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

I’m a runner, and I’ve been a runner all my life… until now.

My name is Candy. All my life, I’ve been a runner. I’ve run when things have been good, and I’ve run when things were bad. I ran from my husband, who verbally and sexually abused me. I ran from my pain, and ran into the terrible arms of meth. For 10 years, I was addicted. I was so high I would clean everything in sight . . . and then I would clean it again.

I’m a runner, and I’ve been a runner all my life . . . until now

“All my life, I was told I had no value. Rejection seemed to be my middle name”

As if that wasn’t enough, I would go over and clean my neighbor’s house. I remember the time I wrote a 46-page letter to someone who was in prison. I overdid everything, and was messed up big time. Then one day Jesus said, Candy, slow down, and no more running. I heard his voice and I came to Holland Rescue Mission. And even though I had been here many times before, I was still welcomed with open arms. I came here when I had no place else to go.

Thank you for keeping these doors open for me

All my life, I was told I had no value. Rejection seemed to be my middle name. But here at the Mission people remind me I have value. Every day I feel loved. Everything about Holland Rescue Mission is uplifting and positive. So for me, there’s no more running . . . except into the arms of Jesus who loves me and has forgiven me of my sins. I’m so grateful for my Christian counselors. I can go to them at any time with any question and they are there for me. And you are there for me also through your generous donations. I cannot thank you enough for keeping these doors open for me. I will never be able to pay you back for your kindness, except to live a life that brings honor to my risen Lord. But maybe that’s the best payback of all.

Sincerely,
Candy