Friday, June 23, 2017

All this and a box of Kleenex...

The other day, a guest came to meet with our discipleship dorm coordinator and handed her a box of
Kleenex. Her explanation for the Kleenex was that she'd used so much, she felt she should give back some of what was taken. As part of the discipleship dorm, this guest was experiencing mentorship and personal growth as a result of classes and counseling offered by the Mission. At a recent presentation, Gina, our discipleship dorm coordinator, then used a box of Kleenex, along with a Bible, as examples of the hope the Mission provides to guests. So many guests come to us with needs far greater than just food and shelter. Psalm 147: 3 says that God "heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." These greater needs are why the Mission offers counseling, classes, and extended stay opportunities for guests who want to know more about the transformation and the peace found through the love of Christ. Gina then went on to describe the Mission as planting seeds in the lives of guests, and the reality is that those seeds are watered with tears--although they are no longer tears of sorrow but rather tears of joy at the possibilities ahead. Thank you, fellow rescuers, for helping us offer food, shelter, and--most importantly--hope to those in need!

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