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Sharing God's blessings

July 10, 2017 |

Luke 3:11 – John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”


This verse could have been written for HSHM!  As I strolled through Mission Mart’s parking lot sale on July 7 I was struck by the powerful service that we offer, to allow …

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A Familiy Reunion

July 3, 2017 |

Hebrews 13:1 – Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.


About 200 “brothers and sisters” gathered on July 1 at Miller Park in Bloomington to celebrate our kinship and connection through the work that God has been doing at HSHM over the past 100 years.  It was marvelous to be surrounded by this huge family.  The …

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100 years old and still growing

June 8, 2017 |

Gardeners all over our community are growing fresh vegetables that will help our Bread for Life Food Co-op members grow healthy in many ways.  Their diets will be enriched with home-grown vegetables and their lives will be enriched through the growth of social connections and capability.  Appreciation of the growth potential for all people is a primary reason that Home Sweet Home Ministries has been growing strong for the past …

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Let the Children Come

May 1, 2017 |

Luke 8: 16  "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." 

Home Sweet Home Ministries has 18 children staying in our shelter with their parents at this time.  The halls are ringing with their laughter and activity.  The children and their parents are trying to cope with past loss and trauma while adjusting to their new environment.  …

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Sunday is comin'

April 5, 2017 |

Dr. Anthony Campolo is a well-known author, public speaker, and follower of Jesus.  Perhaps his most well-known sermon is "It's Friday but Sunday is Comin'."  Countless ministers have preached on this topic over the past 30 years or more.  The individuals who seek help from Home Sweet Home Ministries, along with everyone else, are living in a "Friday" world.  The sin and brokenness of the world weigh us down.  Sometimes …

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A Night in a Car

February 8, 2017 |

Psalm 4:8 - In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

On February 3, 50 people of all ages gathered in the parking lot at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington to spend the night in their cars.  The temperature dipped to 16 degrees.  Our Chief Operating Officer, Matt Burgess, said, "I was uncomfortable, unprepared, alone, and in the end exhausted - …

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Ever Faithful

January 20, 2017 |

Psalm 100:5 – For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Think of the generations that have come and gone during Home Sweet Home’s 100 year history.  God’s goodness, love, and faithfulness endure forever!  They existed long before Home Sweet Home was founded and they will continue for generations to come.  During this Centennial year, we are celebrating the many ways in …

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Great Joy

December 23, 2016 |

Luke 2:10 - 11: "Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."

The above quoted Scripture was said by the angels to the shepherds on the night that Christ was born in Bethlehem.  Christ's coming into the world continues to be …

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Building Up

October 14, 2016 |

1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Home Sweet Home Ministries' new mission statement says, " Home Sweet Home Ministries demonstrates Christ's love through innovative approaches that instill hope, restore lives, and build community."  At a recent all-staff meeting our employees shared examples of how this mission statement is fulfilled every day.  It is a joy to participate …

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Every day is Labor Day

September 2, 2016 |

1 Thessalonians 1:3 – We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.


As our nation celebrates Labor Day, I celebrate all those who labor at HSHM in every capacity.  We have some people at HSHM who are …

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Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayerRomans 12:12