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"I came to the Mission on my own, and I'm so glad I did…I've been able to get away from the temptations that have really hurt me. I have a better perspective on my life and what God wants for me." - Joe, Haven of Rest resident

  • Truly Valued

    “We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.” -Thomas Merton   The quote above rings with truth. We live in a culture where people are merely valued for what they can “do” for others. The value of a person seems to be based on their productivity or how they can be used to accomplish the end result of another person’s agenda. When we sit with this harsh reality and see how in each one of our daily lives we perpetrate this act on others, we find ourselves … Read More

  • The Warmth of the Gospel

    It has been a harsh winter. The cold and snow has all of us dreaming of sunny days and warm breezes! Working in a shelter for women often brings the harsh reality of the cold to mind. Sometimes the heat had been turned off in the place they were staying. Other times they found themselves no longer able to depend on family and friends for shelter. Harvest Home is warm at all times inside! The heat is kept comfortable and the women and children are able to enjoy a safe, warm place to stay despite the frigid temperatures outside. Many of the women I talk to are grateful that they have a place to stay that keeps their family warm … Read More

  • God’s Love

    Here at Haven of Rest, we believe it is our call to be a glimpse of God’s love. So many of the guests that come to Haven of Rest have burdens, hardships, addiction issues and an overall feeling of separateness and alienation.  As a staff it is our joy to show the love of Christ to these guests. When I think of our call here at the Mission, I’m reminded of a quote: “Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that … Read More

  • Gratefulness

    It’s always encouraging in the New Year to hear how Haven of Rest is impacting the lives of the resident men. I wanted to share a few words from one of the men , we’ll call him T, that wrote me after our annual Christmas party. “It was the first time in 5 years that I received an actual present from someone. I am very thankful for the gifts, food, and feeling the season in my heart for the first time in a long while, but I am blessed that I received the best gift anyone could ever receive; I’ve been saved…Christ’s blood shed for me. I don’t have any family left, and what friends I did have won’t come … Read More

  • Perspective

    Just recently we celebrated Thanksgiving. What a wonderful tradition where we stop as a nation and take time to celebrate how God has blessed us. We have such abundance! We have so much to be thankful for! If your family is like mine we eat too much turkey with all the trimmings, watch football, and maybe play some board games. It is an enjoyable time spent with family. Although I have been blessed with many good memories of Thanksgiving, that is not true for everyone. This year I have a little different perspective of Thanksgiving, because of someone who contacted Haven of Rest. A close relative of theirs had died a year ago on Thanksgiving and they wanted to do … Read More

  • The Ministry of Development

    Harvest Home is staffed by women who feel called to serve in the area of mercy. Sometimes we also say we are on the “frontlines” of ministry. This evokes imagery of war and a battlefield. So on one hand we feel called to be the ones to give mercy, a cup of cold water, a warm bed, and a listening ear. I think of the nurses in the hospital tents during a war. We are in a battle and are praying before we head into our jobs, praying together for strength and wisdom and gathering our “armor” (Eph. 6:10-18) and then often confronting difficult and challenging guests throughout the day.  It does take a special type of person to be … Read More

  • Letting Go

    Why is it that the task of “letting go” is so hard? It seems that this task can take our entire lifetime to learn.  As we find security in a number of things (money, material goods, past hurts, self-image, and even family and friends) we soon realize that this is where we falsely placed our hope. We can hope that our money will keep us safe and secure, our self-image will get us praise, our constant rehearsing of past hurts will land us sympathy, and family and friends will always love us and be there for us. But when our false securities are taken from us, we seem to wrestle with fear, anxiety and anger until we finally awaken to … Read More

  • Radical Hospitality

    “Radical Hospitality” is a term that we use in rescue mission circles. I like to think of it in relation to the story of the good samaritan. Our community is full of good samaritans. They have struggling friends, neighbors, and family members. They desire to help them but can become overwhelmed by the severity of the needs. They look for places that they can take the people that they care about to get help. The hope is that when they get to that place, the person is well taken care of and is set on a path back to wellness, sobriety, and independence- a reality we believe is possible through a saving relationship with Christ. Haven of Rest is often that place that people turn to. We … Read More