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PRM News-Jun13-finalDuring my many years of ministry my primary focus has always been to help those facing hunger and homelessness.
However, in recent years God has shown me how narrow and limiting it can be to look at transformation as a one-way street. He desires so much more from us. Not only does He want to see the homeless and addicted enter into His abundant life, He wants to use this ministry as a tool to transform the lives of all stakeholders – that includes our donors, our Board and Ambassadors, and our volunteers. His transformation is 360 degrees.
I’ve changed the name of our newsletter to reflect this revelation because it better describes really what happens here at the Mission and the stories of hope you help make possible every month, like Leah and her son Zayden.
Ever since Leah was little, her Aunt Jeanne has always kept her in her prayers. Every night she would ask God for all the regular things – to keep her safe, to watch over her during school and to keep her healthy. But in 2009 when Leah turned 22, Aunt Jeanne’s prayers took a different turn.
She stopped praying to God to just “watch over my niece.” Instead, she began to beg Him to save Leah’s life.
That year, Leah’s father committed suicide. They were very close and his sudden death hit Leah like a ton of bricks. She began to fall into a deep depression, turning to drugs and alcohol in a desperate attempt to distance herself from the pain.
Many hurting souls live right here in our city – in our neighborhoods, jails, prisons, and of course at the Mission like Leah and her son Zayden. All are great places to get started and who knows where God will take even a small gesture of compassion. After all, God’s transformation works in more than one direction… His love and His power always radiates in a full 360 degrees when service is done in His name.
May God Bless You,
Jay A. Cory