June 24th, 2017:
June 24th, 2017:
The closing of one year and the beginning of the next marks a period of significant transition. For Men Standing Positive, 2015 brought about many difficulties, shifts, and also victories. God has a plan and He is always good. This year the team spent their time in Ferguson, South City, Soulard, and in East St. Louis, IL. Over 22 people accepted Christ this year and we were able to place several others in church homes and programs for additional assistance. Below are a few highlights of 2015 we wanted to share with you-
We cannot thank our partners, sponsors, and volunteers enough for all they do to help make the mission and vision come to life. Without your support and involvement, none of this would be possible. So thank you! The Men Standing Positive team is extremely thankful, blessed, and eager to see what awaits in 2016. But until then, we hope you have very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with your families and friends! May God bless you this new year and always.
Love, The MSP Team
-Mike “MiNiMe” Wuebbles, Pastor Frank Jackson, Candice Lauer, Anna Hetz, Adrienne Ransom, Michelle Sturdivant, Lisa Cotner, and Suzette Newman-
Saturday November 21st, 2015 was the 2nd annual MSP Fun Fest with Dunbar Kids and it marked the final event of the year. It was a very brisk wintry day, so attendance was lower than expected, but everyone who came out had a blast; from the the smallest child to the oldest adult. Saved, St Lien, and MiNiMe did a fantastic job performing on stage as DJ G kept the music blasting. Over 25 people showed up to volunteer and gave generously of their effort and time. Four people gave their life to Christ and several others were able to fill out a Hot Sheet for additional assistance.
Men Standing Positive would like to thank the follow organizations and individuals: Concept Remodels for the advertising sponsorship, the Rock Church in Soulard for the free clothing and Thanksgiving meal, DJ G with New Life Music, Blanks Bounce House, East St. Louis School District 189, Dunbar Elementary School, and Principle Coleman for the facility, gift baskets, and support. And last but not least, to everyone who came out- participant and volunteer, without everyone working as a team this event would not have been possible. The Men Standing Positive team can hardly to wait see what next year has in store for Dunbar Elementary and the kids! Be on the lookout for the highlight video coming soon, and read below for what some had to say about MSP Fun Fest 2015! Click Here to View the Photos!!
‘Til Next Year…See You on the Streets!
As an educator, I encourage my students to ‘pay it forward’. They had a chance to see words turn into action. The Fun Fest was just an inspirational sight to see. MiNiMe is awesome and I look forward to volunteering next year.
~S. Keeler, PLD Teacher
Fun Fest was awesome! I think it’s awesome that MSP finds a way to reach the community. One thing that they always do is feed people. Even if it’s just a bag of chips. It’s funny how food brings people together. Not only that, but the sound is always great. There just seems to be joy and peace in the atmosphere whenever MSP throws an event. You can’t say that about every ministry. I have done events all over the city and I’ve seen a lot of things. A ministry that is consistent will stand long. My hat goes off to MSP and what they do for the city. MSP Fun Fest was nothing different. It is what is to be expected from MSP! Any event full of Jesus, full of God, full of joy, full of love, full of peace, and smiles.
~ St. Lien, MSP Fun Fest Artist
This is by far my most favorite event of the school year. Not only does it allow me the opportunity to fellowship with members of the community, but MiNiMe is such an inspiration and motivation to the students. His ability to leave such a profound and long~lasting impression is truly something to be admired.
~C. Coleman, PLD Principal
Matthew 25:34-40 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25:21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ ”
He can say it better than I. Great work for His Kingdom. Glad to be a part.
~G. Collins, The Rock Church in Soulard Volunteer
It was refreshing to see a young artist give back to the community. Everything was top notch and I can’t wait until next year.
~C. Johnson, PLD Parent
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!
Saturday August 8th, 2015 marked the day Blue’s life changed forever. No matter what you have seen on TV, watched in a movie, or read in the Bible, actually witnessing a man getting set free from demonic possession is powerful experience. It will challenge any prior judgments and assumptions you may have on how it’s “supposed” or “not supposed” to look. Saturday afternoon the MSP team and volunteers left the Rock Church in Soulard fully expecting God to direct their steps as they carried the cross down Kingshighway. Almost immediately, the team walked up to two men- Blue and Tony, who were arguing at the bus stop, right outside the Walgreen’s parking lot. Blue had been telling Tony about his suicidal thoughts and asked him if he would just shoot him and end all the pain. Right away Pastor Frank and MiNiMe began to speak with Tony as Blue stomped off, upset, mad, and cursing because they were talking about God. As Tony was receiving prayer, Blue was on the other side stumbling in and out of the street, cursing loudly about God and the group- to the point that it was a major distraction. After they were done speaking with Tony, MiNiMe was going to go buy him a meal. As they went to cross the street, Blue stepped right in front of MiNiMe and blocked his path. Immediately, MiNiMe confronted him about the demons and asked if he wanted to be free of all of it. Blue hesitated, struggling for a few minutes and then said yes. As Pastor Frank and MiNiMe laid hands on Blue and commanded the spirits to go, the entire team began to surround them in prayer. Immediately the spirits began to leave and Blue started to confess aloud that they go away and never return. MiNiMe then asked Blue if he wanted a personal relationship with Jesus, and he eagerly said yes. By this time, Blue’s entire countenance and mannerisms had changed. After accepting Jesus, he had a huge smile on his face, light in his eyes, and kept saying, “I’m free! Yes, I am free!” As Blue filled out an MSP Hot Sheet, he explained that for years he had been bothered by demons and their voices telling him to end his life. Anything and everything he had tried to make them go away would never work. However right after the prayer, Blue said it all left- instantly. He was so thankful to be free and couldn’t wait to go home and tell everyone about Jesus and this new freedom. A couple of hours later when the team was on their way back to the church, Blue saw Gary and Pastor Frank in the truck. They picked him up and then dropped him off where he lived. MSP will be putting Blue into a church home and getting him some extra assistance. Blue also gave a short testimony on video that afternoon; be on the lookout for that story soon!! If you are interested in impacting lives and getting involved with Men Standing Positive as a volunteer simply Click Here to fill out the form and someone will contact you soon.
Until Next Time…See YOU on the Streets!
Dee, what a woman!! Loving, compassionate, kind, patient, caring, and so much more. Loyal to God, her husband Josh, children, family, friends, her church The Rock in Soulard, and also Men Standing Positive. Dee left an impact wherever she went and made everyone feel like family. Her hugs were something special and her smile would brighten your whole day. Always joyful and laughing, Dee will never be forgotten. Dee and her husband Josh were faithful MSP volunteers, regularly joining us for street outreach and main events. If you have ever been fed a meal while working with MSP, it was because of her. Late Tuesday night August 4th, Dee went home to be with Jesus after battling many long months in the hospital. She is no longer with us on earth, but forever in our hearts. We will one day see her soon in heaven. The entire team at Men Standing Positive extends all our prayers, love, and deepest sympathy to Josh and the entire family. Diane Marie Carter- Thank you for everything- who you are and all you’ve done. We will see you again very soon!
Saturday August 1st, 2015 the Men Standing Positive team prayed with many on the streets; two accepted Christ, and three filled out MSP Hot Sheets for extra assistance. It’s not everyday you get a chance to do street ministry with those truly led by the Holy Spirit and bold enough to unashamedly share God’s love. MSP Ministries has the great privilege of working with dedicated volunteers who even understand how to reach people most everyone would completely disregard. Many lives have been touched because someone on our outreach team had the courage to speak to them or even simply smile. Nowadays in our busy society, everyone seems to pay more attention to their phone than the person walking next to them or waiting in line at the store. Outreach isn’t just across the world in a foreign land; outreach is about reaching those at your job and those in your own neighborhood. You are surrounded by those people for a reason- you possess the love of God inside you and the ability to share it. So be bold- let the love that conquered the grave out for the world to see. It’s what they desperately need, they just don’t realize because they can’t see it. So show them- be bold.
Until Next Time… See YOU On The Streets!
Saturday July 25th, 2015 was a hot afternoon well-spent on the streets of St. Louis. The MSP Outreach team headed to Gravois Road, walking up and down the street stopping at gas stations and store front parking lots. Despite the intense heat, many people were out and about running errands or just trying to stay cool. Everyone we spoke to seemed excited about the upcoming Total Transformation Conference and a few even took extra flyers to pass out to others. Several people wanted prayer for healing; one lady had respiratory issues and one man’s sister dealt with cystic fibrosis. The team stood in agreement that all issues would cease in Jesus’ name. Last but not least, five people were led to Christ and six people filled out an MSP Hot Sheet for additional assistance. The summer heat didn’t stop God from moving in the lives of others as everyone followed His direction and voice.
Until Next Time… See YOU on the Streets!!!
Saturday June 27th, 2015 marked the 2nd annual MSP Young Women’s Conference at the Rock Church in Soulard. All participants had a life-changing evening as God’s presence filled the atmosphere. Despite the late start, host Anna Hetz got the crowd excited before a powerful time of praise and worship led by Shawn and Tanya. The three speakers, Mike “MiNiMe” Wuebbles, Candice Lauer, and Sheronda Money all shared inspiring messages of truth. Intermixed between the speakers, Teasha Brown had prepared three praise dances which further emphasized the words that came forth. During the altar call, several came forward for prayer, receiving deliverance and timely words of encouragement straight from the heart of God. Last but not least, all attendees received free dinner following the service and the chance to sign up for a variety of assistance programs covering topics like job training, counseling, and much more. Men Standing Positive would like to extend our deepest thanks to Pastor Ken and his wife Shawn of the Rock Church in Soulard, all volunteers, Crisis Nursery, New Life Evangelistic Center, Connections to Success, and People’s Community Action Center for helping make this night a success. It would not have happened without their support and dedication. We look forward to what God has in store for next year. Check out some testimonies below from those who came to this year’s conference.
Until next time… See YOU on the streets!
“The MSP Women’s Conference was really really good. Sheronda’s words and Teasha’s praise dances spoke directly to my heart. What God showed me that night has started to come to pass and actually manifest. I still fight fear, but I am not angry anymore- it has been gone since that night. I realized I need to go directly to God when issues come up and things go wrong. It was a very powerful conference.” – Angela
“I enjoyed the MSP Young Women’s Conference at The Rock Church in Soulard very much, and felt that God definitely had something for me through the Praise and Worship Team and the Speakers. The Praise and Worship Team did an excellent job of preparing our hearts for what God had for us to hear through the speakers. Pastor Mike Wuebbles encouraged us to truly listen when we feel God is speaking to us in our life, to consider and “check ourselves”, especially when the Word of God impresses upon our hearts an attitude or behavior that we need to change. Truly renewing our minds as Romans 12:2 tells us with the Word of God enables us to hear God’s voice clearly and shed behaviors and ideas that we may have held since childhood that are not true to God’s Word and who the Bible tells us we are in Christ. Candice Lauer did a wonderful job of encouraging us with scripture and the story of Peter walking on the water with Jesus in Mark 6. Candice challenged us with the idea that Peter walking on the water was in order to show us the power that we have in Christ, and that we should be asking God, “What water can I walk on today for you?” Keeping our eyes on Jesus always! Sheronda Money gave a powerful testimony of God’s redemption and power in her life to forgive and the restoration she has found in Christ. She led in a great time of Holy Spirit filled prayers of confession and healing for many present at the Conference needing redemption and transformation in their lives that only God can bring. I look forward to next year’s MSP Young Women’s Conference and hope that many more will be able to come for this encouraging and challenging time spent in Praise and Worship, and in hearing about the power of God through real-life examples in the lives of women who have discovered the freedom and power of God in their own lives.” -Dulce
Saturday June 20th, 2015 was the first Carry the Cross with MSP of the summer! The outreach had a positive turnout of volunteers including MiNiMe‘s dad, KG Wilson. He came in town to spend Father’s Day weekend in St. Louis. KG is a prominent activist and community leader in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was the first time the two of them had ever been on street outreach together. As the MSP team and volunteers walked the Soulard area, two people accepted Christ, three signed up for Hot Sheet assistance, and many others were prayed for and given words of encouragement.
Until next time… See YOU on the Streets!