Your donations and Christian giving are giving us a home…Thank you for your kindness

We are Jon and Crystal. Our story is perhaps different than most. We are at the Mission because we had nowhere else to go. Through a variety of circumstances, our kids were taken away from us, and now we are fighting to get them back. Now that we’re here at Holland Rescue Mission, we feel we have a better chance of being reunited with our family.

Your donations and Christian giving are giving us a home...Thank you for your kindness

If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know how it would feel not to have those you love with you. We used to live in a nice house, and things were going pretty well for our family. But life caught up with us, and we are now reliant on the generosity of others.

We know our family will be together again soon

Jon is legally blind and totally deaf in one ear, but he enjoys singing, especially Gospel music. Whenever he sings, I can see how relaxed he becomes. I do know he misses his guitar, and hopefully he will get another one soon. People often ask me what it’s like to marry someone who is blind. I can just tell you when you love someone, even something like blindness doesn’t bother you. We love each other, and we love our kids. Not to have them with us is painful, but we know we will be together again soon. The Mission is great
for both of us in so many ways. In fact, I have even been taking a GED course, and by the time you read this, I should have a high school diploma.
I don’t have words to describe how much we appreciate what you do for
the Mission and for us specifically. You give us the clothes on our backs,
nourishing food and shelter that is safe. I wish we could pay you back for your
kindness, but right now all Jon and I can say is thank you.

“. . . when you love someone even something like blindness doesn’t bother you.”

Now when I see trouble coming my way…I know God is always there to help me

My name is Travis. I thank God I came to Holland Rescue Mission. I’m young,
but in some ways I’ve already lived many lives — most of them wrong. I’ve been to jail too many times. I was always on a drinking spree, a stealing spree, a pot-smoking spree and a deceiving spree. I’d lie to people who were nice to me, and I didn’t even care. I think most of my friends would say I’m a good person who just keeps making stupid decisions. I had a street mentality, eager to manipulate anybody to get my way. I was a con and an expert at trickery.

This Program is difficult…but I know I must complete it

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I tell you all this so you can see what God has to work with. And He is working in my life in ways I never thought possible. The program here at the Mission is difficult, but I know if I want to change, I have to stick with it. And I plan to do just that. Today, when I see trouble coming my way, I ask God to help me. Most people on the street don’t see a way out. Like me, they feel lost, with no one to reach out to them. I think I’m finally beginning to live my life with the right motives — and one of those motives is to reach out to others, just as you are reaching out to me. I want to thank you for all you do to give me good food, shelter, clothing and Christian counseling. You lift my spirits up, and that means a lot to me. Here at the Mission, I’m washing dishes, and I volunteer at other times to help prepare meals. Each time I see someone we serve, I am reminded of where I once was. I know I could easily backslide. That’s why I need a Savior. Every day.

Travis

I finally realized it would either be God, death or jail.

My name is Heather. I should not be alive today. Were it not for the grace of God, I would be dead. I had 15 years of hard addiction. I started at 19, when I thought it was a lot of fun. In the end, it was not fun at all. At age 21, I was introduced to cocaine. And while I did that drug, I kept drinking. I would often take my paycheck, go to a bar and spend the entire $500 in one sitting. The next day I felt horrible. And still, I wanted alcohol and other drugs all the time. There was no ending the madness. If anyone needed a transformation of heart and spirit, it was Heather.

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I finally gave up and let God take over 

One night I was so drunk I couldn’t drive home. So I got a ride with a designated driver. On the way home, I was raped. Just another part of my life that was going south fast. I finally realized it would either be God, death or jail. There would be no middle road. That’s when I told God I was ready to do whatever He wanted me to do. I made that decision here at Holland Rescue Mission.

In less than six months, God has restored almost everything in my life. I think I may even get my daughter back. I went to dinner with my mom not long ago. These are things I never thought would happen. One of the great joys of my life is to be on the prayer team at church. I have been invited to help serve communion once a month, and before long, I will even have a seminary degree. So if you don’t believe in miracles, you and I need to have a little chat. I was once in a black hole. I didn’t care about anything. It didn’t bother me I was breaking God’s heart. Now, I finally have purpose in my life. Thank you for the role you continue to play in helping me rise from the dead to live a life that honors my Savior and Lord.

Heather