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Upgraded Business Boutique

This is Heidi, moderator of this page:

The day that the Business Boutique opened, I met Apostle Iva at the front of Goodwill. I had just quit smoking and was doing just fine, just quietly waiting for her to arrive. I had butterflies in my stomach but that was nervous excitement (Seriously, not kidding- I’ve literally NO cravings for cigarettes, thank you LORD!) Anyway, she pulled up in front and got out of the car. I helped her carry stuff in and she said, “Wait till you see it!”. I walked into the room and my jaw hit the ground, ya’ll. If you look at the before and after pictures, it’s not hard to figure out why!

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And these are the pictures of what the Boutique looked like BEFORE it’s reinvention!!

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Lia Sophia Jewelry Fundraiser

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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  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LuIKF4hhRaniGaXUvE6uOYx0BSwfqOSA20pVEWxgKGg/viewform. 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:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15HJIqU-jKOC2-oLitlrZkYR-NJbQTZ0sI8kEsBR88s4/viewform. 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: http://sites.liasophia.com/sites/halleneandnadine/productcatalog?page=cataloglisting

Good morning, Family and Friends

32128ClipartIllustrationOfAnExpressiveYellowSmileyFaceEmoticonWithHeartsAdmiringHisCrush1Good morning, family and friends!! I pray you are sooo blessed this morning! This is Heidi, moderator of this page.

I’ve been working at OIM 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  Goodwill Industries  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!

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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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Bringing in the donations – Thank you JESUS!!

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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

FOOD GIVEAWAY IS TOMORROW!!!

September Giveaway

 

FOOD GIVEAWAY TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 25, 2-3 PM. COME AND SEE US!!

Won’t you Partner with Us?

Wont you partner with us

A.R.I.S.E. Has Happened Again!!

Once more, our partners at Goodwill Industries  have blessed us with the opportunity to progress in our desire to help the community. ARISE FLYER

 

Twice a month, they hold these A.R.I.S.E. events where local businesses come to Goodwill Industries on Colorado Avenue here in Colorado Springs and make themselves available for those who need help. The most recent one was held two weeks ago on September 4th and it was so much fun! I actually filled in for Christine DSCN0783, who normally attends these functions, representing OIM but, blessedly, she is back in the seat and I’m doing what I do best – let all of you know what’s going on! As usual, she has outdone herself and here are a few pictures of the beautiful table she put up.

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Christine is our new Office Manager. She and I traded places in our positions, so now I can operate as the Marketing Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator of this nonprofit organization, as well as function as HER assistant which totally works for me and makes me very happy! She’s been here just about a month less than me but I’ve been watching her, as had been the people that I answer to. We all came to the same conclusion- Christine is made for management. She’s fair and just and able to say what needs to be said; do what needs to be done and although I can function in the role (and have since I arrived 6 months ago), it is not a role I enjoy, nor do I seek to continue in if another is more qualified than I am – and Christine is. No question about it 😀

One of the wonderful things that Goodwill Industries did to assist us (and I likely mentioned this before) was arrange for us to keep our clothes in one of their offices. They went a step further and moved us into a much bigger space.  Christine, Antoinette, Teresa, Chelsea, Stacy, Cindy and James and myself spent all day at Goodwill Industries the day before the A.R.I.S.E. event getting the room ready. We worked very hard and when we left on Tuesday with stuff yet to do, we knew there’d be a great deal to do when we returned the following day. While I was manning the table and talking to prospective interns/volunteers, Antoinette, Teresa, Cindy and James were working hard to have the room in ship-shape order when people began coming to get clothes so they’d be prepared for job interviews and such. Thank you LORD for blessing us so greatly!

To let you know how much things were changed from one degree of space to the other, this is what it looked like BEFORE we moved. The room was adequate but definitely not spacious…

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… and this is what it looks like as we were working on it for this new event:

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We have more room; more clothes and so many people have been outfitted for employment! We’re grateful to God and Goodwill as well as everyone who’s donated clothes, shoes, children’s clothes, and even winter stuff like boots, coats, etc! Man, you all rock!!

For any and all, in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area, who would like to help those less fortunate than themselves, please feel free to contact us. We’re always looking to partner up to help as many as we can!

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!

 

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!****

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