Dear Friend of the Mission,

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is a force that the whole world recognizes. Yet during this month of pink hearts, chocolate candy, and red roses, we know that true love is more than a warm feeling. Real love often involves intentionality, perseverance, and sacrifice. Authentic love often must be tough and honest. Trustworthy love is dependable, responsible, and faithful. Compassionate love rejoices with those who rejoice and weeps with those who weep.

Here at the Modesto Gospel Mission, we like to think that we specialize in true love, the love that comes from God Himself. Every time we welcome someone new off the streets, we are demonstrating this love. Every time we shelter a woman and her children from an abusive relationship, we are representing Christ. Every time we shower grace on the impoverished children in the Airport District through our Youth Center, we are obeying the command of Jesus to “let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them.” Each and every time we combat hunger, addiction, brokenness, despair, homelessness, and spiritual hopelessness, love is our motivation.

You too have demonstrated this authentic love by partnering with us in this undertaking. You have been exceedingly generous with your time and finances. Real love puts others first, and your sacrificial giving reflects your heart for those in need in our community. Please do not underestimate the power of your gift. It is crucial for the continued care of our guests and disciples.

Because of YOU, we have 60 men and women disciples in our 18-month New Life Program, working with them to transform their minds, habits, and actions through the power of Jesus Christ. These men and women are being educated and trained for employment, and a life outside of the Mission with a job and an apartment.

Because of YOU, we have been successful in starting and operating the only Day Program in the city for the homeless to attend to get them off the streets and out of the parks during the day. We have seen much fruit as attendance has grown, and we have been able to connect some of these guests to housing, employment, and our New Life Program.

An example of someone that has benefited directly from your donations is Debora Fournier.

“Meme is with me because I suffer from PTSD and she is my psychiatric service animal. Without her I could not function, she is better than any medication I could take. The Mission was there for me when it seemed like no one else was. The Mission has shown so much grace and love towards my service dog and myself. I feel safe and loved here. I am so grateful for the food, clothing, bed, classes and acceptance I have received here. There really is no other place that gives you all this, that truly cares about your well being and expects nothing in return. Thank you Modesto Gospel Mission and all that support it. Meme and I are overcome with appreciation.”

In the trenches, there is much success, but so much more to be done. This is a daily struggle, a daily fight for lives and souls. There has been an awakening locally to the problem of homelessness, but the demand for services exceeds the current resources in the community. We need to do more, and we need your continued giving to do so. You are vital to our ministry, and we need your prayers and support. I am grateful for your sacrifice in the past. Please consider giving again this month to meet the needs of those less fortunate than you in any way you can – by volunteering your time, dropping off donated food or clothing, or sending us a monetary gift. If you would like to take the next step to commit to recurring monthly giving or planning a legacy gift, we can assist you with that. Finally, I would ask that you pledge to pray daily for the Mission and those we serve. I would love to hear from you if you decide to make that commitment. Thank you again for the love you show others. Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others.”

Philippians 2:3-4

Jason Conway, Executive Director

P.S. We are happy to announce that we were recently awarded the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from
guidestar.org, the highest honor this nonprofit information service awards to charities.