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Friday, September 26, 2014

Introducing Overcomer Outreach

Dear friends, I would like to introduce you to a much needed blog in our community, Overcomer Outreach. You may recognize the founder, Janelle Nehrenz from Comfy in the Kitchen where she shares about meal ministry. Quite often she has been known to say that it isn't so much the delicious recipes that make her ministry special, it's the meaning behind them that matter most...well, this is the meaning. Comforting the hurting. 

I am humbled and blessed to be a part of this amazing new ministry! 


Writing Team

These beautiful women are beyond brave, and full of sincerity, God's love, grace and compassion. 
A special thank you to Mary Davis from Everyday Spirit for her beautiful and encouraging images. 
The Mission of Overcomer Outreach: 

Here you will find a group of authors with compassionate hearts seeking to encourage you through the strength of God. This amazing group of women is comprised of Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Christian Life Coaches, Business Owners, Published Authors, Professional Speakers, Professional Bloggers, Bible Study Leaders, Pastor’s Wives, Moms, and Wives…
 Many of us have been through some of the trials you may be bearing, which is why 2 Corinthians 1:4 is a verse we continue to cling to when we think of why we’re here. Don't, for one second think, "this is a group of perfect Christians", because there is no such thing. We are Christians because we believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ , humbled and fully knowing we need a Savior.
Again, many of us have been right there in your shoes...believe it or not.
Yes, your shoes...
We pray to speak to the woman who has had an abortion, affairs, drug addiction (you fill in the blank) and our prayer is to use God’s word and truth to give her freedom. We pray for her to finally be released from bondage, from the lies she tells herself, and from the condemnation of the enemy that she is not worthy to go forward in her walk with the Lord and in her ministry.
We pray to speak to the oppressed, ill, victimized, tormented, abused, and bullied…we want to share God’s truth and love with you... and encourage you. We want to walk beside you to let you know...

You will get through this…

 A message from Janelle

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Founder of Overcomer Outreach and Comfy in the Kitchen, Janelle is a Christian, a wife and mother of 3 children. She is currently in her second year at Malone University obtaining a M.A. in Clinical Counseling. She has a deep love for Christ, meal ministry, and for helping the hurting. 

Lord I pray that I will never become too proud to forget the pain I've felt. Use me as a means to help others and to point them to you...I fully believe that without your strength, I would be spent. Yet, you've given me a platform and a voice of compassion... and for that, I will forever praise your name.

During the most difficult time of my life, my presence met early mornings in my white rocking chair on the porch. Sipping coffee with my blanket on my lap, not meant for warmth but comfort...I would lay down my troubles, needs, and praises down on a sheet of paper. I would pray with a sincerity only deeply burdened souls understand, then read, then pray again. It was the only moment in my day, at the time, when I didn't feel weight on my chest, when my heart wouldn't race, when my hands didn't tremble, when irrational thoughts wouldn't cloud my judgement and when my thoughts were focused on just God.

Often times I would remind myself of the verse, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." {Matthew 6:23}  I would pray that God could give me this seemingly supernatural power. I feared the next hour just as much as tomorrow just as much as next year. So, I started taking life in very small increments. Just enough, for a person going through trauma would be able to swallow....

"People feel this way", I would think to myself.

"I never knew people felt this kind of pain."

God might not have taken me to that awful place, but because I was there...I'm making a promise to use that experience to help others. Some have been there and can't seem to find a healthy new way of life, while others are currently there ...in that desolate place that my flesh would rather not recall. The thorn in my side. Do you have one? 

I'm going to change my mind from feeling broken, tormented and victimized to feeling blessed to know those feelings.

I'm going to be an Overcomer.

Not only that, I'm going to live my life encouraging others be the same.

What the enemy wanted to destroy, I will allow God to use for his good. 
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith. ~1 John 5:4

Love to you,
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You can find Overcomer Outreach on the following social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest
Because we believe there is healing in the words "me too", our authors have joyfully set up Facebook forums for individual struggles, these groups are *closed, meaning people can see that you are a part of the group, however they cannot see the conversations unless they are in the group. We welcome you with open arms to the following groups.
Janelle Nehrenz will be involved in all groups, she has gratefully accepted the help of her authors to lead specific areas of compassion meaningful to them. Although she has not gone through each trial, she is empathetic to all of them. 
Overcomer Outreach on...

Adoption, Foster Care & Orphan Care Leader: Erica Elm
Infertility Leader: Shon Murray
Marriage Leader: Sonya Schroeder
Finding Joy Leader: Emanda Rosen
Fear Leader: Mandy Pagano
Homeschooling Leader: Mrs Jeanette Wood
Cancer Leader: Debby Derby
Positive Thinking and Encouragement Leader: Sarah Beals
Freedom from Bondage: Walking in Grace and Truth Leader: Gina Smith

Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, we have one *secret* group on Abortion. This means that no one can see that you are a part of this group on your FB account. To be a part of this forum, you must friend Kelly K Writes and she must add you. Overcomer Outreach is pro-life, however our prayer is to help release those having gone through with abortion from condemnation, so that they can be free again through Christ. 
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