Dear Friends,

As we all prepare for Christmas, we are now in the tenth month of the coronavirus pandemic. When this started in March, I think it would be safe to say that we had no idea the implications or struggles we would all face. Certainly, at Denver Rescue Mission, we have had to learn how to persevere through hardship and uncertainty. It has taken courage, flexibility and most importantly, trust in God to continue to navigate this crisis. What would we do without our hope in Jesus?

A Bible verse that has encouraged me during this time that I hope will encourage you as we walk
though this pandemic comes from 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: We are hard pressed on every side, but not
crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. At the Mission, our staff and volunteers have continued the battle—working hard to meet the needs of those who come to us for help. I am so moved by the resiliency of our staff and the willingness of our volunteers to come alongside us. They have given of themselves unselfishly and sacrificially as we serve those in need.

One of my favorite authors and speakers is Bob Goff. He reminds us that Jesus calls us to be alert to the needs of others:

“Instead of closing our eyes and bowing our heads, sometimes God wants us to keep our eyes open for people in need, do something about it, and bow our whole lives to Him instead.”

These are good words that challenge us to keep our eyes open to help not only those who come to the Mission, but our neighbors, our family, our friends, and even strangers. In this edition, you’ll
read about the way Trevia’s life was impacted by the Family Rescue Ministry team and her mentor, Carrie. They were there for Trevia in her time of need.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support that allow us to “do something about it and to bow our whole lives to Him.” We know that God is in control. May his love be reflected in the way we treat others.

Have a blessed Christmas!

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 a part of December’s Changing Lives Newsletter. In this edition, Finding Joy & Spreading Sunshine, you’ll learn about how your gifts are helping people like Trevia find hope and self-sufficiency.