Mike Hayden Has Loved The Lord For Many Years!
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. Mike had a Bible study on the topic of the Holy Spirit that I sat in for a few weeks, and what he was teaching made a lot of sense to me and gave me a more clear understanding of my faith.
Mike was involved for many years help 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
Mike Hayden & Wife Sue Minister in The Milwaukee Area!
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.
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.
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. 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 our 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
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.
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Churches in The Outlying Areas of Milwaukee!
I, Mike Haden have 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. 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
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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.
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.
When I walk my dog through our development, I average 7-9 waves. Not only do I receive a lot of smiles back but ii 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 in General
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.
Application: 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
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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. 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!
When I was a sophomore in high school, I discovered the medicine that I needed to cope… Alcohol.
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. 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. 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 was 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. 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.
But 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. 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. 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 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. I started to look at the Bible and had some material on Christianity. I thought, 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. 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. 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 He 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. 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. 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 a 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. Written by Mike Hayden with minor editing.
The Word of God is not simply a collection of words from God.
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. ~ Mike Hayden
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I had a born-again experience at the age of 33. As a result, of that, I found a church where I felt I was being fed properly. I don’t say that as a reflection on Catholicism. But once I was born again, I got an evangelical spirit. ~ Bill McCartney
Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Below are some more testimonies!
- Billy Graham
- Stuart Briscoe
- Francis Chan
- Mark Mallwitz
- Brian Larson
- John Wegner
- Ray Jablonski
- Ron West
- Lora Kesselhon
- Bill Greguska
- Sue Sauer