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.
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 (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.
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.
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!