It’s not fair, but we all tend to do it....
When we see someone missing teeth, we tend to “label” them... We somehow tend to think of them as unintelligent... unprofessional... even untrustworthy. No, it doesn’t really make sense, logically. But most of us do it.
That’s what happened to Jonathan. He was still just a young boy when he fell in with the wrong crowd. He started putting substances in his body. Soon he was a full-fledged addict. Year after year, he battled his addictions ... and lost.
Jonathan fell into a deep depression. His money was running out. His self-esteem was gone. A darkness settled over him. He wanted to die. He began to plot his suicide.
But by God’s grace, when he finally decided to take his own life, he failed. And it wasn’t long afterward that a friend reached into Jonathan’s despair with three simple, lifesaving words ... Gospel Rescue Mission. Thanks to friends like you, faithfully praying and generously giving, we were able to open our doors to a nearly toothless man named Jonathan.
Jonathan volunteered to serve hotdogs with us at the 2016 Annual HopeFest — an event where dozens of local dentists, hygienists, and other professionals came together with social-service agencies to provide free dental care, medical screenings, haircuts, and more to people in need ... along with free clothing, groceries,hygiene items, and other resources.
That day, we connected Jonathan with a free dental screening. He ended up with free dentures. His life could begin again! Restaurants would hire him!
“Having only three teeth,” he says, “the last thing they wanted was me up front talking to customers.” But now, suddenly — only a month after arriving at Gospel Rescue Mission — Jonathan was sitting in a dental office, being fitted for dentures! “Free of charge!” he says — with a beautiful smile. “It’s the most amazing thing. That’s God right there! It’s the biggest blessing in the world! And I haven’t stopped smiling since!”
And that's exactly what he's doing! Jonathan is now serving in our Mission kitchen five days a week, serving food to the hungry, and volunteering in our Career Development Center, helping others put together résumés, find jobs, and get back on their feet. “I couldn’t grasp how to live my life without drugs, but being here changed that,” Jonathan says. “This place is amazing. And I know that when I leave, I’ll finally be able to live a stable life.”
Jonathan's new smile and the real hope of a stable life are all thanks to real help from God and generosity of our donors. It's because of you that we are able to welcome “outcasts” like Jonathan, so to all who donate your time, materials and finances to help us be a blessing to those in need, thank you and God bless you.