November 28th, is #GivingTuesday. Which is why I will be thinking particularly hard about why I get up and do what I do every day: It’s for the love of the Mission.
And it’s because of that love that I can tell you flat out why The Good News Rescue Mission really is the most worthwhile cause I know of.
Worthwhile, because every life has worth, and therefore to save a life is the ultimate worthy act. I studied in Israel and there is a name for this: It’s called Pikuach nefesh which in Hebrew means to “watch over a soul.”
This is an important principle in Jewish culture. They believe that the preservation of human life—including saving a life from self-destruction—overrides virtually everything else.
Every day, our dedicated staff and volunteers are watching over the souls they serve—our Mission guests and the men and women in New Life Recovery. They do this when preparing and cooking meals, orientating new guests, counseling, teaching critical life skills, helping to find services, facilitating job searches, sharing the Good News, or the multitude of other life-building situations where hope is injected into beaten-down lives.
It still amazes me that our staff and volunteers would be willing to work an often-thankless job for little or no pay—day in and day out–for people that most of society have given up on.
But they do, and today I am asking that you give them the help they need to save even more lives, to watch over even more souls. Food, kitchen equipment, building maintenance and repair, utilities, fuel, car fleet maintenance, toiletries, bedding … we need it all and we need a lot of it — especially during these uncertain times when we never know what’s going to hit us, when it’s going to hit us, and to what degree.
I love what I do, and I hope it shows! And I hope you will show your support for The Good News Rescue Mission by giving your BEST GIFT NOW for #GivingTuesday.
For His Sake,