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Grandpa and Grandson’s housing now secure

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Stephen cares for his grandson, is on disability and needed temporary help as he was now left alone to care for himself and his grandson. He saw a spot we did on television at Thanksgiving and called to connect with us.

Threshold to New Life provided a one-time grant to assist with his housing situation. A few months later, Stephen replied to our follow up with the below message:

“I am happy to report that my life is truly blessed and I am living well Hallelujah, and that is a large part due to the charity that you and your wife showed me in my time of need …. I truly thank you both.”

We at T2NL are truly grateful and blessed to have the resources (time, talent and finances) to connect with such people as Stephen and his grandson to fulfill such a simple request, and receive the additional blessing of shared gratitude.

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Disabled man is now scooting!

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Jaime is homeless and is a shelter resident. He is on disability and is unable to walk due to complications following surgery. He was unable to get around in his manual wheel chair and his powered scooter had a bad battery. We were approached and asked if we would provide funds for a new battery and charger for his scooter. When we put the word out to our little network, a generous donor stepped up to donate a powered scooter previously owned by her father that she was just in the process of selling.

We love it when God’s timing is perfect. Sure, things don’t always work out the way we want. But He is always faithful, and in this case, he matched a donor and a donee in perfect harmony.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

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We had the privilege to serve dinner under a bridge, which happened to be Valentine’s Day, with our team. We made a great goulash, apple sauce, chips, and of course pink sugar cookies! We completed the evening with a bible study at Cafe Royale on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis.

The windy was brisk. Even though the actual air temperature wasn’t THAT cold, it sure felt cold.

As I was shivering, my heart ached known that the people enjoying our meal are primarily folks that stay outside 365 days per year. Whether by choice or having been put out of shelter, these people camp outside and do their best to stay out of the elements. Unbelievable.

We really love what the Project 6:8 team does. They organize this dinner EVERY Tuesday nite, 52 weeks per year. The founders, Adam and Kristi Betker call this their “family”. So much so that when they married a couple of years ago, they invited and were blessed by the attendance of many of the same people who enjoy their meals each week.

Being the hands and feet of Jesus…and experiencing the heart of Jesus. I think that it’s the kind of love that is easily overlooked, even on a day that celebrates the feeling. Certainly the most memorable Valentine’s Day dinner of my life.

 

Hats, hats, hats!

 

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We had someone come forward to make a connection between us and his father, whose desire is to remain anonymous. His dad is 94 years old and knits hats to “keep busy” producing nearly one, new stocking hat per day…wow! We stopped in today, had a nice visit and he gave us about 40 stocking hats to distribute to the homeless that we encounter in our ministry. These are the thickest, nicest hats I think I’ve even seen.

We continue to live in amazement at how God brings people forward to support the cause that tugs at our hearts…loving those who are loved so much by Jesus yet are often cast out of society.

Donation from Tartan Marketing

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We LOVE the work that Tartan Marketing does, a local B2B marketing firm located in Maple Grove, MN. Simple – Smart – Scrappy.

Each year Margie and Jim select an organization to support, then send a gift to every client and make a financial donation on their behalf.

This year we were blessed to be their choice. The gift sent to each client were the socks pictured above – in honor of the 20,000+ pairs of socks we’ve given out.

Thank you to the folks at Tartan for their generosity!

 

Thank you for a great 2016!

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Thank you for your support of our work. Many of you provide funding for this ministry and most of you think about us and even pray for our efforts. That’s no small thing…and we’re grateful for all of this.

Your year end donations are tax deductible and we have a donor willing to match the first $3,000 given. Click on this link for our donation page. Thank you for being part of loving those in our community who, for a variety of reasons, are struggling right now. Your support may not seem like much to you but it can mean the world to them.

Support from Jr. & Sr. Highers

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The youth pastors at Grace Fellowship, Josh Olson and Jacob Hedden, decided to put on a competition between their groups of students for funds raised for T2NL. Examples of common needs that we have along with the monetary amount to fulfill each were printed on cards and placed on Christmas trees for students to select to fill.

We’re not sure which group will win the contest but we know the real winners will be those living on little margin and the homeless in the Twin Cities that our ministry aims to support.

Thanks, Josh and Jake, for the creative way to engage your students and your support of our work!

Under Lock and Key

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One great feeling after having been homeless for nearly four years, is to receive the key for the lock on the door of the apartment you’re moving into. Those strong feelings of celebration were felt by our friend, Derby, as he just recently as he moved into his efficiency apartment in Minneapolis.

And to top it off, we put the word out to our supporters that Derby needed some basic things to supply his new home and we were startled by the tremendous support! Within three days, almost everything on the request list was filled!

Derby told us the day after we delivered the gifts that he was “overwhelmed by the way God showed His love through us and all the support I have received”.

Isn’t that the way God would love to have us feel all the time…overwhelmed by His love? It seems the distractions in this world tend to mute that feeling, and it’s great when we experience it…isn’t it?

 

Thanksgiving Giving

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Our ministry collected, purchase and assembly 150 personal care kits given out at the Salvation Army Harbor Light facility in Minneapolis on Thanksgiving morning. This was during the breakfast that 2.4 Ministries serves – which they’ve done daily for the past nine years.

Click here to watch the interview

 

Backpacks, more backpacks

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T2NL was honored by the Grace Fellowship M.O.P.S. program, providing 70 backpacks each packed with personal care kits and other survival items most needed by those in a living situation without a permanent residence.

Our co-founder, Richard Bahr (pictured), met with both groups prior to packing and was given the opportunity to tell more about the mission of T2NL as well as how serving and faith are connected. “Serving cultivates the heart and prepares it for God to work in us, much like worship music prepares us for the message the pastor delivers. Serving others is a form of worship”, said Bahr during his message.

We pray for each mom participating that her heart will be cultivated and softened to hear God’s voice of love and encouragement. We also pray for those receiving these backpacks that they will feel God’s love through the love and sacrifice made by these ladies just for them.

 

 

 

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