He is Risen! Sometimes we hear this phrase, and we do not think about the implications. It reverberated throughout the world and down through history, changing the eternal destination of all who believe in and follow Jesus Christ. During the Easter season we are again reminded of how Christ reconciled humankind to God. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, giving us in return His righteousness and purity for those that rest at the finished work of the Cross. We are told that we are forgiven for our sins against God since Jesus Christ has “canceled out the record of debt” that stood against each one of us, “nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14).
Thus, “He is Risen” means that Jesus defeated the chains of death and the grave for each of us, and we can be as pure as new fallen snow. I am grateful to Christ in all things and rest in the truth that without Him I would be lost in a world that is perishing.
At the Modesto Gospel Mission, we get to share this message with those that are hurting and broken, and who may be desperate for hope and deliverance. Our guests need this message, that they too can die to their old way of life, and be redeemed and resurrected to a new reality. Today, as we move into the spring, we begin to shine forth our vision of providing a Refuge for Recovery and Restoration through the power and love of Jesus Christ. After 12 months of battling the pandemic, we are beginning to see some light and the end of this tunnel. Each day our operations begins to recover from COVID-19 as we strive to share the Gospel and redemption to all that enter through our doors.
Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus as you come alongside our efforts. Your prayers and gifts help us sow seeds of hope for those that we are called to love. So far 2021 has seen an increase in both men and women joining our programs, the first step to their life transformation! We look forward to continuing this trend and welcoming even more individuals and families to the Mission as a place of refuge.
We are kick-starting our volunteer program again due to this growth. The pandemic reduced the chances for you to serve in person, but we would love to have you come down and volunteer with us now. Opportunities are available for either individual or group volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please give us a call at 209-529-8259 and ask for Emily.
In April of 2020 we introduced you to one of our New Life Program participants, Eddie Ryno. We thought it would be fitting to provide you with a super exciting update on how Eddie is doing today.
“I entered the program on November 8th, 2019 and I am now in the last stages of my program in transition. I have been hired, thanks to God, by the Mission for full-time employment as the Donations Coordinator. I am enrolled at Modesto Junior College to get my Drug & Alcohol Counseling license and I am carrying a 4.0 GPA. I see my son every weekend; fellowship at my church; am no longer on parole; and have gotten a car, insurance, and a driver’s license. The fellowship at my church and at the Mission has been an enormous blessing.”
As of January of this year, Eddie is a full-time staff member in our donations department and is thriving! It Eddie Ryno is because of your donations that Ed was able to achieve a new life at the Mission, so thank you.
Save the date! With COVID-19 cases decreasing, we are confident that our 2021 Heart of a Donor annual breakfast will take place as planned on May 22nd, 2021. Keep an eye out for your invitation and be sure to RSVP ahead of time! This will be our first in-person event in over a year. That means we have one year of changes and exciting new projects to share with all of you as well!
Looking ahead – we are on schedule to have musician Phil Wickham perform for our 2021 fall gala this coming September 25th! If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please let us know by writing that on the bottom of this letter and send it back into us. This year will be our biggest event to-date!
As we take time to reflect on all that Jesus has done for us personally this Easter season, the generosity and grace He has shown to us should spur us on to lavish grace and generosity on those less fortunate (Matthew 25:31-40). We would ask you to continue to prayerfully consider supporting the Mission and its work with the homeless men, women, and children in our community.
Jason Conway, Executive Director
New Life Program Graduate 2008
“He rescued us from the control of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. He set us free through the Son and forgave our sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14