My hand was already on the phone ready to call a divorce lawyer…

We are the Boynton family. I was ready for a divorce lawyer. Our marriage was in serious trouble, and I saw divorce as the only way out. As I was about to make that call to the lawyer, Charles sent me a Facebook message with his phone number. I called the number, and Charles and I set up a time for breakfast together.

From a life of being abused . . . to being loved by people who care

I’m glad I called Charles and not the lawyer . . . because God is now restoring our marriage and bringing hope to our family. We had been at the Mission before, but we broke some of the rules. We were rude and did not appreciate all that was being offered to us. But by the grace of God and the goodness of the hearts of the people at Holland Rescue Mission, we have been allowed to return.

“If you had seen us before and compare what you see today, you would see an entirely different family.”

Our attitudes are different, and we now know how much we are blessed by being here. Charles is in the Life Applications program, and I am studying culinary arts. If you had seen us before and compare what you see today, you would see an entirely different family. We are even paying off past debts and saving money for an apartment. Once we leave the Mission, we don’t plan to return, except to pay our friends a visit . . . and once again to say thank you.

Thank you for keeping the doors of the Mission open for a family like ours

Our faith has never been stronger than it is today

Charles and I both thank you for everything you provide for us: the food, the clothing, the safe shelter, and the wonderful Christian environment for our daughter. Our faith has never been stronger and our relationship with each other has never been greater. We are thankful every day of the year for your kindness, but we’re especially grateful at this Easter season as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. God bless you, and thank you for caring so much.

Sincerely,
Charles and Phyllis Boynton

From a life of being abused… to being loved by people who care.

My name is Amanda. I’m at Holland Rescue Mission because my three kids and I had nowhere else to go. I was in a terrible relationship for many years, and the constant abuse finally got to the point right where I couldn’t take it anymore. It seems like being abused has been the center point of my life, starting with my dad, who was a coke addict. He was a hippie, and he pretty much ignored me — except to abuse me physically and verbally.

From a life of being abused... to being loved by people who care.

There were pot plants all over our house. One day, I even saw some deer eating his pot. That was quite a sight. When my father wasn’t looking, I would go to his ashtray and smoke whatever pot was left. In a nutshell, that was my life. My mom died when I was 18, and I don’t know why, but I blamed her death on God. I was angry at Him for a long time. But I’m happy to say all my former anger is now in the past, because today I love the God I once hated. I have my smile back. I’m more talkative. I’m finally discovering who I am and what God wants for my life.

Thank you for giving my kids and me shelter and food

My goal now is to return to school and continue my studies in criminal justice. I’ve already done a year and a half of coursework and I look forward to completing my degree. One thing’s for sure: I would not have this motivation to succeed in life if it were not for the Mission and all the people here who are on my side. I also consider you as one of those people, because your donations are giving my kids and me a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.

“. . . all my former anger is now in the past, because today I love the God I once hated.”

But more than that, you are helping my family discover how much Jesus loves us. I’ve never been happier and my relationship with God is growing closer each day.

Sincerely,
Amanda

God bless you for the love you pour into our hearts day after day

At the Mission I’m discovering what life is really all about… and it’s about God, not about me.

My name is Mannie. Before I share my testimony, I want to say your donations and acts of service have helped to save my life. When you give to Holland Rescue Mission, you become a part of someone that will live forever. That means I will always remember you and your great kindness.

At the Mission I’m discovering what life is really all about... and it’s about God, not about me.

I’m at the Mission because of a series of bad choices. In my younger days I had great aspirations as an athlete. But drugs messed me up. I looked forward to a career in football. But I blew all my university scholarships. I was always expected to do well. Instead, I started partying and I stopped studying, both of which put me out on the streets and ultimately behind bars from 2006 to 2009.

Thank you for my second chance at life.

As I look back on my life, I now see it was the drugs that were doing the talking. But even in my mess I was developing a good work ethic. The trouble was I’d be up at the wee hours working at being a better, more effective drug dealer. But what a difference God makes. Now that I have God in my life, I’m learning I don’t have to be a tough guy to get what I need.

“I’m understanding I don’t have to be a tough guy to get what I need in life.”

Now my desire is to be a man of God. My counselors here are helping me see my potential. But I don’t want to make the mistake of living life on my own. I must continue to have God as my center if I’m ever going to make it. I now realize you can gain the whole world and still lose your own soul. God bless you for all you are doing to give me a second chance at life. Thank you.

Your friend,
Mannie

The good news is God is keeping us together… and that’s the definition of a miracle

We are Bob and Sharon, and we want to express our thanks to a loving God, to Holland Rescue Mission, and to you who give so much to help give us a new life.

Bob’s alcoholism for 20 years was difficult for me. I was angry at him all the time, and I kept wondering if things would ever improve. The good news is we are still together, and Bob is now sober.

The good news is God is keeping us together . . . and that’s the definition of a miracle

At first he didn’t want to go to any of the Mission’s programs, but then suddenly it clicked, most notably when God’s Word began to take hold of his life.

For me, the Mission is a refresher course on the Bible. I’m so encouraged by everything I read in the word of God, and I am especially grateful to a Mission staff that is always available to reach out to me when I need help, and I often need help. It’s amazing what the Christian walk is doing in our lives. And this Mission? Well, if you’ve ever been here, you know that it’s nicer than a college dormitory. It is clean, well run and a good place to call home for this time in our lives. We are confident God has great plans for our future.

“You are giving us a chance we feel we don’t even deserve.”

I also want to say a word of thanks at this Thanksgiving season to you who help people you don’t even know. You are giving us a chance we feel we don’t even deserve. But by God’s grace, you are always there with your donations and so many other acts of Christian service. Bob and I cannot thank you enough. I also want to leave you with a verse that has become our motto for living . . .

Jeremiah 29:11 . . . “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Bob and I praise God for the encouragement that comes from that word of Scripture.

Your friends,
Bob and Sharon

Holland Rescue Mission Annual Event – Thursday, September 24

Holland Rescue Mission Annual Event - Thursday, September 24

Restoration Campus
661 E. 24th St., Holland

Thursday, September 24
Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.

As a friend of Holland Rescue Mission, you’re invited to join us for this history-making event. Enjoy a catered dinner while listening to testimonies from guests and updates from our Executive Director, Darryl Bartlett, including a big reveal on the future of the Mission!

Tickets are free, but space is limited, so please notify us of any cancellations. To make reservations, fill out the form below or call 616.396.2200.