From the Director
Spiritual Goals for 2020
As we begin this new year and decade of 2020, I will share a few very godly and thought provoking statements that I recently heard or read. Billy Sunday stated, “The reason that a person cannot find God is the same reason that a criminal cannot find a police officer.” The criminal is not looking for a police officer… The criminal is actively avoiding any law official.” Many people in our world today are not looking for God but seeking to avoid God… seeking after the sinful pleasures of our world today! Jeremiah the prophet records our Lord’s Words, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings,” (Jeremiah 17:9, 10). Truly, we all desperately need God! Jeremiah also records these Words of God, “And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Indeed, the key is searching for God with 100% effort! …not 50, 75 or 95% effort but with 100% undivided effort!
King David warned his beloved son Solomon in I Chronicles 28:9c, “If you seek Him (God), He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him (God), He will cast you off forever.” Truly a great warning to each of us!
Hosea the minor prophet warned, “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you,” (Hosea 10:12). How much we need God’s righteousness for ourselves, our families, our nation and world!
For our nation desperately needs a spiritual awakening and revival here in 2020! Billy Sunday wisely stated, “They tell me revival is only temporary, so is a bath, but it does you good! Indeed, our country needs a spiritual revival!
John C. Maxwell, a noted Christian pastor and author, writes, “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them!” Truly, there are a multitude of things that need correction in America… abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriages, our movie and music industries, our pleasure seeking culture and many other vices!
And C.S. Lewis, a Christian author, wrote, “A man can no more diminish God’s Glory by refusing to worship Him, than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word darkness on the walls of his cell.” May 2020 be the very best year of our lives as we seek to bring Greater Glory to our Heavenly Father! Truly this is the ultimate goal of your Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women’s Shelter and Women’s Pregnancy Center. Thanks again for all your faithful and sacrificial support of our ministries here unto the “least of these”!
By God’s Awesome Grace
P.S. May you all have a most blessed 202 year, both spiritually and physically, through our Precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
From The desk of The Pregnancy Center Director
The year of 2019 passed so quickly. Looking back it has been a busy year. As I write this letter, we have seen thirty-nine new clients and nine babies have been born to date. What a joy to know that we have been able to help them in so many different ways. I hope that you enjoyed the testimony of one of our very own clients in last month’s newsletter. What a joy to see how God worked in her life and how she opened her heart to His leading.
As the year has passed I’ve learned more about pregnancy center work and I am hoping that we will be able to expand in ways that help and support all the women who come to us seeking information or services. The volunteers have been very gracious in serving our Lord in this setting. They show much compassion, grace, kindness and listen with a non-judgmental attitude.
We also welcomed our newest volunteer Deb Lindell. Deb and her husband attend Community Oaks Church and live in the Oak Run area. Deb went through our training program this past September and then joined us for hands on training in October. She will be ready in January to meet with clients and assist them in our lesson program and in other areas as well. Deb has a heart for the Lord and is doing a wonderful job. We are glad to have her on our team.
We are called to serve and though we may not always feel adequate or equipped we can know that God will do the equipping when we are doing His will. When God has a plan it comes together! When we pray to begin our day at the center we let God know that we cannot do this without Him. We need Him to take the lead.
First Corinthians 15:58 states, “Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
A big thank you to all of you for supporting the Women’s Pregnancy Center! We could not do it without you!! We look forward to your continued support of our Women’s Pregnancy Center in 2020! We look forward to your continued support in 2020!
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.