People often ask me, “How is it going at the Mission?” My response is usually short: “Well, it is busy,” I say. “There never seems to be a shortage of people to serve.” With three emergency shelters sleeping over 800 people a night, and a Lawrence Street Community Center serving upwards of 2,000 meals a day to 1,000 people, there is plenty of work to do. Our New Life Program is always full, with over 200 men currently enrolled.
This type of “busyness” can cause those laboring daily in it to become frustrated or dejected, particularly when there does not seem to be a reduction in the number of people seeking help. However, I continue to be so proud of our staff and volunteers, who keep suiting up and showing up. They are tireless in their work to help others, to love on the needy, and to try and point them to Jesus and experience life as productive, self-sufficient citizens.
An often quoted Scripture, Isaiah 58:10-11, reminds us of the importance of this work:
And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
Even in the darkest moments of this work, the Lord continues to guide us and turn the darkness to noonday as we see lives changed! Thanks for coming alongside us, for loving the people we serve. God is at work at the Mission using your gifts for his glory. He can strengthen all of our frames!
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