By Jay Cory, President and CEO, Phoenix Rescue Mission
Jesus is the Great Multiplier:
Matthew 15:  Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”  His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”  “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”  He told the crowd to sit down on the ground.  Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  The number of those who ate was four thousand, besides women and children.
God has faithfully met the needs of the Phoenix Rescue Mission for over 60 years. It is amazing to see the hand God at work in our ministry as we seek to serve the hungry and homeless in His name. Jesus takes whatever we bring Him. He gives thanks for it. He breaks it. He transforms it and then multiplies it in ways we would not have imagined. Then He gives it back to a hungry world who distributes it according to His will. Phoenix Rescue Mission is meeting more needs than ever but may we never rely on our plans alone or lean on our own understanding. May we always seek God on how He wants to meet even greater needs for His glory.
We are so blessed to have such a great group of donors and volunteers who partner with us in providing life-transformational opportunities for the those we serve. But our donors nd volunteers lives are also being transformed as they encounter a deeper relationship with the Lord through their service. God is not only interested in the lives of our program clients, but also in the lives of all stakeholders who assist us.
This past Friday we were able to celebrate how God has assembled a team of volunteers and donors to meet our need for dormitory furniture for our men’s recovery program. It was a blessing to see God transform their lives by giving of their time, talent, and treasures so that our men could have better facilities. It was also a blessing to hear how God has deepened their walk with Him through their service. In addition to meeting the need for dorm furniture, God has assembled other groups to renovate our bathrooms and showers, establish a tree and vegetable garden, build ball courts for our clients, and replace our fencing to make it look more attractive. Our men have also been at work cleaning the place up and painting.
We are deeply grateful for our partners that God users as ministry multipliers. May we always take what God has provided, give thanks for it, and return it to Him so He can multiply it according to His will and meet even grater needs.
Thank you for all that you do!