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On Wednesday evening, "Alyssa" was moving into a room on the “singles” floor. After chapel, she asked if she could speak with me. We went into the hall, and she began telling me she needed “heavy prayer” about a former relationship. She knew it was bad and didn’t want to continue down that bad path. As I listened to her tell me about it, I didn’t know how to respond. I asked God for the wisdom, discernment, and what to say. God gave me three things to ask her, and we discussed further. One of the things God put on my heart was to ask if she knew Jesus, if she had made a decision to follow Christ. She told me she had at one point.

I shared with her God's love for her and how He longs to be extravagantly lavish to us with His love and grace and mercy. I shared God's heart for her to be secure in Him as her foundation and source of truth. I prayed for her, and when we finished, she asked if her gas gauge was on "E," would God provide then? I told her “yes, if you trust Him.” I shared a few personal testimonies of how I had seen God provide in my life. She said, "Okay," and went to her room.

Earlier in the evening Alyssa had asked me for black pants and a black shirt for work, I checked and we didn’t have it. After I prayed with her she went into her new room, her roommate (whom she hadn’t talked to before) walked up to her and handed her some black pants. The next day at work her supervisor offered her training, a pay raise, and full-time hours. After work, she visited her parents; her dad, not knowing her situation, gave her $20 for “gas or whatever.” Then, her ex texted her and said “they just needed to be done with each other.” On Saturday, someone handed her some purple PJ’s in her size.

When we talked later, she said she didn’t want this to be just praying to get over the hump, she said “I’m really in it.” I encouraged her to get established in a church as soon as possible and to attend the “how to study the Bible” class the Mission offers.

It has been so neat to share with her and see God work in these amazing ways.

This real story of a guest was shared by one of the staff at our women and children's shelter. Your gifts were one example to this guest of how even difficult times in her life can be used by God to change her life. Thank you for showing your love and making a difference to those we serve. Thank you for being a rescuer.

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A Message from Mark: "opportunities to 'know God better'"

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

During my lifetime, America has witnessed the rise of “single motherhood,” and it has become “the norm” in many neighborhoods and cities. Unmarried births in our fair land have increased from 5% (1950) to 41% (2014)* for all groups of Americans. Disproportionately, black unmarried births have skyrocketed from 20% (1950) to become the majority of births, 72% (2014). How did America come to this? Clearly such statistics have an impact on our educational system, social and economic system, and has a spiritual impact as well. What is the role of men and women in the family unit? What does a family unit look like and does God have a preference? Better question: Does God have a plan or design for us and our lives? The good news is that He has given us instructions and directions for life. The bad news is that many of us, including our guests, have succumbed to a poor knowledge of God and perpetuate worshiping the world and not the God of the Bible.

God warned us in His Word that “people will be lovers of self…(and) lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2,4), so the Mission's goal, for 2018, will be to increase opportunities to “know God better” through various Bible classes and lessons to our women, children, and men. Our goal this year is to “preach the word and to teach sound (healthy) doctrine." Our plan is to systematically enlighten people regarding God’s plan for life and abundance in Jesus Christ, which will give our guests tools to make wiser choices and create long-lasting, sustainable relationships. As we begin our 107th year of ministry in Michigan’s capital area, we will continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and to increase opportunities for our guests to grow spiritually and to learn more about God and His plan for life.

As always, we appreciate your prayers and the role that you play in helping us meet physical and spiritual needs. We know that God’s Word has an impact, and we look forward to seeing God glorified in this generation and the next! We expect to serve and teach an average of 70 women and children, as well as 70 men, each night, impacting over 2,000 individual lives throughout the year. I look forward to what God has in store for 2018. Thank you for being a rescuer! Thank you for helping us help others.

To God be the Glory,
Mark Criss
Executive Director

*“The Unbelievable Rise of Single Motherhood in America over the Last 50 Years,” Washington Post, Emily Badger, December 18, 2014.

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"Rescue" News: Renovations at the Women and Children's Shelter

We ended 2017 with the beginning of renovations on the chapel and day room at our women and children’s shelter. Both these rooms have been in continual use since the building opened in 2010. Cosmetic changes (new paint and carpet) were not the only changes needed to increase efficiency for guests and staff. The chapel was “flipped,” so that guests could now enter and exit through the back of the chapel, rather than disturbing others. “Murphy” style beds will be built into the front wall of the chapel, so that late-night arrivals brought by the police (due to domestic violence or other serious issues) will have a comfortable place for the night without interrupting those guests who are already asleep. The shelter office now has two “check-in” points for evening shelter guests, which will increase speed and efficiency in assisting guests as they arrive for the night. These are just a few of the changes. You can see the progress if you follow the Mission on facebook (facebook.com/BEaRESCUER). You are also welcome to schedule a tour of the women and children’s shelter. We have to have everything completed by spring.

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Cook's Corner: Chicken Broccoli Divan

6 Servings
• 1 pound chopped fresh Broccoli
• 1 1/2 cups cubed, cooked Chicken
• 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed Cream of Broccoli soup
• 1/3 cup Milk
• 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
• 1 tablespoon Butter, melted
• 2 tablespoons dried Bread Crumbs
144 Servings
• 24 pounds chopped fresh Broccoli
• 36 cups cubed, cooked Chicken
• 24 cans condensed Cream of Broccoli soup
• 8 cups Milk
• 12 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
• 1-1/2 cups Butter, melted
• 3 cups dried Bread Crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
2. Place the broccoli in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
3. Place the cooked broccoli in a 9 inch pie plate (or “hotel pans” for 144 servings). Top with the chicken. In a bowl, mix the soup and milk, and pour over the chicken. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Mix the melted butter with the bread crumbs, and sprinkle over the cheese.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly brown.

The 144 servings would be for a dinner meal at the Mission.


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