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Flood Bakersfield Ministries, Inc. Newsletter
June 2009

Building relationships, flooding Bakersfield with the love of Christ!

Grocery Distribution and the Power of Prayer! 
Prayer      Our desire at Flood is to never take for granted the opportunity to pray for another person as they receive groceries.  In 2009, 4606 grocery packs have been distributed and each pack represents an opportunity for a guest at Flood to receive and pray with a volunteer.  837 first time visitors have already come this year and been touched as they received the blessing of groceries, been called by name and offered prayer.  Volunteers from twelve different churches have stepped up to the distribution front line to be an example of Jesus' unconditional love.  The most common prayer requests are for housing, work, healing, reunification of their familes, and deliverance from addiction.  Every week we hear stories of prayers answered from the week or month before!  Last week a man named Charlie reported that three weeks before a volunteer at the distribution line had prayed for him to be able to quit smoking, he smiled as he said he had three weeks tobacco free.  Let the scene pictured above never become common place but every Saturday let each volunteer on the front line have a new passion for interceding on behalf of a person hurting in our community.  
Graffiti Painting 
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Flood Graffiti Wash is officially off to a great start.  Stockdale Christian School Jr. High Students and Flood volunteers made a splash in the surrounding community on May 20 as we worked with the City of Bakersfield's 32-ERASE Anti Graffiti Program to eradicate graffiti in the area.  In our first week of indentifying, reporting and painting over the graffiti volunteers have cleaned up 55 locations with hundreds of individual tags removed.  The goal of this partnership is to work together with and educate surrounding businesses in order to eradicate graffiti in our area and provide meaingful volunteer opportunites for those wishing to have a positive impact in the community and give back to Flood for the assistance they have received. 

Stockdale Christian School Floods Bakersfield! 
 3rd Annual Community Service   Day A Success

 Reading at Stella Hills
Over 140 Jr. High Students reached into inner city Bakersfield with the love of Jesus Christ on May 20.  Students removed graffiti, read to kindergartners at a local elementary school, picked up trash, prepared food and hygiene packs and a group headed out on the GET bus routes to bless travelers with water bottles on a very hot day.    The day resulted in 2000 individual items collected for Flood and many projects completed with a positive impact on our community.  Thank you SCS!

Adopt A Family

Flood launched a pilot program "Adopt A Family" in Standard School District to prevent families from becoming homeless when a crisis occurs and their income is interrupted or lost.  Flood will provide short term rental assistance, security deposits, moving assistance and other necessary assistance to prevent loss of housing for families.  There is strict eligibility criteria and a referral system for this program and all families will be subject to a detailed case management plan.  If you would be willing to offer emotional support to a family by providing a weekly phone call of encouragement, a meal on occasion and a birthday gift, when appropriate, please contact the Flood office at 32-FLOOD for more details.  
Business Corner
Board of Directors News
The Flood Board of Directors currently consists of the following individuals.
David Albers - Chairman
Shawnette Bishop - Chief Financial Officer     Louis Steers - Secretary
Denise Brock, Karen Tjepkema, Brynn Powers, Steve Truitt, Christine McDuff and a vacancy. Our Board is very active in the Saturday Night Outreach as well as directing the  mission, vision, goals and values of the organization.  Flood is a Christ-centered 501c3 non-profit organization.  Our first 990 tax return as well as other disclosed information is available at:


JULY 4, 11, 18, 25
Flood will be at Weill Park located north of the corner of Golden State Ave. and Q St. for the month of July.  We will be hosting  the Saturday Night Outreach at 5 pm with some bonus activities every Saturday in July.    We will need lots of extra help!  Please call the Flood office if you are available.  The party begins July 4th!!!  
July 4
First Presbyterian Church
Valley Baptist Church
July 11 
Calvary Bible Church
Crossroads Christian Fellowship
July 18
The Bridge Bible Church
RiverLakes Community Church
July 25
Living Grace Community Church
Vacation Bible School          Peanut Butter Drives 
Local Missions highlighted this Summer in Church Programs
Valley Baptist Church, the Bridge Bible Church and Laurelglen Bible Church will be collecting creamy peanut butter this summer to benefit the guests at Flood.  Peanut ButterPeanut Butter is a staple in our non-cook food pack because it is a great source of carbs, proteins and needed fats not and does not recquire refrigreation or preparation.  Support Flood by helping the kids collect jars of any size!   

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We are seeking volunteers to assist at the Flood office a minimum of 2-3 times per month for 3 hour shifts.  Volunteers would assist with phones, needs cards processing, hygiene distribution and intake interviews. We are also seeking groups to provide meals for consumer volunteers on Wednesdays at noon for 10-12 people. 
Everyone at Flood Bakersfield Ministries Inc, would like to express our thanks and deep appreciation to all those who support us prayerfully, financially and by giving of their time.  This ministry could not exist without your support.  If you would like more information please check out our website www.floodbako.com where secure on line giving is available or contact us at our office (661) 32-FLOOD.  
Donations can be mailed to: Flood Bakersfield Ministries, Inc. 1201 24th St. B110-229 Bakersfield CA 93301