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Changed Lives

Read below to get a glimpse of the way God is changing lives through the Springfield Rescue Mission.

Gerrod: A Life Changed - For Good

Gerrod: A Life Changed - For Good

“I’ve been a really troubled person—since I was 16 years old,” Gerald says, his voice dropping to almost a whisper as he looks back on a life of turmoil and desperation.

“My father passed away from drinking,” he admits. “And my problem is mostly drinking—imagine,” he shakes his head. “I mean, it’s crazy, just to realize I was an alcoholic son.

“The alcohol plays tricks on you. You’re thinking you’re okay, then the next thing you know, you’re stumbling down the street.” Then Gerald looks up and says, “Alcohol also tells you that nobody cares.”

But with God’s grace, Gerald found caring, hope and freedom from his disease at the Rescue Mission.

“If I hadn’t, I don’t know where I’d be now,” he says. “Just . . . drinking.” This is why Gerald is so grateful for the new life he’s finally experienced, thanks to your Christ-centered support.

“It’s such a blessing, knowing I don’t have to worry about a drink. It gives me chills!” he says. And it is his newfound faith that has made that possible. “I got baptized and I was shedding tears—tears of joy! It’s a powerful, overwhelming feeling.”

And it’s a feeling that runs even deeper at this time of year filled with such hope and promise. “Here they have Thanksgiving, people come in, bringing families and kids, turkey is served and we’re helping!” he smiles.

And Christmas? “I was here at Christmas, sitting there enjoying myself like a kid all over again because when I was young, I didn’t.” Imagine: a childhood without Christmas—the holidays with no place to lay your head, no kind words to hear, no hot meals served . . . and no hope in anything.

But your help provides for all that and more this holiday season, and Gerald’s thanks go out to you for sharing God’s grace with hundreds just like him . . .

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“God is so beautiful,” he says. “God is so powerful, God loves us and I like to draw, so I draw hearts like these . . . because He is so amazing!”Gerrod October 2019 Newsletter

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"Through God's grace and His Love, I've had a life-changing experience." - Anthony

Anthony went from desperation and loss to total transformation thanks to your support for men like him, whom God loves and brings here to save and change!

“I was a complete disaster,” Anthony says, shaking his head at the memory of how far he’d fallen, how low he’d landed. “I lost everything. I lost my home, I lost my family.

Drugs had replaced them all. “It was a nightmare,” he admits. “And it makes me feel disgusted. I didn’t realize how many people I affected while I was on drugs, until I saw my sister crying or my younger brother crying, or my stepfather, seeing him cry for me. I was like, ‘Wow. I really hurt people. Look what I’ve done,’” as tears spring into his eyes at the suffering he’d caused.

“But you don’t realize any of that when you’re caught up on the drugs,” Anthony says. “It was rough. It was hard.” and like so many others who hit rock bottom after burning all their bridges, there was nowhere left to turn for help but here.

“I was in a car accident, and my sister told me, your season is almost up. You have to get out of this.’ And my mother said she’d heard about this place—the Springfield Rescue Mission . . .”

“That was when I said, ‘I have nothing more to lose,’ so I came in,” and the Lord transformed him.

Amazed, Anthony says, “Through God’s grace and His love, I’ve had a life-changing experience!” That is the point and purpose of this ministry, especially at the holidays, when suffering and struggle are felt even more intensely—and hope is most longed for.

“The holidays here? It was so great!” Anthony smiles in gratitude. “They had a big dinner at Thanksgiving for everybody—for the homeless, and even for us in the Men’s New Life Program. For Christmas too!” he beams.

And it’s all thanks to the commitment and care you express through your gifts and prayers.

“My mom is so proud of me now,” Anthony says, wiping the tears away. “She never thought she’d see this day, and that can be a little overwhelming. I’ll say, “All right, mom?” and she’ll stare at me and say, ‘Oh, my God. I can’t believe it.’” Today, Anthony smiles and praises God in his heart for making transformation possible through this ministry we share in Springfield.

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