• Texas Roadhouse Fundraising Nights – Aug 8th 2016

    Come out for dinner and help support LCGRM Monday August 8th from 4pm to 10pm.

    Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your total food purchases to the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission.

    Very Important:

    1. Print the attached flyer for the night you plan to go, either the Aug. 1st or Aug. 8th flyer.
    2. Give the flyer to your server at dinner at the time of cashing out so that they will know you are in support of the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission Fundraising Night. *If the flyer is not present they cannot count your contribution.

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    **The purchase of alcohol will not be counted toward the donation total.

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  • Roger’s Second Chance

    Roger CobbRoger Cobb came to the Mission in the summer of 2014. He was on probation and had been addicted to painkillers for 10 years. He immediately impressed the Shelter staff will his work ethic.

    No task was too hard, too messy, or too stinky for Roger.

    “Let Roger do it” became the Shelter Director’s solution to most every job that needed the attention of a dedicated, intelligent and willing servant.

    Reflecting on his two years at the Mission, Roger responded in his quiet, understated way: “They’ve been tough years, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing because the Mission gave me an chance to get off drugs and find a second chance at life”. He said his time at the Mission showed him how his pride had damaged his life, and what to do about that.

    Over the last two years, evaluating his circumstances and committing to change his self-destructive behaviors one small step at a time, Roger came to embody the Mission’s ideals of selfless service.

    For the last year, he has been the Mission’s Bedbug Czar, taking a personal interest in introducing the pests to the hereafter as efficiently as possible. Today, there is no material evidence of bedbug activity at the Mission. Roger did that. For those who enjoy the snappy and amusing quips on our Amador sign, thank Roger.

    By the time you read this, Roger will be back in Phoenix a changed man. One who found his faith in Christ, his confidence to be self-sufficient and his sense of self-worth at the Gospel Rescue Mission.

    He recently spent about 6 hours into the early evening one day scouring the stains off two 25 year-old toilets. For that Roger received a Mission challenge coin and a gift card. But that’s not the real story here.

    These two toilets now sparkle like new. Just like Roger.

  • Texas Roadhouse Fundraising Nights – Aug 1st 2016

    Come out for dinner and help support LCGRM Monday August 1st from 4pm to 10pm.

    Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your total food purchases to the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission.

    Very Important:

    1. Print the attached flyer for the night you plan to go, either the Aug. 1st or Aug. 8th flyer.
    2. Give the flyer to your server at dinner at the time of cashing out so that they will know you are in support of the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission Fundraising Night. *If the flyer is not present they cannot count your contribution.

    LCGRM Texas Roadhouse Come Out for Dinner 8 1 16

    **The purchase of alcohol will not be counted toward the donation total.

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  • A Volunteer’s Story

    A Volunteer's Story1 Like so many Mission donors, Kirk Scoughton would visit occasionally to drop of clothing.

    In June he became a volunteer as well as a donor.

    One day, while dropping off some donations, Kirk noticed our garden boxes had gone fallow. “I asked the white haired guy (Geoff Walters, our Men’s Supervisor) if I could work the garden. He said OK.” So, Kirk planted some tomatoes and peppers.

    Also, he started bringing his younger brother Kelly along.

    On a recent visit to water and weed, he noticed that Garland Pegg’s memorial tree had died. At his expense Kirk bought and planted an apple tree.

    A Volunteer's Story2Kirk and Kelly join more than 2500 Las Crucens who donated almost 40,000 volunteer hours at the Mission in 2015.

    And thanks to volunteers like Kirk and Kelly who bless us daily, the Mission has been able to bless the lives of countless others over the past 43 years.

  • United Healthcare Resource Fair

    United Healthcare Resource FairOn 11 June from 11 am to 3 pm United Healthcare sponsored a resource fair at the Mesilla Valley Mall.

    These events are opportunities to tell the Mission story by distributing newsletters and information pamphlets.

    Tara Blyler, Valerie Chronister, Allison Moore and Jody Burns volunteered to operate the Mission table.

  • Bedbugs Beware!

    Last summer, like many hotels around the country, the Mission had a terrible problem with bedbugs.

    The first step, under the management of Roger Cobb our Bedbug Czar, was to recaulk/repaint the dorm walls and systematically disinfect every mattress and bedframe.

    Bedbugs Beware2Pictured here is the second phase. This structure will house mattresses and luggage at a temperature of 130 degrees overnight, which will kill adult bedbugs. Mike Perry, Mission Maintenance Manager, is in the foreground. Rick Provines (our old maintenance manager) is on the ladder.

    He came back to help with construction.

    Bedbugs will scatter upon hearing the names of Cobb, Perry or Provines.

  • Youth From Iowa Volunteer

    Youth Group From IowaA total of 12 members of the Hope Reformed Church high school youth group from Spencer, Iowa helped all around the Mission from 1-4 July.

    They served in two groups. The kitchen “crew” cleaned, washed dishes, served meals, and helped stock shelves. The Clothing Room “crew” cleaned, sorted clothing, and stocked shelves in preparation for our Back To School program 8-12 August.

    The kitchen crew is pictured here. They are: Debra Whittrock, Christina Mueggenberg, Elle Johnson, Carli Bryan, and Sara Bauermeister. T

    he Clothing Room crew was Charity Mueggenberg, Mackenzie Johnson, Brenna Nelson, Emma VerSteeg, Kaitlyn Strock, David Holt, and Kenzie Conner.

    Our deepest thanks to the moms and dads of Spencer, Iowa for raising such an amazing group of enthusiastic and God-filled youth and sending them our way.

  • Vol. 14, Issue 4 – July – August 2016

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  • Kids Going Back to School Need Your Help

    BackToSchoolFor almost 20 years, Back to School (BTS) has been a fixture of the Mission’s Clothing Room, providing clothing to 600-700 children before the new school year starts.

    This year BTS is August 8th – 12th.  In July volunteers take reservations at the Clothing Room, 9am-11am, Mon-Wed-Fri.

    We need donations of new shoes, new socks and new underwear, and people willing to donate a little of their time.

    Call 522-7573 and ask for Wylene.

  • God Loved Ron Anyway

    Ron Roberson 2016 NLRon Roberson came to the Mission on 2 July 2015, just looking for a spot to serve out his probation. Instead, he found more misery before finding Christ. The Shelter had a significant bed bug problem then, and the pests determined Ron a worthy host. Through that considerable physical discomfort, Ron discovered salve for bed bug sores as well as for his troubled spirit.

    Ron had hated God since 2009 when his Mom and Dad suddenly died within four days of each other. Subsequent estrangement with his only sibling left him alone and broke, stewing in his misery. Like so many who think they hate God, the deep trauma became self-hatred followed by self-destructive behaviors. And so it was for Ron. The following six years were a blur of drugs, alcohol, and multiple suicide attempts punctuated with 12 months in the Dona Ana County Detention Center. Describing those days, Ron says, “I was emotionally crippled. I hated God. I turned to drugs and alcohol and destroyed my life. But I’ve found my life here.”

    After working a series of random chores at the Mission, the kitchen needed help. Though he had no cooking experience, Ron was happy to volunteer. But, after meeting the head cook he began to doubt his choice. George ran a tight kitchen and did not suffer slackers. Though he was a tough, gruff and no-nonsense taskmaster, George came to admire Ron’s optimism, work ethic and willingness to learn. They became friends. When George learned of Ron’s predicament, he gave Ron what he could to help pay $300 monthly probation fees, mandatory training, and rental of the felon’s ankle bracelet. So, Ron had found his niche in the kitchen but his spiritual life remained in turmoil.

    Meanwhile, Ron started looking forward to evening chapel services, the morning Bible studies, and Celebrate Recovery on Fridays. Before long, after a lifetime of dabbling with pieces of Christianity, Ron became what he calls a “whole Christian”. “The Mission gave me a sense of belonging, the chance to crystallize my faith, and the chance to see what genuine Christian fellowship looks like.”

    One evening, Staff Chaplain Henry Young talked with Ron, who affirmed his faith, and they set 22 August 2015 as the date for Ron’s baptism.  The anger that had destroyed his life dissipated.  Even in modest circumstances at the Mission, Ron’s life became joyful. Strangers were impressed with his enthusiasm and good cheer. And Ron was happy to tell anyone that Christ was the source of his new life of inner peace.

    Today, Ron has started a new chapter. He’s now employed as a full-time cook at the Mission. He now belongs someplace where people care about him. Alcohol, illegal drugs, and thoughts of suicide are but vague memories today. Of those dark days, Ron says “I now see that when I hated and cursed God, He loved me anyway. He never gave up on me, even when I was completely unlovable”.