I’ve been working at for almost 8 months now and I love it more now than the day I slipped my way in to interview with Apostle Iva Bowers for the position. Now, it’s 8 months later and I have so much more knowledge of the organization than I did all these months ago. I also have less time! The more I do, the more there IS to do…bet that sounds familiar, doesn’t it??! I live in my own little world, sometimes. It’s hard being me, and no one could do it better than I. Sounds weird, right? You’d be amazed at how much introspection goes on within me. See, the Bible talks about God knowing all about us…knowing our rising and our sitting; our getting up and our laying down. As much as possible, given the fact that I will have to stand before Him one day and wanting to be ready, I spend a lot of time maintaining my life. I don’t do everything right and even do a lot wrong but I’m here 100% for Overcomers International Ministry and I am blessed beyond belief to have been given the opportunity to serve my community – and my God – in this small way. In my mind, the only thing that could POSSIBLY make my life any better is a paycheck of SOME size…then I could “volunteer” to my heart’s content. I LOVE nonprofit organizations! I’ve been around them for decades and human interest is definitely closest to my heart. The homeless, the sick and disadvantaged – these are the people who rip my heart out…and make it beat. God knows the integrity of my spirit. He knows that, while I fall all the time, and have trouble saying “no” to anyone, that there’s NOTHING I won’t do to please my Daddy.
So, who am I? I’ve been managing this page for months and though activity has increased a bit in recent weeks (I’ve been praying for success in my social media pursuits), I don’t think I’ve ever covered who I am. My name is Heidi Joy Hameed. I am almost 41 years old. I have lived in 6 states, so many towns/cities it’s not even funny. I have been through foster care, adopted (not particularly happily but at least I was reared in the knowledge of Scripture and the Heidelberg Catechism I’m not writing the things I am as a sympathy ploy – at almost 41 years old, it’s way too late to spend time thinking my past with the view of feeling sorry for myself. Too many blessings are in my life, too little time remains between now and when the next customer comes through the door seeking help to survive in this wretched life, so often living with the feeling of abandonment. It’s hard to be homeless; it’s hard to be poor. These days, it seems to be the norm for people to kind of smooth life issues over in an attempt (recognized or not) to not have to deal with issues in society; issues in our own personal lives. Too little time remains till Yeshua comes to take <part of> the flock home.
Overcomers International Ministry is my home-away-from-home. I spend most of my time here. When I’m not here, I’m thinking about it. I want to be effective here; efficient with my time, successful with my attempts to get funds coming in to this nonprofit, whose sole goal is to help as many in the community as possible; to further the gospel. We walk by faith; we’re faithful with the least. It’s taken me all morning to write this particular blog because I’ve been talking to people, helping bring food into the building to be inventoried and sent out to other places, to partners we’ve created alliances with. I’ve asked God – my Father- to guide and direct my path. As always, we are accepting donations. To donate by Pay Pal or by CC, go to http://www.oimco.org and do so. If you wish to mail a check, make it payable to Overcomers International Ministry. May God bless you each and every day. We covet your prayers…as James says, “The strong, effectual prayer of the righteous man avails much”.
We are so thankful to God for partners. We thank him for Women’s Resource Center for donating the clothes that we’ve been able to bless people with! Without them, we would not be able to help as many as we want to!
Good day, folks!! I know it’s been awhile since I posted anything. Never realized how much is required of a manager, at least not on a personal level…getting the idea these days!
I’m finding out that the work never ends- there’s ALWAYS something to do. Recently, Cindy and James (our Food Pantry Coordinators were contacted by an organization in town who had an overabundance of clothes. They wanted to donate them to us. We’d already been talking about a clothes closet so this fit right into our plans. Of course we couldn’t allow a little thing like NO ROOM deter us from our plans. 😉 True to their nature, Cindy and James demonstrated the love of Christ and took all those clothes, as well as racks to hang them up on, home with them, carted over 50 bags of stuff up to the third floor and filled up one of their bedrooms, holding onto the clothes for us.
After collaborating with our partners at to include a Clothes Closet with our next A.R.I.S.E. event, we (who normally work in the office) met at Goodwill and set everything up. It only took two days and on the third the event was to take place.
Many thanks goes to Christine, Chelsea, Stacy, Steven, Heather and Heidi for all the work accomplished!! A big thanks to D.P. and all our fabulous connections at Goodwill!! So glad we’re in partnership!
The “Transformed” Healing Gallery
Join us as we rededicate
the Healing Gallery
(the Life of Christ and more. in 3-D)
You have to see it, to believe it;
So come and see…
Friday, July 12th, 2013
607 Bryce Drive, Colorado Springs, CO
Apostle Iva Bowers, Pastor
As many of you know, we had a VERY successful food give-a-way last Thursday and we intend to hold on every three months if God allows.
In order for that to happen, we have to get more food. We have been unable to schedule any fundraisers for this month (June) and so we have to ask for help AND help ourselves by coming up with creative ways to raise money to stock up.
Our shelves are mostly bare right now; we won’t be able to help very many people for the foreseeable future. This is what it looks like right at this moment:
And this is what we need it to look like (again):
Walking with the Lord, working for a nonprofit as I do, is stressful AND rewarding. Even if no one comes in here and sees this, I know that God sees and will respond through the people he’s chosen to do so- as well as anyone else who loves the Lord and can do something to help. I regret that I can’t post our PayPal account to this site without upgrading (and Lord knows I’d love to upgrade!!) but operating on the budget we are, which is anything but adequate, that’s just not a possibility, nor can I do anything personally- I’m close enough to homeless as it is. Trust is an important phase I’m still working on and like with most people, it’s no easy lesson. If you DO want to use PayPal and can help, visit http://www.oimco.org and utilize that PayPal account.
I want to take a moment to say thank you to anyone/everyone who has prayed for us- you have sustained us with those prayers. As James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much“
To those who have helped by means of physical blessing, we also bless you! James 2:14-17 says, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Please understand that I am not saying these things to inflict guilt on anyone- I HATE it when people do that, particularly in the name of “religion”. I am writing as led by God as I always do. He’s strong to save and we’re trusting him to carry out what he’s promised.
I will leave you with this to chew on. Thanks to everyone; everyone who’s read this and liked/responded to it. I’m always open to constructive criticism or ideas. I believe the family of God is just that: A family. As the operator of this page, I am open to conversation, ideas, thoughts, whatever you choose to do.
The last fundraiser Overcomers International Ministry held was in front of Walmart on Platte Street here in Colorado Springs last weekend, March 15 and 16. We wish to extend a heartfelt Thank you to those who gave so cheerfully and generously.
The nature of a fundraiser of this kind is that most of the people who walk out of Walmart who gave are anonymous to us (in name only, never in Spirit) and most assuredly not to God, the Father, and the reason this ministry is open in the first place.
Because so many stepped forward and gave, we were able to purchase foodstuffs for lots of families and we’re so thankful for you!!
Every time lives intersect in any way, an impact takes place and even if no one who gave to God through us sees this page, it’s important that they’re recognized as Proverbs calls us to “Let another to praise us and not the words of our own mouths”. With that in mind, OIM sends out a major shout and a Thank you!! May God bless you in all areas of your life-financially, emotionally and spiritually.
Matthew 25:34-40 says:
“Then the King (God) will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the world:
For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You?
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say unto you, inasmuch as you did it to one of these the least of My brethren, you did it to Me.'”