The Mission has been blessed with a history of financial stability. For the last ten years, we have seen a steady increase in giving. This is in spite of the fact that we do not take any United Way or government funding. We rely on the Christian community and the Tri-state region for all of our financial support. And you have been faithful!
Prior to our recent move, the Mission had operated debt-free with two exceptions – the purchase and renovation of our Women and Children’s Shelter and the purchase and renovation of our outlet store. In both instances the dept was eliminated well ahead of schedule and without substantive fundraising. We continue to operate under a balanced budget and have only the debt of our renovated facilities against us. We are trusting that God will once more provide the funding to meet that debt obligation just as He has done previously.
Our mission statement is “To feed the hungry, clothe the poor, shelter the homeless, lead them to Christ.” To this end, the following services demonstrate how we seek to accomplish this task.
- In the last month prior to our move (May 2009), the Mission provided 237 meals and snacks each day. Just four months later, that number had grown to over 350! There is little question that the economy, coupled with our new facility, and an increased awareness that we feed the general public as well as the residents of our facility has all contributed to this significant increase
- Our new thrift store has also brought an increase in the amount of items that we are donating to our clients. The statistics of 2011 shows that we have given away more than $1200 a week in clothing and household items to those in need.
- Providing a night of rest in a comfortable bed has been a mainstay of gospel missions across the globe. For The Gospel Mission, this has been a significant source of increase as well. Last year, we provided lodging to 85 individuals per night, significantly more than the 48 we served each night in 2008. Fortunately, our facility has allowed us to increase the number of beds available to accommodate this need.
- At the very core of what we do is to share the love of our Lord with those who come through our doors. While this is reflected in all that we do, it is given focus through our chapel service held each evening at 7:30 and at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. We invite churches, youth groups, mission outreach groups and lay people who ascribe to our statement of faith to come and present the Gospel to our residents and guests. Because we know that a changed life has a far greater chance of success, and that the Word of God does not return empty, the evening services are required of our residents who wish to spend the night.
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