Hope, Love and Joy—to see this colorful expression in this, my very first Changing Lives newsletter, is a moment for me. As I start on a new life journey moving from Michigan to Denver, the words from Philippians 4:4-6 filter through my thoughts:
“Rejoice in the Lord always . . . Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I have to admit that sometimes I struggle with this: Rejoice always? Don’t be anxious about anything? There are a lot of things that cause anxiety and don’t make me want to rejoice, yet in the next breath I feel the initial spark of joy coming with this change. Being asked to serve this community and continue the legacy of Denver Rescue Mission has given me a reason to rejoice. What I see happening within this month’s story of staff and volunteers creating joy within our shelters brings me joy.
Joy for me is about faith. Joy is less of a feeling and more a choice. Now that I am continuing in a new ministry, that joy comes with a large dose of hope for our future at the Mission and love for our neighbors in need. I look forward to meeting many of you as we all work to change lives in the name of Christ for years to come.
Dennis Van Kampen
Dennis joins Denver Rescue Mission from Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after serving as the VP of Programs and then the President/CEO for 12 years.
This post is part of February’s Changing Lives Newsletter. This month, we share how art can be powerful tool for our guests in: A Palette of Hope & Joy.