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 http://www.oimco.org and bless us financially!! We’d also love to see you at church so don’t be a stranger!!
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!
And these are the pictures of what the Boutique looked like BEFORE it’s reinvention!!
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.
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!
Today is the food giveaway here in Colorado Springs, CO and we are excited! People are starting to call – not as many as last time but we’ll see what happens. Praying the Lord will multiply the food we have and that people will be fed! In addition to the preparation of the food giveaway, we are packing up the last of the offices to move to the new site! Changes are not easy – but they ARE necessary!! The new site (as I already introduced it in an earlier post) is lovely and I can’t WAIT to get there! I’ve been working with Apostle Iva to establish the Internet so there’s no hesitation in work between now and then.
We are so thankful to God for this change of location. We pray that people all around the world, as well as in this, the United States of America, will pray for us, support us both financially and spiritually as the family of God needs to stand together and fill the niche that they’ve been led into. There are days when I wonder why I bother to write these – worry that people aren’t really paying it attention beyond liking it but I can’t allow myself to think that way. This is what God has established for me to do and I’m pretty decent at writing, so I continue to be obedient and trust that eventually, I will be able to establish conversation with people – to be able to help as many people as is possible.
May God bless you and give you all that you stand in need of. We are struggling; no denying it or changing it until it changes through God’s power. We need this grant we’re working on- we’re not going to be able to do much until that happens. I have been working here for 7 months as a volunteer. We are ALL volunteers here and we need to move forward. We need prayer, ya’ll!
Should the Lord put it on your heart to give to this ministry, you can always visit http://www.oimco.org and contribute to Pay Pal or if you prefer to mail a check, it should go to OVERCOMERS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY at 607 Bryce Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (the church). Pray for us – that’s my strongest plea.
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!
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!
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
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 !
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 -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.
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.
**** 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!****