One of the Mission's challenges from year to year is to anticipate needs and numbers of the homeless, hungry and poor who come to our doors.
With that in mind the next challenge is, where will we find the food, clothing, volunteers and donors to meet those needs?
Year after year we find the answer in the place that has always brought together those in need and those who are willing to help them. This is God's work and He is faithful to provide us with what we need to serve those in need. God is our source and He is faithful as we are devoted to carrying out the vision that He places before us and to conducting all of our work just as Jesus taught us, with love and compassion.
Of course, there are no 18 wheelers from heaven to meet the needs of those we serve; however, our large Mission family generates our resources as God touches their lives. During the past year, with our greatest demand ever for food and services, the Lord orchestrated more grocery stores to supply food for pickup. We also had more volunteers to pack food boxes, pack daily sack lunches and serve in all of our many ministries.
As things became more difficult in our economy, the Mission donors responded so generously, in a way that there were no services cut. Instead we were able to expand in many areas to meet the growing needs of His people.
To all of you who donate your time as volunteers and resources to carry out this work, I say thank you from the Board, staff and especially from those who come to us in such need. And, a special thank you to those who take time to pray for this work and those we serve. I know those prayers are heard and they are part of the faithfulness our faithful Father wants to hear.
Thanks to all of you in the Phoenix Rescue Mission family and may God bless you!
Peace and Joy,
President & CEO
Phoenix Rescue Mission
That’s how many meals Phoenix Rescue Mission served to hungry people last year! We also provided 42,885 safe nights of shelter for homeless men and gave 53,675 emergency food boxes to struggling families.
All of this is made possible because by people like you, who decide to give.
With your help, we look forward to bringing hope and healing to even more men, women and children in 2010. Thank you!
In his childhood, Brian lived in several different towns. His parents were divorced, so he lived with his dad for his first ten years, then with his mom until he graduated from high school.
As far back as he can remember, Brian has dealt with depression. He started smoking marijuana when he was in his teens. He felt better and more relaxed when he was "high", so he kept on smoking it.
Brian worked a construction job for eight years after high school, still smoking marijuana on and off. His real problems began when he got involved with the wrong people and started smoking meth. He lost his job and apartment, was living in his truck in a south Phoenix river bottom area, spending what little funds he had left on drugs. As long as he still had his truck, he didn't think he was homeless.
Brian did get a job on and off after that, but eventually quit working and spent all his time living with his so-called friends doing drugs. That is when God chose to touch Brian's life.
"I found a devotional book just laying in an alley. I had always thought that God hated me, but when I read the book that night, I realized that God had loved me all along," Brian said.
The next day, he went to stay in the shelter at the Phoenix Rescue Mission. He got a day labor job and learned more about God in the Chapel services at night. He saved up to buy a car and thought he could make things work out on his own. Unfortunately when he bought a car and left the Mission, he got involved in his old ways and was soon back on drugs.
Brian was in and out of our shelter for over a year, knowing that Jesus had led him to the Mission, but unable to commit to the year-long Addiction Recovery Program. He finally admitted his addiction problem to one of chaplains and signed up for the program.
"It was the best decision I have ever made," Brian shared. In the recovery program, he learned to deal with his past resentment and also be accountable to others and to God. "I had to learn to trust God and to learn His plan for my life." Brian also discovered that having healthy relationships with other Christians could actually be fun!
Brian graduated from the program late last year and is looking for employment. He is confident that God will help him find the right job. He is truly excited about having a new life, taking it one day at a time with the Lord. Brian wants to tell those who support the Mission, "Thank you. My new life wouldn't have been possible without your gifts and prayers!"
Thank you to our donors and volunteers for being such faithful supporters of the Phoenix Rescue Mission in 2009! We look forward to your partnership and prayers as we head into the New Year.
With Gratitude and Joy,
Phoenix Rescue Mission