David Haley & Steve Upshur – Detroit Michigan Missions Project through OliveTree

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Detroit Michigan Missions

David Haley & Steve Upshur

Olive Tree Missions Project

About David Haley:


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David Haley realized at a young age that drugs and alcohol were going to kill him. He served in 12 step groups for 25 years before he became saved and filled with the holy spirit at a house church. He is he evangelist coordinator at Olive tree Connections a Hebrew-roots church and he serves in a supervisory position on the 700 Club’s prayer line. The Lord called him last Fall to go to Detroit and what he saw there has inspired him to take a team back. He calls this Mission Detroit: Lazarus Come Forth!

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David Haley grew up working on his family tree farm. Farming is in his blood. Farming is all about getting rid of the bad stuff, nurturing the good stuff and helping little weak things grow big and strong. It makes perfect sense that he surrendered his life to the Lord after a well done sermon on the parable of the Sower given by pastor Kenny Skinner.

Since that time David has been a student of Pastors Fred and Karen Johnson. “I have always been certain that God had fought the battle and defeated the enemy so I was very comfortable celebrating that victory until I went to Detroit” David’s heart was broken on a scouting mission to Detroit. It was in Detroit that he saw the battle for souls up close.

David works for Christian Broadcasting Network supervising and assisting the prayer partners at the 700 Club Nashville prayer center. He has prayed with over 20,000 people and has stood before the Lord with over 3,000 salvations or rededications. He is organizing and co-sponsoring Mission Detroit: Lazarus Come Forth!


About Pastor Steve Upshur

stephen-upshurPastor Steve Upshur has been serving the Lord since being delivered from heroin addiction in 1974. He has founded and inspired several ministries and churches in Detroit and was the host of a the New Life Christian television program in Detroit for 15 years.  In 1995 he founded Peacemakers International, which is an outreach ministry serving the poor of Detroit’s east side. He hosts missions from around the country who wish to offer a helping hand to their fellow Americans in need.

His life story was featured in an Article:

After deliverance…He later went to a church and was prayed over by members of the church. “My body began shaking and sweating uncontrollably. I felt the depth of God’s love fall over me,” Upshur shared. With his nose running profusely, and feeling the sensation of his everything in him coming out, he shared, “all of a sudden I began to think clearly for the first time in 20 years.”

He ended up back in Detroit as a changed person with an eagerness to reach out to others who were searching for hope. Over the years, Upshur began teaching Bible studies to youth in Detroit’s east side. As people began to attend the Bible studies, the group evolved into a church, even though there was no plan to make a church. Upshur named the church “The Breadline.”

In 1980, he began and hosted the “New Life” TV program that lasted for 15 years, and started prison and jail ministries. He also evangelized on the streets and became involved with reaching out to outlaw motorcycle clubs.

After being approached by Christians from Detroit with an offer to donate their old four-story warehouse in the inner city of Detroit, he began to offer barbeques, campfires and live music in the community. In 1997, the name of the church was changed to Peacemakers International. “Everything we do is geared towards soul-winning,” Upshur said.

Pastor Upshur welcomes missions groups to his church on a regular basis and also has housing for ex-felons. Congregants of his church often go on missions trips to Haiti as well.

About the Detroit Project:

We will also be serving The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative by providing fruit trees. MUFI is a group of farms built on empty lots that provide fresh organic fruits and vegetables in a food desert. That is a community where the nearest grocery store is a one hour walk. People in food deserts like the community MUFI serves get 95% of their food from convenient stores. MUFI is providing a delicious alternative.We are assisting in community outreaches, hosting street parties and providing nightly outdoor movies to the people of East Detroit.

On at least one night we will host an outdoor showing of “More Than Dreams” in Dearborn Michigan, a Muslim city in America. It is a series of true stories of how Muslims are coming to Jesus through prophetic dreams. We will be asking for prayer support that night because this will be seen by some as an outright attack on an enemy stronghold.  Lastly, we will offer an outdoor worship festival for the suburban youth of Detroit. We are calling it First Friday because it will be held on the first Friday of their summer vacation. Several pastors will offer inspiring messages, at least three Nashville worship bands will be offering praise to the Lord, we will have abuse counselors available, local charities and mission efforts will have information booths to encourage the youth to set summer service and spiritual goals.

Even the best efforts will be to no avail if there is no aggressive follow up. We wish to be more than conquerors we wish to be administrators. We want to leave Detroit on June 22nd with inspired youth who will continue the work in our absence. Money collected will be used for travel and planning. It is needed to make deposits, to market the events, to purchase material for signs, and to feed and house the workers. It will also be used to pay for the transport of plants to Detroit. No harvest worker is being charged to participate. They are not required to raise funds. No bake sales or candy sales or yard sales.

We have promised that if they are willing to go to the gates of hell and challenge the devil to a fight, we will find people who will be honored to participate by helping to pay for it. Just last week we received a plant donation for the park of $30,000 worth of trees. Any person or organization making a contribution through Olive Tree Connections may request a full accounting of the costs. We will have that available by August 1st.  Some say, “David, you can die doing those things” I say, “I fully expect to die doing these things, but let it be glory to the Lord. There is no safer place than exactly where the Lord has called you to be”

Mission

Our purpose is to create a way for former Detroiters to lovingly give back to the city financially and for those of us whose heart is broken for our fellow Americans in need to go to the streets with the Good News.

BRINGING LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF DETROIT


Tearing Down The Strongholds
We are joining forces with Detroit churches to bring the good news to the mean streets of Detroit Michigan.

  • 17 Trained Evangelists
  • 3 Worship Bands
  • 100 signs proclaiming the Word
  • Feeding the Hungry
  • Fruit and Shade Trees
  • Youth Worship Outreach
  • Hundreds of free bibles
  • Training up local evangelists
  • Bible Studies
  • Free outdoor Christian movies
  • Carrying the gospel to the Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan

A Unique Concept in Missions

If a skilled evangelist is willing to lay their life down for the Lord, should they have to pay for the privilege? No one has to pay to be on this mission. No amount of money will qualify an evangelist. Participants are selected based on their demonstrated success as street evangelists in Nashville. We raise funds as a team. We need help from the Lord working through people like you.


This is Allen Hill they spoke about on the broadcast! 

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We are a group of experienced evangelists taking God’s Good News to one of the most dangerous areas of Detroit Michigan, Cass Corridor.

The primary purpose of the mission is lead people into the joy of the Lord. We plan to see God bring beauty from the ashes of these people’s lives, but we have other projects as well.

We are taking colorful signs with Bible verses and encouraging messages from the children of Middle Tennessee to the children of Detroit. There are an estimated 5,000 homeless children in Detroit. We want them to know that they are not forgotten, that America still cares about them.

We are planting trees in a community park created by Peacemakers Internationala Christian outreach that has been serving East Detroit for 20 years. This will offer respite for people who walk everywhere but have no place to sit other than blocks spilling out from falling buildings. It will also offer an opportunity to minister to the community right outside the doors of the church.

We will also be serving The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative  by providing fruit trees. MUFI is a group of farms built on empty lots that provide fresh organic fruits and vegetables in a “food desert”, a community where the nearest grocery store is a one hour walk. People in food deserts like the community MUFI serves get 92% of their food from convenient stores. MUFI is providing a nutritious and tasty alternative to chips and soda.

We are assisting in community outreaches, hosting street parties and providing nightly outdoor Christian movies to the people of East Detroit. On at least one night we will host an outdoor showing of “More Than Dreams”  in Dearborn Michigan, a Muslim city in America. It is a series of true stories of how Muslims are coming to Jesus through prophetic dreams. We will be asking for prayer support that night because this will be seen by some as an outright attack on an enemy stronghold.

Lastly, we will offer an outdoor worship festival for the suburban youth of Detroit. We are calling it First Friday because it will be held on the first Friday of their summer vacation. Several pastors will offer inspiring messages, at least three Nashville worship bands will be offering praise to the Lord, we will haveabuse counselors available, local charities and mission efforts will have information booths to encourage the youth to set summer service and spiritual goals. Even the best efforts will be to no avail if there is no aggressive follow up. We wish to be more than conquerors we wish to be administrators. We want to leave Detroit on June 22nd with inspired youth who will continue the work in our absence.

Money collected will be used for travel and planning. It is needed to make deposits, to market the events, to purchase material for signs, and to feed and house the workers. It will also be used to pay for the transport of plants to Detroit. No harvest worker is being charged to participate. They are not required to raise funds. No bake sales or candy sales or yard sales. We have promised that if they are willing to go to the gates of hell and challenge the devil to a fight, we will find people who will be honored to participate by helping to pay for it. Just last week we received a plant donation for the park of$30,000 worth of trees.

Some say, “David, you can die doing those things” I say, “I fully expect to die doing these things, but let it be glory to the Lord. There is actually no safer place than exactly where the Lord has called you to be”

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