Amidst the chaos going on in East St. Louis, the murders, and recent teacher strike- an underground awakening is happening. Now that the smoke from the strike has cleared and students have returned to the classroom, many are calling for change. Local leaders, parents, and students are beginning to take a stand for their community- recognizing the impact they have in their own neighborhoods to make a difference. Last year Men Standing Positive spent fall 2014 on the streets of East St. Louis and in the Washington Park community doing outreach, a block party, and a conference- the movement was titled Impact East Side. This year they were invited to return to Dunbar Elementary School and host MSP Fun Fest for the students, parents, and all staff. East St. Louis Senior High School and Mason Clark Middle School have also been invited to join. The free event Saturday November 21st, 2015 from 1 pm – 4 pm includes live music by local St. Louis rap/hip-hop artists: St.Lien, Saved, and MiNiMe, DJ G on the 1’s and 2’s, a bounce house, as well as a Thanksgiving dinner,and clothing giveaway provided by the Rock Church- Soulard campus. In addition, program information will be available for those interested in job training, counseling, rehabilitation, career coaching, and more. Men Standing Positive partners with a variety of programs in St. Louis to offer extra assistance for those in need; some primary examples are Crisis Nursery, Mission St. Louis, Connections to Success, and Slate. You don’t want to miss MSP Fun Fest 2015! To RSVP click here. If you want to volunteer- please click here and send us a message- someone on our staff will contact you shortly. See you there! Let’s #ImpactEastSide together!
Sunday March 22, 2015, the Living Word Church in Washington Park, Illinois celebrated its 7 year anniversary. Pastor Tommy Smith Jr, his wife, family, and congregation had spent the weekend reminiscing on the past years and looking forward to the good things to come. Sunday afternoon service marked the final celebration to end the extended anniversary weekend. Guest speaker, Mike ‘MiNiMe’ Wuebbles delivered a powerful and timely message titled, Leadership Starts Off in the Back. Drawing examples from the story of Joseph, MiNiMe explained that leadership doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process filled with ups and downs as God prepares you for your destiny. When Joseph first had the dream, he wasn’t anywhere near ready to lead a nation and its people. However, after being in charge of a prison and Potiphar’s house, God developed within him the wisdom and skills necessary to fulfill his calling. Everyone in the congregation was able to take away a practical piece of insight from the message. Men Standing Positive looks forward to the continued partnership with the Living Word Church and Pastor Tommy to leave a lasting impact in the Washington Park community.
In addition to ministering from the pulpit, MiNiMe was also able to minister out on the street that afternoon. Shortly before the service began, one of the congregation members asked MiNiMe to walk across the street to talk to some people sitting out on their driveway. The two of them crossed the street and began conversing with the group. Because MiNiMe was all dressed up in a suit for church and even had on a mic, the men were intimidated, annoyed, and tried to start an argument. They assumed based on his church clothes that MiNiMe had come to argue with and condemn them. During street ministry it is vital that you relate to people on their level. The service was about to begin, so MiNiMe quickly stopped the conversation and promised the group he would return after the message. Immediately following the service, MiNiMe went back across the street. This time, the conversation went an entirely different direction. Two of the men ended up getting saved, joined the church, and signed up for assistance programs on the MSP Hot Sheet. Despite the rush and distraction, MiNiMe was able to minister to the group as God moved on their hearts.
For more photos from Pastor Appreciation Sunday- Click Here. Also, be on the lookout soon for video copies of MiNiMe’s message titled- Leadership Starts Off in the Back.
‘Til Next Time… See YOU on the Streets!
In East St. Louis, IL at the July 2014 MSP Block Party, Sean came out, signed up for assistance on a Hot Sheet, and has never looked back since. Both homeless and jobless at the time of the block party, Men Standing Positive was able to connect Sean with two of our program partners. First, we sent Sean to the New Life Evangelistic Center where they met his housing needs for a short time. Next, he entered the Job Leadership Training program at Mission St. Louis and successfully graduated with honors. Today, Sean has a whole new outlook on life and continues to make progress every day. Watch below to see Sean’s complete life transformation.
MSP Fun Fest was the beginning of something bigger then we can imagine. This is right at the forefront of changing the murder rate or teen pregnancy and the other statistics that haunt us. This is also a way to put God first in our communities again. –Pastor Frank Jackson, MSP Fun Fest Host
The feedback I received from the Washington Park/Trinity Outreach Kids was that the MSP Fun Fest gave them the feeling that they were like leaders, and they had the power to make a difference and possibly fix the community. They said they felt like they were doing something important. They also said they wished that the program would have lasted a little longer than it did, so that they could continue to come up with ideas to make the world a better place too. I believe that all of the greater east side metro areas should have much more production models such as the MSP group. Coming through towns spreading love, clothing. – Kevin “KB” Borden, Trinity Outreach Center
I was honored to be involved with MSP’s Fun Fest at Dunbar Elementary. MSP gave me an opportunity to minister to students through music, and it was great seeing how God used us to minister to the students and the parents. Overall, the Fun Fest was a great experience for me, and I’m excited to see how God will use them to take over East St. Louis with the Gospel. – T-Jones
MSP’s Fun Fest @ Dunbar Elementary School was one of the most peaceful and beautiful God glorifying events I have ever attended. Everywhere I looked were smiling faces. God’s presence was everywhere. In the messages brought by the ministers through their music and all the volunteers that worked diligently throughout the event to give the children a safe fun atmosphere to pray, play, dance, eat, and hear about Jesus’s plan for them! There were prizes, clothes, shoes, coats and hope- beautiful hope! … the Holy Spirit permeated the air as everyone worked in harmony to bring honor and glory to our majestic and all mighty God. So many servants and prayer warriors from all around the world, all with one mind and heart came together to share of their gifts and talents to increase the Kingdom and sow seeds that will carry on for eternity! I am so blessed to have been just a teeny-tiny part of the body assembled that beautiful Saturday afternoon! Thank you MSP for your faithfulness and service! -Love, D, The Rock Church Soulard
As I was setting up my DJ equipment for the MSP Fun Fest, I didn’t know what to expect. Would the kids come to the school on a Saturday, especially with it being rainy? They came and they had a great time! I believe the impact helped build a closer relationship with Jesus. The kids rejoiced and had fun in the Lord. And I’m glad to have been a part of it, along with the entire MSP Ministry. –DJ G, New Life Music
MSP Fun Fest 2014 in one word –> EPIC!!! We would like to specifically thank the following groups and individuals for making this event a success: T-Jones, The Rock Church Soulard, Living Word Church, DJ G with New Life Music, Dunbar Elementary School and Staff, all other volunteers, and our MSP Partners. Without everyone’s help and dedication the Fun Fest would not have happened- so thank you! Watch below if you missed out on the fun!!
‘Til Next Time… See YOU on the Streets!
MSP Effective Evangelism Conference- Sunday October 26th, 2014
Christians should never be intimidated by evangelism and shy away from sharing their faith. In fact, your daily lifestyle and attitude toward others speaks more of your beliefs than any words you will ever say. At the MSP Effective Evangelism Conference on October 26th, Mike ‘MiNiMe’ Wuebbles delivered a practical message about sharing the Gospel with those around you. Every believer is fully able to tell others about Christ if they would realize it is not about winning a theological argument. The world needs to know how Jesus changed your life and helps you on a daily basis. Christianity is about a personal relationship with God, not a list of religious doctrines. You may be the only example of Jesus someone ever sees in their life. Do not be intimidated to talk about your faith. MiNiMe said it best, “You have what it takes to take over the enemy’s territory; you just have to believe it.”
Directly following the message, Adrienne Ransom struck up a conversation with a lady from the community. The day before she had come home from work, heard the music from DJ G’s jeep and saw the cross coming down her street. Her neighbor was outside and told her about the MSP Effective Evangelism Conference the following day at Harvest Church Illinois. She decided to come out to see what it was all about after one of the MSP team members handed her a flyer with more information. The lady was in awe of the practical message, the free food, and the programs that were available. She felt extremely blessed and decided to make Harvest her church home. Adrienne also signed her up on the hot sheets to receive some assistance with food and clothing. In all, the 2014 MSP Effective Evangelism Conference was a great success. We would especially like to thank the Harvest Church Illinois for hosting this event, and also coming out on the streets with us all month, as we spread the Word around the local area. Last but not least, one family came down to the conference all the way from Hannibal, MO. Watch here to see what it meant to them.
‘Til Next Time… See YOU On The Streets!!!
Carry the Cross with MSP – Saturday October 25th, 2014
It’s not everyday that you see a big wooden cross carried down the street in your neighborhood. In fact, it’s probably one of the last things you expect to see! On Saturday afternoon, a young man and some other kids were outside on the front porch; when music blasting from a jeep and a giant cross followed by a group of people came down the street. Everyone outside the house stopped to stare and then asked to know more. Mike ‘MiNiMe’ Wuebbles went over to the porch, passed out flyers, and told them about the upcoming event. The young man asked about the cross and wanted to hear MiNiMe rap. He promptly left the porch and joined the group as we continued down the street. Not only did he stay with us the entire afternoon, but he also took turns carrying the cross. At the end of the outreach, he was almost speechless except for this response- watch below to see the impact! Carry the Cross with MSP is truly an unforgettable experience.
‘Til Next Time… See YOU On The Streets!
This past summer Men Standing Positive hosted one block party in East St. Louis, Illinois. Despite the heat, everyone had a great time- especially the kids as they chased each other around the parking lot with water guns. DJ G kept the party going while T-Jones, StLien, and MiNiMe brought awesome music and a dynamic Word. Our partner for this event- the Rock Church in Soulard came out and provided free food, drink, and clothing to anyone in need. Three people signed up for a local church home, two registered to vote, and many came forward at the end to re-dedicate their lives to Christ. A big thank you to all who came out, our volunteers, and our partners. We are already excited for the block parties to come in 2015! We hope to see you there! Click Here for a recap video of the event. Click Here for photos! Please join our Facebook group MSP Block Party to stay informed about upcoming events. Feel free to post any comments or questions you may have!
Until Next Time….. See you on the Streets!
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