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Back to the Beginning

“Vic” remembers the Mission as a young man. He would drive down Michigan Avenue and see the people coming in the door. He remembers “laughing...and making fun of the poor. It was wrong...it catches up with you.” Vic recognizes that his attitude at the time was wrong and misguided. In the same way, his choices eventually led to arrest and imprisonment for nearly 20 years.

After being released from prison, his parole office dropped him off at another local shelter. That shelter did not have space for him and recommended that he go instead to the Mission. After all those years, Vic arrived seeking help the same as others he had once mocked. At the time, he didn’t even know that the Mission was “religious,” but he did know he could find help there. Once inside, he was surprised by what he saw. “This place is really beautiful. I love it.” In addition to the facility, he is grateful for the meals, hygiene items, clothing, and many other ways the Mission supports him as he tries to rebuild a life after so many years.

In addition to the physical needs being met, Vic welcomes the advice and care of staff, “good souls” who serve as teachers and guides. Staff also appreciate his willingness to help and his hard work. Vic applied to extend his stay and transitioned from the men’s Emergency Shelter into the Community Dorm. The men’s shelter is structured so that each extended stay dorm, such as the Community Dorm, increases the expectations on a guest. Extended stay guests commit to volunteer in the community, at the Mission or another non-profit. They also attend certain classes, meet with a casework coordinator, and, like all guests, can talk with a counselor. Vic found the dorm structure very helpful and that the successive promotions in dorms “lifts your spirits.”

Vic continues to struggle with medical issues, and he feels grateful for all that the Mission and the Mission supporters have done for him. He recognizes that there are “thousands of people out there helping out to keep this place running... Everything that’s passed out is given in love.” He has been able to experience this love every day, because of your faithfulness and compassion. As Vic says, there is “a lot of care involved. I appreciate it very much.”

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A Message from Mark: "I am so grateful to be here"

“I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and He will hear me.” Psalms 77:1

I have the opportunity to preach and share from God’s Word on a regular basis at the City Rescue Mission. Every once in a while I ask our guests if they would like to “thank our supporters” by writing a personal note on a post card. We will then randomly send them to our supporters from time to time. It is a joy to read their heartfelt comments as they desire to simply tell someone “thank you” but often reflect on God’s sovereign hand and goodness. Ray, for example, mentioned, “I’m going through a very tough patch of life but I believe that the light of Jesus Christ will get me through this! I am so grateful to be here at the Rescue Mission. God bless you.” As many of us can relate to a “tough patch of life,” it is difficult to comprehend what it would be like to be homeless yet “grateful to be here.” It is a joy to see that Ray is completely confident that God hasn’t forgotten him and that God is actively working through people such as yourself.

In the beginning of Psalm 77, the palmist cries out and petitions God to “hear me” and to no longer ignore his pleas. In the midst of troubles, he grows weary and frustrated. However, his petition for God’s attention seems to shift in verse 11, as the psalmist directs his thoughts from his trouble to God’s work, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord…I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy.” Just as in the days of the psalmist, it is a blessing to experientially know that God is doing a work in our days to bring people to Himself and to show His deeds of providing food, shelter, and hope. This is why Ray is able to conclude, “I am grateful to be here at the Rescue Mission.” He, and we, are genuinely grateful because God provides through His children, and we are genuinely grateful because God is holy and His deeds are memorable. Thank you for being an important part of the ministry of rescue. Thank you for being a rescuer! Thank you for helping us help others.

To God be the Glory,
Mark Criss
Executive Director

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"Rescue" News: 70 Years Under the Cross

“The year 1948 was an important one for members of the City Rescue Mission,” begins an article from that same year, which celebrated the Mission’s move to its “new home at 611 East Michigan Avenue on April 2.” That was the same time that a “Jesus Saves” Cross sign, donated and installed by George Squires, first lit the sky over Michigan Avenue. Although Thomas Dolton had passed away six years before this, his wife Emily was still alive to see the next chapter of a story that had begun with her and Thomas in 1911, with the founding of the City Rescue Mission of Lansing.

This year, 2018, marks the 70th anniversary of the Mission meeting needs from its “home” on Michigan Avenue, as well as seven decades of the light of Hope shining in the message of the “Jesus Saves” Cross. To all of you who are part of the Mission’s legacy of service, thank you for being a rescuer in our community.

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Cook's Corner: Banana Bread

15 Servings:
1/2 cup Butter (softened)
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 ½ cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
2 Ripe Medium Bananas (mashed)

180 Servings:
6 cups Butter (softened)
12 cups Sugar
24 Eggs
1/4 cup Vanilla Extract
18 cups Flour
1/4 cup Baking Soda
2 Tbsp Salt
6 cups Sour Cream
6 cups Shredded Coconut
24 Ripe Medium Bananas (mashed)

Directions:
Mix dry and liquid ingredients separately, then mix the two together. Beat at a medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until well blended. Spray baking dishes with non-stick coating. Bake in pre-heated oven at 350° for 60 min, or until done. Let it cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

The 180 servings would be plenty to use either for dessert or breakfast.

 

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