The past few months have been some of the most trying, difficult and challenging times for Denver Rescue Mission of the 21 years I have been blessed to serve here. We have had to react quickly to a constantly changing environment. We have had our staff members and participants become sick with the coronavirus. Like me, I am sure you have also felt that your “old normal” has been thrown away. We have all struggled to find the “new normal” going forward.
But one thing has remained the same at the Mission: we have stayed committed to sharing Jesus with all who come to us. We know why we are doing this work. We have been A Blessing Right Around the Corner to so many during these turbulent times. Whether through providing 24/7 shelter at the National Western Complex and 48th Avenue Center or providing meals at the Lawrence Street Community Center, we have had an incredible opportunity to show what believers in Jesus Christ do when people need help. We step up and enter into the battle, knowing God gives us the strength to stand below the “Jesus Saves” sign in front of our Lawrence Street Shelter and open our arms to all.
People who are experiencing homelessness know this about our staff and volunteers. They told Pedro, who is featured in this month’s newsletter, where he could get a meal, where he could get help, and where people would care about him when he did not have support from his family. Pedro’s life—like so many others—has been changed forever.
When communicating with our staff throughout the past few months, I often say, “God is in control.” He has been and still is in control. I hope that you will be encouraged by His hope as we weather these trying times together, knowing He is in control, with the work at the Mission and in your lives.
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 September’s Changing Lives Newsletter. In this month’s edition, A Blessing Right Around The Corner, you’ll learn more about Pedro, a man who found hope and transformation at LSCC.