Dear Friends of the Mission,
From the heart of Chaplain Hawk, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. It’s a special time of year and we would like to say from all of us at the mission – MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Growing up, like most children, Christmas for me was all about the gifts. And is still that way, but a little different. The gift now is the one that means the most to me, God’s gift to this lost world, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Luke 2:11 “For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”Hallelujah!
We provide free food, clothing, and furniture year round and the Mission is a place to come hear the gospel of Jesus. This time of year is significant, and we will be sharing all these things again with your help. They will be given to children and families less fortunate than us. Gifts for the little ones (and the big ones) are always a blessing. Toys, hats, gloves, and socks will fill the mission with your help. As we close out 2016 let us march into 2017 with great rejoicing in our hearts for we serve the risen King Jesus. Praise the Lord!!!
From Chaplain Ted, Praise the Lord, I can almost smell the wonderful aroma’s of Christmas! The fresh crisp cold air, oyster stew, turkey, ham, lutefisk! Ok, not lutefisk, because if you have ever smelled it, well let’s just say it stinks. But for many this time of year stinks. Their families are broken and the aroma of booze breath or spilt beer is the memory. It may be abuse of many kinds, loneliness, and many other wounds. We can’t change the past, but it can be healed by Jesus and His Word.
That is what we will be doing this Christmas, because we are not just a shelter, but rather a gospel Rescue Mission. The gospel, that God sent His Son into the World so that a sinner like me can repent of my sin against God and be saved by putting my faith in what Jesus finished on the cross, realizing that He arose from the grave. He is coming back and until then we will share this good news with everyone we can! Faith in Jesus changes people.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18
Chaplains Ted, Hawk, and the entire team!
P.S The Banquets were a wonderful celebration of the Lord’s work! Significant dollars and pledges were made in response to the challenge given by some very generous hearts. Would you please consider a gift or pledge toward the ministry of Rescue? All pledges made and those given monthly help cover the monthly bills. We need your help. Would you like to see a testimony? Go to https://youtu.be/etyidAGB0W4.
If you would like to receive the links of other testimonies from the Banquet email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pinnacle Bank Challenge! Until January 31, 2017, Pinnacle Bank is putting up a $3000 dollar matching gift challenge! Pinnacle Bank will match every donation brought into one of four locations that is deposited into the Columbus & Living Water RESCUE Mission’s account, up to $3000.00 in total donations. The donations must be brought directly into Pinnacle Bank locations at Columbus, Humphrey, Shelby, or Osceola. JUST ASK TO HAVE YOUR DONATION DEPOSITED INTO THE COLUMBUS & LIVING WATER RESCUE MISSION MATCHING ACCOUNT! If you desire a potential tax deduction for the year 2016, your gift must be deposited by December 31st into Pinnacle Bank. (Previously called Columbus Rescue Mission account.)
Cornerstone Bank Challenge! Until January 31, 2017, Cornerstone Bank is putting up a $1000 dollar matching gift challenge! Cornerstone Bank will match donations brought into the bank that are deposited into the Columbus & Living Water RESCUE Mission account, up to $1000.00 in total donations. The donations must be brought directly into the main bank or any of its branch’s. JUST ASK TO HAVE YOUR DONATION DEPOSITED INTO THE COLUMBUS & LIVING WATER RESCUE Mission MATCHING ACCOUNT! If you desire a potential tax deduction for the year 2016, your gift must be deposited by December 31st. (Previously called the Living Water Rescue Mission account.)
Thrivent Financial, If you have insurance or investments with Thrivent Financial, you may be eligible to designate Thrivent Choice dollars to the Columbus & Living Water Rescue Mission. Their programs give eligible members an opportunity to suggest where Thrivent distributes some of its charitable outreach funds each year. If you have any questions, please contact a Thrivent Financial Representative for more information. Thrivent Financial is a Christian financial services organization, which has been helping member owners be wise with money, and live generously by providing financial guidance that connects faith and financials for good.