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  • 1. What is a Rescue Mission? Saving one life at a time Rev. Terry Wilcox Bridgeport Rescue Mission Bridgeport, CT 06605 www.bridgeportrescuemission.com 203.333.4087
  • 2. Why do we need a rescue mission?
    • Because we get lost.
    Drugs & Addictions Crime Health & Mental Illness Poverty & Racism Divorce & Codependence And Abuse
  • 3. Homeless and friendless
    • When all fails
    Who will accept me? Family Friends Services Job
  • 4. Cars are not Apartments
    • The Tragic Facts
    • Many homeless are working or want to work!
    • Single moms with children are dropping through the bottom of society
    • The numbers no longer add up!
      • Rent, utilities, insurance, car and food far exceed minimum wage.
    • 2003 37% homeless for first time
    • Government programs place the same person back in the same environment
  • 5. Rescue is God’s Mission
    • “ For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
    • I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
    • I was a stranger and you invited me in,
    • I needed cloths and you clothed me,
    • I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
    • - Matthew 25:35-36
  • 6. First Step - Finding Food & Shelter
    • Men’s Facilities
      • 30- 35 overnight beds
      • Showers, clothes and supplies
      • Five days. no questions asked
      • 30 for “New Life Program”
    • Women’s Facilities
      • no overnight beds
      • 12 for “New Life Program”
      • Showers, clothes and supplies
  • 7. First Step - Finding Food & Shelter
    • 12,000 meals per month
    • Three meals a day - seven days a week
    • Men & women kitchens
    • Mobile kitchen
  • 8. Third Step – Witnessing Grace
    • I am so low I don’t deserve any of this!
    • Is there a possibility for me to dig myself out?
    • What is this Christian community?
    • Will they accept me where I am?
    • Will they treat me with dignity?
    • How have others changed?
    • Will they accept me?
    • I am afraid.
    A mission provides acceptance, forgiveness, love and God’s amazing grace.
  • 9. Fourth Step - Deciding to Change
    • Entering the New Life Program
      • Accepting Grace
      • Chapel
      • Meeting the men
      • Counseling
      • Commitment
    In a mission we witness the miracles of new lives being reborn every day.
  • 10. Fifth Step – New Life Program
    • 30 men, 12 women
    • One year commitment
    • Biblical training
    • Chapel and devotionals
    • Codependency awareness training
    • Finance management
    • Anger management
    • Community
    • Work
    To make a new life requires resources, time and the Word.
  • 11. Sixth Step – Community Integration
    • Building a new life
      • In a Christian community
      • A good job
      • Family integration
      • Program alumni
      • Ongoing support
      • A life with Christ
    NEW LIFE PROGRAM
  • 12. Seventh Step – Christ’s Disciple
    • Giving back
      • Becoming a Christian parent
      • Contributing to society
      • Working member of community
      • Christian ministry to church
      • Member of Christ’s family
    The miracle of mission work is in the giving of Love
  • 13. New Life Formula Building Sustainable Men and Women God’s Work Through Jesus Christ Bridgeport Rescue Mission Christian Community Food Shelter Church Learning Work New Life
  • 14. Who supports us?
    • God’s divine Grace through:
      • Individuals donate funds (82% of funds)
      • Volunteer instructors
      • Generous giving of personal time
      • Donations from 40 different churches
      • Chapel provided by local churches
      • Corporate food and financial support
      • CT Food Bank
      • Colleges donate time
  • 15. How you can help
    • Prayers
    • Time
    • Funds
    • Supplies
  • 16. Thank You “ There will always be poor people in the land.Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward you brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11
  • 17. Questions Rev. Terry Wilcox Bridgeport Rescue Mission Bridgeport, CT 06605 www.bridgeportrescuemission.com 203.333.4087 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'" (Matthew 25:34-40)