• We Had One Hail of a Storm

    Hail Storm May 2016Some believe like events occur in threes. That could be. We suffered two devastating hail storms on 3 and 21 October 2015. To the extent that seven months makes the old adage true, on 18 May the third hailstorm came along.

    Here’s a picture of what our driveway looked like by 5pm. Yours may have been much worse….or you may not have seen a hail stone. But, it came down hard at the Mission.

    We had numerous leaks in the Womens and Mens dorms and some sheet rock damage. However the effects could have been much worse.

    The new solar panels protected a very large part of our roof. They are quite sturdy and undamaged themselves. And as our maintenance team repairs the damages, we are hopeful that hailstorms do observe the rule of threes.

  • Father’s Day raffle

    Father's Day RafflePete Delgado has donated this new propane grill to the Gospel Rescue Mission for a Father’s Day raffle.

    Pete came to the Mission with his dog Lady in January 2013. He was out of work and homeless, with no prospects.

    Pete found his faith in Christ at the Mission chapel and in July 2013 became a full time employee.

    Since then, Pete has become an integral member of the Mission family, managing janitorial and security duties.

    He’s donating this grill to thank the Mission for helping him at a low time in his life.

    The drawing will be held at the Thrift Store at 1416 S. Solano on 17 June at 130pm.

    Stop by to shop at the best thrift store in town and consider buying a chance or two on the perfect Father’s Day gift….thanks to Pete.

  • Where are they now?

    McMurphyLast October, Joe McMurphy, Patricia and daughter Karen decided to move to Idaho Falls, Idaho for retirement. Because Joe’s work as the chief financial officer in the 5 prior years has been key in the Mission’s recent successes, it is only proper to share how God has continued to bless the McMurphy’s. Here’s their 2016 Mother’s Day picture.

    God must have approved of the decision because within three months, they had sold their house in Las Cruces and purchased their forever house in Idaho Falls.

    Patricia remains active in their church prayer group, the children’s ministry, gardening (with Joe) and sewing. She recently tore her miniscus (knee) while at home, and may soon require surgery.

    Karen is enjoying the women’s group home nearby where she can get therapy for her foot and ankle, which she damaged while in Las Cruces.  Joe’s been busy with church activities, tuning up the new house, gardening, and consulting for the Mission.

    May God continue to bless richly the McMurphy family who is far away but remains close in our heart.

  • Mother’s Day Winners

    Katie Sinfuentes

    Katie Sinfuentes

    Maria Carillo

    Maria Carillo

    Rita Ordonez

    Rita Ordonez

    Sarah

    Sarah

    On 6 May, Katie Sifuentes was one of six lucky winners in the Thrift Store’s Mother’s Day raffle this year.

    Also winning purses were Sarah, Maria Carillo, Rita Ordonez and Francis Vargas.

    Our grand prize winner of a complete comforter set was Maria. Both Katie and Maria have volunteered at the Mission.

  • Vol. 14, Issue 3 – May. – Jun. 2016

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  • The Women’s Mission Union Rocks

    The Women's Mission Union RocksPictured here are members of the Women’s Mission Union from First Baptist Church.

    Shelter Director Randy Smith spoke to the ladies on 12 April about volunteer opportunities at the Mission.

    Susan Stickles extended the invitation. “We chose May to be the month our group would volunteer at the Mission, and were delighted to have Randy here to update us on the needs there”.

    “We had no idea the Mission was involved in so many activities throughout the community. We’re happy to help.”

    The First Baptist Church has helped the Mission for a long time, inviting residents to their annual The Living Christmas Tree concert, and providing bus transportation to the Sunrise Easter Service.

    God bless you and your ministry, ladies!

  • Volunteer Fair 2016

    Volunteer Fair 2016Each year the City hosts a Volunteer Fair to tell Las Crucens about service opportunities available among non-profits and charities.

    This year many hundreds braved the cold and wind at the Farmers Market on Saturday, 16 April along with Mission volunteers (L-R) Wylene Saunders, Chris Choo, Pete Delgado, and Robert Ramos. Evie Morales took the picture.

    Bob Jeska and Janey stopped by for a visit.

  • Alpha Phi Omega Paints

    Alpha Phi Omega Paints

    Twelve members of Alpha Phi Omega spent their Saturday on 9 April painting.  The four benches they painted badly needed attention.

    Just before he died in 2012, Jerry Jaquess and family built four sturdy benches. Over years of heavy use, Jerry’s gifts had accumulated chipped and weather-worn areas and random cigarette burns. So, when Juan Hernandez called asking what his group could do for the Mission, Shelter Director Randy Smith had just the job.

    The 12 civic-minded men and women of Alpha Phi Omega joined more than 2500 other volunteers who devoted almost 40,000 hours to improve the Mission in 2015.

    Their three-finger salute symbolizes God and country, helping others, and obeying the Scout law.

    We are grateful to APO for their help. And Jerry would be pleased too.

  • Allison’s Story

    The Gospel Rescue Mission has been one of the biggest surprises of my life. My 50’s marked a gradual decline in finances and ability to find work. Even though Las Cruces permitted me to leave my past behind in Los Angeles, I became isolated and depressed. My aloneness with no prospects left me panicked.

    I had seen the Mission before and recalled all the funny looking people hanging around on the street outside. I assumed it was a drug-infested, insane place that housed only the most derelict of people.

    Allison Moore.One day in October 2015 I stopped by to check it out. There was gentlemanly Geoff in his wheelchair at the door. And sweet and kind Richmond behind the counter. The shelter wasn’t spotless but it was tidy and maintained. People here cared. I felt safe and breathed a sigh of relief.  I met the matron, Mama Kay at the time, and we talked for a while. Mama Kay answered “yes” to every question I asked. Can I park my car here? Yes. Can I stay in during the day if I need to? Yes. Are there showers every day? Yes. I left feeling I had made a small connection with some special people and that I could do this.

    A month or so later, I arrived at the Mission. Right away I made a friend in one of the other homeless ladies. My assigned chore was housekeeping. And, as I neatened the Chapel and administration building, cleaned the bathrooms, and vacuumed and mopped floors every day, I came to learn the simple joy of selfless service for others. For the first time in a long time, I felt good about what I was doing. Now I run the clothing closet as well.

    Though I do feel better about myself, the important part is I’ve come closer to understanding the Bible, and maybe have grown a little closer to God. Those who live here, work here and inhabit the place are interesting, mostly intelligent people. So my experience has been a good one so far. I arrived just before Thanksgiving, which is appropriate as I give thanks every day for this place.

    So if you’re down and out, depressed with nowhere to go, or know someone who is, all I can say is more drugs or suicide are not the answer. Come to the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission. God lives there. And the people who work for Him there will take good care of you.

  • March Solar Energy Update

    In the first quarter, we saved the equivalent of 245 trees and avoided putting 9.57 tons of carbon dioxide in to the atmosphere.

    Monthly Energy Production Report for Gospel Rescue Mission
    This monthly energy report shows how our system performed and how much we contributed to offsetting the global carbon footprint.

    • March 2016 Total: 13.8 MWhField backdrop
    • Previous Month Total: 11.2 MWh
    • Year to Date: 33.8 MWh
    • Our Carbon Offset for this month: 9.57 tons
    • We have offset the equivalent of: 245 Trees