From the Desk of Tom Jones

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 When I think about Christmas at the Mission, I’m reminded of a heartwarming story that I’d like to share with you today.

It’s the story of a little girl whose heart was full on Christmas Day because of support from friends like you.

When returning to school after winter break, this little girl’s teacher asked each student to share what they did for Christmas. Knowing that she was living at the Mission, the teacher was prepared to jump in when it was the little girl’s turn to speak. But to the teacher’s great surprise, she didn’t need to say anything. The child looked up at her teacher with a big grin and said, “I went to City Rescue Mansion!” She could not stop talking about her favorite Christmas memories at the place she calls home.

This is the kind of memory you help create. Please always remember the vital role you play in making things like this happen. We can not do it without you.

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May God bless you for caring,

Tom Jones, President and CEO

 

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As we prepare to serve thousands of Thanksgiving meals, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work ahead of us. Apart from the meals themselves, there are hundreds of little tasks that culminate into the success of our Annual Thanksgiving Banquet. Thankfully, we know that we don’t have to do it alone. I hope you know that your partnership is deeply felt and truly appreciated. The holidays can be a challenging time for hungry, homeless neighbors who might have trouble finding the joy of the season. They all have different circumstances that brought them into homelessness. Regardless of their choices or lifestyles, they know they are welcome here. At City Rescue Mission, these neighbors can find a hot Thanksgiving meal and a family to celebrate hope with.

 

May God bless you for caring,

Tom Jones, President and CEO

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I’ve noticed that many homeless people are asking the same question: Where is God? They feel completely abandoned by Him and confused by the thought that He might have “a hope and a future” for them (Jeremiah 29:11). This is the struggle faced by many of our homeless veterans at the Mission. They have sacrificed so much for the good of others, and yet they find themselves with nothing.

So when they come to us angry and confused, we remind them that as long as they have breath in their lungs, there’s hope. When they start understanding that they wouldn’t even be alive today if God had abandoned them, the question shifts from “Where were you God?” to “Where are you and where are you leading me?”

Here at City Rescue Mission, we truly recognize the value of our veterans. Through case management, we’ve seen thousands rise up and move forward by learning how to cope with their challenges and ask for help when they need it. We try to pair our veterans with case managers who are former military to deepen that sense of understanding. A lot of them just need somebody to walk alongside them in the process of receiving their benefits.

We are thankful for the courage and selflessness of our nation’s veterans. With your help, they are able to access the resources they need to find the support that they need and deserve.

May God bless you for caring,

Tom Jones
President and CEO

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Easter has come and gone, and once again your faithful compassion has made an impact. Upon hearing the message of Christ’s resurrection, many of our clients accepted His Gospel and made new commitments to follow Him. As they continue to ask questions and renew their minds, they are learning what Paul means when he says “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1).

Here at City Rescue Mission, we believe that when our eyes are on Him and our bodies are lined up with His instructions, we will have a new life here and in eternity. We recognize that holistic transformation is that of the spirit, soul and body. And with that in mind, we work with each client to determine and address their unique needs in each of these three areas.

In this issue of The Mission, we share stories of clients like Sheri, who overcame the cycle of generational drug use with the support of the Lord and her children. Others, like Steve, have worked through some of life’s greatest obstacles and are now giving back to CRM by volunteering. I hope that you are inspired by their stories of strength and transformation.

Ultimately, God uses every part of our journey to shape and mold us into what we need to be to fulfill His plans and purpose for our lives. Thank you for believing in each person who walks through our doors and for trusting that the God who created them will offer them new life.

May God bless you for caring,

Tom Jones
President and CEO

 

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us. In just a couple of weeks CRM’s Thanksgiving Banquet will be here. Over 200 volunteers from our great City will share a part of their Thanksgiving day with the most precious of people: OKC’s disadvantaged and homeless. For many this has become a tradition.

On behalf of the staff at City Rescue, we say Thank you and God bless you!

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