Steadfast in Faith to Become Complete in Christ

Looking back at the many challenges of the past year, I can’t help but think of this encouraging scripture: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4, ESV)

I love James’ perspective and the truth behind his words. They remind me of the life-changing work you help make possible here at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Every day, hurting souls come to us in the throes of various trials: hunger, homelessness, addiction and job losses, many due to the pandemic.

Through your compassionate support, you help meet their immediate needs. And for many, support like yours opens the door for total life transformation — providing counseling and care to help them persevere and become physically and spiritually whole.

These are neighbors like Garlund, who is featured on the next page. When he needed a second chance at overcoming addiction, God and His lifesaving grace were there — and so were you, offering Garlund the support he needed to push forward and come out the other side. (Be sure to read his moving story!)

What a blessing it is to partner with you to help people face their personal challenges and find hope in the love of Christ.

As you face your own challenges, I pray you will be encouraged by another passage from the book of James: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12, ESV)

May God bless and keep you always!


Patrick H. Vanderburgh, D.Min.