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Home Sweet Home cuts back shelter services

Posted on October 12, 2007. Filed under: Articles and News (HOP), Miscellaneous |

BLOOMINGTON — A nearly $1 million deficit over three years forced Home Sweet Home Ministries to cut its staff and occupancy in half and prompted a restructuring of its services.

That change — focusing on long-term changes rather than quick-fix measures for the homeless — has another social service agency concerned about meeting needs this winter.

“I’m very saddened by all the difficulties Home Sweet Home is facing,” said Karen Zangerle, executive director of PATH, the agency that coordinates homeless services in the Twin Cities and oversees Compassion Center, which offers daytime services.

“They (Home Sweet Home) are really the only source of beds for women and children,” Zangerle said. “I’m very concerned about what’s going to happen this winter if they are down by half.”

While PATH has some federal money to put homeless in a hotel for a night or two, Zangerle said if there are a lot of needs, the money will be gone “very, very quickly.”

But Bob Beerup, president of Home Sweet Home’s board of directors, said “There are no plans to abandon temporary services” and he doesn’t think there will be an issue meeting the winter needs of the homeless.

Rus Kinzinger, chief executive officer of Home Sweet Home, agreed even though the mission is serving only 40 to 50 adults a night, below its 110 capacity.

“The winter is a time when our numbers are the least,” Kinzinger said.

On average the mission serves about 258 people a month, he said. The numbers dip to as low as 234 a month in the winter, he added.

“As CEO, if there is an urgent need in the community to provide services in the winter, we would shift our priorities and do that. We’re not going to let the need go unmet,” he said.

Kinzinger believes the shift in the Home Sweet Home mission is what its donors want. But he also admitted it was prompted by the three-year deficit. According to tax forms, Home Sweet Home reported a deficit of $333,761 in fiscal year 2004-2005 (from July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2005) and $454,858 in fiscal year 2005-06.

Kinzinger said the agency currently is undergoing an audit of its financial statements for fiscal year 2006-07, so that report is not available. However, he said, it, too, will show a deficit estimated at about $200,000.

“We are now operating on a balanced budget,” Kinzinger said of fiscal year 2007-08, which is only about three months old.

Kinzinger said the agency consciously went into debt for Threshold, a multi-month program designed to help homeless people become independent. Agency officials hoped federal grants and community donations would erase the deficit but the grants that were promised did not come through.

In late spring, officials decided staff would have to be laid off to make up for the deficit. The lack of staff led to serving fewer people.

Julie Roth, director of client services at Home Sweet Home, said the agency had about nine social service associates, case managers and counselors the first of the year. There now are 4 ½ employees in that area — only two of which are full-time.

Roth said only one staff member and one work-study student is at the shelter in the evenings and on weekends.

“That’s the absolute minimum in my eyes,” Roth said.

She estimated she would need at least an additional $100,000 to bring staff to its full level for a year.

Kinzinger said even with additional money, the new focus of the mission would remain. And, although Kinzinger will only be head of the agency until July when he retires, he apparently has the backing of the board.

“The board continually thinks and prays about how to articulate our mission and vision,” said Beerup.

The board has focused on that in depth lately, Beerup said, so it will have a mission in place before it seeks a new CEO — something that is expected to start by the first of next month.

“Do today’s realities still take the same approach?” he asked. “Is our mission the same?”

Like Kinzinger, the board seems to be leaning toward a blend of Home Sweet Home’s current programs: Threshold, which has graduated 22 out of the 90 people who have enrolled; and its temporary shelter program, which offers shelter for one night or a few.

Roth said the agency relies heavily on volunteers to offer programs that can lead to long-term solutions for the homeless it serves. Volunteers offer parenting classes, some are mentors, and others offer activity classes. Some State Farm volunteers help with filling out job applications or creating a resume, she said.

“It comes down to where can we have our greatest impact with finite dollars,” Kinzinger said. “It’s the best of Threshold, the best of temporary services.”

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Georgia Ella Shaw, 63, Normal, passed away Saturday (Aug. 18, 2007).

Posted on August 28, 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Articles and News (HOP) |

NORMAL – Georgia Ella Shaw, 63, Normal, passed away Saturday (Aug. 18, 2007).

She was born Jan. 17, 1944, in Memphis, Tenn., daughter of Johnny Eziel Danrich and Eleanor Pierson Danrich.

Georgia was educated in the St. Louis public school system, where she attended Patrick Henry Elementary School and Sumner High School. She continued to pursue her educational goals and was attending Heartland Community College majoring in early childhood development at the time of her death.

Georgia met and married Winston Shaw and from this union two daughters and four sons were born, all of whom survive her, including Stacy Yvette Shaw Cameron; Winston Maurice and Vincent Maurice Shaw; Brian Anthony Shaw; Dorothy Jeanette Shaw Johnson; and Benny Chandler Shaw.

Georgia and her husband also took a parental interest in one of her younger cousins, Leverta Stevenson Peeples and raised her as one of their own.

She was preceded in death by both parents and an infant son, Vincent Maurice Shaw.

In addition to her children and their spouses, she leaves to cherish her memory 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two siblings, Johnny “Bud” Danrich and Shirley Ann Danrich-Sain; her loyal friend, sister and companion, Joann Rye; and other relatives and friends.

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Tiko Hardy

Posted on May 28, 2007. Filed under: Articles and News (HOP) |

Tiko Hardy

“Remember that show Cheers with the theme song that went, ‘sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name’…..well, that’s what being at Lincoln is like for me. I was accepted at ISU but wanted to come here. Anyone who needs a little more help or time will find it here,” emphatically states non-traditional LCN student, Tiko Hardy.

At first, Tiko wasn’t sure about attending any college. A rough home life as a child contributed to her becoming a drop-out in the 9th grade. A single mom, on her own from her early teen years, she eventually obtained her GED and went on to become a retail manager. Despite this achievement, she didn’t see herself as the type of person who goes to college.

The encouragement of her husband, Bryant Hardy, with whom she’s been married for five years, helped change her mind. Bryant is also enrolled at Lincoln College-Normal in the Bachelor Program in Business. He told Tiko that “those who struggle the most, achieve the most. Let your struggle be your success.”

In coming to LCN, Tiko was surprised by the time and attention she found here. She commented that her advisor Stephanie Zimmerman spent two hours with her, explaining the college process and answering all her questions, never mentioning the time once.

Asked if she found an instructor or class here particularly interesting or challenging, Tiko responded, “I would do an injustice to esteem one instructor over any other. Everyone is great — everyone, without exception, drops what they’re doing if I have a question or a problem.”

Tiko did note something Mr. Jeff Kratz told her once – that she wasn’t paying for a degree, she was paying for a college education. That idea of becoming an educated person has stayed in her mind ever since, she said. To emphasize the point, she explained how she had gone from someone who had never read a book or even knew about the Holocaust to someone who has an appreciation for Elie Wiesel’s Night.

Tiko added that the Learning Resource Center has been a big help to her in pursuing this education. “The LRC here at Lincoln is very unique in its open door policy. It is there for the students, available any time, which is a big help for me with my busy schedule.”

For Tiko, that busy schedule includes not only college classes but also being a mom to two daughters, Shotika, thirteen, who helps her mom in math, Sierra, 10, and Bryant Jr., 8. Further, Tiko volunteers at the Path Crisis Center 3 hours a week and teaches Sunday School to high school aged youth at her church, combining lessons about everyday life skills with Christian principles.

In the future, Tiko hopes to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, eventually pursuing a career to encourage and develop programs for young single parents from disadvantaged backgrounds – to help them achieve the kind of success in life with which she feels she is now blessed.

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A Return to Pentecostal Power- Bishop Samuel Smith

Posted on May 28, 2007. Filed under: Articles and News (HOP) |

We are living in  an era of incredible power.  In the heavens huge jets soar overhead, traveling hundreds of miles per hour.  Daily, automobiles take us to our destination in mere minutes.  The news if filled with the exploits  of space travel made possible  by powerful rockets.   Modern man   has placed a great premium upon developing sources of power that will propel the inventions of  this age of unparalleled progress .  And so it is  with the child of God.  He needs the power of God in this complex   world to  make   him useful in doing the work of the Master.  Without power, he is helpless  and useless.  

As we look to the Old Testament, we find men who had discovered the power of God.  Let us examine their lives to see what they did to tap the source of divine power.

No one will deny that David was a powerful man of God.  In fact, he found so much favor in the eyes of God that the Lord told Samuel that David was a man after His own heart.  Why?  Perhaps David answered this himself; he wrote in Psalm 55:17, “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud…”  David had touched the source of God’s power through prayer.  When a man kneels to God in prayer, he will gain power to stand up against anything.  

Another example of a character in the Old Testament who had power in his life was Daniel.  This young Hebrew captive in a foreign land realized that he needed the power of God in order to cope with the everyday problems that confronted him.  He knew that within himself he was powerless.  What did Daniel learn was his source of power?  The  Holy Scriptures  record that Daniel, as David, went to prayer three times a day.  Later in his life, even though he was threatened with death for praying, Daniel would not quit praying.  He knew that death would be better than to try to go through life without tapping the source of God’s power.  Man prays because he was made for prayer, and God draws us out by breathing Himself into us.  The end result is that man becomes  the  possessor of the power of God.

There are numerous examples of good, righteous men in the Bible.  But there were none who were perfect.  None were able to set the precedent of a flawless life that could serve as a supreme example for humanity to follow.  However, God Almighty, not willing that any should perish for the lack of knowledge, Himself was manifested in the flesh, that He might set before humanity a perfect example that all men  would  follow.  This manifestation of God in the flesh was named Jesus, and Emmanuel, which means  ” God with us. ” 

Although Jesus was very much God, He was also very much man; a man who needed power to overcome the same problems that face all humanity.  How did this supreme example conquer the problems of life?  How did He obtain power for the flesh to overcome the tempter?  The answer is that Christ led a life of prayer.  He prayed at His baptism, and He prayed in the busy streets of Galilee.  For 40 days, He fasted and prayed in the wilderness.  He prayed before choosing the Twelve.  He prayed before He broke the bread for the multitude.  The night before the terrible day of His crucifixion, He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.  And, hanging on the cross, He prayed, “ Father  forgive them for they know not what they do.”  Those who were closest to Him observed the pattern of life that He lived before them.  They recognized how He gained power over the flesh.  Thus, they besought Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.”             

I believe that the disciples were already men of prayer, but they saw in Christ a deeper consecration and greater power to overcome, and they coveted it.  They wanted real power.  Jesus promised His disciples that He would send them power from on high.  Before He ascended into the heavens He left the final instructions on how to receive this power.  Luke 24:49 reads, “And, behold, I sent the promise of my Father upon you:  But tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with the power from on high.”           

After His ascension, the disciples went to Jerusalem to tarry for this power.  They had learned their lesson well, because during their period of waiting they prayed.  And they prayed in one mind and one accord.  They had learned that it is prayer that activates the power of God.  Let us note that only after the disciples had lost themselves in prayer and supplication for ten days did the Holy Ghost and power fall upon them.  This was the power that later motivated the disciples to journey to the uttermost parts of the world with the gospel, making them overcomers of all opposition.  Nothing stopped the truth from spreading because the disciples had the power of God upon their lives.         

The Apostle Paul was a man who certainly had problems to contend with.  He met the opposition of all men:  The paganistic Roman government, his self righteous Jewish brethren, the haughty, educated Greeks, and the superstitious barbarians.  He was hated, beaten and stoned.  Surely Paul was a man who depended upon more that mere human endurance during those dark days of trials.  Paul made these statements:  Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation …” Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  Yes, Paul was filled with the Holy Ghost and power.  I Corinthians 14:18 states, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.”  But what avenue did Paul travel to reach this inexhaustible source of power that so typified his life?  The answer may be found in the fact that he practiced the admonishment that he gave to the Thessalonians:  “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).      

We are living in a world today that is worse than the world in which Paul lived.  We are living at a time when people have forgotten how to blush.  Sin is openly flaunted before our eyes.  Without criticism, sin has become a way of life.  Satan is the prince and power of the air (Ephesians 2:2).  He has humanity in his grasp.  But the children of God have access to a power that is far superior to the power of Satan.  It is that same power that cast Lucifer from heaven when iniquity was found in him.  It is a portion of that power that someday will cast Satan into the bottomless pit and eventually into the lake of fire.  This is a victorious power sent from the Father above.  It is the power of God, the promise made unto us.  We can have all we want of it, if we tap its source through prayer.       

We are living at a time when we should flex our spiritual muscles in the face of Satan.  We need a power to lift us off the launching pad of carnality and mediocrity into the orbit of God’s program.  This power will make us useful for Jesus’ sake.  Not only this, but Romans 8:11 tells us “But if the Spirit (or power) of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit (or power) that dwelleth in you.”  This means to me that just the same as the power lifts the gigantic rockets off their launching pads at Cape  Canaveral  and send them soaring into the heavens, so will this power that is within us, at the sounding of the trump of God, send us soaring away from this world into immortality; up through the heavens into the waiting arms of our loving Savior who will take us to our  eternal home, that   consists  of the mansions and  the  regal courts of  the Holy City.           

What great power we have access to!  What a marvelous promise we are made the heirs of.  All this is ours if we pray, pray, pray.  Martin Luther once said, “None can believe how powerful prayer is and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience.”  How we need a real experience of prayer today.  Let our cry in the night be, “Lord, teach us  twenty-first century Pentecostals to pray.”          

It is my firm conviction that if we sincerely and wholeheartedly seek a revival of prayer within our own ranks, God will, in turn, send a revival of power that will stir this  sinful  nation of ours , and even the whole world.


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News Story – Christians and atheists start a calmer dialogue

Posted on May 28, 2007. Filed under: Articles and News (HOP) |

What would convince him? A miracle.
During church services, they often fail to explain traditions or rituals,
which leaves visitors confused. “Why is the structure of the service always
the same?” Mehta wonders.

Zeroing in on “what it would take to convert me,” he says a church would
need to appeal to his sense of reason, challenge him to think more deeply,
and allow for asking questions. “I wasn’t confronted with a new line of
thinking that challenged my commitment to scientific empiricism,” he writes.
Also, he’d want a church where “men and women lead on an equal basis.”

Most important, he states, what would convince him would be “a miracle – an
undeniable miracle that has no natural explanation.”

This should be easy enough!

For all of our Bible Study students, anyway.

Once we have concluded our current study of the Gifts of the Spirit, and our
Prayer Clinic on Wednesday evenings, we will enter into a period of fasting
and prayer in order to unleash the Gifts of the Spirit as they “operated” in
the early New Testament Church. (Hebrews 2:4)

For the Bible Study students, be prepared to experience a “manifestation of
the Spirit” (1 Cor 12:7). For the others, just watch and “wonder” what is
going on. (Acts 3:11)

This is the athiests’ challenge to “show me your God”. IOW, they are
demanding “demonstration” instead of just “proclamation” (Adult Sunday
School, May 13, 2007).

This atheist is not asking for anything that God cannot produce. See you at
Prayer, Bible Study, and Sunday School.

Pastor Jarvis

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In Russia the door is only half-open

Posted on May 28, 2007. Filed under: Articles and News (HOP) |

In Russia, the door is only half-openBy Steve Arney

In the Soviet Union, a young person seeking career success would be best off if he showed no interest in churches or religions, said Russia specialist Ron Pope of Normal.

But in today’s Russia, a politician benefits from being seen — and photographed — with popular religious leaders, Pope said.

Above: House of Prayer Apostolic Church of God pastor Joe Jarvis, far right, annouces Vitaly Kisel, far left, of Russia, to the congregation at the Apostolic Church of God in downtown Bloomington Friday night.
Below: During songs at the House of Prayer Apostolic Church of God, on Bloomington’s East Monroe Street at the edge of downtown, churchgoers commonly play tambourines during songs – as is done here by Ruby Price of Normal.

Religious repression has been reduced monumentally, though it has not ended, Pope said.

He heads a private English program in Vladimir, Russia, called Serendipity Russia, and he is an associate professor of politics and government at Illinois State University. Pope has visited the Soviet Union/Russia 40 times.

According to Pope:

Throughout the Soviet period, official churches were monitored, and it was widely known that the KGB infiltrated the Russian Orthodox Church to discourage any anti-government statements. The level of repression varied under the various central leaders and by location.

Some underground churches functioned with government knowledge; they survived by avoiding politics.

Some religious people who held to their beliefs firmly and stood against the Communists paid with imprisonment and death. Pope believes resistance of the religious people helped embolden the society and speeded the collapse of the USSR, which essentially dissolved with President Gorbachev’s resignation on Dec. 25, 1991.

Gorbachev during his administration had lifted some religious repression, and that door opened wider in Russia after the USSR’s collapse. Some repression remains, multiple sources say.

The U.S. State Department’s annual human rights reports say minority religions such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Jehovah’s Witnesses are particularly susceptible to government interference.

Apostolic Church of God Minister Roxy Davis embraces a song during the Friday night Mass in downtown Bloomington.

The reports also question some repression of Islam, done in the name of squelching Islamic extremism, and cites examples of anti-Jewish sentiment and anti-Christian rulings against groups such as the Salvation Army. Further, the State Department reports that religious freedom isn’t equally enforced, and that states and cities enact restrictions that contradict national law.

The report for 2005, released this spring, summarizes: “The law provides for freedom of religion, and the government generally respected this right in practice; however, the authorities imposed restrictions on some groups. Although the law provides for the equality of all religions before the law and for the separation of church and state, the government did not always respect these provisions in practice.”

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