Looking into Stephanie’s PlayHaven out the window today it looked like someone shook a snow globe. It was active with kids playing and running around in the snow with lots of sounds of ‘fun’! No matter where they call home, kids know how to have fun. Sometimes as adults, we forget the importance of letting go and not being too serious. As we bring in a new year, remember God is in control. Thank you for supporting our guests and remember to thank God for your blessings.
“I don’t know what we would have done,” says Felicia now. She and her family have just moved into their new apartment and are very thankful this Thanksgiving. Three days before they moved out of shelter, ‘dad’ was overheard reading Scripture with their boys. Upon asking Felicia about that she says “Oh yes. He has always worked with the boys. He has Scripture cards. He reads the Scripture and questions and the boys use their Bible to find the answers.” She smiles as she makes the comments. It’s obvious it makes her mother’s heart very happy.
Moving back to Michigan to be near relatives, Felicia’s family found themselves unable to stay with their relatives until they were able to find employment and housing. Dad is still searching for employment. Never needing to stay in a shelter before they weren’t sure where to go. Upon calling the Mission to inquire, they were welcomed with open arms. “I didn’t want the kids sleeping in the car. That’s what we were facing. With snow coming, we had to get a roof over our heads,” recalls Felicia. But it wasn’t easy. Felicia and her husband have always been responsible and able to take care of themselves. At first, she was embarrassed they needed to stay in a shelter. “We are a regular family. We don’t have any addiction problems or a history of bad choices. I’m thankful for the help we received at the Rescue Mission from the staff there. Judi and Sue were my strength.”
LISTEN ONLINE: Michael’s story
Michael was hurting in a major way when he came to the mission. His habits were costing him dearly leading to hopelessness, homelessness, and despair. “It was very frightening at first, you know. Then, of course you don’t want to ask for help and I asked the Good Samaritan for help and their helping me now. They have very valuable resources, not only for single, but for us, you know, people with children, and wives and their lives have been destroyed. The mission lift them people up and point them in the right direction.”
Michael came to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City. Much like City Rescue Mission in Saginaw, the doors of the mission are open for those who need a place to go for healing, safety, rebuilding, and getting their lives pointing in the right direction. “It rescues you from addiction, alcohol, abuse, domestic violence. Just being alone, you know, a lot of people are just alone. It’s more than just homeless, it’s something more inside. I’m starting to heal now, changing my spirit.”
The word rescue is a powerful one, helping save someone from dyer trouble has many layers. At the mission, your generous support helps reach out to men like Michael and offer healing and hope for the days ahead. “Well, they offer a lot of resources here that are very valuable for a person in my situation and they point you in the right direction and they’re just very nice people and God-loving people that like to help people and they don’t judge people like most people would. I think without this mission in this community there would be a lot of hurt people right now and it’s very valuable for this community. There’s a lot of low income in Bay City and the homeless rate is outstanding here, there’s still people sleeping outside that I see.”
LISTEN ONLINE: Hydi’s story
Meet Hydi: A young lady who spent time in prison and was wrestling with a drug addiction so intense it was truly a life or death matter.
“Because of my addiction family didn’t know if they should take me in. They didn’t know what I was going to be like, you know, they didn’t really want to take a chance… and I can’t blame them for that. So I got paroled here. I’d wake up in the morning and that would be my first thought. And if i couldn’t get any more drugs at night, that would be my last thought is ‘how am i going to get more’. And I would say, you know, ‘I’m not going to do this tomorrow.. I’m not doing this anymore’, and I’d wake up and that would be the first thing ‘how am I going to get it… who am I going to mess over to get what I need to get?'”
At Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan we believe that the key to a fresh start is centered in Christ. Hydi discovered that wonderful reality and her life has turned around 180 degrees. Today she’s very thankful for the ministry of the mission.
“I’m just very grateful that it all worked out, it was all God’s plan. You know, brought me here, closer to Calvary, close to women who care about me, you know. I got close to myself here, you know, seeing obstacles that I could overcome. I feel they could have looked at me just like I was before but I believe they know that people change and, you know, they gave me that opportunity to prove to them that I have changed…
…and I truly believe that was God, you know.”