From The Director's Desk
We as Americans have so much to be thankful for… We have been one of the most blessed nations in all the world and throughout all civilizations! May we continually give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all His goodness to our beloved country and to each of us… not only during this Thanksgiving season but each day of our lives!!
Now I will share some great Thanksgiving quotes that I recently read. J.A. Shedd stated, “He who thanks but with his lips thanks but in part; the full, the true thanksgiving comes from the heart.” How very true this statement is! Genuine thanksgiving must come from our heart.
Edward Sandford Martin wrote, “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” How much we need our hearts right with God and with our fellow man. An Estonian proverb states, “He who does not thank for little will not thank for much!”
Noel Smith wisely wrote, “Gratitude is not a spiritual or moral dessert which we may take or push away according to the whims of the moment, and in either case without material consequences. Gratitude is the very bread and meat of spiritual and moral health, individually and collectively. What was the seed of disintegration that corrupted the heart of the ancient world beyond the point of divine remedy…? What was it but ingratitude?” May we all be continuing to develop our attitude of gratitude in our lives.
Lastly, I will close with what Jeremy Taylor beautifully stated, “God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted and thankful persons.” Indeed, through all your faithful and wonderful support you have put a song of thanksgiving on our hearts and the many homeless and needy people that we serve. It has been wisely said, “Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action!”
With a thankful heart,
Dave Scholl, Mission director
P.S. May you and your beloved family have a most blessed Thanksgiving season!
Celebrating 78 Years of God’s Awesome Faithfulness
Your Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women’s Shelter was founded on October 12, 1941, by Rev. and Mrs. Sylvester Sanford, a very godly and dedicated Christian couple. Therefore, here during October 2019, we joyfully celebrate our 78 years of ministry for the honor and glory and praise of our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Our Heavenly Father has so greatly blessed and directed and guided His work here at your Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women’s Shelter and Women’s Pregnancy Center.
As we commemorate our blessed 78 years, I am reminded of what Jeremiah the prophet recorded in Lamentations 3:23b, “Great is Thy faithfulness!” Truly our 78 year old Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women’s Shelter ministry is definitely a history of God’s awesome faithfulness of providing for all our needs through each of you .... Will you continue to faithfully support us so that we may continue to be the Matthew 25 Mission here in Galesburg, Knox County and West Central Illinois ministering “unto the least of these”? And please continue to pray daily for spiritual decisions, victories, growth and perseverance!
From The Desk of The Women's Pregnancy Center Director
September was a very busy month at the Pregnancy Center, and October has began the same way. In September we had six new clients!
The Center has a lesson program that is called “Earn While You Learn” and is geared to educating moms and dads. The main curriculum has lessons on the developing baby, labor and delivery, baby language and much more. The lessons continue in the area of life skills where moms can learn about managing finances, purchasing a car or insurance and other life skill information. There is a curriculum on parenting and discipline for children of all ages. The fourth curriculum offers lessons on Bible studies. A wide variety of lessons are offered and beneficial to all parents. When they are going through the curriculum they are able to earn Mommy Bucks. Mommy Bucks can be earned in other ways such at church attendance, reading a daily devotional, signing up for the programs and doing the lesson plans and homework.
It has been a joy to watch the moms go through the Earn While You Learn lessons and then exchange those Mommy Bucks for clothing, supplies and furniture for their babies. The moms have expressed how they enjoy the lessons and there are fathers who watch and enjoy the video lessons as well. Blessings to those dads for wanting to be a part.
Each of us at the Center enjoys watching them pick out some beautiful items from the Mommy/Baby Closet that you, our supporters, have helped provide through your donations. One mom in particular said, “First I need a crib, then I’ll save for a mattress, then save for the car seat, then I can focus on the other needed items.” This mom has exchanged her Mommy Bucks for each of the items listed. I personally am so proud of her and for putting her baby first. She came in the first week of October so excited to show us her sonogram pictures and share that she just learned she is having a baby girl. This same mom is not attending church yet but is reading a devotional daily. I would say the devotional reading is a spiritual beginning for her. God is working in ways we cannot even imagine.
Again I request your prayer not only for the Women’s Pregnancy Center but for each of these moms, dads and unborn babies. They need Jesus more than anything else, and prayer is powerful. Matthew 18:19 states, “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven”
Pregnancy Center Director
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.