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Walking toward Rescue

“Ted” is a planner. He looks at life systematically, and even while in prison, he was using the time as an opportunity to create scenarios for the life that would follow his time of incarceration, a life that would be far, far different from the one he lived before his crime. For many years, he worked a respected job downtown and lived outside Lansing. His route to work often took him past the Mission and its “Jesus Saves” cross, but all he knew about the Mission came from the “jaundiced view” of media coverage and assumptions about what the Mission would be like. He only knew the Mission from the “perspective of some people as a bad place to be.”

There are many paths that lead to the Mission. Ted had a good job and was well known in the community; he never would have “planned” to go jail or to need to utilize the services of the Mission. However, when in desperation, he made a wrong choice and committed a criminal act, his life was not beyond rescue. When he was referred to the Mission shortly after his parole, what he found was far different than his assumptions. Knowing that he would be at the Mission for a time, he fixed his attitude toward helping out as much as he could. Not only did he determine to help at the Mission, but he looked for ways to help staff and even other guests.

He found staff to be supportive and encouraging and genuinely feels that the Mission made a huge difference in his ability to follow through on his plans to build a new life. Today, Ted is going to school and sending out job applications. His goal is to find employment that will support his schooling, and he feels the Mission has been a great help in allowing him to continue working toward that goal. He appreciates the good meal and the safe haven provided at the Mission; however, most important of all is the fact that the Mission can offer hope to guests.

“The Mission is a unique and critical tool,” Ted says, “for men who would like to get their life back on track... It literally is changing lives.”

Thank you for making a difference in our community. Thank you for being a part of team rescue, in providing food, shelter, and hope to those in need.

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A Message from Mark: The Believing Heart

“But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:20

In Galilee, nearly two millennia ago, Jesus explained a parable that he shared with the people who were gathered by the sea of Galilee. The people had come to hear and to witness this Jesus of Nazareth, to see if he was the long promised Messiah. This is the first of many parables recorded in the book of Mark, and it is also recorded in the books of Matthew and Luke. Here, Jesus explained that the Word of God is received in four different ways, like seed falling on different types of ground. Some hearts are so hardened that they never receive or accept the truth of the Gospel. Some people seem to receive this truth but eventually “fall away” when persecution comes as a result of their new-found faith. Others still seem to “follow Jesus Christ” for a season until the “cares of this world” choke out their allegiance to the things of God. The final way people receive God’s truth is to have a “believing heart” that produces fruit consistent with God’s will. The Word, falling on "good ground," will produce an abundant harvest. A believing heart develops a new hunger for the things of God.

A couple weeks ago, one of our guests explained that this was her “fourth time at the Mission” over the past few years. She explained that she didn’t really want to hear “the messages” in the chapel each night. “When I first came, I just needed a place to stay.” However, this time is different. She has committed her life to Jesus Christ and “my life is different now. I am not making the same mistakes that I have made my whole life.” No more inappropriate relationships “that only lead me away from God.” She can honestly say that “I am a follower of Jesus Christ.” God enabled her to hear His Word and believe. She is now attending additional Bible classes offered by the Mission, in order to learn more about God and the things of God. She is also establishing herself in a local church for new fellowship and future serving. “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life” (Romans 6:22). Her change of heart is affecting not only her attitude toward the things of God but also the way she lives her life.

Thank you for enabling us to meet physical and spiritual needs. Please continue to pray for the ministry of rescue as we share God’s Word with all those who come. Thank you for helping us help others. Thank you for being a rescuer!

To God be the Glory,
Mark Criss
Executive Director

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"Rescue" News: Service Numbers for the First Half of 2018

We have already passed the midway point for the year, and it is exciting to see the many opportunities you have provided for us to meet needs in our community. Hundreds of women, children, and men have been impacted by your faithfulness. So far this year, we’ve averaged about 137 people every night for shelter. We also offered an average of 270 meals every day. In addition to the important services of food and shelter, our casework coordinators met with 250 individuals. Over 200 women and men have attended one or more of the 17 different regular classes we offered guests in the first half of 2018; these classes cover topics ranging from parenting to “how to study the Bible.” More than 220 vouchers for clothing have been redeemed at City Rescue Mission Upscale Thrift, and our staff has delivered care boxes to 35 former guests who have transitioned into their own homes.

We do all that we do through your generosity. Thank you for the role you play in team rescue and for the impact you have made in hundreds of lives this year.

Breakfast: 20,797
Lunch: 5,516
Dinner: 22,549
TOTAL: 48,862
Women: 8,170
Children: 4,317
Men: 12,258
TOTAL: 24,745
Counseling Sessions: 336
Case Management Sessions: 1,319
Bibles and Tracts Distributed*: 389
* number reflects those distributed, not those available for guests to take.

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Cook's Corner: Garam Masala Seasoning

3/4 cup Cumin
1/4 cup and 2 TB Coriander
1/4 cup and 2 TB Cardamom
1/4 cup and 2 TB Black Pepper
1/4 cup Cinnamon
2 TB Cloves
2 TB Nutmeg
2 TB Salt
2 TB Curry
2 TB Tandoori (optional)


Directions: Mix dry, and use as a rub for meat OR mix with Olive Oil and Tomato Juice for a sauce.

This seasoning is a favorite of our chief cook, and it can be used for pork, chicken, beef, or even rice. We usually plan on about 140 people for a dinner meal, though that changes depending on the day of the week and the time of year. Our cooks and volunteers work hard to provide quality meals that also appeal to the many women, children, and men who come to the Mission for services.

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