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2023 Appreciation Banquet

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Tuesday . October 10 . 2023

Please join us for a time of celebration and appreciation for God’s provision for another year of food, shelter, and hope in Michigan's capital area! There is no charge for this event, as it is our way of saying “thank you” for the support you give throughout the year, though you are welcome to provide a donation if you choose. Please remember that space is limited and we need to know in advance how much food to prepare, so we cannot guarantee seating will be available for those who call after the RSVP date. Thank you for your understanding. Please RSVP by Monday, October 2, to 517.485.0145 or online: click here We look forward to the opportunity to fellowship with you.

South Church - Chapel
5250 Cornerstone Dr
Lansing MI 48917

Arrive: 6:15 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7 PM

Not of This World

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“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:9

Have you ever heard the phrase “home is where the heart is”? Most of you probably wouldn’t know or remember, but Elvis sang a song with the same title. Part of the chorus says, “my heart is anywhere you are…anywhere you are is home.” Of course, these are lovely lyrics, but the truth of the matter is, for Christians, our home is not even of this world.

Recently, I was reminded of the importance of this ministry in our community when it comes to spiritual guidance and the focus on an eternal kingdom. A kingdom that will not disappear and cannot be destroyed. We preach Jesus Christ, and hearts are miraculously changed and reconciled to our Creator. Sometimes it is immediate, and sometimes it takes many years before rebellious hearts are overwhelmed by His loving goodness and kindness that leads to repentance. However, our aim is always the same, and you enable us to persistently provide Food, Shelter and (everlasting) Hope.

The apostle Paul also reminds us in 2 Corinthians 4:1 that “if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Of course, Paul was referring to our earthly bodies that are temporal, and one day we will “be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” What a tremendous promise that should bring us great joy and purpose! What astonishing mercy and grace that is lavished upon us. It makes me rejoice to think of those we will meet in glory who were saved or, certainly, heard of God’s great love for them at the Mission.

Since our aim is always to please Him, we thank you for the ability to continue to meet physical needs for Food and Shelter to bring those with spiritual needs the Hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Thank you for helping us help others. Thank you for being a rescuer.

To God Be the Glory,
Mark Criss
Executive Director

Numbers Increase in August

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All year, we have been operating beyond capacity, but the numbers of those needing food, shelter, and hope have shown a sharp increase mid-August. At one point, we provided a safe haven to more than 260 women, children, and men in a single night. Correspondingly, August is usually one of our lowest giving months, as we see donations drop. While we continue to monitor and provide for the need in our community, we ask for your prayers. Sadly, we cannot continue to operate beyond capacity long term. That is why we are hoping to be able to expand in the near future, which would alleviate current overcrowding and create more opportunities in the future. In September, we will be going before the city council for a committee review and public hearing on a special use permit for a possible building purchase downtown on Kalamazoo Street. More information is available on our website: Thank you for your support of the Mission and those we serve. Thank you for being a rescuer.

Jay Merkle, Men's Shelter Director

mission expansion project update

Jay first joined team rescue in 2017 where he served as men’s shelter staff. Later, he agreed to oversee operations at the Outreach, our drop-in center. In 2022, he transitioned to our men’s shelter to fill the open director position. We are so grateful for his faithful service and are excited for him and his family, as he retires south to live near and serve with his son in another ministry. Jay has exemplified servant leadership for staff and wise compassion for our guests. He will be greatly missed.

Currently, we have a great need for staff at our men’s shelter, both for shelter staff and food services. Staff at this location offer food, shelter, and hope to as many as 100 men a night, and this is a great opportunity to impact our community. If you are interested in serving as the hands and feet of Christ in Michigan’s capital area, visit BEaRESCUER.orgor call 517.485.0145.

Korean Beef

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Family Size: 8 Servings
2 lbs Ground Beef (browned)
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
2 TB Brown Sugar
1 1/4 TB Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
2 tsp Minced Onion
2 tsp Chives
1 1/2 TB Sesame Seeds

Mission Size: 160 Servings
40 lbs Ground Beef (browned)
10 cups Soy Sauce
3 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cups Sesame Oil
4 TB Garlic Powder
3 TB Ground Ginger
3 TB Black Pepper
1 cup Minced Onion
1 cup Chives
2 cups Sesame Seeds

Directions: Brown Ground Beef and drain the grease. Set Beef aside, covered. In a sauce pan, combine all other ingredients and bring to a soft boil. Remove from heat. Combine Beef with the Korean Sauce, and bring temp up to 165°. Serve over Cooked Rice.