Looking outside the frosted window, you see the first snowfall of the year and the reflection of the freshly lit and decorated Christmas tree. Family is gathered around the dinner table prepared to eat a warm, delicious Christmas meal followed by the exchanging of gifts, singing Christmas carols, and sharing and celebrating the wonderful news of the birth of Jesus Christ.
This describes the visions we have about the Christmas season, and this is the type of experience we want to provide for the men, women, and children at the Holland Rescue Mission. There is no better way to share Christ’s love than to invest in another person’s life, which is exactly what our community is doing this Christmas season.
If you were to walk into our Men’s Ministry Center or Family Hope Ministry Center, you would see lit Christmas trees, hanging ornaments, evergreen garlands, Christmas candles, and more. You would see residents gathered around the dinner table eating a warm, delicious Christmas meal with one another. You would see Christmas gifts being exchanged Christmas morning. You would see individuals coming in to provide a special Christmas event or share Christmas carols with our residents, but most importantly, you would see devotions, chapel, and church services focused on the gospel and the birth of Jesus Christ.
This experience would not be possible without the involvement and volunteer services of churches, businesses, families, and individuals in our community. We have volunteers decorate our facilities with Christmas decor, volunteers prepare and serve meals, volunteers provide gifts through our Emergency Shelter Gift Bag and Adopt-A-Friend programs, and volunteers who get involved with singing Christmas carols, providing special craft nights for the children, speaking at chapel services, and investing in the lives of our residents.
The Holland Rescue Mission is thankful for the involvement of all volunteers through their financial donations and the time they invest into the lives of our families. We are blessed by the community we live in and their willingness to not only be involved this Christmas season but throughout the entire year. We are thankful for the community involvement in our ministry, for praying for our ministry, for investing in the lives of the men, women, and children here, and for sharing the great news of Christ.
“And the angel said unto them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
-Anna Southwell, Volunteer/Event Coordinator