OVERFLOW MINISTRY OUTREACH UPDATE:
I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone for their prayers and support of our outreach ministry. GOD continues to use Overflow in powerful ways! GOD has been partnering our ministry with this incredible network of people and organizations in the kingdom, people who truly care about making a difference in other people’s lives, for his glory! For me each and every day is a humbling experience of his powerful majesty at work in this world!
In the next few weeks I would like to share and showcase some of the peoples and organizations that help Overflow Ministry do what we do.
First off, there is Excel into Independence. The organization, run by our ministry friend Myrtle Jackson, specializes in taking disadvantaged and homeless young men and women and giving them an opportunity to go to college for little to no money. We have set up a table in the foyer for you to view some of the programs available through their organization, or visit their website at www.excelintoindependence.org
Myrtle has been helping us with young adults in our program for the last couple of years. Most recently she helped us move Dimarco Griffin from the homeless shelter to Philander Smith College, a Christian college in Arkansas.
I introduced myself to DiMarco on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 16th) and asked him to pray and give the blessing for the 50+ in attendance for the shelter breakfast. At this point I had no idea if he even attended church or was a believer, but GOD put it in my heart to ask. He readily accepted and it was a great blessing for me as I started my day!
Dimarco is 20 years old. He was traveling night to night to the various shelter locations. (PADS is at a different location every night.) For those who are in the shelters they carry all of their personal possessions with them wherever they go. He was also going to classes at Prairie State Community College and at the same time working part time at Walmart. That impressed me!
I was there interviewing the men for our needs program. He was my first interview. I listened to his story and asked him if he would like an opportunity to go to full time college and live in a dorm room. He didn’t know what to say, but agreed to a referral. We prayed for him and for GOD to open the necessary doors.
I contacted Myrtle and she agreed to accept Dimarco into her program. At this point we were not sure that it would work, as school had already started two weeks prior. Myrtle was confident that we could get it done, and started the process. First off, the school gave us an extended admissions date of 2/27/16, the first door to open. Secondly, we were given dorm space, provided he could get all his paperwork complete in time.
I contacted Dimarco on 2/23/16 with the following requirements for him to go to college.
- Completed Fafsa Application for Philander Smith College, applying as a homeless individual.
- Immunization records
- High school and College transcripts (Passing grades are a requirement to get in)
Dimarco went to work and completed all the documentation by 2/25/16. That evening he went shopping with Myrtle and her organization provided him with the additional items he needed to attend school. He was given: school supplies, dorm supplies and a suitcase. The following day he purchased a $77.50 Mega bus ticket and departed for college that evening at 8pm. Our prayers from that first meeting had been answered! Praise GOD!
Dimarco’s text to me this week;
“Everything is going great brother John. Just a bit busy but humbled and full of gratitude for how fortunate and blessed I am and thankful for all of your assistance along the way brother John! God Bless”
Excel into Independence currently has 6 young women and 5 young men attending Philander Smith College. 10 of these students were homeless prior to attending college! Overflow Ministry will be providing 11 care packages that we will be sending down to the school in a couple of weeks. Please help us with donations of; gift cards (fast food, Walmart etc.…) Also, school supplies and personal hygiene products as well as cards encouraging the students!
We are so thankful to GOD for these partnerships that he has put us into! Truly, Grace Overflowing!