Mike Hayden Loves The Lord!

This photo of Mike Hayden and his wife Susie Hayden. Mike has been active in ministry for many years. He is now active at Basics in Milwaukee. Learn more below…



My Freind Mike Hayden!




Mike Hayden!

I have witnessed that Mike has a very big heart for Milwaukee and also for helping kids in the inner city and also orphans too. 

I first met Mike Hayden at Eastbrook Church around 1992. He had a Bible study on the topic of the Holy Spirit that I sat in for a few weeks.

What Mike was teaching made a lot of sense to me and gave me a more clear understanding of my faith.

Basics in Milwaukee

Mike was involved for many years helping out with a ministry called Orphans No More, and now Mike has been active with BASICS in Milwaukee as a missionary.

Mike has a big heart to help others by using knowledge, experience, and creative ideas to do a lot of good things for the Lord in the city of Milwaukee. ~ Bill Greguska


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 Message From The Founder Mike Hayden

I believe that everyone, regardless of who they are, should do something that is greater than themselves. Whether it’s adoption or helping people who are sick or poor, or whatever. That’s what God put us on this earth to do. ~ Tim Tebow

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.



Marching For Jesus!

Mike and Susie Hayden... Mike Hayden & Wife Sue Minister In The Milwaukee Area!

Mike and his wife Susie are working to help make Milwaukee a better place with God’s help!


Mike Hayden & Wife Sue Minister In Milwaukee!

Getting past the problems to the solutions 

I have been ministering in Milwaukee since 1994 and for the last ten years full-time.  I am burdened by the spiritual condition of Milwaukee, WI.

Most people believe that Milwaukee has a social problem, gang problem, drug problem and the list goes on. 

Milwaukee has a sin problem, and it has to be dealt with spiritually.  

I am asking you to please consider praying this with Susie and me daily.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them with me.  ~ Mike Hayden


Help!!! I Am Drowning In Pain!

Written by Michael Hayden with the Holy Spirit

To Anyone In Pain…
  • I know I was born, but my life feels like it has been torn. 2 Corinthians 4:9 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
  • I am not very pretty and feel like I look like Miss Piggy. Song of Songs 4:7 All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
  • I really was hurt when I tried to flirt.  Not a good idea when you weigh 250 pounds and wore a mini skirt. 1 Samuel 16:7 The Lord does not look at things that man looks at.  A man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
  • I want to be loved but I’m not very good looking and I suck at cooking. Colossians 3:13 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  • Many days it is a time to sleep and a time to weep. Psalm 30:5 Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
  • A time to laugh and just listen to the phonograph. Job 8:21 He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
  • A time to plant and I told myself, I JUST CAN”T!!!  A time to try and I threw up my hands and said, BYE BYE! 2 Corinthians 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.
  • A time to search and I have peace in my heart when I attend church. Psalm 84: Blessed are those who dwell in your house.
  • Deep down I love the Lord and we are in one accord.  When I read and study God’s Word, I never feel like a Nerd. Colossians 1:6 All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.
  • He loves me because of His Son and what He has done.  He died on the cross and shed His blood for me.  If I keep my focus on Jesus, I know I can be free and the choice is up to me! Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood.
  • The Good News about Jesus is that He comes to all, whether it is during the day or nightfall. Psalm 139:1-4 O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise, you perceive my thoughts from afar.
  • Whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, you can have Jesus in your life.  Even if it is one of strife. Isaiah 54:10  Yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken. Says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
  • Extend your hands high.  Do you have to ask Why?  He is now your Father and you are His child.  He looked down at you and smiled.  You are a child of God and that’s what he likes.  Remember, he paid the price with his stripes. 2 Corinthians 6:18 “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’’


You are a child of God and He accepts who you are no matter what you have done.  Your sins are forgiven and the count is none.

No Need To Drown In Pain… Jesus Has Taken That Chain… And Put It Upon Himself
January 20, 2018
Mike Hayden

Proverbs 3:1

Poem by Mike Hayden

1. My son do not forget my teaching (it can be far-reaching)

but keep my commands in your heart (for this is just the start)

2. for they will prolong your life many years (and help to wipe away your tears)

and bring you prosperity (that can lead to charity)

3. Let love and faithfulness never leave you (they will stick to you like glue)

Bind them around your neck (to keep your feet firm on the deck)  (never never look back)

Write them on the tablet of your heart (they will never depart)

4. Then you will win favor and a good name (both of these are the same)

in the sight of God and man (this is God’s plan)

5. Trust in the Lord, with all your heart (this is very, very smart)

And lean not on your own understanding (this is what God is commanding)

6. In all your ways acknowledge him (if you don’t your life will be grim)

and he will make your paths straight (this is God’s word and not a debate)

7. Do not be wise in your own eyes (this what God’s Word directly implies)

Fear the Lord and shun evil (and you will have victory over difficulties and upheaval)

8. This will bring health to your body (this is something you can embody)

And nourishment to your bones (but only by God who sits on the throne)

9. Honor the Lord with your wealth (this is something you can do yourself)

With the first fruits of all your crops (these are to be tithed upon after they have been sold in the shops)



Heaven Is Waiting – Live Or Death?

The Choice Is Yours Today

I want to share a promise with you.  If you were to die today, would you like to know that you could spend eternity in heaven and not in hell?

John 3:16 reads-“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whosoever (you) believes in Him (Jesus) will not perish (spend eternity in hell) but have everlasting life (an  eternity in heaven).”

To “believe” is more than an intellectual agreement that Jesus Christ is God.  It means to put your trust and confidence in Jesus Christ that He alone can save you from the fires of hell.

Put Jesus Christ in charge of your present plans and eternal destiny.  Believing is trusting His words as reliable and relying on Him for the power to change.  If you have never trusted Jesus Christ, let this promise of everlasting life be yours and believe.


It’s as simple as praying “God, I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and shed his blood for my sins.”   By putting my faith in Jesus Christ, I will always know that whenever I die, I will spend eternity in heaven with You.  Not because I am a good person, but because of what Jesus Christ did for me.  Thank You for this promise.  Amen.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

~ Mike Hayden

P.S. I know this is true.  I prayed this prayer on May 6, 1970, and my life was a mess.  I knew the life I was leading would eventually lead me to an early death.  To be truthful, I knew I was going to die.  I was running with a wild group and had been arrested on more than one occasion. 

I knew that the life I was living could put me in the House of Correction, Wales Boys Home or Waupun.  Fortunately, that life ended on May 6, 1970, and my new life In Jesus Christ began. The past 47 years have been one of love, joy, and peace.  It can be yours as well.  The choice is up to you.  LIFE OR DEATH?



My Eyes Are Ever On The Lord Psalm 25:15

How true this teaching is.  Keep your eyes focused on Jesus.  I was trained and served as an Infantry Officer in the Army/National Guard from 1973 to 1976.  The Infantry Officer is responsible for leading the infantry troops and combined armed forces during the land combat. 

This is where you had a good chance of being wounded or killed.  Because of the combat situation, the Infantry Officer would use hand signals to direct his troops to where he/she wanted them to be. 



Mike Hayden And His Wife Susie



Mike Hayden Keeps His Eyes On Jesus

As long as they kept their eyes on him/her and followed his/her commands, they would more than likely be just fine.  If they took their eyes off of him/her, they had a good chance of becoming a casualty. 

Is it any different with the Lord?  Of course not.  Keep your eyes on Him and follow His leadership.  Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith.

We can expect to stumble when we look away from Him to stare at ourselves or at the circumstances surrounding us.  We must always keep Him in sight or risk becoming a spiritual casualty. ~ Mike Hayden


Hoops 4 Kidz

In 2006, I established a basketball ministry called HOOPS 4 Kidz.  We ran the program on Saturday mornings out of the COA Goldin Center on 23rd & Burleigh.  We had several coaches who taught the kids skill set basketball.  This taught them discipline, teamwork, and respect for authority. 

The youth were required to attend a 30-minute classroom session where I taught them a character building and life skills class from a Biblical perspective.  We ran the program for 8 ½ years and we lost our gym space. 

COA needed it because they were putting in a health clinic.  Over that time we had over 600 kids come through the program and heard a message of hope.


Hoops Reach Out To The Inner City Kids

We donated our HOOPS4KIDZ program to St. Marcus Lutheran School.  They have been doing a great job with the kids and their families.  I have included an attachment that I received from St. Marcus as they are looking for Christian coaches. 

Please take a few minutes and see if you can help or know of anyone who can. The kids never forget the people who take the time to help them. Amen and thank you! ~ Mike Hayden, Founder/President


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Churches In The Outlying Areas of Milwaukee!

I, Mike Haden has been ministering in the city of Milwaukee since 1994, and I grew up and live in the suburbs.   

For 8 1/2 of those years, I ministered to youth and families in the area of 23rd and Burleigh, and I have a pretty good idea of what is happening in Milwaukee.

What do you call murder, rape, violence, drug use,etc., sin?  We have a spiritual problem. 


Reaching Out To Others

Most of the churches in Milwaukee are doing the best they can with the limited resources and manpower they have.  But it is not enough.  What about the churches in the outlying areas?  When is the last time they came into Milwaukee to minister on a regular basis? 

Oh, they come out at Thanksgiving and Christmas to pass out blankets or serve a meal. But they tend to stay where it is nice and comfy, and that is the extent of their involvement.  If Milwaukee has a spiritual problem, all the churches need to see Milwaukee as a mission field and act upon it together. ~ Mike Hayden, Founder/President


From The BASICS Blog

Recently the Salvation Army contacted Mike and Susie Hayden of Positive Programs for the Family/Helping Hands to assist a young lady named Jamie and her three small children who are in need.

The Hayden’s emailed their friends with a list of items Jamie needed. One of the friends who responded delivered the items in person; her heart was so moved by Jamie’s situation that she emailed her friends asking for help. The response to her appeal was superb. 

Over 75 items were donated including mattresses, furniture, kitchen supplies and children’s items. Mike and Susie are thankful to those who provided so many items and will continue to help the Salvation Army with similar assistance to other families.

This situation was a beautiful example of God’s people coming together in Milwaukee to meet needs and is a perfect representation of Hayden’s vision for their ministry: to directly and personally connect those in need to those who have enough to share.

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16



On The Topic Of Prayer Walking

Back in the 1990’s, I was involved with March for Jesus.  At that time, Steve Hawthorne wrote a book “Prayer Walking.”  At first, the concept seemed strange to me.  As time went on, I realized it was a great way to pray for people as you were walking.



Personally Reaching Out To Others

About a year ago, I came across “Prayer Waving” and there are a couple of ways it can be done. While you are driving and see someone walking you can give a short beep, smile, and wave to them.  Many will smile back and wave.  The next step is to ask God to send someone to the person you waved to and tell them about the shed blood of Jesus.  A second way is if you are walking and a car passes you, you can wave to them.  If they wave back, ask God to send someone to tell them about the shed blood of Jesus. 



People Do Respond To Love

When I walk my dog through our development, I average 7-9 waves.  Not only do I receive a lot of smiles back but is a chance to pray for 7-9 people to hear the message of Jesus.  Prayer walking and prayer waving at the same time. 

Try it.  You might be surprised how pleased people are to see you wave at them, and one of them may come up to you in heaven, hug you, and thank you for the beep or wave? ~ Mike Hayden


How God Speaks To Us Through His Word

God speaks, both through His Word. As God speaks through His Word, He makes clear His character and nature, mankind’s character and nature, and how a man can be reconciled to God through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This Word provides warnings for disobedience and promises of rewards for obedience with the greatest reward being God Himself.



When you read God’s Word, do you marvel simply at the content of the book, or at the one to whom it points? As you read the Word this week, ask yourself, “What does this passage tell/show me about the character and nature of God?”

Also, “How does God want to use this passage of Scripture to revive me, make me wise, give me joy, and enlighten my Spirit?” God’s ultimate goal is to glorify Himself by making us more like Him.

As John Piper puts it, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”A ministry of Positive Programs for the Family ~ Mike Hayden



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Mike Hayden’s Personal Testimony  

~ By Mike Hayden

I was raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. I was the oldest of five children, and my father was employed by M&I Bank. As I look back on my childhood, I was an unhappy child who was incredibly insecure and angry.

I believe that the following attributed to some of those feelings. My father at times felt that I was a failure in his eyes. He was a sports guy, so I excelled in sports to gain his attention. When I was performing well, he was proud of me.


Gifted Athlete!

So, I ended up being one of the best players on the team. My dad was often gone because his position at the bank required him to do a bit of entertaining. As a result, I didn’t have an opportunity to spend much time with him, and there were times

I felt all alone. Growing up I was a gifted athlete, and that made my father proud. But it wasn’t long before that would end. As I stated before, I had a tremendous amount of inner anger. Coming from a history of drugs, alcohol, gangs, depression when Mike came to the Lord, the Lord changed him and his ways of the past! 

I Discovered The Medicine That I Needed To Cope… Alcohol. 

I discovered this when I was a sophomore in high school. But there was a major problem developing. When I would drink, my behavior became violent. I now realize that as the alcohol gave me a sense of freedom the inner anger was released. It wasn’t long before I was released from the basketball team for breaking training rules.

Basketball was my sport as well as my fathers. I had colleges looking at me my junior year, and my future in sports seemed pretty promising. That all vanished. Understandably so, my dad was disappointed. I now was drawn to guys who were like me…down and outers.


Drinking Problem…

My drinking became more frequent, and I was on a downward spiral. I felt worthless, hopeless, and angry. I had various run-ins with the police and was arrested on more than one occasion. To say the least, this didn’t endear me to my father. Since I barely graduated from high school and was accepted to UW-LaCrosse on academic probation.

I was an emotional mess, I hadn’t been in LaCrosse one week before I was once again arrested. I spent most of my time drinking, playing cards, and sleeping,  I also placed on school probation for an incident I was involved in at the dorm that almost burned down the dorm.   At the end of the school year, I was told not to return because I flunked out and was considered a nuisance.


When I Returned Home And, I Was Asked To Leave. That Was Music To My Ears. ~ Mike Hayden

I wanted nothing more than to be on my own. I was 19 years old, and I called a friend of mine, and we found a roach-infested apartment on the east side of Milwaukee that we could afford to live in.

To give you an idea of what the premises were like when we were in the basement looking around I turned, and the landlord was urinating in the corner. It was no Hilton or for that matter a Motel 6. But it was ours, and I finally felt free from the control of my father and mother. You can probably guess what the next year was like.


Gangs In The Area

I met more down and outers like me, and we formed a gang and did what gangs do. The only difference between gangs and us today is that we didn’t use weapons. We used our fists.  There was alcohol, drugs, girls (mostly runaways), burglaries, break-ins, and fighting.

We were a violent group in fact; that was our trademark and what we were known for violent behavior. I now found that I needed my medicine when I woke up in the morning. It would continue during the day and about 80% of the time I drank until I passed out. There were many mornings I would wake up in a pool of blood, had broken bones, and didn’t even know where I was or how I got there.


This Was My Life, And I Didn’t See Any Other Way Out.

My family, school, coaches, and society had rejected me. The only acceptance I felt was with the gang. As sad as it may sound, I would have died for them and them for me. I was in a downward spiral feeling hopeless, worthless, and angry.

The downward spiral was out of control and when I was 20 I came to the conclusion that I would never see the age of 22. I had almost been killed on a couple of occasions and to be truthful, I didn’t care. I just wanted to get through the day and hoped I’d see another one.


God Watching Over Things!

The unfortunate thing about that is when you don’t care whether you live or die you don’t value anyone else’s life. I could have killed someone with my bare hands and slept soundly that night.

So I continued. I had been arrested a couple of times, but it was usually for disorderly conduct, and it meant a fine or a night in jail. But in my heart, I knew that I had committed crimes that could have easily sent me to the Wales Home for Boys, House of Correction, and even Waupun.


By God’s Grace!

I believe it was only the grace of God that prevented that from happening. As the days went by things got worse. I now wasn’t even sure I would see age 21. Then a young man at a church service approached me one evening and asked me, “Brother are you saved”? I was drunk and looked him in the eyes and said, “You aren’t my brother, and I don’t know what you mean.”

He pulled out a Bible and showed me some verses about salvation, and he asked me if I wanted to be saved. I shook my head in disgust and walked away. But to be truthful, I was so out of it I couldn’t respond in a positive way even if I wanted to.

But something happened that evening that caused me to think. Maybe I need to get right with God. Naw, look at the parents he gave me and the life I am living. He doesn’t care about me, and I am doomed!

At This Time, I Was Working Part-Time

I worked at the Continental Baking Company as a painter. One of the men was a Jehovah Witness and asked me to read some material. I didn’t agree with what I had read, but my spiritual interest had been aroused, so I started to look at the Bible and had some material on Christianity.

Did I think, maybe I don’t have to continue to live this way? Maybe there is an answer? Is it God? So I went back and attended the church in which I was raised. I was anxiously looking forward to going. I went about three times and walked away as empty as when I went in.

Now I was confused and came to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to be God. I decided to get a good job…that will help fill the void.


Management-Training Program

So I, Mike Hayden enrolled in a management-training program with Continental Baking Company. It helped, but it didn’t fill the void that I had. A career wasn’t the answer.

I thought I need some stability in my life so maybe I should get married. I was seeing a girl and begged her to marry me. We were married on February 14, 1970. I had just turned 21, and she was 18. The void was still there, and I was so disappointed.


Marriage Wasn’t The Answer, And It Ended In Divorce.

Then it happened. The Vietnam war was going on. If I didn’t get into the Reserves, I was going to get drafted. It scared the living death out of me. I had called the shots these last few years, how was I going to come under the authority of someone else. Plus I knew that I couldn’t “pop” the sergeant if I didn’t like him. I was scared to death.

I was able to join the Wisconsin Army National Guard and on May 6, 1970, I was to fly to Fort Ord, California for my basic training. The day I got to the airport I said goodbye to my wife and boarded the plane.


From Fear To Faith!

I sat in the seat of the plane in disbelief, and Mr. Tough Guy was shaking like a leaf. I was given a fanny pack with toiletries and inside was a pocket New Testament. In desperation, I pulled it out and started to read the verses about salvation. For some strange reason today they looked different from when I had looked at them before. They made sense.

But again in my mind, I couldn’t understand how a loving God would take me just the way I am. I had never experienced unconditional love in my whole life. So I struggled and tried to get it out of my mind, but it wouldn’t leave.

Finally, I Bowed My Head And Told God That I Believed!

I Believed that God sent his son, Jesus Christ to die for my sins. That Jesus paid the penalty for my sins by shedding His blood, and He wanted to be a father to me. I told Him that I didn’t understand how He would want a piece of trash like me, but I was willing to accept this truth by faith.

Then I lifted my head and something miraculous had happened, I felt as though 1,000 pounds had been lifted from my shoulders. I was experiencing peace in my heart that I had never had. It was sort of like I was watching this on TV, but it was a reality.

I thought what in the world is going on here? It was the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit I was experiencing.


Satan Is Real!

Then Satan chimed in and threw out statements like, “You don’t believe that garbage, do you?” “How could he save a loser like you?”  But I knew it was real. I had tried everything else, and the only answer was Jesus Christ. That is why I know Christianity is the truth.  

I returned home and started my new life in Christ. I left my old friends, found Bible-believing the church, and am still growing spiritually every day.

It is because of my life experiences that I am drawn to ministering to inner-city youth, gangs, and ex-offenders. Many of them are in the downward spiral that I had experienced, and it is a terrible place to be. I know, I was once there for many, many years.


The Word Of God Is Powerful To Those Who Believe. 

Rather, it is a vehicle for communicating ideas: it is living, life-changing, and dynamic as it works in us.  With the incisiveness of a surgeon’s knife, God’s Word reveals who we are and what we are not. It penetrates the core of our moral and spiritual life. 

It discerns what is within us, both good and evil.  The demands of God’s Word require decisions. We must not only listen to the Word; we must also let it shape our lives and act on it.

Written by Mike Hayden with minor editing.


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