From the Director
For my short Christmas article, I will share that great Bible verse of John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Praise our Almighty God for His Divine Incarnation in the person of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ! Truly the most awesome gift of love!! The great question for all of us is have we beheld His Glory? Now some inspiring Christmas quotes from great men and women of God...
“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the incarnation.” – J.I. Packer
“Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the ground, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear Him—and so on this cloudless night He went to simple shepherds,” wrote Max Lucado. May we all take time for Jesus!
“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world,” stated C.S. Lewis. And as quoted by Vance Havner, “Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man –His unspeakable gift of His son, and the gift of man to God—when we present our bodies a living sacrifice.” John R. Rice writes, “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father's face and tell Him you have received His Christmas gift.” And David Jeremiah states, “All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.”
Benjamin Franklin stated, “How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts.” And to quote John Piper, “The only people whose soul can truly magnify the Lord are … people who acknowledge their lowly estate and are overwhelmed by the condescension of the magnificent God.”
“Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of lives manifest the presence of God.” – George F. McDougall
“And when the Lord Jesus has become your peace, remember, there is another thing: good will towards men. Do not try to keep Christmas without good will towards men.” – Charles Spurgeon
“The great challenge left to us is to cut through all the glitz and glam of the season that has grown increasingly secular and commercial, and be reminded of the beauty of the One who is Christmas.” – Bill Crowder
In closing, I share this very profound quote by Corrie Ten Boom: “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”
Truly your Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women's Shelter and Women's Pregnancy Center are all about sharing this one and only perfect, greatest and complete gift of our Precious and Awesome Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Thank you so very much for faithfully and sacrificially giving so that we may minister God's truths and love!
Celebrating Christ's birth and His glory,
P.S. May you all have a most blessed and inspiring Christmas season!!
Year End Giving
If you have not noticed by now…it is December! This means you only have thirty-one days left in 2019 to make your contributions to your favorite charities in order to deduct them on your 2019 tax returns. Jesus said in Matthew 22:21, “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Praise God that we are still able to give to His work here in our country as a tax deduction.
We appreciate all your donations and support! Contributions, other than cash, can be made through memorials, stocks, bonds, vehicles, other personal property, real estate, life insurance, bequests, annuities, wills and a variety of other ways. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law and most welcome!
We receive no government funding because we do not want our Christian message compromised. We are able to minister to the total needs of the hungry, homeless, hopeless, abused and addicted because of the financial support of individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and other groups. Thank you for your compassionate support!
From The Desk of The Women's Pregnancy Center Director
The following testimony is from one of our clients at the Pregnancy Center. Embrace her heartfelt message:
My story started when my mom was fifteen, raped and, as a result, I was conceived. My mom kept this secret until the week I was born. She had not told her own mother in fear that she would encourage her to abort. She loved me from the second she knew I was forming. She met my dad just three weeks before I was born, and he loved the both of us the way my mom thought no man ever could. This year they celebrated thirty years of marriage.
I was a fifteen year old sophomore in high school and learned I was pregnant. I was scared, embarrassed, ashamed and thought my life was over. I was fearful of how my parents would react. When I found the courage to tell my mom I also asked her if I could have an abortion. My mom said “NO!” I fought her on this, but she stuck to her beliefs. My dad who was a very strict and firm man showed me that the love for this child was above all. My fears started going away because of the love and support of my family.
Now, at eighteen I was making my own decisions. I had a boyfriend and as our relationship grew his treatment of me grew with verbal and physical abuse. I thought he could change, but after a year and a half of marriage the cheating, lies and abuse became so much that I left him. Soon after he moved away and has never seen his children again. It was a very dark time in my life and I turned to alcohol. Raising two children on my own was a real struggle. Looking back I now realize that it was by God’s grace that I made it through.
A year later I met my husband of today and right from the beginning he showed me respect and genuinely cared for me and my boys, but I knew I really needed to know his character before allowing him into our lives. I realized I had found someone who had the same kind of love my dad had for my mom.
I was now pregnant with my third child, but this time it was different. I wasn’t scared, I was happy and ready to have a family together. So we moved to Galesburg to be near my parents because we would need their support, since both of us would need to work to provide for our family.
My happiness soon turned into anxiety like I’ve never felt before. My conscience became very heavy, and I was having panic attacks daily. Then over time it was revealed to me that it was the guilt of all the sin in my life. I knew who the Lord was, but I never lived for Him. I realized it wasn’t me who did it all during those tough years; it was the Lord providing, protecting and giving me strength. The Lord made it all possible because with man it is impossible. I finally surrendered and turned from the enemy’s way of life and confessed Jesus’ Name. I had to tell my boyfriend! I needed to share with him that I was going to start serving the Lord and not live the same life I had been living and would be celibate until marriage. A decision I knew that could possibly make him leave. But instead he proposed, and we got married the same day I was baptized. I truly had a whole new life!
We learned I was pregnant again, but this time done the Lord’s way. We were both a little nervous as my parents were no longer in Galesburg and our expenses would increase. That is when the Lord led me to the Women’s Pregnancy Center. They immediately became a support system. Even though this was my fourth child there was much I could learn. I have now been going to the Pregnancy Center for two years and I couldn’t begin to tell you what a blessing all the ladies have been to me. I pray other women find their way there.
I now have four beautiful children. I have Jesus and a life I never imagined I could have. It wasn’t easy, but with the Lord by my side I made it.
I thank God that my mom chose life. This is why we must stick to our beliefs and be advocates for these unborn babies who deserve a right to life. We never know who God will put in our path to help. We must keep this natural cycle going! It doesn’t matter how bad the circumstance, it can always get better through Jesus Christ! --M.H.
Luke 2:11: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Merry Christmas from the Women’s Pregnancy Center,
Darlene, Jan, Janeen, Jennifer, Deb, Bev, and Jackie
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.
We are planning for approximately 120 Christmas baskets of food and toys for needy families and individuals.
We appreciate your donations of canned goods and other food items and especially gifts for 12 to 15 year old boys and girls for this special Christmas ministry! Also, very clean, unbroken and good condition used toys are acceptable.
Remember, we will need to have your donations by Tuesday, December 17, in order to get them distributed before Christmas! We plan to give out our Christmas boxes of food and toys on Thursday, December 19, and Friday, December 20. Thanks for all your gifts of love to help the needy have a blessed Christmas!
Items Not Needed
PLEASE NOTE—Here at the Galesburg Rescue Mission, we are able to purchase cereals and cake mixes from the Moline Food Bank at a rate of $.18 per pound. Therefore, you would not need to purchase these expensive items for us. We write this to help you to be good stewards of God’s resources!