great view of the mountains happy face

Now, it’s Monday; the holiday’s over and it’s time for B. A. U. No, I’m not talking about the Behavioral Analysis Unit for all you (fellow) Criminal Minds lovers: I’m talking Business As Usual…only it’s really not because tomorrow, on July 12th at 7 P.M. is the unveiling of a project months in the undertaking, a project we’re calling the Transformed Healing Gallery, the story of the Bible in Fish Tanks. 

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These are some pictures of what are in the fish tanks but there will be a new video next week, once the event has passed. Here is the old one:

If you are in the neighborhood and would like to attend this awesome event, please feel free to come! It will be located at 607 Bryce Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. 

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November 11, 2011 was the first opening of the Healing Gallery!

November 11, 2011 was the first opening of the Healing Gallery!

Healing Gallery Exhibit 2

A Partial View of the fish tank exhibits

Healing Gallery Exhibit 3

One view of the Healing Gallery

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Without Further Ado….

OIM

 

Presents:

The “Transformed” Healing Gallery

 

Join us as we rededicate

the Healing Gallery

(the Life of Christ and more. in 3-D)

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You have to see it, to believe it;

So come and see…

Friday, July 12th, 2013

7:00 P.M.

607 Bryce Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

719-635-0463

Apostle Iva Bowers, Pastor

http://www.oimco.org

A.R.I.S.E. Event

Earlier last week, my boss, Iva, was invited to an event given by Goodwill Industries. She delegated that honor to Christine and myself as she had prior engagements and so we went and had a ball!

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We had a fantastic time! We gathered 26 signatures of interested individuals, scheduled 3 people for interviews between Friday and Monday and networked with the other people in the room, the organizations represented ranging from free medical care for the un- and under -insured to offers for free GED possibilities including CPR and other worthy things to know. If I wasn’t so busy- I might try to get certified again as I was many years ago wink face!

In future blogs, I will be introducing some of the people (as soon as I email them and obtain their permission) that I met today because we’re a community and we’re all trying to do the same thing- help people, just using our individual skills and resources. By partnering up, I – along with OIM-can help more people, bring in more interested volunteers and doners. I believe God loves collaboration- after all, is not our relationship with God through Jesus the Christ, the ULTIMATE COLLABORATION??!

Following this event, I received an email from the man who invited us to the function, thanking us. I want to share it with all of you, withholding the name until I can properly introduce the people we’ve partnered up with, assuming we end up going that direction.

Heidi,

Thank you so much for coming, your presence and resources helped to make this our greatest event so far and we only hope to get better.  Yesterday we had over 200 participants come through our doors and we help 27 participants find employment 19 of which start work today.  Our next event will be July 10th from 9:30am-2:30pm we would be honored to have you again.  If you would like to attend feel free to contact me via email or call.

I am so blessed to have the privilege to represent an organization that helps the needy. I guess it’s because I am who I am  and my very recent experience with homelessness – off and on for the last 9 years- that makes me especially sympathetic and empathetic with the plight of those who can’t and don’t have enough to eat, places to work and live, etc. On the other hand, I have been  blessed in soooo many ways and with so many wonderful people throughout the years that it makes all the suffering worth it, most days.  

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**** As an end note, I am so happy to report that we have 13 interviews lined up for perspective volunteers. God is so awesome, ya’ll!****

HONEY BABY BASKETS

HONEY BABY BASKETS.

We Gather Together…

Last weekend, May 12th, on Mother’s Day, Apostle Iva Bowers held a BBQ at her home, at the Church, following the service. Her husband did all the work and we had a great time. 

Speaking for myself, it has been years since I’ve (regularly) attended church which is not to say that I have somehow back-slidden, but rather was homeless and moving around a lot; now, sometimes, I sit back and wonder how I ended up attending hers. Yes, I work here, in the office, but I’d pretty much given up going to church again and yet God seems to be leading me back there. Whatever his purpose, I’ll do my best to be obedient.

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This BBQ was a blast. I’m new to Colorado Springs and my husband and I don’t get out very much. He had to stay home with Ishaq, our son, so I kind of live life for the both of us. 

The Lord has been so faithful to me! As I sit here going over the pictures of the events of recent days, I can only stand amazed that the Lord has entrusted me with the responsibilities he has.  I also worry – daily – despite my best efforts because this ministry needs to be able to get the grant so that we can hire a staff. I have a husband and child at home and he’s only in preschool, which means we can not both work full time job- that responsibility falls to me (and I’m delighted to have it that way as he prefers to be at home with his plants anyway). We need partners. We need people who are as concerned about the homeless, underemployed and chronically in need in the Colorado Springs area (the WHOLE area, not JUST Colorado Springs) as we are.

Anyway, just wanted to share the pictures taken on Mother’s Day! 

Celebrate Opportunity!!

Yesterday was an amazing day! I got up a little earlier than usual, my head abuzz with the thoughts and excitement and yes, even a smidge of fear. I went through my usual routine in the morning, hopped on the bus, went to the transit center and transferred to the next bus and worked with the bus driver to figure out where, exactly, I was supposed to go. They were VERY accommodating!

See, for about 3 weeks, I’ve been planning to attend a grant writing seminar at theimagejpeg_7 (1)   here in Colorado Springs and I’ve been sooooo looking forward to it! 

I’m  sure I’ve mentioned that I was asked to write a grant for Overcomers International Ministry.  I am glad to do it but as always, when faced with something I have never done before, I didn’t know how to proceed. I tried to read a couple of grant-writing books, including Grant Writing for Dummies but apparently I needed more because it made NO sense lol. 

So, after getting off the bus yesterday at the Broadmore Hotel, I walked the direction the bus driver instructed and finally made it to my destination. I was blown away-the view was amazing!! 

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I was in the first class, “Case for Support”  from 9-12. That went very well, and then we had lunch (most of the people went out of the area to eat). Then, at 1:30,  we met back at the Penrose Room and started “Effective Grant writing”.  Because I’m new to the area, there are a lot of places I’ve never been and so yesterday I played TOURIST as well as STUDENT. What a day! Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity!!

Please enjoy the following montage of the pictures I took yesterday!

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