The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This reminds me of a man who was living on the Chicago streets in January of 1897:
“Mel Trotter staggered through the streets of Chicago bound for Lake Michigan, where he had determined to commit suicide by jumping into the icy waters. As he staggered along Van Buren street in his uncertain course, he staggered also into Pacific Garden Mission. The waters of Lake Michigan were colder than usual that night, but Mel’s heart was really warm for the first time. He was headed not for the lake, but for the pulpit. He had tasted living Water.”
Mel went on to found over 70 rescue missions in the country, but it all began that frigid January night.
There are many who are wandering the frigid streets of Chicago looking for hope today. Our doors are still open, the Gospel is still being preached, and the light is still on at the Old Lighthouse. Thank you—through your partnership, and by the grace of God, the Mission is still about the Father’s business.
This winter, you are providing a safe, warm shelter and place to begin a new life for many men and women. I asked some of the women in our Bible program what the new year means to them, and this was what they said:
“When I look to the new year, I see it as a new opportunity to reach for the life I wish to have.”
“It’s the one day where people plan to evaluate their life better.”
“To have better health, less stress, and a new start.”
These words are encouraging. Instead of giving up and accepting a dire life situation, these women have hope. These are the stories of the people who walked through these doors looking for hope, and they are finding it, thanks to you.
Reference to Mel Trotter history:
Henry, C. F. H. (1942). The Pacific Garden Mission: A Doorway to Heaven
Please give today so more men, women, and children can find the hope they need, starting with a warm meal and a safe place to sleep.