|December 2013 Living Free E-News||
|By gkeylon | 12 Dec 2013 ||
Hear from the heart of the president of Living Free:
Dear Ministry Friend,
|Thanksgiving - Longer than a Day|
|By gkeylon | 26 Nov 2013 ||
Every fourth Thursday in November in the United States is a day set aside as a national holiday to commemorate the first harvest after the people from Europe settled in the new land. The people who came to America were fleeing a country that hindered their expressions of religion. They desired a new way of life so that they could worship God freely. There was a deep sense of gratitude for what God had done to help them grow and sustain crops that would provide for their basic needs.
Now we live in a culture in which every time you turn around, there is someone who says that they are offended by expressions of religious freedom. Where is the attitude of thankfulness?
The Apostle Paul gives us a solution to the many challenges that we face each day and encourages us to be thankful not just one day a year, but to be thankful more than one day each year. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul shares this, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
|Ministry Opportunity to Local Law Enforcement & Offenders and their Families|
|By gkeylon | 25 Sep 2013 ||
It seems that every time we turn on the news, there is a new story about a shooting or a crime that is beyond comprehension. In general, the public sees these situations from a distance, but law enforcement experiences these tragedies up close. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies walk onto crime scenes every day and witness the aftermath of unspeakable horror. Many law enforcement officers experience these emotionally-charged situations even while they are on-going.
How do these officers deal with the emotions of these unfortunate events? Are they encouraged to speak with someone or just told to deal with it? In this video blog, Anthony Gubitz, a chaplain with a police force and sheriff’s department in a town in Kentucky, shares with us how God has opened the doors to establish a Lifeline support group ministry to the local law enforcement.
|By gkeylon | 4 Sep 2013 ||
Often, someone may experience a painfully emotional experience, such as some type of abuse through family violence or sexual or verbal abuse in the family structure. This experience can result in years of struggling with life-controlling problems. It is very important to address these issues so that there can be emotional healing to deal with life in a more godly way and victory in overcoming their life-controlling problems.
Listen in as Janet Lerner, author of Restoring Families,a Living Free study, describes the foundational principles we can use in ministering to those who have suffered abusive relationships. She also gives guidelines for helping restore the family to a healthier relational atmosphere.
|Finding Grants to Fund Ministry|
|By gkeylon | 23 Aug 2013 ||
Has God given you a passion and vision to reach and disciple people in your community, but you don’t know where to start looking for the financial resources to make it happen? God has the resources available, but we are required to make the effort to seek possible avenues that can help provide for the needs of the ministry. If God has called you to start a ministry, He will provide the means to make it happen.
Listen in as Kaye Mark, Director of Hand Extended Ministries of Springfield, Missouri shares with us how they developed their ministry to receive grants from foundations and state agencies.
|Caring for Volunteers|
|By gkeylon | 31 Jul 2013 ||
Have you ever wondered how other ministries have so many volunteers? Are you in need of quality volunteers for the ministry that God has called you to? In this video blog, Wayne Keylon, President of Transformation Project (A Living Free Community ministry), explains how you can have the volunteers needed to be more effective in your ministry efforts.
No matter how young or old, there is a place where people can be fulfilled in ministering to others. You can discover people with passion for the call and connect them to the need.
|Reaching Your Community from the Ground Up|
|By gkeylon | 18 Jul 2013 ||
Are there people in your community who are struggling with substance abuse, anger, depression and other life-controlling problems? Do you have a passion to reach them for Christ but don’t know how to help? Listen in on Living Free Vice President Clayton Arp as he shares how you can develop a non-residential community-based support group ministry for your area. In most towns and cities across America and around the world, only a small percentage of people are able or willing to enter a long-term residential program to overcome their life struggles. You can establish a Living Free Community ministry in your area to help the majority who need help but can’t or won’t enter a residential program.
The ministry known in many parts of the U.S as Lifeline Connection is an effort by Living Free Ministries to develop what is now being referred to as Living Free Community. These local non-residential ministries partner with the local law enforcement, the judicial system and the faith community to develop a support group ministry providing help and hope to those struggling with life. Many of the participants are court ordered to the local program through what may be called “drug court”, but there are many who simply come to the meetings without being required to do so.
|Spiritual Foundation of Ministry to One Another|
|By gkeylon | 25 Jun 2013 ||
How often do you have a friend or relative call you before they make a bad decision? More often, people call when they are in a desperate situation or need to be bailed out of a circumstance. Are you ready to respond either way?
In this video blog, Huntley Brown shares with us five foundational principles to remember when we are ministering to others. Huntley is a world-class pianist who has traveled with the Billy Graham Association and has been a guest speaker in many conferences.
|Leading for Community Impact|
|By gkeylon | 12 Jun 2013 ||
With any ministry organization, it is very important to have solid, Godly leadership. Whether you are leading a Living Free ministry in your church and/or community, quality leadership is a key element in developing and sustaining the work that God has called you to do.
Listen in on this video blog to learn from Dr. Ron McManus, founding director of Transformation Associates and a lead pastor for more than 16 years, about the 12 decisions every leader must make in order to lead themselves before they can lead others to effectively impact their community.
|2013 Living Free Outcomes Results|
We are excited to announce the 2013 Living Free Outcomes Research Findings. Over the last three years, we have collected questionnaires from participants in several different ministries in many different states. This year we gathered the questionnaires from 5 different ministries who are reaching out to their communities through non-residential support group settings in 5 states. There were 181 people in 22 different groups represented.
The data confirms the effectiveness of Living Free because of what God is doing through His Word, His Spirit and His people. The data reflects that no matter the location or facilitator, lives are being transformed and families restored by God through many local Living Free and Living Free Community ministries. We give God all the glory!
Click here to see the 2013 results
For the 2012 results, click here
For the 2011 results, click here