Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Above & Beyond

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Dream Center: Mission Training


The Dream Center is a non-profit outreach dedicated to helping inner-cities.
Our ministry provides hope by meeting both tangible and spiritual needs.


We provide food, clothing, shelter, life rehabilitation, education and job training, Biblical training and much more through our 273 ministries and outreaches. We reach thousands of hurting and needy children, families and adults across all races and cultures each week. The Dream Center strives to help solve moral decay, crime, drugs, gangs, homelessness and poverty epidemics that exist in our nation's inner-cities. The vision of the Dream Center is to see thousands of hurting people come to know a new life through the efforts of our staff, volunteers, and recently rehabilitated individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed.

The Dream Center works to partner with people all around the
world to reach the lost and help meet the community's most basic and greatest needs.


Training for the Mission:

We have an opportunity to head to California to train under the Dream Center for a short term Mission trip for 5 days. We will be able to see how they do inner city ministry, stay on campus, serve the people, and get to know those who are serving and participating in this life changing ministry.


Would you consider sponsoring funds for the trip?
Lodging, food, and travel expenses per Day: $150.00


Still in need of 4 days of funding.. $600.00

Thank you those of you who have given towards this trip!


When you send funds via paypal or check please indicate in the memo line
Dream Center Mission
Thank you for your willingness to give.

Rhonda's Story



Someone once said "I am trying to learn to stay in the now- not the last now, not the next now; but this now." I have learned that in order to stay in the now I have to come to terms with my last now.

For years, fear consumed me. I stayed hidden indoors. This lifestyle left me with an anxious depression that turned simple things like getting out of bed into difficult tasks.

Along with anxiety, I was involved in abusive relationships. Relationships that left low self-esteem painted all over my skin. There was one instance where I even came close to losing my life. During these years I received amazing blessing, my seven kids. They were my reason to wake up, to heal from the abuse and not give up.

A year ago, a false accusation left me being placed in metal cuffs. That day my kids were taken from me and a piece of me died. I replayed the image of a man tearing my world apart again. My walls collapsed and all I could do was hope for a better tomorrow. My hope turned out to be my eighth blessing. A gift from God named Serenity. On days when I didn't think I could take anymore, a tiny flutter from my belly would remind me that giving up was not an option.

When I was released from jail, I was thrown into the world with nothing but my baby. I had no home to go to; and realized I had lost friends and family. I sought shelter at Father Ed Judy House. I worked hard every day to leave the house and conquer my busy schedule. I only had supervised visitation with my kids once a week. I did everything I needed so my kids would be returned- parenting classes, domestic violence counseling, and my probation requirements.

I remember the day I had my interview at Joshua Station. For the first time in a while I felt like things were finally looking up. When I moved in, it was a fresh start. The people here at Joshua Station became the glue as I pieced my world back together. They provided me a home and helped me get my kids back. Not only have I gained an amazing support system but strong friendships as well.

The other women here have helped me through heartache and proven to me that I am not facing the world alone. I have a family now, even bigger than my eight kids. I have friends and a staff of people standing behind me in every hardship. Even now, as I continue to meet challenges, Joshua Station has the hope I sometimes lose sight of and is fighting by my side. I can never repay them for the new life they are helping me accomplish. I am now a college student, I leave my room and take buses, visit museums, and find enjoyment in my life. I am a proud mother and I am a part of something great.

So as I fully live in the now, I do it with hope, encouragement and faith. I do not stand alone in a hurricane of misery but stand hand in hand with great people who understand. I will never forget my last now; however today I embrace this now and look to my new family whenever the past floods in or the future seems too far away.

- Rhonda, Joshua Station Resident

Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer 2010 with Joshua Station Friends

In Denver, the air is turning cooler and the signs of fall are just around the corner. Before it gets too cold, I wanted to share some of our pictures from this summer with our friends at Joshua Station. From playing in the park, to an awesome car show, to just hanging out at community dinner we have had a great summer.

Thanks for being a valuable part of Martin Missions Inc. We Love you.

Abundant Blessings for you and your family!

Love, Matt and Wendy Martin

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Martin Missions Summer Fundraising 2010

Thanks to everyone who made our fundraising trip to Texas great! We had a blast in Palestine, San Antonio, and Fort Worth. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to share the vision the Lord has given us to help families in need and meet great friends along the way. Now that you have heard the vision, share it! We are looking for churches, businesses, and individuals who are passionate about helping families transition out of poverty or hard times into stable housing. You can be apart of the transformation. Help families in need. Partner with Martin Missions Inc.


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If you would like to give through mail:
Martin Missions Inc.
P.O. Box 2472 Englewood, CO 80150

Online through Paypal:
www.martinmissions.com

Thank you to everyone who supports Martin Missions Inc.
May you be blessed abundantly for you willingness to help families in need.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Martin Missions Inc. Fundraiser Tickets


Would you like to invite your friends and family to the Martin Missions Inc. Summer Fundraiser? We have tickets for you to distribute. The tickets are suggested donation of $7 per person which includes dinner. You can either take the money in advance and send it to us or if they know they will be there, give them the tickets and they can pay at the door. This is a fun way for us to "count heads" for the meal.

Also, I will be sending out an invite through email which you can RSVP online, pay online, and send to others. So these are the two ways we will be able to know an estimated number of people coming to the event. If you respond online, you don't have to have a ticket, again this is just a way we can estimate # of people coming.

Let me know if you want any tickets and I can send them in the mail.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the event on July 17th!

Hugs and Love,
Matt and Wendy

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Washing Cars with Joshua Station


To raise money for the youth to go to camp, Joshua Station had a car wash. Mile High Ministries invited their supporters to get their car wash to help raise support. Here are a few pictures from the wash...









In only 4 hours, we raised over $500 for the youth to go to camp!!! Hope you all are having a great day! Thank you for your continued love and support.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Save the Date! Martin Missions Summer Fundraiser July 17, 2010!!!

Invite your friends and family to come hear about Martin Missions Inc. and have a great time helping families in need.

When: July 17th
Time: 6pm
Where: Bethesda Community Church 4700 North Beach Street Fort Worth, TX 76137
Theme: Family Carnival (Kid Friendly!)

If you would like to help with this year's fundraising event we are currently looking for:

Businesses Sponsors to help with the funds of the event
Local businesses or individuals to donate service, items, or baked goods for live and silent auction
Auction item collectors (finding donors and collecting items)
Food donation
Game leaders (lead and/or find small carnival like games for the kids)
Balloons (black, dark blue, light blue)
Pipe and Drape donation
Audio Visual rental funds
Black rolls of table cloth
Movie theatre to donate popcorn
Cotton Candy Machine and operator
Large supply of peanuts to package
Balloon Animal maker
Face Painters
Glow Stuff (necklaces, bracelets, toys, etc)
Glow Stuff Salesman

Any more carnival ideas? Any special tricks? Let us know!

Give us a call or email to sign up
wendylynnemartin@sbcglobal.net (817) 896-3482

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Beginnings


We have been having a blast with our friends at Joshua Station. Spring is here, babies are being born, the children have spring fever (running jumping and acting like little monkeys) and families are continuing in the journey into stable housing. Some of the families we have gotten to know have moved into stable housing, others are in the process of moving, and new families are moving in. Change is continually happening in the community at Joshua Station.
Last Thursday, we had the privilege to be apart of a Spring Fundraiser in support of Joshua Station. Mile High Ministries invited all their supporters and the community to come to a community theatre that was performing the show OKLAHOMA! Matt and I mingled with supporters while they enjoyed appetizers which were sponsored by a local caterer, helped by passing cowboy hats for donations, and enjoyed the show. The goal for the night was to raise $50,000 and the goal was met! The Mile High supporters believe in the vision of transitional housing and gave abundantly for a great cause.

It is a privilege to be apart of the community of Joshua Station. Thank you for your continued love and support during this season of training. May you be blessed abundantly for your willingness to give to Martin Missions Inc.

With Love,

Matthew and Wendy Martin

Friday, March 19, 2010

There is a Season for Everything


To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under Heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones
A time to embrace, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Spring always reminds me of new beginnings. It is amazing how in the winter the world around us stays inside, lays dormant, hibernates, yields to growth, and freezes to the core. Then, suddenly with no warning, unexpectedly, regrowth, renewal, buds of change, green grass, and a new season has begun. Just makes me want to take a deep breath and sigh with thankfulness.

Not only are there physical seasons of change, but also emotional, relational, and spiritual. When I step back and look at my life, and the lives of many very close to me I can see that there have been some hard seasons. Seasons of sadness, hurt, uncertainty, and hopelessness. These are not the seasons that are fun to talk about. These are the seasons that we wish would never come. Many feel stuck in the cold chill of winter unable to escape from the pain. Unable to see the buds of life that lay ahead in the coming days.

There is hope. In our life there are many seasons of change. But, unless we are willing to step outside and accept the changes taking place we will not be able to experience the new season. He makes all things new, in His time. Renewal, restoration, and refreshing... that's what Jesus can bring.

So for me, and all those who have experienced the not so fun seasons, this is my prayer:

"Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us" (Psalms 51:10), Bring renewal, restoration, and refresh us. Open our eyes to the blessings you have given. Let us walk boldly with faith that you are our provider in every season. May our lives be a testimony of your faithfulness and love.

In Jesus Name,
Amen

Welcome to this new season we call Spring! May the beautiful colors and sounds remind you of His beauty and love! But above all things created, you are His masterpiece.

With love,
Wendy

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sending you Love

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Big Hugs from your friends, Matt and Wendy

Valentines Pancake Breakfast at Joshua Station

We had a great time at the Pancake breakfast with our friends at Joshua Station. Most of the families came to our party to eat some yummy food that you provided us! Here are some of our friends with a special message for you!
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Here are some pictures so you can feel like you were there with us.

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You shared the love to some very special people in Denver, Colorado!
Thank you!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's been going on with us...

As many of you read in the January Newsletter, we got back to Denver safely after the holiday journey in Texas. A few weeks later we found out that Matt's mom, Denise Caddell, went back in to the hospital with 85% leukemia in her bone marrow. Denise has been fighting cancer since 2004. With the Lord and Chemo, she has recovered from leukemia two times. Her body is weaker now because of all the Chemo in the past several years. With this information, we flew standby for a weekend and spent time at the hospital with her. Currently, Denise is in ICU being monitored more closely with a fever. Please be in prayer for Denise and our family during this season.

About one week after we got back from being in Texas with Denise, we got a call that Matt's dad Allan Martin, was being driven to the hospital with chest pains. Shortly after, we were told he was having a heart attack. Eight years ago, Allan had double by pass surgery so the thought of him going back to the hospital with a heart attack scared us. As fast as we could, we got a standby flight and headed back to Texas. When we arrived we were relieved to see him doing ok and the doctors said his heart had actually created four new arteries to pump his blood (Praise God!). These arteries were too small to do all the work needed so they put him on medication to expand those arteries. No surgery, just medication. He was out of the hospital in five days and is now recovering and taking it slow.

So, needless to say, we have been on a roller coaster of emotions. The start of 2010 has been challenging, but we know that God is in control. We all must go through the valleys to reach the mountain tops. The Lord never said this journey would be easy, but He did promise He would be there with us through it all. He is faithful and we are blessed.

Right now, we are training a potential teacher for our part-time preschool fitness business so we can drive to Texas to be with our family. Please pray the transition goes well.

As for Joshua Station, new families are moving in and many families are applying for section8 housing. The community is doing well and it is a blessing to have the opportunity to serve there. We have planned a Martin Missions event here in Denver at Joshua Station this Saturday. We are going to be serving a Valentines Pancake Breakfast. I am excited! We will be making red pancakes with red strawberries for Valentines Day weekend. I will be sure to take pictures so you can see how you, as Martin Missions supporters are affecting families!


We love you and thank you for your prayers and support!

In Christ's love,
Matthew and Wendy Martin