• Meet Henry Young

    Chaplain Henry YoungHenry Young comes to the Mission with over 40 years of selfless Christian service in a range of ministries similar to the Mission but far larger in scope.
    After earning a BA in Education from the Pacific Coast Bible College in 1981, Henry and his wife Cheryl founded a street ministry called Set Free Christian Fellowship in Anaheim, California.
    By the time he and family moved back to Las Cruces in 1986, his ministry was caring for 200 homeless each night and operated a separate drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.
    For the last 14 years, Henry has been a key member of the Sierra Vista Community Church, where has led the Men’s group, adult Sunday School, Bible study, Life Groups, and worship teams. From 2011-2013, Henry also served as interim pastor at Mountain View Christian Church.
    Though ordained for decades, he’d rather be called just Henry. Those who know him best say he’s “humble”, “honest to a fault” and “selflessly devoted to spreading the Gospel”.
    Today we can also say he is Chaplain of the Gospel Rescue Mission, and we are ever so pleased to welcome Henry and Cheryl to our family.

  • Farewell Pastor Yossi

    Pastor Yossi SaridNothing written in this small space can describe adequately what Pastor Yossi has meant to the Mission these last two years. His biggest joy was “seeing people come to Christ”. And during his short time here 355 souls came to Christ. Our joy was to have him on staff. He was at the center of so many improvements. He developed our New Life Program that aims to move people from dependency to self-sufficiency in just 9 months. He introduced Hispanic chapel services and Children’s Church. In 2014, 19,350 people attended 477 chapel services he coordinated. He started baptisms, officiating 39 since June 2014. Earlier this year Yossi led efforts that resulted in the Mission’s first ever strategic plan. Finally, he chaired our Mites Program selecting worthy organizations to receive offerings from those who eat or attend chapel here. Yossi did all this while holding a full time job at WSMR, earning a doctorate degree in ministry, being an on-call hospital chaplain and pastoring two other churches. No one packed more accomplishments or more love for Christ in a single 24-hour period than Pastor Yossi. He’s been uniformly amazing and we will miss him mightily. Godspeed Yossi. We love you!

  • Our Helping Hand, Rick

    Rick Provines

    In August 2013 Rick Provines came to the Mission broke, fearful, and without hope. He’d owned a successful remodeling business near Hobbs, NM for years; but an identity thief wiped out his 401k, checking and savings accounts. He lost everything.

    He quickly discovered no one would hire him because “he was too old”. After months of wandering, a member of the VFW in Alamogordo suggested he come to the Mission. He bought Rick a bus ticket to Las Cruces and gave him $20. That has made all the difference.

    At first Rick worked in the Laundry, even though he had other skills. “Success always comes to those who are selfless servants,” he offers. “I know God brought me here. At the Mission I’ve found hope and an atmosphere of encouragement to help myself.”

    He was right. For well over a year now, Rick has been the Mission’s Maintenance Manager. In this full-time job, he’s responsible for all building and grounds maintenance including that at the Clothing Room and Thrift Store on Solano.

    “As a carpenter, painter, plumber, brick mason, electrician, and glaser, Rick has become indispensable”, said Bob Jeska, Executive Director. “He is a quiet and thoughtful soul who is a living testament to what the Mission does for people. We’re blessed to have him on staff.”

  • The Reality Project

    DSCN0111On 27 May twenty-one teens, led by teachers Allison Dunn and Sean Thomas, from El Dorado High School in Albuquerque cleaned out our storage garages. The Reality Project got its name after their first trip serving in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This year each student paid $600 to defray travel expenses for the chance to serve worthy causes in El Paso and southern NM. Each year students devote their first week of summer vacation to serve others less fortunate. Thank you kids for helping us, and thank you Mrs. Dunn and Mr. Thomas for instilling in your students the value of selfless service. For more information about the Reality Project, contact Mrs. Dunn at allison.barns@gmail.com or Mr. Thomas at seathoma2003@yahoo.com.

  • Helping Hand Restoration

    DSCN0118 2013-12-04 09.43.48This issue of the newsletter features Rick Provines, his journey to the Mission, and what the Mission has meant in his life. One of Rick’s first projects was to restore our Helping Hand.

    As a wood carving, the years had not been kind. The original Hand was weather beaten, rotting in some places, and splitting in others. It is on the right. The picture on the left is what the restored Helping Hand looks like today thanks to Rick’s skill with wood. It’s now prominently displayed near our driveway on Amador.

    Thank you for being our Helping Hand, Rick!

  • Morningstar Methodist Helps Us Beat the Heat

    Morningstar MethodistRoy Sigler is holding one of 50 kits for those who have no protection from the sun. The Fusion Youth Group, comprised of middle to high school youth, under the leadership of David and Jennifer Coe-Stacy decided to assemble summer kits as part of their Mission Week in June. And, just in time, as temperatures have been soaring. Each kit included: a bottle of water, tissues, sun screen and lip balm. What a great idea! Thank you Morningstar Methodist for having such a thoughtful youth group, and thank you Fusion Youth for your ministry here!

  • Back to School Needs Your Help

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    For almost 20 years, Back to School (BTS) has been a fixture of the Mission’s Clothing Room, with a focus on providing clothing to 600-700 children before the new school year starts. This year BTS is 3-7 August. In July volunteers take reservations at the Clothing Room, 9-11am, MWF. 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.

  • Local Supporting Businesses – D2 Designs

    Meet-The-Staff-Photos-Alycia1.2D2 Designs LogoAlycia Carrillo has been the Mission’s Public Affairs Director since February. She owns D2 Designs with her partner Joshua Jameson. Together they provide the Mission with design services, manage our bi-monthly newsletter, handle social networking, and share our story with the community.

    D2 Designs is Your Local Print Shop. Please support those that support us. Please visit D2 on the web at www.YourLocalPrintShop.net or stop by the shop. D2 Designs is located at 101 Perkins Drive, Suite B. 575-541-0202.

  • Generous Donation from Dion’s

    dionsDion’s Corporation came all the way from Albuquerque to honor the Mission with a $2500 grant on 12 June. Dion’s representatives present were Tim Mickkelsen, Manager of the Dion’s on E. Lohman and Nicole Marquez, Corporate Community Relations Coordinator.

    Dion’s is a New Mexico-based corporation with 15 restaurants in Albuquerque, two in Lubbock, and one each in Colorado Springs, Santa Fe and Las Cruces. Dion’s had been searching without success for a worthy charity that helped children and the hungry. Coincidentally, some on corporate staff heard about the Gospel Rescue Mission by word of mouth. In May, Nicole asked for a brief summary of the Mission’s work in 2014, and the rest became history. We thank Dion’s for their generous contribution and their delicious pizza!

  • The Mission is Going Solar

    The Mission is Going Solar

    In an act of faith, the Mission released a request for proposals to several solar power providers on 12 June. We will soon commit to a design that could help us save as much as $3000 in electricity costs every month.

    Last year the Mission consumed 210,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. According the NMSU College of Engineering the system that size could cost as much as $270,000.

    We have been exploring ways in which donors might realize the 40% tax credit. Unfortunately, the current tax policies are sketchy in conveying tax credits to donors on behalf of a tax exempt non-profit like the Mission. It is possible for a donor to purchase a solar array under a third party agreement and give the electricity to the Mission. But it’s complicated.

    So, because a single donor is unlikely, we trust there are enough individual donors in our community who appreciate our circumstances and who will support the effort for the normal tax deduction.

    Thankfully, some have heard of our plan to go solar and have already given $37,500 in addition to their normal giving to make this project possible. This is a worthy effort. Please consider helping.

    If you do, please identify your separate contribution as going toward the purchase of our solar energy array. This investment will yield significant savings going forward, permitting us to dedicate more resources to improve services for the homeless.