Broken Chains Ministry

Monthly Newsletter – April 2017

“Celebration of Life” for Cheryl Blackwell

On March 22nd we held a “Celebration of Life” for Cheryl Blackwell at our regular Wednesday night outreach. After the message we all wrote prayers on balloons and released them to God.

Cheryl passed away on Tuesday morning, March 14th, at 11:30 am. Cheryl had a rare form of cancer and had been sick for a few years. She was one of our first volunteers and participated at the park for several years before getting sick. She and her husband, Ron, were on our board of directors when we first set up Broken Chains as a 501c3 non-profit ministry.

We will all miss her terribly and ask that you pray for peace and comfort for her family and friends as they go forward without her.

Other Highlights

Pastor Cody is interviewed on the “Randy Jeffers Show”.

Meet Broken Chains Board Members

This month we would like to feature Kevin Chapman. Below are the answers to the questionnaire we sent him.

How did you first hear about Broken Chains?
I first heard about Broken Chains from my brother-in-law. My brother-in-law told us about a Christmas Day event that Broken Chains was doing at Harley Davidson.

What made you want to get involved in the ministry with Broken Chains?
I was moved by the compassion that was shown toward all at Broken Chains, which made us start donating on a monthly basis.

Describe your first experience volunteering with Broken Chains?
My first experience of volunteering was at the Christmas Day event held at Harley Davidson, which included my immediate family. This led to my ongoing experience in October 2014 at the gazebo in Jaycee Park.

What was the feeling you walked away with after that first experience?
After my first experience at a Broken Chains event I walked away with a real sense of how fortunate we are to have the things we enjoy and many times take for granted. I also felt the need of doing more to help those who were ministering, to continue to meet the needs of those on our streets. This eventually led to me getting more involved on a regular basis. I told my friends that it’s “where ministry meets the road”.

How did God use that first experience to continue your desire to work with Broken Chains?
God used my first experience to place a desire in my heart to help monetarily. From there, He gave me a desire to help feed the homeless, which through a series of events, I did at Jaycee Park in October 2014. This experience confirmed that this was the place for me to be.

What is one unique way that you see Broken Chains fulfills a ministry role in Las Vegas that no other organization or group provides?
We never close and Two Lunch Tuesdays

As a board member, what are some of the passions and desires for the future as you partner with Broken Chains in a leadership role?
As a board member I would love to see us have a way to house (i.e. houses or a building) those who decide to get off the street and better their lives.

What are 3 simple ways you would recommend everyone could get involved in helping with Broken Chains?
Volunteer, Donate money & goods and Pray

How does serving with Broken Chains benefit volunteers?
Serving at Broken Chains brings satisfaction and joy through helping give hope. It is a blessing to have a place where you can display your faith in God while doing what Jesus did by loving and showing compassion to those in need. This brings a real sense of fulfillment.

IREM joins Broken Chains at our Wednesday night outreach

IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) joined Broken Chains at our Wednesday outreach on March 15th. As we mentioned in an earlier newsletter, IREM has selected Broken Chains as their 2017 community service project.

Many members came to the outreach with their families and brought lots of goodies for the ministry; food for our homeless food bags and over 200 pair of socks.

We want to thank them all for caring for the homeless community in Las Vegas; and doing something about it!!! They will be joining us, the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the park for the remainder of 2017.

Other Key Events That Happened This Last Month

  • We want to thank Pastor Magdi & Evone Shaker and Judy & Charlie Hopkins for cooking some wonderful food for our Wednesday outreaches this past month!
  • Two Lunch Tuesday collected 3,978 lunches this month, bringing our current school year total is 30,025. We are hoping to make it to 40,000 lunches by the end of the school year!! We want to thank all the students, teachers and parents for making Two Lunch Tuesday such a success!!
  • Del Webb Middle School donates sandwiches every month. Thanks to the teachers and students!!!
  • We also want to thank Food Pro for donating chips and snacks twice a month!!

April Prayer and Praise List

  • Prayer: Please continue pray for Tennessee, one of our homeless men, who we have been involved with for the past 10 years. He was in the hospital in serious condition but now he much better and is in a rehab hospital. He is a believer and we are praying that God will bless him with complete physical recovery!!
  • Prayer: Please continue to pray for Pastor Dan. He is still in recover mode and is back tending his flock at Casa de Luz.
  • Prayer: Please pray for the Chapel family; Chris, Laura and their children as they continue to
  • Prayer: Please pray for the Las Vegas homeless community, as they go thru the winter cold & rain; that they will be warm and protected.
  • Prayer: Please pray for our country and our new president; that he will guide our country in Godly ways.
  • Prayer: Please prayerfully consider becoming a financial partner with Broken Chains.
  • Praise: Thank you Jesus for always providing for your ministry. Philippians 4:19.
  • Praise: We have just been informed that IREM’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament this year will support Broken Chains as their 2017 charity. Pastor Cody will be playing golf in the tournament. We will be attending a luncheon on 4/14 where Pastor Cody will say a few words about Broken Chains and we will find out more information.

YOU’RE ALWAYS WELCOME TO JOIN US

Volunteers

Volunteers

Everyone is invited to attend our weekly Bible study and BBQ. It is held at Myron Levitt Park (the old JC Park) on Wednesdays at 5:30pm. The park is just north of the intersection of Eastern avenue & Sahara avenue. If you would like more details including a Google map, please visit our website contact page. Come and join us any Wednesday!

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