God is teaching me something that is transforming my life

My name is Anthony. When I look at my past, I see nothing but utter chaos. I was doing drugs, fighting with my ex-wife, had a daughter who died in her crib, while all the time I just stayed addicted. I needed help and I needed it fast. When I first came to Holland Rescue Mission I was ashamed of this place.

God is teaching me something that is transforming my life

Now, I realize I was really ashamed of myself. I went to church until about the fourth grade, but that was about it. I remember how my mom would give my brother and me marijuana for Christmas. That’s when we were in junior high. Not a great way to start a life. That was a long time ago, but what you do early in life has a ripple effect for a long time. And even though I needed help, I still didn’t want to come to the Mission. But I’m glad I’ve stuck it out, because without this place of rescue I’d either be dead or in prison. I refused to live on the streets, so those were my only two options: death or getting locked up.

I now have hope for a new life

I have so many people to thank that I hardly know where to start. But I do know your donations are making a world of difference in my life. Some people say the homeless don’t want to change.

“I remember how my mom would give my brother and me marijuana for Christmas.” 

That may be true for some, but not true for me. Every day, God is doing something to transform my life. When I go to chapel, I take in what I hear, and I do my best to put it into practice in my daily life. At this Easter season, I’m especially grateful that God is giving me a new life and hope for a better future.

Your friend,
Anthony

God is using you and your donations in miraculous ways…

My name is Jose. I’ve always been a person who played by the rules. That’s why I’ve waited so long for my green card. I cannot work here in the United States, but one day I know God will provide a way for me. Before I arrived in this country I worked for 10 years in a bank. I studied law and I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Meanwhile, my wife and children were already here in the US. But for the time being, it’s difficult for me to see my children.

God is using you and your donations in miraculous ways...

When I can see them, I try to be a good example to them as a father and as a human being. I’m a devout Christian and I also teach Sunday school. However, I had no place to stay. That’s why I’m so grateful for Holland Rescue Mission. I don’t know what I would do without the help of a loving God, a donor like yourself and my counselors here at the Mission.

You are so generous and I am so grateful

I’m also learning so much in the program here. I’m studying how to apply God’s principles to my life. The classes are practical, and every day I’m gaining a greater understanding of how to be God’s person. Many people you help at the Mission face challenges with drug and alcohol addictions. For me, I just needed to have a special place where God could restore my life.

“Every day, my heart rejoices in the Lord . . . because his ways are always perfect.”

I’m also learning so much in the program here. I’m studying how to apply God’s principles to my life. The classes are practical, and every day I’m gaining a greater understanding of how to be God’s person. Many people you help at the Mission face challenges with drug and alcohol addictions. For me, I just needed to have a special place where God could restore my life. And this is all happening day by day. Sometimes I wonder if you can possibly realize how much God is using you and your donations to help us who are in such great need. Every day, my heart rejoices in the Lord, because the ways of the Lord are always perfect. May God bless you at this Easter season.

Your friend,
Jose

I am now hopeful for my future… because I know God has great plans for my life

My name is Jane. I’m discovering life can be a joy when things are done the right way. But doing it the right way is not always easy. Unlike some of the men and women at the Mission, I am not addicted to drugs and alcohol. My addiction is shopping. I’m a shopaholic. On any given day you could find me in some store spending my life away.

I am now hopeful for my future . . . because I know God has great plans for my life 1

I was a dental technician for 22 years, so I had money. Trouble was that my money kept burning holes in my pockets. But after I lost my job, became homeless for three years, and had nowhere to go and no money for shopping, I knew I needed help. I’m grateful for the day that God directed my steps to Holland Rescue Mission.

God and this Mission are helping me become  spiritually stronger. 

Here I’m learning how to get closer to God and to serve Him. Everything about my classes is so practical. And  nothing is more practical than the Word of God. The  biggest change in my life, I believe, is how I think. My attitude is better, and I’m certainly spiritually stronger. The freedom I have in Christ is setting me free from my past. If you asked me what my poorest choices in life have been, I would have to say there are so many I would not be able to tell you. There were so many. But I can tell you the best choice I ever made was to come to Holland Rescue Mission, where I’m finally allowing God to take control of my life.

Thank you for the food, clothing, counseling and safe shelter I receive here. I don’t think the Mission could survive without the generosity of someone like you. It’s my prayer that you and your family will enjoy a wonderful holiday season.

Sincerely,
Jane

“I am not addicted to drugs and alcohol. My addiction is shopping. I’m a shopaholic.”