Thank you for being so faithful in supporting the Modesto Gospel Mission these past few months as we have stayed open and operating, meeting the needs of those who have no home to shelter in place. In the face of COVID-19 and the Coronavirus pandemic, you have continued to bless this ministry and those we serve with your financial generosity, countless volunteer hours, donated food, and prayers. During these trying times, your steadfast support of the Mission has been a beacon to those we aid – men, women, and children who are the most “at-risk” during this pandemic.
In the last two months, much has changed in our world, and that certainly rings true here at the Mission as well. In March, we identified that there are significant challenges within the home-bound senior community in obtaining vital food and household items, and so we developed a new program to help meet that need. Mission staff began delivering weekday “senior care packages” filled with essential items to anyone 60 years of age or older directly to their doorsteps.
This new care package program sparked a radical departure from our status quo. For years, we have focused almost exclusively on meeting the needs of the local homeless population and at-risk youth. However, we felt compelled by the Lord to expand our ministries to meet the needs of our senior neighbors during this pandemic since we had resources to help them. We are thankful for this opportunity to be servant ambassadors for Jesus in a new and different way. Like many of you, this pandemic is giving us the opportunity to contemplate and reflect on how we do things to help the poor and needy in our community.
Since the start of this new service, we have been able to complete 1,113 deliveries by distributing groceries and hygiene products directly to the doorsteps of many of our elderly neighbors in Modesto (and yes, these bags include toilet paper)!
“Just last night I prayed to God and told Him that I didn’t know how I was going to get groceries in my house. I have a couple of friends that sometimes take me grocery shopping, but they are not available because they are even older than I am, and they are afraid to leave their homes. I honestly didn’t know what we were going to do, and for the past two nights we simply ate hotdogs and beans.
I was sent a text message telling me what you guys are doing at the Modesto Gospel Mission, bringing food out to everybody over 60, and I was so grateful – that was a God thing. Although 65 is technically the elderly age, the fact that the Mission made it 60 allowed Evie (my roommate) and I to both be eligible and receive help, and we are very grateful. God is so good to answer my prayer that fast.” – Hope T, Care Package Recipient.
“During a hard time for us all, it’s been great to be able to be a part of the Modesto Gospel Mission’s Senior Care Package project. I have enjoyed making the care packages alongside volunteers and staff – all with the same desire to help those in need. The best part of this project has been delivering the care packages to the community and seeing how blessed people have been to receive them. Because of my previous lifestyle, this program has been extra special for me to witness. There were times I couldn’t think of helping others because I couldn’t even help myself. Struggling with addiction and homelessness was a very difficult time in my life, but I can now empathize with those going through this hard time. God put the Modesto Gospel Mission and people in my life that became the hands and feet of Jesus for me. Now that I have been established on the solid foundation of a life in Christ, I am able to focus on the needs of others.” – Cheyne E., New Life Program Disciple & Development Intern.
A message from our Executive Director: I am so proud to be part of this wonderful community as we have rallied to walk together through this situation caused by COVID-19. The Modesto Gospel Mission has pressed into this challenging time, privileged to do so with the Lord’s provision and the support of each of you. Daily we are meeting the essential needs of those that we serve; but we are also sharing hope and comfort through the good news found in God’s written Word. Each and every staff member at the Mission is humbled to partner with you in this ministry as we respond to the call of Jesus to serve those in great need with love and care. Thank you so much for your financial support, donations, and prayers during these difficult times.
Jason Conway, Executive Director
New Life Program Graduate 2008
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must
help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself
said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35