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Apostle Iva Bowers, CEO/Founder

Now that you’ve seen what Iva’s done for those in the community…are you willing to help us do even more??! Donate today; support us today. Go to and bless us financially!! We’d also love to see you at church so don’t be a stranger!!


Lia Sophia Jewelry Fundraiser


HEAR YE, HEAR YE!! This coming Saturday, here at 411 Lakewood Circle, Suite c205a, in Colorado Springs there will be a Lia Sophia Party!! The public is invited! As you can see from the flyer, this will be well worth attending if you have any spare time whatsoever! I will be there and I hope that you will, too! R.S.V.P. at The invite goes to any and all in the area! Manitou Springs, you are invited as well!! 

You can also go here to this link: It will automatically collect the R.S.V.P.

And for those who are out of state, who would like to attend, you can do so long distance by going to Lia Sophia’s webpage:

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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Who’s your Neighbor?

The New Testament instructs us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself” but who IS your neighbor? Is it the circle you call friends? Is it people of the same economic group as you belong to? Or, could it be that it’s the homeless guy you passed this morning on your way to church, or to the movies or to…wherever else you had to go? For me, it’s anyone who passes by, regardless of how they’re dressed, how they’re acting or speaking or what they’re doing. Maybe they’re not the BEST neighbor we’ve ever had, but that doesn’t change the fact that they ARE our neighbor.

Let me tell you about MY neighbors. They are poor. They are homeless. They have nowhere to go at night. They want jobs but none seem to exist and if they DO, they go to everyone BUT those seeking them, They have either a past – or a present – problem with drugs, alcohol, etc. They may not have worked for years. They’re trying to climb a hill and a mudslide of political and peer pressure, discrimination and generalized animosity is coming right at them and they’re expected to climb and not drown; to withstand the  pressure put on them, raise a family, etc., with pretty much NO support from those who are called to do so.

I was just sitting here, listening to Ray Boltz singing “What if I Gave All” and as always, this songs brings tears to my eyes and a sob to my heart.

Please take a couple minutes and really listen to this song…It’s been the cry of my heart, as moderator of this page to be able to help those who are in need. It’s so discomforting for me to realize how big and pure my heart is, in spite of my humanity and fight against sin, and just as great a need as the kids portrayed on this video. And the killing part? I’m not trying to reach Africa– I’d settle for my backyard- Colorado Springs, Colorado – and the  people who come here to OIM to be blessed with food and clothes and whatever else we can give them.

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The truth is that I’m tired. I’m tired of watching my pastor  hold her head up and practice her faith and know that she must, when no one is looking, cry out to God and ask him why people will spend hundreds of dollars for Denver Bronco‘s tickets but when it comes to money in the offering plate, there’s not enough to pay a tiny staff to work. I’m one of those prospective employees and I can’t even cover my rent since the government cracked down on TANF and food stamps so I do my best to hold my head up and do the best I can and wonder if I won’t be forced to take my family back to the shelter where we will once more be separated. My boss keeps telling me to trust God and believe and I know in my heart and spirit she’s right but if people don’t step forward to help, we’re screwed- and it’s not right. It’s not right that some people have more than they’ll ever need and others don’t have anything. Psalms 73 speaks of this so clearly but still I am human and love my family above all and lived through the damage it did to my son being separated from his father for 6 months. He’s only 4 years old and we desperately need help; both me and my family and this organization I’ve served faithfully the past 6 months.

I’m discouraged and tired of running my mouth about this. I’m tired of using increasingly obvious guilt tactics but what else can I do? I can’t force people who claim to be Christians to come forward. I can’t force people to read or buy my book.VFWTS I live in a constant state of fear, whether I like it or not. broken heart

See, this isn’t a popularity contest. If it were, I’d lose by default, primarily because so few know I’m even alive, despite  my many social outlets. It’s not a lack of trying: it’s a lack of RESULTS

Lord, please open the door.  Let me know that there are still a FEW who don’t “bow the knee to Ba’al“. The lines of demarcation are no longer clear as they used to be…I pray that we find a way to find each other and join forces to make a difference.  You are my neighbor and I am yours. ❤

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Good morning,  I hope you are all well!happy face


 Tomorrow and Saturday, August 16 and 17,  a fundraiser will be held at Palmer Park Walmart from 9 am-5 pm. Palmer Park WalmartWe need to collect donations so that we can hold our next food give-a-way, the last one occurred on May 30th. DSCN0774 To do that, we rely on donations from good hearted people like yourselves.  Now, a salesman, I am not. I’m an eternal optimist and I  trust that people will  give us  the funds we need to collect but I also know that we’re in a bad economy (not as bad as it WAS, but still bad) and some, if not most, people are just trying to feed their families. HOWEVER, there ARE people who can help and do not. Like any state, there are super poor people- and super RICH people. It’s hard for people with money to let money out of their hands because they come to trust the “security” in having wealth AND riches (not necessarily the same thing). Those are the people I am asking to step forward to help. They can afford it; they need to help. If I can work for free (except for TANF and Food Stamps), than they can step forward to help those who are down and out. And there are a LOT of homeless people in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and the surrounding areas. We help them ALL- we do not just focus our attention on one place. Colorado Springs has a lot of food pantries – the surrounding areas, including Manitou Springs, do not and we want to be available to help and assist all who need. The community that is Colorado Springs, can help, and we pray they will. ***Also remember that everything helps us- 1 Cent is as valuable as 1 Dollar; and that is NOT cliche!***

**** REMEMBER THIS: WE ALWAYS ARE OPEN TO IN-KIND DONATIONS AND WE ESPECIALLY NEED MEAT…CHICKEN BEING THE MOST IMPORTANT, as well as hot dogs and other meats and vegetables that can be used quickly. You will be given or sent a letter from us authenticating that you gave as you can claim it on your taxes as a write off, up to $500 as well as a bracelet, hand-made at OIM. bracelets ****

If you need more reasons to give, consider this: this has been a year from hell, weather wise. Despite the claims of drought, we’ve been plagued by torrential rain, flash floods, people losing their homes, etc. Please consider giving to us so that we can give to THEM; to those who’ve lost everything, in some cases, including loved ones. And also, while you’re considering  that, remember THIS- those that you hear about are only some of the people affected by this weather. Those who are not mentioned…the HOMELESS- where do THEY go when the rain is dumping inches of water in minutes? Does anyone even think to spare them thought? Having  been there myself, I most certainly do. Yes, I’ve been blessed with a place to live, a roof over my (and my family’s) head but I’ve only been there for 6 months- previous to that I was at the shelter and prior to THAT I was in another state (Iowa) because the FORMER state I’d been in (California) didn’t have jobs available for me. Like I said, I’ve been in and out of homeless a LONG, LONG time. Now, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to help those that I understand, a position I’ve dreamt about for many years, but until now have not been able to do. 





Video Pictures of OIM

I have several videos on YouTube that correlate to the ministry I am privileged to serve at. I figured, rather than  have people running after ME, why not bring it to a central location? That having been said, I will be adding to this post as I create more videos…enjoy! I LOVE working here!


Volunteers Literally Keep Us Afloat!

Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve updated this page, so I wanted to do that, AND introduce Steven to you all! Steven Brooks has been with us for some time. He works at the office once a week and at the church every Sunday, operating the sound equipment during the praise and worship segment of church. 

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Good morning! Next week, April 12, we hold our next fundraiser. We will be in front of Walmart on Platte Street here in Colorado Springs, CO. If you’re in the neighborhood, please do come and visit. We’d love to meet you and see if there’s anything we can do for you.

I have just become aware of another situation that needs immediate attention! We have a mother, 8 months pregnant, who is desperately in need of baby clothes for newborns as well as diapers. Anyone out there who’s had children and especially those who have struggled with ever increasing prices in baby attire and supplies knows how hard it is for a single mom to acquire everything needed for baby.

Those who wish to donate, you are welcome to stop by next Friday, April 12th for the fundraiser and to drop off baby clothes and/or diapers or, if you wish, you can come by the office and give directly to us here at 2210 La Salle #205 here in Colorado Springs. 

You are so much appreciated, all who read this; all who give to those less fortunate- you are giving to Jesus and there’s no greater gift you can give!!


We, at Overcomers International, would like to welcome Lisa Alexander and Christine Daniels to our family of volunteers. Most everyone comes to us, as has been explained, via Viewpoints/Directions or Employment First, both provided at Goodwill Logo and these two ladies are no exception. We’re thankful to God for providing them because they’re wonderful ladies and they know the computer! In the time I’ve been here at final-logo-21.jpg, we’ve had so many people come that are willing to do whatever we need them to do…but do not have the necessary skills when it comes to utilizing the computer which is what we really need the most. It’s admittedly hard for someone like me, who’s been using the computer forever, to understand when others do not have the same knowledge- it’s kind of like trying to understand cancer or any disease when you yourself do not have that disease, nor have you ever KNOWN anyone with it. Unless you’ve been in their shoes, you can’t possibly understand.

So, without further ado, and before I get into another three-part-sermon happy,smile,smiley,funny,fun,emotion,emoticon,face, let me introduce these ladies to you. 

First, there’s Christine Daniels. Christine just began this last week. She’s hardworking, willing and doesn’t have to be told what to do every three seconds. This morning, when she finished the assignment I gave her, she fixed the desk she was sitting at without even having to be told. 

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Next, there’s Lisa Alexander. Her first day was today, following our Interview and  she’s funny, hardworking and dedicated. She’s cracked me up so many times today I’ve lost count. Love a woman with spirit! Anyway, I gave her a project and she completed it so fast I didn’t even know she was done. It’s wonderful to have these ladies in our group…I pray that God will continue to bless them, us (both personally and professionally) as well as this ministry!

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**In an effort to remain as current as possible, let me say that Lisa has now moved on, having found employment, which is WONDERFUL as that’s why people come here from Employment First and Viewpoints/Directions. We miss her dreadfully, but we’re equally overjoyed that she has gained a wonderful new opportunity to shine!!


As mentioned in the last blog, our welcome to you, Overcomers International Ministry is comprised of volunteers. In due time, we pray to secure grants that will enable Apostle Iva Bowers to hire staff but for the moment, it’s all done by people who love the Lord, believe in the ministry and have a heart for those who downtrodden, both spiritually and economically.

In light of this, introduction of three of these volunteers is in order. First, there’s Gigi. Gigi has been with this organization three months. She works on the spreadsheets needed for multiple factions involved with OIM as no business can run itself. God has blessed us with her, her cheerful demeanor is uplifting for all.


**In an effort to remain as current as possible, let me say that Gigi has now moved on, having suffered some serious health issues, including pneumonia. We pray for her health and for her and pray that God will allow her to come back, should it be his Will, to come help us and bring us her spirit once more.

Then there’s Sonya. Sonya is extremely valuable to this ministry as she speaks Spanish fluently and therefore can minister to our Spanish-speaking clients and friends. She also does the creating of the beads, a tool we use to bless those who donate $20 or more. Thanks be to God for this wonderful woman of God. She is wonderfully proficient at fundraisers as well!


** In an effort to remain as current as possible, let me say that Sonya has now moved on, having found more opportunities for employment in Chicago, following a trip to Mexico. We pray for success for her in the Windy City!

Next, there’s Heidi. Heidi has been here exactly one week ago. Her part is to  be of as much use in the office as she can be. She created this blog, is working on getting all the information needed for this ministry to get involved in either an Organic Buyers Club or a Co-op,  so as to be as faithful with the food and stretch it as far as it can be and to see what kind of grants can be found and utilized so that Apostle Iva can hire the staff she wants to.

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Cindy and James are a husband, wife team who have been here at final-logo-22.jpg as volunteers since  August of 2012. They are in charge of the food pantry, making sure that the hungry are fed, the needy clothed. They attend the fundraisers and give of themselves unselfishly. Thank you, Lord, for this dedicated couple!!

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It’s an honor and a privilege to work for the Lord and to have work to do. Trusting in the Lord is an exercise of faith and we’re thankful to have Him always at our back. There are far more volunteers than the three mentioned; eventually, as many as can be will be mentioned-and introduced.

May God bless this ministry, the volunteers, those who lift us up in prayer and remember that families and children are involved, even if indirectly. 

Thank you, Lord, for your unspeakable gifts!!


In keeping with the promise to keep on introducing volunteers, let me introduce to you, Heather, working for Overcomers International Ministry, all the way from Alabama! We simply could not do without her!!


Heather Moultrie is the current and longest standing treasure of the Overcomers International Ministry. She has attained a certificate in business management allowing her to excel among her peers in the company. Heather also maintains the title of executive director, overseeing all capital raising activities in addition to the oversight of volunteers looking to add experience through the ministry.


Teena McDonalds started working with us today. She’s a lovely person whom I had the privilege of interviewing and “hiring” as a volunteer. 

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As with any job, one must find out where their talents lay and apparently creating bracelets is it-she’s only just started and already has created wonderful pieces for those who give $20 or more (as described in another blog). 

Thank you, Teena!! You’re invaluable to us and I, for one, can’t wait to see the doors the Lord opens in the furthering of both your career and your personal growth!!

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! 

Bead Bracelets

Good morning. This morning, I would like to share a bit more of an aspect of our donor-appreciation.

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Earlier on in this site, I introduced one of our volunteers, Sonya, who creates the bead bracelets that have been shown. I would like to share some more of those beads because a lot of work goes into creating them for our donors who give $20 or more. Every one is appreciated, no matter the amount, but for those who give larger amounts, the bracelets are a visual thank you. Everyone has a fundamental need to be recognized and appreciated. This is our way of doing that.

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For those who care to give via credit card, feel free to click on  ( and use the PayPal account. Thank you so much!

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May God bless you. We live in a world full of pain and financial need, no question, and often the decision to give or not give comes down to simple questions, “Can I trust this person or organization? Are they going to use the money to do what they said or start driving around in  Bentley‘s while putting money in their own pockets?” Those are great questions and I would LOVE for you to come by, if you are in the neighborhood, and visit me.

Personally, just so you know, I take 3 buses to get here to the office every day. By car, it’d be a 20 minute trip; by bus, it’s an hour to be at the office on time. I’m a very real person, I assure you. The staff here loves the Lord ( I would not be here if I sensed ANYTHING off about this organization). None of us are paid- we are VOLUNTEERS-but we’d love to be able to change that at some point in time and at least make enough to provide for our families. Speaking for myself, let me tell you this: I have known homelessness on a very personal basis. I’ve been a single parent who needed a start-up kit for baby. I’ve been in shelters, dependent on others for my food. I’ve slept on concrete (in California, so no danger of freezing, but nonetheless uncomfortable). I’ve spent my time in a food line waiting for food.  I know what it is to suffer lack- to watch my child not have a place to lay his head down other than where ever we could find, so I know this side of the issue. I wasn’t always this way-I grew up middle class, in private (Christian) schools,  always had a ride to whereever I needed to get. I never knew poverty as a child (post-adoption) so facing it for the first time was a shock to the system.

I apologize for going off-kilter a bit, but I always write as led by the Spirit and He is the one I seek to please. People should always go according to conscience- no matter what. Following the Spirit is the only way to walk straight in this world of twists and turns and truths and  half-truths. Go as led- here to this organization or to your place of worship, whereever that is. So long as you GIVE, it doesn’t matter (in the long run) who you give to. We need help; no question, but I’m a messenger and that’s all. I’m not a “salesman” of any repute-couldn’t sell a wool coat to an Eskimo in Antarctica but then again, I don’t have to. God will see to our needs; maybe he’ll use you- maybe he’ll go another venue. There’s no question of whether or not He’ll help- He promised and He’s not a man, that he should lie.


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