Broken Chains Ministry

Monthly Newsletter – November 2017

City Wide UNITY Prayer Walk

On October 7th, our own Broken Chains Board of Directors, Kevin Chapman, was a member of a distinguished panel of speakers. The event centered around the citywide Unity Prayer Walk, which Kevin, Pastors Mike Hatch and Robin Joyce had been planning since February of this year. Little did they know the event would coincide with the mass shooting tragedy that happened on the Las Vegas Strip, October 1.

The Unity Prayer Walk was inspired at the completion of Kevin’s own personal walk around the outskirts of Las Vegas in December 2015. The vision is to have One Church of adults and youths from various denominations walking and praying together for our city from the outskirts of the Vegas Valley to its center. This recent Walk helped move us closer to the vision by having several churches doing so from the north, south, east, west, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and culminating at Las Vegas City Hall.

The original plan for the Walk that was also in accord with the Mayor’s Faith Initiative, which Pastor Cody is familiar with, was to be a local event having possibly some local coverage. But Kevin says that he was still unsure of who was joining him, since there was not a huge interest. He said that he actually considered not even doing it because it seemed to go unnoticed. Well, October 1, 2017 changed everything! The Unity Prayer Walk, which seemed to go unnoticed, was now thrust onto the national scene with so many other meaningful prayer vigils to help our city heal from the horrific event. This event, however, took on a more visual importance when Kevin and Pastor Mike Hatch were contacted by Las Vegas City officials telling them that they had received interest from the White House who wanted to be involved. Very involved. They and other prayer walkers were honored to have Vice-President Mike Pence along with the Mayor and members of both the Senate and Congress come to City Hall and speak at the end of the Prayer Walk. Vice-President Pence even mentioned Kevin in his nationally televised speech.

Kevin says that only God would know that when the original vision was given and when they started planning in February, deciding in July to have the Unity Prayer Walk on October 7th, that we would not only need this event to help us heal, but that it would gain national and worldwide attention. God knew that He would give the world an opportunity to see His greatness and let them hear of the importance of both Prayer and Unity in Him. And, He chose to use our very own local public servant, Kevin Chapman, to do it. What an Awesome God we serve!

Other Highlights

Two Lunch Tuesday for 2017-18 has started off with a BANG!!

Two Lunch Tuesday (2LT) began again in October. We have 29 schools participating in the current program and would love to add YOUR children’s school to our list. For more information on this program please see the 2LT section on our website.

Our first month back we collected 5,480 lunches, which added to the total collected during the summer months (some schools like to give during the summer) of 1,391 brings our total lunches for the current school year to 6,871.

Pastor Cody’s dog, Bear, usually accompanies him on his rounds as the children really like to play with him.

The lunches collected are given to homeless on the streets, US Vets, Salvation Army, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, TLC & Help USA. Thanks to all the schools who participate in this program!!!

Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Bags!!!

Now that the cold weather is approaching, we are in great need of sleeping bags for the homeless. Please prayerfully consider donating sleeping bags to the ministry (old or new, 1 or 20, everything helps). If you can help, please contact us through our website. Thanking you ahead of time!!! (Check out this link to purchase inexpensive good quality sleeping bags).

To date, we have received 3 large orders of sleeping bags; the picture is of those purchased by Pastor Cody’s dentist, Dr. Greg, DeeAnn & Joseph Bennett and Jim Jackson. A big thank you to all of them for all they have done and continue to do for Broken Chains ministry. So far we have received 88 sleeping bags!! GOD IS GOOD!!!

Hats & Scarfs for the Homeless

We have several ladies who knit & crochet for the ministry and we are collecting yarn to make hats & scarves for the homeless in our community. If you go to Hope Church just bring the yarn to church and leave it for Broken Chains in the lobby.

If you don’t go to Hope Church but would like to assist in this project, please contact us for further information on where to send your donation.

If you are an avid knitter, please consider knitting or crocheting hats & scarves and sending them to us.

 

Other Key Events That Happened This Last Month

  • Thank you to Judy & Charlie Hopkins for cooking food for our outreach on October 4th & October 25th. Judy loves to cook and is extremely good at it, and everyone really enjoyed it. Thank you both!!!
  • We want to thank Food Pro for donating chips and snacks twice a month!!
  • We want to thank Panera Bread for their weekly donation of bread and sweets.
  • We want to thank all of our faithful volunteers; without them, we would not be able to operate.
  • We also want to thank all of those who financially support the ministry; again we would not be able to do what we do without these individuals.

November Prayer and Praise List

  • Prayer: Please continue to pray for Pastor Dan, as he is doing better and better each day.
  • Prayer: Please pray for the Chapel family; Chris, Laura and their children as they continue to struggle with illnesses.
  • Prayer; Please pray for Morris Chapman as he battles illness.
  • Prayer: Please pray for our country and our president; that he will guide our country in Godly ways.
  • Prayer: Please prayerfully consider becoming a financial partner with Broken Chains, as Christmas is fast approaching and we need all the help we can get to put on this event.
  • Praise: Thank you for all of our wonderful board members!!
  • Praise: Thank you to all of our sponsors & donors who keep Broken Chains afloat!!!
  • Praise: Thank you, Jesus, for always providing for your ministry. Philippians 4:19.

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 5:30 pm. 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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