Monthly Archives: December 2016

More Warmth, More Space & More Peace for Englewood

Merry Christmas everyone and I hope you’re looking forward to the New Year as we are at Shepherd’s HOPEThe winter Coat, Hat, Glove and Scarf drive continues through January 15, 2017 and then we pass them out as the need arises.  The needs in our community are great but remember we have ministry partners that serve the homeless as well in other under-resourced communities in Chicago.

These coats and accessories will not last long! 

 Please keep us in your prayers for a larger venue.  We have outgrown our current facilities and would love to bring all our ministries and ministry partners under one roof.  What a blessing that would be!  We will be bidding on Woods School at 62nd and Racine on March 3, 2017.  Please pray that God will bless us with this facility if it is his will.  The afterschool program will be starting soon.  We are looking forward to the opportunity to start mentoring these young kids.

In addition to the new venue and the youth program, we are going to start partnering with the 7th District Police Department by providing 150 bags of non-perishable food a month so that officers in that district can use the food to rebuild the relationship and trust needed to bring this community back to where the officers and the people in the community embrace each other and begin working together again toward peace.  It’s working in the 11th District and through God’s grace will keep working there and it will also work in the 7th District as long as we all work together with God in the lead!

As you see the LORD has a glorious plan for Shepherd’s HOPE in 2017.  This only happens because of people like you, our financial support team.  We need your help.  To date we have only raised  62% of our operating budget for 2017.  We are pursuing grants and other resources, but we still need your help financially and most of all your prayers.

Next time  you receive our newsletter, I hope we can tell you that we have met our financial goals, and that God has provided the larger facility we so badly need.  Look forward then to some video of the afterschool program and a picture of the Shepherd’s HOPE-Xperience Church-7th District Team!  AMEN!

By the way, the Kid’s Christmas party on December 17 was a success. Thank you to Chris at Heritage Church for putting the video at left together for us! And thank you for your support that made the filled Christmas stockings and hot dog meal possible for our kids and their families!   Click here to see the video.

We love you all very much and wish each of you and your families a joyous and peace-filled NEW YEAR!  Thank you again for your continued support and prayers.  Thank you for being a part of this journey that the LORD called Shepherd’s HOPE.

Love always,

Brian

Being Alive to Thrive

Merry Christmas everyone and I hope you’re looking forward to the New Year as we are at Shepherd’s Hope.  The winter Coat, Hat, Glove and Scarf drive continues through January 15, 2017 and we pass then out as the need arises.  The needs in our community are great but remember we have ministry partners that serve the homeless as well in other under-resourced communities in Chicago.

These coats and accessories will not last long!

Please keep us in your prayers for a larger venue.  We have outgrown our current facilities and would love to bring all our ministries and ministry partners under one roof.  What a blessing that would be!  We will be bidding on Woods School at 62nd and Racine on March 3, 2017.  Please pray that God will bless us with this facility if it is his will.  The afterschool program will be starting soon.  We are looking forward to the opportunity to start mentoring these young kids.

In addition to the new venue and the youth program, we are going to start partnering with the 7th District Police Department by providing 150 bags of non-perishable food a month so that officers in that district can use the food to rebuild the relationship and trust needed to bring this community back to where the officers and the people in the community embrace each other and begin working together again toward peace.  It’s working in the 11th District and through God’s grace will keep working there and it will also work in the 7th District as long as we all work together with God in the lead!

As you see the LORD has a glorious plan for Shepherd’s HOPE in 2017.  This only happens because of people like you, our financial support team.  We need your help.  We have only raised to date 62% of our operating budget for 2017.  We are pursuing grants and other resources, but we still need your help financially and most of all your prayers.

Next time we you receive our newsletter, I hope we can tell you that we have met our financial goals, and that God has provided the larger facility we so badly need.  Look forward then to some video of the after school program and a picture of the Shepherd’s HOPE-Xperience Church-7th District Team!  AMEN!

By the way the Christmas party on December 17 was a success. Thank you to Chris at Heritage Church for putting the following video together for us! And thank you for your support that made the filled Christmas stockings and hot dog meal possible for our kids and their families!. Click here to see the video of that event.

We love you all very much and wish each of you and your families a joyous and peace-filled NEW YEAR!  Thank you again for your continued support and prayers.  Thank you for being a part of this journey that the LORD called Shepherd’s HOPE.

Love always,

Brian

Thanksgiving 2016

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A Big THANK YOU goes out to our financial support team!

Because of your support:

  • The Chicago Police Department, after a summer of violence, is able to start rebuilding relationships and trust in their community! Shepherd’s Hope has been providing 150 bags of food to the 11th district police department to share with their neighbors each month as well as provide the food for a monthly cook-out at the police station. Here Shepherd’s HOPE and our partner Kingdom Lifeline come out to serve and pray with officers and people from the community  We will be starting the same program in the 7th district in Englewood at the beginning of 2017 with our partner Xperience Church.  Thank you LORD!
  • For three years we have been providing food for 2 daycare centers that charge a reduced rate to under-resourced single working mothers. Only GOD!
  • For the past two years we have been providing food for 2 ministries to feed hot meals to the homeless on lower Wacker Dr. every Sunday. AMEN!

That is just a small glimpse of what GOD is doing through Shepherd’s HOPE because of your financial support.  We THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for being the wind beneath our wings.

Be still and know I’m GOD  Psalms 46:10

Patience is a virtue and it is talked about throughout the Bible.  In Isaiah 40:31 it says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”

Learning patience and waiting for the LORD to move was, and still is, the toughest part of my walk with JESUS!  It’s when HE makes you wait on HIM that your faith, trust and patience are put to the true test.

For the past 8 months the LORD has put our patience to the test.

18 months ago the LORD told us HE wanted us to start an after school program for the youth in the community.

18 months ago we started praying that HE would provide a larger facility and the resources to move all we do at Shepherd’s HOPE and our collaborative ministries under one roof.  That’s a big ask, but we serve a big GOD!

6 months ago we thought we had the venue for the after-school program but they couldn’t accommodate the 3 afternoons a week we needed.

6 months ago we prayed on, did our due diligence, and placed a bid on a closed elementary school in Englewood.  All the bids were rejected.

So the LORD had us back where HE wanted us…waiting for and trusting that HE will provide.

evanston-afterschool-13 months ago the LORD led us to Bray Temple Church at 73rd and Greenwood and its 2 young pastors.  We partnered with them initially by providing non-perishable food for the church to reach out and build relationships in their community.  A week later after a four-hour meeting and tour of the church, I saw the hearts of Pastor Cliff and Pastor Dion for the children in their community.  They were the perfect partners and Bray Temple Church was the perfect facility for the afterschool program.  We’ve started putting together the team and the curriculum with a tentative starting date of January 18, 2017.

On January 21, 2017 CPS is opening the bidding on their closed elementary schools.  Shepherd’s HOPE has its eyes on Woods School at 62nd and Racine.  We are planning to do a walk-through and inspection of the facilities in the near future.  This facility is large enough to bring all that Shepherd’s HOPE does all the 12 ministries that collaborate with us under one roof.  LORD, we are patiently waiting on you.

We will keep you posted on what our needs will be for both venues. Right now, we are asking for your prayers that HIS will be done and that HE will provide the resources, teachers, volunteers and students for the afterschool program and for HIS discernment and wisdom in preparing our bid for Woods School.

waitingBesides preparing for the future, we served our community for Thanksgiving. 800 bags of groceries were prepared and distributed from our food pantry so that 800 families of four each would had all the fixings needed for a great Thanksgiving meal. ONLY GOD!

And at our Family Feeding Center on Wednesday and Friday we prepared and served meals for over 400 of our neighbors and GOD gets the glory! My favorite part of the Thanksgiving season is when I get to wish everyone individually a Happy Thanksgiving and most of all getting to pray with those who are lonely or struggling and let them know that if they have no one else, we at Shepherd’s HOPE are there for them.

To be able to serve the 3600 people we consider family a Thanksgiving meal, it takes hundreds of hours and many dedicated volunteers that are the heart and soul of Shepherd’s HOPE. This hard work and dedication is our gift to the neighbors we call family. But we need your help with the food we purchased.

The cost for the food to feed our 3600 family members a Thanksgiving meal is $2.73 per person, a total of $9828.00. To support financially, please click here.

Special Thanks
We would like to thank a long-time financial supporter of Shepherd’s Hope who in early 2016 gave us a $15,000.00 gift for the children.  This donation will be used to jump start the after-school program.

We would also like to thank Heritage Church of Lake Zurich for its $25,000 commitment to Sherpherd’s Hope. This donation will be used for the down payment on our new facility.  In addition, the church as also made a ten year commitment to serve sid-by-side with us in Englewood.