One morning a disabled man subsisting on Social Security Disability walks from his personal care home to Gateway Rescue Mission for lunch. At our mission, he eats spaghetti, green beans, corn and bread…his best meal of the day. Across the street from our humble mission, ladies visiting the homeless health clinic walk over and join us for lunch. Some people who live on the streets drop by for perhaps their only meal for the day.
That afternoon, a man signs up for a bed in our shelter. A lady goes through her initial intake interview for acceptance into our women’s program. A guy coming from prison joins our New Life Program, at the same time as an alcoholic suffering from advanced liver disease joins our ranks.
In all of this, God is at work. He hears the prayer uttered in a jail cell, in an abandoned house, the prayer of a desperate mother seeking help for her son, or the simplistic prayer of thanks offered by a mentally challenged person who volunteers to say grace over our noon meal. God sovereignly answers those prayers by guiding those individuals to Gateway Rescue Mission.