May 2017 Newsletter
A Word From Our Director ~ Pastor Andrew Pistone
Before entering ministry, I spent most of my life running my own businesses. When I needed extra sales, I would advertise more, or add a salesperson to my staff to generate the additional sales. In ministry, the process is not the same. We definitely need funds to operate the Mission, and I find myself with the difficult task of having to ask others to help us financially. This is not a comfortable thing for me to do - but, as the Director of the Mission - it is my responsibility. Our ministry relies on your individual donations - and we all receive the blessing of knowing that God’s Word can change lives.
Six months ago, we opened the Door of Hope Thrift Store, and thank God - it’s doing very well for a six-month-old business; however - it’s not able to help support the Mission yet, because of all the start-up costs associated with such an endeavor.
We have had an enormous outpouring of “material” donations to be sold at the thrift store, and we are very grateful for your donations, but our monetary donations have fallen dramatically.
My plea to you is quite simple: We need your help. You might think that a small contribution would not help us, but that is not the case! If everyone who receives this newsletter would contribute even $5.00, it would help us enormously.
Our mission is simple. We exist to help our guests come to Jesus, and to grow in obedience to Him. Mark 16:15 says: "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.”
Part of our world is right here in Odessa and the surrounding areas, and we are here to spread the Good News. When we provide food, clothing, and shelter, it is our way of showing His love and care; but our ultimate mission is to show them the Way, the Truth, and the Life which is found in Jesus Christ.
Please give as generously as possible today. We have enclosed an envelope for your convenience. Your gift helps to provide food, shelter, clothing, and life-changing teaching from the Bible for our guests, who - for a variety of reasons - are struggling.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galations 5:1
A changed life and ultimate freedom is found through a relationship with Christ, and we want to be able to share that message with as many as possible.
Please help us to spread Light in our dark and troubled world. Your gifts will be a blessing to many.
One of our guests, Jeff Rush, came to us a few years ago, and agreed to share his testimony in this newsletter.
My name is Jeff Rush, and the following is my Door of Hope success story:
Almost three years ago, in July of 2014, I walked into the Door of Hope Mission - a broken man. I was a drug addict, a criminal, and a liar. The love of my life had just told me to hit the road, and that she never wanted to see me again. I was devastated - to say the least. I was 48 years old, and a substance abuser of 35 years. I abused marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, and methamphetamine for most of my adult life. Then, the day finally came when I lost everything that I ever cared about. I wanted nothing more than to be dead.
I was living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico when my life fell apart. For a year and a half after my breakup, I tried many times - unsuccessfully - to get cleaned up and to stop using. It just wasn't working. I would stop for a while, but there was no one on my side. When things got hard, I always found a reason to use - to return to my self-destructive behavior. It was - as they say - a vicious cycle…and it was slowly killing me. In a sober moment, I made a decision to go to Odessa, Texas. There was an oil boom going on, and I figured it would be pretty easy to get a job. (I know NOW that there was something truly Divine leading me to Odessa, but I didn't know it then.) So, having lost everything - except some of the tools I used to make a living: saws, nail guns, extension cords and air hoses - (I was a carpenter,) - I set out for Texas. I didn’t know where I would live or work, or how I would get by.
I found work very quickly in Odessa, as I figured I would. Within three days, I had a pretty good job. However, I was out of money, and I was not expecting a paycheck for three long weeks. After spending nine or ten days working in the hot, summer Odessa heat and trying to sleep at night in my truck parked at Walmart, I was exhausted. I started looking for some place to get some help, a meal, and maybe a shower, and a bed to get some real rest in. I found The Door of Hope in an online search. I drove over and spoke with the person in the contact office on a Wednesday evening. Neither of the pastors were there at the time, and I was turned away feeling a little discouraged. Still, I took a chance and left Pastor Andrew a message detailing my situation. By Sunday, I had become so desperate that I had resigned myself to taking any tools I still had, (that were worth anything,) to the pawnshop. I was so hungry, tired, and dirty that I could hardly think straight. I had been sober for 14 days.
This next part of the story is important, and takes my breath away every time I tell it. I was sitting in the parking lot at the pawnshop waiting for it to open. I had about an hour to kill, so I went to the gas station across the street. I spent 15 or 20 minutes trying to get myself cleaned up in the bathroom sink. When I came out of the gas station, I found two guys hanging around my truck. They had with them four or five plastic trash bags with frozen steaks and seafood. They told me they had just stolen the food from the restaurant where they worked. They said if I could give them and their stolen goods a ride - there would be some money in it for me. My truck gas tank was almost empty, and I still had some time to kill, so I said, “Okay.” It didn't take long to figure out that these guys were trying to trade their stolen high dollar steak and seafood for drugs. Now, if this had happened two weeks prior, I - more than likely - would have been just fine giving these guys a ride, then getting high with them too. But, on this day, it turned my stomach. So, I turned my truck around, said, “Thanks, but no thanks, fellas,” and I dropped them and their stuff off - back where I found them - and went to wait it out for the pawnshop to open. I wasn't happy about having to pawn tools just so I could get enough money to pay for a room for maybe two nights; but, oddly - I felt pretty good about the choice I had just made to not use drugs. Then, my phone rang and everything changed. It was Pastor Andrew. After hearing my story in even more detail, he said I shouldn't pawn anything, and that I should come talk to him.
After my talk with the Pastor, I had a hot shower, a hot meal, and a safe and comfortable place to stay while I got back on my feet. I was so grateful for the help. Pastor asked me how long I thought I would need to stay, and I told him I thought I would be able to save enough to get a place in a month to six weeks. I ended up staying almost a year. I saved almost $10,000 and went to Midland College to get my CDL. Today, I have a really good job at the Los Alamos National Labs here in New Mexico. I am in the teamster’s union, have a 401k, health package, and a ridiculous 36 paid days off a year. I am so happy to say that I have a great relationship with God, and am sober today - 1052 days.
Verses of the Month
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
DOOR OF HOPE THRIFT STORE UPDATE
We have Gift Certificates for sale, stop by and purchase one to help support the Mission.
We continue to be blessed by your generosity day in and day out. Thank you so much for your donations.
We are in need of good furniture and antiques that you might want to donate to our ministry, and of course - we continue to take ALL donations with much thankfulness. We can also accept cars, trucks, RVs and boats.
Don't forget that ALL proceeds from the Thrift Store go directly to support the ministries of the Door Of Hope Mission.
We will be happy to pick up your donations, and – if you need a receipt for tax purposes - we can provide one for you. You can also drop your donations off to us at the store.
Please come and visit the Door of Hope Thrift Store. We are located at 1611 E 8th Street Odessa, TX 79761.
Our hours for shopping are Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Please visit us on Facebook : www.Facebook.com/DoorOfHopeThriftStore
Also our website for the Thrift Store is online please visit it: http://www.doorofhopethriftstore.com
We are still in need of your household items for the store. You can be confident that your generosity will go to help people here at the Mission and the needy in our community at large. We are very thankful for your donations to this ministry. If you have a car, truck or RV, we can take those as well.
All donations are tax deductible, if you would like for us to come and pick up your donation please give us a call 432-337-8294
Please check out our latest post and like our page at https://www.facebook.com/DoorOfHopeMissionTX
If you would like to financially help support the ministry of Door of Hope Mission please send a check to
P.O. Box 1789, Odessa, TX 79760 You can also donate on-line here on our website.
A CHRISTIAN MISSION