President’s Message September 2021 PGM News
The Mission Statement of Pacific Garden Mission is as follows:
To reach the lost with the Gospel of Christ.
We serve with the compassion of Christ and minister with the transforming message of the Gospel.
We offer life answers through faith in Jesus Christ, through any season of life, so that our guests become fully functioning followers of Christ.
Faith • The Word • Truth • Love
I want to focus on our vision statement: We offer life answers through faith in Jesus Christ, through any season of life, so that our guests become fully functioning followers of Christ.
We are known for our ministry to the homeless, but we minister through any season of life, no matter the circumstance. People have walked through our doors because of addiction, divorce, domestic uncertainty, job loss, failing health . . . the list is endless, but our vision rings true—any season of life.
The challenge is not just to introduce them to Christ but to help them become fully functioning followers of Christ. We offer an intense discipleship program to ground them in the faith and equip them spiritually to face whatever obstacles may come their way. When our guests complete the discipleship phase, they enter into the career development phase, where they are challenged vocationally for life after the Mission.
Many individuals come to us not knowing how to read or use a computer, and in some cases, they haven’t graduated from high school. I will never forget one particular guest named Johnny. After graduation, he applied for a job at a factory, then called me and said, “You guys taught me how to find John 3:16 in the Bible, but I could not pass the entrance test for the factory.” We desire to have them know the Word—as well as to learn how to use the computer, finish their GED, overcome their addiction, and become resolute followers of Christ.
Words cannot express the feeling I get seeing someone who was once homeless come to Christ, grow, learn a skill, graduate, find a home, get established in a local Bible-believing church . . . and then, come back to the Mission to share their story with joy and gratitude. Praise the Lord for the work He is doing through Pacific Garden Mission and for our faithful supporters who help make this vision statement a reality. Thank you for your love, prayer, and support.