Outreach / Evangelism
At Overcomers Outreach Ministries Inc. (Overcomers Ministries), adult ministries include special worship and celebration events to encourage men and women struggling with addictions.
Since 1992, we have participated in the Annual New Years Alcothon Celebration at the Minneapolis Indian Center, a sobriety event for the community. Overcomers provides Gospel music, special speakers and an invitation to receive Christ.
Sobriety Friday’s is a monthly event that involves live music and seeks to encourage participants to rejoice in past accomplishments while encouraging them to reach additional goals in the future by trusting in God’s help and love.
More than Conquerors involves Christian Talking Circles that are structured as support groups that apply the Bible to the 12-Step Curriculum for addiction recovery.
Overcomers Ministries’ Family Camp is our most prominent Summer ministry that seeks to meet the spiritual and physical needs of families during a five-day event in late June / early July each year. Located at Camp Dellwater, about 25 miles north of Bemiji, Minnesota or approximately 140 miles north of Minneapolis, morning and evening services are provided for adults and kids. Recreation activities are held in the afternoon.
Dellwater has hiking trails, softball fields, volleyball, basketball, swimming, fishing, snackbar and a waterslide. The camp is modern and well maintained and includes showers, commercial kitchen, chapel, main lodge and bunkhouses that sleep eight to ten people; camping sites for tents and recreational vehicles are also available.
Participants who attend are from the Mishkeegogamang Ojibwe Reserve in Ontario, Twin Cities, and the local area i.e. Phillips Neighborhood. Over the years various churches have also participated in the camp helping with the youth programs, music and counseling.
In addition to enjoying the great outdoors there are oportunties to for families to receive individual and group counseling services. For a personal story about how Family Camp has blessed one family, read Client Stories on the About Us Page.
Overcomers Ministries coordinates Children’s Vacation Bible School, which is conducted during short-term missions trips at the Mishkeegogamang First Nations (Ojibwe) Reserve, in Northern Ontario, Canada. During this time, children are taught Bible stories and Biblical principles by volunteer staff.
Our Hockey Ministry is led by David Boeltl, an experience hockey coach and a member of the Board of Elders for Overcomers Ministries. He is also a licensed minister with International Ministerial Fellowship.
There are several components of the Hockey Ministry that seeks to minister to children between 8 and 12 years old. For one week during the summer, the Overcomers First Nations Summer Hockey School involves bringing Native youth from remote areas of Ontario to Minneapolis for a week of ice hockey, devotions and the ‘Big City’ experience. In January, a team from Overcomers Ministries travels to Fort Hope, in Ontario, to host the Fort Hope Hockey School for kids in the surrounding community.
First Nations Recovery Center
The First Nations Recovery Center* is a licensed Alcohol and Drug “culturally specific” outpatient treatment program for American Indians. The Recovery Center was launched in June 2007 under a contract with Hennepin County and is strategically located in the heart of the Minneapolis Native community and has graduated over 50 clients in the one and one half years of operation.
Faith-Based Curriculum (Life Recovery in Christ)
In launching the First Nations Recovery Center two tracks of curriculum were developed, the first was for Hennepin County contracted services that excludes faith-based curriculum.
The second track is the Christ-Centered approach and is optional for contract clients enrolled in the First Nations Recovery Center. The Life Recovery in Christ discussion group meets on Wednesday evenings and also reaches out to client friends and family members who desire to learn what the Bible says about overcoming addictions and out of control living.
A unique business partnership is launched between the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the First Nations Recovery Center. The Fond du Lac Band will pay for clinical services as it enhances treatment opportunities to American Indians living in the Twin Cities area.
Under this creative partnership the Band’s administrative oversight of clinical services strengthens quality programming and dependable financing at First Nations. Clients are required to complete all admission forms including public and private insurance enrollment documents before being admitted into treatment.
Comprehensive Support Services
Clients receive mentoring on healthy thinking and living habits to assist them in overcoming addictions and to get other areas of life going in the right direction e.g., health, housing and employment. Mentoring is similar to faith-based discipleship services described on the ‘Our Faith’ page.
Overcomers Ministries owns and maintains a 9-unit apartment building called ‘On Eagles Wings’ to house clients who participate in the First Nations Recovery Treatment Program. This facility is a certified State of Minnesota Group Residential Housing (GRH) Facility. Tenants who meet GRH eligibility requirements can apply for residency. In addition, clients are provided information on housing facilities managed by other organizations in the event that apartments are not available at On Eagles Wings. Since Overcomers Ministries has owned and managed On Eagles Wings, Residents are required to:
- Pay an affordable rent
- Work, or enroll in an education program
- Be involved in faith-based alcohol recovery program
- Demonstrate they are living a Christian life
Life Skills Training
Life Skills Training assists clients understanding how to make better decisions about major aspects of life and being successful in all major areas of life.