The Mission — May 2022 –

The Mission — Occtober 2021

A Second Chance for a Special Family

Diana felt overwhelmed, frustrated, and angry. She had suffered years of sexual abuse as a child, then years of rejection and abandonment by her family. Now 25, she was a victim of domestic violence, and she was trying to raise two young boys diagnosed with autism. She simply didn’t know how to cope and turned to alcohol. “Alcohol became my only friend,” she recalls. Before long, her drinking cost her jobs, homes—and, finally, custody of her sons. “That’s when I learned what heartbreak really was. I felt like my life was over.”

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The Mission — April 2022

The Mission — Occtober 2021

A Second Chance for a Special Family

Diana felt overwhelmed, frustrated, and angry. She had suffered years of sexual abuse as a child, then years of rejection and abandonment by her family. Now 25, she was a victim of domestic violence, and she was trying to raise two young boys diagnosed with autism. She simply didn’t know how to cope and turned to alcohol. “Alcohol became my only friend,” she recalls. Before long, her drinking cost her jobs, homes—and, finally, custody of her sons. “That’s when I learned what heartbreak really was. I felt like my life was over.”

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The Mission — March 2022

The Mission — Occtober 2021

Runing to New Life

I’ve been through so much. When I was 5, I was kidnapped in Mexico and trafficked to the United States. I escaped at 9, after suffering four years of unspeakable abuse, which left bruises and scars over my entire body. I was placed in foster care—but I was already so damaged. After high school, I was on my own, but I felt so much anger and pain. I had no family to rely on, and I didn’t trust anyone. My cycle of self-destruction started there, and I couldn’t stop it. What I didn’t know is that even more pain but also my resurrection were coming.

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The Mission — February 2022

The Mission — Occtober 2021

Runing to New Life

I was born on Skid Row, already addicted to drugs before I left my mother’s womb. I stayed in the hospital for four months until my grandmother agreed to raise me. She was great to me, but my father and uncle—who lived with us—fought so violently every day that the police were constantly called to break it up. By third grade, I was so traumatized, depressed, and emotionally shut down and I started cutting myself just to feel something, anything. When I was 14, my grandmother died. After I lost her, I was passed from an aunt to my dad to foster care. In high school, I was sexually assaulted by a friend’s older brother, who then threatened me if I ever told anyone.

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The Mission — January 2022

The Mission — Occtober 2021

GAVIN’S TRANSFOMATION

Everyone makes a bad decision at one point—but mine cost me everything. When I started drinking at 15, I thought I’d found the secret to life. I immediately went all in and started drinking every day. I never thought for a moment where it might lead me.

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The Mission — December 2021

The Mission — Occtober 2021

BRING RESTORATION TO ANOTHER MOTHER LIKE FACEY

I thank God for giving me so much grace and allowing me tobe His daughter. I found a community of women here whoshowed me who I really am in Christ. My life is so completelydifferent.”

The Mission — December 2021

The Mission — Occtober 2021

BRING RESTORATION TO ANOTHER MOTHER LIKE FACEY

I thank God for giving me so much grace and allowing me tobe His daughter. I found a community of women here whoshowed me who I really am in Christ. My life is so completelydifferent.”

Advent Devotional Day 5

Advent Devotional 12/2

Psalms 2:1-12 (ESV)
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

King David, even 1000 years before the coming of the Messiah, speaks not only of God’s support for his leadership, but of the day when the Messiah, King Jesus would come. We are told:

To welcome Jesus Christ and to submit to Him, v. 12. This is the great duty of the Christian religion; it is that which is required of all, even kings and judges, and it is our wisdom and interest to do it. Observe here, the command given to this purport: Kiss the Son. Christ is called the Son because so he was declared (v. 7), Thou art my Son. He is the Son of God by eternal generation, and, upon that account, he is to be adored by us. He is the Son of man (that is, the Mediator, John 5:27), and, upon that account, to be received and submitted to. He is called the Son, to include both, as God is often called emphatically the Father, because he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in him our Father, and we must have an eye to him under both considerations. Our duty to Christ is here expressed figuratively: Kiss the Son, not with a betraying kiss, as Judas kissed him, and as all hypocrites, who pretend to honour him, but really affront him; but with a believing kiss.
—Matthew Henry’s Commentary

It is comfortable to look forward to Christmas, the coming of the baby Jesus in the manger, but He is a baby who would be and is the mighty King of the Universe, who will deal harshly with evil at His 2nd coming. Will we greet Him with a believing kiss or a betraying kiss?

Rev. Andy Bales

President/CEO of Union Rescue Mission