From the Director
Here in February as we celebrate Valentine’s Day with its emphasis on love (oven just gushy, mushy, and sexually romantic love), I am reminded that the total existence of the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women’s shelter is based on God’s love.
Because of God’s unconditional love, we exist to provide shelter, food, clothes, and counsel to anyone in need…no matter what age, sex, nationality, religion, or ethnic origin. By god’s grace, se attempt to minster to the total needs of what society calls unlovely, poverty-stricken, homeless and abused. Our clients come from various occupations and backgrounds. Some are very gifted people with many interesting stories to share. But as I have written in previous articles, the number one cause for homelessness is addictions, alcohol, drugs, gambling, and immorality! Their lives are often on a downward spiral for many years and all because of addictive and rebellious lifestyles. It saddens our hearts as we see younger clients for these very reasons.
So, you may wonder why all of this in February when we usually focus on love. It is because here at the mission we are often called on to show tough love. This is the hardest part of our ministry here. When some clients are continually in and out of the mission, in the same old addictive and rebellious lifestyles, we realize the importance of confronting in love and providing godly counsel.
We believe that your Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's Shelter is not a doormat to enable people to continue living degenerate, miserable lives. We try to assist them in evaluating their lives and situations and share that Jesus is the only one who can totally transform their lives. We desire that everyone become an accountable and responsible citizen. This is the reason for our tough love as well as God’s unconditional love. Just as in Jesus’ earthly ministry, He showed love to everyone, and yet, he challenged and called them to become part of God’s kingdom.
Tough love must also be evident in our homes. There may be times when parents must show tough love to rebellious and wayward children, even going so far as to put the rebellious one out of the home. Truly no parent ever enjoys doing this; nor do we at the mission. We never enjoy discipling our clients to this extent. The same is true in an adulterous marriage situation. One spouse must use tough love with the unfaithful partner.
In closing, please pray for us in this outreach ministry for Christ. Pray that God will continue to give us wisdom and discernment as we minister to each client. Pray that the tough love we must display will be received by each of these hurting individuals so they will come to their senses and acknowledge their sins against God and others (cf. the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:17-18).
Our goal is for each client to walk with God and become a responsible, productive citizen. In God’s time, may they transition back into society by finding a job that will allow them to live independently. Will you continue to assist us in this special ministry? Praise the Lord for his great grace that can transform lives.
By His everlasting love,
From The desk of The Pregnancy Center Director
Luke 10:2 says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Looking back on 2019, it was a busy year full of blessings. The Women’s Pregnancy Center saw a total of 104 different clients in 229 visits. For 42 of these women, it was the first time they had been to the clinic. Eleven of our clients gave birth. Throughout the year we also presented196 Earn While You Learn lessons to expectant mothers. These sessions sometimes included fathers, husbands, grandmothers and friends.
In 2019, volunteers graciously served 574 hours at the center. I’m especially thankful for these precious volunteers and the one who kept our social media up to date. We were also blessed with contributors that helped our ministry with donated items, monetary gifts, and encouraging comments.
It is a blessing to know that babies will continue to be born and we at the center want moms to know that we are here to support them. Would you take a moment to reread the verse at the beginning of this article and prayerfully consider volunteering?
Serving at the Women’s Pregnancy Center is more than a job. It’s a spiritual blessing. One does not have to have exceptional skills or serve extensive hours. One just needs to allow God to do the calling and the equipping. Any amount of time would be appreciated.
If you or someone you know might be interested in serving, please contact the center at (309) 343-4739 on Mondays 10-4 pm or on Wednesdays 2-5 pm. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to speak with you personally.
God bless each of you and thank you for praying.
Very Important Notice
Because we switched our phone service from Century Link to Comcast in 2018 in order to be better stewards of God's resources, we discovered that we are no longer listed in the 2019 Century Link phone book or the 2019-2020 Yellowbook. The Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women's Shelter, located at 435 East Third Street, Galesburg, Illinois, continues to have our (309) 343-4151 phone number! Our Women's Pregnancy Center's phone number is (309) 343-4739 and is located at 1252 East Fremont Street in Galesburg. Please add these phone numbers to your phone book or other phone lists and share our phone number with others....
Thanks for your great help in this matter.