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  • February 24, 2016

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​Straight From The Heart - January/February 2016

Thank You! During the Thanksgiving and

Christmas holidays, we had over 100 volunteers help serving and delivering holiday meals. There is no way we could have provided the 1,000+ meals without you! We love and appreciate all that you mean to us!

A New Beginning – As the Bisbees begin a new chapter in their lives, we turn a new page at the Crisis Center. After nearly 13 years of ministry, the Bisbees are moving north to Wisconsin to enjoy a slower pace of life. They have left behind a legacy of restoring people to self-sufficiency with God’s help. For the past 2 and half months, they have been mentoring Jim and Judy Benton as they learn the many aspects of the Crisis Center Ministry.

A Life That Was Changed! Mike was young and irresponsible. At age 17 he got drunk and when provoked, he attacked. As a result, Mike ended up in prison sentenced to 15-20 years. He started serving his sentence in Juvenile hall, but when he turned 18, he was transferred to a federal prison. Mike is only about 5’7” and 125 lbs. It was hard for me to believe he could be a threat to anyone. After he got out, he again turned to alcohol and was in and out of jail for many years. When Mike came to us, he had been sober for 8 years, but still struggled with daily living. Just recently, Mike and I had a conversation about Jesus and about letting Jesus direct his life. He agreed that it was time for him to surrender to Christ, and I had the opportunity to pray with Mike to accept Christ as Savior and Lord. Mike has since been reunited with his family and is living in North Dakota. Your giving, praying and volunteering make this all possible. On behalf of Mike and all of us here at the Crisis Center, let me offer our thanks to you for making it all possible!

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. (quote by Erma Brombeck) – We need help from you as a volunteer. If you can answer a telephone, sort clothes,cut up celery or drive someone to an appointment, we can use your help—even if it is for only a couple of hours a week. Please call Judy at 417-358-3533

Celebrating a Year of Blessings!
Over the past calendar year, we served 39,246 meals, provided 10,640 nights of shelter (averaging about 30 residents per evening), and still managed to give away over 534,000 lbs. of food. To God be the Glory!

Hunting for Treasure? – Our thrift store, Treasures on Main is truly the place to find great treasures. From antiques, to brand name clothing and designer shoes, we have it all! We are located at 106 South Main in Carthage, (corner of 2nd and Main). If you bring this newsletter to the store, we’ll give you 10% off of your purchase over $10. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Family broken down – One of our Carthage Firefighters was approached by a man as they were filling up the truck with gas. They called me to let me know about this man who had 2 kids with him. Their car was broken down and they needed help. They were driving from Minnesota to Arkansas to reunite with family. They would be able to get the car fixed the next day, but had nowhere to stay for the night. It was a cold evening and we were able to provide shelter and meals! The gratitude that they expressed was genuine and appreciated.

Current Needs List:

Laundry soap, coffee, sugar, paper towels, 13 gallon kitchen trash can liners, Pam spray, toilet bowl cleaner, Window cleaner, (Windex), all-purpose cleaner with bleach, high efficiency (He) detergent, regular detergent, men’s and women’s deodorant. Thanks for helping us with these items.

From the Directors – Judy and I are honored to be a part of the Carthage Community. Our goal is to help people in need discover that there is a caring place for them here. With your help, we are able to provide help, hope and healing. It is an honor to be the extended hand of hope to those in need on your behalf.

We Love You. Jim and Judy Benton


  • May 24, 2014

It was 9:30 PM on a Saturday night. The day had been busy and Marilyn and I (Brian) were relaxing and doing some planning for Sunday. The telephone rang, and the woman wanted to know if we had space for a sixteen year old boy. I told her that we couldn’t house him because of state regulations.

This young man had been living with his father. His father had gotten drunk and had kicked him out. He had no place to go in town. The caller indicated that she as going to check as to whether JC could go to his mother’s place. It was twenty five miles away. She called back fifteen minutes later. JC could go to his Mom’s place but the caller had no gas in her car and neighbor did JC’s Mom. I told her we did have gas to transport him.

During the next 40 minutes JC and I talked about family- mine and his. He had been in foster care many times. He had moved 22 times and had lived in 5 states as his mother pursued her love interests with various boyfriends. Physical violence, drugs, alcohol, twenty-three dogs and with people in a two bedroom house- you get the picture.

A lot of America is broken and is running empty. Because of generous donors and donations I had the opportunity to interact with CJ. I was able to share with him about life, family, marriage and faith. We prayed together as he left the car. He hugged me and said “Thanks.” This “thanks” is extended to those who provide for the Crisis Center so I could help him in his time of need.