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Bountiful Supply

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Serving at the Mission is an opportunity to witness the compassion of our community at work, as part of everyday miracles God uses to provide food, shelter, and hope to those we serve. So often, the women, children, and men who come to us feel hopeless and forgotten, but stories, such as this one shared by staff, say differently.

At dinner last night, the food was running a little low. The volunteer servers were praying as they worked. At the front desk, we had no idea this was occurring. Around 7:40 PM or so, a man came to the front door and “just happened to have some leftover chicken from a work dinner.” I took the food back to Chris (food services staff) to see if he wanted to use it tonight or put it in the fridge. He quickly scooped it up, and they served it. How timely. And I guess the food itself was awesome according to some of the comments I heard. In fact, the guests had more than they needed. Way more. Now we didn’t go around and collect “12 baskets full of leftovers*,” but I can tell you that I saw more than one dinner tray overflowing with leftover chicken bones. (John 6:13) The volunteers were unaware of what had happened. As they were leaving, I said something about the food issue, and they commented they were glad that Chris was able to “make a food run.” I told them that this was not the case, but that someone had “just come at exactly the right time with the three pans of food.” Sometimes God shows up in unexpected ways. Oh, and what was our main dish that we were serving that night? Chicken.

The behind-the-scenes details further evidence God’s providence to the Mission through the compassion of our community. Because we serve to the public, food must be prepared in a licensed kitchen, not have been served from, and at proper temperatures for serving. This really was just as though our food services staff had “made a food run,” except he did not have to. God knew our need and the food was already on the way. Thank you for being part of His everyday miracles in the lives of those we serve. Thank you for being a rescuer.

The Abundant Heart

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"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day." Psalm 96:1-2

I often have the privilege to share God’s truth at the women and children’s chapel, the men’s chapel, and the drop-in center. Each time I have a chance to share what is on my heart, I eventually get to remind them that Jesus loves them and that He did humble himself and die for them. However, there are times when I feel the word “love” gets lost in translation. It seems that in the brief time the words left my heart, went through my mouth and into their ears, the meaning somehow is belittled or flounders in significance. Unfortunately, in our society, “love” has become relative to each individual, and it is often mistaken for feelings or “standards” that are met or missed in one’s life. This is certainly not the case when it comes to God’s love for us. After all, “God is love.”

Unfortunately, many “peddlers of God’s Word” have erroneously represented God and His goodness to us. After all, if God loved me, why would I ever be homeless and why wouldn’t I be successful in this life? If someone believes these false presuppositions, it will then take the work of God to awaken and change our understanding of God’s care for us. In contrast, someone once said that “love is a servant of the will and not a victim of the emotion.” It was the will of God to empty Himself of all His glory and to become like you and me, in order to save us from our sin and opposition to Him. When we were stooped in sin and were enemies of God, Jesus Christ died for us. When there was nothing attractive in us, God saved us. When we were dead in our sin, God’s loving goodness and kindness led us to repentance and salvation. THIS is the love of God in which we speak and proclaim “day after day.” This truth of God’s love is evident by how God provides for the ministry of rescue. God provides every day through people who love Him and have expressed their love for God by meeting our needs. It is miraculous that we are faithful to the Gospel each day at the Mission, so that our 150+ guests can know God’s love for them. After all, it is an action of the will, expressing the abundance of the heart, that meets our needs in the ministry of rescue. Our guests get to hear God’s loving plan of salvation proclaimed each day, but they also get to experience the love of God through rescuers like you. Thank you for helping us help others. Thank you for being a rescuer!

A Year of Challenge, A Year of Change

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In 2020, as we prepared the March newsletter, we were looking forward to a year of refining services and re-focusing on the vision of the Mission. We had no way of knowing how drastically the community would change—again and again—in the weeks and months ahead. Shutdowns, shelter-in-place requirements, continued extensions, and the impact on our economy are still affecting the Mission and those we serve in ways for which we cannot fully plan. However, in the midst of outside uncertainty, our guests find a measure of stability and security in the faithful compassion of you, our fellow rescuers. So many have provided meals from local restaurants, chosen to donate much needed items, and continue to serve as you are able. The heart of a community can be measured by its reaction to a crisis. We witnessed that heart in so many ways over the past year. In the same way, it has been evidenced throughout the 110 years the Mission has had the privilege of providing food, shelter, and hope in Michigan’s capital area. Thank you for being an important part of our legacy of service.

Lemon Dill Sauce

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Family Size: 4 Servings

4 Tb Butter or Margarine
4 Tb All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Boiling Water
1 Cup Milk (hot)
1 Tb Lemon Pepper
1 tsp Ground Dill

Mission Size: 144 Servings
9 Cups Butter or Margarine
9 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Gallons Boiling Water
2 1/2 Gallons Milk (hot)
2 Cups Lemon Pepper
1 Cup Ground Dill

Directions: Melt Butter in saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in Flour until fully mixed. Increase heat to medium-high, and whisk in Boiling Water. Stir until smooth. Whisk in hot Milk, continue stirring until roux is thick and creamy. Lastly, mix in Lemon Pepper and Ground Dill.

This is a great substitute for Hollandaise Sauce and works well with both Fish, Chicken, and Vegetables. This sauce will not separate like Hollandaise. Tip: When adding milk I use Powdered Milk mixed with boiling water, or I will take cold milk and heat it up in a microwave.