We have officially passed the halfway mark of 2021, and it seems like this year is already moving much faster here at the Modesto Gospel Mission than it did in 2020! These first six months have been filled with transformational life change through the power and love of Jesus Christ. The Mission’s main objective daily is to provide a place of refuge and recovery for the local homeless population, and we are excited for what these next six months will bring in terms of watching men, women, and children continue to change their lives. Recently, the Mission has been able to reopen ALL of its programs on campus.
The Mission exists to share the gift of salvation through Christ with the brokenhearted in our community, and your donations facilitate that purpose. We would love to share the story of Ruby, a woman in our New Life Program.
My name is Ruby Hawke, I am 43 years old, and I am a resident at the Modesto Gospel Mission’s New Life Program. When I arrived here 3 months ago, I was homeless, broken, and in despair. Fifteen years ago, I had been clean for 5 years, and I had just graduated with honors from Humboldt State with a Business/Accounting degree. However, my addiction took over my life again and before arriving here I was a non-believer and a homeless drug addict stealing to support my addiction. I was apprehensive about coming to the Mission because I am also severely hearing-impaired and with the pandemic mask-mandate in place lip-reading was impossible. But I came anyway because I was desperate for a way out and had nowhere else to turn.
I am still in the early stages of my journey, but I know that recovery involves more than stopping my drug use. I choose to take a proactive approach. I have immersed myself into the deaf community at church and am actively learning sign language. I study the Bible and ask God daily to help me align myself to His will. I started running again which used to be a passion of mine, and I hope to be ready to compete in a half-marathon next year.
Matthew 17:20 says, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
I have mountains I want to move…God willing.
This summer our upstairs men’s shelter bathroom remodel will be complete, and this will accommodate our sheltered men for decades to come. This summer also kicks off the initial stage of the Mission’s first social enterprise program, Volente Coffee Roasters. This social enterprise will roast and sell whole coffee beans to individuals, churches, and local businesses. Although we love to drink coffee here at the Mission (and we will now save money by roasting our own coffee for our guests, employees, and Day Program), and this enterprise will raise funds for our programs, the real reason we are starting this social enterprise is to impart the men and women in our New Life Program (NLP) to develop the skills needed for stable full-time employment with living wages. Volente Coffee Roasters will be used to impart Mission NLP disciples with skills related to making and packaging a product, inventory, sanitation, following government regulations, sales and marketing, and teamwork collaboration. Look for bags of roasted coffee to go on sale in September. If you are interested in obtaining more information on Volente Coffee Roasters and the related coffee products coming out in the fall, please let us know on your return slip and we will be sure to put you on our Volente email and mailing list!
AROUND THE CORNER:
SAVE THE DATE! Phil Wickham has been confirmed to perform for our Annual Fall Gala! This year the Gala will be held on September 25, 2021 hosted by Crossroads Grace Church at their facility in Manteca at the intersection of Highways 99 and 120. Tickets will go on sale on July 15th. If you want to purchase tickets early, you might want to consider a family or business sponsorship, which include up to 10 tickets depending on the sponsorship package you choose! If you are interested in learning more about these sponsorships, please let us know by writing that on the return slip or call Scott directly at the Mission at (209) 225-2912.
Your continued generosity and charitable giving are what allows the Mission to help so many people in our community. Your tax-deductible donations are what fuel this Mission. Your kindness has helped provide thousands of men, women, and children with HOPE over the years. Though we have been helping the poor and homeless in Modesto for 73 years, we really feel as though we are just getting started. There are more amazing things to come and thank you as always for your donations!
Jason Conway, Executive Director
New Life Program Graduate 2008
What challenge are you facing this week? Is there something you need to do, but you are dreading it? Or maybe you know there is something God is asking you to do, but you don’t want to do it. Whatever we are facing, God promises to not only be with us, but to go ahead of us and stay with us! He tells us not be afraid, and not be discouraged! My prayer is that this powerful promise from God’s Word will give you the courage you need right now, and in the days ahead.