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Andy Hayner is joining us once again! This time the conference is called Full Speed Impact. Below is a little about the conference from Andy himself:

I'm looking forward to returning to Adullum Outreach Oct. 16 & 17 for a great weekend of equipping, encouragement and outreach. I've put together a brief promotional video that you can use to spread the word via social media to invite people to this event.

https://youtu.be/xJ8NJKr0xw8

This weekend will be pivotal towards empowering everyone come into greater depths of the Freedom, Authority, and Power in their personal experience of Jesus Christ and their ability to allow Him to work through them to heal the sick, cast out demons, and impact the world around them.

Schedule: Fri. Oct. 16- 7pm Equipping Session 1

Sat. Oct. 17- 1pm to 5pm Equipping Sessions 2-4

Sat. Oct. 17 5:30pm Miracle Cook Outreach- We will invite people from the neighborhood to join us for a free grill out. We will have opportunities to apply what we've learned in personal conversation by praying for healing and giving prophetic words of encouragement to those who attend.

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The following link is a PDF flyer that you can share with friends:

http://media1.razorplanet.com/share/511620-7667/resources/929466_AdullumOutreachOctober2015.pdf

In addition, you can view the video below for a message from Andy:

Full Speed Impact Milwaukee Promo

2nd Annual Banquet

Updates from 2014

As I am reflecting on the year 2014, I am wondering where time went! It has felt like a very short year in retrospect, and we continue to experience God's grace each and every day. Throughout the year we have experienced growth, change, renewal, and a deepening of our faith.

During the holidays, we enjoyed down time with our family and friends. We are so appreciative of the time, talent, and treasure you all have sown into us and into this city! This year we have taken strides forward in the purchase of the 30,000 square foot building we occupy. We are continuing to provide housing for 3 young people (Brian, that means you) at the Adullam Joy House.

We are also enjoying relationships with staff, volunteers, and the community. God has blessed us with spiritual parents in Rich and Gloria Gierach and supportive ministry partners in John and Gaia Galvin. Last year we established our Family Council, a group of trusted ministry leaders who provide support to Steve and I as we continue this journey. We are working closely with this group of people to achieve a higher level of accountability and commitment to honoring each other.

During 2015, we look forward to making headway on the cafe project, deepening relationships with local churches and organizations, and establishing more training opportunities for urban missionaries and community members. We will be offering some new job opportunities, both volunteer and paid, in the areas of building improvements, administration & finance, and ministry. If you know of skilled musicians, accountants, electricians, plumbers, pastors, prayer leaders, mentors, or administrators .... please let them know about Adullam! Our website has plenty of information: www.adullamoutreach.com

For those of you who gave financially during the year, you will be receiving your Year End Statements in the next couple of weeks. If we have your email address on file, we will send a copy via email. A great way to make sure you receive your statement is to sign up for our online community from our home page. This will ensure that we have your current contact information.

In closing, thank-you for your prayers. Thank-you for your love for the Lord and each other. Thank-you for moving forward in your faith.

With Love,
Steve and Priscilla Grabosch <3



 

Updates for the New Year

2014 is promising to be a year full of exponential growth and gaining ground for Adullam! We have welcomed 3 new staff members: Bree is our Project Manager for the Core Cafe, Al is our Facilities Maintenance and Improvements Manager, and Melissa is the Associate Director of Prayer. These three positions are a crucial part of continued development of our facility on 30th Street for ministry purposes and establishing a House of Prayer in Milwaukee.

We are so thankful for our ministry partners and families and individuals who support Adullam financially. You are essential to the fulfillment of the vision of reaching Milwaukee for Christ! As the ministry expands, it becomes a greater challenge to wear all of the hats required. One of the most time-consuming tasks is end of year accounting. I am working on finishing the annual giving statements by the end of January, and I will be emailing these statements once again, unless I receive specific requests for a copy to be mailed. If you have supported Adullam financially this year by mailing a check, please send me an email so we have your email address on file. It would be super helpful to me! Otherwise, I will send your giving statement in the mail to the address on your check.

We are so looking forward to drawing close to God in this season and working alongside other like-minded people to accomplish what He has for us in Milwaukee and around the world! Thank-you for your prayers, involvement, dedication, and support! We love you all!

Blessings,
Priscilla Grabosch

 

Internship Reflective

Hello, my name is Megan Juliot. I am currently a senior at UW-Green Bay, double majoring in Human Development and Public Administration with an emphasis in Non-profit Management.  This summer I had the opportunity to participate in an Internship with Adullam Outreach. My story of how I found Adullam is unique and shows me that I cannot get in the way of God’s plan.
 
How I found out about Adullam
My youth group came to Adullam in August of 2012. I had just gotten home from a 10-week missions trip from South Carolina. My youth pastor asked me about being a youth leader for this trip but I did not think I was supposed to go. A couple of days later my youth pastor approached me again reiterating the fact that they needed me to go. After praying about it I reconsidered going. I was not totally looking forward to it but knew it was where I was supposed to go. Growing up as a Christian, I heard a lot about how God had a specific plan for me but I did not really know how to figure out what it was. Could these people physically hear His voice telling them what he wanted them to do? How was this determined? For me, Adullam played a huge role finding my calling. When I was there God broke me down and gave me a heart for the inner city. So often I take for granted being able to get a good education, having a place to sleep, and having a family that cares about me. People are hurting all over and I want to be able to share God’s love with them. Another thing that happened when I first came to Adullam is I found out that one of my friends who went on the missions trip with me passed away. At first it was hard to come to terms with but being at Adullam really helped me to go to God in this time of sorrow. Little did I know that me being at Adullam was part of my bigger calling.  After the missions trip I contacted Steve and Priscilla Grabosch about interning at Adullam. Even though figuring out how the internship would work wasn’t easy God showed me over and over again how he would be my ultimate provider. To this day, the internship at Adullam confirmed my passion for inner city children. I do not know exactly where I will be in the future all I know is I want to be where God calls me.
 
My Role
My role as an intern at Adullam was multi-faceted and ever evolving.  With time I gained greater insight and my role expanded. Initially, I worked with YouthWorks crews on projects in and around the building. YouthWorks is a national organization that provides youth groups with an opportunity to participate on mission trips.  Youth groups request to go on different trips and then the staff at each location takes care of the logistics of the students’ week. I was responsible to delegate and monitor different projects for students that came to Adullam through YouthWorks. Some of these projects included construction, organizing, sorting, cleaning, and lifting. I was also involved in mentoring youth and helping them grow in their walk with the Lord. Additionally, I frequently assisted with communication flow between the staff members. Lastly, I ran Katie’s Closet during the weekly neighborhood cookouts. Katie’s Closet is like a thrift store but everything is free. People from the neighborhood are able to come to Adullam and get furniture, clothes, household items, toys, and books for free. Community members have donated everything that is in Katie’s Closet. 
 
Some things I learned
            Living in the inner city at first caused some fear inside of me. I lived in a community where shootings were a daily occurrence. I lived next to a family that had 6 kids their mom, grandma, and grandpa. Their cousin also lived with them and he was on house arrest for drugs and guns. On a regular basis I would see drug deals occur. I also think there might have been some human trafficking. I could have just let fear cripple me and stay inside my bubble. Instead I chose to reach out to the family next store. Don’t get me wrong I was super nervous at first but I realized how strong the Holy Spirit is. The bible states that we are to do even greater things then Jesus did because we have the Holy Spirit. We just need to be willing to let God work by stepping out in faith.
            Another thing that was reiterated to me was that I am chosen for a purpose. God created each one of us for a unique purpose that no one else can fill. There are things we can do on a daily to use our gifts to glorify God. Sometimes we get so wrap up in the future that we forget to live in the present and serve God with our choices on a daily basis. No matter where we are we are on a mission. I miss the people from Adullam so much and am excited to work with inner city ministries in the future. Right now I am currently nannying and even though it can be tough somedays, I realized that my mission is to love them. Even the girls I watch may act spoiled, whinny, and sassy they need love just as much as the inner city kids. They can use other things such as ipads, tv, etc to fill this void and distract them from what they really need. 
 

180: Please Watch

My sister posted a link to this video on Facebook, and it caught my eye because there was a picture of a man holding a sign that said, "If you were born after 1973, you're a survivor." I was born in 1973, to parents who wanted me. I was incredibly blessed that I was wanted. My mom brought up her children to respect and honor life. We joined her on pro-life walks through Ithaca, NY. She instilled a sense of activism in me and my sister. If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to unite. I hope you take the time to watch the video below. I enabled the comments section, but I will not allow comments that are not family-friendly. Do use caution when watching the video below as it is graphic in nature and may be upsetting to young children.



The Heart of Mission

In Matthew 6:15-18, Jesus dialogued with His disciples regarding a very important question, “Who do you say that I am?”.  He wanted to know that, independently of what people were saying about Him, did His disciples have their own revelation of Who He was? Did they KNOW Him for themselves, and not for what men said. Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus reply was, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” I believe that this “rock” that Jesus spoke of refers to the fact the Peter had his own revelation of Who Jesus was on the inside of his heart. His faith didn’t consist of head knowledge or what other people had told him.  Peter knew Jesus for himself through experiential relationship. It is this knowledge of God on the inside that makes us a true Christian. And it is this personal revelation and encounter with Jesus Christ that keeps us firm through everything we might go through, so that even all hell cannot prevail against us.
 
When believers are engaged in any kind of outreach ministry or missions work to those that live in the context of poverty, it is very easy to get so caught up in meeting the physical and material needs of the people that we neglect to nurture them spiritually. In this context we forget that the whole reason we are there is to build His church-- one which the gates of hell cannot prevail against. That is, we have met people’s physical needs, but we have not led them into a personal encounter with the Need-Meeter so that they can know Him for themselves. People need food, education, jobs and healthcare. But most of all they need to know Jesus—the One who gives us all these things. It is knowing Him for themselves that will give people living in a culture of poverty the fortitude to stand in their trials and to access God directly for everything they need. In keeping this the main focus of our ministry, we are dealing with the source of all the problems they face, and not just treating the problems themselves. A good doctor does not just treat the symptoms but seeks to cure the disease.
 
I love what Madame Guyon shared about this subject in her book Experiencing God Through Prayer.  She wrote this in the 17th century, but I find its message very applicable to our present-day ministry to the poor, whether that be in the inner cities of America or the remote parts of Africa.

The decay of internal holiness is unquestionably the source of many sins that have appeared in the world.  All these would be overthrown if inward devotion were reestablished… Oh, how inexpressibly great is the loss sustained by the man who neglects his inner spiritual man!  What an account will those have to give who are entrusted with the care of souls, yet have not communicated this hidden treasure to their flock…The reason we have been largely unsuccessful in reforming mankind is that we have dealt with external matters rather than internal.  If we deal first with the matters of the heart, the outward concerns will follow quite naturally…To teach a man to seek God in his heart, to think of Him, to return to Him whenever he has wandered, and to have a single focus on pleasing Him, is leading that person to the source of all grace.  There he will find everything necessary for sanctification.

 
Enough said.
 
Much Love in Jesus,
Melissa

Mission Of Love

Awe and wonder. Have you felt those emotions lately? Have you felt the awe and wonder at the sight of the Father unfolding this beautiful mission of love among us lately? It happens to me all the time here, usually when I hear another of the constant stream of stories of some amazing thing God has done through one or a group of us or how he has miraculously provided a need in some way.

If you didn't know it, we had our first Adullam Advisory Board meeting a couple of Sunday's ago. There must have been 15 or so of us there, each representing a different facet of what God is doing in our midst.  And there were still others who were not able to make it who could have been there. That is a lot of representing! I was in awe of God again just sitting there with everyone as I witnessed the vision of God's mission to the inner city of Milwaukee taking shape before my very eyes!

Jesus is on this beautiful, amazing mission to the inner city of Milwaukee. And he is calling a whole bunch of us together in this hour to join him in what he is doing. I have a thought about this mission I've been wanting to share. Its from the gospel of Mathew:

       Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mathew 28:16-20).

   Jesus' last words to us before He ascended to his Father's right hand were the mission assignment all of us were to be engaged in until this age finally comes to a conclusion. We call it the Great Commission. And it is great.  Its such exciting stuff! We actually have a clearly articulated, God-given purpose that we all get to focus on together! No confusion or doubt as to what it is. No ambiguity. We don't have to fret and wonder about what we are supposed to be doing with our lives.

   Now, I understand that the specifics of how it gets walked out by each of us may not
be so clear all the time.  We walk by faith, not sight. Missions are adventures and adventures by definition mean not always knowing what's coming next. But I'm humbled by the fact that the almighty God, our Papa, the holy, exalted, infinitely amazing, living God actually desires that frail, broken, needy little ones like us join him in his work of reclaiming a lost world.
And this mission is a thing that just consumes his loving heart. He cares for us and the world so much! All of us are the most precious thing in creation to him. And he goes and invites us to join him in what he's doing.  Whoa! What a privilege! What an honor!

   I'm bringing this up because ever since my wife Emily and I became connected to Adullam two years ago I have been blown away by the heart for Papa's mission that lives in all of you. I'm serious here. This is not flattery. Its true. I pray you will receive it and be encouraged by it. Because I believe our Papa is delighted  with the hearts of His kids.

   Whether it's the prayer meeting on Monday night, or the outreaches, the summer work projects, or the different ministries and volunteers partnering with us, I see it over and over again. This passionate desire to love the city of Milwaukee with our Father's love and lead them to Jesus. It's like an unquenchable fire in you guys. To be honest, I've been personally challenged to examine how it lives in me by the example of this community many times.

     So, if you are reading this and are connected in any way to Adullam I want to start by saying "God BLESS you" for the love of God that beats your hearts so strongly that you have joined the Father in his mission in this place! May his desire to love the world grow in you more and more.  

     The other thing I've noticed over my time here is another thing that burns in you all: love for God. A love that is willing to lay down anything so that it can know Him better. A love that lays aside distractions to seek him and spend time getting to know him better. I see it in the atmosphere of hunger for God and his Presence that we experience at prayer on Monday nights, or on our worship nights. It was there during our first 24 hours of non-stop prayer in our prayer room we did last August. And its there during the 12 hour worship Burns we started last month. 

     The bible teaches us that worship is why we're alive. Did you notice the word "worship" in this famous passage on mission? I missed it for a long time. Every time I would see it I focused on the mission part (not that thats bad!). I missed the worship! I missed that the disciples came to Jesus and were transfixed at the sight of him that day! They were overcome one more time by how amazing he is! 

   And Jesus didn't jump right in and start dialoguing with them. He let them experience the glory of Him and received their worship before he launched into what they were supposed to be doing. The text says "When they saw him they worshiped him". First they worship, then they get their mission. First they get close to him and catch a fresh vision of all he is, and only then do they get their mission.

    * I don't know about you, but I am usually tempted to do it the other way around! I want to get busy doing stuff for God. And then afterwards I try to get to the worship and intimacy.  Life is busy! Ministry can be very busy!   

      But I believe  the only way the mission of God is ever truly accomplished by us is when we do what the disciples did and put our mission and worship in the right order. When falling head over heels in love with him is our highest priority. When its even more important to us than the mission he gave us. When intimately knowing him is the highest priority of our lives-so much so that our calendars and to-do lists prove it. When God's glory and love are actually being experienced by each of us on some level.

      I'm sharing this because this is the heart I see in the community at Adullam and I long for it to be our heart for as long as God chooses to allow us to be here. My prayer for us is that this love in us will only grow stronger and stronger as time goes on. That seeking his face together will always be our highest priority.

            God has given us an amazing team of folks who are dedicating themselves to help facilitate a lifestyle of intimacy with God. We have Monday night prayer. We have monthly worship nights where we gather to simply be with God together, worship, and pray. We just had our first "Burn", 12 hours of non-stop worship and prayer in the presence of God. And in August we launched our Adullam prayer room and did our first 24 hours of non-stop prayer together.   Everyone associated with Adullam in any way, really anyone in our city, is invited to come and join us in seeking him at any of these times. We will be working on making sure the calendar on the website is updated with all things worship and prayer so you can know whets going on. And we will be working on communicating via email with the Adullam family on all that is happening.

            
   I would like to continue to share things related to prayer or other topics on the blog from time to time. I hope they will be an encouragement.

   Its a privilege to be on his mission with all of you. But its also my total joy to seek him with you, find him, and fall more in love with him together. I don't want that to ever stop!

            Bless you all. 

Summer 2012

Well, summer has finally wound itself down with the onset of the school year and the strange absence of children's voices echoing through the warehouse. We're ready for a new season, but I'd like to share a few stories and inspiring news events from the last few months of ministry. My only question is, "Are you sitting down?"

June 2012

So the summer started the week before our kids were done with school for the year with a group of YouthWorks students who came for a week to work on the building project. All of our volunteer staff members were excited to have eager workers to start on all of the projects that we had been holding off on for months. Willie was so anxious, he started some of the projects without the students!

I had tried very hard to organize jobs and printed out cards and posted information on a bulletin board. I set up a little break room for the students and made sure I had maps of the building printed so no one got lost. Steve and I were heading south with our kids for two weeks to visit family, so I wanted to get everything ready so the volunteer leadership wouldn't be completely lost. Well, by the time we left later that week, several of the jobs from that board were already done. Hmmm. I threw up my hands and decided I couldn't worry about it. We were leaving and needed a vacation and family time, so we left and didn't give it much more thought.

God knew exactly what everyone needed. He swept in like Superman's cape and brought needed leadership and connections. Sara and Kelly were doing tours and leading crews in cleaning and gardening. Willie was leading groups scrubbing up the donated kitchen equipment and painting the board-up windows on the outside of the building. Kylie was plugging away at finishing walls. Katie and Tina were teaching kids how to sort donations. Greg executed the delivery of carpet squares, which ended up laid out on the second floor. He sent us pictures so we could see how pretty it looked.

We arrived back to Milwaukee so relieved that they pulled it off without us. The building looked amazing, and although they were tired, these servants had taken the reigns and proved themselves to be capable of running this ministry. You see, Steve and I are pioneers, as Melissa put it when she prayed over us. She said, "You're not good settlers". We know that we can't do everything and lead everyone. We are here to plant. But the people (gifts) that God has brought together for this time, for this place ... they are here to settle.

July 2012

On with the story.... Last fall David Potter from YouthWorks decided he wanted to bless our community with the opportunity for Adullam to host the YouthWorks weekly Community Cookouts. We were gracious, and went along with the plan. I can't speak for Steve, but I was completely amazed at the impact this weekly event made on our community. Every single Thursday night from June 7th through August 2nd, the YouthWorks staff and students cooked up and served a hot, delicious, and nutritious meal and offered it for free to anyone who came. They fed anywhere from 100 to 200 people each week, through rain or snow (it didn't snow). It did rain twice if I remember right, and against my judgement the event was held inside after Steve and Willie came asking me with puppy dog eyes. 

Glen Moore came one evening and performed an impromptu hip hop concert, which everyone totally loved. Then he kept coming back every week. The kids starting learning his songs, and "Where my soldiers at? [Hey, hey]" became somewhat of an anthem. For the final event we were treated to professional photography by Vanessa Berghuis of vJoy Photography who served so sweetly and captured the absolute beauty of those moments and the people of our diverse community. Please visit this link to see what I'm talking about. It literally brings tears to my eyes because THIS IS WHY WE SERVE. 

August 2012

Saying goodbye to YouthWorks and Next Step staff was bittersweet. Many of those leaders we will never see again, but some of them promise to come back to visit or even work for us. These connections are the body of Christ. We've already had a phone call from Paul with Next Step who will be bringing a group of students in October for a work day. We've also had several emails from leaders and staff who plan to get involved with Adullam in the near future. This has prompted us to develop our intern program so we're a little more organized and focused with how and what we offer. 

Focus is a huge glaring issue for us right now. We've had two meetings to address the need for additional staff because the weight of responsibility in so many areas is lying entirely on Steve and I. He basically takes on anything building-related, and I take on anything administrative. Combine this with the balancing act of parenthood, personal relationship with God, and the responsibility of raising our own support, and we are facing burnout on an almost daily basis. Enter Arthur Burk, founder of the Sapphire Leadership Group, an international think-tank addressing various issues in community using Biblical principles. Arthur spent a Sunday evening and extra-long Monday with us, observing, analyzing, encouraging, and teaching. He told us stories so we could relate. He spoke into our lives and provided clear direction on how we can focus. This visit took place in mid-August, and we are still processing a month later. Adullam also now has a lending library of various teachings, a gift from Arthur to our ministry.

This year has been the incredible stride forward that we anticipated. In August, we hosted our first Urban Camping Experience, inviting Steve Clark's church youth group down from Wausau to serve with us at the Southside Outreach on the 25th. This was a huge success, so we are planning to continue offering this to church groups. Kelly Reynolds has offered to help organize work groups, and we actually have a men's group coming for the weekend later in September. They will be helping us with some projects around the building to get us ready for winter.

For 8 weeks this summer we were blessed with help from an HR professional through Adonai Employment who developed our Employee/Volunteer Handbook as well as processes for varied administrative tasks. She kept everyone in line with her no-nonsense attitude and knowledge of how to do things the right way, rather than "flying by the seat of our pants". These things are necessary as we grow. 

Speaking of growing, our community garden has produced an abundance of vegetables! Groundwork Milwaukee helped us build the raised beds and provided the soil for them back in June. Home Depot, Misty Harris, and Delisa White provided plants. Sara kept the garden watered all summer, during the drought, earning the right to call it "Sara's Garden", and now we're harvesting perfect, delicious tomatoes,eggplant, basil, and peppers. Watermelons are next to ripen! 

September 2012

I know the month isn't over yet, but I want to give a little update on things in the works. 

  • Official offer of employment to Greg Clark, our fundraising coordinator, also serves as "electrician", "security guru", "database administrator/developer", "accomplished pianist", "RC car racer", and most importantly "Theresa Clark's husband"
  • Steve and I were blessed to receive paid registration to the CCDA (Christian Community Development Association) national conference in Minneapolis
  • Phil and Emily are the proud parents of a healthy baby girl and are busy learning the ropes!
  • Sara and Kelly are starting their very first after-school program next week, happening every Thursday from 4 to 6 pm
  • Tim and Janeen Covell will be starting Adullam's Career Development Program October 4th
  • Adullam has been offered a few different options for obtaining housing. Please keep this in your prayers as we look at properties, attend classes, and continue discussions with individuals and organizations.
  • Plan ahead for a Life Church sponsored Thanksgiving event - details will follow.
  • Adopt-A-Family for Christmas will be held on December 1st at Adullam this year!
  • Business initiatives are still being pursued with longboard manufacturing for Orphan Longboards, offering space and partnership with New Man and New Start product, and developing The Landlord's Friend
  • Watch the calendar for events like Worship Nights, Burns (explain later), 24/1 Prayer, etc.

 

Maybe I will post more often now that I see how easy it is. If you have a story or journal entry to share, please feel free to send it to me. I know people are being impacted by what God is doing in our city. Your story might change a life.

 

 

 

 

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