1 Thessalonians 5:14 perfectly describes what happens here at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, thanks to your support. To admonish, to encourage, to help people in their weakness and to show patience — it’s really everything we do for those we are called to serve. It’s the very heart of the gospel, and the essence of what family and community are all about.
It’s unconditional love. When you’re struggling and hurt, it’s impossible to measure just how important it is to be surrounded by people who love and value you simply for who you are. It’s life-changing.
Yes, we first take care of people’s essential human needs: food, shelter and clothing. But the human need for loving, caring, supportive relationships is no less important. No one can thrive outside of relationships and community. In fact, almost every man and woman here at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission will tell you how important the relationships they experience here have been for their recovery.
Just as God loved us while we were yet sinners, we try to model that same love with one another. But it’s not just us. It’s YOU. This is what your support and prayers really mean to the hurting men, women and children at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. It means a loving, caring community, a community where no one gets left behind.
We all fall down at some point in our lives. Hopefully, someone will be there to pick us up when we do. Thank you for being the kind of person who is there when someone falls. Your loving compassion transforms lives.
Patrick H. Vanderburgh, D.Min.
May 17, 2018
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