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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

  • Sacrifice…by Hannah Rodgers

    John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. On Memorial Day we honor those in our Armed Forces who have lost their lives so that we can enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness every day. Their initial sacrifice to serve our country and ultimate sacrifice, their lives, has helped to secure our freedoms here in the United States. It is hard, at least for me, to wrap my head around this type of sacrifice. These brave men and women put their lives on the line for the safety of millions of people they will never meet. As I reflect upon their bravery and sacrifice I cannot help but … Read More

  • Rain…by Hannah Rodgers

    As spring transitions into summer, it is astonishing to see how God transforms the Earth. Bare gardens and trees burst with color and life and the cold is washed away with warm summer rains. The rain gets right to the roots of the plants and nourishes them so they grow and flower all season long. Just as God pours out the rain on the plants, He pours out his teaching and wisdom on us during every season of our lives. In Deuteronomy 32:2, Moses speaks to an assembly of people about just that. “Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass.” Moses describes … Read More

  • A Mother’s Prayer…by Hannah Rodgers

    Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And … Read More

  • Move No More…by Hannah Rodgers

    Many of the people who come to Haven of Rest are here for food, shelter, and other vital services. Their lives have played out in a way that has left them with few alternatives. Often they have to move around a lot; whether that means living from couch to couch in the homes of friends and family, shelter to shelter, or park bench to park bench. They often do not have the comfort of coming home when the day is done and settling down for the night in a place of their own. It can be increasingly difficult for them to plan ahead or even think about life goals and aspirations. The constant uncertainty of needing a safe place to … Read More

  • 2016 Global Youth Service Day Volunteer of the Year…by Hannah Rodgers

    Lori Morgan (Assistant Volunteer Coordinator), Nathan,  Rachel Shoff (Child Advocate)   God has blessed Haven of Rest with thousands of volunteers through the years. Each volunteer comes with their own gifts and talents and our Volunteer Department does their best to match every volunteer to an area of the Mission where they will be able to serve best and have fun. For one of our young volunteers, Nathan, this was in the Nurture Center at Harvest Home. When Nathan has breaks from school, in the summer for example, he spends his time volunteering with Haven of Rest’s Child Advocate. “He assists in providing childcare, supervising on field trips, sanitizing and cleaning the play room, and playing games with the children who … Read More

  • Zacchaeus…by Hannah Rodgers

    In Luke 19 there is a story about Jesus’ encounter with a man named Zacchaeus. Many Christians are familiar with the story that goes like this: Jesus is riding into Jericho and people are lined up and down the street to see Him pass. Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, wants to see Jesus but he is too short to see over the crowd so he climbs up a tree in order to see Him walk by. Jesus looks up and sees Zacchaeus and He asks him to come down because He must dine with Zacchaeus at his house. This causes a stir of unrest in the crowd. The crowd doesn’t understand why Jesus would choose to eat with a chief … Read More

  • National Volunteer Month…by Hannah Rodgers

    As we reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, we are reminded that He is the greatest servant of all. Because of His great sacrifice for us, we can serve those in need in His name. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many,” says Mark 10:45. In April, Haven of Rest celebrates National Volunteer Month. We are so very grateful for the selflessness and generosity of our dedicated volunteers who graciously donate their time, talents, and treasures at the Mission. Last year 5,756 volunteers donated 46,144 hours of service to the Mission in a variety of ways. We … Read More

  • Seeds of the Gospel…by Hannah Rodgers

    When men, women and children walk into Haven of Rest for the first time it is difficult to know what services and programs they will need. Most need something to eat, some want somewhere to shower, others are looking for a warm and dry place to pass the night, some require all of the above, and even more need other services we provide. But, no matter what each person is looking for, they also receive the Good News of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Haven of Rest does not expect that everyone is a believer when they come to the Mission or even that they will accept Christ as their Lord and Savior during their stay. We do pray, … Read More