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...
Philip Pierce, former homeless guest of Gospel Rescue Mission, wins AZCEH Outstanding Achievement in Overcoming Homelessness Award
When they take your children away from you, it’s agony. For you, and for your kids.
That’s the day you wake up and say, “I’ve got to change.”
"THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY DEFENSE;
Who do you think of when you hear the words "Gospel Rescue Mission"?
Does the face of an older, bearded man with shaggy clothes come to mind? The typical homeless person you see in movies and TV shows?
Whomever it is, the last person you probably would think of is a young man in his twenties we’ve nicknamed 'Cowboy Gabe.'
“My name is Ron. I want to thank you all for your support of Gospel Rescue Mission. Without the Mission I could be dead.
“Before I came to the Mission, I was a homeless drug addict and alcoholic. I spent my days living in parks and slept in alleys. I would sell my medications I got from a behavioral health organization to get different drugs on the street. I was in and out of psych hospitals and would occasionally...
On the night of October 23, 2006, I cried out for help and was turned down to enter the gates of the Gospel Rescue Mission due to not having an open bed for me. I said, “You don’t understand, I don’t want to be out here on the streets. I am tired and I need help.” She responded, “I understand, but there is no room for you here and you will need to call back in the morning.” I had become broken, full of shame, guilt, and doubt. I had become an alcoholic and an addict, homeless and unemployable. I had learned how to survive off the streets and was living in a motel room with a boyfriend right across the street from the Gospel Rescue Mission. I know it today as a divine appointment from God - turing the darkness into light, His light. Ashes into beauty.
Four years of misuse of pain pills coupled with use of meth had my life way off track. My priorities got all turned around. It got to the point where I was focused on me and only me. I was a very selfish person. Because of my selfishness, my wife and children suffered. I lost the woman I loved, my children, and my home. Through all my addictions, I lost the most important thing – my dignity and my self-respect. But, thank God, Heaven has a lost and found.
God had brought me to complete brokenness. He brought me to my knees and He brought me to a place I’ll never forget on September 1, 2012 – Gospel Rescue Mission.
All testimonies are either written by or are from interviews with men and women who's lives were transformed during their time at Gospel Rescue Mission.
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