LISTEN ONLINE: Sharlotte’s Story
Just one year ago, Sharlotte was forced to face a young mother’s worst fear. The house she rented was taken away from its owner and Sharlotte and her two children were left homeless. Suddenly, instead of buying supplies and clothes for a new school year, Sharlotte wondered about where her kids would sleep and how she could feed them.
“Endless worrying, you know, just worrying. Crying because they look at me like I’m the support. I AM their support. So my main goal was that I have to do something for (my kids).”
Thanks to your generous support of the mission, Sharlotte and her family did have a place to go for healing and hope and safe shelter.
“It’s been hard, but if it wasn’t for us being able to come here, I don’t know where we was going to go. They definitely rescued us! It don’t bother me as far as going without what I need because I brought these kids into the world and if it wasn’t for Christ and the mission, I don’t know where I would have been. I really don’t.”
There’s another blessing to Sharlotte’s story. Because her children were able to attend their old school while staying at the mission, their grades didn’t suffer and they learned a valuable lesson in compassion. When the children received food from their school, they gave it to a homeless woman they met in the park.
“They got off the bus one day and they had these backpacks and so we met a lady in the park and she never had any food so now they gave her, every Friday they get off the bus and they come up and he was like ‘Mom, can we give it to her?’ And I was like ‘ya!’ And they gave her two things of food from, you know the school, they give them backpacks full of food. I want them to know we were less fortunate before. Some people are less fortunate than we are.”
Thanks to you, the family will enjoy this holiday season in their own home and Sharlotte is very thankful.
“Our Christmas is, we have a home, we’re all together, we’re happy. That’s our Christmas! And God gave us that so on his birthday, on celebrating his birthday, because look what he gave us, he provided us with a home.”
LISTEN ONLINE: Brian’s Story
For Brian, a lifelong struggle with anger was proving to be a major roadblock to healing himself and his family. “I was trying to look for work and different things, but I was so uncomfortable because I hadn’t worked for like eight years. But I was being angry at the same time so it was really a dysfunctional situation. I had anger issues ever since I was a child. Outbursts all the time as a child, fighting with everybody, you know. My nickname was ‘black-eye Bri’, you know. And I was a middle child of 11 children. I did have anger issues all my life.”
In coming to the mission, Brian began to learn from God’s word that there is a solution for the issue of anger and that solution is found in Christ.
“About three months in I was reading a Scripture about Christ looked out with compassion upon the multitudes, he saw that they were like sheep without a shepherd, and ever since that point I’ve been compassionate, loving, and kind. I haven’t had a cross word to say to anybody. And the Lord has just totally transformed me.”
Thanks to your generous support of the mission, Brian and so many others like him, have come to know the peace and healing found only in Christ.
“I would say, if that mission wasn’t there and I had to go a different route, I would probably be maybe somewhere in the middle ground, not like this. God drew me there, God transformed me. He used the people there to facilitate his work in me. I would say, the Brian Mangus I once knew is completely, utterly gone and I am a new creature in Christ. I have absolutely no connection to that man.”
Congratulations to our newest GRADUATES! These determined men and women have completed Life Skills classes and the 8 week “Jobs for Life” course during their stay at the Rescue Missions. These courses use biblical based training and mentoring to address the issues of joblessness and help people build skills to help them gain employment. If you’d like to learn more about how to become a mentor, contact Jill at 989-893-5973, ext.215 or on our website. #BayCity #Saginaw #R3MMinistries
LISTEN ONLINE: Darryl’s Story
“You know, I didn’t even know what the word homeless meant. You don’t pay much attention when you’re on the other side. Next thing I know, I’m on a park bench. I’m sleeping behind dumpsters. It was a nightmare, it was a nightmare.”
When Darryl’s mother and grandfather passed away quickly, it rocked his world. In taking time to be with family, he was also away from work too much and ended up loosing his job. From there, the spiral of poverty began taking its toll.
“I lost my job first. That was the most important one. I’d been there 25 years. Next thing you know, my house was in foreclosure because I couldn’t make my house payments. I lost my home. Then I lost my car. Then I lost my license. But it all happened at once and it all happened within a two month span. So I went from being totally employed, having a solid home and a good family – to zero.”
Because of your generous compassion and support of Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, Darryl found a place to go where he could heal and could put the pieces of his life back together.
“Ya, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been to other shelters before and they’re like 30 days and out, 90 days and out, no programs, you’re on your own for seeking employment and all that stuff. When I got here, the first thing I noticed was I got sat down and I was told ‘look, you can either just go right through here and bounce out to another shelter or you can take advantage of what we’ve got to offer.’ And I said I’m one of those guys that wants to get back out there and I want to take advantage of what you’ve got to offer.”
Along with finding healing, a job, and a place to live, Darryl also found hope in Christ at the Mission. He learned that God loves him and has a plan for moving him forward.
“Again, He’s given me opportunity to get my life back together, but He’s letting me do it. Once I started making a step, all of a sudden all these doors opened up and you could just tell something was going on, you know. It’s like every time I needed something, it showed up. Every time I prayed about something, there it was. The people that work here care. The people here will all help you, you’re assigned a case manager. They’ve ALL helped me in different ways. All of them. But, you know, they all contribute and the programs they offer, they do work, if you want to put the effort into it. It’s there for you to use.”