If someone were to ask, "What’s the best thing about a traditional holiday meal?" At first, some might think, “The food.” But really, when you get right down to it, no matter what the menu is ... the best thing about it probably isn’t the food ... It’s the love.
It’s the people around the table, who love you. It’s the sharing. The chatter. The laughter. That “full feeling” — not just after a big meal... that feeling that life is good... it’s complete... it’s full of God’s blessings.
Some folks haven’t felt such a feeling in a long, long time... folks that maybe made some bad decisions along they way and ended up in a tight spot. That's what happened to Art, but things were going ok he thought. He was living with his daughter and her husband. Then, one night, there was a conflict...
Art got into a heated argument with his son-in-law. Within a couple hours, he’d been kicked out. There he was, 68 years old, on the street. Homeless. He didn’t even know how to be homeless.
He had nowhere to turn. In fact, working as a day laborer in construction most of his life, he had never learned to properly read or write.
Art's daughter — trapped between loving her husband, and loving her father — was worried for Art, out on the streets. How would he manage on his own?
“I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Art says today. He had lived in another state most of his life, before moving in with his daughter and her husband. “I didn’t know where anything was. I was lost.”
This is where you enter the story. This is where your love changes the picture. Art's daughter had heard of Gospel Rescue Mission. Desperate, she reached out to us.
Art gratefully turned to us. With the generous support of caring neighbors like you, we welcomed him warmly.
"They fed me, gave me a place to sleep, and told me about God,” he remembers. “I never had a relationship with Him before, but now, for the first time I began to trust Him. It felt like I had finally found the promised land!”
For Art, the meals and the shelter were important, but the love was transforming. He’s a different person today. It’s obvious to anyone who knew him before.
“My daughter tells me, ‘I don’t know what they did with you there, but you glow now! You look good!’”
“I found my salvation here,” he says. “For the first time in 60 years I’m a different person. My daughter always wanted a daddy who was healthy, who could be there for her. Now I can be that for her — thanks to the Gospel Rescue Mission.” And thanks to you.
Today, you have an opportunity to a part of that life-changing transformation from struggle to restoration to helping others by helping us with that first step in buying that first meal for a hungry and homeless man, woman or child just like Art was.
Please click the "Donate" button below to give a compassionate, life-changing gift today. Thank you in advance and God bless you!