There is a commonly-known story of the Good Samaritan and how that man, when he sees another man hurt and abandoned on the side of the road, steps up to help when no one else will:
“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day, he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, and ‘when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’” -Luke 10:34
One of the reasons this story is in the Bible is because Jesus is talking about who our neighbor is, because He has called us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” He has cast a wide net when it comes to who our neighbor is because the Samaritans of this illustration were hated by the Jews and vice versa.
At Denver Rescue Mission, our net is open wide too, with more than 10,000 different individuals with all kinds of wounds and needs coming to us for help every year. You are all the Good Samaritans with your support of our work, giving us an opportunity to love our neighbors, to look after all who come to us. Together, we get the chance to show mercy, to help bandage any wounds, to ensure the care of these souls, and to aid them on their life’s journey. God’s work here at the Mission is a privilege and you make it possible. Thank you.
Brad Meuli has been President/CEO at the Mission since 2001. Brad joined the Mission after a 17-year career in banking. Previous to his staff position he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Read his full bio.
This post is part of August’s Changing Lives Newsletter. This month, we’re sharing Bob’s story of transformation in: Loving Our Neighbors