Reaching Those in Need // MSP Outreach Street Report

Saturday June 13th, 2015 the MSP team and volunteers headed out to the streets to continue spreading the Good News of Jesus and to let the community know about the upcoming MSP Young Women’s Conference later that month. Several individuals were prayed for including an entire family. All received restoration in their different areas of need. In addition, 5 Hot Sheets were filled out for those wanted additional assistance.

Until Next Time… See YOU on the Streets!!!

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Leadership Starts Off In The Back // #IMPACTEASTSIDE 2015

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!
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Carry the Cross with MSP // #Ferguson Street Report

On Saturday afternoon, February 7th, 2015, MSP Ministries and a group of student volunteers from St. Louis Christian College met at the Michael Brown Memorial Site in Ferguson for Carry the Cross with MSP. Everyone split up into groups- some stayed with the cross, and others went door to door, or simply stopped to talk with those out on the sidewalks and streets. At one point- traffic got backed up at a stop sign as several people in cars wanted prayer. One of the volunteers said it best and labeled it as the “drive-thru” prayer line. Once we walked out onto the main road W. Florissant, cars honked and people waved non-stop. After we got back to the vans, MSP was able to pass out food to some people who were in immediate need. In summary, the afternoon was a great success with beautiful weather; 2 people received Jesus and 14 people signed up for Hot Sheet assistance. Of the those who signed up- 2 have already been placed in suitable church homes and programs. MSP Ministries would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make this outreach possible. We look forward to seeing more and more support from the students at St. Louis Christian College. Here’s what Shalisha, one of the students, had to say about her experience at Carry the Cross with MSP–> “Today I was left speechless and in the realization of how important it is to spread God’s love to others. So thankful that I had the opportunity to serve with Men Standing Positive Ministries walking and witnessing on the streets of Ferguson.Looking forward to growing with all of you.”

‘Til Next Time… See YOU on the Streets!

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Sean’s Story // MSP Transformation Report

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.


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Carry the Cross with MSP // #Ferguson Street Report

Here we are, a little over 5 months later, all the protester noise, media attention, and political hype has cleared. All that remains of the Michael Brown incident are the memorial site, burned down businesses, and a wounded community. The nation and world may have forgotten, but Ferguson and its people will never forget August 9th, 2014.

On Sat Jan 24th, 2015, MSP Ministries made our first move into the community with a Carry the Cross with MSP. Beginning at Ground Zero (aka. Michael Brown Memorial), a group of over 25 people walked around the neighborhoods and main street of W. Florissant sharing hope and the real love of Jesus.

MSP fully acknowledges that they do not have the answers to all that occurred that day nor do we intend to pick a side on the issue. However, we do plan to stand in the gap with the community and tear down the wall of racial division with the love of Christ. This is not an overnight process or quick fix, and MSP has no intent to leave in a hurry. We will stay until the job is done, media attention or not. People are what matter to God and that’s what matters to MSP.

On Saturday, 6 people gave their lives to Christ and 14 people signed up for Hot Sheet community assistance. Numerous were prayed for- in their cars and on the sidewalks, driveways, and streets. The guys even stopped to help a man rake and clean up brush in his front yard. As the cross was carried down W. Florissant, cars honked and many waved, showing sincere signs of gratitude and appreciation that their community was not being ignored or forgotten.

We challenge you to join us as we make our next move into the Ferguson community. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!! Below are the outreach recap video and some photos!

‘Til Next Time… See YOU On The Streets!!

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Merry Christmas from the MSP Family!

It is the Holidays, uhhh…. Family!

It is the Holidays. The time where everybody goes and meets with family that they have not seen all year. A time for old friends and fun times…The Holidays are supposed to be about honoring the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and celebrating how thankful we are for what we have;maybe even for who we are. However, many of us might also have a lot of problems going on in the family. We may even dread getting together with our families. For some, this is because your mother thinks she knows everything about how your kids should be raised, which irks you. Or it maybe it is because of the brother or uncle that always has to point out how financially secure he is or how his house is bigger and better than yours. Or the family members that always find a way to look down on you. Or the fact that it is a major challenge to keep your cool when certain people walk into the room.

Numerous families all over America are being torn apart. Our nation is riddled with murder, rape, homicide, suicide and drug addictions. Each one of these issues rips thousands of loved ones away from their families on a daily basis. So you would think, when we see each other, there would be lots of love and comfort because we are finally together again, but no. We are all worried about how quick can we get out of there; how soon can we be freed from the burden of this thing we call a family gathering.

There is so much family division going on it is not even funny. Some will try to say the people that cause division are cousin Pookie that gets drunk all the time, smokes his weed, and acts like a fool in front of the whole family. Or Aunt Suzie that knows everything and makes sure everyone else knows how wrong they are; the list goes on and on about who is causing division and keeping the family from coming together. But understand, it is bigger than one person. One of the main jobs of the devil is to cause division. No business can be run by one person’s opinion, nor can any great organization or ministry.

If you go behind the scenes of great businesses and ministries you will find that everybody is not the same. They will all have different opinions on everything. Some may not even agree with a majority of what they do or how it is done. But if you ask everybody what the goal is of the company and what their position is within that company, they will be able to tell you. You can see that they are working consistently to fulfill their position and to reach the goal of the organization.

About eight years ago, I was working for a construction company and out on a job. It was just my boss and I that day, and we were driving through a huge apartment complex that was a whole block long. My boss told me how the tenants of the buildings were all Mexicans. He said that over sixty percent of them had come to America without a green card, and that they moved into these flats, four people to a room. Everybody had their own specific position in reaching a common goal. The goal was to come together, and own the whole entire apartment complex. I asked him if he thought they would ever be able to do it. He told me the whole reason he was telling me the story was because they had already accomplished this goal.

Some of us live 40 to 50 miles away from our family; some even across the country. Yet when we get together once a year, we have a hard time coming into agreement with anything. The devil knows that if we could just focus on what we do agree on, instead of what we disagree on, that we might actually come together and create change. Everyone has their own agendas. Individual families have their own dreams that have nothing to do with the rest of the family. What is your family goal? I bet most of you do not even know, or do you? Its ok, neither do I.This year at my family gathering, I want to try to do something different. Instead of getting mad at my family members for judging me the wrong way, or getting mad at Pookie because he drinks, and then cutting myself off from them. I am going to try to understand why they do what they do. I am going to pray that God will bring us together in a way that we never thought of, and restore all that the enemy has stolen from us.

You might say, “MiNiMe, you have not met my family!”and you think there is no way that can happen in your family. Well, not only do I have an immediate family, but I also have my MSP family. I have been upset, offended, and discouraged by every member of MSP and each of them has been upset, offended, and discouraged by me. Even to the point where each of us just wanted to give up and walk away multiple different times. As the head, I wanted things to go my way so I did what I wanted and it went on this way for a long time. However, the MSP team and I just kept going in circles. One day, we all came together offended, discouraged, and hurt by one another, some even disgusted, but we came together anyways and we prayed. We cried out to God. We said, “God what is Your will, what is Your way for this team?” God said we had to forgive and confess our sins to one another; each individual had to let go of their pride and personal agendas. We had to give into God’s will to follow one goal and one plan.

Shortly after we did what God asked of us, He opened many doors that we did not think would open. We have had all kinds of resources come to us. However, most importantly, we walk in unity with one another. I hate to admit this, but I have a better relationship with my MSP family than I do with my immediate family. But think about this, if God can do it with MSP, He can do it with your family too.

This season I challenge myself and all of you reading this, to not just come together during the Holidays. Instead, make it a priority to come together all year long; find out the goal and plan that God has for you and your family.  Always be mindful “To love one another, forgive one another, put away all bitterness, wrath and evil speaking and be ye kind to one another.” (Ephesians 4:32)

I want to say thank you to my MSP family, I love them with all my heart. I want to say thank you to my immediate family; I love each one of you with all my heart.

Merry Christmas Family! Love you.  –MiNiMe & The MSP Family

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What People Are Saying // MSP Fun Fest 2014

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

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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

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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
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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
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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
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MSP Fun Fest 2014 In Rewind

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!

Actions Speak Louder Than Words // #IMPACTEASTSIDE Conference Report

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!!!

 

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