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Grant Mussman - Community Matters

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As adults, we typically get involved in community support roles through opportunities that come to us in college or in our place of work. As children, our first experience with community support is through volunteering through Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other organized groups that seek out ways to teach the value of helping others.

Grant KiwanisTo ask Grant Mussman about his passion for community involvement is to ask him about his childhood. “It starts with the upbringing. I remember two things about my mom prior to kindergarten: her involvement in meals on wheels and visiting nursing homes,” Grant said.  Even though he had early and very memorable experiences with volunteering and helping in the community, he hadn’t truly reflected on it until recently. It’s become clearer as he looks back on those outings with his mom, his involvement in the First Lutheran Church in Fremont, participating in cub scouts and boy scouts, and ultimately culminating into achieving the rank of Eagle Scout by doing a service project for his community.

The theater is particularly near to Grant’s heart as his mom was a theater major and his uncle a full-time actor in San Francisco. As a young boy, his mom would take him to plays and talk of the theater was a routine part of family conversation.

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When a person develops habits from such a young age, it’s hard to get rid of them, but this is a habit Grant was happy to continue into his adult life. During his college years, he belonged to the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. Grant has been part of Omaha Venture Group for 12 years, recognizing that a hand up rather than a handout is how to help citizens in a community achieve independence.

Grant points out that there is an unending supply of fantastic causes to support everywhere you look. From diaper drives, to vehicle donations, to sharing your time at a nursing home, to mentoring children, there is something to fit every personality. It is fitting that in 2017, State Farm launched Neighborhood of Good which is their website platform to help individuals connect with causes that connect with their heart, in their communities. Simply choose your location and the causes that matter to you and you can be instantly connected with organizations that need your help. It’s just one more reason Grant feels State Farm is a great fit that aligns with his mission to help others – whether through insurance and claims or providing volunteer help.Grant Youth

Grant said that being deeply entrenched in his community is “just a part of how I was wired. I’ve always sought out opportunities to help others.” Grant’s community focus is a simple belief that what we all have in common is that our unique communities are different. We have diverse yet shared history, interests, faith, and passions (like Huskers football), all of which leads to a love of community. In Grant’s case, a love of Omaha.

Rejuvenating Women's Banquet Successful

Rejuvenating Women’s Banquet Successful But Challenges Are Certain to Grow

By Brian Lahm

The inaugural “Beautifully Broken” banquet was a success in providing attention and support for Rejuvenating Women, but there’s much more work to be done. The challenges of battling human trafficking and helping the victims in the Omaha area are not expected to diminish.

“Bottom line, we have to continue to educate the public. Joseph Kenney and 316 Strategy Group have been helpful in that role, and we can count on Joe and his organization for assistance because they understand the importance of continuing this fight,” said Rejuvenating Women President Julie Shrader whose non-profit organization held an Oct.1 banquet that drew 385 people to A View on State at 13467 State Street in northwest Omaha.

We need continued steady support with prayers. We also welcome contributions and volunteerism, whatever the Lord puts on your heart for this ministry if He is leading you in this direction. Even more specifically, we are looking for medical partners, professionals we can call night or day for help with victims. We need assistance from doctors and clinics. Most of the calls we make on behalf of victims come at ‘normal’ times such as 2 in the afternoon, but not always,” Julie added.

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“I am trying to get into hospital emergency rooms to speak to directors and personnel so we can have discussions that are beneficial to helping victims. For instance, when you see guys bringing in women for ER treatment and they seem to be over-the-top with a controlling attitude, that is one possible red flag and a situation that needs to be evaluated.”

Joe, founder and president of 316 Strategy Group, confirmed his commitment to helping Julie and Rejuvenating Women. “We need to provide tips on how people can recognize when women and girls are caught in trafficking. Most of the time, they just can’t walk away without support or assistance. Everything Julie and Rejuvenating Women offer is Bible-based.

“I know a situation where a mother talked about how her 16-year-old was ‘stolen’ – probably ‘kidnapped’ is a better word for it – and prepared and marketed elsewhere. The mother was just sick about it, as you can imagine. She dearly loves her daughter, and it was a painful experience not knowing what happened to her.

“We are appreciative for those who have taken notice of the situation and want to help, including churches, businesses, and individuals. Law enforcement and prosecutors have worked closely with Rejuvenating Women as well.”

With contributions, Rejuvenating Women runs a safe house, provides extensive one-on-one mentoring and counseling – all free of charge – to women and girls. The group also helps others deal with forgiveness, abortion, teen pregnancy, bullying, infidelity, physical and mental abuse, addictions, molestation, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“My way of helping people understand this situation is asking someone, ‘What if it was your daughter?’ ” Joe said.

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Christopher Slater and Joseph Kenney of 316 Strategy Group pictured with Julie Shrader of Rejuvenating Women. 316 remains committed to the long-term success of the organization.

Support can be offered by calling Julie at (402) 522-6811 or by email at For more information, visit The group’s Facebook page is

Brian Lahm is founder and President of GML Communications, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. GML Communications, Inc. offers more than 25 years of experience in communications and public relations content development. They help organizations craft and deliver messages that define their mission and position them as industry experts with an important story to tell. 

'Beautifully Broken' to Provide Support In Battle Against Human Trafficking

Rejuvenating Women Receiving Strong Show of Support From Local Christian Business

By Brian Lahm

An Omaha-area Christian business,, is providing strong ongoing support for Rejuvenating Women and its upcoming fundraising banquet, “Beautifully Broken,” and is encouraging others in the Omaha community to do the same.

Joseph Kenney, founder and president of, points out that Rejuvenating Women is holding “Beautifully Broken” to draw attention to human trafficking in the Omaha area and support Rejuvenating Women’s efforts to help entrapped women and girls through the love of Jesus Christ and Scriptures. The three-year-old non-profit organization needs more backing to battle a scourge to the metro area that is seldom discussed and often goes undetected.

Above all, Rejuvenating Women President Julie Shrader is seeking prayer support during the group’s inaugural fund-raiser Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at A View on State at 13467 State Street in northwest Omaha.

“We want to educate the public about what is behind the heart and mind of this insidious criminal conduct that has tragic outcomes unless these women and girls can be helped. There is still an outdated and inaccurate mentality that prostitution is done by choice. Most often, it is an activity that comes out of desperation and circumstances and then ends up in enslavement,” said Julie, who started Rejuvenating Women and is ramping up efforts to provide many forms of assistance to those who are attempting to leave the lifestyle that is forced on them.

“Our emphasis on human trafficking came along only a year and a half ago,” explained Julie, whose organization’s mission is focused on rejuvenating women by journeying together on the road to freedom with love, healing and restoration.

How severe is the problem of human trafficking?

“An estimate on girls and women who have been forced into sex trafficking might number between 300 and 500 in the most saturated area of activity in Omaha, but the problem is widespread and growing,”

“An estimate on girls and women who have been forced into sex trafficking might number between 300 and 500 in the most saturated area of activity in Omaha, but the problem is widespread and growing,” said Julie, whose organization has received the solid backing and endorsement of city, county, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities.

How does Rejuvenating Women impact human trafficking? “We provide one-on-one mentoring, and have eight of those situations going on now. Mentoring lasts for about a year as we go through a book, “One-on-One Discipleship,” that is so powerful,” Julie explained. “The women learn about the love of Christ and obedience, which is the key to daily living for Christ. This approach benefits those who are new to Christianity or even have been acquainted with Jesus Christ for many years. We learn about the Bible and how to read it. Forgiveness is a piece of the study, including forgiving yourself, and getting rid of the shame.

The group also helps girls and women deal with forgiveness, abortion, teen pregnancy, bullying, infidelity, physical and mental abuse, addictions, molestation, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“There is also counseling at no charge. We have about three to four girls going through counseling now, but there are probably more than that because some of them come back for counseling infrequently. We try to help everyone who needs it.”

Asked how people can help, Julie said: “Prayer, and lots of it. We need prayer cover for our spiritual and physical protection and to allow God’s spirit to break through and help the victims. You would not believe the amount of demonic oppression that has surfaced to our efforts.”

There also is a monetary need. Rejuvenating Women operates a safe house. “We found immediately that we really need a bigger safe house and one that is more isolated,” Julie said. “Since the stay is free, we need help with the expenses related to having a safe house.”

Julie Cornell of KETV, Channel 7, is master of ceremonies at the event that will include a dinner with a silent and live auction. “Beautifully Broken” also will include a survivor’s story, a testimony of forgiveness and healing and an Omaha Police officer’s presentation, “A Reality of Human Trafficking on Nebraska.” Stephanie Fast is the keynote speaker, and singer-songwriter Jessica Angelique will provide the entertainment.

Julie Shrader said she hopes to accommodate all of those who might decide at the last moment to attend “Beautifully Broken.” For those who had hoped to attend and cannot, Julie said, they can help Rejuvenating Women by providing prayer, donations and volunteerism. “It will be a blessing to us to receive any kind of support,” Julie added.

For more information, visit The group’s Facebook page is

Many businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals already have stepped forward to help Rejuvenating Women. Julie pointed out as one such faithful, dedicated backer that has made a huge difference.

“Joe Kenney and have been great in getting whole groups of people to support us,” Julie said. “They have been extremely supportive with resources and people. 316 put together a crew who did a video that we could afford. They also market for us and get the word out for us through many avenues, including social media. We are very thankful to him and”

Brian Lahm is founder and President of GML Communications, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. GML Communications, Inc. offers more than 25 years of experience in communications and public relations content development. They help organizations craft and deliver messages that define their mission and position them as industry experts with an important story to tell. 

K-Life-Omaha Teen Ministry Faces Closure

K-Life projects $78,000 deficit and needs your help!

"K-Life Youth Ministry in Omaha Needs Funding"

Omaha K-Life, a local #Christian youth ministry, needs $78,000 in funding or will be unable to continue. 316Marketplace.Com recently connected with Clay Ford, area director, to learn more about this important organization. Ford gave great insight into the ministry and it’s easy to see how important the ministry is to Omaha teenagers. We felt it was important to help tell their story to #Christians throughout the community. 

Omaha K-Life, has organized volunteers and leaders who are devoted to impacting young men and women for the greater good through their faith. 

“Using the Bible as a guidepost, Omaha K-Life strives to follow the example of relationship building Jesus demonstrated while He was on earth.” ~ Clay Ford 

The apostle Paul explains discipleship like this: We loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” (1 Thessalonians 2:8) 

Ford reminds us that, Discipleship starts with one willing person walking with God who is being transformed by that relationship—that reaches out to another person and walks with God next to them.  We talk a lot about “doing life together” with Omaha K-Life—and essentially that means being a part of kids’ lives where they are right now and showing them what a life changed by Jesus looks like.

Many of us can look over the landscape of our own lives and identify someone who made an impact on who we are today simply by taking an interest in our “real life”—showing up at a volleyball game, inviting us to some ridiculous event (food fight, anyone?), or genuinely listening to the answer that tumbles out when asked, “So, how are you really doing?”  We all crave to be known and to be valued. The teenagers in K-Life are no different. 

For Omaha K-Life, it’s pretty simple:  big events, small groups, and individual interactions.  The current staff at Omaha K-Life, Clay and Becca Ford, are a husband and wife team that are passionate about the Lord and the transformation of a life surrendered to Him.  They’re also pretty passionate about fun, laughter, the Bible, and creating one-of-a-kind memories.

Together, they cast a vision for the ministry emphasizing involvement in a small group lead by staff or volunteer leaders (usually young professionals or college students who are walking with the Lord and have a desire to impact the next generation).  Currently there are 12 active, healthy middle school and high school small groups that are designed to foster spiritual growth within a community of like-minded believers.  Through small groups, students are presented with the Word in an age appropriate way and taught how to study it for themselves—which allows them to wrestle with God’s truth found in Scripture and then engage it in their daily lives—and it’s happening! 

We’ve got kids who are hungry for truth! ~ Beca Ford


What a blessing to see kids, groups of friends, and entire families impacted for the Kingdom!

With this relatively simple formula, spending time with students in Bible-infused small groups and seeking ways to be involved in their daily lives, they partner with local schools and churches to invest in today’s kids.  Omaha K-Life has had the opportunity over the last 6 plus years to intentionally influence over 200 young men and women—and remain excited about what the Lord has in store ahead despite the financial challenges!

Omaha K-Life is completely locally supported! 

K-Life is constantly on the lookout for men and women who want to invest in the Lord’s work here in Omaha.  Our board of directors is comprised of couples and individuals who see what God is doing and are eager to offer their wisdom, talents, and time to serve.  Additionally, if you or your business or church would be interested in partnering financially with Omaha K-Life you can find more information at

Since Omaha K-Life exists entirely on local donations, they are asking everyone to prayerfully consider becoming a financial partner! Your donations will support this beautiful ministry and their ability to take on the challenges of ministering to teens. 100% of your donation will be used right here in Omaha. Do you have contacts that could be approached for financial support? The enemy would like nothing more than for K-Life to fail, don’t let that happen.

Please support Omaha K-Life  

“Without financial support from those participating in Omaha K-Life, the ministry will not be able to continue.” 

Omaha K-Life is unique, and if you’re interested in more information—or getting involved perhaps?—they would love to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact the chapter director, Clay Ford, at

Questions about donations may be directed to K-Life’s Treasurer, Brooke Blanke at

Secure online donations can be made at

You can also find Omaha K-Life on Facebook as Omaha K-Life, or through other social media platforms like Instagram:  Omaha_K_Life  & Twitter:  @OmahaKLife


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