Bringing hope where there is despair
Did you know that one of the world's largest trees, the sequoia tree, which grows to be around 250 feet tall, starts with a seed that is smaller than the size of a fingernail? God's creativity in nature reminds me that he often works in our lives in the same way — using something small, to help grow a big change within us.
We see this miracle, first hand, every day at the Mission.
Hurting men and women come through our doors searching for a meal, a way to curb the nagging hunger pains in their stomachs. But once physical hunger is satisfied, we see how God's love begins to work within hearts to reveal a hunger that runs much deeper. These men and women are starving for a fresh start, for someone to believe in them, and for the resources needed to get back on their feet.
What starts as just a meal, becomes an invitation to lasting hope, to transform their futures through our advice and counselling services, career counselling, and mentoring.
We have seen a 37% increase in new people looking for help this year and this winter we are expecting many more hurting neighbours to come through our doors. Each person will bring their unique circumstances and needs, but we trust that God's love meets them just where they are. He will work miracles inside hearts... often beginning with something as simple and small as a hot meal.
The "summer slump," when donations decline dramatically, is a particularly difficult time for the Mission. Thankfully, we know we can count on good friends like you to help make The Whitechapel Mission a place people can turn to when they have nowhere else to go.
Your generosity provides meals, but as you can see, it doesn't end there. Your compassion also provides hope, a reminder of God's love and an opportunity for lasting life change at a time when people need it most.
Thank you for your heart for our hungry and hurting neighbours.
God bless you,