Shelter in the Storms of Life
Even as the New Year inspires a spirit of optimism, this time of year can also be a little bleak in Milwaukee. The days are cold and short, and spring feels a long way off. But for our neighbors who are struggling with poverty, addiction and other crises, winter is more than just a bit dreary — it’s dangerous, even deadly.
That’s why I’m so grateful for you. By God’s grace, your prayers and support ensure that the light and hope of the Gospel shine brightly at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission — even on the darkest winter days. In John 8:12 (NIV), Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” What a wonderful promise for our guests!
And there’s no doubt — as 2022 gets underway, so many in our community need that light. The pandemic, economic upheaval, inflation, supply chain issues … they’ve all combined to multiply challenges, especially for those who were already struggling.
But there is hope!
Not long ago, I was talking with one of our program grads, Mike, who joined our staff following graduation. Mike is someone who had endured a tremendous amount of hardship before coming to MRM. Because of addiction, he lost his job, family, home, everything! But God used the support of friends like you to enable him to turn his life around here — he got sober, found healing and embraced the “light of life” described in John 8. With great emotion, Mike recently made a special point to say thank you — he now has a new job and his own place, and is beyond grateful for the new life that folks like you made possible.
Today, Mike is indeed a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) — just like Ron, whose story is featured in this month’s newsletter. Your partnership truly is making such a difference in the lives of those who are hurting in our community! Thank you, and God bless you for helping provide our least fortunate neighbors with new hope and healing!
Patrick H. Vanderburgh, D.Min.