I don't know about you but with the end of 2013 looming right around the corner I find myself reflecting on all that has happened in the last 12 months and I must say that it has been nothing short of amazing both for me personally and for Union Rescue Mission and the people we serve.
For example just this week I received a note from a grateful father whose long lost son was found on Skid Row by two of our teammates here at URM and returned home. This morning, I was brought to tears as a co-worker shared how he has been taking breakfast each morning to a very troubled, dangerous man living on the sidewalk right outside our building, hoping and praying that this man will sense God's love through our staff member and take the opportunity to come inside and receive the help he needs to turn his life around.
Similar scenarios take place each and every day at Union Rescue Mission. I can’t begin to thank you enough, for all of your financial support, that makes the life saving, life changing work of Union Rescue Mission possible! With the power of Our Lord, we believe it is possible to transform lives!
This year, my time of reflection has actually gone way beyond the last 12 months. I’ve been spending lots of time sharing our history, each Thursday evening at 9:30 PM on 99.5 FM KKLA Radio. Going back in time has encouraged me immensely! It's abundantly clear that believing in the life transforming power of Our Lord has been an integral part of who we are for over 122 years. Our history affirms our focus to do our part to end homelessness by transforming lives, assisting folks in finding jobs, and returning these precious folks to a home, and living productive lives. A quote from our own history book, Mission on Main Street, by Helga Bender Henry, says
“Some people apologize for their neighbors; Union Rescue Mission picked hers: loan banks (check cashing), flop houses, taverns, burlesque halls. Here congregate the forgotten men and women, object of the mission’s search and remembrance.”
“It is a soul saving place where human wreckage is salvaged through the making over of lives by the Gospel’s power. It is an oasis in a desert of despair; a haven of hope for the homeless and heavy-hearted; the salvage department of the church; the church at work downtown every single night of the year…By the grace of God, it is able not only to put a new suit on a man, but much more important, to put a new man in the suit."
"The mission is a relief society, an employment bureau, a reading and rest room, a restaurant, the poor man’s hotel, a place to be fumigated and where one may get a bath. The mission is a place devoted to the reconditioning, the rehabilitating of human derelicts who have been wrecked by the storms of life. The mission is a spiritual awakener, a crime preventer; it is a soul saving and a life saving institution..in a mission under the power of the gospel…men are changed from liabilities to assets..”
by jhuckleby — February 27, 2014
by Steve Lee — February 4, 2014
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by Steve Lee — January 2, 2014
by jhuckleby — December 27, 2013