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Father, help us to challenge and encourage one another to holiness. Guide me as well to take correction humbly so I may be more like your Son. Proverbs 27:5-6
Gerald had been living at the Mission for a while when I first took the job here. Always very helpful, a pleasure to have in class, and a constant joyful smile that warmed whatever room he was in. He had acquired gainful employment and saved a considerable amount of money. Now was the time to start looking for housing that would make Gerald independent, a true accomplishment.
As the weeks screeched by, his attitude and countenance had changed. He was often depressed, hard to get a hold of, and not looking for an apartment with the rigor we were used to. As it turned out Gerald was being unproductive, not from a lack of resources or energy, but by fear. Anxiety and uncertainty gripped his actions, to the point of causing him to avoid those that were trying to help and lying to them about his housing prospects.
The loving thing to do, we realized, was to confront Gerald about his fear which had snared him in lies. We encouraged him to stand on the promises of Christ, that if God clothes the grass of the field He will also take care of us. Gerald took courage and found an apartment. Weeks later he returned and thanked us for being faithful to confront him, he was independent and free from a guilty conscience.
Thanks be to God for using wise rebuke to cultivate change in the people He loves.
In 2 Corinthians 1:9-10, the Apostle Paul writes:
“Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”
Paul came upon hard times in Asia, and even ‘despaired of life itself’. In the New Life Directions Program we often see men down on their luck, or in the bondage of sin. They often can testify with Paul that they have the “sentence of death”, but the scripture reminds us of the purpose of hard times: “to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” We can and do find lasting comfort in trials by putting our hope and trust in the God that raises the dead and saves the souls of those that trust Him.
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Sheltering the homeless since 1934.
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The City Mission of Findlay is a proud member of the following organizations:
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Findlay Hancock Chamber of Commerce, and The Better Business Bureau
*The pictures and names of the homeless, unless specifically noted, are not of local homeless people.