March is often such a messy time of year. As winter slowly loosens its grip, the snow gradually starts turning to mud and slush. But before long, the dirt and grime of winter wash away, spring flowers bloom, and grass turns fresh and green again. The miracle of new life takes hold. And soon, the transformation is complete.
Transformation — life transformation — is what the Milwaukee Rescue Mission is all about. Thanks to friends like you, we are witnesses of miracles every day.
When many of the men, women and children come here, they’ve already been through so much suffering and hardship, struggling with hunger and homelessness. It’s often hard for them to see a better life.
But you and I know their stories don’t have to end there. Their transformation often starts with their first hot, nutritious meal, a warm bed and safe shelter. As hope returns, many of the men and women join one of our programs, and children start attending Cross Trainers Academy. They start dealing with the root causes of their problems, overcoming addictions, and healing the wounds from their pasts. And soon, the transformation is complete.
Easter reminds us that the one true hope for new life — for all of us — is found only in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I hope the stories of Julie and Tyron in this newsletter encourage you. They are living testimonies of how God is using you to help redeem and heal lives at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.
May God grant you a blessed Easter,
Patrick H. Vanderburgh, D.Min.