Forever Grateful

“For three years I wandered the streets of Boise as a result of my addiction to drugs. When other doors were closed, I knew I could count the Boise Rescue Mission to be there. Time after time they faithfully provided for my needs.

Today my plate is full, in fact it is overflowing, but I’ve never forgotten what it’s like to be hungry; physically or spiritually. Nor have I forgotten the repeated message Jesus gave to Peter, “If you love me, feed my sheep”. It’s a humbling call to those who answer it, for it reminds us that, as much as we have received GOD’s love, it is our mission to share the message of His love with others, in words and in deeds.

Forever grateful to the Boise Rescue Mission
Praying that your cup remains full

(Name removed)
5/2/13

Friends, this testimony is from a man who found Jesus and a new life at Boise Rescue Mission’s Front Street facility. He is a volunteer at the River of Life today, serving breakfast once a week to the guests.

We sometimes hear complaining about chapel: it’s too long, too loud, too hot, too cold. But we continue to preach Christ and Him crucified. “But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:12) This man is another testimony of that power of God.

Let’s never forget that our primary purpose is to do the work of Evangelists: proclaiming Christ, making disciples. Everything we do at the Mission is important and necessary, but if a person comes through our doors and leaves without having heard the Good News, or seen His love in action, or received a blessing, then we have failed in our responsibility.

Thank you for your service and thanks be to God for His Grace.
Rev. Bill Roscoe
Executive Director

Throw Out The Life-Line

This Friday Boise Rescue Mission Ministries will celebrate the graduation of 20 men and women from the New Life Program.  We are so proud of each of them.

The New Life Program is not easy. Overcoming addiction is not easy. These men and women have come through a very dark and difficult time, but the New Life Program has given each of them the opportunity for healing and restoration; their lives have been transformed.

I have been reading their testimonies and over and over again I see the words “Thank You!” Thank you to staff who, with patient perseverance, offered hope when all seemed hopeless. Thank you to donors who, with kindness, met their needs when everything seemed lost. Thank you to God who, with great love and mercy, is working in their hearts to heal the deepest wounds.

I read the testimonies and the words to an old rescue hymn came to mind:

Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave,
There is a brother whom someone should save.
Somebody’s brother! oh who then will dare
To throw out the Life-Line, his peril to share.

Throw out the Life-Line with hand quick and strong;
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See! he is sinking; oh hasten today
And out with the Life-Boat! Away, then, away!

Throw out the Life-Line to danger fraught men,
Sinking in anguish where you’ve never been:
Winds of temptation and billows of woe
Will hurl them out where the dark waters flow.

Soon will the season of rescue be o’er,
Soon they will drift to eternity’s shore;
Haste then, my brother, no time for delay,
But throw out the Life-Line and save them today.

(Edward S. Ulford, 1851 – 1929, “Throw Out The Life-Line”)

Thank you for making it possible for us to “throw out the Life-Line” to so many men and women who are finding new life through the ministry of the Boise Rescue Mission.

You are invited to join us for graduation on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 6:30pm. It will be held at Ustick Baptist Church, 14301 McMillan Road, Boise, ID  83713. Refreshments will be served afterward. Please RSVP if you have children who will be attending that will need childcare. For more information call 208-343-2389.

*If you would like a copy of this year’s Graduate Testimonies book, please contact Melanie, 208-343-2389, MelanieM@BoiseRM.org.

**If you would like to talk to someone about the New Life Program, women can call City Light Home for Women and Children at 208-368-9901; and men can call the Lighthouse in Nampa at 208-461-5030, or the River of Life in Boise at 208-389-9840.

Do you know the story of the 1st Rescue Mission?

This week we hosted over 20 Pastors and ministers at an appreciation luncheon at the Lighthouse Mission in Nampa. It was so good to meet and greet and eat with these co-workers and it gave me the opportunity to share a story that I love to tell.

Jerry McAuley, the man who is credited with starting the first Rescue Mission in the USA. Jerry, an alcoholic and convicted thief, spent over 16 years in the infamous Sing-Sing prison in New York City. There, alone in a cell with a Bible someone had left behind, Jerry found Jesus. And after his release and more than one “relapse” to drink, he began to live in the power of God.

Jerry married Maria, a former prostitute and alcoholic, and together, they determined to help others in the Bowery who were “down and out.” Every night after work they would hang up a sign on the corner of their flat. Maria would cook up a pot of soup, Jerry would get out his Bible, and they would welcome in any and all of the broken people wandering their street. Jerry would share his story of drunkenness, prison and finally, recovery and peace through faith in Christ. These poor, uneducated, simple people began what was to become the New York City Rescue Mission, still serving the people of that Bowery and surrounding areas.

One day someone asked Jerry, “Why do you give away the little that you have to these drunks, addicts and prostitutes?” Jerry answered, “Sir, there are many who will help the ‘worthy’ poor; but few to help the ‘unworthy poor’. We want to reach them for Jesus.”

Imagine considering yourself to be the ‘unworthy poor.’ Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary…and I will give you rest.” That is what we do at your Boise Rescue Mission Ministries. Thank you for your support!

What does homelessness look like?

“This morning I encountered a young man in the parking lot at the Lighthouse Mission in Nampa. He’s 18 years old, homeless and taking several psychotropic medications. He didn’t have a coat that fit him and he was having a bad reaction to his medications. As I talked with him it was clear that this young man needed “adult supervision” and after finding a coat, I made him an appointment with one of our counselors.

No sooner had he left my office than the phone rang, and a friend in Boise was calling to see if the Mission could help a single-mom with a teenage son and daughter. She had been out of work and evicted from her home. Presently, they were sleeping in her car. The kids are both in school and she works part-time, but cannot find housing.

These two incidents are not unusual. The old, alcoholic man on the street is no longer the “face of homelessness.”

Please, pray for our ministry team and pray for the people suffering through homelessness.”
Bill Roscoe

A Look at Volunteers

We all know that volunteers are a big part of any non-profit, but exactly how are they put to work at Boise Rescue Mission??
Volunteers do everything from stuffing envelopes to heavy lifting and painting.  Big and small chores alike, there are constantly needs at each of our facilities!

In the course of today alone, there will be roughly 60 volunteers pass through our doors to assist with various projects.  One woman in her 90s was at the administration office this morning stuffing envelopes and shredding documents. Simultaneously, 15 members of the Temple Rider Association affiliated with the LDS church came to help at the warehouse as well as do a working tour at River of Life.  This afternoon, about 15 students from Omaha, Nebraska came to the Mission as part of a YWAM Mission Adventure.  In the short time they were here, they sorted food donations onto pallets, completed a painting project at River of Life, and completed a working tour of City Light. Later, there will be another 20 people from BSU’s TriO program showing up to finish some of the day’s projects. Even our very own Mrs. Boise, Lindsay Campbell (who just helped with our golf tournament) is bringing her kids with her tonight to help serve dinner at River of Life.

These small tasks go a long way in ensuring smooth distribution of donations, adequate staffing for meals, and getting ongoing projects completed in a timely manner.

Our service to the community is most often brought top-of-mind awareness during the holidays, but we have work year-round that needs completion.  If you’d like to get involved, don’t hesitate to contact us or fill out a volunteer form online!

(A volunteer looking into a storage room at River of Lfe which holds guests’ personal belongings)

(sorting food onto pallets at the Warehouse)

Graduation

2010 New Life Program Graduation
May, 7
th at Ustick Baptist Church

As a first-time attendee to what many staff members claim to be one of the best events of year, I wasn’t sure what to expect out of my first New Life Graduation.   My graduation experiences from high school and college did not rank highly for memorable moments.  I sang with the choir at my high school graduation, (a lovely rendition of “Like an Eagle” since our school mascot was an eagle), and college graduation was just plain long.  My cap didn’t fit on my short hair very well, and I had a hard time finding a place to keep my cell phone since I was wearing a dress, heels, and carried no purse.  However, this occasion was neither stuffy, too long, or dull.

Each Rescue Mission facility represented in the program had a graduate give their personal testimony.   Seeing these graduates was a great testimony to their commitment to live a better life, but by hearing their stories, we were able to understand more in depth the reasons why they ended up the way they were, and how they came to desire a change.

Jamie Swizynski, graduate from City Light spoke of God’s saving power, “He rescued me from the pit of hell I called my life.”

Shad Lefevre, Lighthouse graduate, grew up in Utah and attended church as a teen.  His parents broke up and at age 16 he started drinking.  “I made a mess of everything around me.”  Later when he acted like he had gotten his life together, he really just began hiding his issues more.  “If you don’t think you’ve got a problem, you’ve got problems.”  When he finally turned to The Lighthouse, they provided the tools for dealing with his problems.

Steve Schmall, a River of Life graduate drank for 23 years and moved to Boise, working as a disc jockey and bartender.  He joined the New Life program, but seven months in he quit.  He went back to drinking, but eight months later turned again to the New Life program.  He was welcomed with open arms and now works for the mission.  “Maintaining sobriety is like taking a multi-vitamin, without it you die… Not drinking is easy, not wanting to drink is the hard part.”  His initial method to getting on track was to try and get better, then invite God to help.  Finally he realized that he didn’t have to wait for God’s help, he just needed to invite him in.
He put it best when referring to the graduating class of 2010, “We are the result of your donations and your love.”

As Board Member Dr. Kituku said, “Look at all that God can do with the little we give.”  (motioning to the graduates seated in the room) “These are the results. “

One of the favorite verses mentioned by a graduate was 2 Corinthians 3:16-18.  “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”