I love my job at Helping Up Mission and I really feel like we are doing something special here. One of the reasons I feel that way is because of the love and support offered by others for the men in our Spiritual Recovery Program.
Recently, a lady in my church contacted a bunch of her friends and said she was going to lose weight for Helping Up Mission. Needless to say, that caught my attention. She went on to say that a small informal group of ladies all decided they needed to lose some weight and decided on an interesting strategy. They would hold each other accountable for their ongoing efforts and they would each commit themselves to lose weight for a charity that was important to them.
Marilyn said her charity was going to be Helping Up Mission. Just a few weeks before, she and her husband, along with concerned friends, had brought a neighbor struggling with alcohol addiction to the Mission. He has done well here and she felt this was something concrete she could do on his behalf. My wife signed us up for $2 a pound! I hope she does real well – for a whole bunch of reasons. But I am also humbled that folks from my neighborhood felt good about bringing one of their friends here and that she wanted to do what she could to help.
While I think we have a wonderful staff and we work with a great group of guys, every day I am really touched by all the people who invest of their time and resources to help us help men find hope, answers and empowerment in Jesus Christ. Thanks to all you friends of Helping Up Mission who have invested in what we do.
Pastor Gary Byers
Spiritual Life Director