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I will be grateful to you for as long as I live

My name is Matt. I believe there is a reason for everything, even going to jail. I spent some time behind bars for a minor crime. While I was locked up I was able to talk enough about the Bible to keep the other inmates interested. Now, I’m still getting letters from people who want to know more about Jesus. I guess that’s the reason I was locked up: to be a ministry to others.

The Word of God is now my life

The main reason I’m here at the Mission now is because I was addicted to Vicodin. My doctor became my drug dealer. I could get up to 150 pills at a time. I lived with a sense of euphoria, but the drugs were not solving my problems. I’m just thankful to God that I learned about the Gateway Ministry Center here at Holland Rescue Mission. This is where I am renewing my faith. I am reading the Bible as never before. I can sit for 90 minutes and hear the Bible explained and taught. Again, I can say there is a reason for everything . . . and I know I’m here at the Mission to get closer to God. Every day, I continue to be amazed at what God is doing in my life and in the lives of those around me.

I’m also reminded how much your donations, time and energy are helping to keep the doors of Holland Rescue Mission open for someone like me. I will be grateful to you for your kindness for as long as I live. Even though I am technically homeless, I feel I have a home for now. I pray God continues to bless you for caring so much.

— Matt

Only a loving God could have brought me to the Mission . . . and for that I am eternally grateful

My name is Stephanie. I didn’t get the best start in life. I was adopted by an alcoholic mother, and when I was 18 months old, my mom sold me to my half-sister’s dad for drugs. But she was still around. Things were always bad with her, but not long ago the violence got even worse. On Thanksgiving Day, drunk with vodka, she stabbed me in my leg. She also tried to stab me in the back. During her rampage she took a knife to my dog. She was charged with animal abuse and attempted murder. She served four months in jail.

Forgiving my mother is not easy

Perhaps this gives you a sense of why Holland Rescue Mission and the Gateway Center mean so much to me. Here, I am restructuring my life. It’s a challenge to forgive my mother, but I’m making progress each day. Right now, this ministry means everything to me. I still have to deal with anger and hostility, but I know God is helping me work through these emotions as well.

However, one of the most important things I want to say is this: if it were not for your donations and your support of this Mission I don’t know where I would be today. You are so special that I’m sure the Lord knows your name. He must love you so much for all the good you do to help people like me. Because I’m here, I have been saved by Jesus Christ, and I’m in the process of becoming whole. In the past, my entire life was like one big black hole. I was stuck. There was no way out. I lived in darkness for years. Today I live in the light — the light of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. I confess there is still a constant war in my heart. Some mornings I wake up, waiting for the curtain of despair to fall. But it never falls. But if it ever does I know where I can get help. Right now I’m taking it all in stride. Thank you for caring so much.

New Life . . . New Hope . . . and
Finally a Future that Matters

People who struggle to find their next meal, who are alone, afraid and without a friend in the world need to be rescued every day. That’s why pain, fear, alienation from a living God and every other terror of life demand a spiritual response from the staff at Holland Rescue Mission.

And that’s why we appreciate you as a valued partner of the Mission. Because of your ongoing generosity we are able to share with our residents Christian love, compassion and a listening ear. We recognize that summer is a time when friends of the Mission go on much-needed vacations, and we are glad you are able to make time to get away with your family. At the same time, we also encourage you to remember that homelessness refuses to take a holiday. During the summer months our doors remain open to any and all who need a loving touch and an opportunity to begin a new life.

God bless you for your continued support

You have reached out in Christian compassion to so many of our friends during the last few months, something for which we are so grateful. Now, we come to you again because you know the needs of those who are addicted and homeless never cease.

Please give generously to provide food and other assistance for people in need here in Holland. God bless you.


HRM’s Gateway Store
Grand Opening

Praising the Lord for an amazing turnout for the Grand Opening of our Gateway Thrift Store. Thank you to the 1,200+ customers who came to shop and eat popcorn, hot dogs, and ice cream! We had over $22,000 in sales. It’s amazing to see a plan that was once on paper turn into a reality.

Congratulations to those who won the Whitecaps & Tigers tickets. And a huge shout-out to all who purchased a $10 raffle ticket for the 1994 BMW convertible. We sold 1,000 tickets and Rich Cory was the proud winner!

Thank you for making this day unforgettable!

We Need Your Donations!

Having a yard or garage sale this summer and need your unsold items picked up from your house? Free pick-up for large loads! Call 616-928-3422 to schedule a pick-up today!

You may also drop your items off at our Gateway Donation drop-off located at: 661 E. 24th St. in Holland.

Rising Above the Chaos

When asked how media criticism affects her career, actress Kate Winslet once said, “I don’t read any reviews, so I’m oblivious to what they have to say. I’m completely unaware. It’s fantastic.”

With today’s nonstop news, the concept of being “completely unaware” may feel impossible. The constant coverage of politics, tragedy and an overarching narrative of fear can leave us buried under anxiety and dread. But we don’t have to live that way.

God’s Word illuminates how to find and experience rest, despite the chaos all around us:

1. Remember God is present. You are never alone because God promised never to leave you. “He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear . . . ” (Psalm 46:1-2a).

2. Be a catalyst for good. You can make a difference by supporting Christian causes and ministries like Holland Rescue Mission who share the Gospel and bless those in need — and be blessed in return. For instance, a Charitable Gift Annuity can benefit you, your spouse and Holland Rescue Mission. Your gift would allow you:

•  An immediate tax deduction.
•  Capital gains tax deferral.
•  Increased income stream for life.
•  An opportunity to put “good” in motion for generations to come.

3. Know you’re alive for “such a time as this.” Don’t let chaos overwhelm the reality that you’re here for a Divine purpose today. Serving others can create positive ripple effects of change around you.

For the full version of this article, request a FREE copy of “4 Keys to Finding Rest in a Chaotic World” by contacting Rachael Neal at (616) 396-2200 ext. 425 or rachaeln@hollandrescue.org. Or bless your family today with a God-honoring Will at www.christianwill.org/hrm.

A Word of Gratitude from Darryl

Dear Friend of Holland Rescue Mission,

We are fortunate to live in a tremendous community where we enjoy some of the best services in the world. We are fortunate to enjoy a responsive police department, fire department, social service department and so much more. And while Holland Rescue Mission is not an official part of that structure, your generosity makes us a vital part of our community at large.

I say this because the Mission functions as a human rescue department . . . a community safety net . . . a compassionate care department . . . a community transformation center . . . a place that welcomes those in need of physical and spiritual care . . . a community food basket . . . a soul care unit . . . and the list goes on.

God bless you for your giving heart

These are the things we can do 24/7, 365 days a year because of your outpouring of Christian love toward the hungry, homeless and those who suffer from addictions. This makes you one of the most special people in our community. Thank you for investing in Holland Rescue Mission and in our new Gateway Center, where the poor and downtrodden can begin a new life. Thank you for making us a lighthouse that can be seen far and wide by those struggling to make it through the storms of life.

And now we come to you again during these critical summer months. As you and your family enjoy a well-deserved vacation, we urge you to continue to remember this ministry of rescue in your prayers and financial support. Thank you in advance for caring for people in need.

Until the next time, God bless you and keep you always.

Your servant,

Darryl Bartlett

Darryl Bartlett
Executive Director