Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"It's a wonderful life"

There is a well known Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life, where a man is able to see his impact on the world around him. As he walks through familiar streets, he encounters evidence of what life would be like for those he loves if he'd never been born. This year, I've wondered what would our community look like if the Mission had never "been born." I can't tell you the changes there would be, but I can relay the changes that happen every day because the Mission is real and working to provide food, shelter, and hope to those in need.
Already this year, over 90,000 meals have been served. Women, children, and men have found safety and shelter for a combined 45,000 nights...just this year. Hundreds have heard the Word of truth and received Hope and peace, comfort, and compassion. Multiply that by over a century, then add in all the years that lie ahead. The impact is staggering, and all of it accomplished by a community, working together, to meet needs in the community.
As we celebrate our 104th Christmas, we reflect on the many changes over the years. However, one thing has never changed: your compassion and faithful support of the Mission makes a difference every day, right here in Michigan's capital area. Thank you for being a rescuer by helping us help others! May you have a safe and blessed holiday.