Thank you for your support through this roller coaster of a year so far. We have continued to navigate through these unpredictable times due to your support and have seen steady increases in meals served, bed nights, food bags delivered, new program participants, and lives changed! As you can see, we have a BRAND-new look and logo, and we are excited about it!
The Modesto Gospel Mission was started in 1948, opening on 8th Street in downtown Modesto. Decades later, the Mission moved over to Yosemite Blvd, eventually creating the current campus by purchasing all of the buildings around Yosemite Blvd, Kerr Ave, and De Harro St. Over the past 72 years, thousands have entered the Mission in search of a safe haven. Early on the Mission’s logo was comprised of a cross with the words “Jesus Saves,” something we still whole-heartedly believe and preach. This logo served the Mission well for over 60 years. At that point, the Mission’s logo was modified, and the dove was introduced as a symbol of the Holy Spirit’s presence and power, the true mechanism of real heart transformation. We have refreshed our logo now, for only the third time in our history. The new logo focuses on an open door – as this open door has been the gateway for countless lives changed over the last 72 years through the power of Jesus Christ. The inspiration for the “open door” is due in part to the words of Job from the Bible: “But no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler.” (Job 31:32). This calls to mind the words of Jesus who said “for I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” (See Matthew 25:31-40)
In addition to the change in our logo, this newsletter looks different as well. A few times each year we plan to send out this style of newsletter to better fit all of the photos, testimonies, and upcoming events, to give you a more in-depth glimpse of what is going on here at the Mission.
Thank you for your faithful and generous support for the work going on here in Modesto.
A message from our Executive Director:
At the half-way point of the year 2020, I cannot help but to recall the words of Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” As this year has unfolded in an unforeseen way, the promise found in the book of Isaiah is a much-needed reminder of Who provides our strength. The one thing in this verse that we are asked to do is “wait on the LORD.” This act of waiting takes an intentional decision to stop and rest in the Lord, with the full expectation that He will deliver upon His promises. The Modesto Gospel Mission has continued to fulfill its purpose through the storms of this difficult season to provide a place of refuge for recovery through the power and the love of Jesus Christ. Thank you so much for the support and prayers during this season that we continue to build God’s kingdom one soul at a time.
“For years I searched for the meaning of my life. I searched for my purpose in things like drugs, alcohol, and selfishness. The life I lived caused me to fall into many traps such as addiction, incarceration, and hopelessness, and I never knew the power and fulfillment that a life in submission to Christ could bring. I arrived at the Mission utterly broken and defeated with no other option but to accept the word of God as the truth and only way to be successful in this life and the next. Now my life has new meaning, purpose, and direction. Just as the Bible says in Philippians 3:13-14 I forget what was behind me, and I press on toward those things which are before me.”
When Lorenzo came to the Mission, he entered as a broken man attempting to figure out his path in life. As he began to experience his life transform, he saw his path opening up in front of his eyes. Today Lorenzo continues to support the broken here at the Modesto Gospel Mission, and has been hired by STANCO (Stanislaus County Affordable Housing Corporation) as a manager for a new temporary housing center based out of the Modesto Hotel. This hotel serves as shelter for at-risk individuals during the current Coronavirus pandemic. We had the opportunity to tour this facility with Lorenzo, and the work he is doing to help others is a testimony to the new man he has become.
Jason Conway, Executive Director
New Life Program Graduate 2008