Questions on Rescue Missions

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Does your city have one (or homeless mission or whatever new name they use)?

    Involved?

    What type of ministry do they have?

    Successful?

    Thanks
     
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    We have a rescue mission. But it does not offer homeless shelter. It does offer a food pantry ... distributing government commodities, and a thrift store where you can purchase things given to them for free.

    But the bigger town over...Poplar Bluff, there is the Rescue Mission that offers a Mens homeless Shelter, food pantry, and thrift Store. Those staying in the homeless shelter have to get a job, or work in the store, driving trucks to pick up stuff, or whatever.

    They also provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to the community, which anyone wishing to serve may do so. Me and my children spend both times doing this. We have our dinners day before, or much later in the day.

    In our town, The Ministrial Alliance will pay for a couple of nights at a motel for those broke down or passing through, and many assorted churches will provide meals, or food.

    Sherrie
     
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    Here in San Francisco, we have many "rescue missions/homeless ministries-shelters". They range from St. Anthony's Dining Room (RC) and Glide Memorial Methodist (Rev. Cecil Williams, Pastor) to the San Francisco Jesus Saves Gospel Mission. The SFJSGM has been in business on Sixth Street for over 50 years. It is not as flashy as the others and you won't see Mayor Willie Brown serving meals there. But, the SFJSGM has ministered to the inhabitants of San Francisco's Skid Row for low these many years. (Obviously, this is the organization my home church supports financially and by supplying preachers for the evening services.)
     
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    Casper started an old-fashioned rescue mission in the early 80's.

    Soup kitchen, preaching each night, shabby.

    Then it went "evangelical" and raised money to convert a hotel.

    BUT . . stopped the preaching, etc so they could qualify for $$ from the government.

    So we stopped supporting it. They do have a good program of discipleship and one-on-one Bible study (instead of preaching).

    And works as homeless shelter, battered women shelter, too.
     
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    I know a man who worked in a rescue mission and he told me that a number of people that were regulars there would just sit and not participate in the service, He told me it was obvious that they didn't want to hear what was being said. So I wonder if part of the decision to change might be due to that matter. The personal attention that Bible study and discipleship gives allows for more personal interaction and actual one on one help.

    When I came to Christ I waa a person that hated church. I saw a number of things that were just ritualistic and didn't reach the heart of the people. I saw loads of religion and not a relationship. Fortunately for me the man who led me to Christ followed me up for the next two years. Then for the next 20 years I had a relationship with a much older man that cared enough to hold me accountable wherever I went and whatever job I held. He always wrote me and asked me how I was doing spiritually. So for the first 22 years of my Christian life there was always someone who held me accountable. I believe I am doing ministry today because of those two men.
     
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    In Gaston County, the Salvation Army runs a homeless shelter, and there are several others in Gastonia. In Belmont there is a BAttered women's shelter run by the nuns.

    Our church has a compassion house, which has two single woemn and their children living in it right ow. Both ladies and children moved there from the SA homeless shelter.
     
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    Next to where I once worked in Hagerstown, Maryland was a large "Rescue Mission." Actually, it served more, by facilitating bums in their shiftless lifestyle, to keep men in bondage than to "rescue" them.

    The man who ran it actually had the gall to write a letter to the editor of the local paper complaining about the prostitute problem around the "Mission." Now isn't that a joke!

    Mark Osgatharp
     
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    ]Does your city have one (or homeless mission or whatever new name they use)?
    We have several. One is actually called "Rescue
    Mission," while the others have their various
    names and sponsors. The Salvation Army also
    runs a few homes -- some for one-nighters, one
    for families in distress (sort-term) and one for
    unwed pregnant mothers. We also have a few
    sheklters for abused women and one for abused
    men.

    Involved?
    I have been far more involved in the past than I
    am now. Now, my involvement includes merely
    bringing fresh food to one of the shelters for
    abused women and their families and contri-
    butions to the Rescue Mission. This is mainly
    because I have just come off giving to those who
    ask on the street -- deciding not to give to them
    anymore but to give to legitimate organizations
    instead.

    What type of ministry do they have?
    In this town, I don't know. As far as I know,
    neither offer spiritual guidance at all, although
    the Rescue Mission use to. While I was not
    involved in ministry to the Rescue Mission in this
    town, I know tha churches used to go there in
    the evenings and present religious services. I
    was involved in rescue mission religious services
    in another town, though, and I saw absolutely no
    result ever. The Salvation Army, of ocurse, holds
    their own religious services in their facilities, as
    do the RCC shelters.

    Successful?
    I, personally, do not know how to measure success
    in facilities where the numbers do not dwindle but,
    rather, grow.

    Thanks [/QB][/QUOTE]
     
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    I don't know if I honestly believe that the shelter itslef is the answer but rather, investing time into individuals on a long term basis. But we do that anyway through our normal ministry, so why not do it for the homeless.
     

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