OHM News


April 14-18, 2019 – The Journey at Maranatha

For over 20 years, people have gathered at the shores of Lake Michigan to experience the Journey. This unique, all-inclusive setting offers worship, lodging, meals, teachings with Open Heart’s lead team of trainers, a chance to be baptized in Lake Michigan, and an evening of celebration festivities to conclude the time. During downtime, walk the bluff overlooking the lake, feel the spray of water from the waves and explore the little lake towns nearby. This 5-day training (Sunday evening-Thursday evening), is designed for anyone seeking soul-care and growth in leading ...

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eTraining Is Here!

One of the most impactful experiences for many has been our Leader Training Weekends. This training provides practice in leading a small group, feedback from trained coaches and peers, dialogue about effective and ineffective groups, practice in conflict resolution, observation of deeper pursuit, processing of the here and now, and experience in pursuing deeper issues. In 2017, as OHM walks through this season of transition, Leader Training Weekend will not be available for participants. This leaves a significant gap. Nothing can replace the face to face interaction in ...

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Tax Receipts for 2016

If you have donated to OHM in 2016, you will be receiving your end of year tax receipt shortly. By law, they must be sent to you by Jan. 31, 2017. We are currently working on making sure all information is accurate and ready to be sent by USPS to you before that date. If you would like it sooner, please feel free to email Darin at darin@ohmin.org.

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2016 OHM Annual Pro-Am Golf Event

by Tracy Hanson, OHM Board Member & Retired LPGA Tour Player I am excited to announce we have set the date for our Open Hearts Ministry Annual Pro-Am for August 15, 2016 at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Grand Rapids, MI. Once again we will host the LPGA/Symetra Tour Professionals who will play along with each foursome. This is a wonderful opportunity to play a great golf course with extremely talented lady professionals, as well as to raise funds for Open Hearts Ministry to continue training leaders to create safe communities where people speak their stories of pain, ...

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Something New

by Tracy Johnson, OHM Executive Director  Recently several members of the OHM Lead Team gathered at my home to work on our plans for the upcoming RESPITE at Maranatha. My first question for them was, "What do you think of when you hear the word respite?" Webster's defines respite as "a short period of time when you are able to stop doing something that is difficult or unpleasant or when something difficult or unpleasant stops or is delayed." As we discussed our plans for the weekend we each realized that this is very different from what people typically expect ...

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Collision with Change

The collision leaves us with choices, we can turn to others and ask for their help and presence, or we can turn to ourselves and try to figure it out alone. I hope you are choosing to turn towards kind friends who can journey with you, and that you are offering your presence to those needing the same kindness in their story.

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2015 Year-End Message from OHM Founder Sandy Burdick

Please take a couple minutes and listen to Sandy Burdick's heart about the redemption of our stories in the context of small group communities. Consider how you may provide hope and healing by donating to OHM.    

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OHM Press Release From The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Open Hearts Ministry is pleased to announce that effective immediately it has appointed Tracy Johnson to serve as the Executive Director of the ministry.  In March 2015 the board asked Tracy to serve as interim Executive Director and indicated that it would take the remainder of the year to assess what decision it should take regarding the leadership of the ministry.  In November every member of the staff, the volunteer leadership team and the board was asked to provide confidential input on Tracy’s performance.  After assessing the input it ...

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OHM 2015 Pro-Am….A Day Of Play

When I first met Tracy Hanson in 2011 she wanted to take another step forward in her journey of recovery. She knew she had a story, but she was not sure about exactly how it was impacting her life. Golf was something we talked about often as she explored her story and did the hard work of naming the truth of how she had been harmed. Golf was not something she was playing very often. On Monday August 31st Tracy and seventeen other lady professional golfers came to play for the sake of growing more awareness about the impact of abuse and raising funds for Open Hearts ...

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Meet Me at Maranatha, October 5-9

The Journey at Maranatha is a unique and story-based experience that is designed for anyone seeking care for their soul, as well as training on how to enter into the stories of others with grace and kindness.  Past participants have said, "the best training experience I've ever done" and "It took me further in my walk with God and understanding of my story then any other experience I've been a part of." Won't you join us October 5-9 for The Journey at Maranatha

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