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The Horizon of HOPE

 

The Horizon of HOPE

God is Sovereign over ALL. HE is our only HOPE!

Greetings to all from the Center of Englewood and Shepherd’s HOPE!

The world is a totally different place than it was the last time we communicated. The crew at Shepherd’s HOPE has not skipped a beat. In fact, we have added a day of service to our Food Pantry and Family Feeding Center to accommodate the increase in the number of people we are serving. We have also had to increase our personnel to be able to efficiently serve the number of people that grace our doors on Monday through Saturday due to the 6 food pantries that have closed in our community. We were touching the lives of 2500 people a week before Covid-19 and now we are touching 4500 lives (and growing) a week, distributing over 50,000 pounds of food a week to our neighbors. ONLY GOD!

The LORD always uses situations like the COVID pandemic to glorify HIMSELF . In this case, HE glorified HIMSELF by introducing us to a ministry (Something Good in Englewood) that is actually only 2 blocks east of The Center of Englewood on Marquette. We met just before the beginning of COVID-19. They had what they called a pop-up pantry one day a week serving items they could get donated from businesses and people they knew. We brainstormed together and started sharing food with them and they ended up creating a full-service pop-up pantry with 4 pop-up canopies rather than one.

Then Something Good in Englewood came up with the idea to supply groceries to two senior buildings (because most of the people were afraid to come out). So working as a team again, Shepherd’s HOPE provided the food and Something Good in Englewood supplied the manpower needed to distribute the groceries for over 200 seniors a week (see pictures below). THANK YOU, LORD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something Good in Englewood was the beginning of what GOD was about to do through Shepherd’s HOPE. About 3 weeks ago a ministry that is part of The Center of Englewood introduced me to Pastor Jerome Powell from Roseland whose church had just burned down. He was in need of food for his congregation. We were able to provide him with a 1000 pounds of food (meat and produce). Just days later another ministry from Roseland, Kids Off the Block, contacted me in need of food. Diane Latiker, the founder, and I met in 2012 when we were both recipients of the American Red Cross Heroes Award for citizenship. By God’s grace we were able to provide for their needs.

That same week Miss Frye called me. She runs an organization called M.A.S.S. (Mothers Against Street Shooters). She is from Englewood. The people in her community were also in need of food. We had met in the past and I was familiar with her work against gun violence. We were able to provide her with 200 sandwich meal kits and water. A few days later Rev. Charles R. Neal from Englewood contacted me in need of food for his congregation. We met that day and we were able to provide him with 300 pounds of meat and 10 cases of water.

About a week ago, Pastor Dwayne Grant of Xperience Church (a partner at The Center of Englewood) and LaTanya Johnson of The Youth of Englewood organization met with me to share their plans to mediate gang strife on the southwest side between the Latino and Black gangs, They asked me if we had any extra groceries that they could give away to the people of that community as a peace offering. We were able to provide the food they needed. From what I understand the meeting went well and they were invited back next week.

Extending HOPE

Every organization mentioned is still receiving food weekly. ONLY GOD! We are still getting requests weekly and by GOD’s grace we will be able to help these new organizations.

The most amazing thing is that the Sovereign God we serve knew all along that HE was going to give us the opportunity to develop relationships and trust with thousands of people we never knew before and most of all the chance to share the saving grace of JESUS CHRIST with all our new found friends. What a great way to make the best of a bad situation. ONLY GOD!

We still need your help…

Due to the increase in the numbers of people we are serving, our labor and ancillary material costs have increased accordingly. We certainly were not prepared financially for this pandemic and the aftermath. We totally trust GOD and know HE will provide for our needs through the people HE chooses. I want to thank all of you who have supported Shepherd’s HOPE for the past 11 years. If it were not for your steadfast support, we would not have been around to enjoy this special moment in the history of this ministry.

Please continue to pray for this ministry and for the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and clients. Certainly, with all the sadness of the events since Memorial Day, we know that the only real, lasting solution is for people to learn to love our LORD and love each other as HE loved us. May Shepherd’s HOPE continue to shine the light of JESUS in this community.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. We love you all and hope you and your families are well and are walking through this so-called pandemic with your heads held high and our eyes on JESUSWorking together we will get through this by HIS grace alone!!

Love, Brian

 

 

 

Such a Time as This

The line forms early and a safe distance apart outside the Center of Englewood

THE CENTER of Englewood is owned and operated by Shepherd’s HOPE, Ltd. and houses our food pantry and family feeding center as well as By the Hand Club for Kids, 1st Defense Legal Aid, IMPACT Family Center, New Hope Medical Clinic, Pass-It-On Academy, God’s End Time Church and Xperience Church. The Needs Are Greater Than Ever!

Welcome to what I think is the beginning of a new era in American history. An era of sacrifice and sharing as we’ve never seen before. An era that will bring people together walking through situations with people we have never met and trials and struggles that we didn’t know existed a few months ago.

Ministry Values

Shepherd’s HOPE is a ministry built on sacrificing and sharing with our neighbors through our relationship with JESUS CHRIST. Besides sacrifice, we believe in being transparent, especially to our financial supporters who have made it possible for us to be here at this point in history and most of all to our LORD who has constantly opened doors for us as HE’s grown this ministry for the past 12 years.

The pandemic we are facing today has already taken its toll on 6 other food pantries in Englewood. This has brought hundreds more families in need to our pantry every Tuesday and Thursday. The question that has been going through my mind the last few weeks, “Has the LORD created us for such a time as this?” One of the most important things the LORD told me to do when I began this journey with HIM was to give ownership of the ministry to the people in the community, and we were obedient. Over the years this is what has made our food pantry and feeding center like no other in the community. Most of our staff and volunteers live in the area; they are also clients. These committed people are a very important reason why we are still thriving.

Volunteers continue to serve

We are struggling financially like everyone else. Our donations are down 51% in comparison to last year, but the attitude of the staff and volunteers remains positive. They’ve all said to me, “Brian, we are here to serve our neighbors as long as there is a need. The LORD will handle the rest!”

For the last 2 weeks the LORD has brought 1,000’s of pounds of fresh vegetables (from Get Fresh Produce) and 500 sandwiches and drinks from another source, brownies from a bakery and toiletry kits from Molina Healthcare. All this is in addition to our normal delivery of the 20-25,000 pounds of groceries from the GCFD. What timing and what a blessing!
The Shepherd’s HOPE team and I have been working hard doing our job while praying that the LORD will send the resources needed to make this a year like no other. As it says in Psalm 98:4, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD … and rejoice and sing praise!” LORD, we are on our knees praying, praising and thanking you for the faithful and obedient financial supporters you have chosen to take this journey with us: We thank you for these people! We love you all and are asking again for your prayers and financial support so we can continue this journey together.

Thanks again.

Brian
We believe in transparency; click the link below to see our income and operational cost breakdown. Financial Info

At such a time as this…

Ground Zero


Our clients can select from a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit
thanks to GCFD and our generous business donors.
THE CENTER of Englewood is owned and operated by Shepherd’s HOPE, Ltd. and houses our food pantry and family feeding center as well as By the Hand Club for Kids, 1st Defense Legal Aid, IMPACT Family Center, New Hope Medical Clinic, Pass-It-On Academy, God’s End Time Church and Xperience Church.

GROUND ZERO

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE???

We are praying for you, your families and the whole country during these times of disbelief and confusion that haunt America and the whole world. By God’s grace we will all be around long after this pandemic comes to an end.

This is how we fight our battles…

Shepherd’s HOPE was created for such a time as this. The LORD has placed us in this Englewood community of Chicago, which I consider “ground zero” where the real battle is being waged on a daily basis. The battle I am referring to is the spiritual battle that is taking place trying to break the spirit of our neighbors in Englewood and the rest of the American people. We are a resilient people but to remain resilient, we have to be active members of our community and our opposition knows that. That’s why we have been isolated to our own homes. We’ve been made slaves to isolation with the internet and television as our companions. The opposition knows that we are at our best when we are serving others, building relationship, and seeing positive growth taking place around us every day.

Our LORD told us in Matthew 22:36-40, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind…and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” We need this, “The Great Commandment,” to prevail in America in the days, months and years ahead. Shepherd’s HOPE is operating everyday feeding the people of the Englewood community, sharing the love of JESUS with each and every one of them

Meeting the demand..

Because of GOD’s love for HIS people, HE provided Shepherd’s HOPE with 3 food deliveries instead of 2 a week so we can accommodate the 100’s of extra families we provide either groceries or hot meals every day of the week. This amounts to 35,000 pounds of food distributed a week. ONLY GOD!

Due to the increased need, we had to purchase 2 chest freezers and 2 refrigerator/freezers to provide space for the volume of cold storage items we have received. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Americans, we all need to start humbling ourselves becoming salt and light in this dark time in American history. So we all can have a ringside seat, watching GOD at work turning America into a selfless nation again, giving GOD all the glory!

I want to thank you the people who have answered our call for financial HELP! This has been like a breath of fresh air in a time when bad news seems to dominate life as we know it. We still need you the people watching from the sidelines to get in the game. We need everyone! We are at the beginning of this pandemic. Even in these early stages, the fall out from this pandemic is already being felt. The enemy is not going to let up.

Shepherd’s HOPE has to be prepared to be there for our neighbors till the end. We thank you all for your continued support because without you we would not be around for such a time as this.

We love you all and thank you again for your support. Shepherd’s HOPE has been there since the day the pandemic started, and we are planning to be there when the enemy is defeated. AMEN!

Thank you for your prayers and support!

From Brian – and the board members, staff & volunteers at Shepherd’s HOPE

Find Your Place in the Story

THE CENTER of Englewood is owned and operated by Shepherd’s HOPE, Ltd. and houses our food pantry and family feeding center as well as By the Hand Club for Kids, IMPACT Family Center, New Hope Medical Clinic, Pass-It-On Academy, God’s End Time Church and Xperience Church.

Bearing the Burdens of Our Neighbors

Galatians 6:2 says “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The LORD created Shepherd’s HOPE and the Center for that reason, to create a place where HE gathers like minded ministries that HE created to bear the burdens of their neighbors.

The LORD has been doing that for almost a year now at The Center. The LORD has accomplished this in a myriad of ways:

  • by providing groceries & hot meals to our neighbors
  • through education, physical activity & spiritual enlightenment for youth & teens
  • by offering daycare to help out single working parents
  • by providing a free medical clinic and
  • through access to free legal aid

This has all occurred because of you – the faithful people who for the last 11 years have shared their resources to help bear the financial burdens of Shepherd’s HOPE required to support these programs.

What is currently being accomplished by the LORD through HIS ministries is just the beginning of bearing the burdens of our neighbors. The LORD’s focus for this year will be keeping the youth and teenagers off the streets. This will be accomplished by events we call Friday Night Life. We will host events for youth and teens on Friday night in the auditorium and gymnasium. These programs will be designed to educate, stimulate and spiritually enlighten the participants in a safe and friendly environment (with refreshments, of course). The first event will be on March 20 (and the 3rd Friday of every month thereafter) and will be a movie night featuring “Overcomer.” The movie will be followed by a Q and A session with snacks in the cafeteria.

Open Mic Night

Every fourth Friday, beginning with March 27, will be an Open Mic Night. On this night we will interview former gang bangers, drug dealers, drug addicts, and inmates – as well as innocent victims of violence. From their stories, the young people will learn how the relationship of each of them with Christ changed their lives forever. The first interview will be with Tyrone Doxy who was born and raised in Englewood and still lives here today. His gang affiliations, drug dealing and drug use led him to 7 different stays in prison. But his relationship with Christ changed his life. Watch this video clip. On March 27 he will tell his story live in its entirety and allow the audience to ask questions about his journey. You are invited!!! There will be other events on the first 2 Fridays of every month as well, but we are waiting on the LORD’s direction as to what the themes of these will be.

New Ministries Coming to the COE

The Center will also be welcoming three new ministries in 2020. Spaces have been prepared for a new vision clinic and a new dental clinic to add to the services of the New Hope Medical Clinic. As exciting as that is, I am even more excited about the arrival of Target Area, a Christian organization that specializes in mentoring as well as conflict mediation that they provide to youth, adults and gangs. Target Area staff will play a major role in the Friday Night Life events. They are a national organization that has been serving communities for over 30 years and we are blessed to have them join our team. Another goal we have for 2020 is for Shepherd’s HOPE to partner with IMPACT Family Center to provide GED classes for young adults and computer literacy classes for the elderly or anyone else in the community in need of these classes.

Will you be part of this story with us?

These new programs cannot be launched without substantial resources. Resources that will be used to sustain the pantry and the family feeding center and to maintain The CENTER itself. In addition, resources will be needed to present successful Friday Night Life programs each week, and as we partner to provide the computer and GED classes. Food and health care are basic needs, but Shepherd’s HOPE heart has always been to impact lives so that they can become passionate contributors to family, the community and society. All the programs at THE CENTER of Englewood are working in one way or another to achieve that end.  We believe the Friday Night Life events will have the greatest effect on this community long term of anything being done at the COE.

For all of this to happen we will need to raise $500,000 in 2020. $200,000 will come from tenant rental fees. The $300,000 balance we are seeking through a combination of resources. First, we need you, our generous donors, (over 400 faithful people) who have helped build this organization and kept it operating for 11 years to continue your support. Secondly, we have retained a grant-writer to help us find private grants and corporate sponsors to provide the balance needed to reach our $500,000 goal.

In addition to the $500,000 we receive 1.8 million dollars from in-kind donations. 1.5 million of that comes from food donations.  We are the fourth largest food pantry (based on pounds of food and people served) in the city of Chicago.  The other $300,000 comes from in-kind donations of materials and labor. As you can see, our continued obedience to the LORD has had amazing results. Thanks to the obedient Shepherd’s HOPE team and our financial supporters, we are all about to get a ringside seat to the LORD’s unleashing one great story of obedience. A journey of regular people working together to bear the burdens of their neighbors. Our prayer is that the results of our obedience will become contagious so that the people we serve and young people we mentor will one day become followers of JESUS CHRIST and ultimately become the leaders in their community bearing the burdens of their neighbors. ONLY GOD!

I don’t know about you, but I want to be a part of this story. There is only one thing keeping our story from becoming a reality.

“Our Obedience”

I can’t wait to see who the LORD uses this time to bring HIS plan to fruition. I love you all, Brian

Bear one another’s burdens

 

Winter is Here – Coats, Gloves, Hats and Scarfs Needed

Happy Winter

I want to thank the LORD and those of you that shared your resources so that the LORD’s mission at Shepherd’s HOPE can keep serving our neighbors. We are still doing renovations to certain areas of the building: electrical, painting, tile and general cleanup. There are areas in the building that need corner moldings and baseboards added and there are lockers to be painted, some floor tiles that need to be replaced and the ceiling throughout the building needs a fresh coat of paint. We are also working on what was the principal’s office so that at the beginning of 2020 we can move a dental and vision clinic in that space.

$$ We Need Your Help! $$

Shepherd’s HOPE what it is today, a bright shining light in a dark place getting brighter every day. We need everybody involved with Shepherd’s HOPE to pray to the LORD to see in what way HE wants them to get involved. THANK YOU, LORD!

When we were in the planning stages, while on my knees at the corner of 57th and Lowe, sharing with the LORD why this plan of HIS wouldn’t work, HE hesitated and quietly said, “All I want is for you to be obedient to my will and I will take care of the rest.” I said, “I can do that,” and we’ve been doing it ever since: from the 1.000 sq ft Food Pantry to the Feeding Center and now to THE CENTER. We’ve been told from day one by our inner circle, to the people from the community, businessmen, and clergy that this is not sustainable. You will never be able to raise enough money to keep serving your neighbors year after year. I told them that this is the LORD’s, not ours, and as long as we are obedient, trusting in HIM and HIM alone, with no false expectation and doing HIS will for HIS glory, HE will provide!

This is our 11th year of serving our neighbors during the holiday season. They said it is not sustainable, JESUS said trust no man and because we trusted HIM, Shepherd’s HOPE has become more than we could ever imagine. Because of this, the evil one has been relentless, attacking the ministry and myself, even using people in our inner circle.

Please keep us in your prayers

We are very grateful for your support!

We want to thank you, our support team, for trusting the LORD by sharing your hard-earned resources with the mission of Shepherd’s HOPE and for trusting us to use it for HIS glory so HIS kingdom can grow in this dark, depraved world.

I believe that if we all keep working together, sharing our gifts, talents, time and resources for HIS glory (Acts 2:45), the mission of Shepherd’s HOPE by sharing THE CENTER with GOD fearing ministries, GOD will show us things we have never seen or could imagine (Acts 2:43-44)

 

Without Christ followers working together and praying for each other, we will be easy prey for our spiritual enemies.  AMEN! AMEN!

Shepherd’s HOPE: 3 Goals for the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving Groceries

1)   Purchase enough food to provide 750 Thanksgiving grocery bags with all the fixin’s for a a meal for a family of four at a cost of $2.30 per person times 3000 people equals $6,900.00. The food has already been ordered and will be delivered on November 23, 2019.

Warm coats for the winter

2) To accumulate enough coats, hats, gloves and scarfs to keep 100 adults and 100 youth in our community warm this winter. Please help us by donating new or gently worn coats etc. or $50.00 for adult winter outerwear and $45.00 for youth winter apparel. We already have some coats etc. that have been donated, but we need many more to meet the need. We need all donated items by December 7, 2019.

Building renovation

3) We also need to raise $16,000 to complete the renovations of the building. This includes electrical work, painting, tile, corner molding and baseboard in hallways and the main office.

We want all the ministries sharing THE CENTER to know they are all equally part of this movement to eliminate the darkness and make Englewood a community of people seeking the light. As we all equally work together toward the same goal, we most certainly want it to be from the same perspective.

This mission is totally a team effort!

and you the people who share your hard-earned resources so GOD can be glorified are an integral part of that team! AMEN! AMEN! What a team it is! If you would like to become a part of this team, please feel free to contact us at 773-756-3535 ext 0 or send an email to info@shepherdshopechicago.org.

Thank you for your overwhelming generosity!

 

THANKSGIVING DAY

$91.60 Provides 10 families a Thanksgiving Meal
$916.00 Provides 100 families a Thanksgiving Meal
$3206.00 Provides 350 families a Thanksgiving Meal.

Operating Cost for Food Pantry & Family Feeding Center

$87.00 Will provide 1 hour of ministry
$700.00 Will provide 1 day of ministry
$3,500.00 Will provide 5 days of ministry
$ 7,000.00 Will provide 10 days of ministry
$21,000.00 Will provide 1 month of ministry

Find Your Place on the Rope

 

Grand Opening Success

Hi Everyone!

It is hard for me to wrap my head around the thought that the 2019 Holiday Season is upon us!

It seems like yesterday that we were setting up and getting ready to open The Food Pantry and The Family Feeding Center at 838 W Marquette Road. Actually, we have been providing food to over 1000 guests and their families per week for months now.

2020 is just around the corner and if it is anything like 2019, I can’t wait for it to start!

Our Grand Opening was successful; about 250 people attended the event. The ministry partners were very pleased with the interest generated by families that had no idea what this building was all about. If there was anything below expectations, it was the number of people from outside the community in attendance. GOD is in control. ( Click here to see photos of the event).

Goals for upcoming year

Our goal this year will be to promote education, job skills, adding more after school sports ministries, and sponsoring Friday evening events for the youth, teens and young adults of the Englewood community. These programs will be in addition to the ministries that are already operating.

The educational piece will focus on teaching people how to eat correctly through a class called The Basics of Culinary Medicine taught by a doctor from the University of Chicago. This class will show our neighbors how to prepare meals using healthy foods that will keep them vibrant so they can remain active as they age.

The job skills program will be overseen by a retired housing contractor who will be teaching the basics of carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. This program will include classroom instruction as well as hands on experience renovating buildings in the community. By GOD’s grace these buildings will be purchased by a church we have been working with for the past 5 years. ONLY GOD!

We are also working with a ministry that brings together fatherless young men and establishes one on one mentoring relationships using sports activities as a tool, teaching them how to live a Biblical life, which in turn, will build them into the leaders GOD created then to be.

The Friday evening events will begin in January, 2020, with the first event being an open mic event that will take place every fourth Friday. These events will have ex-drug addicts, victims of violence, ex-gang members and ex-drug dealers that will share their journeys out of darkness into the light as they explain how their introduction to JESUS CHRIST changed their lives. Following the presentations there will be a Q&A session. Our prayer is that after hearing these stories the youth, teens and young adults will think twice before they get involved with drugs, gangs or violence. To end the evening, refreshments will be served in the cafeteria after the event.

What a year this is going to be!

Continuing GOD’s Mission

None of this happens without you, the people GOD has chosen to support this ministry. Our dedicated staff has almost doubled in size and we have also increased the number of volunteers. All of this brings increased cost – in salaries, volunteer stipends (bus passes), supplies, truck rental, gas, and professional services. The monthly cost for Shepherd’s HOPE Food Pantry and Family Feeding Center (including our proportionate amount of rent to operate the building) is about $21.000/mo. In our increased space we are serving more people than ever, and we are able to share the LOVE of JESUS CHRIST in ways that weren’t possible in our original venues. THANK YOU, GOD!

That’s why Shepherd’s HOPE continues to need your support. The new building is in a position that if each ministry pays its rent, it is self-sustaining. Shepherd’s HOPE is an important cog in that wheel. We need your support so the LORD’s work can continue in this community.

By GOD’s grace and GOD’s grace alone the mission of Shepherd’s HOPE will continue to bring glory to HIS name.

A preacher that I have the highest regard for, in a sermon said that there are only two ministries in missions: either you are called to go down into the well where darkness prevails or you’re called to hold the rope for those who go down. Myself, our staff and volunteers are in the well every day. But to sustain our mission, we need you, our donors holding the rope, making sure we are not left down in the well with no way out. As this preacher said in closing, “If the people in the well and the people holding the rope don’t have scars on their hands, the mission does not survive and the advancement of GOD’s kingdom no longer prevails.”

We at Shepherd’s HOPE are entering uncharted waters, but with the LORD guiding the team, we are up for the challenge. We are adding new support team members all the time and we stand in awe of all you that have held the rope supporting us for the last ten years. We are working on a plan where a for-profit part of our mission will help support the mission of Shepherd’s HOPE in the future. That is still about 3-4 years away. In the meantime, we need your support more than ever!

Please grab onto the rope and keep the mission of Shepherd’s HOPE glorifying our LORD. We love you all and hope that you will find time to come down and visit us at THE CENTER of Englewood.

I miss you all!
Brian

Patrons enjoying a warm meal

1st Thanksgiving at the CENTER

Blessed Thanksgiving

Hope everything is well with you and yours! We had a great Thanksgiving Week at THE CENTER. It started 1) Saturday November 23rd when the first load of food for the holiday festivities was delivered. 2) Monday, November 25th, THE CENTER was alive again after receiving the final two loads of food. Watching our staff and volunteers putting everything in its place was a sight to behold. AMEN! AMEN!

A Great Week

3) Tuesday, November 26th, was finally here – the day we at Shepherd’s HOPE had been working toward for over a month. We were anticipating over 700 of our neighbors to grace THE CENTER for bags filled with a chicken or two and all the fixin’s for a Thanksgiving feast. We were blessed with a beautiful day despite the weather forecast. The rain held off until after 3 pm, the time we stopped serving. Thank you, LORD!
After all was said and done, we had served 675 of our neighbors for Thanksgiving and had shared 750 chickens and all the fixin’s for a Thanksgiving meal. ONLY GOD!

To See video clips of the day CLICK HERE

That was just the beginning of the Thanksgiving festivities at THE CENTER. Thursday, November 28th Thanksgiving at THE CENTER culminated with a hot Thanksgiving meal fit for a king! We shared these dinners with over 80 of our neighbors – along with seconds – and sweet potato pie for dessert. All this was prepared from scratch by our Feeding Center crew. They worked until 9 pm on Wednesday after serving our normal Wednesday lunch and were back at 6 am on Thursday to prepare for the 11 am start. Thank you, LORD, for the staff and volunteers at the Feeding Center!

What a dedicated group!

Relationship, Trust and Spiritual Growth

Thanksgiving is always a great reminder of the things we should be grateful for, not just at this time of the year, but every moment of every day. It always takes me back to 11 years ago and the things I was taught by the LORD in my first year of doing missionary work in Englewood. Serving as a missionary is totally different than serving according to the world. Serving Christ means growing; growing spiritually by helping others in need every day. Through being part of your neighbor’s lives on a regular basis we find that the people we are serving are just like us, going through similar struggles just with fewer resources. What we find out next is astounding; that it is not our abundance of resources that makes it easier to walk through our problems. It is only JESUS . As we become transparent and share our struggles with the people we serve, they open their hearts and share with us what they are going through. Then before we know it, JESUS becomes the center of conversation because HE is the only one that can walk us through our struggles. Then by the grace of JESUS we realize that we are both just doing life; it’s then we find that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. That is why we love serving our LORD! The end products of serving CHRIST are relationships, trust and spiritual growth, unlike serving in the world where the end product is just another feel good.

At Shepherd’s HOPE and THE CENTER we love serving our neighbors and watching them grow spiritually as we share the loving grace of JESUS with them by the way we live. This takes a team effort – from team members sharing their financial resources to boots on the ground 7 days a week. Consistently keeping the lines of communication open with our neighbors to comfort them in times of need and helping walk them through the problems and trials they face every day.

For this reason we were created, to glorify HIM and it takes a team all working together for the LORD to be able to bring this all to fruition. Thank you, LORD, for THE CENTER and all the ministries you have brought together to glorify yourself so that our neighbors can really see who you are – “The Great I Am.”

To make this all happen takes a great deal of time and money. Please consider us when giving during the holiday season and your end of the year giving.

WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Thank you for your support!

Merry Christmas to you and your family. We love you all and are praying that you and your family have a joyous and healthy 2020.
From all of us at Shepherd’s HOPE and THE CENTER, THANK YOU again for your continued financial support.

Brian

*Daily Operating Cost for Food Pantry and Family Feeding Center*

$87.00 Will provide 1 hour of ministry
$700.00 Will provide 1 day of ministry
$3,500.00 Will provide 5 days of ministry
$ 7,000.00 Will provide 10 days of ministry
$21,000.00 Will provide 1 month of ministry

 

Please pray for our ministry!

Opening of the Center

THE CENTER of Englewood is owned and operated by Shepherd’s HOPE, Ltd. and houses our Food Pantry and Family Feeding Center as well as By the Hand Club for Kids, First Defense Legal Aid, IMPACT Family Center, Pass-It-On Academy, New Hope Medical Clinic, God’s End Time Church and Xperience Church.

Being Our Brother’s Keeper = THE CENTER of Englewood

We are called to be salt and light in this community that is very familiar with darkness. This presents a great opportunity to share the LOVE of JESUS as we provide for our neighbors’ needs.

I can’t believe it is almost Labor Day 2019! In some ways, it seems like yesterday that we purchased the building the LORD has named “THE CENTER of Englewood.” For the last year and a half James 1:2-3 has been our life verse at Shepherd’s HOPE. Quote “(2) count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, (3) for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

During this period, everyone who has remained on the Shepherd’s HOPE staff has grown in their relationship with JESUS CHRIST, but most of all in their trust for each other, because trials bring out the true character of a man.

As of July, THE CENTER of Englewood has 8 ministries operating in the building. We are serving our community 7 days a week. We have basketball camps using the gymnasium, community organizations meeting in our conference room, multipurpose room, cafeteria and auditorium. The ministries and the building are already well known in the community. When school starts in the fall, there will be between 400 – 650 children and adults a day utilizing the building with a pastor always on duty, 7 days a week. What a blessing to this community. AMEN!

We are still working on the building, upgrading the inside and outside, including the grounds around the building for our GRAND OPENING on September 21, 2019. We are looking forward to seeing you all there.  We will have a bounce house and games for the kids, hot dog and hamburger lunch for all, guided tours of the building as well as a ribbon cutting featuring Alderman Roderick Sawyer.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you and sharing with you – up close and personal – what our LORD is doing through Shepherd’s HOPE and all our ministry partners.

By God’s grace and your financial help, there are already teams working 7 days a week to glorify the LORD. The upkeep of the building, and the daily operation of the food pantry and feeding center, utilities, cleaning supplies, janitorial staff, and the security team along with the upgrades and repairs of the 50,000 sf building requires resources. Without you, our support team, the ministries would not be able to continue providing for the needs of our neighbors and in turn glorifying our LORD!

I want to thank all the members of our support team that have made this next step of this journey a reality. Over 10 years ago, when we started Shepherd’s HOPE, the LORD made it very clear that our obedience to HIS will is all that HE expects and HE will take care of the rest. Where HE takes us in the future will depend on that same obedience, because the journey’s all HIS and we are just along for the ride…and what a ride it has been!

I love you all and want to thank you in advance for your continued support! Hope to see you all at the Grand Opening on September 21, 2019.

Sincerely,

Brian Anderson, Executive Director

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Man’s Degeneration vs Hope in CHRIST

It has been a while. A lot has happened since our last newsletter. We had just taken possession of Mays School, and as you may know, it was not in the condition that it was all the way up to just 6 days before we closed. While the locksmith was changing the locks, the CPS engineer and I walked through the building. That’s when we noticed the carnage. I immediately notified the CPS attorney who handled the closing which had just concluded minutes before.

As it turns out, we had no idea what we were walking into. The damage that was visible was bad enough, but it was the damage that was not visible that made our repair estimates not worth the paper they were written on. We are going to present CPS with a demand letter for reparations along with a video of our initial walk-thru and a video of the damage.  We have no guarantee where that is going to lead. We have placed this reality in GOD’S hands and have forged ahead in prayer and in submission to HIS will. As of today, the target date for most of the ministries to start moving in to the building is November 1, 2018 .

Assessing the Damage

The majority of the extra work is plumbing and electrical. The plumbing work is because of theft of the

Damage behind the walls. Click to see more images of damage.

1.5″ copper pipe supplying the hot water from the boiler to the blowers in each classroom, plus the 1.5″ copper that was taken from within the plumbing walls that services the 27 toilets, 9 urinals, 19 lavatories and 1 shower throughout the building. Besides stealing the copper that supplies the water to the bathrooms, they also damaged the automatic flushing systems which will have to be replaced along with the toilets they service.

Then there are the electrical cables that we knew had been tampered with, but we had no idea of the extent of the theft. Our initial assessment after tracing the route (with electrical contractors) and measuring the cable we knew was missing, led us to estimate about 3,000-4,000 linear feet. After the electricians placed a measuring string in each of the empty conduits, the missing cable amounted to 8,000-9,000 linear feet.

We estimated the cost of theft initially between $35,000 and $50,000 and by God’s grace after the theft took place, a new donor became part of the Shepherd’s HOPE team and made a donation that was like a breath of fresh air in an Oklahoma dust storm.

Useless Destruction

Although after the dust cleared, the LORD revealed the rest of the damage, as to say, “this whole journey that we are on together is predicated on your relationship and total trust in ME and ME alone”.

The devil’s minions that perpetrated this theft, had no idea that the cost to replace the stolen material and repair their damages would be $85,000 – $100,000. These people worked 6 days and 6 nights to complete this theft, some of it very hard work, for which they acquired about $2,000 to subsidize their drug habits. The devil knows that if these men are given a real job, their drug use would be minimal or a thing of the past. The reality of this is that the devil would have a much harder time getting them to agree to steal from their neighbors and disrupt the LORD’s work in the community. That’s why the devil loves poverty.

We at Shepherd’s HOPE love our LORD and Savior JESUS CHRIST and trust HIM to bring us through this so HE can be glorified. That’s why HE put the Shepherd’s HOPE team together – the Board, Staff, Volunteers, Donors and Ministry Partners – so the LORD can live in and through each and every one of us to make THE CENTER of Englewood a reality. Through the children’s ministry, the teen ministry, the daycare, the vocational training, the feeding center, the pantry, the church services, the Bible studies, and the free medical clinic, JESUS will show the people of this Englewood community that HE loves them and that HE is here for them. HE wants to be their friend by changing the face and character of this community, by living in and through its people.

Besides the repairs that had to take place because of the break-ins, there were many substantial

Before and After
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projects that needed to be completed to make THE CENTER of Englewood operational. To complete the repairs that were due to the break-in and to complete the projects that we knew existed when we bid on the school, we will need the LORD’s help in the amount of $70,000. The major part of these monies will be used to refurbish and start up the boiler, blower and ventilation systems. The cost for this will be about $35,000, which we had budgeted and set aside, but had to use for the break-in damages because we need electricity and water to operate these systems. We trust the LORD totally and know that HE will provide the resources we need!  Click here to see the projects we knew we had to deal with from Day One and our progress to date.  It’s the $100,000 cost from the break-in damages that we were not prepared for, but we know the LORD is. We will wait patiently to see who HE will use to make the CENTER of Englewood a reality.

Together, faithfully…

Shepherd’s HOPE team, we need your help! We need you to share your gifts, talents, time and resources, the blessings the LORD has given you to bring everything to fruition by November 1, 2018. It can be accomplished, but only if we all work together as a team for HIS glory and HIS glory alone. Please pray on it and let the LORD direct your path! I can’t wait to see who HE uses for HIS glory.
Remember, it is all in the LORD’s hands, but it is in that place of humiliation that we find our true worth to GOD – that is where our true faithfulness is revealed, and HE is glorified! We have been put in that place of humiliation and we have stayed totally focused on HIM and in turn remain completely faithful to HIS will. AMEN!
I love you all and hope to see you soon.
Brian

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The WAY Partners

When Shepherd’s HOPE moves into the Mays School we are purchasing from CPS, 12 Ministry Partners will be coming alongside to be fully housed in the building and/or to expand the programs and benefit from the services.  This article describes the work of each of these partners.

 

The Way Ministry Collaboration

The Lord started putting together “The Way” about 5 years ago and gradually built it to 13 ministries today (including Shepherd’s HOPE).

  1. God’s End Time Church was one of the first ministries the LORD introduced to Shepherd’s HOPE. Pastor Nathaniel Hill is the founder and the leader of this ministry. Nate was once where a lot of people in this community are or were at one time.  He was a drug addict, addicted to heroin – but by GOD’s grace he was saved and now he is livinging the word of GOD and sharing his testimony.  God’s End Time Church meets Sunday mornings at 11 am (in a rented space).  Nate also does Wednesday evening bible studies at 7:00 pm.  For the past 2 years the church has also been doing Saturday morning breakfasts and discipleship through community outreaches.  Pastor Nate and his team will be coming with us to the Mays School facility.

 

  1. Kingdom Lifeline Ministry is a drug and alcohol abuse ministry whose focus is discipleship through outreach and helping others. Pastor Kurt Williams is the founder and executive director, one of the true men of GOD.  I’ve had the privilege of knowing him personally and watching him grow and mentor men who were struggling with substance abuse.  I can’t wait for all of us to be working together under one roof, so I can have a ringside seat to see the affect that these men of GOD are going to have on this community.

 

  1. IMPACT Family Center is a teen and family ministry founded and operated by CEO Marsha Eaglin. Talk about a ministry that is having a profound effect on the people the LORD has surrounded her with! She knows and loves JESUS; you can feel that love by the fruit she bears through the relationship and trust that pours out of this ministry.  Marsha also does GED classes, computer and web design classes, and community outreach activities besides mentoring these teens in life.  See complete list of services on their website here.  What a blessing it will be for this ministry to join us at Mays School!

 

  1. Pass-it-on-Academy is a daycare ministry that was co-founded by the first community volunteer to serve at Shepherd’s HOPE. Darryl Coleman and his wife Theresa started this ministry to help single mothers that need daycare and cannot afford to pay the going rate.  The most important aspect of this ministry is not the discounted rate for the single mom, rather it is the way the staff shows the LOVE of JESUS to every child that enters the doors of this ministry.  The LORD took Darryl home about 3 years ago, but because of HIS leadership, Theresa is still loving on these kids.  In my heart of hearts ministries like Pass-it-on-Academy and IMPACT are the ministries most needed to change the heart of a community.  I am so proud that they are a part of our team.

 

  1. Breath of Life Christian Center is a prison ministry as well as a (Daycare and After School Program) started by Jeff Pirtle and his wife (Nicole). Jeff has been working in the prison system teaching inmates about the love and saving grace of JESUS for the past 15 years.  Jeff really has a heart for the prisoners because of his love for Christ and because he used to be one of them.  Nicole’s love for kids and love for Christ makes her the perfect woman to guide the children of this community.  Jeff and Nicole also do outreaches to bring the community together to show the LOVE of CHRIST in action.  These are 2 special people with plenty of street experience and a dedicated love for people – because they live Christ-centered lives.  They are a tremendous asset to the collaborative and add a quality of leadership that is scarce in the world we live in today.

 

  1. Xperience Church is a Christ-centered outreach ministry and house church led by 2 very talented and dedicated Christ followers that LOVE JESUS with all their heart and soul. From the time you first meet Dwayne and Linda Grant, you feel their LOVE for each other as well as the LOVE for JESUS they exhibit freely to everyone they surround themselves with.  The first time I met them they were doing a Friday evening outreach in front of a liquor store at 67th and Halsted where loving on the least of these is a way of life.  Dwayne’s real talents are in his ability to preach the word of GOD as well as his talent as a worship leader.  As you are beginning to see, he LORD has had HIS hand in creating a diversified and talented team of men and women of GOD.  Believe it or not, that liquor store where I met Dwayne and Linda is one block from Mays School.  How ironic.

 

  1. Kody’s House is a ministry started by a young girl while going to nursing school. Idella (Washington) in the midst of preparing herself for a nursing career decided that on weekends she would prepare meals for the homeless and unreached.  She came to the pantry about 3 years ago after talking to one of our volunteers.  She asked if we had any food we could share with her for her ministry.  From that point on we have supplied her food on a weekly basis to make it possible for her, her boyfriend Vince and another friend to be able to prepare and disburse meals every weekend on the street to the homeless or anyone they encounter in need.  She is now a nurse and continues her ministry.  I can’t wait for the day when we have a kitchen open 7 days a week so we can supply and prepare the food for Kody’s House and give Idella and her team a break to focus on distributing the meals and spending more time on building relationship and trust with the people they serve.

 

  1. Nehemiah Construction was started by Ed Domagal and his partner. Their construction company takes young men off the street and teaches them work ethic and job skills. As they spend the time in instruction, they disciple them by introducing them to the saving grace of JESUS CHRIST.  The goal once we get the Mays School facility will be to start their training in the classroom in the evenings and when the “students” are ready for hands-on experience, they will place them with a crew and then give them on the job training.  They will teach them to be team players, how to complete a job and what a finished project looks like.  Over and above job training, they will teach them how to live a CHRIST-honoring life as they disciple them, which is the most important part of their job training.  Pastor Ed is the perfect man to disciple the young men.  He has been mentoring young men for years through his street preaching ministry.  Along with discipleship he will be teaching them good work ethic and skills.  I am looking forward to Pastor Ed being a part of our team.  He is a man of integrity and character, something very much lacking in today’s world.

 

  1. God’s Helping Hand is operated by Pete Harvey and has been around for at least a decade. Shepherd’s HOPE started partnering with them about 4 years ago.  They came to us through a friend of mine.  When I met Pete, the number of people needing a hot meal was a lot greater than the food they had available.  After partnering with us they were able to feed 4 times the number of people they were feeding before Pete met us.  Pete and his volunteers have to prepare the hot meals and as he has shared with me, the volunteers aren’t always available.  By GOD’s grace sometime in the near future we will have a kitchen operating 7 days a week that will be able to prepare the meals for God’s Helping Hand, as well as all the other  ministries in need of hot meals.

 

  1. Arrows Outreach is a unique ministry but with the same mission. Their mission is discipleship but how they accomplish that mission is unique. House churches are not common place in America but are very biblical.  Michele and Ojo Patterson are a young couple who LOVE JESUS and LOVE to share who HE is and are not shy, but zealous about what HE has done for them and the people they have discipled.  I met Michele and Ojo a little over 5 years ago as they were doing street outreach and bible studies, which they are now using to build house churches.  I believe house churches are the future of the American Christian movement.  We have lost the tight-knit community of families that worshipped, prayed and walked through life together and as a result have lost the transparency that existed when small groups of people did life together.  That is what separated true followers of Christ from all other types of religiosity.  I think Mays School is the perfect venue for building a house church network and is a perfect place for the leaders of the house churches to meet on a weekly basis to discuss how things are progressing and how they might work together on community projects.  Michele and Ojo will be there to spearhead these meetings mentoring and guiding the leaders.  If there is one ministry that I cannot wait to see blossom, it is this one because it could easily have the most explosive effect on this Englewood community.

 

  1. Heritage Church. Three years ago I walked into Heritage Church because my wife and I had moved to Grayslake, IL and were looking for a place to call our church home.  The pastor that Sunday preached a message on discipleship that was straight from the Bible, telling everyone in the church what real discipleship means and what a genuine discipleship is.  From that day forward, Heritage has been the church my wife and I attend.

 

Every year in November they showcase a ministry that they partner with for the coming year.  In 2016, they chose Shepherd’s HOPE and it became the beginning of a great relationship.  They made a commitment to support us financially.  What a blessing! But what blew me away was how they got involved by volunteering on a regular basis.  This allows the church that’s serving to grow as followers of Christ because the people get the opportunity to see JESUS come alive. In Matthew 25:40 Jesus says: “As you have done for one of the least of these, my brothers, you’ve done it to me.”  I can’t wait to see how the purchase of Mays school will open more opportunities for more people to see JESUS come alive.  Thank you LORD for bringing us together.  ONLY GOD!

  1. Greater Chicago Food Depository is our largest provider of food (and one of the largest in the country). They have been with us since the beginning.  Beside the food we have a great opportunity to partner with them on a much larger scale.  We told the CFO that we were looking for a larger venue and they told us that when we get a place, they would like to help us turn our food pantry and family feeding center into state of the art facilities by supplying walk-in coolers and freezers, sinks, stoves, prep tables, tables and chairs and whatever else they could get donated.  I  can’t wait to see how the LORD is going to use this great organization to raise up this Englewood community from the depravity that exists into the hardworking, family-oriented neighborhood it was.

 

Thank you LORD for the Mays School and all the ministry partners that will be a part of your plans for this building.
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