We need you now more than ever in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. The rapid global spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the historic response at every level of government and private industry has been a shocking reminder that our control over our world and our lives is a façade in many ways. We know Who has ultimate control – Jesus Christ. We serve in the power of His name – the name of the One who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). In our 7 decades of serving the poor and homeless in Modesto, we have never seen events unfold like they have with COVID-19. Yet we have chosen to lean on Jesus and continue to serve and share His love with those that need Him most. This includes continuing to offer safe shelter, operating our New Life Program for both men and women, and feeding the hungry in our community. We see the needs rising in these tumultuous times, not decreasing. So we are serving more meals and offering more shelter beds as needs arise, but we can’t do this without your support. We depend on the generosity of the community to continue to operate these services. In uncertain times, giving of both funds and food donations often declines. But we need your gifts now more than ever. For April, our expenses will be over $150,000. Your donations will help us continue to offer services to our guests. Please help us help those who need it most. Please give today.
Even through this storm we remember that Jesus Christ is Risen! New life comes to the Central Valley as winter gives way to spring, symbolizing the possibility of new life that is available after Jesus was crucified for our sins, and rose from the dead 3 days later. Easter celebrates this life-changing event, as we remember Christ and His sacrifice for each one of us regardless of our station in life. We glory in this love of God for us.
I would like you to meet Eddie Ryno, a man who has experienced the miracle of a changed life and restoration in Jesus Christ.
“My father died when I was just 5 years old, and at the age of 10, I was taken away from my mother and stepfather after being physically abused. I was adopted into another family. At just 15 years old, I began using drugs. Things only got worse as I ended up serving 7 different prison terms spanning over 25 years. I prayed to God for help, and the next day I wrote to the Modesto Gospel Mission. I was paroled from prison November 3rd, 2019 and entered the Mission’s New Life Program 5 days later.
With the help of the chaplains and leaders at the Mission, I did not return to my lifestyle of drugs and crime. I can proudly say that I have now been drug-free for 2 years, 3 months, and 6 days. I enjoy being a disciple here at the Mission and find the most satisfaction in feeding the homeless. I know that even though they may be in for a trying experience on the streets, seeing them leave the Mission in clean clothes and with a full belly is a way for me to finally give something back after all these years. One of the core messages at the Mission is providing refuge, recovery, and restoration. With that philosophy, I think we can change Modesto for the better.”
This is one of numerous testimonies of individuals here that daily experience this resurrection life of Jesus Christ. Currently, we have nearly 70 men and women that have courageously committed their lives to our 18-Month residential discipleship program. It is the vision of the Modesto Gospel Mission to continue and place an important emphasis on the residential treatment/discipleship aspect of our program. This is where lives are transformed and individuals are reintroduced into community, and this is the best path to break out of addiction and the sinfulness of this life through a new way, new life, and new birth.
I extend a whole-hearted Happy Easter to each of you who simply have a heart to respond to this crisis that we call homelessness. This community is blessed to have such a foundation of people that desire to make a difference and better our community around us. Thank you for caring and demonstrating the love of Christ through your provision of finances, donations, volunteer time, and prayers, so that the Modesto Gospel Mission can continue to be a place that meets both the tangible and spiritual needs of “the least of these,” especially during this critical time in our society.
Jason Conway, Executive Director
New Life Program Graduate 2008
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy
he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead.” – 1 Peter 1:3